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Tales from our travels

One Week In

One Week in Oklahoma
One week into October
One week into our Oakridge Project

And it’s been a good week! This is our third time at Oakridge, which is unusual for us since we generally like to work at new (to us) ministries. But coming back to Oakridge is always a sweet experience. It’s a family run camp, with five siblings all working alongside Mom and Dad with the camp maintenance and activities. And as the kids get older, some pretty cute grandkiddos are on the scene too!! We all gather for devotions in the morning, and I just love how Brian’s (Papa) lap is always open for a little one or two!
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We’re working this month with our good friends, Kim and Joe, and some new good friends, Lana and Dan. The guys are tackling a big electrical job. Like rewiring the main chapel and dining hall and move all the wiring to underground Big.
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Gary got called away from that job to do some electrical work up at their bed and breakfast (The Ridge). I don’t have any pictures of that, but I’m pretty sure he was working hard!
We girls were focused in the West Chapel.
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We’ve been sprucing up the room, touching up paint, replacing and repairing wallpaper,
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and re-staining places on the floor where the finish has come up.
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The floor is going to be our biggest challenge because, well, it’s BIG, and we really don’t know the first thing about repairing stained concrete floors. But we’re muddling our way through, with lots of directions, a little help from You-Tube, and lots of rubber gloves!
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We still have a couple of steps to go on just this section, so I’m pretty sure there is some job security for us!

So this first week has been great! We’ve had the opportunity to worship together, enjoy some wonderful meals together and even attend an adorable two-year old’s pumpkin birthday party!
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Grown-up really know how to concentrate on those pumpkins!

We’ll be here until just before Thanksgiving, so we’re looking forward to a grand (and productive!) time here!
Thanks for stopping by!

 

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?

A bit overwhelmed

I felt like I was doing pretty well with posts during our time at the cabin. Well, for the first week or so at least.  Then, I guess, vacation mode set in. Instead of composing a blog post, I spent time with my sister or helped Gary or read a book or took a nap.  I wanted to share about the cook-outs, sunsets and ducks on the pond.  I wrote several posts in my head, but somehow never got them down on paper.  Sigh.

And then it was over. Our three weeks + at the cabin came to an end, and we were heading back to the real world.
And the real world meant returning to Montrose, packing up the RV and heading across the country to get to Texas so we can fly out of Dallas to go to Oregon for a 4 day SOWER Rally.  I was pretty exhausted just thinking about it.

And now that I’m trying to do even the bare minimum of a blog post, I can’t seem to muster up enough internet to even upload some fun pictures!

Cheeeze –  enough with the whining!

We had an absolutely beautiful time at the Cabin. Filled with family and friends and those ducks on the pond.

We had a lovely, uneventful 1500 mile drive – all interstate – across the country.

Midway on the trip we stopped in Chattanooga and got to connect with my nephew and family and my niece. What a sweet break!

We are safely parked, the slides are out, and the A/C is running.

Tomorrow we will be hugging grandchildren (and grown-up kids too!)

For the four days after that we’ll be hanging out with some of the finest people on the planet at the SOWER “Western Wound-up”!

We have so very much to be thankful for.  And someday soon life will quiet down and I’ll be less overwhelmed, and maybe….just maybe…I’ll get this corner of the internet back on track!

‘Shrooms and other Forest Treasures

One of the things I’ve been trying to do every day is take a nice long walk. (After all, the call of the ice cream stand in town is LOUD).
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As I’ve been taking these walks I’ve been delighted to find, if I take my time and look closely, a lovey variety of mushrooms and other forest treasures.
This one looked like it could be used as the swimming pool for some teeny-tiny fairies.
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This little community seemed to doing a little urban sprawl.
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I’m pretty sure the one in the foreground will eventually look like the one in the rear, but don’t hold me to it! It’s a great color, though, isn’t it?
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This pure white one was all by its lonesome. Well, as far as I could tell, at least!
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At first I thought this was a slice of wood,Mushrooms-09
but sure enough, there was the stem!
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I’m not sure if this would be considered a mushroom or a fungi. Or something else entirely!
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This little family was no bigger than my index finger. So tiny!
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Here’s another colorful community –
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And then there was the mother of all mushroom logs –
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which even came with its own tiny fauna.
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I’m sure I’ll find other forest treasures as I explore in the days to come.  And I’ll do my best to keep you in the loop!

P.S. Any idea what those things are on the tree on the left?
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