Blue Jay Kind Of Day

Wednesday, January 20

1 (1)The day started with a beautiful sunrise.

1 (2)For some reason, I saw a lot of blue jays.

1 (3)They are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds.

1 (4)Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees .

1 (5)Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.

1 (6)Genders are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year.

1 (7)When eating, they hold a seed or nut in feet and peck it open.

2Blue Jays prefer tray feeders or hopper feeders on a post rather than hanging feeders, and they prefer peanuts, sunflower seeds, and suet.

3Take time to enjoy God’s creation each day.

TFC Chapel Construction Update

The newest trailer was backed into the TFC shop last fall, but Cerwin is still waiting for the go-ahead to begin construction.

Delay in construction on the new trailer is for good reason as this will be the first in a series of Truckers’ Life Centers—chapels that will include a wellness area. TFC President and CEO Scott Weidner wants each “I” dotted and each “T” crossed before construction begins.

DSC_7033The back doors of the trailer have been removed and the 1 x 4 steel frame installed.

While Cerwin waits for word to begin construction on the next chapel, he has kept busy in the TFC shop by doing a few preliminary things on the new trailer and preparing the mobile rig for summer truck shows.

DSC_7043Four used, newly powder-coated wheels to replace the old ones on the trailer.

DSC_7036Scraping old reflective tape from the trailer in preparation for sandblasting.

20160119_124309He built a podium for the new chapel.

DSC_7042Polishing a TFC tractor so it is ready to pull the mobile chapel to spring and summer truck shows and missions conferences.

DSC_7045In the office, I was kept busy in November and December – preparing end-of-year newsletters for our staff, monthly prayer calendars, and single issues of Highway News & Good News (above) – for bulk mailings.

Mailings slow down nicely in January and February, giving me time to can catch up on some other things in my office – especially address changes and updates from our staff and the post office.

DSC_7019Cerwin or I take bulk mailings to the Lititz Post Office once or twice a week during slower times of the year and two or three times a week when staff are busy writing newsletters.

This is what we call partial retirement. 🙂


I love to watch birds and humans

Both teach me lots of lessons

DSC_7011Birds teach me the beauty of simplicity.

It’s rare to find people who truly understand the beauty of simplicity because our minds create so much drama.

DSC_7012Birds are sometimes selfish – chasing away other birds who get too close.

People do that too.

DSC_7015Birds don’t seem to worry about tomorrow.

People have so much going on – so much to plan – so much to worry about.

It often takes great effort and focus for us to trust God.