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The New View

We’re getting settled (along with 7 other couples) at our March SOWER project – Camp Horizon in Leesburg, FL.  It was an easy 17 miles from the SOWER Reunion location, so I just drove the truck behind the rig. The last mile was definitely the prettiest!

The camp is located right on a lake (Lake Harris) northwest of Orlando.

And while we don’t have a lakefront parking spot, we do have a lake view one!
Pretty sure this is going to be another great month!

Let the New Year Begin!

For the first time in almost 10 years we’ll be wintering in Florida! Here’s a map that shows our different locations for Jan, Feb, and March –
Central Florida Map

We’re starting out the winter ‘season’ in Wauchula where we’ll be working at Sherry White Ministries. There are several facets to this ministry, but the basic premise is restoration through Jesus Christ! We are parked at the Pioneer Village and will be working with 4 other SOWER couples. Two of us are ‘seasoned SOWERS’ having been SOWERS for over 15 years, and two are pretty new and one is on their very first project!! We’re excited to be building new relationships and being a blessing to this ministry.
And yes, we will also be enjoying the 70-80 degree days! Just keeping it real!

Thank you for your prayers as we traveled from Ohio (Brrrrrr) to Georgia (Brr) to our current spot in Wauchula (Ah….) Yes, I’ve dug out the capris and the flip-flops! And it feels pretty good!Steph

PS – It’s after 9PM and it’s STILL 76! Crazy, right? I’m thinking this Floridian Winter is going to work out just fine!

A bit of a walk about

As our first week at Camp Westminster drew to a close, I thought it was about time that checked up on the guys to see what they’d been up to all week.  We ladies finished the week by working on a mailing, but most of our time was spent inventorying their latest shipment of camp tee shirts.  So many options, so many colors!
It also seemed like a beautiful day to do a bit of a walk about of the camp!
This is the dining hall and the first building you see when you enter the camp.
Can you spot Lizzie over on the left? We’re enjoying being parked pretty much in the middle of things at camp! I started down the loop road
and came first to one of their main lodges up on the hill.
Can you see it up there through the trees?
Just a bit farther down the road is the lodge our guys are working in. See the truck? I found the right spot!
Although Gary has been doing some miscellaneous ice machine work, the basic job the guys are tackling are painting and tiling three bathrooms in that lodge. And tiny bathrooms they are! Pretty much only one guy can work at a time, so they are rotating between painting and priming and tiling.
By the end of the week most of the painting was done and they were ready to start grouting the first shower, and they felt fairly confident that they should be able to get all three done by the end of the project. And that would be a very good thing!
But enough distracting the guys…..
Continuing down the road
past the cabins that previous SOWERS were instrumental in renovating
and onto the horse pasture.
So pretty!
Next up was the ropes course and rock wall
and then finally the lake!
It’s pretty quiet here at the lake this time of year, but I hear it’s a pretty happening place in the summer!
I continued down the road
and eventually came back around to the RV area!
It was a great walk, and it was easy to picture this camp full of kids, having adventures and learning about Jesus!

This coming week most of the camp staff will be attending the national Christian Camp and Conference Association conference in Orlando,FL,  but we have promised to stay busy (I know there are lots of tiles for the guys and plenty of inventory for us to count!) while they are away. =)

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was quiet, but lovely! Don’t we all have so very much to be thankful for?

Catching up Vol 8, issue 27

Life these days seems to be all about catching up. I’ve got the bills paid, the taxes started (well, I’ve started to collect the stuff I need for the taxes at least), the monthly SOWER newsletter is just about ready to go and it too late to send out those Valentine cards, so I guess it’s about time I catch up with life here on my little corner of the internet. Here goes~ Continue reading Catching up Vol 8, issue 27

The List

A fellow blogger once said to me that Lists are a great tool to use in blogging. You know – the 10 best ways to scramble eggs or 10 things I’ve learned while mowing the grass. Since I am sufficiently behind on my blogging, this seemed like a good time to employ that List Technique. Here goes – 10 Not Terribly Related Things.

  1. Our work here at Gulf Shores is going well.  We started out sorting clothes (mostly leftover from the massive amounts of clothing that was donated just after the hurricane hit) and boxing it to be sent to Puerto Rico (or other areas of need).Untitled
    We’ve also done some post-shelter clean-up and organizing of stuff left behind, and of course, we’ve done some painting.
  2. The guys have been busy too – though totally in a different area than we are, so I have some very limited pictures.
    Mostly he and Jeff have been working over at the parsonage, hanging drywall, repairing plumbing and basically getting it closer to being able to be lived in! Meanwhile, the pastor and his wife are in a fifth wheel in the driveway.
  3. Remember those nine guys who drove down from Montana to help out? They were amazing – and even though we didn’t actually work with them, we were able to share devotions with them and some meals. IMG_5854
    They helped out in many different areas, and did excellent work where ever they went!  This is a new floor they put in the rec hall.
    These men were just an small (and wonderful) example of the folks that have responded to the great need that remains here in the Houston-Galveston area.
  4. The disaster here is almost invisible. Unlike most hurricane damaged areas, there are no (or few) blue tarps on roofs, no trees down, and hardly any visible damage at all. Once the piles of trash are picked up from the street, the houses here look like they’re in pretty good shape. What you can’t see is that there are no walls inside those houses – or at least none for the first 4 feet or so. Foundations are cracked, mold is growing, and all kinds of other interior damage needs to be repaired so these homes are once again livable.The need is still great in this area.KenLongHitchcock
    (Photo by last month’s SOWER worker, Ken Long)
  5. I finally got my “Year 13” photobook finished! Since the year officially ended on July 31st, it’s about time, right? Let’s face it – having the coupon about to expire is the motivation needed to sort through the 7436 photos I took over that 13th year, choose the ones that represent our different stops and then organize them into a photobook!
    If you’d like to take a look at the inside of  book, you can check it out HERE!
  6. Oh – we checked out Galveston Island over the weekend, and took advantage of the free ferry over to Bolivar Peninsula.
    We just walked on, rode to the peninsula, rode back and then went out for lunch, but it was a fun little excursion. We spotted some porpoises, saw lots of birds, and a fair variety of boats and ships!
    A little windswept, but having a grand time!
  7. Back in the day (a couple of lifetimes ago when I was in high school) one of my best friends was Janet Cruise. We were ‘church friends’ (and in fact she went to a rival high school), but she and her brother Dave (a good buddy of Gary’s) were a big part of those high school years. We always thought her folks were pretty cool (and very accommodating to our youth group antics), but I didn’t realize until years later how inspirational her dad actually was. This video is a short documentary about Les Cruise – one of the last living paratroopers who jumped on D-Day. Thank you to ALL our veterans!
    All American from 7 Wonders Cinema on Vimeo.
  8. Since this has taken me two days to put this all together, I thought you’d like to see the progress on our painting project –
    I think a final coat tomorrow should wrap up this painting job. =)
  9. Since we’re all about The List on this blog post – have you ever read the book “The List” by C.D. Baker? It’s an historical novel about a family in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.  I really enjoyed it – perhaps because I’m familiar with the area and perhaps because I know the author, but I have to say it made me see the Revolutionary War in a whole new light. Check it out!
  10. On a final note – the Birthday month is going quite well! I’ve had some nice long conversations with the kids and my sisters, some mushy cards, and enough meals out to call the entire month celebratory.  Here’s a nice fuzzy photo of the Marysville Seven singing Happy Birthday to me –
    I love my crazy family

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