Wet Day In Hattiesburg

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Another weather change today. It rained before we left for work. It rained off and on all morning and then contrary to the forecast it rained off and on all afternoon and this evening. A few of the times it rained pretty hard and this morning we had a lot of vivid lightening, but for the most part it was just enough rain to make us bring the saws back inside. A pain. However, it was 76 when we were driving home and that was real nice.

Our devotion today, brought by Carol and Dave, was on the conversation of the women on the way to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body. It was a somber walk. They had brought the spices and the oil but had they not thought about the biggest obstacle, the stone. A 2000 pound stone that took about 20 men to move into place and they seemed to have forgot about it. They didn’t bring people to help move the stone. It wasn’t until they looked up that they saw the stone was already rolled away. When you look up, the impossible become possible. Remember, Jesus did not need the stone rolled away. The women did. We all need to remember to look up when we seem to have a 2000 pound obstacle. We need to look up when our concerns and anxiety seem to overwhelm us. Jesus is there waiting on us to look up. We had some good discussion today. Thanks, Carol and Dave for another good time of sharing.

We all went back to the same job sites we were at yesterday. We haven’t met the owner of the new house on Lilac Street where we are doing some framing of interior walls, but we do now know that she is a very sweet Korean lady. We wanted a Korean Bible to give to her so Max asked Debbi to see if she could find us one. The stores were no help but then Debbi called the Korean Baptist church here in Hattiesburg and they were happy to provide us a Bible to sign and present to her. We will pick it up tomorrow. Good job, Debbi! We plan to make our presentations Thursday.

Del and Carol putting down the last of the living room flooring
Del and Carol putting down the last of the living room flooring

At James’ house Dave and Phil continued on installing doors. The installed the two bedroom doors today and worked some more on the double closet doors in one of the bedrooms. They weren’t quite happy with the way the doors met. After much work and pondering on what they could have done wrong they finally determined it wasn’t anything they had done, it was a hinge mortise. It had been cut incorrectly. Guess we will check that a little sooner next time. Del joined Dave and Phil on the doors after lunch. Carol and Del with Anne helping at times, completed the living room laminate today. YEA!! We are pleased with the outcome even though it took longer than expected. We still have to put some laminate in the laundry room but it is a different product that was delivered today. We will see if we can get that completed tomorrow.  Nula returned from SC just in time for lunch and worked with us on the clean up this afternoon and then preparing the door trim for painting. Hopefully someone can get outside tomorrow to get some trim painted.

At the other house on Lilac street, Max, Debbi, Wayne and Peggy completed the wall framing, hung drywall in the furnace closet for the HVAC installers and built the shelf for the furnace. They also were able to get the deadbolt on the back door working. Interestingly, the problem with the back door here was also an improperly cut mortise. Paul (a local volunteer) also worked with us today and he installed the rafter hangers that were missing. This house was started by the Mennonites but there were unable to complete it prior to leaving Hattiesburg two weeks ago. These are all things they would have done with just a few more days here. We love it when our team members get to have the fun of learning new skills.  Yesterday Debbi used a framing gun for the first time and today Peggy used the framing gun and circular saw.  Congratulations ladies.  Another example of God not calling the equipped but equipping the called.  It was another good day in Hattiesburg. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little dryer and we will make some more steps toward helping these people get back in their homes.

Started Another House

Monday, June 4, 2018

We finally had a change in our weather. The high temperature was 90, only a few degrees cooler but the wonderful change was a reduction in the humidity. It was still hot but it certainly didn’t feel as hot. Sweat wasn’t dropping off of us in puddles today. YEA! Tomorrow our high is predicted to only be 86. That will be a real improvement. We will see what happens.

Today Phil shared a devotion based on John 10:31-42. He brought a lynchpin to use as an object lesson. Since RVers use lynchpins on our tow bars and trailers, it was a great item to use. Statistics on deaths and injuries due to lynchpin failures were surprising. Failure is caused because people are not vigilant in their use or maintenance. We must remain spiritually vigilant if we are to remain true to our calling and fulfill our purpose of contributing to the spread of the gospel. Thanks, Phil for a meaningful devotion. We so appreciate the effort and thought our team members put in their devotion.

Lilac house
Our new assignment

It was then on to the job site. Chris and Darrell were already on site. They were discussing what they needed us to do today. The discussion concluded with us sending Max, Peggy, Wayne and Debbi to a new job site that needed some framing work completed today in order for plumbing, HVAC and electrical to be done this week. Another group began the inside framing but were unable to complete the building of several interior walls. We don’t yet know the owner of this house but hopefully we will get to meet them. This group worked there all day and will probably be there a good part of tomorrow.

That left Anne, Carol, Dave and Del to work at James’s house. Darrell delivered more material. He brought more trim which will need paint, concrete board to go under the ceramic tile, tile, and doors. It took him several trips which was fine with us because it meant we didn’t have to unload it all at one time. Work continued on the flooring in the living room and closets. Dave worked on the furnace closet. After lunch Dave and Phil worked on door installation. The entire team at James’s house worked on the closet doors installation late this afternoon. The big wide double doors were more that two people could manage. So it was another productive day. Still making progress. Still a long way to go.

Last Sunday In Hattiesburg

Sunday, June 3, 2018

No change in the weather here. High of 95 today. But the humidity was only 98 today. Looks like it is going to be another hot week.

We went to the early service today at Oak Grove UMC with Dave and Carol. It was another welcoming group but we all decided we think we like the 11:00 service better. Except we just wish it was earlier.

Home for some work on the books and then a lunch of fresh veggies again. Spent some time preparing for tonight’s team meeting. Phil made it back from Mobile early afternoon. A little later our new team members Peggy and Del arrived. Making peach ice creamThey are new NOMADS and this is their first project. While they were getting set up, Wayne and Debbi returned from Houston. We then started our ice cream freezer with a batch of peach ice cream. We are thankful everyone arrived safely. A little after 5:00 the ice cream was made and we all gathered to share our dessert and begin our meeting. The meeting went well and everyone is ready to go back to work tomorrow. Praying we accomplish whatever it is that God wants us to do this our last week. Hope you had a good weekend.Team meeting with new team members

Inside Day

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Another weather rerun. Hot and dry. Fortunately, we just had a lazy day and stayed in the air conditioning most of the day.

No alarm clock today. Nice! When we got up we got things ready to prepare blueberry pancakes. We had arranged a late breakfast for today with Dave and Carol. Phil went home for the weekend, Wayne and Debbi went to Houston and Nula slept late today because she started driving back to SC this afternoon, so it was just the four of us this morning. Max prepared bacon, eggs, and blueberry pancakes and Dave prepared home fries. Anne mixed up the pancakes and helped with the other things, but basically the guys cooked breakfast for the gals. Max and Anne cooked up a blueberry syrup last night. We all enjoyed a wonderful meal and a good time together. Later, Nula came over and ate some of the left overs.

It was too hot to do much today so we stayed in the cool and watched some movies. Relaxing day. Trip to the produce standWe also cooked up some of the corn we got from the produce stand across the street and it was so good we went back for more and also bought more tomatoes and a cantaloupe. Really good fresh produce. Love fresh veggies this time of year. Now, if we could find a good watermelon. The local ones aren’t ready yet. Soon. Looking forward to worshiping with our friends here in Hattiesburg tomorrow.

Doughnuts, Blueberries and Peach Shakes, Oh My!

Friday, June 1, 2018

So glad we were off today. We needed the rest. It was another hot one and it’s after 8:00 pm and still 87. Still no rain here in Oak Grove. Hard to grasp that it is already June. The past year has been something. We feel like we have begun figuring out life with a new normalcy but are still adjusting and sometimes things still just hit us unexpectedly. We have really felt and appreciate all your prayers.

Donut King signHappy National Doughnut Day! Of course we went across the street to Doughnut King to purchase some doughnuts and fritters for breakfast. Everything was good and the glazed doughnut holes were pretty awesome. However, Sonny’s in Gaffney, SC is still in first place for the best doughnut shop.

Sandy Run Farm signIt is blueberry season here in southern Mississippi and this morning we went with Dave and Carol to a local U-pick blueberry farm. It’s only about 5 minutes from the church. It’s a pretty big operation. They have blueberry bushes as far as you can see. Really good berries! We picked about a gallon and have been munching on them all afternoon. We have three nice blueberry bushes at home but aren’t scheduled to be home when they should be ready so we will enjoy these. If we get to pick those at home we will get to make jelly. We like to keep some good blueberry jelly to give as gifts.

After doughnuts and blueberries it was time to get the laundry done. It takes lots of clothes when it is this hot. Later we walked across the street to the produce stand for tomatoes and corn. Love good local produce. The corn was picked fresh this morning. Then we made a trip to Sam’s for water and Gatorade for next week. Also a stop at Walmart for milk and bananas. But before those two stops we went to Lowe’s to browse. No major purchases. Just a contour guide we had been intending to buy for a while. We were going to go to Chick-Fil-A since the peach shakes are back but you couldn’t get in the parking lot when we were there. Later this afternoon Dave and Carol were there and brought us a shake. Thanks Dave and Carol. We really enjoy peach shakes.! Guess this day was all about the food. Good day! Have a great weekend and stay safe.