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From the front of Toby’s house (after we watched them drive off to church)
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to our parking spot for the next several weeks –
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it was mile after mile after mile.
It started with some lovely country roads
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and ended with some classic Texas (70mph) 2-lane highways,
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but in between, there was highway mile after highway mile after highway mile.
So long, Ohio!
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Hello, Construction!
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We took a short detour for a long overdue RV wash. Thank you, Blue Beacon, that was a very well-spent $42.00.
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We crossed the Mississippi just before dusk
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and settled in at a truck stop for the night.
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Day two on the road was just more of the same…
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It was a crazy hot day, so it made sense to pull into a campground for the night to plug in and cool off!
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YAY for pull-through sites at a campground right off the interstate! (Sunrise RV Park in Texarkana, AR for those RV’ers out there. Not fancy, but it sure fits the bill for a quick overnight.)
This morning we crossed into Texas
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and we were parked and plugged in at the SOWER office RV area by noon! Phew!
It’s still crazy hot here (sorry for those of you who have been in this heat all summer and a 95-degree day actually feels like a relief, but this girl has been in VERMONT!), but we are certainly enjoying having the slides out (first time since we left Odosagih on August 18th!). I’m still living out of my suitcase (when the slide is in I can’t get to my drawers), so tomorrow will be spent unpacking from our time at the Cabin and finding homes for all the treasures I managed to accumulate during the last month.

Thanks for coming along for the ride! It was a long one, but as always we are so thankful that our biggest challenge was a couple of single-lane construction areas. We never take a boring ol’ trip for granted, believe me!

Steph

Home is where the heart is

Well, even though I often feel like my heart is actually tucked away at that little cabin in Vermont,
Untitledthe truth is – home is where we park it! And right now it’s still parked at Odosagih Bible Conference. The trip home was long – breakfast at a local (and newly reopened) diner, a quick nap before we even made it out of Vermont, then a stop at the Costco in Rochester. We picked up some favorite Costco items, but were mostly delighted to find gasoline at $3.99/gal! (Sad that makes us happy, right?) It made the long lines (each line was at least 8 cars deep) worth it. All in all about eleven hours from start to finish. But it was uneventful (in a travel sort of way) and we are thankful to be home. Monday we start our second month here at OBC. We’re working alone (as in we’re the only SOWERs here this month), which mostly means that Gary and I will be working together. I’ll let you know what kind of group leader he turns out to be!

I’ve been looking through some pictures from our Cabin time – so be prepared for some additional stories about that little red cabin up on the hill!

Thanks for stopping by! Praying that tomorrow brings you blessings as you spend time in corporate worship with fellow believers!Steph

 

Ready to go – Sad to say good-bye

UntitledThis morning we bungyed down the breakables, pulled in the slides and hooked up that pretty red truck to begin our trek east to our next SOWER project in Mississippi. As much as we were ready to go (it’s our internal time clock – three weeks, and it’s time!), we weren’t really ready to say good-bye to our new friends, Tom and Wendy. We’d had a great month with them – kinda low key with all the COVID stuff going on, but still very special. Wendy and I especially shared lots of stories since we were diligently painting that hallway and meeting room for the entire three weeks. Lots of story time there!
I loved that we had developed our own painting rhythm – she would wrangle the pole and do the ceiling cut in while I scooted along the floor and did the “lower trim” – baseboard (carpet – how weird), corners, doorways, etc. Then we would both grab a roller and tackle the main walls.  We were like a chatty finely oiled machine!
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(No pictures of me scooting, but trust me – my fitbit was NOT getting a work out!) By the end of the three weeks we had both areas completed, switch covers were back on, drop clothes stowed away, and furniture returned to the walls. Of course, I have no picture of that. But while it didn’t look really any different (beige A being painted over beige B), the room and the hallway did have a wonderful fresh look. Thankfully we will not be there to see the first ding. (That’s the beauty of our three week schedule!) So while we painted (and solved most of the problems of the world), the guys were busy with about 137 various tasks. They did some electrical work, including moving and hooking up a mini-split A/C unit, some plumbing work
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and Tom even stopped by to try and get us some better lighting.
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(Ah, the fickle fluorescent lights. Which ones will come on today?)
If you look closely at the bottom right corner of the building you can see Gary sitting there replacing some broken siding pieces. Like I said, they were doing a million small jobs – but nothing was left unfinished and I do believe the camp was oh-so-happy to cross those pesky “little things” off their to-do list.
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Tom and Wendy are fairly new SOWERS, and after this month I know they’ll continue to be a true blessing wherever the LORD sends them to serve in the future!
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Instead of heading straight to our MS project, we decided to use our ‘in between’ week to lend a hand to our two Louisiana projects, one of which took a terrible direct hit from Hurricane Laura.  We’ll get to Dry Creek Camp tomorrow, ready to help in any way we can. Before the week is out we’ll head to Acadian Baptist Center which has also been affected by the recent hurricanes.  Then by the weekend we’ll be getting settled at Forest Lake Ranch in Macon, MS for our November project. We’re looking forward to a busy and blessed week!

Right now we’re tucked into a Walmart parking lot in Leesville, LA and once I hit the Publish button and then get the coffee ready for tomorrow morning it’s off with the generator and into bed for me!

Sleep well, good friends,
Steph

Driving, driving, driving…..

We got an early-ish start this morning (after our lovely two day retreat at Rend Lake), and drove and drove and drove. Thankfully the traffic wasn’t too bad – well, Little Rock and West Memphis were a little busy, but that’s to be expected. Tonight we are in a nice little campground just outside of Texarkana, AR with lovely pull through spots (so we don’t have to disconnect the truck). And given the Arkansas heat and humidity, we’re very grateful for an electric hook-up so we can run the A/C.
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Leftover anniversary steak with corn on the cob for a quick dinner, and we’re calling it a day! Sweet dreams, everyone!
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Tomorrow we’re off to Waco – and another batch of Grands!

The Best Getting here in a while!

I would have to say that lately when we’ve been moving from one location to another, our goal has been to get there. We haven’t done many stops along the way (except for fuel) in a good long while. And with the current COVID19 climate, the less stops the better, right? Well, as we plotted out our course from N. Florida to Eastern TN, we realized that we would be driving right by some good folks that we hadn’t seen in quite awhile. Seemed to us like a great time to add some friends and family stops to our travels.
We left Middleburg (FL) a little before 9AM on Sunday –
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just in time to enjoy worshiping with our favorite Washington, DC church while we ambled down the road.
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In fact, Church was just wrapping up as we pulled into the Winn-Dixie parking lot just off I95 in Brunswick, GA. Friends that we hadn’t seen in almost 10 years met us and took us to their home for a lovely early lunch. It was so wonderful to catch up with Drew and Francis (and their son Kevin) – we really tried to resist, but gentle (face averted) hugs did happen! After lunch they took us to see Drew’s latest venture – The Village Oven. It’s closed, of course, but we were able to see what a delightful little bistro it was/is – and will be again, we trust! Like most small businesses, so many things are up in the air with them, but they are still trusting the LORD to see them through! We’ll certainly be praying for them in the days to come as the economy begins to wake-up. And the bread begins to bake again!

Next time through that area we will definitely try to stay longer!

But back on the road it was! There were a couple of interesting things that happened along the way….
Here’s Gary being Gary –
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He’s in the orange shirt, getting ready to help the fellow fix the tire on his tow dolly. I figured there were enough people milling around on the shoulder of a busy interstate, so I stayed put and prayed!
An hour or so later we came upon this….
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Yikes! The people were well away from the car and the state police were pulling up as we drove by, so that is all we did. We drove by.
By late afternoon we were heating up our leftover pizza at a (surprisingly quiet) rest stop on I26 and settling in for the night.

As we set out the next morning we were thrilled to see those mountains in the distance. Oh, it’d been a while since we’d seen mountains!
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Now it did mean that we were going to have to climb those mountains…
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and then go down the other side,
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(that was the second runaway truck ramp on the decline!)
but that was all well and good, because before we knew it we were meeting my niece in the Walmart parking lot in Hendersonville and joining her, my nephew and his wife and 4 beautiful kiddos for a lovely (though too short!) visit.

Careful hugs may or may not have happened. (Who am I trying to kid – of course there was (limited) hugging!)
Before we knew it, it was time to get back on the road. Up over another mountain (or were there two?) and we were at Doe River Gorge Ministries, our sheltering spot for the next several weeks.
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In these days of of #stayhome and #shelterinplace directives,  it was just over-the-top wonderful to make those connections.   Zooming and FaceTime are amazing technologies, but to be truly face-to-face – now that’s a joy filled experience!

Thanks for coming along – praying you all are staying safe and well connected with family, even as we all navigate this “new normal”!

Steph