We have had the most beautiful days here NW Washington. And judging by all the press this beautiful weather has been getting – it’s the first stretch of nice days since last summer! Clear, sunny, 65+ during the days – just about perfect! And it sure is purrrty here! The camp itself is perched on a bluff above the Puget Sound – (you can see the water through the break in the trees in the picture above), and while where we are parked is a little more “utilitarian”, the giant pines and budding trees even dress up our little corner of the world.
Here are some shots of the views –
I’m not certain what mountain that is in the background – maybe Mt. Baker?
That’s one of the local eagles soaring above the Sound. He was enjoying the thermals!
So, just what have we been doing? Well, we ladies have been honing our skills as upholstery cleaners. They only have about a bazillion of these chairs –
and we are checking them all for any spots and then using a big truck-mounted cleaner to give them all a good spring cleaning. This building has about 350 chairs, and there are at least three other building with chairs for us to clean. Job security to be sure! Here is Pat, one of my Sower co-workers, working on her technique.
Probably the hardest part of the job is the loud engine that is running in the truck outside the door. 🙂
The guys are taking advantage of the warm (non-raining) weather and taking down a damaged roof over one of the playground areas.
I think they’ll be installing a new one – but I also think the rains are coming back tomorrow, so they might be moving to a kitchen remodel. It’s all about being flexible!
There is lots to see and do in this area – the San Juan Islands, Cascade Mountains, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and of course the Sound itself (with numerous ferry rides). We’ll also be busy doing some final planning for our drive to Alaska in May. Important stuff – like what’s the best way to handle our money, which roads should we take north, and will I have to give up my maple syrup since it’s not in its original container? Maybe I should have started asking these hard questions a little bit sooner!
Or made pancakes more often. 🙂
We’re all tucked in at Riverbend Retreat Center – it’s lovely here and I’m sure we’ll have a good month. But let’s do a little recap of our month in Colorado Springs, which truly was an exceptional month.
First of all – the people –
It had been a while since we were part of a large Sower group at a project. There were 9 couples from all around the country and from all walks of life. And we played and prayed and laughed and cried and became family. It was very special. And I thank God for it!
Bonus Stuff –
You know (if you’ve been reading along) that we had a couple of amazing road trips while we were in the shadow of the Rockies. Another thing that was on my “to-do” list was to walk through Garden of the Gods (which was literally within walking distance of Glen Eyrie.) Finally, on our last full day in town, we made it down the street to walk through this amazing group of rock formations.
Doesn’t God have a wonderful sense of placement?
We also managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the Air Force Academy. It was an impressive campus. The most visited site on campus is the Chapel – and while it’s not exactly my “style” of architecture, it was quite an impressive building.
And one additional blessing that I need to mention is that while we were at Glen Eyrie there was a Fly Fishing Retreat. Now Gary had just bought his first fly rod, but had never really done any fly fishing. He was able to attend not only a 3 hour hands-on demonstration but he was able to go on a full day of fishing with just 12 other guys – 4 of whom were professional fishing guides! How’s that for a nice start to a new hobby! Now he didn’t catch anything, but said he had a great day anyway. So here’s my guy – all ready for his first day of fishing!
I could go on and on – Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City, Woodland Park, fun local restaurants, a wonderful quilt shop, Focus on the Family, bighorn sheep, deer wandering through the RV area, Cowboy Church…..it really was a wonderful month. Thanks for coming along!
Tomorrow morning we head to Waco to spend an overnight with Lara! While I saw her at Easter, Gary hasn’t seen her since Thanksgiving! Waaaaay too long!
I have lots of road pictures from our two day drive from Colorado Springs to Glen Rose, but I guess that will just have to wait. I think this will be a “no computer” weekend!
See you on Monday!
We’re here in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida, where we’ve enjoyed several days of perfect Florida weather, great fellowship with many new Sower friends, and a time of spiritual and physical refreshment. We’re at the Florida Sowers Reunion being held at The Youth for Life Camp – a beautiful camp/retreat center. Since we’re so new to the Sower Ministry we’ve especially appreciated hanging out with friends from our January Project, Dave and Edie Williams. They’ve been showing us the ropes and introducing us to folks. Everyone one has been wonderfully friendly! It been a great chance to see how this ministry has impacted people for so many years. We are definitely one of the younger couples here – and it really is inspiring to see so many mature Christians really living out their faith in this ministry.
The reunion ended today, and most of the gang has headed off to their next destination. We’re hanging around at the camp until it’s time to go to our next project at the Teen Challenge Ranch in the Florida panhandle. We have some chores to do, but hopefully we’ll get to the beach while we’re here. Can’t beat this fine Florida weather!
Here are our friends Dave and Edie –
We have just completed our third Sower Project, and what a special time it was! When 14 couples (most of whom have never met before) live together for three weeks it can go many different ways. It could be a time of working together on the tasks at hand and then going more or less our own way. It could be a time of personalities vying for attention and control, with little sense of community at all. Or it could be a time of sweet fellowship, whether you’re working in the thrift shop, doing dishes in the kitchen, clearing debris from the hurricanes, painting 20,000 gallon water tanks for fire prevention, or trying to remember just what exactly a Greatest Common Multiplier is (and why anyone would care!). We truly had a special, special time with our co-labors at Green Isle. It was a very diversified group – four couples had done 2 or less projects, some 15 or twenty, and some had been doing projects for many, many years. The diversities became blessings as we all recognized again and again the precious bond we have in our precious Lord and Savoir. I was pushing for us all to remain and form a commune, but reality set in and slowly the RV’s began heading on to their next adventure. Some are going right to another project, others are heading for medical treatment, some are off to see family and friends. It is sad to think that we may never get to work and live with these dear friends again, but the sadness is tempered by the joy that we have in knowing them. God is Good – All the Time!
Here we all are – What a Crew!
We’re heading south. We’ll spend a couple of days at a beautiful county park outside of St. Petersburg (Fort DeSoto Park), and then head to Punta Gorda and Ft. Myers to see Gary’s sister and other dear friends. We really regret missing the blizzard in PA this weekend. NOT.
We’ve had a good week here at Green Isle. It’s been a week of watching acquaintances grow into friends. As we share our “stories” and look into God’s Word during our devotions, work together on projects, get together in the evenings for a game or two, and come together for a meal or two, folks that were strangers just two weeks ago are now dear friends. It certainly is one of the beautiful side effects of the Sower concept!
The weather was lovely until Friday when we had our first rainy and cold day since our arrival. Since it was our “day off” it was nice just to sleep in, do some chores and take naps. Gary worked on reorganizing a couple of cupboards while I sewed to my heart’s content. I was able to finish piecing Hayley’s quilt, so it was a good day indeed (at least for me!). We joined several other Sower couples at the Honey Pot Eatery (a local hot spot!) for their Friday night all you can eat fish fry. Yummmm. Saturday we drove to St. Petersburg and spent the day with my niece Christiana, nephew Mike and his wife Robyn. We hit the downtown market and wandered around Fort DeSoto. The weather wasn’t all that Florida-like (we have been very spoiled!), but we had a grand time none the less. Mike managed to fit in some fishing (he’s addicted), but after our outing we just hung around, ate pizza and watched Pittsburgh beat the Jets. Yes, a good time!
This is our last week here at the Boy’s Ranch. The tutoring is going pretty well – if I could just convince my guy about the value of reviewing the material before he takes the quiz. (Since I’m learning it at the same time he is, the review is pretty helpful (no, necessary) to me too!). Gary’s been tuning up all of the HVAC/R equipment, and that’s going pretty well too. (Here’s a “small world” event – when we went to the supply house in Orlando for parts, who should be working behind the counter but a fellow that had worked for us back in the eighties! My oh my!)
Did I tell you the Disney Truck delivers leftover Disney food here once a week…….we’ve had some pretty nice treats! Ah, sweet Charity!