Making More Progress

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

As predicted today was a warm, sunny day. We had a breeze most of the day so the mid-eighties temperature was actually rather nice. We did need fans working inside.

Max and Anne were responsible for devotion today. We titled this one “How to stop a hurricane.” We have done it before but changed it a little. Scriptural basis was Psalm 46:1-3. Land stops hurricanes, depriving the storm of water and heat and it eventually dies. When we work disaster rebuilds, we act as the land for the home owners who have been devastated, depriving the storm from continuing to cause damage in peoples lives.

When we arrived at Sandra’s home we all just picked up where we left off yesterday. That meant Max and Anne returned to the bathroom. We first removed the bracing for the tub surround and fortunately everything was adhered tightly. We then started on the drywall. We completed the drywall this afternoon, but we did spend most of the day getting it up. The bathroom ceiling is 10 feet high so is was difficult to install. We also started putting the concrete board down on the floor in preparation for the installation of the ceramic tile. George and Lynn and Dave and Judy spent most of the day continuing the cleanup of the trim. Sharon continued the painting on the fireplace and then later in the day started on the baseboards in the bedroom. Gary was of course working all over, keeping us all busy, as well as running to the store to get anything that was needed. It was another productive day. After work it was home for baths to get all the drywall dust off then a chef salad for dinner and four laps around the parking lot. Now time for rest and bed.

First Work Day in Hattiesburg

Monday, October 2, 2017

Today was a gray, sometimes rainy day in Hattiesburg. The rain was really never much more than a sprinkle that lasted just a few minutes and sometimes it was just a little mist. It did keep the temperatures down so we could work with the windows open in the house with no worries of getting over heated. The rest of the week it is predicted to be sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80’s but that’s better than 90’s.

We of course started the day with devotion, by Gary, based on Proverbs 19:21. He reminded us to not let our work plans get in the way of God’s plans for our day, especially when it comes to spending time with our homeowners and their neighbors that sometime come to see us. A good example was when Sandra, the homeowner, came by at lunch today. We were still on site when she arrived and are so glad we didn’t go eat with the rest of the team today. We thought the bathroom was the number one priority, but Sandra’s priority is the bedroom. We discussed that with Gary when he returned and we will be adjusting some work plans.

We had a short morning meeting since we met last night and were in route to the job site by 8:00. Traffic is pretty heavy around here at that time. There are several schools nearby. It took about 20 minutes to get to our work site. We toured the house and then started determining what we wanted to start on first. We think the house was probably built in the 1940’s or early 50’s. Cute little house. Today we did some cleanup, some drywall repair, work in the pantry, striping of some trim to try to salvage it and Max and Anne spent most of the day working in the bathroom. We installed the bath tub and tub surround. We think it looks pretty good. It was more of a challenge because the walls, of course, were not plumb. We will be installing drywall tomorrow. Sharon is working on the fireplace, painting Kilz on the mantel and brick because it is now going to be white to match the rest of the trim in the room. We felt good about what was accomplished today and love being back at work on a project.

The Gang’s All Here

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Oak Grove UMC Morning WorshipToday was another nice day. A little cooler, with a little slight touch of autumn in the air. We went to early church and then Sunday School. The early service was their smaller service but everyone was very welcoming. The SS class was also welcoming, casual and fun. They were in their final week of study of the J. Ellsworth Kalas‘ book, Parables from the Back Side. The book sounds interesting so we may have to get a copy. Kalas takes a parable from the Bible and looks at it from the point of view of one of the minor characters. Today’s lesson was from the parable of the 10 virgins. The back side was from the view point of the seller of the oil. Interesting. The teacher gave us a copy of the chapter of the book so we plan to read that over the next few days. We really enjoyed visiting Oak Grove UMC. We then went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. We were the first customers for the day. They hadn’t even unlocked until we got there. Since there were six of us they seated us in a side dining room which was nice because we were the only ones in there and it was okay for us to sit around the table a visit for a while.

Everyone is here nowAfter a nice meal of enchiladas we went back to FRED and did a little laundry and awaited our last team member. Dave and Judy arrived at about 4:00 and with great finesse backed their 40foot Pheaton in between FRED and Gary and Sharon’s motorhome. We are in pretty tight and not sure how we will all get out but we are good for the week. Dave and Judy may have to leave before we can get out Friday.

First Team MeetingOf course we had our opening team meeting after Dave and Judy had some time to get settled. There were the usual introductions, and review of work to be done. We will start at 7:30 in the morning with devotional then about a 20-30 min drive to our first job site. We understand there are about 150 homes in this area that still need work from the January 2017 tornado. Lots to be done starting in the morning.