July Happenings!

We celebrated July 4th at Nate’s house; he has a great yard for shooting off fireworks.  We had purchased fireworks while in Indiana, then our city banned them due to the drought, but Nate’s city still allowed them.  So we were able to celebrate the fourth with them and their home Bible Study group in style, with burgers, hot dogs, salads, the works!  And I did not have my camera, shame on me!  However, we had a great time.
My life is not my own.  The Lord puts me in places I would not necessarily put myself, but I am truly blessed when I am able to follow Him.  A trip with World Changers was one of these times.  The female chaperone was not able to accompany our church youth at the last minute on their trip to Anniston, AL.  Long story short, I found myself on the church bus with nine of our youth from church.  What a blessing!
There were several other churches with over 250+ students willing to physically work hard and witness, while being challenged spiritually during services at night.
My group, the “bone crushers”, were assigned to an older lady who had several maintenance problems on her house that we were able to correct for her as well as witnessing to her and in her neighborhood.
Besides repairing a leak in her roof by her chimney, we fixed the ceiling of her porch;  before 
                                   during 
                                                                       
                                      and after 
and added a wheelchair ramp

Repaired windows and painted trim and her porch; before 
and after,
We even added some plants for that special touch.

And of course I had to get a picture of the world’s largest chair!
The following week was VBS, where I got to play with the toddlers.  Although it was low key,  by the end of the week I was worn out.  I have been fighting a persistent cough, which turned out to be bronchitis.  So after three weeks, I am now starting on the second round of antibiotics, steroids and “puffer”, and trying to take it easy so I can feel better!
But I don’t have time to be sick…  there are too many fun things to do….. like
having individual time with granddaughters…. their choice for lunch:
Hailey at McDonalds

and Tegan at Chick-Fil-A

Then to the zoo with Nate, Chris, David Jakob, Karyn, Hailey and Tegan…. a fun day.

And then going to see the world premier of The Nutty Professor Musical, directed by the original professor, Jerry Lewis!  

He was in the audience during the show we attended, and got up on the stage afterwards and spoke.  It was great to see someone like that in person… and from the front row, center seats we had a great view!  
And of course the annual Women’s VBS…. yes VBS for women.  A great 3-day conference.  (Although I was only able to make it to one, I was blessed~).  
It was a great way to unwind and end the month of July!

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