Hello! And greetings from Montrose! We’ve made it back to our little house on wheels, but wanted to give you the low-down on our wonderful three weeks at The Cabin.
But you knew it’d be grand, didn’t you? We had enough picture perfect Vermont days to cancel out the cool and rainy ones, and most of the other days , while maybe not crystal clear, but were winners nonetheless! We were blessed with lots of company – a sweet youngster (21!) that we met on a SOWER project , my college roommate & hubby, friends from when our kids were small who now live in VT (who we even put to work), cousins from Gary’s side, SOWER friends who came for a mid-week weekend, and a wonderful day with all of our Vermont family.
But all of our wonderful company aside, I bet you’re wondering what Gary was up to. Right? Well, as usual, he kept himself plenty busy! Continue reading Dear Joie & Fitz
If last summer (spent on the West Coast) was all about experiencing uncharted (for us) territories, this summer has been all about reconnecting with dear friends and establishing new relationships.
Yes, it has been a very good summer! Before we head out tomorrow for several weeks at our beloved Cabin in Vermont (little happy dance here), I thought it was time to do a bit of a wrap-up of our Montrose Summer. Continue reading Before we go
We have been blessed with a great family. Oh, we don’t necessarily all see life the same way and there might just be a quirk here and there (hold up the mirror, Steph!), but at the end of the day we love each other and genuinely enjoy each other’s company. And those are things we never want to take for granted. All of those warm and fuzzy thoughts were brought to mind when we recently had a family reunion here at Montrose Bible Conference.
Just look at all these beautiful people!
Like any family gathering, we couldn’t all be there. But I do think we made a pretty good stab at it. Of the first generation (that would be me and my siblings, including spouses), six out of eight of us made it. Of the second generation (our kids and their spouses), 16 out of 24. Not bad, right? And of the third generation – well, 26 of the 34 made it.
(the littlest one, 8 mos old, was napping for the photo shoot!)
Quite a family, no?
Continue reading Reunion Time
1. We were blessed to have another SOWER couple working with us last month. Darla & I worked on folding sheets and some sewing projects while Ed helped Gary in the Dorm Basement renovations.
Loved having them here!
2. The Dorm Basement project is complete! Ok, so not complete-complete like campers will be staying there, but the new doors are in, wiring is done, the ductwork is installed and the upstairs (where campers WILL be staying next week) is all good to go.
Which is a very good thing, ‘cause, you know – those campers arriving this weekend.
3. When Becky (head of housekeeping and essentially my boss) asked me to make some covers for the laundry carts, she assured me that she had a pattern.
Continue reading Ten Things
….I do a little blogging, right? Although I still have to put together a post about our wonderful cruise –
and then catch all you’all up on our April project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK.
I thought I’d do a little real time update, instead.
We left Anadarko bright and early Tuesday morning.
We did have a small concern in that the “Warning” light on the dashboard came on just as we were starting out. It doesn’t actually tell you what’s wrong, just that SOMETHING isn’t right. All the fluids were good, and she was running fine, so we opted to drive up to Oklahoma City (about 45 miles) and get it checked out there.
We made it without incident, and they were able to diagnose (and replace) a failed transient suppressor (you wanted to know, right?). That’s the good news. The bad news is that they spotted a potential problem with the “#3 Exhaust Gasket” – it had a leak and there was possible damage to the manifold. However, since they couldn’t fix it until next week sometime, we opted to continue on and get it looked at (a second opinion is always a good idea anyway when $$$ is involved) in Ohio since we’ll be there for over a week. (Are you glassy-eyed yet?) Sooooo…..
With the 4 hour delay, we only got to the Missouri Welcome Center before we stopped for the night. Not quite as far as we had hoped, but thankfully we had no additional mechanical issues.
This morning we started out in the rain –
and it pretty much rained all day, all the way.
Eight Hours. Driving in the Rain. Ugh. But we made it most of the way across Illinois and, Lord willing, we’ll make it to Columbus (or at least to the diesel mechanic) by the end of the day tomorrow!!
As I type this, we are sitting in a Walmart parking lot in Effingham, Illinois watching it rain.
(And listening to PSA’s about severe weather warnings. What county are we in again? Do we head into Walmart if it gets too crazy?)
It looks like we’ll be in the rain for most of the night –
We’re the blue dot – and let me say, that green blob has been with us all day!!! We can only pray that it will be long gone in the morning!
I’d like to say that I’ll be catching up soon with Cruise and Project posts, but the truth of the matter is after tomorrow my days will mostly be filled with kids and grands. And once again, blogging will get placed on the back burner! (But that’s really how it should be, don’t you agree?)
Thanks again for stopping by!