Category Archives: SOWER Projects 2020

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.)

Before we move…

I figured I’d better do a bit of catchin’ up!
First the SOWER work
We lit up the dining room
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and painted bunk beds until we ran out of paint.
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(Just an FYI – 4 pints of that paint did 4 complete sets and 3 “one side only” sets.)
Then Gary did some roofing
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I was the ladder holding, tool passing assistant until he moved to using the lift!
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And thankfully he had some additional roof-walking help
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and the two of them continued on until they ran out of tin!
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So close!

Family and Friends
I’ve already shared the lovely weekend we spent with my sister Joie and her dear hubby, but we’ve also had the opportunity to spend some time with my nephew and his family who live only about a half hour away. They are so close that twice Robyn and a selection of kiddos came over to enjoy the camp’s Slippery Slopes!
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We’ve loved having family close by! We are headed their way tomorrow for a quick overnight while we take care of some annual doctoring in their area before we pull out on Wednesday. This makes my heart happy!
This past Friday I was blessed to be able to connect with my college roommate for the day. It has always struck me as one of God’s great kindnesses that way back in 1969 the student housing system at Shippensburg College (now University) put two freshman together alphabetically (Drawbaugh/Dwinell) who would become fast friends! Somehow we’ve managed to stay connected (even before the days of email, Facebook, and unlimited long distance) over the years and time just seems to melt away when we are able to connect. Friday was no exception! We took a leisurely walk along the C&O Canal in Williamsport, checked out the college town of Shepardstown and ended up with a drive-through of Harper’s Ferry. It was a lovely day of catching up and marveling at God’s goodness to us!
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We also avoided stepping on this monster caterpillar on our walk –
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Hopefully it made it across the walk way and will soon be turning into an Imperial Moth (per Google Lens) with a wingspan of 3 to 6 inches! Yikes!

Gary & I even did a bit of touristing in the area, but I think I’ll save that for another day!
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Thanks for coming along for the wrap-up! It has really been a lovely month filled with family and friends and good work.  And for that we are so very thankful!

Steph

Skill Stretching

I’ve been a SOWER (Servant on Wheels Ever Ready)for over 16 years. And if you’ve been stopping by for awhile you know I’ve done a myriad of different jobs. From landscaping (yes, I got to use a zero-turn mower) to pool cleaning to inventory counting (everything from T-shirts to airplane parts) to general cleaning to office work to painting. Lots and lots of painting! But somehow, through all of those job assignments, I have never had to paint a ceiling. Until now. Continue reading Skill Stretching

The Answer and a New Location


Thanks for the guesses, friends! It is a deserted mining community, but not in Colorado. This is the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark in Kennecott, AK. It was quite a jaunt to get back there (back in 2009 – it might be more accessible these days), but we found it immensely interesting. HERE’S the blog post from our adventure that day! If you’re planning an Alaskan adventure in the future, try to add this to your “must see” list!

But in real time…..
We have arrived at our new location for our August SOWER project month. Potomac Park Retreat Center in Falling Waters, WV. We’ll be the only SOWERS here this month, so I’m sure they’ll keep us busy. We’re meeting with the director for more details in the morning but we’ve already checked out the Potomac Perk – Coffee and Cones – which is right on the campus here. Ice cream within walking distance. This could be trouble.
We’ll also be visiting nearby family and friends and taking care of some (routine) doctoring. All in all, it promises to be a good month!

(Check out the maps over on the Where Are We Now? page for more detail on our location.)