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Look back – and give thanks

One of our favorite quotes these days is very simple –

As I look back on even just the last month, I can find so many things to give thanks for.

 

For the work that God has given us.
Everything from re-siding a building –
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to installing a snackshop window.
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to painting
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to sorting and packing clothes
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to painting lambs
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we were thankful to be able contribute as we were able. Continue reading Look back – and give thanks

Home again, home again, jiggedity jig

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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’

Saturday wrap-up

Happy weekend, everyone!!! This promises to be a Very Busy Weekend for us (the SOWER TX Round-up starts tomorrow here at Trinity Pines and guess who’s in charge. Yep. Us.) so I figured I’d better get a quick Project Wrap-up done before life totally carries me away…..

We had another great month. Although we started with 10 couples, by the time the project had ended we were up to 23 official SOWERS and a couple of SOWER of soon-to-be SOWERS! Just so you can see how great a ‘cloud of servants’ we were, here’s our group picture.
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Now isn’t that a fine looking group of folk?
And, oh my – what we accomplished!! Except for two hardy souls who were cleaning in the dining room, we ladies were painting mavens. Along with lots of touch-up painting in several of the lodges, we also:

  • painted the entire interior of a staff house to get it ready for new occupants,
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  • painted 2 sets of outdoor stairs and railings,
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  • painted 4 BBQ pits
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  • painted ALL the fire hydrants
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  • painted a bell tower and the bell and then an additional bell (God Bless those girls on the high ladders!!!)
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  • And since we still had two days to go, they had us paint 4 bathrooms in one of the lodges.
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The men were equally as busy – I just don’t have the pictures to show you because I was -you know – busy painting! They were sent out in twos to accomplish plumbing, light-swapping, earth moving, air conditioning, door hanging…you get the drift. They had a long punch list and did a great job punching it all out. Here are just a couple of pictures that I managed to take of the guys working – mostly because I was working (or happened to be walking by) where they were!
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Gary fixing a leak in the A/C that was dripping on the walkway to the dining hall. (Taken while walking to lunch. =) )
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Jay and John digging a hole for something or other. (Across the way from the house where we were painting.)
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Gary showing me the man-lift he got to use to fix the do-hickey that was causing problems. (Near a BBQ I was working on.) You can tell I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to what the guys were doing. All I know is that they got a lot done!!!!
But as always, it wasn’t all about the work. We had some great evenings of fellowship – like the homemade waffles and ice cream night…..
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Special thanks to the waffle masters, Charlie and Deanna!
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We shared many meals and game nights and the ladies had a very fun afternoon enjoying a lovely lunch and a bit of shopping.
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In the short three weeks that we have been here, in the true sense of spring, friendships have been birthed, renewed, and refreshed. Even the trees have gone from barren to that first crisp green of new leaves.
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I do not think we could have asked for a more beautiful month!
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P.S. If you’d like to see more pictures of our time at Trinity Pines – feel free to check them out HERE!

Twin Oaks Ranch – a bit of a walk about

One of the best parts of being in the SOWER Ministry is the diversity of locations each month. Although last month we were also in the Austin (TX) area, we were pretty remote and had a 15 minute drive to even hit a main road. And then it was another 15-20 minutes (either way) to the grocery store or the beloved Lowes. Here at Twin Oaks we are just 10 minutes from the Interstate and all kinds of civilization. But the really sweet part of this camp is that it still feels like you’re out in sticks.
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It’s a relatively small campus and is geared more towards retreats than full-blown wild and crazy summer camp. But that doesn’t mean it’s not packed full of good things to do. Pool, zip lines, GaGa Ball courts, archery, obstacle course, massive fire pit –
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You know, all that good stuff. And they also have a lovely waterfront along the Onion Creek.
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Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, rope swing – and did you see the hammock!! Like I said, all the good stuff.
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There’s a beautiful chapel
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overlooking the waterfront –
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Isn’t it lovely?
You can see in this Google map screen shot that there is a neighborhood on north side of the campus. (The blue dot is actually where we are parked, and yes – we do look out the front to a housing development.
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But the neighbors on the other side (down by the creek) are pretty interesting –
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Yep, it’s an emu. Go figure!

So this is a very sweet camp. One of its distinctive is that it a “perfect space for you and your group to spend time together with God and each other.” And it’s less than 30 minutes from Austin! Pretty much a win-win!
And did I mention the sunsets?
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A very sweet camp, indeed!!