Saturday, July 28, 2007
Does Dennis look happy here or what?
Friday, July 27, 2007
We have diapers, Bounty - the quicker picker uper, LOTS of laundry detergent, all purpose cleaner. Tonight we will also load on the Avon products from Caring Partners! I may get more pics up again tonight - maybe.
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
All the trucks/vans are ready to go. Oh, I do still have to pack a few boxes. Last night someone brought in 6 more electric heaters. I've lost count of how many of those we are taking but it's probably somewhere between 20 - 25.
Today I'm taking a personal day. I'm going to try not to be available unless it's an emergency. I need to get myself packed and a day of sanity would be good before we head out.
Tomorrow it begins. We'll be picking up the rental van then picking up the 24' truck and taking it to load the pallets. Tomorrow evening we load all of the stuff in my dining room, hallway and garage as well as team luggage and bedding. Check back late Friday night or Saturday - I'm going to try to get a short (really short) video up ...
The latest view of my dining room/hall - we need to go
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
FYI - we ran into someone from church at Meijer who greeted us with the words, "what a lovely couple". I'm not sure he realized at that point that I was not Sophie. When he did realize it, he didn't say anything but was probably wondering.
So if you hear stories .... it was innocent mission trip shopping. I promise!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Last night Shane was here working for over an hour and a half on the wiring for the truck/trailer. It's still not fixed. Charles is coming over tonight to see what he can do.
Last night Charles checked out the van sine the Youth brought it home from their trip saying something was wrong with it. It will be getting new tires sometime this week.
Tomorrow we buy the last of the food.
One team member is in unbearable pain from a tooth - and has no dental insurance to take care of it.
Yeah, things are going about normal. I've got to remember to start video taping all of this.
Monday, July 23, 2007
We loaded it into the back of Josh's pickup and the three of us crammed into the cab of the truck feeling like a bunch of rednecks with our whiskey. A police officer drove past, slowly, but thankfully didn't stop us. Hmmm...how good is this going to look driving onto the Rez with JD boxes.
This year we decided to purchase a new freezer for them and take it out with us. We wanted an upright one and a roomy one. The prices on those things are rather high but hey, God is not short on cash so why not go for it.
We didn't say much to anyone about our hope of buying a freezer but every so often someone from our church family would approach me and hand me a check or cash with the instructions to use it in any way it was needed. We held that money separately and it eventually added up to about $450.00 - the price of the freezer!
The freezer is now sitting in my garage and is ready to go on the truck this Friday. For those of you who gave - THANK YOU!
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After we have the village of Allen taken care of, we will start all over again and I'll be buying the same things for the village of Wounded Knee. It's our hope to provide a backpack and school supplies for the children in both villages in 2008.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
It seems the list of those little last minute things never ends. I feel tired already and the trip is still ahead of us. That's OK, we'll all be more than tired in a couple of weeks.
I know my family as well as a few other families who are going are also facing some major stress. Everything from impending surgery to illness, to family chaos. It's no surprise. It seems each year we have this. I think the enemy tries to wear us down before we go - and maybe discourage some from going at all.
So, pretty much, things are going the way they usually do.
If you're reading here, our team would really appreciate your prayers.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Then, sometime in May (I think) John had the excellent idea of contacting Matthew 25 Ministries to see if we could get pallets of product to take to the reservation. We had worked with them before on the Hurricane Katrina relief trip. We found out that it was going to cost $170.00 per pallet so we held the auction to raise money for the pallets. We were able to raise all that we needed for this project BUT we needed a truck. Again, thanks to a VERY generous man in the church, we were offered his business truck to take. And then yet another VERY generous man offered his 16 foot trailer to pull behind the truck. So the transportation was solved.
SO, I got on the phone and began haggling. After several phone calls and many recordings I found a real person and going through that person's supervisor was able to talk them down to the same price as the Ryder truck. So we're good - a good rental rate plus we won't have to buy gas to drive an empty truck back home.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
- 3 Pallets of Diapers
- the remaining pallets will consist of laundry detergent, paper towels, cleaning supplies and soap
We will also be taking a check from the mission budget at church for $1,500.00 for the Pass Creek Church.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Now for the story that if you're sadistic, you'll find funny.
Walmart generally opens the cases of school supplies. Occasionally you can find cases of notebooks that have not been opened, but most of the school supplies are opened, which means - you have to count each individual item just in case someone took one or two out of the case.
If I need 450 folders, which I did, then I have to count out 450 folders individually. It's a pain but whatcha gonna do. Today I was in the middle of counting folders, all 450 of them, that is typically a challenge in and of itself because if you have ADD (as I do) you can lose count very easily and have to start all over again.
Today it was a bit more of a challenge than normal because as I was counting the sound system was throwing out congratulations to various associates from around the country for their years of service at Walmart. So, here I am counting and over the loud speaker I hear, "Thanks to Sally for her 18 years of service at Walmart. And thanks to June for her 14 years of service. Thanks goes out to Ben for his service of 21 years, and a special thank you goes out to Bill for his 24 years of service at Walmart". That went on for a while. I kept wondering how many people have that many years of service and how much longer they were going to keep repeating numbers while I was trying to count.
EVENTUALLY they said, "Let's go to some music now". Oh THANK YOU, I thought, grateful that they were not going to be shouting out numbers anymore. Then, to my great dismay, the song that came over the sound system was "One, two, three, like a bird I sing". Oh gosh, can we stop with the numbers already?
Monday, July 09, 2007
Here is what is happening this week....
Today I went shopping for misc. stuff to complete our VBS Celebration of Hope African Safari Party. I had this pic that Cody took on his Honeymoon blown up to a poster size and mounted on foam board. This will be our "Pin the Tail on the Zebra" game. Connie is busy making "tails" for it. Cute isnt' he?
I also bought face paint so Cody, Josh, and Jeremy can paint the kid's faces like tigers, lions, and so forth.
I finished buying last minute items for the VBS Droplets presentation I will be doing each day and I finished up the Crew Devotional / Schedule booklet and have begun printing it!
John has contacted Matthew 25 Ministries and they assure us that they have product for us. He should be hearing from them today to finalize plans for picking up the pallets.
If you haven't heard, a very generous man in our church bought a case of the coffee we are selling to give to Serve City. It's amazing how much good a package of coffee can do. Not only is it helping people in Third World countries, and helping us raise money for Backpacks, now it's helping the homeless in Hamilton too!
Time is moving along quickly! We will be there before you know it!