It took some work, but the barn now has a roof. After we got all of the rafters and trusses up, we had to put down 1 x 4 tack strips. Those took a while with Spencer scrambling over the roof structure and me staying safely on the ground, cutting boards and handing them up to him.
We had part of the roof done when we had a tornado come through here. After the initial shock of hearing the roar of the wind, feeling our house thud, and seeing the hole our travel trailer made in the house when it was thrown into it, we both panicked. Was the barn ok? It was still under construction and not insured. After the worst of the storms passed, Spencer ran out to check on it. It was standing, the metal was still attached. It got pushed around some and isn't perfectly square anymore, but we cannot do anything about that. It is still solid and sound.
Everything on the property that we DID NOT build was damaged: chimney torn off the house, holes in the house roof, hole in the side of the house, travel trailer destroyed, horse trailers pushed across the yard, one loafing shed destroyed, storage shed destroyed, 3 sided shed/small barn damaged. But the barn we built? It was still standing and sound.
After the storm, my dad and step-mom came down and helped us finish roofing the barn. It is now insured as a pole barn. We're not done with it. If the weather holds for us this weekend, we'll be moving a lot of dirt into the barn to build it up. And after that, we'll start putting the stalls in.
We're getting there..