Tuesday, April 17, 2007

5 jobs and tax deadline day

Here they are, and what a day it was!
Five jobs going at once along with the deadline for taxes proved to keep all of us on our toes -- and some on their knees!
The top 2 photos are at Rosemary's house. Nearly 1700 square feet of ceramic tile going on the floor so there were some people spending ALOT of time on their knees. The layout is done and they are starting to get the hang of things. Let's just hope all can get up from their beds tomorrow morning! :)
The next two are at Susan's house. That's her son, Milton, in the rafters running the new electrical wiring. All of them were wiring and you can see by the one photo on the right, sometimes it takes us all back to the school desk to get the calculations done!
The next two are at Jim and Cindy's house. You should've seen the smile on Cindy's face when she recognized some of the team from Iowa as they had worked in her house before! It was like long lost family being reunited. Pierce and his "girls" did a wonderful job of grouting! We also hope they are able to stand upright again tomorrow!
The last two photos are of Mike and Faye's family room and bedroom. They are in the process of moving in and knew there would be "viewers" out there who would like to see some of the finished product!
It was an amazing day to be a part of. Both California and Iowa working together, side by side, you would think they had known each other for a life time! It just never ceases to amaze me how the "joy of the Lord" shows up every single time with the volunteers. They come and are sometimes so out of their comfort zones, working in conditions they could only imagine and sleeping in less than comfortable "beds" and still they are laughing, smiling and truly enjoying what they are doing! Like I have said so many times, Monty and I are the ones who are blessed to be here, not having to leave after a week of work!
It is also such a joy to see "family" in both of these teams. There are quite a few who have been here before. Scott, from the CA team surprised us and came back--for the third time! The familiar going back home and encouraging the "new" ones to come back --- that is what changes the coast and that is what changes the world!!
Thank you to all the family members of these teams who are staying at home to care for their loved ones and making it possible for these team members to be here. You are in our prayers and we bless you for your sacrifice!
Until tomorrow . . . Susan and Monty

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