Two girls and a baby goat

We have worked at Trinity Pines Camp, in Trinity, TX three times in the last 4 years. And each year, Gary says, “Let’s go to Dry Creek for their community Fish Fry while we’re here.” Well, Dry Creek Camp does hold an excellent (as in possibly the best we’ve ever had) fish fry the third Thursday of every month from September to April. We know, first hand, because we’ve worked there and thoroughly enjoyed that meal. But Dry Creek Camp is in Dry Creek, LOUISIANA, so I just look at him and say, “Honey, I really think 140 miles for a fish fry is a little over-the-top,” and we don’t go. But THIS year we are also the Area Reps for Dry Creek and the standard protocol is to do an annual visit to each of the ministries in our territory. (Now, mind you – we can do this by phone, or ask another SOWER to do it who might be working there. An “in person” visit is not required!). I was still hesitant, but then I remembered that we had some good SOWER friends working there – and well, the deal was sealed.
We left right after devotions on Thursday and arrived just in time to stand in line with the masses.
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And from that point on, we were too busy eating and visiting to take any pictures of this great meal. (But really, who needs more food pictures, right?) We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and visiting with other folks who were likewise enjoying the meal. It was also fun to harass the wait staff – many who were our SOWER friends! We even managed to sit down with the camp director and have that official meeting!
After lunch, while Gary took at a nap, Jenny & I took a walk to see some baby goats. As in a couple of days old baby goats.
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They were sooooo adorable!
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So cute! (Even if the goat is a bit fuzzy!)
We spent the night at Dry Creek, had a lovely evening of fellowship with our fellow SOWERS,
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and then joined the group on Friday morning on a bit of Agri-tourism – Learning the ins and outs of a Crawfish Pond and getting them to market.
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It was a very fun morning!
We decided since we had come this far, we might as well go an additional 60 miles to our other Louisiana ministry – Acadian Baptist Center down the road in Eunice, LA. Don and Jenny tagged along, and we had a great visit with the staff there and were also able to touch base with the SOWERs that were working there. We’re glad we drove those extra miles!
Yes, it was crazy to drive 140 miles to enjoy a delicious catfish dinner, but with all the perks that came with it – we’re so very glad we went! It was a 36 hour, 400+ mile travel extravaganza!
Heading back to Trinity, TX after a quick overnight excursion to Louisiana. #roadtrip #texasskies #sowerfriends

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What Grace is Mine – Sabbath Rest

Grace. Something that we need afresh each and every day. Here is familiar tune with powerful words. Another beautiful hymn from the Getty Music team.

What Grace is Mine
What grace is mine that He who dwells in endless light
Called through the night to find my distant soul
And from his scars poured mercy that would plead for me
That I might live and in his name be known

So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him

What grace is mine to know His breath alive in me
Beneath his wings my wakened soul may soar
All fear can flee for death’s dark night is overcome
My Saviour lives and reigns forevermore

So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him


Words: Kristyn Getty
Traditional Melody arranged Rob Mathes
Video: Bob Marshall

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A profitable weekend

I don’t know if you remember, but almost a year ago (April 2016) we had a little incident with our main awning.
UH OH Awning
Yeah. Not good. We looking into filing a claim with our insurance, but when all was said and done (the awning (like the motorhome) was 13 years old, and the value of the awning had depreciated significantly) we decided not to go through the insurance. Gary also was hankering to change it over to an electric one and felt he could probably handle it himself – with enough additional muscle power from some good friends. Since we are working this month with many good SOWER friends AND our checking account had bounced back from the holidays, we went ahead and ordered the new awning. And this weekend, the main activity in Gary’s book was AWNING INSTALLATION!
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It truly was a team effort –
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The directions said that you only needed one guy on a ladder and two guys supporting the awning arms. What they didn’t stipulate is that the two guys on the “arms” needed to be twenty-something body builders. Let’s just say “supporting the arms” was a really heavy assignment.
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We eventually wrangled up a couple more ladders (mostly just to support the weight of the thing) and they finally got the awning threaded into the channel on the rig.
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Once it was up and secured, though, then the fun really began!
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It was a little tricky getting the wire from the rearĀ end of the awning to the power source (at the door), but Gary made it happen, and by the end of the day Saturday, we had a power awning.
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Whoot-whoot!!

Kudos to John and Rosie and Jay whose hands-on-help (quite literally) and additional ladders made it all come together – and to the rest of the gang who were cheering us on!!! We do so love our SOWER Family!
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Sabbath Rest – Come thou Fount of Every Blessing

This morning in church, we sang a modern version of the hymn – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. And while I appreciated the updated version, I still needed to go back to the original, because these are the words that my heart needs to hear. So blessed by these words written in 1758 by Robert Robinson.

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy unchanging love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here there by Thy great help I’ve come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let that grace now, like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy unchanging love

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A Scripture photo today…..

Verse Photo

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