Week Two Back in Alabama

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Today ended another busy week trying to get things taken care of here in Alabama. Of course on Sunday we went back to our home church, Lester Memorial. It’s always good to be back to worship at Lester and be with our Sunday school class afterwards. The aunts were glad to see us when we went for a visit after church. They again had no complaints and had nothing but good things to say about their caregivers.

Sumatanga signWe contacted our friends Rita and Dave Sunday afternoon to arrange to go to Camp Sumatanga for a quick visit Monday morning. Rita and Dave are doing a great job leading the NOMADS team working at the camp. It was great to have a few minutes to thank the team for coming to Alabama and working at our camp. We have worked with several of the team members on other projects so it was of course great to see those guys again. While at camp we stopped by the office and visited with Daphne, the interim director. We went back home by way of Oneonta and stopped by our local produce stand and they had a few small watermelons that had been picked Saturday. So… yes, we got one more last melon. Such a treat to be having good melons this late in the year. Tuesday and Wednesday, we stayed at home and worked on various business items for the LOL’s and for us. We also started working on cleaning Fred. Front cap is clean and the back cap is washed and waxed. Got to get the sides done before we get back on the road. Fred has been in lots of rain and picked up lots of road grime since we last gave him a good wash. Thursday we made a play day and went to Huntsville for some shopping. Friday and Saturday have be total wash out rain days so we have again been working at home. We still have lots to do at our house.

Today was the Covered Bridge Festival in Oneonta and the annual Pancake breakfast for the Blount County Children’s Center. Unfortunately, the rain meant most of the outside activities were called off but we enjoyed visiting with old friends and fellow employees from Max’s years at the court house and of course some great pancakes. It’s been a good week.  Hope your week has been good too.

Goodbye To Wood Manor

Friday, October 18, 2019

We have had a very busy week. It it may not be very interesting to anyone else but we will give you a quick run down of our week. Beginning on Monday, we headed to the nursing home to check on the LOLs. They had a few problems our last week in Sebewaing. We received multiple calls for various incidents, so we had to go see them and check on things for ourselves. Unfortunately, Helen and Jean are declining. The dementia is taking its toll. They both did still know us so we count that as a blessing. It’s now difficult to have a conversation with them because they seem to change the subject and we can’t figure out where they are coming from. Also, such a blessing is that they for the most part seem happy. Monday we also picked up our mail, went to the grocery store, and returned home to trudge through the mail and do laundry.

Tuesday was time for Anne to have a dental checkup, then back to Oneonta for more errands, a hair cut for Max while Anne went to the court house to pay Fred’s taxes and get his tag and registration for another year. While there she also paid the property taxes because we will be working the Florida Disaster Rebuild in December when those are due. Went home with a real dent in the bank account. Then to the library to renew our library card so we can continue downloading the books we enjoy listening to on long travel days. We were excited to drive by the produce stand and find they still had some Blount County watermelons. And they are still GOOD! According the ladies at the stand it will probably be the last one we get. They have picked the last ones. We are savoring this last one.

Wednesday morning we pulled out in Fred headed to Tuscaloosa. We have a contract on Anne’s mom’s house and we went to finish the job of emptying the house. We have been working in Tuscaloosa when ever we weren’t on a project for the past year. Anne’s brothers spent last weekend, while we were driving back from Michigan, in Tuscaloosa working at the house. That work is greatly appreciated. We spent Wednesday through Friday making the final donations and cleaning the house. We took a break Thursday night and went to Sam’s to pick up a few things. When we walked out of the store we saw one of the most beautiful sunsets we have ever experienced. Regrettably, taking a picture in the parking lot was not an ideal location but we will share what we have.Thursday night sunset

As of this afternoon Wood Manor is ready for the new owners. Now we hold our breath, praying nothing goes wrong between now and the Oct 31 closing. It was sad for Anne, leaving Tuscaloosa this time. We said goodbye to the neighbors. They were always so good to Anne when she lived there and to Mama Ruby and Daddy Dwight. But, it’s time for someone else to enjoy the beautiful home Daddy Dwight built for the family. And time for us to move on.

FRED says goodbye to Wood Manor
FRED says goodbye to Wood Manor

“NOMADS Rolling Down The Road Again”

Goodbye to Lake Huron
Goodbye to Lake Huron

Sunday, October 13, 2019

After three weeks we finally adjusted to the nightly trains and Anne slept right through all the commotion Thursday (our last night) night. It was probably because she was so tired. Anyway, we were up by 6:30 Friday morning so we go begin saying good bye to our team. First on the road at 7:00 was Hilary and Michael. They were headed home and had a long drive through what could be some bad weather. Suzanne was next out about 8:00 and then it was Jenny and Tom who changed their travel plans because of the early snow storms coming across Colorado. Bruce and Jackie left a short time later. We left next headed south, leaving Reid doing some work and cleaning on his RV before his short drive back home. We really enjoyed working with this team and are praying for safe travels for them all and all the other NOMADS traveling this weekend.

We saw some really nice fall color on the drive from Sebewaing to I-75 in Saginaw. Much prettier than the foliage a few miles north where we were working.

The Saturn rocket in the sunrise reminded us we were back in Alabama
The Saturn rocket in the sunrise reminded us we were back in Alabama.

We drove about 4 hours to a rest area on I-75 near Bowling Green, Ohio,  Friday afternoon. It was a fairly large rest area next to a busy interstate but we still slept pretty well. Saturday we drove 9 hours and made is just inside the Alabama state line and spent the night at the welcome center. It was a very quiet and restful night before we drove on home this morning. This afternoon we have been opening up our and Aunt Helen’s house and getting organized again. Tomorrow morning we will be at the nursing home checking on the ladies. We will be very busy during our time at home the next few weeks. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Completed Our Work At Bay Shore Camp

Thursday, October 10, 2019

We finished the Sebewaing project with another day of glorious weather. Perfect for working outside, and we had a lot of outside work today.

Reid started our day with devotion. He shared an excerpt from “This Far By Faith” by Faith Fowler an intercity Detroit pastor. Through her leadership, impoverished urban areas are being transformed. Reid has been involved in building some tiny homes for the homeless as part of the ministry there.

Today we all worked very hard to get as much done as possible for Bay Shore Camp. We have all grown to love the staff here and appreciate their passion for ministry. There are so many young people who come to summer camps and have their first introduction to a life with Christ while here. It is joy to be a small part of this ministry. We are blessed to be a blessing.

So how was our little cottage at the end of our last day in this beautiful place? The siding on both side walls is complete. The siding on the front of the cottage is complete (except the little bit at the peak) and we even got the French door lock installed today. The siding on the back is complete to the level of the special trim for the eave. Max and Tom and Hilary got that area ready and David, the facilities manager, plans to have some of his guys complete that area soon. Inside, the bedroom is painted. The walls need a second coat of paint but the room looks good. The living room and kitchen walls have been primed. The bathroom drywall has been completed and needs a final light sanding and then primer and paint. The cottage is not complete but the camp is very pleased with the amount of work we completed. They feel that with all we have done, they can finish it up themselves. We will be anxiously awaiting pictures of the completed project.

The team went out to dinner tonight at the Lamplighter and Jeff and his wife Cindy joined us. It was another wonderful time of fellowship and sharing. We said our goodbyes and thank yous to Jeff and Cindy and hope we can return here sometime to work with them again. We will wait and say our goodbyes to the team tomorrow. Put it off as long as possible. This has been a wonderful team. Tomorrow we all head back south.

The team at the end of the project
The team at the end of the project

Working to a Close

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

We are still loving our weather. For all the rain and yuck we had last week, we are having beautiful skies and temperatures this week. Jackets in the morning and t-shirts in the afternoon. Great!

Jenny and Tom shared with us during our devotional time. We all talked about what all of us thought we would be doing in retirement and how we ended up in NOMADS. How God brought us all to this place. We all have different backgrounds and experiences but Jesus brought us here to be His hands and feet and He is here with us.

We were all anxious to get started today. Tom and Reid and Suzanne returned to the inside work sanding drywall, and cleaning up from sanding drywall. Later in the day Jackie joined in and worked on priming the living room and kitchen. She got everything cut in today. Otherwise everyone was outside working on siding. The outside is really looking good. Bruce and Max, Jackie and Michael completed the front of the house today. It looks great! Now it just needs a front deck. Anne, Jenny and Hilary worked on siding on the back and side of the cottage. We are hoping it can be at least close to completed tomorrow. We will see how it goes. We will be pushing to the end.

Starting To Finish

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It was another wonderful day in Sebewaing. We are so blessed to have great weather this last week. It is allowing us to accomplish more than we thought possible.

Of course we started our day with devotion after which we headed straight to work. Today Anne, Jenny and Jackie started with sanding drywall. After that was done they went outside to join Hilary and Bruce working on siding. Suzanne inspected the front bedroom and decided it was ready for paint and before the day was over the bedroom ceiling and walls had a coat of primer. Max and Tom completed the drywall installation in the bathroom. Max and Micheal then insulated the back door and installed the brick mold, while Tom worked on the tape and mud in the bathroom. Tom completed the first coat just before our work day was over. Max worked with Bruce part of the afternoon on siding on the front and also with Michael on the siding on the back. Anne, Hilary and Jenny completed the siding on the north side of the house. With the plumbing complete Reid put another coat of mud in the drywall in the living room and kitchen. Hopefully that area will be ready for primer tomorrow. Only two more days but things are coming together. After work there was another short session of pickle ball and then we all watched the space station pass over our area. Nice end to a nice day.

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Start Of Our Last Week In Michigan

Monday, October 07, 1019

Gorgeous fall day in Sebewaing! No working in the rain today. It was great. We of course started the day with devotion which today was led by Suzanne who used John 2:1-11. She talked about the extraordinary things Jesus did and then reminded us that each of us is extraordinary. The love of Jesus makes each one of us extraordinary.

After devotion we talked about all that has been accomplished thus far and what we want to try to get done this week and then headed back to work. Max, with Tom and Mike went back to work on hanging the drywall. At the end of the day they have 2 sheets remaining. They had to wait for the electrical to be completed before hanging the last pieces. The plumbing rough-in is complete, tested and there were NO leaks. Don’t know if we are doing the final plumbing. Anne and Jenny went to work on doing the second coat of mudding on the bedroom and got that completed. Jackie and Hillary were also working on mudding in the living room and kitchen until Hillary started priming the loft area. Anne and Jenny joined Jackie and we think at the end of the day we had all but one outside corner with either one or two coats of mud. We are making good progress. The camp is very pleased. They were afraid we would not have time to get the drywall completed and none of them were looking forward to mudding and taping and sanding. Continuing to pray that we remain safe and accomplish what God wants us to do.