Flashback to 2015

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hope you all had a wonderful Sunday. It started as a gloomy day this morning but as the day went on we had some glorious sunshine. We were up early to get lunch started before going to church. We really enjoyed being back in our home church today. Bro. Barry had a wonderful message out of John 9: 1-41. After worship we enjoyed being back in our Sunday School class. Our church is such a blessing. Enjoy visiting other churches as we work and travel but it’s always so good to be back at Lester Memorial. We had the LOLs for lunch again today, since we begged off last weekend and Michelle was back with us today as well. Meat loaf, peas, mashed potatoes, salad and key lime pie that we made from key lime juice from Key West. We all enjoyed the time together.

After lunch we walked with Barry and Donna – 4 miles, and then later they come over for a visit and key lime pie. It was so good to have time with them again. We miss our dear friends when we travel. We need to plan another trip together. Just before dark we walked one more mile to get our five miles in for the day. It was a wonderful Sunday.

Since we don’t have any pictures for you today and since we aren’t at Murphy Harpst Children’s Center (MHCC) thought we would share a few pictures and information on the MHCC from our spring 2015 project. We were journaling at this time but not posting a blog, so we thought we would post some excerpts from our journal.

March 9-March 26, 2015

Today we completed our packing of Fred and left exactly as we had planned. 8:30 departure from home with stop at Aunt Helen’s for hooking up the Colorado and turning off the water and then “On the road again.” We both agreed that it felt really good. We had only been home from Florida 6 weeks but it was great to be rolling down the road in Fred again. We feel so blessed to be able to travel and work at the NOMADS Projects.

The campground
The campground

What a beautiful drive in the bright sunshine. After the snow and ice of the past two weeks…..this was a great drive. Our team leaders Jim and Mary Jo were awaiting our arrival, leading us in to the campground on the back side of the Murphy Harpst Children’s Center (MHCC) campus. MHCC is a children’s home primarily for troubled, abused children who have been removed from their home, most with no chance of returning there. The campground is quiet, secluded and with lots of great areas for Scout to enjoy.

Scout loved the Silver Comet Trail
Scout loved the Silver Comet Trail

After getting set up in our site, and visiting with our leaders we got the bikes out and took a tide on the Silver Comet Trail. What a great bike/hike trail this is. Of course, the section we decided to ride today is the only section on this trail with big hills. Boy – we could tell we have been doing our riding in flat Florida.

We were originally scheduled to work on remodeling some dorm rooms but all the permitting has not been completed for that project so we will be working on the dining rooms. The dining rooms have lovely old hard wood floors so our first task was to cover the floors for protection. Then we began what became many hours of scraping, and steaming old wallpaper from the walls and repairing trim and walls in preparation for painting later in the week. Unfortunately, it was determined that we would have to remove a lot of old wall paper and paste prior to painting. We first tried to paint over the wall paper and it bubbled up all over the wall.

It was our turn to give the morning devotional at 8:00. We thought it went well and then it was another day of painting. Yep, all those years of saying how much we don’t like to paint and…. God works in mysterious ways or maybe it’s just His sense of humor. Anyway, we are getting a lot of practice and we are getting pretty good at painting. However, we really aren’t sure we want to admit it. By the end of the first week we had one coat of paint on everything and we had spent many hours working high on the scaffolding. You know your legs can get pretty sore from climbing up and down, up and down that tall scaffolding.

Week two was more of the same in the dining rooms with the addition of prepping walls and trim in the administration building. A group from Atlanta was coming in to paint on Saturday and we worked to have it ready for them to paint. We also took time to have some fun with a Saint Patrick’s Day party on Tuesday. A “pitch in”, grilled burgers with all the fixings, with a camp fire and of course, green cake, affectionately called “moldy cake” by the team. By the end of our third week we had completed our dining room project as well as several odd jobs around campus and the prep for the Atlanta team.

Thank You card
Thank You card we received from the kids on our last day

We were really pleased with the way everything looked and the MHCC kids were so appreciative. It was such a privilege to work to make their world a little brighter. And in the mist of all the hard, hard work, we made some wonderful friends that it was very hard to leave. No good byes, just “see you down the road at another project, and safe travels”, and lots of hugs.

Check back in tomorrow because we are considering a road trip tomorrow if the rain holds off.

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