I know I’ve shared some of our adventures while we were at Ironwood Camp for our April project,but I haven’t shared much about the SOWER side of things. (I know I say this most every month, but) Once again, it was a grand month.
The work was great. The guys were kept busy over in a new building, the Hacienda. Once completed, this building will be used as a pastors’ retreat.
While the basic construction was mostly done, the guys were doing some drywall, mudding, painting and general finish work. Gary was able to get all of the air conditioners installed and running, and if everything continues to move forward, they should be ready for their first guests by the end of May! I know the Ironwood maintenance team was very pleased with all that was accomplished!
We ladies had a variety of tasks also. While we all started together in the project room – some of us painting signs, some of us sewing – eventually most of us moved to other more strenuous work like spring cleaning some of the cabins.
I confess I felt pretty fortunate (maybe even a bit guilty) that I was at the sewing machine the whole time. There were curtains to make, crib mattress covers to construct and other miscellaneous sewing projects that managed to keep two of us busy almost the whole time.
But as you know, the month was not without some challenges. I have learned over this last month that 4 months in the desert (whether New Mexico or Arizona or California) is well over the ‘legal limit’ for desert living on the Gary-scale. So sand and wind wise, it was a rough month in that regard. Then there was the whole awning mishap.
But for every sandstorm that whipped by, there were these people –
that we got to work and play with. Love them!
For every time we had to shake the sand out of our shoes, there were these guys, our bosses –
and all of the other staff members that made us feel like family!
And for every time we wiped the grit off the counters,
there was this
So, was it a perfect month? Nah. We can’t say that. But was it a great and blessed month overall? Oh, my yes!
Here is a selection of the photos from the month (most even with a caption!).
Real time update – we’re more than halfway to our May project (Lake Retreat Camp in Ravensdale, WA), and will share more about our travels in a future post. Tonight (Tuesday) we’re tucked in at a BEAVER (RV) dealer in Bend, Oregon and tomorrow we’ll be moving on to Washington. Baby, we’re not in the desert anymore!