Max’s mother, Juno Armstrong, is now enjoying exploring heaven with Anne’s mom. She entered the gates this afternoon from a hospital in Birmingham. She was 94 and a precious lady who will be missed by all who knew her. We have another huge hole in our hearts today. We will try to post the arrangements after they are made tomorrow. Otherwise the blog may once again be silent for a few days. Please remember us in your prayers. We are going to have to learn how to live in this crazy world without our Moms.
Quick blog note tonight. Max’s mom, Juno, is in the hospital in critical condition. We left Crystal River after eating lunch today and are currently in Troy, Alabama. Hope we get a few hours rest and then will head on to Birmingham to the hospital. We would appreciate your prayers.
Such a blessing to have another gorgeous day in Crystal River. Don’t know our official high today but the truck display indicated 82 this afternoon. It was definitely another t-shirt day. Feeling very blessed during this time to have sunshine rather than the gray dreary skies others are having this winter. It just makes us feel better.
Ruth and Mike brought us our devotion today. It was a good time of sharing where we shared some of our favorite verses of scripture. With Ash Wednesday approaching Ruth also shared some 2017 suggestions from Pope Francis that we might all want to consider during lent. Do you want to fast this Lent?
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
Certainly somethings we could all consider. Thanks for sharing this Ruth. Then after reviewing our prayer list and joining in prayer we all went back to work.
Max, Lou and Rod headed back to the hurricane house which is located about 30 minutes away in Homosassa, FL. Max and Rod finished framing out the walls in the bathroom, reinstalled the light and then began on the plumbing. Lou continued to trace down electrical problems and reinstall more outlets. Good progress was made in the house today. Ruth was back to painting trim for the sanctuary and Karen and Janie began the installation of the vinyl on the stage. The ladies are making the sanctuary look nice. Bob and Mike continued to work on moving some accordion room dividers to another room. This has turned in to quite a project since the divider is very big. Anne, Carol, Elaine and Joanne returned to the wall project for a little recheck and then moved over to the chapel to work on removing brick and forming up for a concrete pad at the base of the steps. What everyone thought was going to be a really quick project turned into a lot more. All the interior brick were bedded down in sand and were easily removed. Then it was discovered the border bricks were actually two bricks high, on a concrete footing, and set in concrete. The ladies had to bring out the sledge hammer and the electric chisel. It was decided to leave the very outside border. That project will be continued tomorrow. It was a productive day. This is a really good team and we have really appreciated their support and concern for us. Hope you are having a good week.
Today was a perfect winter day in Florida. It was a little cool and cloudy first thing this morning and by 9:00 it was beautiful. It was really nice to have a day like this. Helped our spirits.
Of course we started our day with devotion by Andy using Jesus Calling and his wife Connie talking about the Towel and Basin Society. Andy reminded us that if we will seek God’s face we will receive peace. A message we need to remember right now.
We then received our work assignments. Anne, Carol and Joanne went to the outside chapel to work on the retaining wall. They plan to fill the concrete block cells with concrete but some of the “reclaimed” blocks needed some patches so the concrete wouldn’t flow out through the unwanted holes. The outside chapel has three crosses and some nice seating. We understand it us used for Easter sunrise services and by the youth at various times. It’s the kind of place we like. Quiet, outside place good for meditation and reflection. We mixed up some mortar and filled the damaged areas of the block and some exceedingly wide gaps between blocks. We finished that project late this afternoon. We may have some more work to do on the landscaping around the chapel but don’t know if that is next on the list.
Max worked on the community service side in a home damaged by the hurricane. He installed a light fixture and worked on remodeling a bathroom and troubleshooting some electrical problems with Lou and Rod. Mike and Bob completed the outside steps and railing at that location this morning. Ruth painted trim for the sanctuary.
Elaine worked in the Thrift Shop this morning but came outside and helped us in the chapel for a while this afternoon. Janie and Karen have been working on new flooring for part of the stage area, and enlarging the steps to the stage. They have made good progress and plan to start gluing down the flooring tomorrow.
The church is feeding us lunch everyday. We had some good chicken and rice and black beans today, along with some sub sandwiches and cookies for dessert. We will have to be careful or this will be another five pound project.