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

Waco Days

There are lots of things to love about our time outside of Waco earlier last month, when we spent a bit over a week with our youngest son and his beautiful family! Here are just a few of them –
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We got to park in their driveway!! We had good power (no official hook-up just yet, but we had a more than adequate temporary hook-up), the slides were out, and almost every morning there was a little knock at our door by a couple of fair headed little boys wanting to come into the RV! Now in my book, our home is very utilitarian and there is not much for little ones to do. But that didn’t seem to matter. From the swivel chairs to the road atlas to the grapefruit spoons in the silverware drawer, there seemed to be no end of adventures in Lizzie.
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We loved having them stop by each morning!

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We got to teach them a new game – Pegs and Jokers (very similar to SORRY). It combined cards and fun ‘pegs’ and a bit of strategy, and many a game was played during our visit.
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We left it with them and I hope they continue to enjoy it!

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We (ok, it was mostly Gary) got to work on a couple of projects. Can you guess what he’s building?
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Yep, a loft bed!
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Weston was pretty stoked about that!
And then there was some outdoor work –
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Helping out with some new fencing. Nothing fancy, just enough to keep the dogs home and the chickens (yes, there are chicks on order!) in the yard!
Of course, there was the Christmas Trampoline –
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Now that was a fun project, and even more fun watching the kids get acquainted with this new backyard delight!
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But regardless of the games that were played and the projects that were accomplished, the best part of our Waco Days was being able to spend time with these guys!
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It was exciting to see them settling into their new (to them) home outside of Waco, and to hear them share their plans for the days to come! It was hard to say good-bye, but there’s a pretty good chance they’ll come to see us here at Lake Lavon since we’re not all that far away (in the overall scheme of things!).
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Yes, our Waco Days are filled with wonderful memories!

 

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.)

Sabbath Rest – His Mercy is More!

I fell in love with this hymn when I was watching the Getty Family Hymn-sings during the pandemic, so I was happy to find this video with children singing!
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more!


His Mercy Is More from the Getty Kids project – Family Hymn Sing at GettyMusic.com
Words and Music by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa.

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
So much more

What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
So much more!

Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

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!

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!