August 17th, 2014 | Author:

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But that could also be interpreted as – Oh. My. Goodness. We only have a week to wrap up this project!
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Gary’s been putting in extra time with the end-of-the-project deadline looming large but with the help of a local excavator who took out the remaining sections of concrete (yippee!!!!),
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he’s made some great progress!
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Oh, there’s still plenty to do this week – the stairs need to be finished up, and there are some fans that need to be installed under the stairs to vent the crawlspace. (Pretty glad I won’t be helping with that little project.  Or at least I don’t think I’ll be helping….Gulp.)
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We’ve really enjoyed having two other SOWER couples here, too.
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The guys have been mostly working on a nearby house that has been donated to the conference center (except when Gary needs them on the walkway), and we ladies have been painting the remaining motel rooms (on this side) along with some painting down where the guys are working. With four working days left we have two rooms remaining. We’re so very hopeful that by the end of the week that side of the motel will be all done and ready for business over the winter.
So the week behind us was busy indeed. And the week ahead promises to be be just as full. But lest you think that life last week was all work and no play -
Bucket #4. What a great afternoon.
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Oh, yeah, baby. Plenty of goodness to go around!

 

August 11th, 2014 | Author:

Have you ever had one of those weeks that when you get to the end of it you are amazed with how filled with extra blessings it was? That’s how last week was for me. :)

1. Weston
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Even though the start of my week was the end of our Very Weston Weekend, it was still a blessing. It was such a treasure to have him for the weekend – though I confess that the nap I had that afternoon also felt pretty good!
2. Prayer Campfire
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My walking buddy asked if we SOWERS could host a Prayer Campfire one evening with the purpose of praying for the folks who were currently at the conference center – InterVarsity.  We weren’t quite sure what that would look like, but we were certain we could put together a campfire!
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After a bit of sharing, we broke into small groups and prayed for specific needs – oh my, what a blessed evening!
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The fact that it ended with S’Mores was also pretty sweet!
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3. Work
Once again, it was a nicely diversified week!

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Some kitchen time

Some painting time

and some great progress on the walkways. (Full disclosure = I held a board for him, so I can officially say I “worked” on it, but let’s be real. This is Gary all the way!)
4. Play
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Saturday Gary and I joined friends at nearby Elk Lake. Ahhhhhh……
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The food was great (have you ever tried blueberry/peach pie? It’s a magnificent combination! And with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? Be still my heart.), the fellowship sweet, and the water play was great fun to watch!
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I’m hoping to make one more trip to the lake to try out those kayaks. Cheryl tells me a “paddle around the lake” is good for the soul, and that sounds good to me!
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5. Worship
We finished up the week with “Church on the Green” – an annual outdoor worship service right in the heart of town. Lots of people, lots of worship and lots of the Gospel. Right there on the green! Loved it!
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Yes, it was a “blessing upon blessing” week. Thank you, Lord, for your kindness to me in orchestrating such a time as this.
Amen.

August 05th, 2014 | Author:

This past weekend we had the joy of taking care of our little 3 year old grandson, Weston.  His mom and dad had a very-busy-away-from-home activity with the youth from their church and asked if we could help them out by taking care of the kiddo.  Of course, we said.  We’d be delighted.

Since we’d never kept Weston for any length of time (and certainly not without Mom & Dad hanging around), my delight in keeping him was tainted with – What if he misses Mommy and I can’t distract him? Where will he sleep in the RV?  What will we do with a very busy toddler (are they still toddlers when they’re three?) in our little house.  What will he eat? What if he doesn’t like us???????? Oh, yeah, there were just a few insecurities going on at my house.  But God was good – and they all came to nothing!

We had so much fun – taking in the Montrose Blueberry Festival on Friday, over-the-top fun at the Discovery Center in Binghamton, NY and then a relatively quiet day on Sunday, just hanging around the campground.  There’s a whole batch of pictures HERE, but here are some of my favorites for our Very Weston Weekend!
He will stay awake till we get home! #oursfortheweekend.
Doing our best to keep him awake on the 2 hr. ride home. We were pretty sure that an 8PM nap was not a good way to start the weekend!
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Wait for me, Pops! The Bluberry Festival was a bit overwhelming for him, but he loved all those firetrucks parked on the road!
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Bedtime was a bit of a challenge. Or maybe I should say bed space was a bit of a challenge. We didn’t have room for a porta-crib and Mom had said he was terrible to sleep with (as in sharing the bed with me and putting Pops on the sofa), so we made him a little nest at the foot of the bed.
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The new sleeping bag and Thomas the Train pillow helped, and while it wasn’t perfect, the plan worked pretty well.
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Saturday was a blast! The Discovery Center was one fun activity after another -
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“Here I am, Grams!”
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Computer play
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Picking up a few things at the grocery store.
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and of course, trains!
He had such a blast! Outside was a beautiful story garden -
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Golfing with Pops. I love this!
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And crossing the Foot Bridge. (giggle)
It was a long day – and a very quiet ride home!
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Sunday was quiet – Worship, no-fuss Sunday School, and then another nap attempt. Oh, well, at least it made bed-time easy!
Before we knew it, it was Monday morning and time to head back down the road to be reunited with Mom!
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So the verdict is in. He didn’t miss Mommy too much, he slept great in his little nest at the foot of the bed, there’s plenty to do if you look around a bit (and there’s always Cars to put into the DVD player), and he eats just about anything. Oh, and he seems to like us OK!
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Thanks, Mom and Dad, for letting us love on this little guy this weekend. So very, very special!

August 01st, 2014 | Author:

I’ve been looking back over some of my earliest posts on this blog and came across this little nugget from back in July, 2004 (just before we set out on this great adventure) -
Even in our excitement about the adventure ahead, there is the reality of relationships that will be left behind. I guess that’s why we have this website – so that we can stay connected to friends and family.
SayinggoodbyeToday marks the completion of 10 years on the road. Ten years. Oh, my. When we set out on this “sabbatical” we had no idea we were actually embarking on a new life. And truth be told, leaving behind those relationships has been one of the less-than-joyful parts of what has otherwise  been an amazing journey. Staying in touch with far away friends is, I believe, a challenge for most of us. So as I’ve written these posts over the years, I often feel as though I am writing a letter to dear friends. You. To those who have been reading (and traveling) along for the last ten years I can only offer my heartfelt thanks. And to those of you whom we have met along the way – thanks for joining us in our journey. For as much as leaving relationships behind has been a less-than-joyful part of this life, there has been abundant joy in building new relationship and strengthening ones that were already in our hearts. Along with all of the new friends we’ve made along the way, we’ve managed to reconnect with high school and college friends (I’m having lunch with a high school friend next week!) and we have recently been able to exchange hugs with a niece and nephew (and extended family) that we hadn’t seen in at least 12 years.
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So 10 years, over 75,000 RV miles, and 47 states later, yes – we’ve seen some amazing places. But, oh, it’s the people we’ve met along the way that have been a blessing we value beyond words.

Here’s to another 10!

 

July 26th, 2014 | Author:

IMG_3397_edited-1I wasn’t going to go. While I can’t say that I’ve written any less – I still manage to keep this blog (mostly) up-to-date, I continue to edit and write for the monthly SOWER e-Newsletter, and I’ve done an article or two for the Sowergram (the SOWER bi-monthly publication) – I certainly can’t say I’ve written any more. Certainly there have been no clever articles or travelogues sent into magazines and for sure, no opening paragraph of the Rvthereyet Story have been written (let alone a first chapter!). So there was that little inside voice telling me that I didn’t really deserve to go since I had squandered the blessing of last year’s conference. But there was another voice telling me I should go. Sweet Gary once again encouraged me to take advantage of this remarkable event that happens right in our own backyard. And so I went. And was once again blessed.
Oh, I was still overwhelmed. Still in awe of the ‘talent in the room’. Still insecure about my ability to write, let alone write something that someone would consider publishing. But over-reaching the “stills” was the absolute blessing by the insights and encouragement from both the faculty and fellow conferees. I left this year feeling less afraid of the task before me, knowing that if God truly wants me to write about this adventure (or is it a pilgrimage?), then He will give me the strength, courage, community (yes, that’s YOU) and TIME to make it happen. Knowing that friends will be praying for me in this endeavor is a priceless gift from our gracious Father.
Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. Colossians 1:9-12 (The Message)
Montrose Christian Writers Conference has come to a close. Now to figure out how to wrap my brain around the information (and encouragement) I received. Oh, and figure out what to do with all the piles! #smallspaceliving#mcwc
Thank you for coming along on this journey. I’ll need your help in the days ahead as I set my goals, plan my strategies, and try to keep my head above water. Oh, and write! All comments (and prayers) are welcome, and feel free to ask how the book is coming every now and again. But first I need to get my house back in order after a great week at camp! Anyone want to stop by and help with that?