The Heavens Declare His Handiwork

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Psalm 19:1-6 (ESV)

Signing In

It’s been a tradition here at the cabin to sign your name on the bunk you slept in.  When we were kids we signed with crayons.

We even made sure our friends signed when they joined us on vacation.

(I wonder whatever happened to Donna Baker?)
When the bunk beds were redesigned into a double bed and a single bed, we made sure to keep all of those memory boards and incorporated them either into the new beds or as part of the shelving.

Over the years, with the advent of the Sharpie pen, the ‘signings’ have become a bit bolder, but still mostly contained in the sleeping area or up in the loft.

A sharp eye can even spot some original artwork.

Because this is a family cabin and we share it with our entire family and their friends, we don’t always know the folks who have left their John Hancock behind. But it’s still fun to see what clever and creative ‘signings’ folks leave behind. Since our son and family (5 of our 10 granchildren) were up here just before us, we were clued in that our oldest granddaughter (Ellie, age 15) had left a special signing this year. It took us a couple of minutes to find it, but when we did, we were delighted! There, tucked on the side of the ladder to the loft was an Ellie Original.

We have an official Cabin “Sign-in Book”, but for the under 20 gang, signing the cabin itself still seems to have the most appeal.

And I’m kinda glad about that!

Made it!

We woke up to rain, packed the truck in the rain and drove the entire trip in the rain. But we made it to the cabin, and while I can’t say the sun broke through the clouds to welcome us here, it did stop raining so we could get the truck unpacked without getting drenched.

The food’s been put away and I’m getting ready to take a nap. And Gary is putting in a new outlet.

Yes, the Cabin vacation has officially begun!

Wrapping up Montrose

It seems crazy to me that our Montrose summer is coming to an end.  Yet here we are, with suitcases packed and the fridge organized for a quick cooler-pack in the morning, getting ready to head to the Cabin tomorrow morning! We’ve hugged the summer staff and said our farewells to the full-time staff. But before we load up the truck and pull out tomorrow, I figured I’d better give a recap of just what we’ve been doing all summer.
(Full disclosure – According to Gary,  I’ve been playing most of the summer: a SOWER sister get-away, a cruise with my sisters, a surprise day at Knoebels with our daughter and family, a week with our grandgirl Maddie, and then a long Vermont weekend for a family wedding.  And there is some truth to that, because those excursions were beyond precious to me! But honest, some work was done!)

My primary job this summer (when I wasn’t off playing) was to help with housekeeping. And for me that meant making beds and cleaning guest rooms.
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And when I wasn’t putting clean sheets on the beds, I was making the sheets clean.
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At a busy conference center there are ALWAYS beds to be made, and sheets and towels to be washed. Nothing like a job security!

Oh, I also got to do a bit of kitchen work and even was tasked with sewing a batch of new aprons.
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🙂
So it wasn’t ALL about bed linens!

Gary was disappointed that the walk-in Refrigerator/Freezer project didn’t happen as expected, but there were plenty of other projects to keep him busy.
There was the new guest room in Torrey
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and a porch landing to rebuild.
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He also got the new dorm rooms closer to finish (though I don’t have any pictures of that) and the last couple of weeks he worked on moving some ductwork in the Rec Hall. Again, I don’t have any pictures of the actual work, but I did get a picture of the completed job. Well, at least from the pretty side!
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Those fine registers (or at least their installation) are his handiwork!

If he hadn’t already gone to bed, I’m sure he could list out more projects that he worked on.

Lord willing, there will be a foundation (and maybe even some framing done!)here next summer.
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It was a chock-full of fun (and work) summer for us, and as always, we were blessed to be here at Montrose Bible Conference.
But I gotta tell you, and this point we can hear the cabin calling………
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Family Weekend Fun

Wedding. Family. Heritage.

Sometimes everything just comes together is a super-special way, and you’re left with more precious memories than you’d ever imagined!

Wedding
Our youngest niece, Sydney, got married on Saturday to the love of her life, Nate. The wedding was at a beautiful barn in central Vermont – the Cyr Barn.
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It was one of those (typical) Vermont summer days where if you looked in one direction it looked like a beautiful day.
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Check out the blue sky!
But as the wedding progressed, the clouds over the mountain took on a bit more threatening look.
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The weather did not squelch any of the joy of the day however!
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The reception was in the barn, which was whimsically decorated with white lights and white tulle.
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We loved being able to share in the joy of the day, and we LOVED being able to spend the day with my siblings and their spouses.
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We clean up pretty nicely, don’t we??

Family
So we spent Saturday at that lovely wedding, not only being able to celebrate with Syd and Nate, but also enjoying sweet visits with the sibs. Such a precious day. But then on Sunday, with no advance planning whatsoever, we were able to connect with our Canadian family who ‘just happened’ to be in Vermont over the weekend. What a delight!!
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Dewey and Sharon couldn’t join us since they were in post-wedding recovery mode, but it was so grand to see these folks. We even gave it a Senior Citizen attempt at a 10 person selfie.
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Where’s that selfie stick when you need it!!

Heritage
Usually, if we are in Vermont we are staying at the cabin. This time, though, the cabin was being used for the rehearsal dinner and housing for the groomsmen, so we opted to stay at another piece of our family history – the Dwinell Homestead.
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This home was built by my great-grandfather and his brother, and 5 generations later it’s still in the family. It wasn’t being used this weekend, so we made arrangements to stay there. It’s only used in the summer, and in many ways has remained just as it was at the turn of the century. (Think lots and lots of extension cords!) We poked around in the genealogy books, checked out the vast array of old pictures, and tried to conjure up just who might have sat in what chair last century.
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Super special to stay there!
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Wedding, Family, Heritage. What a beautiful weekend!
If you’d like to see a few additional pictures of our glorious weekend, you can check them out HERE!

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!