Thursday, June 30, 2016

In Alaksa

We left home two weeks ago, and I haven't blogged yet.  We flew into Anchorage and stayed at Scott's house that night.  The GraceWorks facility in Anchorage was full.  We drove up the next day to Wasilla.  We stayed with Carolyn, the secretary at the church we would work out of in Wasilla.  First Baptist was having their VBS and were using all of the rooms for that.  

This is what  greeted me when we drove into the church parking lot.  Lilac's are my favorite flowers. 


We took Friday and did a lot of our dry shopping.  We took it over to Carolyn's and put it in her house.  On Saturday we did our fresh food and frozen food  shopping and were able to get into the church in the afternoon to take care of it.  We went back over to Carolyn's and got our dry stuff.

We have three college age and young adult girls that are our park hosts this first session.  They have been a big help to us.  They helped load everything up and bring it into the church.

We had teams from Louisiana and Mississippi here the first week.  We had about 30 plus staff.

This  week we have teams from Alabama and N. Carolina.  They only number about 25 plus staff, so it has been a little easier.

We have not gotten out much yet, except to the store.  Next week is the one week break all of GraceWorks takes.  Hopefully we will get out some.  We hope to get some baking done, as the next week we will be cooking for about 55.

One night Jay, Howard and I took a ride in the evening.  We overlooked the Palmer Hay flats.  It was a beautiful night.



Our grandson Josh, from Washington was vacationing a week here in Alaska.  He stopped here on his way through.  Both times he helped set up rooms with us.  He was such a big help.


Grandpa, Grandma and Josh

I will show you a few food pictures, seeing that is what we are up here for.

 Apple and Berry pie

 Banana cream and chocolate pie
 coconut cream pie

 Chicken spaghetti.  Our neighbor had us down for a meal before we came up here and this is her recipe.  It is very good.
Our traditional Alaskan night.  Halibut Olympia, grilled fresh salmon, roasted red potatoes, asian cole slaw and cheddar cheese biscuit.

 Some of you may not know what this is.  It is rhubarb.  Carolyn has some growing at her house.

 She brought some to us this week.
 I cut it up this morning
Howard made cinnamon rhubarb muffins.  Yummy!!

We got a call this past week that Howard's niece, Maryke had a heart attack and passed away. She was 55 years old.  We were at a relative's wedding in Georgia the end of April and spent the evening with Dale and Maryke


Maryke and Dale

They live in Michigan.  So thankful for the time we had with them.  Howard's sister, Miriam, and Larry and Laurie went up to Michigan this last weekend to be there for the service and spend time with family.  So thankful they could do that, where we couldn't.  We are rejoicing that Maryke is in heaven but it is hard for the family that is left behind.

Next week is our break and then we have four more weeks of cooking.  Pray for us as you think of us.  We enjoy what we do, but we do get tired.

I started out last week really hurting.  My lower back and hips really hurt.  It hurt to climb stairs.  The end of last week, I felt much better.   Yesterday I was back where I started.  Hard to climb stairs and stand and walk.  I am using a high stool in the kitchen.  Finally I realized that I had worn a different pair of tennis shoes when I hurt.  I switched back to another pair and today I felt great.  Don't know what that is all about.  These are shoes  that I wear at home.  Oh well, it's just going to be one pair I wear up here now.  I'm so glad I figured it all out.  Today was a very good day!!  PTL





Monday, June 13, 2016

Visiting Family

My sister Becky and her husband Keith came down and Keith made a rocking chair for their grandson that had just turned a year old.  It was so fun to have them here.  Becky and I enjoyed just being together.

 Keith and Howard working in the garage.  They enjoy working together.

One night we fixed a raclette cheese dinner.  We first had it when we visited missionary friends in Paris, France.  They liked the meal like we do.

I'm the oldest of my siblings and Becky is the youngest.  We are 15 years apart, almost to the day.  Becky is such a caring person!!


Before we take off for Alaska for two months we wanted to visit the family that lives within driving distance.  Our first visit was to drive up to N. KY and visit Matt, Amy, Abigail and Evelyn.  We had missed Evelyn's birthday, but took her rocking chair up a couple of weeks late.

Evelyn

Both girls now have a rocker.
Evelyn and Abigail


Abigail's hair is getting so long.  She has quite a bit of curl, but her sister has tight ringlets.
Both girls like to be read to, so Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed that.



 Evelyn and Matt
Amy and Abigail

Both girls love their fruit.  I made sure we had strawberries, blueberries and raspberries for them.



We had to make a trip to Home Depot and Abigail  got to ride in Grandpa's truck!!


We celebrated Abigail's 3rd birthday while we were there.



Matt has been super busy, because the Ark Encounter is opening next month.  He is in charge of ticketing for both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter.  We drove down to the viewing site after church to see the Ark.


Howard went down the next day with Matt and they got to go out to the site. 


After our time with Matt and Amy we drove over to Erin and David's, west of Indianapolis.  Their kids were out of school so we got to spend some time with them.

I even won a game of cribbage with Colter.  That does not happen very often.

Erin treated me to a day at Board and Brush for Mother's Day.  Erin, McKenna and I each did a project.  It was such a fun time.





We made homemade ice cream one night.  Yummy.  We made blackberry ice cream.  Of course we all had to have our turn at cranking.

 Colter, Townsend and Grandpa
McKenna has a turn.
After Clayton's turn he had to throw a ball back and forth with his brother.

McKenna and I usually do a sewing project.  She made three zipper pouches.  She does very well with her sewing.  It's been fun to work with her.

We have to get a pic with Grandpa and Grandma.
Grandpa, Colter, McKenna, Grandma, Townsend and Clayton in the front.

Erin lives near a cousin of mine.  So on our way out of town we met for brunch. It was so much fun.  The Bread Basket in Danville, IN is just a home converted into an eating place.

My breakfast was quiche, fresh fruit and toast.

It was so much fun to catch up with cousins.

Nancy and I were the same age.  When I visited them growing up I would sometimes be able to go to school with her at a one room school.  This was so neat for a city girl.

Howard and Ken.  Ken is Nancy's husband.  Sorry Ken, it's not a very flattering picture.

David and Butch.  Butch is Nancy's older brother. He and his wife Linda drove over from Il to have brunch with us.  (About 1 1/2 hrs)

Linda and Erin.

It was such a fun way to end our time in IN.

We were home for a few days, and then we drove over to Laurie's in eastern TN.  Brett was home and the kids were working most of the time.


Most of our meal was from the garden that night.  Brett caramelized a big pan of onions.  I cooked down some onion, zucchini, and squash from the garden.


We ate out on the deck.  How can you not like the view.



Laurie, Ann and Howard

One night we ate at the picnic table and then fixed a fire.  When the kids got home from work they sat around the fire with us and we roasted marshmallows to make some-mores.

When the kids were at work on Friday, Laurie, Howard and I went down to Chattanooga to see The National Parks Adventure at the IMAX theatre.  It was really good.  Brett missed it because he was on a trip.

I didn't get pics of all the kids.  They were all working a lot.

Hannah works at the Ocoee Retreat Center about a mile from the house.  Chase, Daria and Hunter all work there also.  Noah works at a gas station and Hardee's in Ocoee.

Daria
Chase is one of the managers at the retreat center.

My next post will be from Alaska.  We leave in two days to go up there for 8 weeks.  We would appreciate prayers for our strength to hold out.  We love what we do, but it takes a lot of work!