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Family Visit

Imagine our delight when our Waco kids came for a visit this past Sunday! Especially given that Waco isn’t exactly around the corner from Camp Lavon and good ol’ Dallas is smack dab in the middle of the route. But they were willing – and we were happy to have them come.   To simplify lunch (feeding 8 folks in our RV was not high on my “fun things to do” list) we met a nearby restaurant to start our visit.
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[Do you suppose it’s a proven fact that it’s impossible to get four little men to smile at the camera at the same time? I think Weston (front right) was working on his “how weird can I look” face, while Taran across the table was just over it. Man, I love those little boys!]
Although we’ve had some lovely cool-ish (for Texas anyway) days recently, Sunday climbed well into the 90’s so for much of the day we just hung around in the RV. It was a little crowded, but we set the boys up with the dominoes on the tile floor, and they kept pretty busy building towers or seeing how many they could line up to knock down! Every now and then one would wander up front and I caught this shot of little Anderson with the sun hitting him just  right!

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Eventually, though, we braved the heat and went for a little walk around the conference center. We checked out the lake front
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and then ended up at the camp’s swimming hole where one of the camp families (also with 4 young’uns) was playing in the water. The boys couldn’t resist, and although there were no pictures taken, joining them for a bit of splash time was the perfect end to a hot walk. Once everyone was back in dry clothes, they loaded the van and headed back to Waco (with a quick stop at the DWF airport to pick up a friend – didn’t that work out well!). I snapped one last shot of this little guy –
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who turns ONE tomorrow!! As the saying goes – #dontblink!

We don’t get many family visits when we’re on a SOWER project, so Sunday afternoon was a very precious time indeed!  Thanks for coming along for the visit!
Steph

Getting back in the groove

Sometimes it’s hard, isn’t it? Getting back into the groove I mean? This week I’ve gotten back into the groove of SOWER work, and it’s been going pretty well. One thing that has helped ease me back into “waking up to an alarm” is that the crew here at Lake Lavon doesn’t start work until 9 AM, following devotions at 8:30. Being a flexible sort of SOWER, we were happy to comply with their schedule. (Our SOWER workday usually starts at 8AM with devos at 7:30.) Our work has been productive too. Wendy and I are in painting mode and have worked out a pretty good routine as we tackle this loooonnnnggg hallway.
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Lots of nooks and crannies there, so I do mostly the brush work and she uses her skills with cutting in the ceiling and doing the high stuff!
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Of course, we both do the rolling, but again, she takes the high road and I take the low!
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(This photo is also to show you how close the new color is to the old color. I’m pretty sure when I take the “after” picture, it’s going to look pretty much like that “before” picture!)
It’s been going well, and we should be able to finish up next week. I hear there’s another room waiting for our rollers though, so we won’t be putting away our painting clothes anytime soon!
Meanwhile, the guys have been busy too!
Can you imagine how Gary’s pulse quickened when he saw this electrical panel that fed our RV sites?
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Oh.My.Goodness.
Even if he ended up doing it on his spare time, he knew he couldn’t leave it that way! By the end of the week –
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his blood pressure had returned to normal! Phew!
Tom was busy too – moving an A/C unit and getting it hooked up at its new home. Sadly, no pictures were taken of said work! Sorry, Tom!  I try to do better next week!

All in all it was a good week of getting back into the SOWER work groove. We got to sleep in a wee bit (OK, I slept in a wee bit longer – Gary is  still up before dawn!), we got a fair bit of work accomplished here at Lake Lavon, and we got to serve alongside some great folks (both the staff here and our fellow SOWERS!). Thank you, Lord, for these blessings.

Now if I could just get back into the groove of this blogging thing……

Steph

Our New Spot

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We’ve arrived at our “October home” – Lake Lavon Camp, just outside of Princeton, TX.
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This is a great location, with lots of lake frontage, and it might look like we’re really in the middle of nowhere. However, if I pan out with my Google Maps, you can see
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we’re really just outside of the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area! In fact, we’ve already gotten a Costco fix – it’s only 30 minutes away! Whoohoo!
While this camp is well established (founded in 1951), it’s new to the SOWER family. We’ll be working with another couple and are already looking forward to getting back to work – even though we haven’t a clue what that actual work will be! But after all, that’s the beauty of our ministry – every month is different!
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Happy October, everyone! (And Happy Birthday to our Reis, who turned SEVEN today!
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These kiddos are growing up Way.Too.Fast.)

Merry Christmas!

I know, I know – we haven’t even made it to October yet so what on earth is this Merry Christmas stuff! Well, in our world it always pays to plan ahead (as much as you can in this crazy year of 2020!). Since we’d decided to change up Christmas this year and stay south, I wanted to try and ‘deliver Christmas’ to the kiddos when we visited each family in September.  And as timing would have it – this was the Christmas Stocking Year.
Toby’s family already a good supply of GramMade Christmas stockings –
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But the addition of Everly in June necessitated a new one. For once I was thankful I had kept the leftovers from that project years ago, and was able to complete the set!
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It’s up to Toby to make a bigger hanging board!

Down in Waco, I’d also been staying on top of the Stocking situation. Josiah and Abigail had been gifted Christmas stockings as wedding gifts, so as each little boy was added, I was able to follow the style, even if the fabric choices were a bit different.
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The green one was one of the original wedding gifts, the two red ones belong to Weston and Taran. (Although I can’t find a picture of Anderson’s I’m pretty sure it does exist!) This year I made one for Deacon (who unbelievably turns ONE next month) and also one for Georgeanne ( Abigail’s mom – aka MeeMah – who lives with them!)
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To help tell them apart, I put a fancy ‘grown-up’ lining in MeeMahs!
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I think (so they tell me) that completes the sets for that gang!

Meanwhile, in Gahanna, there were NO GramMade stockings at all!
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Since I was starting from scratch with that household, it was fun make to each one a little different while keeping the basic style the same!
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(They really are all the same size – it’s just a weird perspective!)

To complete my Christmas sewing, I even made a little Christmas Tree for us –
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Now I just need to get it quilted and bound before December!

This year we also went with the Family Christmas Gift concept- and did our best to have them arrive while we were visiting.
Trampolines!!
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The one in M-ville arrived after we left, but it looks like it will be put to good use.
We were able to work together to construct the one in Waco
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and it’s been a great hit down there too!
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In fact, according to a text I received yesterday, this is happening….
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“All day, every day!”

I’m feeling all kinds of Christmas love!