Today was a much nicer day than was predicted a few days ago. Our high was only 83. There was a nice breeze most of the day. The only catch was that the humidity was really high again. We also think the tropical storm winds are bringing something new in the air. We both have been sneezing, and have itchy watery eyes like we do in the spring. It all started when we walked out the door this morning. Oh well, it improved later in the day. We have had no rain today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in other parts of the country that are having horrible flooding. Also, we understand that it is really dry in Colorado, resulting in fires. They would really appreciate some rain. Prayers for that situation too.
Max and I shared a devotion with the team this morning using 1 Chronicles 28:9. We talked about doing what God wants us to do rather than what we might want. We need to ask God to help us make his desires, our desires. After devotion we discussed the plans for the day and headed back to James’ house.
Darrell was at the house unloading the laminate when we arrived. We divided into two groups, Max, Phil, Wayne, Carol and Nula worked on closing in the floor joists. Fortunately the ground under the house was considerably drier than last Thursday. It was still a hard, hot job. Everyone will be glad with that job is completed which we hope will be tomorrow.
Anne, Dave, and Debbi worked inside the house. Debbi started by preparing the floors for the laminate, scraping and pounding in staples and nails. Dave and Anne worked on determining how and where to start the laminate. We decided to start in the back two bedrooms just because of all the traffic in the front door. Nula joined us later in the day and began working on the underlayment in the second bedroom. We hope all the preliminary work will pay off tomorrow and laminate will go down more quickly. It’s a very attractive laminate but it is harder to work with than some we have done. We were all tired at the end of the day.
After work, a number of us sat under the pavilion and talked and got to know each other better. It was a good afternoon. Everyone stay safe and don’t forget to check on your family, friends and neighbors.
Today was another sunny, humid day. The high was only 85 and we had a little breeze part of the day so not quite as bad as last week but the humidity was still 100% this morning. It’s only 77% right now. We had a good deal of rain last night but so far no rain today. They are predicting rain from the subtropical storm to come in tomorrow and Tuesday but they are now saying it won’t be as bad as they were originally thinking and it’s going further east.
The team went to Sunday School today at 10:00, the same class we visited in September. Again they were very welcoming and a good class. Now they are studying the book, The Thirteen Apostles by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Today’s study was on Philip, the Deliberate. Interestingly, Kalas was Carol’s and Dave’s former pastor. We then went to worship, another good service. This congregation has been so good to the NOMADS. We really appreciate them.
This afternoon we joined Dave and Carol under the pavilion to share lunch and spent some time just visiting. We then had to get ready for our team meeting. Phil came in early afternoon and then later our final couple for this week, Wayne and Debbi arrived. It was nice to get to know these three new team members. This is Wayne and Debbi’s first NOMADS project. Welcome to NOMADS.
Team meeting ran a little longer than we expected but it was a good time of sharing and getting to know each other. Phil was not able to bring his RV this time and is staying at the R3SM volunteer house where we have been eating lunch each day, just about 5 minutes from our job site. We have decided we will leave here about 7:30 in the morning and go the R3SM for devotion so Phil will not have to drive all the way to Oak Grove and then drive back across town after devotion. We will see how that works. Really think this is going to be a very good team and looking forward to getting James back in his house.
Finally, a day of rest. This morning started off cool – and foggy – then another hot afternoon and then rain. In fact the rain cooled the air so much we had to put on long sleeves while we were sitting out in the pavilion with the team.
We started out day with a 16 mile bike ride on the Longleaf Trace, a wonderful rail trail here in Hattiesburg. When we were here last year we started at the Jackson Road Station and road away from town. (click here to read about it.) Today we rode into downtown. On the bridge over I-59 several someones have copied the “love locks” tradition from Paris. We rode past the trail gateway into downtown until we got stopped by a train and turned around. It was a fun ride and even though there were quite a few people using the trail today it did not seem crowded.
After we returned to the church we got together with the team for a pancake brunch. Max cooked up a couple of pounds of sausage patties and a pound of bacon (for future use) before we cooked pancakes and eggs. Carol brought some fresh blueberries to go on the pancakes. Great fun, but we ate too much and after we cleaned up we took naps.
We got together again later in the evening to decide which service we would attend tomorrow.
This morning it was time for seven of our team members to get back on the road. Mary Ann and Gene left before 7:00 and are headed back to Kentucky. Next it was Larry and Gloria, followed by Norman and then Bryant and Jackie. Safe travels to you all as you drive to your next destination. We enjoyed working with you all and hope to see you in Memphis.
We worked around the rig the rest of the morning. We had to get our tools reorganized and put away. Anne still has some work to do in the paint bins. There was also a lot of laundry to do. We got really dirty this past week especially when we started working under the house after the rain. Anne also spent a good deal of time on estate business. Carol and Dave arrived early afternoon and we thank God for their safe travel. They will be with us for the next two weeks. After they got parked we all went to the grocery store and then later went out to eat. Great to have some time to just visit with Dave and Carol when we weren’t having to be concerned about work. Oh, and Nula gave us some more banana pudding. Thanks so much, Nula! Hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend. Don’t forget to remember what Memorial Day is all about.