This is what I wrote on the back of this photo:
Benny moved this cabin at age 85, 172 feet with 5 come-alongs and 6 jacks the summer of 2004 at Mitchell Lake all by himself. He used 7 tied logs under the house. Moved 30 feet up (first) then sideways and then down to the new foundation. Benny made the rails in the picture.
I remember like yesterday, the coffee Bennie and I had discussing his recent trip to Mitchell Lake. He was often called in on tough jobs as the old-timers knew he was one Norwegian who knew his stuff when it came to moving and re-enforcing log buildings. Young people sought him out.
Benny had a secret way of moving things. He never did anything without praying to Jesus first. He told me he would get on his knees and before crawling under the buildings he was moving, he would always pray to Jesus. Then when he crawled out, he always prayed to Jesus. Benny loves Jesus.
Benny is in his 90’s now, almost blind and hard of hearing. He seldom comes out with his son as he also has arthritis. I miss our talks but now Benny is mostly speaking in Norwegian. Whatever language Benny is using, I know Jesus is listening. He always has.
©Kathy Kidwell, 2018 The Living Of Loving
Previously published online: © Kathy Kidwell, 2015 True to You (no longer on-line) ©Kathy Kidwell, 2015 Living for the Present Moment Now (no longer on-line)