Friday, April 30, 2010

Utila-here we come!



A new swim suit and a pedicure.

I'm officially ready for our vacation to Utila, an island off the coast of Honduras. Tomorrow we leave. Hurray!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Making of a Tire Cover

My daughter-in-law, Stacia, is taking a sewing class and I love reading her blog about her new hobby documenting what she is creating with the sewing machine. So I thought I would "document" a sewing project Hunter and I recently worked on together.
Since our RV has very large and expensive tires it is to our benefit to protect them from drying out in the hot summer sun, therefore covers are a must. Unfortunately, as many of you have experienced after purchasing retail products, today's quality control departments are asleep! When we bought our RV two years ago we purchased 6 covers and now, as you can see from the photo, they are torn and quite unsightly. The question we asked ourselves is "Could we make ones better?" Why not try.
Using a process Hunter calls reverse engineering we carefully cut apart an old one, measured and determined an approximate yardage, and headed for JoAnn Fabrics. They had exactly the marine vinyl we wanted so we bought enough for one cover-a prototype. Our success has spurred us on to buy more material and complete the remaining five covers. We are not only proud of our accomplishment but had a great time working together. Retirement is fun!









Saturday, April 24, 2010

Balance-week 2 comments

On Aprl 12th I commented on Pastor Michael Fletcher's recent sermon series:Balance.
The second sermon in this series was even more convicting and challenging than the first. He threw out the question: "Why are you working?" then followed it with four Biblical answers to that poignant question.

1) Work to provide the necessities of life
2) Work to fulfill one's calling from the Lord
3) Work to minister to others
4) Work to secure the ability to enjoy life with those you love

There was more "meat" in the message but the ending was where my thoughts settled.

He concluded the day's lesson with 7 practical applications that hit home to me and I hope they will for you.

1. Remember that you are called and created for a purpose.
2. Therefore view work as a ministry.
3. Fight to keep Godly priorities in order: God, family, then work.
4. Unplug occasionally-feel free to "go dark" once in a while.
5. Remember why you are working (referring to the list above).
6. Take vacations/breaks.
7. Simplify your life-cut the clutter.

If you feel like this: check out Michael's message, maybe it will help. mannachurch.org

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Back in Mississippi

After a 12 hour straight drive from North Carolina to Waynesboro, Mississippi I am home, back with my loving hubby. We are completing the MMAP project this Thursday and will then head to Houston, Texas on Friday. I had a wonderful time helping Branden and his family move into their new home.









Monday, April 12, 2010

3 Questions

Sunday I attended Manna Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, while visiting my son and his family. I love this church and find the messages very convicting. Pastor Michael Fletcher is starting a series of sermons titled Balance; enjoying life under pressure. I came away from the message with the three questions he posed for each of us to ponder concerning the activities in our lives.

1. Will it last?
2. Is it being done for the right reasons, (motive)?
3. Does it enhance your life or the life of others?

Think about these this week!

If you'd like to follow this series of messages or any others recently given at Manna, (the series on marriage is EXCELLENT!) go to www.mannachurch.org then click on online sermons and click video. Technology is great! I love having access to the messages via my computer.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Mississippi: Here we come!

Hunter and I are now in Waynesboro, Mississippi working at the camp listed above. Or should I just say Hunter since I am off and "running" again for 2-3 weeks. This time I will be in North Carolina helping Branden and Brooke move into a new home they recently purchased in Fayetteville. Hopefully my main job will be babysitting Aiden while they fill and move boxes. Ha! Hunter will be "baching" it again. There is good fishing nearby so he is happy and will definitely keep busy.