This is the Day!

Yes, this is the Day that the Lord has made, and we will rejoice in it!
And rejoice in it we will!
For today is also the day that a good part of my family will be arriving for a big ol’ Family Reunion!!!! It’s the first time to be having it here at Montrose (last one was in 2012 at the cabin), but the response has been great! Three of the four Senior Siblings (that’s my generation), 9 of the 13 cousins (our kids), and 27 of the 33 grandchildren! Did I mention that 22 of those grands are 12 and under?????
So while it’s looking pretty peaceful at the moment (pre 7AM)
this place will be hoppin’ before the day is out!
And that, my friends, is what rejoicing is all about!!!

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Mondays are for Memories – October 2006

In honor of our most recent use of our road service plan (details in a future post), I thought I’d track down our other memorable road service “event”.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – October 23, 2006

The Good –The Skyline Drive is breathtaking! The weather was less than perfect, but the drive up to the Skyland Lodge – the highest point of the Skyline Drive at 3680 ft was spectacular. A camera cannot begin to take in the splendor of the mountains decked out in their fall color, but here are a couple of shots – but if you want more, go here!

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The Bad –
When we started up Lizzie after our stop at Skyland, the gauges were all wacko. The gas gauge was at E, and the low coolant light was on. We had filled up just before we got on the Parkway so unless we somehow sprung a leak (and there wasn’t any evidence of that) we had to figure that was just a gauge glitch. But the puddle of coolant under the engine told us the “low coolant” light must be telling the truth. Gary checked for leaking hoses but everything looked intact. We filled up with water (it continued to leak out) and we headed back down the mountain. We got off at the first opportunity and called our Emergency Road Service guys. We limped to a Walmart and were then rescued by a BIG Tow Truck. Right now we’re in Broadway, VA waiting for the shop to open up tomorrow to diagnose (and correct!) the problem. Gary thinks there’s a hole in the radiator and it will probably need to be replaced. Yikes!
Here’s Lizzie taking a ride…… :-(


And The Ugly?
There’s a 30% chance of SNOW tomorrow. What’s up with that!!!!!

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Oy, such a month! Since it was such a fun and busy month, I thought it would be best to do just the highlights. You know – the People, Places, and Things!
Since I knew this month would be filled with great People, let’s start there.
These People!
UntitledIt’s been six years since we traveled to Alaska with these good friends, and we just don’t get to work with them as often as we like. So this was a precious month indeed as we worked alongside these dear friends. We also did a fair bit of playing and laughing (and dare I say, ice cream eating)and even managed to pull together other area SOWERS for a little extra fellowship. Untitled
Then there are These Ladies –

For as many years as I can remember these two precious ladies and I have managed to get together to celebrate our birthdays. Since I’ve been on the road we’ve rarely managed to do it in November, but we do our very best to make it happen anytime we can. To be able to spend a day with these kindred spirits was nothing short of marvelous! Might've been 46 years since high school, but we still found plenty to talk about. 😊 #UMHSclassof69 #oldfriends #reunion

Another perk of our nomadic life is being able to connect with high school friends around the country. And although Facebook gets a lot of bad press (much of it justified,) for us wanderers, it’s been a great way for us to reconnect with some of those friends (and stay connected with new friends we’ve made along the way!). And although we certainly weren’t all that far from “hometown”, it still was a treat to connect with a high school friend for a lovely catch-up lunch! I hope we can do it again!

But let’s face it – the BEST group of people that we got to spend time with during this last month are THESE folks – Untitled
The kids and the grands (with a lovely Spanish exchange student to add to the fun!). Yes – these were the hugs and kisses I was most looking forward to!
Mini-golf, meals, (more)ice cream, fun and games galore. I had thought we might be able to help them out with some house projects, but the Lord arranged things so all we got to do was enjoy each other’s company. What a delightful time we had with them all!
This month had us in some great places! We checked out 3 Farmer’s Markets (Lancaster County has the BEST Farmer’s Markets).


Gotta love me some Central Market. #Lancaster #central market Roots Market. A Lancaster mainstay. #Lancaster #rootsmarket #sowerlove #instacollage

(No pictures of the third one, but if you want to stop by I could share an amazing stuffed pork chop with you!) We dined at some great local restaurants, walked along quaint streets, did some Costco shopping (our favorite!), checked out some of my favorite (from days gone by) fabric shops and enjoyed the beautiful Lancaster countryside. IMG_3706
Yes, the places we saw were grand!
And that leaves the THINGS we did!
And Oh, the things we did! Truth be told, Rosie and I (after our extravagant gardening start) pretty much worked on painting door frames.

But we still managed to make it a little exciting. There were a couple of ‘hard to reach’ spots that were the offensive pinky-mauve color, and Rosie took on the challenge. 20150723_083010
And when it really got dicey, she let me hold the paint can.

Honest, it was a big help! :) The guys did all kinds of interesting stuff – Untitled
Pretty much our job assignments at Manheim Christian Day School were to help get the school ready for the new year. Holes were patched, shelves were built, furniture was moved (to facilitate the floor cleaning crew), things were fixed and pinky/mauve was painted white. Oh, and those weeds were pulled and and shrubbery was trimmed. We left some ‘things’ for the next batch of SOWERS, but we all had a grand time taking care of lots of “things” this month!

Yes, it was a great month. We took care of some of the mundane things in life (we installed a new toilet!), and we got to see the sweet love between two brothers.

Oy! What a blessed month! A blessed month indeed!


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Sabbath Rest – May the Mind of Christ my Saviour

To me this is so much more than a sweet hymn. It is my prayer…..

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and pow’r controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His pow’r.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

Words – Kate Wilkinson, 1913
Music – Arthur C. Barham-Gould, 1925
Performed by Jake Armerding
Video by – Josiah Shade

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Mondays are for Memories – Montana Meandering

I recently saw an ad for a seasonal caretaker for a ghost town in Montana. Hmmm – didn’t we visit a ghost town when we were in Montana in 2009? Sure enough – we’d visited that very place. Now we certainly didn’t submit our application, but it was fun to make the connection!

Montana Meandering – September 6, 2009
Once again, we have thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend. Montana is as new to us as Alaska was so it was fun to do a little exploring. One sign that intrigued us was for Garnet Ghost Town. Tucked away (far at the end of 15 mile uphill dirt road) in the Garnet Mountains is a deserted town that was a thriving mining community at the turn of the century. Garnet was home to over 1000 residents during those boom times, but by the end of the depression it was deserted.
It was very interesting seeing the town in its un-restored state. I’m not sure things were left just as we found them, but it was fun to imagine that they were. I also had fun playing with the “sepia” setting on my camera!

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From Garnet we checked out a neighboring ghost town, Coloma, that wasn’t quite so well preserved!
Even though the house was falling down, I bet the view must have been dynamite when it was standing!
It was fun exploring along the dirt roads up in the mountains and we were treated to some awesome vistas while we were at it!
Garnet viewpoint
So that was Friday.
On Saturday Gary and I struck out extra early to do some fishing. (OK, so I wasn’t going to fish, but he had invited me to come so I tagged along.)
Like I said – it was an extra early morning!
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The sun had made it up by the time we made it to the river –
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and after getting all his gear together
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he started off down the river.
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Me, I had a nice quiet time in the truck (staying warm), and then had fun watching the tent campers (and the hammock camper) slowly emerge.
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Plus there was always my camera to play with!
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Reaching for the sunshine –
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Ah, sunshine!
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Once it warmed up I moved out to the water’s edge and enjoyed the sunshine too! And just as all the other fishermen were loading up their little float/boats
Montana Fishermen
Gary returned – a little discouraged (no fish), but determined to keep at it. Maybe on Monday. :) He’s a new fly fisherman, and is still learning the ropes. He is the proud owner of a full season Montana fishing license (the best value for our time here), so he’s been going out most afternoons after work checking out different fishing accessses.
Maybe one of those fun little boats would help……..

Today (Sunday) we joined two of the Sower couples for church at a local campground. One of the couples is a new Sower (this is their second project), but they have served on the mission field in Africa for thirty years. He is a surgeon and in his late 70’s, and they still go back (to Africa) for several months each year. They were giving a mission report to a supporting church who happened to be camping at a nearby campground. It was interesting to hear some of their story, and we were blessed to be part of this small congregation praising the Lord in the beautiful (though a little damp) outdoors!

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Oh, I almost forgot! One of the nicest parts of the weekend was how it started. Thursday night we went out to dinner to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary! I don’t think I ever would have believed you if you had told me 10 years ago that I would be celebrating this anniversary in Montana! (Or living in an RV for that matter!) How kind God has been to us!

This week I’ll try to put together some pictures and stories about our work/play here at Camp Utmost. It’s been great so far!
Have a good one!

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