The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Psalm 19:1-6 (ESV)
Hello! And greetings from Montrose! We’ve made it back to our little house on wheels, but wanted to give you the low-down on our wonderful three weeks at The Cabin.
But you knew it’d be grand, didn’t you? We had enough picture perfect Vermont days to cancel out the cool and rainy ones, and most of the other days , while maybe not crystal clear, but were winners nonetheless! We were blessed with lots of company – a sweet youngster (21!) that we met on a SOWER project , my college roommate & hubby, friends from when our kids were small who now live in VT (who we even put to work), cousins from Gary’s side, SOWER friends who came for a mid-week weekend, and a wonderful day with all of our Vermont family.
But all of our wonderful company aside, I bet you’re wondering what Gary was up to. Right? Well, as usual, he kept himself plenty busy! Continue reading Dear Joie & Fitz
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.
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 –
You know, all that good stuff. And they also have a lovely waterfront along the Onion Creek.
Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, rope swing – and did you see the hammock!! Like I said, all the good stuff.
There’s a beautiful chapel
overlooking the waterfront –
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.
But the neighbors on the other side (down by the creek) are pretty interesting –
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?
A very sweet camp, indeed!!
One of the first questions SOWERS ask their host (and each other) is “What will we be doing?” As we visited with our friends who were here last month, they shared that they had been painting and cleaning and painting (ladies) and remodeling bathroom (guys). Sounded a bit like this month would be very similar to last month. And that was ok – we do what needs to be done. However, when our host saw Gary’s A/C background, he started making a list of all the A/C units and refrigeration that needed to be checked or cleaned or repaired. In fact, Gary is already lined up to install a new unit at the director’s house! I’m pretty sure he’ll stay plenty busy. And just as I was getting ready to pull out the paint clothes for another month, I got a pleasant surprise. He saw my “5” level (which means I did it as a job) for office work, and asked if I would like to work in the office! Um, yesssss. I might just be running the copy machine and scanning receipts, but still and all – it makes this girl happy!
In other good news – the sun came out today. 🙂
(That’s the view from the office door! Sweet, eh?)
And the sunset tonight –
So the question has been asked and answered. Once again, we’re right where we’re supposed to be!
It’s so good to be friends with the Man with the Plan!