First Things First

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

First things first. Max got a good report from the surgeon this afternoon. He is where he is suppose to be at this point. He is suppose to still be sore and bruised and he certainly is. He is suppose to be walking a lot and not picking things up for about 2 more weeks at which time he will have his final recheck with the surgeon. So we came home and walked some more. Over 4 miles today. Max is definitely getting better – just not quite as fast as he would like. Anybody surprised at that??

Before taking Max to the doctor, Anne went to the dentist to get the permanent filling on the root canal from two weeks ago That was easy and no problems so hopefully she is done with dentist appointments for a while.

peach blossomsSo from home to Birmingham to home to Cullman to home. That took a lot of the day. Otherwise we worked on some accounting, did a little work in FRED and walked. It was another pretty day for our walking. The peach tree is in bloom so maybe it escaped last week’s freeze. The blueberries are not blooming yet so we hope they also are OK.

Thanks for all your prayers.

Saving $$

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

red maple
Red maples are about to start dropping seeds

Today started as another glorious spring day. That’s 2 in a row. More and more of the trees are budding out and the grass is growing. Love spring!! It was another stay at home day and more walking. Max needs to continue to walk to work out the soreness so we did about 3.5 miles today. He can’t pick up anything heavy, but the more he walks the better. He is continuing to improve although not as fast as he would like.

What’s the $$ about? Well Anne’s brother Sonny always says that you need to really check out your insurance every few years just to keep everyone honest. We decided to review Fred’s policy which is up for renewal next month. We received the renewal notice and new rate last week. It seemed it was up another couple of hundred again this year. Are we the only ones that seem to have always increasing rates? Anyway, today we carefully reviewed the policy – the agreed upon rate on the rig was way above the current value. It was the value about 5 years ago. So by reducing the value we saved about $1,000.00. Not saying you can do that every time you review a policy but everyone really should take time to review every 3 years or so. This applies to all your insurance – home owners, auto, life and health. We all get too busy to do this and it costs us money. And insurance sometimes makes us feel very incompetent – constantly have to look up definitions. But – the investment of some time really paid off this time. Tomorrow we see the surgeon for follow up. Praying for a good report.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Sorry for the gap in posting. Last week was pretty exhausting for both of us. We wanted to get home and get Max repaired ASAP, but things moved even faster than we expected. We are thankful for that even if it was ice cream cone We got no sleep Thursday night, but things have improved each day since then. Today we decided to get out for the first time. It was free ice cream cone day at Dairy Queen. Couldn’t pass up free ice cream – especially Dairy Queen. So we went to DQ, and picked up a few things at the grocery store. It went pretty well, but still certainly not 100%. However, our surgeon assures us that we will be ready for our Camp Sumatanga project in two weeks and we are looking forward to that.

We have been in contact with our team in Cedartown and they made good progress Wednesday and Thursday. Also, the current leaders at Elmore City updated their blog if you want to see the progress continuing to be made on the home we worked on there. Looks like they may finish by sometime next week. We would love to be there to see the finished project. Hopefully, we will get some pictures to share with you. Hope everyone has a good week and thanks to all of you for the prayers, texts and emails. We could certainly feel them. Please continue to pray for complete recovery.

God Is So Good!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

drone view of campground
Frank braved the cold to capture this drone view of the campground for us.

Feeling very blessed this evening.

joyce and ken sharing devotion
Joyce and Ken sharing a moving devotion that led to a discussion of the film “The Shack” that some of the team went to see last night.

This morning we got up and continued packing up FRED preparing to return home. We went to devotion time with the team where Ken and Joyce had a thought provoking devotion. We then told the team we would be leaving and said sad goodbyes. Harry and Frank helped get our ladder on the truck and while doing that we noticed the ice on the dumpster.

temperature this morning
The temperature this morning. (Actually it said 23, but changed just as the picture was taken.)

It was really cold this morning. We were so thankful that we had no frozen pipes. We went back to the campground to finish packing and pulled out about 9:15.

We had and uneventful drive home and while driving my scheduler from Cullman Internal Medicine called to say she had been able to get us an appointment with the surgeon today at 3:30. That was wonderful news. We arrived at home, got ourselves parked, plugged in and started unloading. It was soon time to drive to Cullman for our appointment. The even more wonderful news is that our surgeon will be able to perform the surgery tomorrow morning! He plans to use a block rather than general anesthesia, do the surgery laparoscopically, and said there will be about a 3 week recovery. All of this is such a blessing!!! We should be back on the road soon! We have remained in contact with our MHCC team and they have now got a replacement for us, a couple that were headed back north but due to the severe weather would like to stay in the south a few more weeks. We are so glad they won’t be working short handed. Blessings on blessings. God is SO GOOD!


Dumpster Day

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

cedartown forecast 3-14Well, it seems we are now having winter. What a drag. According to the NWS forecast for Cedartown, we are having a hard freeze here tonight with a low of about 24 and from checking on family it must be about equally cold in Alabama. We actually had sleet and a little snow this afternoon when we left work.

We accomplished a lot today. The dumpster was arriving when we left yesterday so we started the morning with getting some of the old cabinets, and the other debris we accumulated yesterday to the dumpster. There are several more cabinets that will eventually be trashed but we stored them in rooms not affected by the remodel and will wait until the end to see if there is still room in the dumpster. We completed the demolition on the kitchen and office. We started the demo on the final room so demo should be about completed by end of the day tomorrow, we hope. We had another wonderful lunch provided by MHCC. Yesterday was chicken pot pie and today was cheeseburger soup and tacos. They feed us really well.

Unfortunately, this will be our last day at MHCC for this project. Max has developed a hernia and we will be returning home to see the surgeon tomorrow or Thursday. Please keep us in your prayers. We know this is just a little bump in the road and we will be back on projects really soon, but it sure makes us sad to leave our good friends and the work here.

Getting Started – Demo Day

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Monday. It sure was hard to get up this morning but we were good and did get up early enough to do our exercise. We will be having our daily devotions and breaks in James Hall on the Murphy Harpst Children’s Center (MHCC) campus. It’s convenient since we will also be remodeling the second floor of that building. The first floor has the infirmary and third floor is used to house visitors such as the students from Appalachian State that are here for their spring break alternative this week. The second floor was most recently used as dorm space for some of the male residents. With the completion of a new dorm, we will now remodel this space to be used by some of the administrative staff.

After our devotion, we first took a tour of the campus, so those who had never been here could get oriented and so those of us who had worked here before could see the changes. In the rec center, we loved the new art work on the ceiling tiles of the workout room and art room. Some previous students at Appalachian State worked with the kids on the tiles. We also had to go be the administration building to officially sign in on campus. It was a cold, messy morning for a walk around campus but it was good to see what they were doing with areas where we had previously worked. This is our third project at MHCC and this place has a special place in our hearts. The staff here does a wonderful work with these young people.

Scott Merritt welcoming the team
Scott Merritt welcoming the team

Back in James Hall the new CEO, Scott Merritt, joined us during our break to update us on MHCC. The facility was originally a Methodist orphanage and now is a residential treatment center for some of Georgia’s most viciously abused and neglected children, still associated with the Methodist Church. Over the past year, MHCC has had 50 vacancies (they are licensed for 75 children) and unfortunately they received over 1000 referrals for children needing those 50 beds. We will share more about this wonderful facility another day.

Back at work, we started the demolition process. We first moved a lot of beds and other furniture from the rooms then started taking cabinets off the walls. Demolition day is always fun but tiring. It’s quite physical. We did not complete the demo but did make a good start today. Can’t believe we still haven’t gotten the bikes on the Silver Comet Trail. Maybe soon.

Starting the demolition
Starting the demolition
Richard removing trim
Richard removing trim
Jim, Harry and Ken removing a wall
Jim, Harry and Ken removing a wall
Janet, Sheila and Joyce removing trim
Janet, Sheila and Joyce removing trim
Frank and Max removing wall
Frank and Max removing wall
Anne removing door trim
Anne removing door trim