We are grateful to be home and are enjoying getting back into the swing of things. We were missing life back here in Leavenworth with Grandad, Grandma, Nathan, Melanie, and Abigail. At home, we are always â€œrunningâ€ into each other. Maybe Grandad and Grandma are coming back from their walk, and we chat a little, or Nathan, who is working on unloading his car, might come over to talk.
Our Saturday was filled with bus unloading, giving Uriah a bath, and house work. When we start taking everything out of the bus, weâ€™re amazed at how much we put into it for our trip. Dad and Joseph are working on painting and installing trim in the house. It is beginning to feel like we are actually going to move in soon.
Every Friday and Tuesday that weâ€™re healthy we have Grandad and Grandma over for family Bible time. This Tuesday night we were especially excited because we were able to invite them back over, since we are now all well. We always look forward to our time with them.
It was wonderful to be able to go back to our church at the nursing home this Sunday. It is always such a delight to see the joy on their faces as we talk to them. Before we left on our trip we gave the residents itineraries of where we were going to be. We also wrote them postcards every Sunday so that they would be stay updated with our travels while we were gone.
â€œFrom the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lordâ€™s name is to be praised.â€
I was waiting until the right time to actually begin any real conversion efforts on the bus but we had to abandon that plan. â€œA manâ€™s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his stepsâ€ (Proverbs 16:9). After having the new â€œopenableâ€ windows installed in Columbus, OH we have had bad water leaks. So we took the bus back to the shop that did the work for them to remedy the situation.
We drove home on a beautiful day which ended in a heavy downpour. To our disappointment there were still leaks. Since leaks mean rust and corrosion we had to do something. I felt it was likely that most of the leaks were coming from the windows because they didnâ€™t have a uniform thickness of wood on the inside for the retaining ring to press against, only some temporary shims. That resulted in lack of uniformly tight pressure of the windowâ€™s flange on the outside against the skin and hence places where the water could seep in.
So I felt the Lordâ€™s direction to go ahead and take everything out (againâ€¦ugh) so the walls and ceiling can be stripped. (We are going to try to work around the refrigerator and the couches to avoid having to take the windshield out. We arenâ€™t too good at that, yet anyway.) After stripping it down to the metal frame we will have a rigid foam insulation sprayed in place.
Next change of plansâ€¦ As the children were taking down the ceiling they discovered something else. We had paid to have each roof a/c unit specially framed out with welded metal tubing to maintain the integrity of the bus, since they have to cut the â€œbackboneâ€ of the bus to install the roof a/câ€™s. Long story shorter, we were disappointed to find that those special welded frames fell apart in the childrenâ€™s hands when they took the ceiling down. â€œThank You, Lord, for another chance to show Yourself mighty.â€
Nathan and Melanie e-mailed us lots of Abigail pictures to post on the blog, so enjoy! We’re about to do our annual family photo, and it’ll be a true joy to have Abigail in the pictures (and maybe a challenge??!!); it’s been a long time since we had a little one around 🙂 . ~Sarah
Â½ stick melted butter
Â¼ teaspoon mustard (yellow)
Â¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Â½ teaspoon poppy seed
Â½ cup mayonnaise
1 small, finely chopped onion
1/3 pound shredded Swiss cheese
1 pound shredded ham (Can be shredded in a food processer)
About 50 small rolls (homemade or storebought)
Mix all the ingredients together. Cut open the rolls and spread the ham mixture inside. If you’re going to eat the ham delights right away, place them on a baking sheet and put them in 350 degree oven till they’re warmed through. If you aren’t going to eat them right away, wrap them (the roll with mixture) in foil, and put them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them, then put them in the oven. Enjoy!