….I do a little blogging, right? Although I still have to put together a post about our wonderful cruise –
and then catch all you’all up on our April project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK.
I thought I’d do a little real time update, instead.
We left Anadarko bright and early Tuesday morning.
We did have a small concern in that the “Warning” light on the dashboard came on just as we were starting out. It doesn’t actually tell you what’s wrong, just that SOMETHING isn’t right. All the fluids were good, and she was running fine, so we opted to drive up to Oklahoma City (about 45 miles) and get it checked out there.
We made it without incident, and they were able to diagnose (and replace) a failed transient suppressor (you wanted to know, right?). That’s the good news. The bad news is that they spotted a potential problem with the “#3 Exhaust Gasket” – it had a leak and there was possible damage to the manifold. However, since they couldn’t fix it until next week sometime, we opted to continue on and get it looked at (a second opinion is always a good idea anyway when $$$ is involved) in Ohio since we’ll be there for over a week. (Are you glassy-eyed yet?) Sooooo…..
With the 4 hour delay, we only got to the Missouri Welcome Center before we stopped for the night. Not quite as far as we had hoped, but thankfully we had no additional mechanical issues.
This morning we started out in the rain –
and it pretty much rained all day, all the way.
Eight Hours. Driving in the Rain. Ugh. But we made it most of the way across Illinois and, Lord willing, we’ll make it to Columbus (or at least to the diesel mechanic) by the end of the day tomorrow!!
As I type this, we are sitting in a Walmart parking lot in Effingham, Illinois watching it rain.
(And listening to PSA’s about severe weather warnings. What county are we in again? Do we head into Walmart if it gets too crazy?)
It looks like we’ll be in the rain for most of the night –
We’re the blue dot – and let me say, that green blob has been with us all day!!! We can only pray that it will be long gone in the morning!
I’d like to say that I’ll be catching up soon with Cruise and Project posts, but the truth of the matter is after tomorrow my days will mostly be filled with kids and grands. And once again, blogging will get placed on the back burner! (But that’s really how it should be, don’t you agree?)
Now some of you might be wondering just what a “Round-up” is. Well, in our SOWER world a Round-up is simply a gathering of SOWER friends – both old and new for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Here is a little write up done by my good buddy, Kim, that went into the April eNewsletter – GOOD MORNING TRINITY PINES!!!! was the familiar call to order before daily morning devotions at the March TX “Round-Up”. Host Trinity Pines director Phil Springer, as well as Forest Glen and Camp Cho-Yeh directors each took a turn leading devotions, blessing, inspiring and challenging us through the Word and personal testimonies. And as if that wasn’t enough – gregarious games, fantastic food, titillating talent, cozy campfires, melodious music, an amazing auction, tremendous Trustee/Office Q&A and SOWER family fellowship rounded out our days and evenings.
So let’s just unpack that a bit….. Gregarious Games
Oh my! Everything from toilet paper races
to kayak races
to archery contests –
to a game of hot potato with an ice ball (I asked for an ice-breaker and they took me literally!)
EVERYONE had a good time with the wide variety of games that we played! Fantastic Food
From the hot dog roast that started our event
to our delicious meal at the dining hall
to our always favorite pot-luck dinner
no one can say they went home hungry! Titillating Talent
A favorite event of any Round-up/Rally/Reunion is the Talent Show. Serious
or funny –
all talent is welcome! What fun we had! Cozy Campfires
We kept the campfire going from early morning for the coffee crowd
till late at night.
We even enjoyed a movie night under the stars –
(Nothing’s quite as fun as a group of seasoned RV’ers watching “The Long Long Trailer” with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez!) Melodious Music
We all enjoyed a time of praise and worship each morning, and even managed to put together a couple of “Choir” numbers!
Plus, there is nothing quite as stirring as 60 SOWERS singing our official SOWER Song – Our Best Amazing Auction
A long standing tradition at a SOWER Round-up is the auction. This year was no exception!
We had everything from essential oils to homemade sticky buns to RV equipment to adorable potholders! No pictures of the auction itself, but we raised over $3200 for the SOWER ministry so we think that’s a pretty good thing! Tremendous Trustee/Office Q&A
Every SOWER Rally also likes to include a Trustee Q&A. This year we had two board members, Jenny and Kim, along with our two office staff, Ray & Alean. It was a great chance for folks to ask any questions about our guidelines and offer suggestions to help improve our ministry.
It’s always a profitable time!
And finally – SOWER family fellowship
This is truly what a SOWER Round-up is all about. Connecting with new friends, reconnecting with old, and being reminded again (and again!) what a wonderful family we are all a part of.
It was a stellar couple of days – we are so very blessed to call these folks brothers and sisters in Christ. Our Family!
There are additional pictures HERE if you’d like to check ’em out.
Or, if you have a couple of minutes, some should scroll through below!
Is it Tuesday already? Although we have returned from our Oh-So-Fun Cruise
I am no where near to being caught up on my life in general. We have arrived at our April SOWER ministry/project and are getting settled (and catching up on emails, etc.). Before I can share about the monkeys and zip lines and snorkeling adventures, I need to organize and process the photos from the SOWER TX Round-up.
And before I can do that I need to put together the SOWER newsletter (already past the deadline).
So – this little mini-post is just to say Hi – and I’ll be back soon. Honest!
Our new neighborhood (that’s us behind the white truck). =)
This past week has been crazy wonderful. Or maybe I should say it’s been crazy AND wonderful! We started off the week with the 2017 SOWER Ministry Texas Round-up. With the campground full (30 rigs), and the fire pit going all the time, it was a wonderful three days of fellowship. Since I haven’t even begun to sort through the pictures (and hilarious videos) from that, the ‘Round-up reflection’ will have to wait. Because pretty much from the moment we waved good-bye to last RV pulling out on Wednesday, we (ok, mostly ME) have been in GET READY FOR THE CRUISE mode. While our traveling companions are more seasoned Cruisers, this is an absolute first for us. (I’m pretty sure taking that ferry across Lake Champlain doesn’t count.) Here is just a partial list of our cruise preparations this week- Collecting seasick remedy/preventions and sunscreens
Better safe than sorry, right? Getting a hair cut –
Yes, I am getting a “Flo-bee” haircut by Jenny. Quite the experience, let me tell you!
(Gary got a hair cut too – just no documentation!) Getting a pedicure
Seven of us ‘left-overs’ from the Round-up descended on a local nail salon to get the full treatment.
We had such a blast as those two hard-working manicurists worked their way through our toes!
That shop may never be the same. Last minute shopping – We made sure we had swimming shoes (we’re going snorkeling at one of our stops) and floppy hats for the sun. Fashion Consultation
We girls had several fashion consults with each other to make sure we were taking the right clothes. I’m sure the Cruise Fashion Patrol has long since retired, but it sure was fun putting together outfits and coming up with our “Dinner Wear”.
(The guys, of course, threw 3 pairs of shorts, a jacket and 4 shirts in their suitcase and they were good to go.)
Tonight we’re gathering for a Clean Out the Refrigerator dinner, one final check to make sure we have all our ducks in a row, and then tomorrow morning we head to Galveston. To say we are super excited (and maybe a little nervous, it being the first time and all) is a bit of an understatement. We’ve decided to go completely unplugged for the week so don’t be expecting any daily updates. My iPhone will only be used for picture-taking, and my tablet for devotions and reading. The computer is staying home. And this little corner of the internet will be oh-so-quiet for the next week-plus – since we return and then hit the road right away the following morning!.
Thanks for stopping by – and we’ll ‘talk’ again soon!
I guess I should clarify – the title of this hymn is actually “Our Best”, but in our circle we call it the SOWER Song. It was written in 1912 by Salathiel C. Kirk and Grant C. Tullar, and I confess that I had never even heard it before we began our SOWER journey. It’s not the peppiest of songs, and truthfully is not even one of my favorite songs. But when a room full of SOWERS gathers at the end of devotions and this song is sung – well, it sets the tone for the day. I’ve included a video of just the melody since maybe (probably) you’ve never heard it before either. One of these days I’ll have to record a SOWER group giving this hundred year old hymn our best! Our Best
Hear ye the Master’s call, “Give Me thy best!”
For, be it great or small, that is His test.
Do then the best you can, not for reward,
Not for the praise of men, but for the Lord.
Every work for Jesus will be blest,
But He asks from everyone his best.
Our talents may be few, these may be small,
But unto Him is due our best, our all.