Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Our 2 teams of sheetrockers are working away -- but one team decided to divert a bit and repair the subfloors in Collier and Justine's -- and boy am I glad! They've got floors falling through and this means that when the taping and floating of the sheetrock does happen no one will fall through the floor in the process!
Lawrence and Arnesha's team are continuing hanging the sheetrock on the ceilings and that's quite a tough job. Working over your head all day isn't easy. And with Lawrence down in the back -- he reached just the wrong way yesterday and is a mess. He will be going to the chiropractor tomorrow and hopefully will get some relief. Meanwhile the team also has the new hot water heater installed and when the gas is turned back on they will actually have hot water. We are also in the process of getting bids for a new roof. The first one was a bit too high so a couple more are in the works after today.
Monty has spent the past 2 days installing new garage doors for another family. That is also a tough job, especially when you are doing it alone. He is enjoying himself though as the house is directly on the bay and I think he wishes he had his fishing pole! :)
My afternoon was spent getting some belated medical testing done and all came back fine and dandy. Now all they need to do is get the results back home to my own doctor and everyone will be on the same page!
Tomorrow morning we orientate another team. Their leaders arrived late this afternoon and took a quick tour of the jobs they will be working on. They will divide into 2 teams and join the 2 already working. They told me that sheetrock is their speciality so here it is . . . ready to go.
Until next time . . . what's your speciality and have you used it to bless others?
Susan and Monty
Monday, April 26, 2010
This PDA team is from Conroe, Texas - just a bit north of Houston. We welcomed them this morning for orientation and off to work they went.
They are divided between Lawrence and Arnesha and Collier and Justine. We took the tour of both homes first and then they divided themselves as they saw fit. One thing Monty and I learned a long time ago is that the dividing of teams is a God thing. This team seemed to get it worked out and were all busy hanging sheetrock when I checked on them.
This week we are sitting out of Joyce's in order to give her some rest. Going through a life time of memories in cleaning her garage last week wore her out and she was looking forward to some rest. We have a team coming in to work this Saturday and we'll put them back with her to hopefully get the water to the sink, the base trim and door trim on and then we'll be ready to send in the carpet layers!
It was good to hear a comment from our departing Michigan team letting us know they made it back before the bad weather set in. Those were some pretty rough storms and we thank God for getting them out ahead of them.
A special update on Tim - our brain surgery guy -- he now has the stitches out and had 2 full days of doctor appointments last week. Looks like he is heading toward chemotherapy to hopefully kill off the remaining part of the tumor that could not be removed with surgery. Please continue to keep he and Jenn and their upcoming baby in your prayers.
We hope you will continue to follow us this week. It's always special when nearly "hometown" folks come to help their own!
Until next time . . . who have you helped lately? Susan and Monty
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
God always sends us just who we need when we need them -- this photo is a great example.
Ms Joyce was blessed with hand painted windows in the door that leads from her family room to her kitchen -- sunflowers!!!!!!!!!! Her kitchen was literally covered with sunflowers before we gutted it and she was thrilled when the team had a special surprise volunteer who not only knows how to paint but teaches others! It's absolutely beautiful and will be a visible reminder of all the teams who have been and will be working in her home!
Some other team members got the skirting on Janey and Logan's home and we are finally pronouncing it "done."
They also finished Jocelyn's house and Monty even made it by to pick up the extra pieces of materials. Jocelyn is thrilled and wants to do some volunteering herself! All she has to do is give me a call and I'll put her to work!
Another new project was also started today -- the repairs on Pastor Bob's church ceiling. Their air conditioner had leaked over time and damaged the ceiling. I kept telling them that we would be happy to repair it when the leaking was stopped and it's now stopped so by this Sunday the congregation will no longer have to see the damage located just above the altar area! Good job team!
Mel and Billie's floors are being painted and general cleaning underway. We already have set their House Blessing for NEXT Friday late afternoon so next weeks team will be spit shining and cleaning and making it double awesome! Their appliances should also arrive next week - just in time.
Thresa's progress continues and this Friday will also be our last day there! What a transformation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lawrence and Arnesha are making headway with the plumbing -- after digging up the trench completely around the house and flushing the lines to unclog and start repiping! It's a nasty job and far from clean but this team has literally "dug in" and have no limits to the blessings they are pouring out. I got the windows and insulation ordered today as the electrician only needs a couple more days to have the house completely rewired! Busy, busy, busy! I even noticed the neighbor sitting outside in his wheelchair taking photos of all the activity!
Everyone showing God's love without saying a word -- and people watch -- and people see -- and people believe!!!
"Love your neighbor as yourself" but into action!
Until next time . . . how about your neighbor? Susan and Monty
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
With the extremely strong winds that came through last night the clouds went away and left room for the clearest sunshine and much cooler temps for the day. The teams enjoyed lunch together at Joyce's house, all laying outside in the sunshine and soaking it all in.
The texture and glitter is now gracing Joyce's kitchen ceiling and she can't stop smiling! Mr Sell did an amazing job and we are so thankful for his time and blessings! She is also thrilled with the new shade of blue walls in her bathroom and can't wait to get her fish motif back up. It's coming together and she can see the progress and is so happy!
The other part of the team continues working away at Mel and Billie's. The flower garden in the front was getting a brick trim wall around it while the floors were getting a fresh coat of paint that really sets off the rooms. Trim is going in all around and it's painted to match the walls so it's quite the complete look.
This afternoon I made a visit to Ms Marie's house. I was asked to go and measure for a ramp on the front of her home and a deck area with steps on the back. What I found was enough to bring tears to my eyes! Ms Marie has only one leg and is confined to a wheelchair. Her house is anything but handicapped accessible and is literally falling apart around her. The ceilings are leaking and falling in. Her kitchen cabinets are falling off the walls and the kitchen itself is so small she can only get out by pushing her wheelchair backwards. She told me how difficult it is for her to reach the stove and when she has pots on it she can't see what's inside of them while cooking. Last week she dropped an entire pot of hot water in her lap and got burned. Her bathroom is even worse. She also has to back out of it and getting in the tub is nearly impossible as she has to balance herself and get in at the same time. She does have a nurse who stays with her but even she can only do so much in that environment. The ramp and deck are the least of her worries. I got her connected with an organization where she can try and qualify for the newest funding available where she might be able to get a new home. Please pray for her as mentally she is struggling and feels abandoned. She said the only thing keeping her going was her faith -- and she promised me she would never lose that! If only we could . . .
And the update on our trailer --- it's totalled and we are now looking at the options we have.
Until next time . . . we thank Jesus for this day of renewed life for Tim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Susan and Monty
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Ms Joyce has popcorn texture, complete with gold glitter, on her family room ceiling and he will be returning tomorrow to do the same with her kitchen! What an amazing father and son team to donate their time away from paid jobs to bless her! The team has been working on painting walls and general cleaning and preparing for flooring next week.
Mel and Billie's team planted a beautiful flower garden in front of their house and are scrubbing floors with all they have! They should be ready to paint the master bedroom floor tomorrow. They are also putting up trim and pulling things together.
In just a few minutes Monty and I are headed to Houston to spend the evening with our dear friends and construction coordinators who have been working on the island of Galveston. He will be undergoing brain surgery tomorrow and we need to all keep them both in our prayers as she is also pregnant with their first child! Yes, he's way too young for this yet we know God has a special purpose for all they are going through. Please keep them covered in prayer throughout the day as they plan on surgery lasting around 12 hours! I'll keep you updated as I get updates.
Until next time . . . pray hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Susan and Monty
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Yesterday was spent at the UMCOR office, all of us all day, helping get paperwork organized. What a job it was but with all of us pitching in we got it done in one day! Each receipt copied and matched with each homeowner -- what a daunting task but we all have a new appreciation for Heidi who not only does this for here but also for the camp in Beaumont, Texas! Multi-tasking on an entirely new level!
Today Monty spent the day back at Brian and Carol's getting their newly purchased FEMA trailer properly strapped down to the county's requirements. The deadline was today and they made it. It also required the deck to be relocated and secured. Once again all those trailers Monty did as a kid and wondered why in the world he was doing that? God's perfect preparation!
I had to break down and purchase another printer as our little one we've loved for the past 5 years plus finally died! All I wanted was a small size printer, no fax, no scanner, no anything else -- and boy oh boy am I behind the times with that request! It took looking at 3 stores before finally finding one and although it's not as small as I would like, it works! Size is extremely important when your office area is also your eating area! Now I can get back to finishing our Easter newsletter and hopefully get them printed out and in the mail over the weekend. If you don't receive one and would like to please leave a comment on this blog with your info and I'll make sure you get one.
We are all "off" for tomorrow -- Good Friday. I have been searching for a local church so we can attend a worship service and am surprised at how many do not offer a service! All my life I have gone to church on Good Friday and I guess I need to search a bit further. I do hope all of you will find yourselves in a local service. It truly is a "good" Friday -- what if Jesus had decided He couldn't go through it? Where would we be? Scary thought!
Until next time . . . thank you Jesus!!! Susan and Monty