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Since we don’t actually know what’s NEXT (really, do any of us?), I figured I’d take a little time to wrap up our project time here at First Church of God in Middleburg. Gary and I managed to get all the general painting done that they asked us to do and Gary also finished up installing the exterior lights around the buildings. When I asked Cindy (our official job-giver) what’s next (we finished the painting on Tuesday), she gave me a choice – start painting the trim or work on some sewing. Now let me think – painting or sewing……Hmmmmmm…..
I’d already set up a nice sewing nook in the freshly painted nursery
where I’d been working on a batch of face masks.
I had already offered to make a wall hanging for the new nursery and this was the perfect opportunity for me to accomplish that task. I had a cute panel in my one of my bins and found some great border fabric in my stash. It was a delight to put together and I totally enjoyed reacquainting myself with machine quilting. By Friday morning it was all done, and ready to be hung!
It was a lovely way to wrap up our official SOWER project here at FCOG.
So what’s next?
Well, as I said, we don’t really know. The church here has kindly offered to let us stay here indefinitely, and that certainly is an option. We would, however, like to begin our trek north in the near future. With no SOWER projects in May there are actually 7 weeks between now and our next official SOWER assignment. I believe that is the longest stretch we’ve had in the last 15 years where we haven’t had a pretty clear picture of just where we’ll be. Or what we’ll be doing.
But here’s the thing. We are safe and secure where we are. We can stay. We won’t move until we have a firm plan and until we have that plan….
There’s lots of baseboard waiting for paint!

Praying you have a blessed LORD’s Day,

Breaking Out

Yesterday we ‘broke out’ of our little corner of the world to run some (what I considered to be) essential errands. Important stuff like laundry and coffee filters! The grocery store was reasonably stocked (no Clorox wipes or anything like that, but food was available), the laundry wasn’t very crowded (point of interest – it’s really hard to determine if your clothes are dry when you are wearing gloves), and our quick run into the post office for stamps was easy-peasy.  To finish out our excursion, we even tried to find the actual town of Middleburg (not just the commerce strip where the stores are).  We located Main Street and while we drove past some lovely old homes, we never found what we would consider to be an old town square.  But we did find the boat access to the North Fork Black Creek, which at least gave me a little walk and a lovely view of the river/creek.

It was good to be out and about!

Staying home in a new spot

While still keeping in step with the “Stay Home” directive, we stayed home, but moved the house.
We had committed to serving at the First Church of God in Middleburg, FL several months ago, and since we would be working there alone, we felt we could still honor our commitment while practicing “social distancing” and self-isolation.
This is a small congregation and I’m not sure exactly what we’ll be doing, but I do know that we won’t have a long walk to work!

Middleburg is located fairly close to Jacksonville, and it’s a new area for us. I’m not sure we’ll get to do much exploring (given the #stayhome directive and our general bad touristing), but we’re still anticipating a good productive month.

Even as we wash our hands, stay out of crowds, and keep our family and country lifted to the Throne!