Small towns near Marshall, in East Tx

As usual, when we are on a MMAP project we do some fun exploring.  This trip is no exception.
We had such a busy December, we decided we needed a couple of days just to take a deep breath (and do nothing…HA!).  So we left, leaving plenty of time to get to Scottsville.  
We decided to stay two nights in Hope, Arkansas.  There is very little to see there, but the camping at the fairgrounds was very reasonable (actually, cheap!).  We did visit the train station that has a display of the Clinton years there, aged birth to 5 years, and of Huckabee, who was there until he was 18 years old.  
Wow, talk about a contrast of views from folks growing up in the same place!  Clinton’s grandparent’s home, whom he visited often while growing up, is now an historic site; but it was not open.
Paul was struck by the fact that his grandmother had an automobile accident in Hope about 1952.  She was taken to the hospital there, where she died.  Clinton broke his leg in 1952 and there were pictures of him in the hospital with a cast and pulley…… were they in the hospital at the same time??!!  Interesting to ponder!
Once in Scottsville, the exploring started:
Scottsville, which is actually only a post office, claims to have 263 people.  We think they are all buried in the cemetery, which is where GPS will take you if you put in Scottsville.  It is located next to the camp we are serving.

There is a memorial chapel at the private cemetery

 and where Lady Bird Johnson’s mother is buried.

Marshall is the closest town to Scottsville, and where we do the shopping.  During December, there is a light festival, and everything is lit up in historic downtown, including this former courthouse.

We were able to take a tour of this fabulous building.

Marshall is also the location of the first telegraph sent in Texas.
Longview is about 30 miles east.  We visited the LeTourneau University, which has a museum in honor of its founder,  R.G.LeTourneau, located in Longview.   It was an eye opener into the life of a unique individual.  He built heavy equipment, developing and engineering mechanisms still used today.  
He gave the majority of his money away, and for over 30 years spent his weekends preaching. 
I was also impressed by the fact that GW Bush, president #41, as a young business owner, approached LeTourneau about developing a portable oil drill.  Le Tourneau and Bush took a risk and it was a very profitable venture.  This is a model of the second one he developed for Bush.

Shreveport, LA is about 30 miles east of the camp, so we visited it as well. In fact, we went to Shreveport twice!
 The first time, we went to the downtown area, and visited the Boardwalk, which was basically a mall on the riverfront.  

Then in the evening we attended a gospel sing.  Besides a fiddler (whose name I have forgotten) and a local church choir, there were  two family groups,
the Needhams,

 and the Allens,

as well asa group of delightful ladies who sung their hearts out!  They were the Steel Magnolias.

Geraldine and her dummy also made an appearance:
It was a great, funny and entertaining evening.
The second time we visited, we attended the RV show at the LA State Fairgrounds to get some ideas for possible redecorating.  
We timed it right, as there was a Mardi Gras parade starting and finishing at the fair grounds as well. 

Karnack, the birthplace of Claudia Alta Taylor (who?)…. aka, Lady Bird Johnson
is a very small  town!  There wasn’t much there…….
Also home of the Big Pine Lodge, a great place to eat catfish dinner with all the fixins for which we have acquired a taste.  

And would you believe I did not take a picture of the restaurant itself?  It was a family run, rustic and homey place
The setting was beautiful, right on the lake.  A great sense of humor….. whose coming across the lake? 
Jefferson is the bed and breakfast capital of eastern Texas.  Also where Lady Bird Johnson went to high school, since there was no high school in Karnack
The town is full of history, and the historic society had a great museum we went through, which included an HO railroad exhibit, and a dress worn by Lady Bird Johnson.

Known for its antique stores, we did not see all of them! 
There was a great cafe, “Hamburger Store”.  The hamburgers were great!
Dollar bills cover the walls to make for a very unique atmosphere.  A pastor started the tradition when he heard that this restaurant fed people during the evacuation of Katrina.  He posted the first dollar bills, to acknowledge and contribute to their efforts.

Uncertain…..had the most unusual name.  The name came from the fact that it was located at the end of the boat trip, and people were “uncertain” if they could get supplies there.  It is a small fishing village at the end of a farm road, with nothing but a flea market that is open two weekends a month.   Didn’t see the “Inn” listed on the sign!
This is my treasure from there:
I didn’t think about taking a “before picture”, but it had a “dead” styrofoam bird and  plastic flowers in it.  When I removed them, it looked pretty decent!  So now I just need some inspiration and decide how and where to use it! 
Jonesville was a place we drove through once,  and were told that the store was “sometimes” open on Saturdays.  Well, I had forgotten about it until I needed a post office.  I thought I knew where the Scottsville PO was, within a mile or so of the camp, so I confidently headed out by myself, only to realize I must have turned the wrong way.  When I tried the GPS, it did not show one in Scottsville, but about the time I gave up, I found the one in Jonesville.  Besides the post office building and a few houses, this is what is there…..

Of course, we always leave with me saying there is more to see….
and I am sure we will see more while in Smithville!

MMAP, Jan. 2013, Scottsville, TX, week 3

Our last week at Scottsville went fast.  We got our group picture taken,

the guys installed insulation,

the formed bathtub,

and sheetrock,
and taped and “mudded” the walls.

 The ladies continued to help in the kitchen as well as clearing the volleyball court of weeds.

We ate well,

and had great fellowship.    

And I even tried a new recipe and made King Cake.
Paul and I stayed an extra couple of days in order to finish up the “mudding” and final sanding, 

and Paul sprayed on the texturing!
It came out pretty nice!
Not content to leave prior to getting the cabin to a certain point, Paul decided since 
we still had a half a day,  he would reinstall the plumbing.
Tomorrow, we will leave Scottsville.  It has been a privilege to work here. 
It is an amazing privilege as we travel, and see all of the ministries across the U.S. doing the 
Lord’s work,  to be such a tiny part of them……Thank you, Lord!

MMAP Jan. 2013, Scottsville Nazarene Camp, Scottsville, TX

January has us working with MMAP at Scottsville Nazarene Camp, Scottsville, TX. 
The project for the month is to completely renovate a duplex cabin into a single room with a bath and sitting area. 
This is the before, or shortly after starting, picture:
After removing doors and windows, this picture also shows the blue cottage next door, which was remodeled last year.
The plan was to remove the ceiling and wall sheetrock, as well as the interior walls.


Like any renovation, there is the unexpected.
When walking in the floor was like a sponge, and while removing the bathroom fixtures, the water heater fell through the floor. 
Due to excessive rot,  foundation and floor joists needed to be replaced

The front wall was also infested with dry rot, so the entire front stoop and the entire front of the building needed to be removed, leaving only the three walls and roof~

The two side walls were raised by using three hydrolic jacks, and posts and beams. 

The front wall was rebuilt, with new dual glazed windows and front door.

Paul ran new breaker box and all new electric wire and switches

and took siding from another cabin scheduled for demolition, which
was repurposed onto the front of the project cabin.
The ladies cleaned; major scrubbing of the chairs in the dining hall, and deep cleaning in the kitchen
The first week was REALLY Cold!  Then the second week got REALLY, REALLY cold! 
Complete with sleet, and  icicles!

Some random shots of the camp:

This one says it all:

December Birthdays and Celebrations

What a December!  First we welcomed new granddaughter Dorothy Lee Voss (Dottie) into our family on December 17!  She has a family name:  My grandmother, my mother’s middle name, and MY middle name!  So she is extra special!

Then, we welcomed another granddaughter, Alison Brooke Johnson, into our family on December 21!  I was the one to cut her umbilical cord! So she is extra special!

They look like they will be best friends!
We have several other birthdays in December, which we celebrated:
Our “Irish twins”, Nate and Karyn, celebrated separately.  For Nathan’s, we went to the zoo, and toured the old farm house located there

For Karyn’s, we joined the Johnson’s for a home celebration,
Hailey celebrated her 5th birthday (which is now shared with Dottie!) with a ballerina party,
and David Jakob celebrated his first birthday in his new playroom…..
And Paul was honored with Nate’s and Karyn’s families joining us for dinner before we left.

We still had time before  the babies came to celebrate Christmas by continuing with some of our longtime traditions including:
Gingerbread houses

Christmas concert this year at the Cathedral of the Conception Catholic Church, part of which was premiering in the US.

And a weekend getaway, this year to Pigeon Forge

 to see a couple of great shows, one at night, and one a breakfast show.

Both celebrated our Lord and Savior, the true meaning of Christmas!

In December, we saw the end of an  era, with the end of hostess twinkies…….we passed several of these icon trucks on the way back from Pigeon Forge

And to celebrate our son-in-law, Andy’s, new venture, Run Franklin (a store with running related items), we joined him at a 5k run/WALK to support arthritis research.  Check it out if you are in the Franklin area!

We are now in Texas, working on a MMAP project, and will be reporting on what we are up to in the near future.  For now,  a happy new year to all!!