Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Here it stands -- subflooring on and ready to get started Sunday morning! As you can tell by Monty standing there that it is a bit in the air. Thus the reason it will be a "hard hat" work zone for the entire time.
You can also see where the red dirt came in to play and that it is as leveled off as possible -- for now.
As for the flooring "issue" from yesterday -- I know many of you must have been praying because we finally heard from the salesman this afternoon that the flooring has been located at another store branch and WILL be delivered with the remaining materials this Friday! Thank you for those prayers and remember to keep them going as I do know there will be more "issues" and they will pop up when we least expect them!
Gregg, Pam and Diane were working in two homes at once today. They managed to complete the sheetrock repairs at the one and finish laying the cement board for the ceramic tiling that will go into Ms Darlene's home! What an amazing job they have done and Ms Darlene can not only see the light at the end of the tunnel -- she has a hope and inner joy that can only come from seeing Jesus in the volunteers that have spent so much time, effort and love in her home! She only lives a block from Ms Ollie's so I know we will be seeing alot of her next week.
The teams coming from WV, WI, FL and GA will start their travels over the next couple of days. Please remember to pray for their safety as they travel. Some are coming pulling tool trailers that are loaded down and could use some extra prayers as they make the long trip. All will be here and at the opening on Sunday morning.
I promise to do my very best to keep all of you updated on a daily basis during the build. Please understand that we do not have internet access in our trailer so I will need to be elsewhere to blog. The teams will be working from 7am to 11pm each day and we will be on site nearly every hour. If you find misspellings please know that it is probably because I am a bit tired but yet filled with so much enthusiasm that making my fingers "behave" might be more of a struggle than usual!
Tomorrow is a "mental" preparation day for us. We are about to begin a 9 day run with hours that will equal over 2 weeks! Pray for us and we thank you for doing so!
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This dog's face says it all!
The good news: Gregg, Pam and Diane are wrapping up yet another home! We did a complete rebuild and then the plumber had to return and make a mess of one wall! After today that mess will look like new and we will pronounce it "Done"! Once again, thanks to volunteers who allow the Lord to work through them to change and rebuild lives.
The bad news: the entire flooring package for Ms Ollie's home isn't in the store! As per the manager "I'll do everything I can to get it to you on Friday." His "everything" better be good enough!
Those last minute "challenges" that will pop up just when you least expect it --- and they won't stop until we reach heavens gates -- of that I am certain!
Until next time . . . please keep up the prayers . . . they are our power to defeat!
Blessings, Susan and Monty
Monday, March 24, 2008
Hopefully all of you were able to celebrate our Risen Lord yesterday and are still working in the joy that came from that day!
Friday, March 21, 2008
The hauling of red dirt is complete, the laying out of the house (for the 2nd time) is complete, the footers have been dug, the inspector has been there (on his holiday) and we passed the inspection, he took down our Stop Work order and the footers are being poured as i write this!!!
Tomorrow the blocks will be layed and also poured with concrete. When you raise the foundation of a home to 9 feet in the air it takes more work than one can imagine!
God has shined His grace on us today!! The sun is shining, the winds are light and blowing to dry things and our sins have ALL been forgiven! What a glorious day!!
AND . . . Gregg, Pam and Diane are working more miracles in Ms Darlene's home. Ms Darlene hasn't even seen what is happening there as she became a brand new grandmother last night at 7pm. Her grandson came into this world weighing nearly 8 pounds and mother and son are doing fine. Grandmother just might faint when she walks into her home and sees the amazing trim nearly complete on all her windows, rooms being primed and her bedroom painted!!!
Like I said, what a glorious Good Friday!
It's nice to have such positive reports coming from all around! The spiritual battles have been fierce! And I would be a fool to think they aren't just around the next corner. BUT -- I know Who has already won the war! And this Sunday I pray we ALL will be in church to celebrate that victory!!!
Have a blessed Easter! Susan and Monty
PS Happy 95th Birthday to my grandmother! I am SO sorry we cannot be there to celebrate with you! Keep on getting better and we will see you as soon as we can! I love you!!!!!!!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Yes, we wait -- and Diane, Pam and Gregg just keep working away. They have a couple of extra "paws" there today. Ms Darlene's daughter is at the hospital - in labor - as I write. So the team is watching over her lab and Gregg and Pam have their own "Cooper" with them so it's quite a busy day!! The house is looking great and they hope to be priming yet today or tomorrow. Gregg is installing window trim while the girls work the walls. What an amazing team!!
The "red" photos show the continuation of clay dirt being hauled into Ms Ollie's lot. At this very moment we are awaiting word from the city building department about doing an inspection for us tomorrow! You would think that would not be a problem?? Check your calendars and see that tomorrow is Good Friday and all government offices are closed! I just came from there and did everything but beg -- I actually did that also -- for an inspector to take time and give us the inspection and okay tomorrow. We cannot pour for the foundation until it has been inspected and if we have to wait until Monday . . . every single minute is critical when we are on this kind of time frame! And all I can do is sit and wait --- and that's something I don't do well!
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Gregg, Pam and Diane all working away at Ms Katrina's house. They not only removed all the carpeting from the bedrooms and replaced it with laminate wood flooring they also cleaned and painted the 3 bedrooms! It looks beautiful and the family was thrilled. We sort of caught them off guard with our call yesterday morning saying we had volunteers coming in but they welcomed the team and by the end of the day were sad to see them leave!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Okay, thought you might get a laugh out of this!! It was sent to me via email and I thought it was a riot!!
Where do I begin? Oh yes -- with all those people who (once again) managed to keep secrets from me!!! Let's see -- Joe, my own mother, Gregg, Pam, nearly all the local Pastors here and who knows who else!!
Yes, yesterday after church Monty and I were both VERY surprised to have Diane pop in where we were eating lunch!!! We had NO idea she was coming but evidently many!!! others did! I cannot tell you how good it was to see her!! Life just isn't the same when she isn't here along side of us!
We DID know that Pam and Gregg were returning to work with us for the next 3 weeks. When they left their home in South Dakota is was 18 BELOW zero! We have them, their rig and their dog parked east of town at one of our favorite churches and they are loving the warmth and sunshine! We are also SO glad to see them!
With all 3 of them here things just feel as they should. Only problem is that we know we can't keep them!
Now, back to another part of the weekend.
Our hometown church team from Vineyard left in 3 shifts on Saturday. And the entire team from Clear Creek left very early that morning also. We bid farewell to Clear Creek that morning before and were speechless when it came to ways to thank them. To have a team of 25 come in and be completely self sufficient is nothing short of a miracle. And it WAS miraculous to see what they did in the homes and what they did in the lives of the homeowners! Our hope is that they carry that love back into their own homes and areas and realize just how awesome our God really is!
Vineyard, like I said, left in 3 shifts. We did hear from them yesterday and they all arrived home safely. Rob and Rich worked into the afternoon before leaving and when they did leave they had all the ceilings in Ms Darlene's home completely textured and done! She is now ready for priming and painting of the walls and before long she will be looking at a real home! When we stopped by to see her today you could still see the light of her smile beaming above her MEMA cottage!
Our foundation work for Ms Ollie's home is coming along. The weather has put us all to the test! Trying to get soil "dry" while living in a swamp isn't easy. They did get some digging done for the footers today but then hit a water line. That was taken care of quickly and we are moving forward. Please pray that the weather will stay dry for only a couple more days so the footers can be dug and concrete poured -- then the weather affected parts of the job will be complete. Going 9 feet in the air is a task in itself, without the weather causing difficulties! I am literally standing on the promises of God in knowing this will get done in the time frame we need!
Construction is scheduled to begin 2 weeks from yesterday! We thank you for your prayers! Ms Ollie has been waiting on a home for over 2 years and with the help of God we intend to put her in a new home 2 weeks from this Saturday! God told her it would be April when she got a new home and he showed me the foundation in a dream so between the both of us we know this is annointed by God and He never calls us into a project without His promise of fulfillment!
We thank you for your prayers. As per my mother, my grandmother is doing a bit better and should be celebrating her 95th birthday this Sunday!!
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty