Category Archives: SOWER Projects 2018

Bullet Points

Hello October!!!! We’re in a new month and at a new location, so it seems like a good idea to get this little corner of the internet caught up and back on track! Perhaps the most efficient way to accomplish that is do do it in ‘bullet points’, so here goes:

      • Too much time has passed to really go in depth about our time at our Vermont Cabin, but let me tell you once again, how critical those three weeks are to our mental health.
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        If you’d like to see more photos from our Vermont vacation, you can check them out HERE.
      • Spending the day in Waco with our son and family (especially little Anderson who we hadn’t seen since he was 10 weeks old) did our hearts good!
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      • Getting together with fellow SOWERS at the “Western Wound-up” (i.e. SOWER Rally in Oregon) was SO. MUCH.FUN.  It was lovely to not be in charge of anything, and just enjoy all of the fellowship and fun.  We don’t often get to work on the West Coast, so this was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and connect with others that we did know!  From Silly
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        to Serious
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        it was a wonderful time!  More pictures of the sweet craziness HERE!
      • We meet this super talented double neck guitar player, Mark Kroos, and his sweet wife at the Rally, where he wowed us with his guitar playing.
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        We were so impressed with Mark’s incredible talent, that we wanted to spread the word about him!

        Check him out!
      • After the Rally we were back in Lindale, TX getting ready for the Trustee Meeting. I even got the dashboard sorta-kinda decorated for fall! Sometimes it’s the little things…..
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      • So the Board meeting.
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        All went very well, and when all was said and done, this happened –
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        Should be an interesting (and hopefully productive) year!
      • With the Trustee meeting in our taillights, we were headed to our October/November SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries In Anadarko, OK. (See the “Where are we now” for more details!) We made it a two day trip so we could connect with some SOWER buddies that we don’t get to see often enough!
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        Such a wonderful perk of our life on the road is making these (somewhat) random connections!
      • And that brings us up to date! We arrived here at Oakridge on Friday, and started work today!
      • Oh, before I forget – Happy 5th Birthday to this little cutie!Reis
        These kids need to slow down in the growing up department!

      Thanks for hanging out with me as I’ve brought you up to date. Maybe, just maybe, it won’t be so quiet over here in this new month! I wonder what exactly “Back on Track” will look like?

Wrapping up Montrose

It seems crazy to me that our Montrose summer is coming to an end.  Yet here we are, with suitcases packed and the fridge organized for a quick cooler-pack in the morning, getting ready to head to the Cabin tomorrow morning! We’ve hugged the summer staff and said our farewells to the full-time staff. But before we load up the truck and pull out tomorrow, I figured I’d better give a recap of just what we’ve been doing all summer.
(Full disclosure – According to Gary,  I’ve been playing most of the summer: a SOWER sister get-away, a cruise with my sisters, a surprise day at Knoebels with our daughter and family, a week with our grandgirl Maddie, and then a long Vermont weekend for a family wedding.  And there is some truth to that, because those excursions were beyond precious to me! But honest, some work was done!)

My primary job this summer (when I wasn’t off playing) was to help with housekeeping. And for me that meant making beds and cleaning guest rooms.
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And when I wasn’t putting clean sheets on the beds, I was making the sheets clean.
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At a busy conference center there are ALWAYS beds to be made, and sheets and towels to be washed. Nothing like a job security!

Oh, I also got to do a bit of kitchen work and even was tasked with sewing a batch of new aprons.
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So it wasn’t ALL about bed linens!

Gary was disappointed that the walk-in Refrigerator/Freezer project didn’t happen as expected, but there were plenty of other projects to keep him busy.
There was the new guest room in Torrey
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and a porch landing to rebuild.
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He also got the new dorm rooms closer to finish (though I don’t have any pictures of that) and the last couple of weeks he worked on moving some ductwork in the Rec Hall. Again, I don’t have any pictures of the actual work, but I did get a picture of the completed job. Well, at least from the pretty side!
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Those fine registers (or at least their installation) are his handiwork!

If he hadn’t already gone to bed, I’m sure he could list out more projects that he worked on.

Lord willing, there will be a foundation (and maybe even some framing done!)here next summer.
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It was a chock-full of fun (and work) summer for us, and as always, we were blessed to be here at Montrose Bible Conference.
But I gotta tell you, and this point we can hear the cabin calling………
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Flag Day and the answer

Happy Flag Day everyone!
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Have you been having a good week? Aside from an excursion to the cardiologist on Wednesday (tests went well – but no word yet.), I’ve been busy helping with the Big Bed Shuffle here at the conference center. Remember all those mattresses that were delivered a week or so ago?
UntitledWell, the new queens are going into the rooms in Lily Hill (the motel), and the newer doubles that had been in Lily Hill were moved to replaced some older doubles in Dreyer. Then all the twin beds were replaced with new. In other words, just about every room at the conference center got some type of new (or new to them!) beds. It was a good chance to do some behind the beds cleaning,
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and then ALL those beds had to be made! Ah, job security!
Gary, who has been on ‘light duty’ since this whole heart thing started, kept busy making all the bed frames for those new queen beds.
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Neither he or I were actually involved in the shuffling of all the mattresses (thank goodness!). Just the pre- and after-math of said shuffle!! All in all, it was a good and productive week!
This weekend we head to upstate NY for a weekend visit with our good SOWER friends, Joe & Kim. =) At the end of the weekend, Gary will head back by himself and I’ll hang around in NY until Kim and I pick-up our other dear friend Jenny at the airport on Tuesday for a much anticipated Girls’ Getaway!!
Watch out – here comes trouble!
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Oh – the Where in the World Wednesday location? I had a lot of good guess over on Facebook, and lots of them got it right away.

Mount St. Helens in Washington State.  The mountain missing it’s main peak since its 1980 eruption.
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And the answer is…

Gary looked at the picture, looked at me, and said – Do you know how many farms we’ve passed in the last 14 years?????
I thought it had a certainly locality look, but I bet if I’d picked this picture, he’d have gotten it right away.
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Yep – beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania!
I was actually IN Lancaster yesterday, enjoying a bus trip through Montrose Bible Conference to see Sight and Sound’s production of JESUS (Oh my, how excellent), and  eat too much at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
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Yesterday was a total delight, but today it was back to work! While I continued in the folding linens and making bed routine, Gary was helping out (in a not-exerting way) with getting started on the 16 bed frames that will be needed for all those new queen size mattresses!

Just how many men does it take to cut a piece of plywood?

Tomorrow we head back to the cardiologist for the start of Gary’s nuclear stress test.  I want to thank all of you (both here and on Facebook) for your prayers on his (ours, really!) behalf. We are confident of God’s leading in all of this, and are looking forward to learn just what He has in store for us!

Thanks for stopping by – and for praying!

 

Just a little randomness

Did you have a good Memorial Day? We were busy here at the conference center. Not only was there a full house at the lower campus, but they hosted a community picnic and chicken BBQ up at the upper campus.  So the kitchen was super stretched on Monday, but as always, everything worked out well. I was taking a turn in the kitchen (I’ve been mostly helping out with housekeeping) and they even let me play at the griddle!
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Hotdog, anyone?

Today the busyness continued!! I was back on housekeeping (after all, it was a full house over the weekend so ALL the rooms needed attention) and we were mostly working on the the preliminary stripping, collecting trash and towels, since today was also the day that over 100 new mattresses were delivered!
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Oh yeah –
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Mattresses, mattresses, everywhere!!
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These are some of the old ones waiting to be hauled downstairs. Pretty sure it was time!
But while the rest of the guys were hauling new and old mattresses hither and yon, Gary was still working on leveling that foundation.
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I think the ‘jack up the building’ phase of this job is about done! Thank-goodness!

Oh, the random thing? Well, I got a video from my daughter this week that absolutely made my day. For the last several years, each spring I send each of the grands a new book to start off their summer reading. I enjoy reading reviews and trying to find just the right book for each of them. I know they always appreciate them (and I can only hope they actually read them!), but this video that Lara took right after Alexandra (age 3.5) opened her book is absolutely priceless –
Alexandra and her new book!
My heart is full!