Bahia Honda State Park

Friday, January 3, 2020

We were ready for our off day today. We slept in a little but friends were leaving so we had to be up for hugs. Kathy and Larry were first out today, followed quickly by Elaine. They didn’t have long travel days so they both waited until after the morning meeting crowd had left the parking lot.

Inside George's house
Inside George’s house on Marathon Key

Max had to say his goodbyes early because he went to Marathon Key to look at a possible job site with Jim at 8:30. Anne had a much needed hair cut appointment at 10:00. After we both returned to FRED, we decided we would do a little exploring on our day off. Our first stop was Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key, mile marker 37. It was pretty crowded today. There was a line of cars waiting to pay the $9.00 entry fee. There is currently a lot of sea grass on the beaches along with Portuguese man of war. We were careful. There is always some sea grass but based on pictures in the nature center, today was much more than the norm. We didn’t let that deter us and had a nice beach walk and visit to the Nature Center. A lot of the park is still not repaired and open from Irma damage but we enjoyed what we could see and do. We drove on north over the 7 mile bridge to Marathon and had a late lunch at Sunset Grill and Raw Bar. Interesting place and we were fortunate to have a perfect table looking out over the ocean and under the bridge. Beautiful sea today. After a few errands, we returned to FRED to relax. It was a very good day.

End of Another Week in the Keys

Thursday, January 2, 2022

Today was another beautiful but busy day. Elaine led us in devotion time sharing from one of the daily devotions from “Right From The Heart“, a devotion on courage based on Deuteronomy 31:6. She asked us to consider the questions; Are you living a courageous life? How do you define courage? In what areas of your life is Jesus asking you to live courageously? It doesn’t have to be in some big, important way. We need to live courageously in our every day stuff of life. Thanks, Elaine for sharing with us.

After devotion, we began saying goodbyes, which then continued throughout the day and will continue through tomorrow. We have grown close to this group in a short period of time. It’s unusual for your entire team to change out the same weekend. We will miss them. But God has more NOMADS on the way.

The team all went to Dennis’s this morning and then after Jim let us know the door had been delivered, Steve and Max headed back to Sugarloaf Key to install a new front door at Bob’s. Of course it wasn’t exactly the same size as the old door they removed so they just framed it up and put some temporary trim around it to keep some of the critters out. Next week we will have to return to remove the temporary trim with the correct trim. But the door looks nice.  After lunch they returned to Dennis’s for the final clean up.

At Dennis’s house Larry and Dennis got started on completing the priming of the walls and ceilings in the bedroom, closets and hall. Elaine also worked on cutting in the corners and edges in the same area. We were very pleased to see that the blue paint in the living room and kitchen areas dried nice and evenly. Glenita and Elaine did some touch up on the areas painted yesterday while Anne and Kathy completed rolling out the walls. After getting all the painting done we began cleaning up. The next two projects will be texturing the bedroom, closets and hall, and starting the installation of the flooring in the kitchen and living room. Before starting those two projects it was time to take a break, and do some serious cleaning. We needed to move the supplies we won’t need for a few days back to the trailer, and make room for the flooring. We also swept, vacuumed, and mopped the floors in the living room and kitchen to try to eliminate as much of the drywall dust as possible. The bedroom and hall were also emptied of unneeded tools to make room for the texturing. Very pleased with the way the house is coming together, and it’s now ready for a new team to begin work next week.

Many, many thanks to this team for answering God’s call to serve the people of the lower keys. Please join us in praying for their safety as they move on to other projects next week. We look forward to the new team members arrival Saturday and also pray for safe travel for them.

Blue New Year

Wednesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!! We slept through all the fire works except the early ones at about 9:00. Today was a regular work day for us so we had to get some sleep. Kathy and Larry led us in devotion today. Kathy used a lesson from the Upper Room based on Psalm 121, “Where does my strength come from? My strength comes from the Lord.” She read the entire Psalm substituting “NOMADS” in all the appropriate places. You could also substitute your name to personalize the message even more. Read it aloud using your name. Faith comes by hearing the Word.

After devotion and some daily planning, the team headed back to Dennis’s house. We all hit the ground running and worked hard all day. Today the kitchen and living room ceiling received the ceiling white paint. Looks good. The same two rooms walls were painted blue – almost all the walls. We don’t know the color name but some called it sky blue. It looks good and Dennis is happy with it so that’s all that really matters. It wasn’t quite dry when we left today so it was still looking a little splotchy. We will have to see tomorrow if it needs another coat. The drywall in the back bedroom was completed and was also primed, along with three closets also primed. The drywall in the hall should be ready for a light sanding and priming in the morning. Once that is done we will be ready to get the sprayer back out and texture the ceilings and walls in bedroom and hall. That will probably be one of the first projects for the team arriving this weekend. Completing the back bedroom is important because then Dennis will move into that room while we complete his bedroom and bathroom. A lot of work completed today. We are tired.