Thursday, July 20, 2017
Today started sunny and hot and only got hotter. Interestingly, all four weeks we have been in Lumberton, Thursday was the hottest day. That makes it a little hard because we are always the most tired on Thursday. Oh well, we all made it through and everyone stayed well hydrated. And even better we aren’t working tomorrow or Saturday when it will be even hotter.
Suzanne had our devotion today which was based on Proverbs 19:21, Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. She shared a personal story of when was attempting to do something that was good, but at every point a barrier seemed to be up. She decided to abandon her plan and then found that God had a much better plan. We have probably all experienced something similar. Our plans really don’t matter – God’s always knows the big picture and His plan is perfect.
It was then time to get to work. Today Anne, Max and Suzanne were at Mary Elizabeth’s house and Larry, Carol, Ray and Cathy were at Leon’s home. A lot of progress was made at both. The ceilings at Leon’s are ready to stipple. Unfortunately, Lowe’s did not have any stippling brushes. Jeff will try elsewhere. The walls had a little more work today and will need a little sanding Monday and then they are ready for a coat of primer. The cabinets were also installed at Leon’s today.
Today we finished the laminate at Mary Elizabeth’s. We finished the dining room – the cedar planks, the chair rail and base all done. We were all so excited. Her home is very close to be complete. There are some transition strips to be installed in some doorways, a little painting, a little base and quarter round in the kitchen and the kick plate under the cabinets. Otherwise the interior of the home is complete. The porch, which will now become a sewing room, is yet to be done but the home is livable now. Mary Elizabeth and Elizabeth are so happy. A sweet story – we were telling Mary Elizabeth about another house we are working on, and how we were trying to help an elderly couple get back into their home. We said that we might be priming some of the walls next week. Mary Elizabeth asked if she might could help with the painting. “I’ve got my home back after thinking I had lost everything. I would really like to help someone else get back into their home.” How precious is that. We are sorry that we could not be here to see Mary Elizabeth’s home completed but we have truly enjoyed our time here and will treasure the friends we have made forever.
After work, as is our custom when some one is departing the next day, we all went out to dinner. This time we choose Village Inn-seafood and barbeque. The food was good, but the company ever better. The entire team was present as well as Jeff, Jeff’s pastor and his brother. What a wonderful time we had. We found out today that Lumberton will be a drop-in site and so we hope to return here before the next project in the fall of 2018. Maybe we can return fall of this year. We shall see.