A Bit of Snow…

When I went to bed last night it was snowing lightly.  This morning when I arose I looked out the window to see, but a trace of snow on the porch, and the ground.  The temp, however, was biting at 12 degrees, and since then has dropped to 11 degrees.

I somewhat asked for a stable Winter this year.  I mean by that with more Winter type temps of thirty and below during the daytime.  It has not been quite that stable, but we have been having more cold days together than apart; at least it seems to me to be so.

Just heard from our son who lives in Mt Vernon, MO. that they had about three inches on the ground there.  I am happy for them. 🙂

Have a grand day.

-tim

Tornado Relief for James and Amber

I call it blessing in the storm.  God’s blessing in the storm.  I know that there were many people who were devastated, killed, injured, left financially crippled by  the disastrous tornado that hit Joplin on the evening of May 22, 2011.  It was a great upset for our son James and his wife Amber.

They were at home when it hit.  Amber had gone to their tiny bathroom to get in the tub for protection from the approaching disaster.  James went to get their three dogs, and bring them in with  them; by the time James came  in the bathroom door he was pulling debris into the room with him and the three; when he closed the door.  Neither Amber nor James, nor any of the three dogs were injured; but their home was basically destroyed.  The damage was caused by a huge tree in their yard which came crashing through the roof of their living room, and rain water ruining much of the interior.

We are very grateful to our Lord for His protection for their lives.  James and Amber have been living with us since about the Friday following the tornado [May 27] until yesterday July 15, 2011.  They found a home to purchase with the insurance money they received from their ruined home in Joplin.

The “Tornado Relief” of the title is the way God has taken the disaster that could have taken their lives, and shown us all how He makes “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord”.  It is amazing what God has wrought.  But then, He is always that way.

We helped them move yesterday.  We had two trailers, and three cars, and moved them to their new home in Mt. Vernon, MO.; a beautiful home on the North side.  My how God has blessed them; my how He has blessed us all; and that shouldn’t take a tornado to realize the blessings He gives.

They have been trying to get their old home; in Joplin; demolished and the debris moved.  FEMA is telling them that they can push it to the corner of their lot, and it will be picked up.  It seems, however, that the city of Joplin is not allowing them to do that; threatening to fine them fifteen thousand dollars if they do so.  You would think that a city that has had so much tragedy would be glad to be getting rid of debris; not trying to fine the people for doing so.  It seems to me the city of Joplin needs to work with the people, or they may not have a city.

Anyway, I am thankful for the many blessings of our Lord.  He is our Protector; our Sword and our Shield.

On the banks of Flat Creek it’s a beautiful day.

-Tim

 

A Full and Tiring Week

My wife and I have just returned from four days at Children’s Camp.  The camp took place near Mt. Vernon, MO at the Baptist Hill Assembly.  We served as camp cooks feeding a little more than 200 people children and adults each meal; three meals per day.

We don’t deal with teaspoons and tablespoon measurements; it’s more like in pounds and gallons.  We served gravy with mashed potatoes and ham, gravy with mashed potatoes and chicken; and sausage gravy and biscuits one morning.  It was my task to prepare the gravy.  About 18 gallons of gravy was prepared in total.

Yesterday morning 6/30/11 we prepared about 35 – 40 pounds of pancake mix.  There were about 10 of us working the kitchen, cafeteria; fixing drinks, preparing burgers, and cooking meat.  We had a generous donor who donated over 500 pounds of Longhorn beef for the burgers and spaghetti.  That’s great meat.  That’s also a very generous donor and wife.

There were several professions of faith in Christ too.  For that we are thankful, and blessed to have been a part of the work of God on Baptist Hill.

I was tired upon arriving home; but I took a walk with my dog, down to the creek and about.  That was relaxing, and allowed me to stretch a bit.  My back hurts a bit, but I am blessed.

-Tim

Summer Break, YEAH!!!

For some you don’t know what it might mean by the term “Summer Break”, however, everyone who has about anything to do with School, and its yearly sessions knows, at least those who are working from around the end of August to the end of May. There are workers of public schools, such as the maintenance people who work all year round, and they only get a week or so vacation each year. Thank you maintenance people and all year round workers at the public Schools, yes, even the Administrators.
Summer break is great for those who face the students each year, teaching them Reading, Riting and Rithmetic; you know the “3 R’s”. I am afraid, however, that it has now gone beyond the three R’s to covering a lot of things that really should be left to parents, and churches. Then there are the Bus Drivers who always have their troubles behind them. Until you have driven a School Bus you have no idea how stressful the job is. The driver must always try and maintain a safe driving speed, keeping eyes on the road, watching the mirrors, and from time to time watching the kids. A sudden movement from one child can distract the driver, and if not careful can lead to a very serious accident, with a few children being seriously injured and, God forbid, maybe even killed.
I have sometimes wondered how I could handle it if I made such a grave mistake as to do something that would injure or kill a child while driving a Bus. I have determined that if I ever do, the School will not have to fire me; I would quit, and never drive a bus again. I pray that never happens.
Yeah! School bus driver’s need the Summer Break, as do the teachers, and all who work with students while school is in session. Summer is not officially here, but it is here.
My wife and I just returned on Friday May 30 from spending a few days at our Baptist Associations Youth Camp at a place called Baptist Hill Assembly near Mount Vernon, Missouri. We fed about 196 youth, camp staff and CGL’s for near to four days. We will return, the Lord willing, in July for Children’s camp. We are working with a good group of of people, about nine total, as cooks. It is such a joy to see their faces light up as you feed them something they really enjoy eating.
May all have a great, safe, and God blessed Summer.
-Tim A. Blankenship