Tour Of The Hill Country

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The weatherman had predicted rain today but it was a wonderfully sunny day. Cool early today with a low of 36 but after about 10:00 it was great with just a light jacket in the wind.

For breakfast Ross and Barb took us to Hill Country Cafe, a local legend. It is in the location of the first HEB grocery store. Can’t hardly imagine a HEB in the tiny space. We met some of Ross and Barb’s friends as soon as we walked in the door. It was a quaint little place with very friendly service and good food.

Texas Lion's Club CampAfter breakfast we headed out on a driving tour of part of the hill country. It was a great day for the tour and of course all the time we are visiting with Ross and Barb. We first went out to the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville. Ross is president of the Houston Lions chapter. This camp is for special needs children of Texas for summer camp. It is a great campus with all the regular summer camp activities available to the SN kids. They even have an equestrian program. Running deerThere is a great view of the Kerrville valley from the top of the camp. We then drove through another Kerrville subdivision looking at deer and pronghorns before we started our drive to Fredericksburg. It was an interesting drive with several stops. We have decided we will probably go back to Fredericksburg one day during the week when there aren’t so many people downtown.

We did get a good visit at the Wildseed Farms store.

Then to St. Mary’s Catholic church. It’s one of the painted churches  and just beautiful.

Gibson's General StoreAfter returning to Kerrville, we visited Gibson’s General Store. If they don’t have it, you probably don’t need it. Anne did leave with another pair of women’s small work gloves, which are hard to find.

A sampling of their merchandise:

After a nice walk, we returned to Ross’s home for a wonderful salmon dinner prepared by Barb. Wonderful day.

On To Kerrville

Friday, January 25, 2019

This morning was another beautiful morning in Falfurrias. Still a little cool at 43 this morning when we got up. We slept about an hour later than normal after our busy day yesterday. We first completed Fred’s travel day preparations. Then we walked down to Whataburger to pick up breakfast and returned to eat in Fred. It was then time to raise the jacks, air up the air bags, hookup the truck and then say our goodbyes to our team. Today we were the first to leave at 9:35 so we got hugs from everyone. We look forward to working with this group of NOMADS sometime soon. It’s been another great team.

After our hugs, we headed toward San Antonio, Tx with Anne driving the first leg. We headed out like we came in, on US 281 toward Alice. Rather then turning toward Corpus Christi, we continued on 281 toward San Antonio. Before arriving in San Antonio we stopped at a rest area and changed drivers. Today Max got the hardest part of the drive going through all the construction on I-10 in San Antonio. There were some really tight cattle chutes and nasty road construction. From there we continued north on I-10 toward Kerrville, in the hill country of Texas. Tonight we are comfortably parked in the Kerrville-Schreiner Park right on the Guadalupe River, and plan to be here for a week. This park was a Texas State Park at one point but was transferred to the city of Kerrville.

Anne’s cousin Ross, and his wife Barb from Houston have a house just down the road from the park and are spending the weekend here so we can spend some time together. It is great to see them. The past several years it seems we only see cousins at funerals so it’s nice to spend some good time visiting. Barb and Ross came to the park shortly after our arrival and took us on a drive of the immediate area so we could get our bearings. Since tomorrow may be wet, we also drove up one of the hills to The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens. What a wonderful garden in the shape of a cross. In the centerpiece of the gardens is the 77 foot 7 inch Empty Cross. Click here for more information on the gardens and cross. There are many beautiful sculptures in the park as well. We might try to go back to see the cross at night.

Click this picture to see the Google imagery of the prayer gardens
Click this picture to see the Google imagery of the prayer gardens

After a quick tour of the town, we had an early dinner. Later we went to Ross’s house and just sat around and visited. Good times.

texas deer
After dinner Ross and Barb drove us through a subdivision that is known for its deer population

Another Project Completed

Thursday, January 24, 2019

It was cold this morning with a low of 35 but the wind was not nearly as bad as yesterday. By lunch it was great working weather with a bright blue sky and bright sunshine.

Dave and Rita led us in devotion today and talked to us about being worker bees. Dave read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. The Bible speaks to us about work. What do workers gain for their toil? What does God gain from their toil. A bee makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over its lifetime but that 1/12 teaspoon is necessary for the pint of honey sitting on my shelf. No one’s work is insignificant. It just might be the 1/12 teaspoon needed to complete the pint. Jar of honeyGod needs all our work to take care of His children and His earth. After devotion Dave and Rita gave us each a pint of honey from one of the church members and his bees. It is virgin honey primarily from Mesquite and other native flora and it is very good. We will forever remember the 1/12 teaspoon each worker bee makes in its life. Almost makes one feel guilty for covering a big biscuit with tablespoons of honey. Thanks Rita and Dave.

Today most of us headed back out to Josefina’s house to try to finish everything up. Stel, Jodi and Bev stayed at the church to do some touch up painting and cleaning up of that project. God really blessed us and with us all working together we were able to complete the back steps and handrails as well as the touch up painting, water heater shelter, and clean up by about 12:30. Didn’t think we would get it all done that quickly.



After lunch Max and Anne reinstalled the shoe mold in the church restrooms. The bathrooms look so much nicer now. The doors that Bev and Jodie sanded and touched up the stain and polyurethane look great. They make the entire narthex look better.

Church dinner for NOMADS and Winter Texans
Church dinner for NOMADS and Winter Texans

This team has been another great one. We’ve completed all the tasks we were asked to complete plus a few other things we just did because they needed to be done. We made wonderful new friends and have been blessed by the sweet congregation at Falfurrias UMC. Tonight the church gave an appreciation dinner for the NOMADS and the winter Texans. We had an authentic TexMex dinner prepared by the ladies of the church. Everything was wonderful. We will be sad to leave tomorrow but hope to return here another year.

Another Gumby Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Today started as a very overcast day, and with the 25mph sustained winds, it felt much colder than the 47 on our thermometer this morning. It was 11 degrees cooler for our high today (70) and we are going to be back down in the 30’s tonight. It’s really not suppose to be this cold here. We came to south Texas to wear t-shirts and shorts and today we all looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy we had on so many layers of clothes. Guess we aren’t quite far enough south. The wind was so bad today that Rita, Dave, Max and Anne got wind burned working outside all day. By the way, if anyone is interested, the Lumber River in Lumberton, NC is still not below flood stage. It was almost there at 13.4 (13 is flood stage) but now with the storms it’s going back up again. Still hasn’t been below flood stage since the floods of hurricane Florence last September.

Roger and Bev led us in devotion today. Bev read the story of the author of the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” and then we all read the works together rather than singing. Sometimes when simply reading the words we listen more attentively and think more about the meaning.

Stel asked us all to be flexible today and switched things up a bit. Rita, Dave, Max and Anne went to Josefina’s to install more of the trim on the exterior of the house and build the back porch and steps. The trim is completed and we built the deck area and steps but have not quite completed the hand rails nor installed the pavers at the bottom of the steps.


Roger and John stayed at the church to work on the bathrooms, installing water lines and the lavatory. Stel also worked in the bathrooms and installed a new light fixture in the ladies room.Refinished doors Bev and Jodi worked on the bathroom doors, giving them a little sanding and then some polyurethane. The doors look really good. Tonight we all went back to Strickland’s for dinner and of course there was lots of great conversation and even more laughter. We have such a good team! It has been a real pleasure to work with this group and as usual we will be sad to say our “see you down the roads.”

We will have to really push tomorrow to finish everything up but hopefully things will go well and we can make it happen. We would like to finish a little early so we can begin packing up but if not we will just leave a little later on Friday.