July 26 – Ready to take to Merv Weaver’s for sand and glass blasting then to Trans Equipment for painting.
July 28 – While the chapel was away, Cerwin and Glenn worked on some other things – such as indirect lighting boxes.
Stained to match the interior of the chapel.
August 17 – Back from the paint shop.
August 23 – A One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning employee installing the ductless heating and cooling system.
Glenn installing clearance lights.
Cerwin is pleased that everything is still on schedule. We plan to leave TFC’s International Office/Shop on Monday morning, September 12 and arrive in Houston on September 14.
Tuesday, August 16
Well, actually, there are more than two because of the garden tea (background).
I cut the tea about two weeks ago, so it is just beginning to grow back.
I know – many of you are already harvesting juicy red tomatoes, but I was late in planting ours and we have more shade than most gardens.
I am pleased to see healthy, maturing tomatoes that will be red and delicious before long.
It looks like there will be many more.
We also have a climbing cucumber that got a bad start, but plant fertilizer soon kicked in and it began flourishing.
The tendrils fascinate me. How do they know to do that?
About two hours after taking my garden pictures this happened.
It was a delightful rain – and great for our little garden.
Sunday, August 14
It was Big Rig Day for the children at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church
The trucks also got the attention of the adults as they arrived for church.
The first group of children went to visit the trucks and drivers.
The next group came to visit the chapel and learn about TFC’s ministry to truckers.
I think there was a mix up. By the time we started our PowerPoint program for the children, another group of children came to the chapel. You can see a few of them sitting on the floor, and Cerwin helping them find seats. There was barely room for us to stand.
We think there were 40 people in the chapel. 🙂
After our 15-minute program which introduced them to trucks, trailers, drivers, and Transport For Christ, these children left the chapel and went to talk to the drivers and get inside the trucks.
After they left, the children who were visiting the drivers came to the chapel.
These two – the white and silver trucks – are brand new Kenworths.
Blowing the air horn.
Brand new dash.
Sleeper in the silver truck.
Looking down at the steps
Another air horn.
The sleeper mattresses in the white truck bunks are still wrapped in plastic.
The dash in the white truck.
We were quite busy after church – when the adults came to visit – so I didn’t have time to take pictures, but I wanted to take pictures of some of our last visitors. The man on the left is the son of Ted McCoy. Ted is retired from helping Cerwin with chapel construction. and the young man on the right is Geoff – a grandson of Sam Rittenhouse. We have known him since he was a little boy. His wife was at home with a brand new baby.
I took this picture with my cell phone to send to Sam. When Sam replied, he said Geoff’s mom, Debbie, was there, so she enjoyed seeing them too.
After church, the truckers and their families were invited to Gene and Rose Gehman’s house for a covered dish lunch.
We enjoyed an afternoon of good food and fellowship.
Saturday, August 13
My shopping partners – our daughter Deb and her friends Dee and Bernae.
Craft shows always remind me of the talent and creativity that God has given people.
The resident ducks were plentiful in the park.
Deb was talking to the designer of a cute raccoon picture, but I took this for the saying on his shirt: “I am not trying to be difficult, it comes naturally.” 🙂
I was fascinated by this cute Amish couple. I don’t think they were from our area because of their dress style and the design of her cap.
At this point I was more attracted to these flowers than the crafts across the street.
An attractive bush along the street.
By 10:00 AM it was hot and there were wall-to-wall people.
We were glad to get a table in General Sutter at 11:00 AM where it was cool – and we could sit for a while. This is Deb’s meal.
Bernae texting someone
Deb is also checking her messages and Dee is reading the menu.
My watermelon soup. It was cold and delicious.
The scene on Broad Street as we walked toward our cars.
Thanks Deb, Dee, and Bernae for allowing me to tag along.
Friday, August 12
Great-Grandma Hershey and the boys look forward to our annual game date.
She plays “Golf” more than we do so we usually need a refresher round.
They also enjoy her game closet and playing with some of the toys they played with as little boys.
She always has a delicious snack.
Bugles. I love Bugles.
This time she also had Shuey’ s pretzels. They are delicious.
We all agreed that it was a fun afternoon.