Update On Mother High

She improves slightly each day. Yesterday she ate her meals in bed – today she went to the dining room. She spent yesterday in a nightgown – today she was in a dress. The therapists are pleased with her strength. The nurses do less and less as she transfers from bed to her wheelchair.

It will be one week before we see her again, as we are taking a TFC chapel to Pass Lake, Ontario (near Thunder Bay), and I expect we will see a big difference next weekend.

As you pray for her, pray for us – concerning safety and the border crossing. Sometimes it is easy to cross the border, other times there seem to be issues – even with proper permits. I attached a cell phone photo from yesterday so you can visualize her room.

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Soybean Harvest

Thursday, October 9

1 (1)I heard machinery outside and noticed that the soybeans across the road were being harvested.

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1 (4)Someone had recently asked me to do some harvest photos for their business, so I thought this was a great opportunity.

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1 (8) While waiting for the soybean harvester to get to the truck, I noticed corn harvest equipment coming up the road – heading to a neighbor’s field.

1 (9)Back to the soybeans

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1 (16)I like this picture of our home farm from the field.

1 (17)There were a few unshelled soybeans nearby, So I opened the shells to see what they look like at harvest.

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Manheim Farm Show

Thursday, October 9

When my brother Clair emailed me to say that he was in the area for a farm meeting with our brothers – and could he stop in. I asked if we could do lunch.

0He liked the idea, and because neither of us had been at the Farm Show in a long time, we decided to meet our sister Nancy there.

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1b (3)My brother Clair and sister Nancy. Nancy’s granddaughter Ashleigh (red shirt) was helping to sell French fries.

1b (4)Before long we came upon our brother Dale.

1cThen we met our brother Steve. Too bad our brother Dale wasn’t still with us – then we would have all five been in one spot.

1d (1)After visiting with my siblings, I walked around to see the displays and animals.

1d (2)All Pennsylvania-made products.

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2a (2)Our niece Chelsey’s goat named Milton

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3aI could barely get close enough to get a picture of this pig nursing her new-born piglets.

3bA bit later there was more space – because the little pigs were finishing eating – and I was able to capture a picture of the Farm Show queen holding a sleeping one.

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5 (13)Then I crossed the same bridge – on my way back to our car.

5 (15)On the way home I drove by Jere and Kristen’s house and saw the three youngest boys playing in the driveway. They quickly backed up when I turned in the driveway.

5 (14)I just wanted to say hi to them.

5 (16)They quickly came to see what I wanted. They (and I) got hugs, and I was on my way.

Wednesday afternoon update on Mother High

I am excited to tell you that her head has cleared – from whatever caused her confusion – and she is very much awake and her delightful self. She fed herself and was able to hold her own cup when drinking. We had normal conversation and she asked a lot of questions about the past few days – most of which she does not remember.

I had morning duty in the hospital until she was transferred to Pleasant View Retirement Community for rehab. Velda had morning duty at Pleasant View, getting her signed in, etc. Now I am home and Velda is with her.

Thank you! Thank you for praying.

TFC Activities In Early October

Sunday, October 5

1 (1)We invited our TFC Prayer & Advisory Team for lunch and an afternoon of ministry information and visiting.

1 (2)Prayer before our meeting. We were excited to have two couples from Quebec – Chaplain Jacques (left) and Carmen (hidden to his left), and next to them Huguette and Chaplain Claude. They were in the area for Candidate Training School at the TFC Office.

1 (3)We had an exceptionally good afternoon as Dan – in light shirt to the right of Sam (teal shirt) – shared a bit of his background and the work he is doing with TFC as he serves with the Office of Chaplains. Another highlight was hearing Jacques and Claude’s testimonies.

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Candidate Training School

2 (1)We were invited to the International Office for supper on Wednesday, October 8, to meet the two couples who were going through Candidate Training School. Ruth (Administrative Assistant, Office of Chaplains) – above – was in charge of the meal.

2 (2)Jacques and Carmen (couple in the front) were one of the couples going through training to come on staff. They serve with Claude and Huguette on the Quebec Chapel.

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2 (4)The other couple was Sandy and Richard from Idaho. Since we do not have a chapel in Idaho, they will serve wherever God leads them. I was blessed to hear that one of the ways they learned about TFC was reading my blog.

2 (5)Jacques serenaded us after supper – songs in English and French.

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York/Adams Chapter Bake Sale

3 (1)We were up early on Saturday, October 11. It rained most of the one-hour drive to Abbottstown.

3 (2)We arrived at Menges Diner just before 6:00 AM, and set up the chapel for the prayer breakfast and bake sale benefit.

3 (3)After breakfast in the diner, we met in the chapel for a devotional by Bill Menges – and prayer.

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3 (7)This is York/Adams Chapter’s third annual bake sale.

3 (8)They do a great job of soliciting for and selling baked goods to benefit TFC.

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3 (11)The chapel cake is sold by silent auction bidding. I didn’t hear the final bid..

3 (12)Cerwin buying some things for his sweet tooth.

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The Chapel for Pass Lake is almost finished!

4I thought you may enjoy being reminded of what it looked like in the beginning, and see what it looks like today.

4a (1)Back doors removed and doors and window cut into the trailer.

4a (2)Installing floor insulation.

4bIn early September the interior was almost finished and it was ready for the paint shop.

4cMerv Weaver had it for several weeks (he was busy painting other trucks and trailers.) and did a fantastic job. Cerwin picked it up on October 8.

4d (1)A few days later Cerwin took it to Eckert’s for lettering.

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4d (4)On Saturday, October 18, Jay Brandt (Stiegel Flooring) installed the carpet in the living quarters and vinyl in the chapel area.

4d (5)Chaplain Sam wanted two recliners – rather than a bed in the living quarters.

4d (6)In a few days – early Saturday morning – we will be leaving to deliver the Passport Chapel to Pass Lake (east of Thunder Bay) in Ontario, Canada.

  • Pray for safety.
  • Also, taking a chapel across the border is not always easy. Pray that it goes well for us with the broker and other border authorities.

This is one of my favorite things about serving with Transport For Christ – going with Cerwin to deliver a new chapel.

Treasured Time With Family

Wednesday Evening, October 11 (1)We enjoyed supper at Landis Homes with Cerwin’s sister Doris, her husband, Bob, Cerwin’s mother, and her brother John. Bob and Doris were visiting from Minnesota, and since we wanted to see them, and know Cerwin’s mother likes to see them as often as possible when they are here, we decided to have our meal at Landis Homes.

(This was obviously before Mother’s fall.)

1 (2)Bob was interested in a family story during the depression, and asked a few questions which got John started on some amazing stories.

He is a great story-teller.

1 (3)Uncle John will be 99 in a few weeks and also lives at Landis Homes.

2A few nights later, Saturday, October 4, we took Cerwin’s mother to the 60th Wedding Anniversary party of Daddy High’s youngest brother and his wife.

3 (1)We arrived early, so I took a few pictures of the room.

This place used to be a family home. Mother remembers visiting the former residents many years ago.

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3 (4)Gift table

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3 (5)The guests of honor arriving – Betty and Sam – with their son Scott and a great-granddaughter.

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3 (7)Their other son John, talking to Mother.

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3 (9)Each person received a bag of M & Ms.

3 (10)We enjoyed a delicious meal. Our entrée choices were clam cakes, chicken, or steak. There were also vegetables and grilled potato slices.

3 (11)Betty and Sam posing for pictures.

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3 (2a)Someone wanted a picture of Mother before we left, and asked us to pose with her. I gave them my camera so I would have a picture as well.

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