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Tales from our travels

Where does it go?

Time that is! Week One Done. Again!

One of Gary’s favorite quotes is Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. Look around and serve God.

 

So let’s see how that plays out for just the last week of June, our first week at Odosagih Bible Conference.
Looking Back we have so much to be thankful for! We ladies started out with washing windows in the porch of the dining room.
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I was thankful that I had washed innumerable windows just last month, so I was fully qualified. My co-worker Linda also had lots of experience so the task was completed without incident! From there we moved to cleaning the Gift Shop/Book Store.
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Just a couple of windows there, but plenty of dust to be found lurking on those shelves. An added bonus was checking out the books and other goodies that they offer. We were thankful for opportunity to spruce up this area before their busiest season begins!
The guys were beginning the job of rehabbing this home, getting it ready for a new (yet to be hired) staff person.
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First out were the rugs. No pictures of that actual activity, but you can see the rolls of dead carpeting on the trailer. But it wasn’t just carpeting. There was also sheet linoleum and those pesky, glued down, floor tiles.
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Those guys were mostly thankful for having the right tools and frequent breaks! They were also thankful that they got to move from flooring removal to removing a rickety railing
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and replacing it with a much safer half-wall.
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Their early Thursday job was to help uncover the pool.
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For that they were thankful no one fell in.
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(Though I did take a video because I was pretty sure it was inevitable!) And much to my amazement, that pool will be ready for swimmers and splashers starting tomorrow!
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It was a good and safe first week of work – and for that we are most thankful!
But there’s more….
Friday we were thankful for the chance to visit a brand new SOWER project – Longview Camp – in nearby Arcade, NY.  The camp has over 50 years of history in sharing the Gospel with families, and it was originally the summer home of Fran Striker, creator of The Lone Ranger and Green Hornet.  It was great to get a tour of the property and see the vision for having this camp serve area churches as it strives to be “a place of decision in the areas of salvation, full surrender, and consistent Christian walk.”
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Lord willing, we’re hoping to serve there next summer!

We arrived back at Odosagih in time for a quick nap (more thankfulness!) and then a boat ride on beautiful Lime Lake. It’s a relatively small lake, entirely spring fed, with its shores filled with picturesque cottages. It was such a lovely day – from start to finish!
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Looking ahead, we are trusting that God will continue to bless the works of our hands here at the Bible Conference. We ladies will be joining the men at the house project – wielding our paint brushes as they continue to refurbish things! We are also trusting God to bless the many families that will be arriving this weekend for the beginning of their Family Camp season! Concerts and speakers and fun activities (all of which we are invited to if it fits in with our schedule =) ) will be filling the next several weeks!  May He get all the Glory as folks are drawn to Him!

Which brings us to looking around and serving God. Since we played most of yesterday (Saturday One in the SOWER world), today I’ll be serving God by catching up on things! This blog, the checkbook, emails, housework, SOWER newsletter, etc.  Even though we live in only 300+/- square feet, there is always something that needs to be done!

With that being said, I guess I better get started! At least I got one thing checked off the list – updating this blog!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a grand 4th of July weekend, dear friends!

Steph 

 

Hometown Rewind

What a special time we had last week as we journeyed back to our “Hometown” for a lovely long weekend. Since we don’t have any immediate family back in Doylestown (PA) or even its close-by neighbors, we just don’t get back that way as often as we like. I can’t remember the last time we were both there, and I know it’d been almost 4 years since I made the trip. So there was a lot of catching up to do! We only had four days and there was a lot to cram in! Quilting friends, birthday buddies (sadly, no photo), high school friends, church friends…..

Every visit was a delight. Every visit a treasured memory.

But the initial reason for our jaunt into the Philadelphia suburbs was to attend the memorial service of a dear couple who had been a big part of our teenage years. Not only were they pillars in the church we attended, Leslie and Shirley Cruise were also the parents of some of our very best high school friends. Mr. & Mrs. Cruise (as we called them back then) passed away within days of each other earlier this year. She was 98 and he was 97 and they had been married over 75 years. Although we never knew  it when we were being crazy teenagers at their house, Les was part of the 82nd Airborne Division that parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day. Prior to his death, he was one of the last surviving members of that WWII division. As we learned of his story over the years, we remained in awe of this humble, Godly man. This was a service we were thankful to be able to attend. It was  full of military honor  – 21 gun salute, members of the current 82nd Airborne Division standing at attention during the ceremony,
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and the presentation of the flag to the family.
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The very plane that he jumped from on D-Day flew over the cemetery –
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and then it was available for tours and rides later in the day at a nearby airport.
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It was such a memorable day, from reconnecting with high school friends to paying tribute to one of the last of the “Greatest Generation”. What a legacy they leave behind!

Hometown Weekends! I think we need to schedule these a little more often!
Thanks for coming along for this little trip down memory lane!
Steph

 

 

PS – If you’d like to learn more about this remarkable man and his life and legacy, here is an article written about his service and a video done several years ago.

One more thing – the house in the header photo is the house I lived in before I got married. I think it needs a good power washing, don’t you?  Still, it was fun to drive through that old neighborhood!

The New Neighborhood

We’ve moved to our new spot at a new to us ministry, in a new to us area of New York and we’ll be working with some new SOWER friends. So much New-ness! I’m also working on getting the new Wi-Fi to work, so for now please check out my ‘where are we now’ page to get a feel for just where God has us this month!

Lord willing, I’ll be back soon!

The sun has set again…

..on another SOWER project for us!  As often happens the last week on a project is filled with not only the rush to finish up any jobs, but also a rush to cram in any social happenings too! After all, in these three weeks we’ve made some good friends – not only our fellow SOWERS, but also the staff here at the camp.  We were introduced to Beef on Weck.
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which is essentially a thin sliced roast beef ‘au jus’ sandwich served on a special ‘weck’ roll. Lots of salt and caraway seeds going on there – and lots of deliciousness too! Apparently this is a quintessential western New York (especially Buffalo) delicacy. Quite the treat! We were also each given a box of crayons. Well, a small box. Two Whites (Russ & Candy) and two Blacks (Mike & Donna) and two blues – Us (the only non-colored name of our crew. (I did grow up on Greyhorse Rd, though. Does that count?))
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During the week it’s pretty quiet here and we’ve been able to get to know some of the ‘cottage owners’ a bit. But the couple we got to know best was Jim and Lorraine. They were our job-giver-outers and were a delight to work with and even socialize with!
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God has richly enlarged our circle of friends once again!
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And at a very beautiful place to boot! Thank you, Lord!

Even with all the socializing (and eating!) that went on, we still managed to finish strong in the work department. Rooms were spiffed up, walls were painted, RV spots were developed, signs were framed and installed and sheets were folded. If you’d like to see some additional photos of our time there – the work, the lake, the friends, the beauty – you check out the album HERE! Photo creds for some of the sunsets and the fabulous drone photo go to Mike & Donna Black!
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So what’s next, now that the project month is over? Well, tomorrow morning we’re packing up the truck (leaving the RV at LCC) and driving to our hometown – Doylestown, PA. We’ll be attending a memorial service for some dear folks from our high school days and reconnecting with other friends in the area. We haven’t been ‘home’ in several years, so we’re looking forward to a lovely long weekend filled with hugs and catching up with folks. Once we return to our current home (here in NY), we’ll be getting ready to move to our July SOWER project location – Odosagiah Bible Conference in Machias, NY. Which is less than 70 miles south of here – which is a very good thing given the current price of fuel!
More adventure awaits!

Thanks for stopping by – and have a lovely weekend!
Steph

It’s Saturday Morning….

…the dishes are done, the bank statement is balanced, the credit cards have been reconciled, and the trash has been taken out. I’ve even done WORDLE for the day! Seems like a good time to finally do a little ‘catch-up’ blog post!
It’s hard to believe we’re already 2/3rds of the way through our June SOWER project! And they’ve been busy weeks, indeed! We ladies started out washing windows.
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And then we moved to the tabernacle and washed some more windows.
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But I have to say, if you have to wash windows, at least we were able to enjoy the view!
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While we were busy washing windows that first week, the guys were handling a variety of other tasks. Most of them are undocumented (I was busy washing those windows, remember?). Their jobs included (but were not limited to) painting,
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shovel leaning =)
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shovel using –
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and hazmat suit wearing.
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Apparently some racoons had gotten into the insulation in the attic of one of the camp’s cabins. Mike and Russ gave it their all  as they cleaned up the mess and got that cottage livable again!  While they were working in those hazmat suits,  Gary just kept painting away!
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I guess that’s the perk of being the oldest guy on the project!

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But while we all worked hard these last two weeks, we also had some lovely down-times too!

 

 

Like the boat ride we enjoyed last weekend thanks to a cottage owner.
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Or the campfires we’ve enjoyed – one with just the 6 of us-
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Or like last night when it was quite the crowd!
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The evening ended with a lovely sunset (and we could even see the skyline of Toronto in the very far distance! But you’ll have to trust me on that. It’s only a iPhone, guys!)
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We’ve explored different Amish stores, checked out the neighboring lighthouse,
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eaten fresh strawberries, and did a sampling of ice cream testing at a couple different spots! Although we’ve had a couple of rainy days, when the days have been lovely, they have been lovely indeed!
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Life on the Lake – yep, it’s been pretty fine!

And now it’s Saturday afternoon – and I’d better hit that ‘publish’ button before it becomes Saturday night!
Thanks for stopping by!
Steph