Around Our Place

A collection of pictures from the past week that didn’t fit into another post.

1-1Cerwin had a TFC truck home for the weekend – so it would as here for the Sunday afternoon truck convoy to honor Elam Martin. (see my Monday post)

1-2It’s the time of year when Cerwin brings out his “red neck” leaf catcher.


4-2I can’t get enough of the skies these days.


3We still have a few pretty flowers.


dsc_8105I am enjoying the beauty of these warm fall days.

TFC Prayer Breakfast & Bake Sale

Saturday, October 8

00We (Cerwin, Inge, and me) arrived at Menges Diner about 5:45 am – to get ahead of the breakfast crowd. Inge had been in a truck a time or two for a truck parade, but had never been on a regular ride over the road. We were pleased to help her check that off her bucket list.

0Cerwin waited for Bill Menges to arrive to make sure he was in the right spot.

1We knew that we were in the right area, because Bill had it marked off with chairs and caution tape.

2After getting the chapel set up, we went inside for breakfast. This man was driving by and saw the chapel – and turned around to come see it and talk to the “chaplain” before we left. He didn’t know that we were going to be there until 3 pm. It was fun and encouraging to talk to him.

2a-1Locals bring a variety of baked things for the bake sale to benefit TFC.

2a-2Inge taking a picture of a bake sale sign.


3-1Cerwin bought the pecan pie and a few whoopie pie


dsc_8058A creative cake

The bake sale profit was $600.00. Thank you everyone for all the work that went into that profit.

dsc_8060-001A cute fall decoration outside the restaurant.

dsc_8068Another one


dsc_8078Bill Menges lead the devotional and prayer time in the chapel.

dsc_8081Afterward Inge set up an office in the chapel living quarters while I was at the desk. Cerwin and Bill visited with people who were in the restaurant and at the bake sale.

dsc_8085By 3 pm we were taking the steps down and preparing to travel home.

dsc_8092I sat on the bottom bunk and gave Inge the passenger seat – since I get to sit there fairly often.


dsc_8098We had a short sprinkling of rain as we neared Lancaster County.

dsc_8100After taking the chapel to the TFC headquarters, we stopped to get gas for our RAV4. Cerwin thought he recognized a truck that was parked off to the side of the gas station and drove past it to look at the grill. Sure enough it was the driver who recently stopped at the TFC office and ordered this lighted cross.

Surprise Truck Convoy for Elam Martin, Jr

Sunday Afternoon, October 16

We received a Facebook invitation from friends from church – Kevin and Jeanette. Elam is her uncle. He was injured while loading underground water/sewer pipes on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and sustained neck, back, and sternum fractures. There was surgery to repair his neck fractures, but he needs to wear a brace for 8-plus weeks.

The invitation said: You are invited to participate in a truck convoy by the Martin home on Sunday afternoon, October 16. Meet at John F. Martin Meats at 2 pm or drive by the house between 2 and 3 pm. Bobtails only due to narrow, country roads.

1-1We arrived at Martin Meats fairly early and enjoyed watching other trucks arriving.

1-2Soon they were lining up behind us.

1-3After the lot began to fill, they lined up in a double row.

1-4Notice the lighted cross on the TFC tractor – behind Cerwin.

1-5Elam’s family was delighted to see so many trucks. We counted 33. There may have been others who joined the convoy or drove by the house later in the afternoon. I just received a comment that there were 45. 🙂




1-9I couldn’t resist taking this picture of Doris Hursh. (You should have warned Glenn about parking in front of us.)

I did that a few times as well, so there may be a picture out there of me doing the same thing.


2I do not know the Martin family, but understand the man on the left is a son-in-law to Elam. He was giving instructions for the convoy.

3-1The drivers, families, and friends listening to the instructions.


3aKen Martin (right) prayed for Elam, his family, and for the safety of the convoy.






5-5We are on our way.

5-6This is when I was leaning out the window taking pictures.


5-8Some of the neighbors knew about the convoy and were waiting for us.



5-11The family was waiting for us.

5-12We were told to make noise – air horns, Jake brakes, train whistles, whatever you had.


5-14It was fun to see the smiles on everyone’s face.

5-15Blessings to you, Elam, for continued healing.

6-1After passing the house, a family member handed us a bag of seasoned pretzels with a thank you note.

6-2They are delicious.

dsc_8464On our way home, we came upon this neat old car.

dsc_8469-2They were enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon drive.


dsc_8478-2We enjoyed our relaxing afternoon as well.