The weather this week has been delightful. The pink dogwoods, white dogwoods, azaleas and wisteria are all in full bloom. Horrible pollen and dirty vehicles, but beautiful landscapes. We have worked at the 100 year old home all week. Leo is the sweet homeowner and he is very happy with his rebuilt back porch. Tuesday we installed the drywall, exterior lath strips and built the exterior porch. Wednesday there was painting inside. We also built the steps and installed a hand railing and enclosed the space above the siding between the exposed rafters. Today we installed the kitchen ceiling drywall and painted it. The lath strips are painted and will be installed on the ceiling next week. A lot has been accomplished for Mr. Leo this week and we should probably finish up one more day unless other tasks are added. We will be moving on to other houses next week. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Yesterday was a beautiful, spring day in Tatum. We went to Bennettsville (five miles south of Tatum) to First UMC for their sunrise service. It was a rather cool, outdoor service, with coffee and snacks afterwards. We always try to attend outside services Easter morning and it was a good service. Everyone was friendly and we met several people and were able to share the NOMADS story with them. When we got back to Fred, we watched our home church live stream Easter service and then attended the 11:00 service with the team at Main Street UMC, 5 miles north in McColl, SC. Love Easter Sunday!! For us it’s the most important and meaningful day of the year.
Today we had devotion at 8:00 across the street in an old church building that is now owned by the town. They allow NOMADS to use the building while we are here. Since we didn’t have a team meeting yesterday, this morning also served as our orientation meeting. All the team members already new each other and had worked together previously. This week we have a seven member team in 4 RVs. We are working on a small house that is about 100 years old and back in the day was a “mill” house. It is in McColl, close enough to Tatum for us to return to the RVs for lunch. Last week the team did some inside work and removed the back porch and began the rebuild. Today we began by installing OSB flooring (to have flooring installed later) and installed the last three studs. Then we installed the siding and insulated the exterior walls. The door and lock and ceiling light were installed. It was another beautiful day.
First, we should let you know that our house was fine during last week’s storms. Max repaired our driveway a day or two before we left and there was not time for it to get packed so it is badly washed. More work to do when we get back home.
The storm gave us two extra days at the Gulf so we enjoyed those days. We did some extensive walking on trails and the beach. The storms had the Gulf very rough with double red flags flying but the beach was still great. Sunday was our day for our second vaccine. Walmart had a great system in place and it was again quick and easy. Thanks, Walmart in Atmore. We celebrated our second vaccine with Royal Red Shrimp. Monday was mostly a rest day. Max visited the eagles again. We also did a short beach walk. Tuesday was a travel day as we began our way to Tatum, SC. We stopped at Anne’s brother’s for the evening. He took us out on the golf cart/multi-purpose trails that are everywhere in Peachtree City. We saw beautiful homes with wonderful landscaping/trees in full bloom. We went to one of the lakes for sunset but unfortunately the clouds moved in and there wasn’t much to see. It didn’t matter because the visit was what we really wanted. We shared a wonderful dinner and breakfast, timing our departure to avoid Atlanta rush hour. It was an uneventful travel day and we arrived at Randy and Debra’s mid- afternoon. We then had couple of days to spend with them. Debra and Anne visited while Randy and Max did a few RV maintenance items. We also got to celebrate David’s birthday – glad we were there for that.
Today we arrived in Tatum, where we will be for the next few weeks, working to repair homes damaged in one of the many hurricanes. We don’t know much about this area but look forward to making new friends and helping the residents of the area. Thank you Lord for safe travel. Please be in prayer for all the services tomorrow as we celebrate the most holy day of Easter.
Since we returned home last week after the storms ran us to Chattanooga, Anne has been doing NOMADS work and more tax work and we have still been working at the house getting it ready to sell. Starting two days ago our weather forecast began getting progressively worse. We were planning to leave north Alabama Saturday to return to Atmore to get our second Covid vaccine on Sunday. However, by last night we could tell today was going to be a dangerous day in our area and we decided to bug out again. We got up at 6 this morning and hit the road south. Sometime after we left, our area was placed in the High Risk category by the weather service and by mid-morning the storms began. So very thankful that we have wheels under our second house and we were able to leave quickly. It was a windy drive but we made it safely to Gulf Shores. We continue to monitor the storms as sadly they are not yet over. We know there have been at least five deaths and others injured. So sad. We have friends with homes damaged and flooding all over our county. No one has been able to check our house yet – the roads are not yet passable – but we really are not worried. It’s just stuff. Thanks to all that have sent emails and texts to check on us. We really appreciate you thinking of us. Please be in prayer for all those who have lost loved ones and others who have lost their homes. Everyone stay safe out there.