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February, Oh February…

Where have you gone!! I know it’s only the 21st, but, oh my, this month is going by fast! Today is the last day of our February SOWER project here at Forest Glen Springs. It’s been a busy month! Gary’s been doing some remodeling on a house on the property and Daniel has been using his welding skills on their new gate. Kristy and I have been Painting. And painting. and painting. Pretty much the interior of a three bedroom/two bath house got a nice fresh coat of khaki paint with white trim.
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There was a little delay on some parts for the projects the guys are working on, so we’ve had some extra help with our projects!
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We ladies were more than happy for the extra help. Plus, Daniel is WAY better at painting ceilings the we ladies are! Kristy and I finished up just in time to get it all back together, and while I don’t have an official before picture, we were happy with the results.(Almost) before
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to all tidied up and (mostly) ready to go!
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Better, right?
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Here’s that corner Gary was painting!

Although we had some health issues (Gary’s back had him down for a day or so and Kristy lost some time with a nasty ear infection) and we were a bit distracted with working on our Waco project at the same time, it was still a good month. We were not only the first SOWERS to work at this camp, but our co-laborers Daniel and Kristy were on their first project.
Here’s the first group shot of the first group to serve with a first time serving couple!
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So many firsts!

This afternoon we pack it all up, and head to Waco.
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We’ll be camping at our favorite campground on Waco Lake for a long weekend, and it will be nice to have ALL of our life with us as we continue on with house projects and spending time with the kids.

Yep, we just keep rollin’ on!
Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Great East Texas Area Rep Road Trip

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Five Nights
Five Beds (one motel, two projects, two friends)
1387 Miles
Eleven Projects

It was ambitious plan. As East Texas Area Reps, we’re “responsible” for the fourteen projects/ministries in our East TX/LA area. Being “responsible” means that we visit (or at least call) every year or so to check that all is well and we also handle any problems that may arise (like questions about the RV sites, how the ministry operates, that kind of thing) during the course of the year. Gary decided that with a little planning we could visit eleven of those projects during our week ‘off’ between our January and February projects. So the planning began, and all the puzzle pieces fell into their correct spots, and oh-so-early on Friday morning (was that just a week ago??), off we went!
(Did you know that Google Maps limits the number of destinations you can put on a map? Hence the skinny blue line, where I had to approximate the trip from our final group of projects in the Lindale area back to our house in Harper. We did manage to squeeze in a quick stop in Waco, though, for some hugs and our mail!)

But back to the trip….
Although we were quite exhausted at the end of it (more the five different beds than the trip itself), and quite honestly are so thankful that we took notes during each visit because already we’re trying to remember who said what, it was a great trip. We have worked at most of these projects, so we already had some relationships with the staff going into the visit. It was lovely to touch base with folks and as an added bonus we got to catch-up with many SOWER friends who had been working at some of the ministries we visited. I’d like to say I took gobs of pictures at each stop, but the reality is I did not. (I know, it’s a major failure on my part.)  As we visited with the hosts at each ministry, it was such a blessing to hear of the “God Stories” of blessings and lives changed through their ministry.  I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but one of the best parts of this journey we’ve been on is seeing just how BIG God is!  Our little group of projects include many camps and retreat centers, a training center and seminary (geared largely to men leaving prison), an international medical ministry and a discipleship training facility.   How humbled we are to be able to serve at each one!  (I’ve included links to each project at the bottom of the post if you’d like more information about any of them!)

So since this was a Road Trip, it only makes sense that most of my pictures were of The Road.  Although we’ve traveled most of these roads before (who can forget I10 across the bottom of Louisiana), we did take a different route going from Gulf Coast Church up to Acadian Baptist Center.  We took the FREE ferry out of Galveston
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and traveled up Bolivar Peninsula instead of fussing with Houston and I10! It was a beautiful drive and well worth the few extra miles that it added to the trip.
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If you’d like to see a few more photos from the road trip – you can check them out HERE!

After we got back to our rig in Harper (you know, that skinny blue line), we packed up and headed to our February SOWER project – Forest Glen Springs – outside of Rosebud, TX. Now that we’ve had two nights back in our own bed, we’re beginning to get ourselves back in order! First up was getting this blog updated, and now I’d better get those eleven Area Rep Reports actually written up and sent into the office!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Here are those links I promised:

Camp Tejas, Victory Camp, Gulf Coast Foursquare Church, Acadian Baptist Center, Dry Creek Camp, Camp Cho-Yeh, Forest Glen Camp, Trinity Pines Camp, Calvary Commission, Mercy Ships, YWAM.

 

Things I may not’ve mentioned before…

Seems like I’m taking my ‘introvert voice’ seriously, given how quiet it’s been here lately! Sometimes, as the days go by, and I fail to get a post done I get a bit overwhelmed with trying to figure out just where to start with all the catching up that needs to be done. So, I decided to just do a list of 10 things I may not’ve mentioned before. (Apparently not’ve (as a contraction of Not and Have) is not a word since I continue to get a red squiggly line under it. Ah, the spoken English language. Red squiggly or not, I’m keeping it!)

    1.  Our project here at Still Wood Sports Camp is going well! It’s hard to believe that we’re in our final days – just three days left! I’ve been keeping busy with some light (thanks to the very thorough cleaning done by previous SOWERS!) cleaning after guests and a bit of kitchen prep work.
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    2. Gary has been doing some electrical work –
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      and also built some sweet little shelves for the four family cabins –

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      He’s been busy taking care of lots of things that the host couple, Ken and Gail, just don’t have time to get to.  (It’s kinda what being a SOWER is all about!)

    3.  They let me drive this little golf cart!
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      This property used to be a golf course, so there are lots of cart paths.
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      Fore!!! (Or is it Four? Why do they say that?)
    4. With my quiet afternoons I’ve been able to make some good progress on a quilt I’m working on for one of my grandboys. It’s felt very lovely to play with fabric and listen to the sweet whirrrr of my sewing machine. It’s still a work in progress – but here are some of the fabrics and the basic pattern.
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      It’s going to be cute, right?
    5. It’s been just a year since I had my mid-winter Girls’ Week in Vermont following my sister’s cancer diagnosis. I know some of you have been keeping her in your prayers so I just wanted to give you a quick update! She’s doing great!!! Oh, there have been some ups and downs along the way, but she’s feeling great and her CAT scan results look promising. So much praise is being offer to our Mighty God!
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    6.  And speaking of Vermont….. One of the staff member at Oakridge Ministries (our October and November project in Oklahoma), Jaime Ball, is an accomplished artist. (Trust me, the Vermont connection is coming). Since we had just been at the Cabin and I maybe was showing all kinds of cabin pictures to anyone who would look, Jaime asked if she could do a painting of the cabin!! I was honored, to say the least. We still need to get it framed, but it arrived last week – and I’m thrilled!
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      Thank you, Jaime – what a treasure! Both you and the painting!
    7. Meet Stuart (in the front) and Addie.
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      These guys belong to our hosts, but maybe because Gary carries (and distributes) dog biscuits they’ve been hanging around a lot! They are sweet pups, and I’m hoping this will stave off Gary’s desire to add a puppy to our little entourage.
    8. I stayed up to watch the eclipse last night. Did you? It was crystal clear here, and quite a sight to see, but I’m afraid my photography skills are not up eclipse photography!
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      But it was still exciting (in a slow moving kind of way)!

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      Last week Gail took me on a tour of the rest of the property – mostly undeveloped. We crossed the low water bridge
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      and climbed to the top of the ridge across the river (stream?). What a beautiful view of the camp!
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      In this shot, you can just make out the RVs up next to the large building near the horizon to the left of the cross.
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    10. Oh – and I have to mention the sunsets!!! Of course they aren’t all stunning, but when they are…. Ooo La La!
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Thanks for stopping by – and not giving up on this intermittent blogger!

A night at the Ridge

Here at Oakridge we have wonderful, centrally located RV sites. We’re on the ‘edge’ of the camp, but close to all the areas where we’ve been working.

We’re so centrally located, in fact, that we literally surround their main campfire. This is the view from my kitchen window-
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During the week, this is no problem. In fact, it’s available for us to have our own campfire should we wish. It’s true that during the weekends that campfire gets more action, but all in all it’s not been a big deal. This past weekend, though, the camp was expecting an exceptionally large group that was going to be using the fire pit on Saturday night and they were concerned that we might be a bit more inconvenienced. (Not to mention that sometimes being surrounded by RV’s might put a damper on some of the campfire attendees.) Our hosts generously offered their B&B, The Ridge, to us for the night (or two, they said!).
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The Ridge was a new purchase when we were here 18 months ago, and we girls even helped with some of the early renovations.
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(It’s not often we leave a job looking worse than when we started, so it was wonderful to return this time to see it in all of its beautiful and elegant finished state. Just in the short time we’ve been here it’s been used for two weddings!)
We decided to make the most of the opportunity and worked together to make a delicious steak dinner,
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(Try getting 6 folks cooking dinner in an RV!)
enjoyed the meal in the lovely dining room

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enjoyed a comfy evening in front of the big TV
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and then retired, each of us to our own fancy rooms, complete with private baths.
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We woke to a lovely morning view,
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(you can see why they call it The Ridge, right?)
gathered up our ‘stuff’, and returned to our own little 300 square foot homes.

Thank you, Oakridge family, for opening The Ridge to us and blessing us with a lovely little getaway!

…so when’s the next campfire? 😉