Today was another beautiful Alabama summer day. It’s hot but we had enough clouds and breeze to make things more comfortable. It was a packing day for us. We emptied the truck when we got home to work around the various houses and take donations to the various agencies. Today we reloaded the truck with tools and bikes as well as repacking the belly of FRED with all the tools we have been using the past month. There were some pretty big smiles as we worked today. We also worked to pack clothes and other inside items. There was a quick trip to Oneonta for a few errands and tonight we are close to being ready to roll the wheels again. Good thing because the truck and FRED are pretty full.
Sorting, boxing, trashing consumed our time the first of last week. Still working to clean out our house to prepare for selling the house and property. We made good progress. We also prepared for our visitors. Randy and Debra arrived on Thursday and Philip, Lauren, Dorothy and Tabitha arrived Friday. Randy and Debra came for a visit and for some work. The four of us worked on Granny’s house with Randy and Max pressure washing on Thursday and the four of us were able to paint the exterior on Friday. We were very pleased with the end product and even more pleased that we were able to complete all but a little touch up on Friday. We were all very tired Friday evening. It was so good to have everyone for a visit this weekend.
Yesterday it was great to get to worship with our visiting family. Such a blessing to have a family that worships together. Another wonderful service. It will be our last at Lester Memorial for a while. We will miss everyone. We are now in count down stage. YEA!! We will be back on the road again in 3 more days. The blog will hopefully get more interesting and we are excited to get back to work – a different type of work. But until then there is much to do to get everything ready to leave.
It was another very busy week doing similar things as last week in Tuscaloosa except this week was at our house and Aunt Helen’s. There were trips to Hope House and the church for the Mission Market donations. We also had a routine meeting at the nursing home regarding Jean, a doctor’s appointment for Jean and a doctor’s appointment for Max. Jean’s hand is continuing to heal nicely. It has been amazing for some one 96 years old to recover a quickly and uneventfully as Jean. In between all that Anne has been working on some NOMADS work. Our real focus was our house – trying to reduce our stuff so that it fits in the RV. Hard work! Max also spent a lot of his time digitizing slides and pictures. He has been a photographer for so many years it has been a daunting task. We were faithful with our exercise for the week, even thought it was still so hot. Looking forward to the predicted cooler temperatures this next week.
This weekend was Discovery weekend for the youth at our church so today’s service was done by the youth. What an awesome service. The Holy Spirit really showed up. We have really enjoyed being back at our home church. One more week at home and then we will be on the road again.
OOPS! Discovered tonight that we never posted the blog entry we made for last week. It has hung out all week in draft mode. Sorry about that.
It was another really hot week in Alabama. We spent a lot of the week cleaning out Anne’s mom’s house in Tuscaloosa and taking things to charities, A lot of progress was made since both brothers were there for a day or so. We will be glad when that job is complete but we aren’t there yet. We also worked on cleaning out our house and taking things to charities. We hope to put the house on the market in the next few months but not sure when that will happen. We are determined that our family will have little to do when we are gone. Still lots to do at our house too. Then there was the same at Aunt Helen’s house along with some more yard work.
Thursday Aunt Jean went back to the doctor for a dressing change on her hand. He was pleased with the healing and the “boxing glove” size dressing was changed for a much smaller one. It was a painful exchange but Jean is much happier with the smaller dressing. Next week the sutures come out. We have been very pleased with her progress and the fact that she has really had remarkably little pain. She is one tough lady.
Of course today we worshiped with our church family in Oneonta. The worship service was such a blessing. Great music and preaching. Hope you all have had a great Sunday too.
Update on The Constructors for Christ project at Hodge Missionary Baptist Church:
Much has been accomplished in the last two weeks. Most of the sheathing is on on the roof and sides, much of the electrical and HVAC has been roughed in, the second floor decking and stairs are in, and some windows were installed. Some of the replacement trusses were were delivered this week, also. Keep the project in your prayers.
Oops! It’s been a week and we haven’t made a blog entry. Well, we are still alive and well. On the assumption that you really aren’t interested in reading about our mundane cleaning out of our house as we prepare it for sale and taking care of things at Aunt Helen’s house, there isn’t much to say about this week. However, we do have a couple of lessons learned:
Don’t buy anything thinking someone will want it after you’re gone.
Never plant any kind of ivy or climbing vine near your house. At some point in the future it will cause you, or someone else, misery.
Oh, we forgot to mention last week that a friend installed a 50 amp electrical connection where we park Fred. So wonderful!
We spent a good deal of time in Oneonta checking on Jean and Helen this week. Tuesday was Aunt Jean’s hand surgery. She has an excellent hand surgeon who is very compassionate and was very careful in his examination so as to not hurt her. Jean entertained the staff making her funny little quips during all the waiting. The staff all loved her. The surgeon had to remove about ½ of the third finger on the left hand and released the contractures on the other fingers and wrist. The hand should now be in more of a resting position without the fingernails cutting into the palm of her hand and causing infection. She will return to the doctor for a dressing change next Thursday but so far things are going well. We spent part of the 4th visiting with the LOLs and then took the rest of the day to just rest.
Today we decided to ride up to Cheaha State Park. It’s the highest point in Alabama and a nice little park. We received an email last week about the improvements they have made recently in the campground so we went to check it out. It was a nice little excursion but it was too hot to do anything outside today so we opted out of hiking. We did our walking this morning before it got so hot. Don’t forget to be praying for our pastors tomorrow.