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Montrose Memories

SOWER Board meeting –
SOWER Newsletter done (for the moment)
Settling in at our October project 

Must be time to do a bit of catch up! I just checked back and my last “This is what we’ve been doing at Montrose” was back on July 13th. Yikes! So let’s just do a couple of final thoughts about our time at Montrose Bible Conference.
First of all – it was way shorter than usual. We were scheduled to be there from May through August, but were delayed by our Waco house project until early July. But even though it was shorter, we still had a great time serving there. We worked with two couples in July – The Westgates and the Griffins.
We were all kinda kindred spirits, so it was a joy filled month. We ladies did a fair bit of housekeeping (read making beds and folding linens) but also helped out when we could in one of the dorm renovations.
Gary got the Walk-in Freezer as far along as he could, but some missing panels prevented actually getting the job all the way done.
Thankfully he was able to complete the actual refrigeration part of the installation
so hopefully when the walls are completed they will just need to pull the switch and it will start cooling. Well, that’s the plan anyway.
I was also able to attend parts of the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, which once again inspired me to do a better job at carving out time to actually write. While I can’t say I’ve made any great strides in that department, it still was a great week filled with great speakers and writers. So glad I can be part of this! I highly recommend it to other aspiring (or published) Christian writers. Fiction, non-fiction, anthologies, children’s books, poetry – even song writing was covered this year! It’s a spirit filled week indeed. Now to just get moving on that writing thing!

We wrapped up time at MBC by working with our buddies the Schoenenbergers.  Love them!
More beds were made, more walls were spackled, more memories were made. We worked with a super crew this summer –
and it was great to be part of the Montrose Team!

Although our Montrose Summer was shorter than usual, it was still filled with all good things. Once again we felt we were where God wanted us – and that’s always a very good thing!
Thanks for stopping by!

PS – the sweet pregnant couple on the left of that Montrose crew picture are now the proud parents of a sweet baby girl.
PPSS – (not sure if that is a thing but) There are more pictures of our time in Montrose (and other adventures during that time) HERE!

So Where are we now – Montrose Bible Conference

For my One a Day in May today, I’m just doing a quick cut and paste of my page – So Where are we now?” Because, hey – I think that counts, right? I did after all write it today. =)


May 1 – Late August
After a somewhat eventful trip from Ohio to Montrose, PA, we’re settling in nicely at a favorite summer spot for us – Montrose Bible Conference. Continue reading So Where are we now – Montrose Bible Conference

Home again, home again, jiggedity jig


The last 8 weeks have been about as fabulous as possible, filled with family, friends, and frivolity, but right now nothing is feeling quite as lovely as being home.
My own bed.
My own shower. (yes, it’s small, but it’s mine (ours!))
My own clutter.
My own stuff.

It’s past time to get my life back into some sort of routine, back into taking care of life business, and back into SOWER work. While I’m working on making all of that happen, I’ll just share a time-lapse of Gary and I building some ductwork for the project here at Montrose. You’ll just have to imagine the racket that was involved!
Building duct work

And now I’m off to do some Cruisin’ Musin’

This is the Day!

Yes, this is the Day that the Lord has made, and we will rejoice in it!
And rejoice in it we will!
For today is also the day that a good part of my family will be arriving for a big ol’ Family Reunion!!!! It’s the first time to be having it here at Montrose (last one was in 2012 at the cabin), but the response has been great! Three of the four Senior Siblings (that’s my generation), 9 of the 13 cousins (our kids), and 27 of the 33 grandchildren! Did I mention that 22 of those grands are 12 and under?????
So while it’s looking pretty peaceful at the moment (pre 7AM)
this place will be hoppin’ before the day is out!
And that, my friends, is what rejoicing is all about!!!

A Short Week

OK, so it’s not that short, but I guess since it followed our short Vermont weekend, it just seems short.
First – the weekend. Even with just slightly more “awake” hours at the cabin than driving hours to get there, it was an excellent weekend. Although it was a very purposeful weekend (we were primarily there for our annual Cabin Association meeting), it wasn’t all work and no play. It was a beautiful Vermont weekend, the meeting went very well, I got to spend the day with all of my siblings and a precious niece, the afternoon with two cousins I hadn’t connected with decades, and a full weekend with one of my sons. I guess the true test of it being a heart-full weekend is that I took very few pictures. But trust me – it was well worth the drive!
Back in Montrose, life and work continued on. Gary finished up some details on the the walkway steps and moved on to the next part of the plan – the ventilation under the building. So even though today was a beautiful day in the neighborhood,
Gary ventured into the crawlspace to begin the process.
Thankfully, he wasn’t in the crawlspace for that long today (that will come later when he’s hooking up the exhaust fans).  Most of the day was spent putting in the vents (i.e. cutting holes in the floor). Since he needed me every now and then, I stayed close by and worked on washing windows and doors. Yes, I do do windows. After a spring of concrete dust flying everywhere and sawdust whipping in the wind, it was lovely to seem them (well, the ones I got done anyway) looking shiny and bright. (It almost made me want to come home and wash my windows! Maybe next weekend…..)

So why the short week? Well, Gary will only be working a half day tomorrow and then we will be hitting the road to upstate New York to visit some friends.  New places, good friends, and I hear there’s even a hot tub involved.  While it might’ve been a (sorta) short week, we certainly are looking forward to a nice lonnnnggg weekend!