Monday, December 15, 2008

Work and "play"

We are now in our last week at Shocco Christian Convention Center. I have been able to help decorate Christmas trees, fold camp laundry, clean in the dining area as well as fill tart shells for a banquet. Hunter has continued to paint rooms for campers and work on a "mudding" project. Here are a few photos of some of the MMAPers "in action". Can you identify Hunter?

On the week-ends we either do "motorhome" work or we play. This past Saturday we took a little outing to the Desoto Caves; a set of underground caves discovered by the explorer Desoto in 1540. They served many "purposes" throughout their history-from being an Indian burial grounds, a Civil War "room" for making and testing gunpowder, a tavern during prohibition, to finally a current tourist attraction. They even had a Christmas light show, which was beautiful and lifted up the name of Christ!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas decorating in close quarters

Even though we live in tight spaces I managed to do some Christmas decorating. When we lived in a "stationary" house I loved to display nativity scenes so I brought two with me for our motorhome.

We don't have a Christmas tree so our couch works as "our tree" and a display of family photos becomes festive with a glass of candy canes.

I imagine each of you are adding your own Christmas beauty to your home. Enjoy the season and all it offers remembering that the "reason for the season" is Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Talladega, Alabama

Here we are in a little piece of God's country: Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Alabama. This will be our "home" for three weeks. So far our volunteering has involved painting for Hunter and decorating Christmas trees for Nancy. Our mornings begin with a 6:00 a.m. race walk, followed by breakfast before group morning devotions at 7:30. Hunter then heads to work in one of the buildings while I go with the women to do whatever the camp staff needs done at the moment. I fix Hunter lunch in the motorhome at 12:00 and an hour later he returns to work while I enjoy the freedom of doing whatever I want in the afternoon. Today I worked on writing Christmas cards. Tomorrow I plan to start a new project: learning to do swedish weaving, which one of the ladies in our MMAP group has promised to teach me. We have friends coming to visit this week-end and we plan to visit the Desoto Cave system and just hike in the area. Many of the leaves are still colored and remain on the trees creating continual beauty. Each day is a new adventure! Hunter and I continue to feel blessed to have God call us to this style of retirement.