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South Dakota in October

Tomorrow morning we head to Galveston with our grandson Weston for his Great Galveston Adventure! Guess I better get this South Dakota goodness written down before I once again sink into Blogging Never-Never Land!) So –
Here, in no particular order, are 10 South Dakota October Things we love!
1. Harvest Time. Oh, my! The combines!!
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We learned a lot about how the combines work, how both corn and soybeans are harvested, and how hard the farmers work out here (and everywhere! Farming is HARD, folks!). Not only did we get to watch combines in fields as we traveled around, we even got to watch them in the backyard field! (They were working at 9 o’clock at night and I didn’t get any pictures of those headlights. But here they are getting ready for the dew to dry so they could start again!)
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2.Long Walks. Long Straight Walks. Long straight soul enriching walks.
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3. The Community Dinner. Howard is a small town – well under 1000 folks at the last count. And like most small communities, they take good care of their neighbors. The first Wednesday of each month there is a Community Dinner at the local Methodist Church, hosted by a variety of local organizations. October’s ‘organization’ was a neighborhood group that Don and Jenny are a part of. SO – we got to join them in preparing Chili with all the fixings for about 50 folks who came out to enjoy the evening.
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What fun to get to know their neighbors and to see a bit of ‘love your neighbors’ in action!

4. The Corn Palace down the road a piece in Mitchell-
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The palace itself was closed when we were there, but we still got to enjoy the amazing murals all made from (wait for it….)CORN!
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It was especially fun to see one that was still in progress –
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Can we call that “Corn by Number?”

5. Games – We can’t get together with SOWER friends without some game playing!
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Don & Jenny introduced us to “Fast Track” – which is like, but not the same as, Pegs and Jokers, which is like, but not the same as SORRY. Confused yet? Think how we feel! Glad our aging brains could be taught some new tricks, though!

6. Bawling calves. While this might not fit into the “Things we love about SD” category, it does fall into the “South Dakota in the Fall” column. About this time every year the area ranchers divide out the calves from their mommas. The mommas are moved to their winter pastures, while the young’uns learn to live life without mom nearby. Needless to say, when that happens to about 250 pairs of cattle on the next farm over, there is a bit of an ongoing ruckus as the ‘babies’ are moaning about being deserted. Rumor has it that the mommas are over in their new pasture feeling like (some) moms feel when school starts in the fall!
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(Full disclosure – these are not the bawling calves. But they are representative of the cattle in the neighborhood!)

7. Dignity. We took a little road trip to see this well-known statue located in a rest stop in Chamberlain, SD. So stunning!
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8. Also in Chamberlain is the St. Joseph’s Indian School and the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center.
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Very interesting and well worth the stop.

9. Sunsets
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Does my heart good every single time!

10. Dear Friends! How kind our God is to enrich our lives with beautiful friends around the country!!
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For us, the best part of South Dakota are these good friends, who share devotions with us, laugh with us, support us in prayer, and love on us regardless of where we are in the country! So glad we could spend this week with them!

If you’d like to see some additional photos of our time in South Dakota, here is a little slide show or you can check out the album HERE!

Thanks for coming along for my Ten Things! These just really scratch the surface of South Dakota in the Fall – you should check it out sometime!

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you after our Great Galveston Adventure!
Steph

Quick Catch-up

Week One – Pre-meeting stuff at the SOWER office and some general down time.  Kinda laid back and all good!

Week Two – Meetings for Gary, meeting support for me.  A bit exhausting, but still a blessing. Naps were a necessity.

 


Week Three – Spending time with friends in South Dakota. More details to follow!

 


Week Four – Arrived in the Waco Area to spend a week with our kids and four grandsons.  The adventure is unfolding……

 

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Stay tuned……

And just like that….

Almost two weeks have passed since my last ‘hello’ to you guys! These two weeks in Lindale have been busy with lots of things – just not blogging, apparently!  Gary was doing a lot of pre-meeting organizing while I was working diligently on a quilt project.
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We fit in a little road trip to three SOWER projects in the Huntsville area and it was great to see how they are recovering from the shut-down last summer. (I’m happy to report that they are all coming back nicely! They’ve had a good camp season and felt the Lord’s favor on their facilities. Hearts were turned to Jesus!)
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This week has been filled with the annual SOWER Trustee meeting.
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My job was orchestrating the food – lunches, dinners, and breaks! It was all take out or eat out, but it still needed a bit of organizing. I had some great help, and all in all it went well (with the exception of the calorie intake).  I even think the meeting did too! =)

Tomorrow we get organized for our departure on Saturday when we’ll be leaving on a jet plane to see friends in South Dakota.  Super excited about that! But lots to get done before we go!

All of this to say that it’s probably going to continue to be pretty quiet around here for the next couple of weeks. Did I mention that the day after we return from South Dakota we’ll be moving the house to our son’s driveway outside of Waco for a week?  Yep, more busy days ahead.

But I’m thinkin’ there will still be no morning alarms! (Except maybe snuggles from the grandboys!)

Stay well, my friends,
Steph

About those lights

There’s a saying that “Teamwork makes the Dream work”. And the last two weeks of our project, was a definite Teamwork effort! There were 91 street lamps that needed to be taken down, cleaned, painted, and reinstalled. It seemed pretty massive – but with all four of us working on it, we did indeed make the ‘dream work’!
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I was working on the clean-up of the fixtures, Tamara was in charge of shining up the globes, Art was painting, and Gary was getting the wiring all ready to go! Once we had a batch ready to be reinstalled, the teams just moved to the outside!
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Never underestimate the value of a trusty hander-upper, tool-getter, ladder-holder, I say!
Just a word or two about the different techniques on getting those lamps back up:
Some were easy-peasy-
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Some were a little more challenging-
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and some had obstacles that needed to be overcome.
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But when Gary started balancing on the railing….
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we knew it was time to pull out the big guns!
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Yes indeed, it was Teamwork
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that made this dream work!
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Sabbath Rest – The Everlasting Love of God

This past week was Sing! Global 2021: Singing through the Ages , which is an amazing gathering of musicians and theologians organized by Keith & Kristyn Getty (Getty Music).  I can only imagine the worship that must have filled those halls!!! While I’m highlighting the first song on this video, I encourage you to listen to the whole thing – I know you’ll be blessed!

The Everlasting Love of God
Matt Boswell & Matt Papa

How vast the everlasting love of God
How sure and faithful as the morning
This love so great for us could never fail
Nor end, for it had no beginning

How strong the Father’s beating heart for us
What mercy runs to meet the sinner
As rivers yearn to reach the lowest place
His grace shall flow to me forever
Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God

How great and precious my Redeemer’s blood
How pure the passion of the Savior
My sins are drowned beneath this mighty flood
My soul is swept away with wonder

Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God

How deep the measure of the Spirit’s work
Who dwells, who seals the promise
God’s love through time and all eternity
Shall stand and we shall stand upon it
What now could separate us from it?

Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God
Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God
The everlasting love of God