A couple of things…..

Have you warmed up yet? I feel badly even making the slightest complaint about cold weather, but just like many (if not most) of you, we’ve had a bit of deep freeze down here in the valley too. Ok, it wasn’t quite a Deep Freeze, but it was a freeze, and it sent the locals into quite a tailspin!
Winter storm in South Texas. Schools are closed, major highways are closed, even SOWER work has been canceled! Crazy! #rgvfreeze.  (Good news, though, should be in the high 70's by the weekend. Phew.)
The major highways were closed (it’s the old “bridge freezes before road surfaces” scare), many schools were closed (including ours) or had late starts. Even our SOWER men stayed home (by request of the host) due to the cold temps and muddy conditions at the job site. Pretty crazy all around! I borrowed this picture from a friend – quite a dramatic picture of the incoming cold front!
ValleyColdfront2
Crazy, right?
But we have a little more going on that just the weather. Last week we got together with 45 other SOWERS who are either working or living in the valley! It was a great meal, done in fine SOWER Potluck style –
Sower potluck lunch - all kinds of crockpot goodness! And lots of wonderful folks to boot!
and we even managed to herd everyone together for a good old group picture!
ValleyLuncheonJan2014
What a fun gang of hard working old(er) folks!
We managed to squeeze in a couple more sewing classes
Sewing 101 @ Macedonian Christian Academy
and I even got to help out in the infant nursery on Sunday!
Mmmmm.....infant nursery.
Did my gramma’s heart good!
Today wrapped up the official January SOWER project – it always amazes me how quickly those three weeks fly by! The guys made great progress on the framing at the new building, and the ladies also accomplished much! The Sewing Sowers had a blast working on some secret projects along with several throws and table runners.
Table runners
Others helped out at the school and fell in love with the students! We’re happy that most of them are hanging around for the next week so we won’t have think about saying good-bye for a while yet. Truly a special group of servants!
MCAJan2014
(Don’t look for Gary in this picture – he’d already left for work. I just can’t control the guy! :))

It’s been a busy week all around – filled with friends and fun, warm days and cold days. And the weekend ahead holds great promise. Not only is the weather warming up so very nicely (sorry, Minnesota), but I’m heading out on my first Ladies’ Retreat in many, many years. One of the blessings of being in one place for several months is being able to connect with a local church (instead of being the “professional church visitor” that we often tend to be.) It’s wonderful to get hugs when you arrive and be blessed by hearing the Word being preached by the same guy for more than three weeks in a row! (Plus, I even get to help out in the nursery sometimes – see above! :)). But to be able to join these women, who have become true sisters in Christ, for a weekend of study and prayer (and a fair bit of giggles and goodies, I dare say) – well, that is delicious icing on the cake. Oh, and did I mention it’s being held on South Padre Island? Oh, yeah, baby!

Stay warm and safe this weekend, friends! Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “A couple of things…..”

  1. Warms my heart to read your stories of a retired life using the God given gifts you have. Thank you Stephanie for posting .

  2. Dale- every day I am struck with how privileged we are to serve our Lord in this ministry! Thank you for coming along on our journey!

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