Amidst all the holiday gift-giving, certain gifts stand, gifts of more than things but also of the heart. My son Hyrum’s gift to his sister Hannah was one such gift, a gift to always remember. Hyrum (14) conceived of the idea, drew the idea, and saved his money for the materials. Together we engineered the structure, bought the materials, and began construction. His gift: a miniature barn with hinged roof. This series of photographs shows each step of the construction process, culminating with Hannah (10) opening her gift on Christmas morning. I think of Hyrum’s gift as a miracle gift, for he gave part of himself along with the present.
The base frame, 18″ x 18″, allowing for a two-story central main building with an attached lean-to on each side.
Adding posts to support the main barn roof.
Completing the barn and lean-to frames.
The completed frame with the interior floor installed and the wall siding begun.
Wall siding and lean-to roofing completed with lathe. The roof frame sit, hinged, on the main barn structure.
The completed hinged roof frame atop the barn.
The completed barn, prior to painting.
Hyrum painting the barn.
And . . . the completed barn project.
Most importantly, Hannah on Christmas morning opening her special gift, inside which Hyrum placed a wrapped bucket of perfectly-sized farm animals.
Hannah’s Christmas barn became my favorite Christmas gift, too. I enjoyed working with my son for weeks to engineer, construct, paint, and wrap the barn. I witnessed the joy on my daughter’s face (and on Hyrum’s face) as Hannah opened her special gift.