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Random Photos and Mini Stories Part Two

UntitledSo what’s the story with that pile of screws? Well, I’m pretty proud of that little pile. All of those shiny babies were removed from our last siding area. By me. Using a power drill. Read that again slowly. I don’t often ask Gary to use my power tools (my sewing machine?), but he really did need me to take care of those screws. While un-screwing uses less upper body strength than getting those screws into the wall, there is a certain skill required to back out a screw while pushing into it so the bit stays in the screw. Just sayin’. Me. Power Drill.  Now that’s random!

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No mini-story here – just a beautiful sky that is declaring the Glory of God. And that’s pretty much a maxi-story!

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My Lynne Croswell Gallery. Lynne and I have been friends since our kids were little, and she has long been my fabric art/quilting inspiration. She’s my go-to for quilt questions and since she and her sweet hubby live in Vermont, we even manage to connect with them most summers! She has gifted me several of her fabric post cards, and I’m working on getting them displayed appropriately. Tiny art for my tiny space! (If you’re looking for fabric art inspiration, feel free to check out her blog – Mountain Vistas. And if you’d like to see how she helped me do a fabric rendition of the cabin, you can be inspired HERE!)

And finally –
Ready for Christmas
Just like that – we’re ready for Christmas!!

Hope your Christmas preparations are going well too!
Steph

Birthdays

Birthdays. They come every year. Until they don’t. So I’m thankful for each one that I am granted! Today was one that was especially lovely!
It started with me back in the closet, painting beige on beige. (It might be my birthday, but it’s still a work day!) But by the end of the day, I had sweet Facetime chats with my all kids (and most of the grands!)

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I had a wonderful Zoom call with my two birthday buddies from ‘back home’ that fed my soul in more ways that I can count! I didn’t manage to get a good picture of us trying to catch up with each other, but maybe I’ll have better luck next time. Because there will be a next time!

I was overwhelmed with birthday greetings on Facebook, had lovely calls from my sisters (more Zooming with them later this week!),  texts and phone calls from friends and even received birthday cards in the mail (no mean feat when you keep moving!).
Of course, a birthday isn’t really a birthday if you have to cook dinner, so we had a lovely early dinner out at the Lake Tiak-O’Khata Resort in Louisville. (Remember, that’s pronounced Louis-ville, not Louie-ville =) )
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(Full disclosure – that wasn’t our table, we opted to eat inside! But it was a lovely spot!)

And so I enter the last year of this particular (age) decade. Days like today make me so thankful for my family, my beautiful friends, both old and new, and for the delight of anticipation of what tomorrow will bring! (OK, I’m pretty sure tomorrow will bring more closets to paint….but you know what I mean, right?)

Thanks for all the love today, friends!

 

Mondays are for memories – The Birthday Month

Ah, November! While I am fully aware that there are a couple of other things going on this month, I’ve always loved November because it is chock full of birthdays (mine included)! Here’s a little post from a couple of years ago where I reflected on some of the November birthdays that I hold so dear! Happy birthday, Connie and Bonnie – we can’t meet together this November, but we sure can ZOOM!!

November 29, 2018
Long, long ago, in (what seems like) a galaxy far, far away a young bride met with a ‘more experienced’ bride once a week for lunch. And encouragement. And prayer.
Time passed, babies came, and schedules changed. But the friendship and encouragement and prayers never ended. Our little twosome grew to include others as we changed from being young brides to being young moms.
Friends moved, babies grew, and life happened. Things changed.
But through it all, three of us somehow, by hook or by crook, managed to continue to meet once a year to celebrate our November birthdays. We’d often meet at church on a Sunday in November, enjoy lunch, catch up with each other and end the day in prayer. It was a very precious day for me, as I would often go the whole year without being in contact with them. But that thread of friendship never broke. Never even frayed!
Since we’ve been on the road, we three birthday buddies haven’t always been able to connect during November. But whenever we can work it out, we work it out!!

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I didn’t make it to back to Hometown this past summer, so being able to connect with these precious Birthday Buddies, these Sisters in Christ was especially sweet this past October.
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I’m so thankful for these friends from that galaxy far, far away!
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So Thankful for US!

Ready to go – Sad to say good-bye

UntitledThis morning we bungyed down the breakables, pulled in the slides and hooked up that pretty red truck to begin our trek east to our next SOWER project in Mississippi. As much as we were ready to go (it’s our internal time clock – three weeks, and it’s time!), we weren’t really ready to say good-bye to our new friends, Tom and Wendy. We’d had a great month with them – kinda low key with all the COVID stuff going on, but still very special. Wendy and I especially shared lots of stories since we were diligently painting that hallway and meeting room for the entire three weeks. Lots of story time there!
I loved that we had developed our own painting rhythm – she would wrangle the pole and do the ceiling cut in while I scooted along the floor and did the “lower trim” – baseboard (carpet – how weird), corners, doorways, etc. Then we would both grab a roller and tackle the main walls.  We were like a chatty finely oiled machine!
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(No pictures of me scooting, but trust me – my fitbit was NOT getting a work out!) By the end of the three weeks we had both areas completed, switch covers were back on, drop clothes stowed away, and furniture returned to the walls. Of course, I have no picture of that. But while it didn’t look really any different (beige A being painted over beige B), the room and the hallway did have a wonderful fresh look. Thankfully we will not be there to see the first ding. (That’s the beauty of our three week schedule!) So while we painted (and solved most of the problems of the world), the guys were busy with about 137 various tasks. They did some electrical work, including moving and hooking up a mini-split A/C unit, some plumbing work
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and Tom even stopped by to try and get us some better lighting.
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(Ah, the fickle fluorescent lights. Which ones will come on today?)
If you look closely at the bottom right corner of the building you can see Gary sitting there replacing some broken siding pieces. Like I said, they were doing a million small jobs – but nothing was left unfinished and I do believe the camp was oh-so-happy to cross those pesky “little things” off their to-do list.
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Tom and Wendy are fairly new SOWERS, and after this month I know they’ll continue to be a true blessing wherever the LORD sends them to serve in the future!
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Instead of heading straight to our MS project, we decided to use our ‘in between’ week to lend a hand to our two Louisiana projects, one of which took a terrible direct hit from Hurricane Laura.  We’ll get to Dry Creek Camp tomorrow, ready to help in any way we can. Before the week is out we’ll head to Acadian Baptist Center which has also been affected by the recent hurricanes.  Then by the weekend we’ll be getting settled at Forest Lake Ranch in Macon, MS for our November project. We’re looking forward to a busy and blessed week!

Right now we’re tucked into a Walmart parking lot in Leesville, LA and once I hit the Publish button and then get the coffee ready for tomorrow morning it’s off with the generator and into bed for me!

Sleep well, good friends,
Steph