Back from TX

It was bad. Very very bad. But the people were absolutely WONDERFUL! Good can often come out of disaster. I would say at least one good outcome is the way in which Christians in TX (and all over the world) are working together in love to try and make the brethren whole again.

The destruction is indescribable. Even pictures don't really convey what it's like in Vidor. Some of the people look like they're still wandering around shell-shocked. But many of them are just work work working and getting things done with impressive speed. I think 18 families in the North Main church were flooded to some degree. Some had flood insurance but that won't really cover the cost of rebuilding. And some didn't even have insurance. These were areas which had never flooded before - not in hundreds of years. So I can't really blame them for not paying for what seemed unnecessary insurance.

Many of the flooded homes of our brethren in Vidor have been emptied and stripped. Now they must sit empty to dry out before any rebuilding can take place. I think I was told that insurance companies demand a 45-day drying time. So everyone must find a place to stay for months during the dryout and the rebuild. They're probably looking at sometime in 2018 before getting back in their homes. When the boys and I came home I felt a little guilty that I was able to leave the disaster and go home. These people are months away from going home.

But the people I met are resilient, their faith unshaken. I held more than one person as they wept at their losses. But at the end of the day, everyone is pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and getting stuff done. And best of all, they're helping each other. People who have practically nothing are lending a hand to others. It's a beautiful thing.

So please continue to pray for our brethren in Texas and help in whatever way you can. I think my boys are going to be doing a fundraiser to send a little bit of help to Vidor. I'll let you know if/when that materializes so you can participate if you wish.
  • tryphena
    THANK YOU for this update! We could all learn much from firsthand experience. I'm glad you and your boys had the opportunity.
    by tryphena at 09/19/17 1:45PM
  • marmee
    Thank you for loving and helping. And for sharing your experience.
    by marmee at 09/19/17 5:31PM
  • misssonja
    How is our friend, Ted?
    by misssonja at 09/19/17 9:06PM
  • hartschloss
    There is nothing like doing good for our fellow man. What kind of fundraiser are the boys considering? We all can have a disaster, even if it's not a hurricane, so it's good to help others, as we know we can have something similar happen at home.
    by hartschloss at 09/20/17 12:51PM
  • ceoltoir
    In answer to you, Ted is amazing. You can't imagine the burdens on him, yet he maintains a calm, competent, gentle demeanor. I don't know how he does it. In his shoes I would've been screaming by now.

    I believe our true nature shows in times of stress and hardship. He is faithful and helpful and self-sacrificial, just like a Christian (and husband and father and elder) should be. He's a treasure to the people of the North Main church.
    by ceoltoir at 09/20/17 1:43PM
  • ceoltoir
    We haven't fully formed a plan yet. I'll keep you posted.
    by ceoltoir at 09/20/17 1:46PM
  • misssonja
    Glad to hear that. It's hard enough to deal with his own loss, much less to ache for and shepherd so many others. I just cannot imagine the weight.
    by misssonja at 09/20/17 10:14PM
  • ginnyann
    Such a humbling experience you all had. It’s wonderful that everyone is pulling together and helping one another. It’s some of “love one another” that God commands. I can’t imagine what people are going through who have lost everything.....also in Puerto Rico, Florida and in Mexico. Good for your sons to want to raise some money.....thankful you arrived back home safe.
    by ginnyann at 09/21/17 8:47AM
  • lovescats
    Thank you so much for updating us. I cannot imagine. Prayers for everyone.
    by lovescats at 09/21/17 10:52AM
  • kailua
    I am glad you all had a safe trip. I know you must have been a big help whilst there. I admire your deed.
    by kailua at 09/21/17 10:01PM
  • friend2all
    I am so glad that you was able to go out there to help out. I miss Mr. Ted and everyone at north main congregation.
    by friend2all at 09/22/17 12:39PM
  • ginnyann
    Me too, but for now I just do the best I can. At least I have stronger muscles....ha!
    by ginnyann at 09/24/17 8:25AM

Up next:

A trip to Vidor, TX to lend some hands to our brother Ted. I'm taking Son #1 and another teenager we have living with us.

Please pray for us to be safe and useful and that we leave the brethren there more uplifted than we found them.
  • kamille
    Have a safe trip. What has happened in TX & now in FL (and other places) is so sad.
    by kamille at 09/11/17 2:56PM
  • lovescats
    How nice of you to do and help. Glad you can. Prayers for all.
    by lovescats at 09/11/17 3:53PM
  • joc
    Oh, wow! Y'all are so sweet! I know they will appreciate it. Praying for a safe and successful trip for you.
    by joc at 09/11/17 5:11PM
  • sjean
    I heard Vidor was one of the worst hit. We helped in Beaumont on Saturday. How are the folks there doing? How many houses still need clean up?
    by sjean at 09/11/17 7:00PM
  • kailua
    Two thumbs up my sweet friend! Please remember to hug Ted for me.
    by kailua at 09/11/17 8:30PM
  • hartschloss
    Good luck with the trip - safe travels. I am sure there is much to do. I'm working a lot, even during the Gospel Meeting week. Doing a few 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm slots to take claims from people hit by both Harvey & Irma.
    by hartschloss at 09/11/17 9:59PM
  • misssonja
    Take a bunch of hugs with you from all of us!
    by misssonja at 09/11/17 10:26PM
  • ginnyann
    Good for you that you are able to go and extend a hand to those in need.
    Prayers for a safe trip.
    by ginnyann at 09/12/17 6:06PM
  • misssonja
    Thinking of you and so glad you are teaching your son and his friend how to be a man who loves and serves others.
    by misssonja at 09/13/17 11:53AM

Another LG quote

Today my boy went with me to the grocery to be my helper. After we loaded the groceries in the back of the van he attempted to close the door.
Couldn't reach it.
Tried climbing into the bottom of the cart.
Not even close.
Tried climbing into the van.
Didn't work.
Looked around for something else to help him.
So he clenched his fists and hissed, "Curse these short limbs of miiiiiine!"
  • joc
    What a boy! LOL!
    by joc at 08/07/17 5:34PM
  • sjean
    Haha, Love it!!
    by sjean at 08/07/17 7:10PM
  • kamille
    by kamille at 08/07/17 7:57PM
  • misssonja
    He is a character :)
    by misssonja at 08/07/17 10:33PM
  • gammy3gks
    Too cute!
    by gammy3gks at 08/08/17 3:36AM
  • tryphena
    by tryphena at 08/08/17 6:15AM
  • ginnyann
    by ginnyann at 08/08/17 12:35PM
  • joc
    Thank you very much. Had a good day together.
    by joc at 08/10/17 8:40PM
  • ginnyann
    Thank you for prayers.
    by ginnyann at 08/14/17 4:36PM
  • kamille
    Thank you. Going to doctor Mon. for ear/sinus.
    by kamille at 08/18/17 2:33PM
  • hartschloss
    Has he asked for a pair of stilts yet?
    by hartschloss at 08/20/17 10:26PM
  • ceoltoir
    No but only because he hasn't thought of it.
    by ceoltoir at 08/22/17 10:54AM
  • bandmom
    Ha, ha! He's so funny!
    by bandmom at 08/25/17 8:41AM
  • kailua
    LOL - I feel his pain.
    by kailua at 08/25/17 3:40PM
  • ginnyann
    I don't think I got an invite for the homemade ice it was delicious and fun being with fellow brothers and sisters. ;)
    by ginnyann at 09/05/17 11:21AM
  • chickadee
    by chickadee at 09/13/17 3:52PM

Not young anymore

Yesterday Mr. Wonderful was wrestling with our little guy. Here's what I heard being yelled from the living room:

"I'm not as young as I used to be! I'm not 6 anymore! I'm not so nimble anymore!"

Yes, at 9 "nimble" is a word that comes up in a moment of stress. Whattaboy!
  • joc
    I hope you are keeping a journal! His words are priceless.
    by joc at 07/17/17 2:43PM
  • ceoltoir
    Pleonast is sort of my journal. I occasionally read back over old entries and enjoy old pictures I've posted.
    by ceoltoir at 07/17/17 2:45PM
  • misssonja
    He's gonna be in complete shock at 50...
    by misssonja at 07/17/17 5:13PM
  • kailua
    Ohhhhhhhhh at first I thought it was S that was yelling that. Pahahahahahahahahahhahaha!
    by kailua at 07/17/17 8:50PM
  • tryphena
    I assumed it was Mr. W, too! :-D
    by tryphena at 07/17/17 9:20PM
  • gammy3gks
    Kids say the cutest things, don't they?
    by gammy3gks at 07/18/17 4:32AM
  • tgatzajr
    Someone told me the other day that growing old isn't for sissies! Guess I had better toughen up!
    by tgatzajr at 07/18/17 6:52AM
  • lovescats
    LOL!!! Kids!
    by lovescats at 07/18/17 9:34AM
  • ginnyann
    So Cute!
    Hmmm, I must rethink getting old!
    by ginnyann at 07/19/17 3:35PM
  • squeaky
    I love that nimble boy. I'm not so nimble anymore either. :-)
    by squeaky at 07/21/17 9:08AM
  • hartschloss
    My definition of "nimble" is how well I can get up off the floor without thinking.
    by hartschloss at 07/23/17 10:54PM
  • bandmom
    Ha, ha! I can hear him saying that!
    by bandmom at 07/24/17 9:56AM
  • sjean
    Ha ha not nimble at 9....
    by sjean at 07/25/17 1:00PM
  • marmee
    Thank you! Have a happy rest of summer. :)
    by marmee at 07/25/17 10:46PM
  • tgatzajr
    The building did not flood although it did come close.
    by tgatzajr at 09/03/17 2:00PM

Book Club

I've been clubbing with literary ladies for about a year now. We've had some excellent months. For example, there was the meeting in which the author of our book attended and spoke to the ladies. She was extraordinary, we were all mildly star struck, and her book, Mercy's Prince was a big hit. One of the ladies just told me last Friday that it is one of her favorite books she's ever read. And we've had some less-than-stellar months. In fact, a couple of times I couldn't even bring myself to read the assigned book.

Next month, though, should be another good one. We're reading The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas. I read it years ago and have toyed with the idea of suggesting it for our book club. Then on Friday one of the other ladies brought it up. I'm looking forward to seeing what others think of it. The story revolves around the robe Jesus wore to the crucifixion, the one for which the soldiers cast lots.

Have you ever read it? If so, what did you think?

  • kamille
    I am just catching up on your posts.
    by kamille at 04/04/17 2:13PM
  • ginnyann
    Yes, there is a church in Athens but she and us don't won't to go there due to some issues with some of the members. We tried for a long time to make it work but decided to just move on to keep down the stress.
    by ginnyann at 04/11/17 3:15PM
  • lovescats
    Ahh yes, walking into doors and people - hmmmm ...
    by lovescats at 04/15/17 4:43PM
  • kailua
    My body decided that I must lie in bed yesterday afternoon. I turned on the television and found the movie, "The Robe". The unfortunate part was when I discovered that it was just ending.
    by kailua at 04/17/17 11:52PM
  • ceoltoir
    Not a major shame, though, because it's not a great movie. The book is better.
    by ceoltoir at 04/18/17 2:16PM
  • chickadee
    So that was her response to you? I like it!
    by chickadee at 04/24/17 2:03PM
  • tryphena
    I so appreciate your private comment and wish it was public. It really adds to the conversation! Thank you! And I know they'll do whatever they need to after my eventual demise. Is it really selfish to want to be known, finally? It will be up to them to decide whether to share it or not, of course. And many funerals have eulogies from different points of view, I've noticed. At my uncle's funeral, his eldest child reflected beautifully on her father and my dad reflected on his brother coming at it from the previous generation. I loved that aspect of it.

    I have found it to be helpful to have the deceased predetermine what songs to have. Too many to choose from!
    by tryphena at 04/26/17 7:03AM
  • ginnyann
    Glad you haven't gotten any bad weather.
    Thank you very much for the prayers!
    Praying you have a good week.
    by ginnyann at 05/01/17 11:20AM
  • ginnyann
    I'm seeing that you are having lots of rain and flooding! Praying that you are high and dry so far and stay that way!
    by ginnyann at 05/03/17 7:10AM
  • marmee
    That is too funny!! But I understand there is some serious rain in your area. Stay safe!!
    by marmee at 05/05/17 4:55PM
  • this_old_man
    "First Rider's Call" it is second in the Green Rider series. Kinda juvenile but I liked it and it is reasonably clean.
    by this_old_man at 05/05/17 10:13PM
  • misssonja
    Took your advice -- magn is one of the supps I normally take but I had slacked off. As for the dawgs, gave them both a bath yesterday & administered a nightly dose of Benedryl to the Bear -- seems to have helped.
    by misssonja at 05/11/17 11:22PM
  • ginnyann
    Thank you. Yes, we were able to go to church, our two daughters and granddaughter met us there. Then They took me out to lunch. Very nice day!
    Hope your day was wonderful!
    by ginnyann at 05/14/17 8:54PM
  • lovescats
    My uncle James is Christian - thank you for asking and for your prayers. They mean a lot!

    When he was in the hospital in February, I spent a night with him, and we talked about spiritual matters and heaven. It was very nice.
    by lovescats at 05/27/17 9:11PM
  • misssonja
    Yes, it would help a lot if she could speak English, hah! It's like having a baby, oy.
    by misssonja at 05/31/17 4:26PM
  • sjean
    Pictures are a challenge on pleo, especially when the photos are on my phone. I guess I am too lazy to keep doing it . the dress was knee length and flowey. I couldn' t find anything cute and modest at the local Bealls.

    by sjean at 06/04/17 7:25PM
  • lovescats
    Thank you! Yes, I feel like take three steps forward and get knocked back two. Sigh ...
    by lovescats at 06/07/17 8:00AM
  • lovescats
    Thank you for your prayers for my friend!

    I was looking but don't see a comment from me above concerning the book, The Robe. I read it in high school - a loooong time ago! I enjoyed it.
    by lovescats at 06/20/17 7:33AM
  • chickadee
    Would you mind sharing the recipe on my post? I love the roll idea!
    by chickadee at 06/21/17 9:09AM
  • kailua
    Thank you. Yes it is a long time. The last time he came to visit was for Mum's funeral.

    His wife is very kind, has a great sense of humor and is exceedingly intelligent.
    by kailua at 07/11/17 9:18PM