Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Aunt Miriam

Yesterday was my Aunt Miriam's birthday. Being here made it possible for us to be at the party -- all planned by her 8 year old granddaughter, Maya.

Quite simple things like this are something we haven't been able to be a part of for . . . what a blessing to be able to be there last night! Good job, Maya. Thanks for inviting us!

Yesterday was our weekly case management meeting. I had to crowd everything on the agenda to get it one one page. Seems we always have alot to get through. We are still working on the phone calls to get a new "snap shot" of the recovery stage. Our executive director must have numbers ready to write for the grant, a task that is ever changing and nearly impossible. But the case managers continue to pour over the phones and we are nearly there. Give them a task and they go after it like a bulldog goes after a pork chop!!! What a team!

With our time here quickly coming to an end there are those who are determined to put together a goodbye party!!! Strangers who have become family and who are going to make sure I cry a bucket load of tears in leaving them behind!

Monty continues to get things, tools, prepared for transporting. We positively must !!! lighten the load on our 5th wheel trailer to make the trip safely. Trying to decide what to take and what to leave is difficult but he's getting through it a piece at a time.

It has been such a blessing to hear from those of you who send your well wishes and prayers foro safe travel and talk of coming with a team and working with us once again. Many, many thanks to all of you -- we look forward to seeing you again.

Today was a day filled with all sorts of this and that. Seems every time I turn around there is a question or need. Oh how I will miss all the wonderful people we have come to know.

I have linked you to Diane's blog listed above. Remember --she is working with Mercy Response in Galveston, has been there for a couple of weeks now. She has photos of what is going on and is keeping us up to date with all the events. The saddest thing is that she will be leaving and heading back to Wisconsin the same time we will be headed south to Texas! She'll be back though---I know she will!

Here at Columbus First Assembly amazing progress is going on --- the new church pews are being installed in the sanctuary!!!! What an amazing day Sunday will be --- the white plastic chairs replaced with beautiful pews! Alot of people will truly feel at home again! The men installing them are working all hours of the night to get the job done. They had to be brought in piece by piece and assembled inside of the sanctuary. With the missions banquest coming up I know Pastor is sitting on pins and needles hoping everything gets done in time!

This blog entry may seem like a little bit here and a little bit there --- welcome to our life! We do know that God is in complete control -- His timing is always perfect -- and we just need to obey and follow! Thankfully He is a patient God also!

Until next time . . . Susan and Monty

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