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R&R at Rend Lake

September. Really? Where did the rest of the summer go? The last couple of weeks have been filled with family and friends and fun, and I’m going to do my best to catch you up on some of them (maybe even do a post a day for a while – whaddya think?). But for now, a little real-time update.

Today was a travel day. We left in the morning fog
and, (after a 60 mile (truck only) detour to retrieve Gary’s phone that had been left behind at Lara’s) we set our sights on points west and south. Although our next family stop will be in Lorena, TX, we decided to do a little bit of R&R camping on the way south. Destination for today was Gun Creek Campground on Rend Lake in Illinois. The spot was chosen because of it’s proximity to I57 (just south of Effingham, IL),about 400 miles into the trip and also the price – $13/night (full hook-ups) with our senior pass. Sometimes it really pays to be old!
Our drive was mostly uneventful – though it seemed like there was an inordinate amount of construction along the way
and way too many trucks on the road. But then again, I’m happy to see that America is still moving across the country!
The day ended with a bit of rain
but was clearing out as we settled into our spot for the next couple of days.
The lake is just through those trees at the end of the road. We’ll be exploring tomorrow for sure!
I am so thankful our safe travels today (something I never take for granted) and for this guy-
who once again got us to where we needed to be! Even with ALL those trucks!

Wheeeeee! Week Three!

This is not a Wheeeee – Week Three, thank goodness its over.
This is a Wheeeee – Week three – man, that was fast and fun!!
Although it’s always hard to see a project come to an end, there is always something satisfying about packing up your tools, and reviewing what was accomplished during those 12 short days of work. Sandy and I used our paint brushes every day (basement craft room, 6 doors and 3 sets of closet doors, and three lodge rooms), and it was great to know that those were things that the maintenance staff did not have to worry about this summer.
UntitledThe guys moved through a long list of plumbing, electric and carpentry items without hesitation. Some jobs, like that well/pump re-do, had been on the back burner for a very long time! Although summer will look very different this year (thanks to the pandemic) for this camp and many others like it, maintenance still has to be done. We were honored to be able to serve here – and give them a hand with some long overdue chores!

But as it happens every SOWER month, all good things come to an end.  We left this morning after a lovely time of prayer (but sadly without the hugs that we really love) for a short 30 mile drive over to Montrose Bible Conference.

We aren’t here at MBC as official SOWERS this month, but more as ‘friends of the conference center’ since we’ll be in and out as the month goes by. Gary will be working on their refrigeration situation, and for the first part I think I’ll just be catching up on life here at home. (The third load of wash is already underway!). Next week we’ll be heading to The Cabin for a spell (insert happy dance here!) and then it will be back to Montrose until it’s time to head to our August SOWER project. We’re thankful for this lovely spot that has become as close to home base to us as anything these days.

As we wrapped up our time at Rock Mountain, we posed for an official “Group Shot” by their sign.
And then for an official “Sign of the Times” group picture!

Thank you, LORD, for a good month! For good new friends and for being able to do the work you have for us to do!
And thank YOU for stopping by!

The Best Getting here in a while!

I would have to say that lately when we’ve been moving from one location to another, our goal has been to get there. We haven’t done many stops along the way (except for fuel) in a good long while. And with the current COVID19 climate, the less stops the better, right? Well, as we plotted out our course from N. Florida to Eastern TN, we realized that we would be driving right by some good folks that we hadn’t seen in quite awhile. Seemed to us like a great time to add some friends and family stops to our travels.
We left Middleburg (FL) a little before 9AM on Sunday –
just in time to enjoy worshiping with our favorite Washington, DC church while we ambled down the road.
In fact, Church was just wrapping up as we pulled into the Winn-Dixie parking lot just off I95 in Brunswick, GA. Friends that we hadn’t seen in almost 10 years met us and took us to their home for a lovely early lunch. It was so wonderful to catch up with Drew and Francis (and their son Kevin) – we really tried to resist, but gentle (face averted) hugs did happen! After lunch they took us to see Drew’s latest venture – The Village Oven. It’s closed, of course, but we were able to see what a delightful little bistro it was/is – and will be again, we trust! Like most small businesses, so many things are up in the air with them, but they are still trusting the LORD to see them through! We’ll certainly be praying for them in the days to come as the economy begins to wake-up. And the bread begins to bake again!

Next time through that area we will definitely try to stay longer!

But back on the road it was! There were a couple of interesting things that happened along the way….
Here’s Gary being Gary –
He’s in the orange shirt, getting ready to help the fellow fix the tire on his tow dolly. I figured there were enough people milling around on the shoulder of a busy interstate, so I stayed put and prayed!
An hour or so later we came upon this….
Yikes! The people were well away from the car and the state police were pulling up as we drove by, so that is all we did. We drove by.
By late afternoon we were heating up our leftover pizza at a (surprisingly quiet) rest stop on I26 and settling in for the night.

As we set out the next morning we were thrilled to see those mountains in the distance. Oh, it’d been a while since we’d seen mountains!
Now it did mean that we were going to have to climb those mountains…
and then go down the other side,
(that was the second runaway truck ramp on the decline!)
but that was all well and good, because before we knew it we were meeting my niece in the Walmart parking lot in Hendersonville and joining her, my nephew and his wife and 4 beautiful kiddos for a lovely (though too short!) visit.

Careful hugs may or may not have happened. (Who am I trying to kid – of course there was (limited) hugging!)
Before we knew it, it was time to get back on the road. Up over another mountain (or were there two?) and we were at Doe River Gorge Ministries, our sheltering spot for the next several weeks.

In these days of of #stayhome and #shelterinplace directives,  it was just over-the-top wonderful to make those connections.   Zooming and FaceTime are amazing technologies, but to be truly face-to-face – now that’s a joy filled experience!

Thanks for coming along – praying you all are staying safe and well connected with family, even as we all navigate this “new normal”!