A little more Waco

When we left Waco last weekend, we said our good-byes thinking we wouldn’t be back in town until late November.  But when Gary tracked down the metal roofing he wanted for the shed, and it could be ready by yesterday, it seemed that another quick (as in under 24 hours quick!) trip to Waco was in order!

Although I had my doubts, my guy was pretty sure we could handle the roofing job ourselves.

Thankfully, at the last moment, dear SOWER friends who live in Lindale offered to come to Waco for the day to give us a hand! We were so thankful they came, because without Mike, I’m pretty sure we would’ve abandoned the project before the first sheet was screwed down.
We worked out a great system on the first side where Mike would slide the  sheet up, measure to make sure it was straight, and then I would steady it until it got screwed down from the top and bottom by the guys with the power tools.
The first side went pretty well but when it came to the second side there wasn’t really room for me, so I was (thankfully) demoted to the ground patrol .  I did miss the view, though!

The guys handled it just fine without me (no big surprise there), but I did come in handy when they dropped a tool or needed more supplies.

The trickiest panels were the final pieces on each side since there was no where to stand to screw them down.   Gary and Mike were pretty creative (and somewhat fearless, it seems) and figured that if they tied a ladder to one side of the roof (and then the other side) they could get the job done.
I know – crazy, right??? (That’s Mike up on the ladder with Gary as the ‘spotter’. Gary had already taken his turn on the ladder on the other side, and I honestly could not watch. Let alone document. Since he had survived without an ambulance ride, I figured I could take a couple of shots when it was Mike’s turn.) We were all pretty happy when the ladders were put away for this job!
By 4:30 the job was done, the tools and ladders were put away and we were heading back to Lindale. Here’s a super shout out to Mike and Bonnie for coming to town to help us with this. We truly could not have done this without you. In fact, after all was said and done, I heard some words come out of Gary’s mouth that I almost never hear –
“I really should have hired this out!”

We didn’t have much chance to interact with the kids between school and schedules (and shed roofing), but I still have to say the highlight of our zip-in, zip-out trip to Waco was this –
Missing our Waco family (especially this little one who is changing every day!!!) already! Thanks goodness for FaceTime.

Waco Days

What a sweet time we had in Waco!!  We were only there for two weeks, but we managed to pack the days full of goodness!

          • Our friends Don & Jenny came for a quick visit and we got to show them our new house and Waco.  We didn’t spend a lot of time experiencing the “Magnolia Phenom”, but did have a thoroughly enjoyable day checking out the riverfront, the Baylor campus (and bears) and hanging out with our Waco kids. Such a fun day!
            Untitled(photo creds to Gary – that’s his finger at the top!)Untitled
          • Although we were parked at our favorite campground, the bulk of our time was spent  with our favorite Wacoans!No surprise there, right?

          • While the kids were playing
            Gary was busy working on his shed. It went from this:
            to this in just two short weeks.
            Untitled Gotta love a man with a plan!
          • We voted.
            Now don’t get me wrong, we’ve voted in every major election via absentee ballot since we’ve been on the road. But this was the first time in these last 14 years that we walked into a polling place, showed our ID, entered a voting booth and ‘pulled the lever’. (Although in this new tech age, we actually turned a dial and pressed enter. Crazy!) It felt good. Very good, indeed.
          • I got my first tattoo.
            UntitledOK, so Taran gave me this little minion, and it was applied with a wet washcloth, but I have to tell you I’ve showered many times, and it’s still as bright and cheery as it was the day I got it. I’m thinking it’s permanent.
      • Speaking of minions – my little ‘minion’ cactus that I bought two years ago in Arizona, is blooming!!!! Such excitement in my little world!

It was a grand couple of weeks filled with snuggles and giggles and hugs. Add in some house chores accomplished (oh, and the shed half built!), and some lovely time spent with the grown-up kiddos, and it makes up for a truly excellent time.  If you’d like to see some additional pictures of our time in Waco, you can check them out here.

Thanks for stopping by!


A Fine February

After my crazy (though wonderful in many ways) January, February settled down nicely. In fact, it turned out to be quite a lovely month in many way. Here are just a few of the reasons it was a Fine February.

  1. Family Birthdays!
    Ellie turned 15! Oh my!
    Taran turned 3
    and Tammy turned….well, just a bit more beautiful!
    We weren’t actually there to help celebrate, but we made sure they all got a perfectly awful rendition of Happy Birthday from Grams and Pops. It’s what we do.
  2. UntitledAlthough we usually don’t do much of anything for Valentine’s Day (on a good year we go to a card shop, choose a card and then read them to each other), Gary got me flowers this year!
    I have to confess, it was very sweet! It’s amazing what you can find in the little town of Comfort!
  3.  I won TWO little “give-away’s” last week from different blogs/Facebook pages I follow! I don’t usually enter those contests since I have never won anything, but for some reason these seemed simple enough and I knew they were the real-deal. So – Thank you to Happy Cloud Creations for this sweet pack of fat quarters
    and to Alison Treat, Author, for a sweet one-size-fits-all $10 gift card to Amazon. Several folks asked if I went right out and bought a lottery ticket. But no – didn’t think I should press my ‘luck’!
  4. That same week, these two mug rugs also arrived at my place –
    courtesy of my uber-talented quilting artist good friend, Lynne Croswell.  You can check out some of her other creations at her website – Mountain Vistas. Thanks, Lynne!!
  5. Our SOWER project this month was great!  We were volunteering at His Hill Bible School/Camp  (in Comfort, TX) which is a gap-year (usually after high school, but sometimes after college) Bible program under the umbrella of Torchbearers, International.  Our work was pretty standard SOWER work – painting, painting, and painting for the ladies and general maintenance for the guys – but the true blessing was getting to know the students and faculty.  We joined them for lunch most days, and visited with kids from Germany, Brazil, several Canadian Providences and right down the road in San Antonio.  Hearing their stories of how they came to His Hill and then to hear what Christ was doing in their lives at the moment, was truly inspirational.  We were honored to serve there.
  6. Since there are several other projects in the area, we had several opportunities to have some great SOWER gatherings. Of course, they all centered around food, but hey – that’s just how we roll!

Continue reading A Fine February

Catching up Vol 8, issue 27

Life these days seems to be all about catching up. I’ve got the bills paid, the taxes started (well, I’ve started to collect the stuff I need for the taxes at least), the monthly SOWER newsletter is just about ready to go and it too late to send out those Valentine cards, so I guess it’s about time I catch up with life here on my little corner of the internet. Here goes~ Continue reading Catching up Vol 8, issue 27

Snow Boots and Slippers

We have worked pretty hard in the last 14 January’s to be in places that require sandals and sneakers rather than snow boots and slippers. And we’ve been moderately successful. Oh, there have been a few snow sightings over the years, but nothing that lasted more than the morning. We’ve had to pull out the sweatshirts and fleeces on occasion, but most every day held the possibility of ‘sunny and 70’ whether or not it was actually achieved. This year was to be no exception.

But when an extreme gall bladder attack revealed two masses on the pancreas of my sister Elna in Vermont, I knew that snow boots and slippers were in my January future. Continue reading Snow Boots and Slippers

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!