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1: In the 1980s Leon and Susan Hacker bought an unsettled piece of property on a small lake bordering the Sylvania Wilderness in Watersmeet, Michigan. For many years after that purchase, Leon and Susan and their family worked many long days, months and years to turn that rough land on Long Lake into a home. Before construction on Suzy’s house began, a small cabin was built for the family to stay in during the summer months when the majority of the construction took place. During the construction of the cabin Leon began a search for the logs that would build Suzy’s house. Leon, being a logger, began working with other loggers in the area to find and carefully select each log that would build the walls of the house. Often, after a long day of driving, he would bring home a small load of rough-cut logs that would eventually become part of the house. The logs were then carefully stacked, dried and eventually peeled and cut to fit into place. To this day Leon can probably tell you which area of Michigan or Wisconsin each of the logs came from. Although Leon, Susan and their children completed a lot of work on the house themselves, there is no way it could ever have been completed without the many extended family members and friends who gave of their time and talents to help with the construction. Grandpa Schneider, Suzy's dad, made many trips to the North to help lay logs and often brought men from his church to help. These times were a lot of work but were also very special times of growing together as a family. The building of Suzy’s house was not just a family project but a community project that brought together friends and families in ways reminiscent of a time long past. Many would donate not only their time and talents but also tools and equipment to help further the construction. In 1990 construction had finally progressed far enough that the family was able to live in the basement of Suzy's house. The upper floors of the house were far from complete but after so many years of renting and moving around it was nice to finally move into the house and feel like after years of work the house would finally be home. Two years later the upper floors of the house were complete enough to move into, although there was still plenty of work to do. It was on a Thanksgiving weekend that a hole was cut in the basement ceiling to give access to the upper floors, and kitchen cabinets were handed up to be installed in the new kitchen. Over the next several years there were many projects to finish off various rooms in the the house. Only until the sale of the house in 2010 did it really feel finished. Grandma Suzy’s house, once completed, was built not only of logs and nails but out of the blood, sweat, tears, prayers and rich blessings God provided to support the dreams of a family. This book is a remembrance of those years of hard work and labor, the fruit it bore, and the many memories of times spent with a growing family and many friends over the years. It is but a glimpse at the many shared memories of Grandma Suzy's House in the Woods. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. - Psalm 127:1

2: Under Construction

4: The Cabin

12: WORKING

13: HARD

14: HARDLY

15: WORKING

16: Moving Time | Moving in and moving out was a process. It never really happened all at once. It kind of just took years. Bit by bit, car load or trailer load by trailer load everything eventually got from one place to the next.

17: Our First Christmas Upstairs

18: The Garage Becomes... | "Oops....the garage is not actually big enough to fit a van, so let's turn it into the kitchen." This is one mistake that really did turn out for the best in the end.

19: The Kitchen

20: We can help too!

21: See how helpful I can be Papa?

22: Can You Dig It? | Yes We Can!

24: SUMMER MEMORIES

28: Watch how high I go! | Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

29: I can go even higher than that! | Push me! Push me! PLEASE!!

30: I'm Stuck! | Guess who drove the truck too far into the lake? Why isn't he helping to pull it out?

31: I'm going to get you Uncle Steve! | I got your hose! | Ah! It still works. Run away!!

34: Fireworks are always fun during the 4th of July. Although, praying Aaron doesn't blow himself up or start anyone on fire while setting them off can be a bit stressful.

38: A very special engagement | A man shall leave his father and mother and join with his wife. Genesis 2:24

40: On The Water

42: Tubing with Aaron driving the boat is always risky business. His goal is always to see just how fast he can go before whipping you off. To ensure your safety, always ride with at least one of his kids. Mom and Dad did not heed that advice on this excursion. | Tubing Adventures | Where's Dad?

43: We made it!

46: Bathing Beauties

50: Gone to the Dogs

53: Maggie's First Litter of Puppies Seven puppies were born that year. Everyone found good homes. It sure was an adventure. They were all so cute in their red, white and blue scarves for the parade.

55: Even at this age we could all see that Abby was a pet lover.

57: Over the years the Hacker family has adopted and lost many dogs. To name them all would require quite a bit of space but each one took up a lot of space in our hearts and sometimes the house.

58: Give Thanks | Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. I Chronicles 16:34

62: The After Dinner Nap

64: Game Time | After all the work is done it's time to have some fun playing a game, Hand and Foot, Quickie Rook, Spoons and more recently Settlers, Blokus or Ticket to Ride. Don't forget Four on a Couch, Mafia, Pictionary or even box hockey in the living room. A lot of fun is always had by all during game time although if you are playing with Aaron and Andy there may be more arguing than playing.

66: Winter Fun

68: Ice Skating

76: Let It Snow

77: Let It Snow

78: Spending Time with

79: Grandpa

82: Spending Time With

83: Grandma

87: We love you Grandma and Grandpa!

88: A Whole Lot of Craziness | "When your family gets together I should sell tickets because it's always entertaining." - Toni Lnnd The following pages are proof of just how true this statement is. | Steve is showing off the new hot fashion in head dress....birds' nests. "Cutter bug spray is the only mosquito repellent I use when visiting Suzy's House." - Love Jeff

89: Theoren, would you like some whip cream with that? | Melody, don't stick your finger in the light socket! | Look Grandma, it's a green bean mustache.

90: Rubber Band Wars

91: Someone came up with the great idea of dipping elastic hair ties in water and shooting them at people. Needless to say, Theoren may just be the most mature one at this table.

92: Sword Fight! | Kathy says "Jeff that's enough"

93: It's a good thing Mom planned for a big living room. Over the years it's been used for all kinds of things, including a bounce house and a kids' playhouse.

99: Merry Christmas Mom and Dad From your loving children Amy, Aaron, Andy and Amber. Although this book is in memory of a project that seemed to take a lifetime to complete it also is a book of our family. Even though we didn't live at the house our whole lives, building it was a constant project since we were very little and the house on the lake was always considered home even when we weren't living there. During the course of building the house our family saw many ups and downs and prevailed through many trials that often seemed insurmountable. Only through the grace of God did we ever even get far enough on the house to ever live in it at all. The time we spent building and living in the house gave us many special memories that will always live on in our hearts and minds and more than that had a great effect on shaping us into the adults we are today. Due to the undertaking of such a crazy project each of us learned skills and valuable trades that we now carry with us in our daily lives. Thank you for the opportunity to learn in a way not often afforded to most kids these days. The lessons we learned while building the house are things no one can ever take from us. More importantly we learned the value of family, friends and how to give of ourselves and most of all we learned to have faith and trust that only God can truly build a house. The journey to build Suzy's house has not been an easy one for our family but the many blessings that came out of it were worth every struggle and strain. We love you and look forward to many more memories as our family continues to grow. Thank you for the things you taught us and showed us. Merry Christmas with love, P.S. Special thanks to the extended family for all their input, support and photos. | Merry Christmas Mom and Dad From your loving children Amy, Aaron, Andy and Amber. Although this book is in memory of a project that seemed to take a lifetime to complete it also is a book of our family. Even though we didn't live at the house our whole lives, building it was a constant project since we were very little and the house on the lake was always considered home even when we weren't living there. During the course of building the house our family saw many ups and downs and prevailed through many trials that often seemed insurmountable. Only through the grace of God did we ever even get far enough on the house to ever live in it at all. The time we spent building and living in the house gave us many special memories that will always live on in our hearts and minds and more than that had a great effect on shaping us into the adults we are today. Due to the undertaking of such a crazy project each of us learned skills and valuable trades that we now carry with us in our daily lives. Thank you for the opportunity to learn in a way not often afforded to most kids these days. The lessons we learned while building the house are things no one can ever take from us. More importantly we learned the value of family, friends and how to give of ourselves and most of all we learned to have faith and trust that only God can truly build a house. The journey to build Suzy's house has not been an easy one for our family but the many blessings that came out of it were worth every struggle and strain. We love you and look forward to many more memories as our family continues to grow. Thank you for the things you taught us and showed us. Merry Christmas with love, | P.S. Special thanks to the extended family for all their input, support and photos.

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