The carpenter had married later in life. His bride was young, but well prepared to live the life of a carpenter's wife. What they found together almost immediately was they would be parents of an adopted son, whom they would name Thomas.
Joseph and Janice lived in a modest home near Saranac Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. In the Adirondacks the tree covered mountains were scattered with villages. Now and then a big job would come along. Yet, for the most part the work was just refurbishing a house in a village, repairing a rural barn, or remodeling of a cabin on one of the many lake fronts.