O.H.I.O.

So Ohio was great! We were so excited when we learned late last year that an Ohio ministry had joined our SOWER family! And especially pleased that it was only about 45 minutes from our Ohio kids. Not in the same direction, mind you, but still. We didn’t make any weeknight jaunts (we are, after all, working folks during the week) but during the weekends we did manage to get in a couple of sporting events,
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a Kentucky Derby Party
Kentucky Derby hats!
a lovely family Mother’s Day gathering
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and even a purple manicure from an experienced technician.
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Oh, and did I mention there were some fun games on the deck
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and some lovely snuggles.
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Being able to work at Heartland this May was especially fortuitous because it coincided with our oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation!
Ellie’s graduationNot sure where the years have gone – but we were delighted to be able to share in the festivities. Although we weren’t sure we’d be able to actually go to the ceremony with all of the COVID restrictions, at the last minute the family was granted a couple of extra tickets so 6 of us (7 counting the daughter in the band and already there) were able to be there in person.
OK, it was kind of a far away in person sort of thing, but it was still thrilling to see this young beauty take this momentous step.
Ellie’s graduation
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(Pops stayed home with the boys and the baby and watched it on the TV!)
I loved watching the three oldest girls interacting together down on the field after the ceremony –
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But I think maybe this one is my favorite!
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Because, well, they’re sisters! And God made each one of them delightfully different!
Another highpoint of our time in Ohio was our last day when the whole clan (except Ellie B) came up to OUR Place for a picnic!
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We took a fun hike
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and the kiddos had a great time playing in the creek!
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After we stuffed ourselves and folks began to pack up for the trek home I even remembered to get some group pictures before we said our final (for this time) good-byes! (Lord willing, we’ll be seeing them all in July at our Family Reunion at the Cabin!!!!)
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Man, I love these guys! I think we might just have to volunteer at that Ohio project again!
The next morning we packed up and hit the road. But more on that later……
I know this has been long, and more than a little photo heavy, so thanks for persevering to the end! I did spare you from SOME of the photos, so if you’d like to see the rest of the set, you can check them out HERE!

No Excuses

I know, I know — it’s been quite a while since my last post. But I offer no apology. I’m pretty sure I warned you that we were heading to the cabin, and my days were filled with cabin-y things and the ol’ computer was barely cracked open. We enjoyed time with family and friends, got started on some reunion preparations, and generally filled up on Cabin vibes. It was a very good time.
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As of last night we’ve returned to our little nest at Montrose, and today we launched into a project that (we hope) will take a week or so to complete. And then we’ll be heading back to the cabin! So over the next few days I plan to do some catching up, because once I get back to The Cabin, it will be vacation-brain all over again! And I’m pretty sure I’ll be short on apologies then too!
Thanks for stopping by (and putting up with these long silences)!
Steph

What’s Next?

We had a busy last week in Ohio – besides wrapping up work at Heartland Retreat Center there was also The Graduation of our oldest granddaughter (whoohoo), and then we had the entire gang (less one) up at the campground for a fun final day picnic. But before I get into all those pictures (oh, and there are plenty of them!) I thought I’d just let you know What’s Next for us –
Montrose to The CabinThis summer our main focus is our family reunion at the Cabin, scheduled for the middle of July. We’ve parked the coach at our favorite PA project – Montrose Bible Conference, where they are kindly allowing us to leave her while we traipse back and forth to Vermont. Gary has a number of pre-reunion projects in mind, so we leave tomorrow (May 26) and will be staying until June 7th or so. Then it’s back to Montrose where we’ll work for a bit to earn our keep, and then back up to the Cabin by July 1st. While it’s technically R&R (from SOWER work), I’m pretty sure it will be more Rebuilding and Reconnecting than actual Rest and Relaxation. Though I dare say there will be a nap or two happening as well! And oh-so-many family hugs!
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The gang from our last reunion at The Cabin – 2012!

We’re looking forward to a great summer! The Cabin (my happy place), Family (my happy people), friends (ah, beautiful friends), and a bit of work for the LORD to round things out!

Spreadsheets to Bed sheets

And just like that, our May project is over! During the first of our three weeks at a project we’re finding our way, scoping out the new surroundings and getting to know our co-servants. During the second week we’re in our stride.  Our ‘new’ neighbors have become good friends, and we have a pretty good understanding of what we’ve been doing and what we’ll be doing in the days ahead. Then the third week hits. It’s like – WAIT. It’s almost over? But, but….didn’t we just get here? This month was no different! Thursday was our final official work day and already one of our neighbors has returned home.  So I before get too maudlin over these ‘leaving’ days, here’s a bit of a recap of our time here at Heartland Conference Center!

As mentioned before, I started out in the Health Office, helping to organize registrations and health forms that came in daily for summer camp. (YEA for summer camp this year!!!)
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This last week I moved from spreadsheets to bed sheets as I joined the other ladies in housekeeping – transforming this
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into this!
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It was fun to work as a team as we got the rooms ready for the next batch of visitors!
Since I had my sewing machine set up, I also mended about 10 of the spreads that were showing some wear and tear.
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But lest you be too impressed – I was really only stitching a small void in the binding – trying to prevent further ‘unsewing’.
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I truly did enjoy working with these sweet ladies!
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The guys worked on a variety of painting and plumbing projects, but I think the most memorable “guy job” on this project was the mowing on those fun zero-turn mowers!

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They were on those mowers at some point most days that the weather allowed it, ’cause folks, there is a LOT of grass here!
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(and this is only the view from our coach!).

Although it was work, I think it was just a bit like playing on go-carts for them as they’d drive them to break and home for lunch!
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The Mowing Team – spruced up for pictures!
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In the three short weeks we have been here, the trees have filled out,

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and so has our circle of SOWER family (also known as friends!)! We welcomed a brand new SOWER couple (whose last name is Sowers – how crazy is that!), and got to know a couple who reminded me of Gary & I ten years ago (high school sweethearts, three kids, full-timing, etc…)! Today we’re wrapping up loose ends, tonight we watch our beautiful Ellie graduate from high school, tomorrow everyone is coming here for a post-graduation/last day with Grams and Pops picnic, and Monday we pull up stakes (or levelers as it were) and hit the road!

What a stellar month it has been – filled with family and friends and a good bit of Kingdom work!  Thank-you, LORD, for this adventure you have led us on!

It didn’t take long

…for some of those blogging habits (as in doing it more regularly) to fall by the wayside.  And I’m running out of excuses for not keeping up with things better.  The SOWER newsletter has been sent out and is off my plate for a couple of weeks.  My sewing projects are right on target (pictures of those after they are actually gifted),  and our SOWER work is going well. Maybe the best way to get myself back on track is to just chose an assortment of recent cellphone photos.

So let’s get started!
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Gary joined me in the Health Office late last week as he replaced an under-counter hot water heater. It was a fun diversion as I continued organizing camper health forms. It’s always fun to work alongside my guy!

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We enjoyed a lovely end of the week campfire with our co-servants. It was good to kick back and rehash the week. And the fact that we’d finally had some non-rainy days! (Still chilly, but blue skies!)

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I spent a little too much time trying to figure out an email glitch. Grrrrrr…. I know, I know, it’s a total First World Problem, but it was super frustrating.

 

 

 

 

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We also spent a sweet overnight at Toby’s house. Took in a little league game, had lots of sitting around the table time (which may or may not have included losing at cards), and had my heart filled with snuggles from this little one!

 

I took a couple pictures of us going through the car wash too, but that seemed a little TOO weird to include in this little potpourri of photos from last week.   You’re welcome. 🙂

Better wrap this up and head to bed – the alarm will be going off before I know it! As always, thanks for stopping by!

Steph

 

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!