Diversification

Sometimes when we’re working at a SOWER project we get a specific task and we work at it for the entire three weeks. Like last month when every day it was Thrift Shop all the way. Or the last couple of summers when it was A/C installation every day. But most times our days are actually quite diverse and this month is proving that to be true!
In the past 11 days I have helped set up and decorate for a banquet-
Looks like I'll be busy this morning. #sowerjobs #inmyskillset
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(And then we even got to go!)
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I got to help Gary build some beds
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and learned the life lesson that
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the flat washer always goes first. Always.
Then I moved to some painting, transforming the inside of cupboards from Yucky
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to…well, less yucky.  Gotta love what a little scraping and a coat of paint can do!
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After a busy weekend of teenage guests in the newly renovated dorms, I tackled gathering up the trash (Yikes – that was crazy) and then cleaning the sinks and mirrors.
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I thought it was very kind of the housekeeping staff to not ask me to do the toilets and showers. These small mercies do not go unappreciated.
And then just when I thought my tasks were sticking to the housekeeping genre, Gary needed my assistance over in the gym.
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Oh, man. You mean up there?
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Yup!
He really just needed an extra set of hands to help get a fan motor lifted up and placed, and then to hold the flashlight so he could see where he was working.
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Oh the talent – holding the flashlight AND taking a picture. He really does need me!
The motor went to a crazy big fan (guess you could call it a gym-sized fan) – I felt like I was on an Alfred Hitchcock movie set!
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Gary has likewise been doing a bit of this and a bit of that.  I love that we arrived on a Friday and on Saturday their walk-in freezer died.  Ok, I don’t love that their walk-in died, but I loved the timing that Gary was able to diagnose the bad compressor and install the replacement (which was 4 days from being out of warranty). God really has a way of working those things out, doesn’t He!  He’s looked at several A/C systems, rehabbed an ice machine, built some beds (with his trusty assistant), disassembled some other beds, fiddled with one of the coffee machines and generally made himself useful (which of course he does all the time!).  I can’t vouch for (or show photographic proof) of all of his diversification, but trust me – he’s been busy.  He’s also been working on his RV chore list during our off days, which included oil and transmission fluid changes, and (just because it’s on his list) defrosting the freezer.  Have I said this before – What a Guy!  While he’s been busy doing RV chores, I’ve been busy working on Christmas projects.  Did you know it’s only A WEEK AWAY!!!!! This is what the inside of our house has looked like most days (and this is relatively tidied up) –
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Let’s just say that not a lot of heavy duty cooking has been going on in my little corner of Louisiana!
Thanks for stopping by – hope your Christmas shopping/sewing/gathering/baking/decorating – whatever- is going well. Don’t forget to hit that “pause” button every now and again to remember what this beautiful season is really all about –

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
Luke 2:11 & 12

5 thoughts on “Diversification”

  1. Very good documentation Stephanie. I know ABC camp so appreciated the 2 of you. Morris and I were there April 2014. It was majestic to say the least,as the azaleas planted all around their pond area were in full bloom. Their hotel and conference center was used almost very weekend, as well as their cabins which are reserved for leaders who need a place of refreshment. All out wonderful group of people and great project. Oh and I met a woman of the host church that grew up 5 miles from my own birth place. We call each other every two weeks or so. What a blessing to have worked there. Have a wonderful Christmas Stephanie and Gary.

  2. I was searching for RVers who quilt. We had been full time RVers until about 3 1/2 years ago, when we stopped, a little later we got a stick and brick and good jobs. We have about 3 more years to work and then we will be back into our RV. Anyway, I used to quilt, about 8 years ago- gave everything to the church so I could attend Bible School full-time and work in ministry about 50 hours a week. I just could not juggle all of it. So all these years later, I am quilting again. Just trying to figure out how to store everything when we get rolling again. Thank you for your blog.

  3. Merry Christmas, everyone! Travlinmama – I want to encourage you that quilting and RVing DO go together! =) I wrote a little article awhile back – http://www.rvthereyet.org/2010/06/12/fulltime-families where I talked about how we make the whole thing work. One basic requirement is a husband that is very patient and willing to put up with a bit of chaos (every now and again!). I’m just wrapping up the Christmas sewing push, and even I will be glad to see everything back in its place. Have a blessed Christmas!

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