Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Joy in Houston

Thank you, new friends, for the gift of time together!
Summerwood Elementary School in Houston, Texas, takes on a whole new look each Sunday when it houses Joy Lutheran Church.  Members of Joy take to the school cafeteria/gym and set up chairs, the sound equipment, the altar, the refreshment goodies, and are ready to greet any and all.  It is a mission church - vibrant and growing! 

We couldn't help noticing that one of the school's cafeteria posters - our guess was that it was made by a student as a helpful learning exercise - was particularly appropriate for a worship service: "No tooting or belching at others seated at your table." 

Pastor John and his wife, Linda, took us out for lunch so we could all eat yummy nearly authentic Mexican comfort food (I think cheese is their nod to the American palate). 
During our lunch conversation we, of course, discovered a number of people we have in common. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Coming Common

 St. Andrew Lutheran Church located in Houston, Texas, has an interesting life.

During the week they offer Early Childhood Care, we have noticed a lot of churches moving to this model of serving the community. 

On Saturday evening there is a Hispanic Church that worships here.
On Sunday morning at 9:30 AM St. Andrew worships and at 11:30 Hilltop Lutheran Church, a Korean congregation worships.

All of these different people groups use the space, and call it "our" church.  They all come together on occasion for potlucks and other events throughout the year. This is a really big idea it makes me reconsider what God's House looks like from the inside out. We laughingly talk about  "my pew" but what if we shared our pew with someone new?
Dave is pictured with our gracious hostess, Carolyn Koch. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Bells of Branson!

Remember the "extra" cold snap a few weeks ago? We were in Branson, Missouri.  It was just plain cold.  It was also the weekend of the handbell workshop at Faith Lutheran Church in Branson.  There were ringers from many area churches and the turnout was great. It was truly inspiring to see all ages and stages of skill together in one place.  The music was delightful - give a listen. We came in the building and thought one of the choirs must be playing. Quite good. Very precise. We looked over the rail to see everyone playing together in a mass choir - as one. It was amazing. 

I have been in a handbell choir for only one season, but it was so much fun and now I am drawn to bells whenever I hear the delightful sweet ring.

We had a great weekend with our friends at Faith.  On Sunday morning as guests raised their hands we counted about twenty - and that was a low count compared to "high season" in Branson.  What a great ministry to have - just being present and having a welcoming place to worship. Faith invites ringers to ring, a traveling preacher to teach and cheerful company for those visiting. I hope you will visit Faith when you are in Branson.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Many years ago when we lived in Missouri, we did not see much of the state.  Our travels were primarily limited to work, school, and long drives home to see family in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  This trip through the state has been fun, in a terrifying, wild, freefall sort of way.  When you are traveling in a car on roads with no shoulders, it is not really such a big deal, but when hauling your house it is downright exciting! I am sharing photos of Castleview Campground to document what I mean by "way down the hill."  

Our campground while in the Branson, area. Beautiful. 

pretty sure it was the end of the road - it was not.

Our campsite at Stockton State Park, last week as the cold front came through, the Camp host left, and the water was turned off. We were the only ones in the park. It was great.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Visiting Lockwood, Missouri

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Lockwood, Missouri- Thank you for your kind hospitality! If you find yourself in Lockwood, stop in for a visit!

The cars in Lockwood...are ALIVE! Well, maybe just a few of them. 

... and some of the utility vehicles.  Fun place.

And when driving the curvy roads it is good to know that Wreck-O-Mended is just down the road. :)

Set up

Load out. It does not look like much, but everything must be packed into the back seat of the truck - just so...I don't want to know and therefore cannot help. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Has It Been That Long? or I'm BACK!

I have taken an extraordinary long hiatus from blogging.  I am ready to pick up my camera and chronicle the 2014 - 2015 God Provides Tour!
First up... I published a photo on FB about this first bit, but I also wanted to tell the rest of the story. 

This is our fourth tire blow out in seven years, not that bad really.  It seems it is always a back tire and ALWAYS on the driver's side. 

God provided Eric, a stranger who stopped to help change the shredded tire.

After this incident, we made a few changes

We moved books to the front of haRVey, nearer the hitch. Our plan is to even out the weight distribution between the RV tires and the hitch. The messy pile of books  - well everything shifts a bit as you move on down the road. This plan needs a bit of a tune up.

We moved our towels into a living room cupboard under the TV. When you go to take a shower, you must first go to the living room and get a towel. Isn't that how it is done at your house?

Books are now stored where light weight clothing used to be. My pajamas (top shelf) are now also stored under the TV and heavier items are stored here.  We actually don't have that many books -- well, maybe a few too many. (Dave - just saying)

Dave's shoes are now stored above his desk where books used to be. Mine are in the closet with books stored below where the shoes used to be. Dave and I agree, with these few changes haRVey looks to be riding a little more evenly distributed down the road. This topic may be revisited. :)


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bad Grandma

 Saturday morning while having coffee, Logan played with sand. Moving sand...

carrying sand...
discovering how it falls through the holes

how it can be used to decorate all surfaces

Later in the day, I heard his father say, "Logan, if you don't keep the sand IN the sandbox we will close the lid."
It is so very hard to follow the house rules!!! And should a grandma feel compelled to follow ALL the rules? or just some :)