It has been a different kind of Summer for me. I have not accomplished near what I have wanted to concerning the old house and getting it ready to live in, and mostly due to be ill. I have decided that the illness has been caused by the dust of the old house; at least much of it.
My wife (Madge) and I have decided to buy a double wide manufactured home, and set down on the old farm stead. We are waiting now for everything to get approved and such.
It won ‘t be too long and school will begin again. I have had my physical and passed it and looking forward to the new School year.
It has been a great Summer in that we were able to go to both Youth Camp and Children’s Camp at Baptist Hill in Mount Vernon, MO. We were blessed to serve the CGL’s and campers as cooks and kitchen help. It has been our privilege to do so for the past four years. We hear that there were 24 children who trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in Children’s Camp, and a few less than that at Youth Camp with other decisions being made as well.
If things go well I may use this site as a daily log of driving the bus during the School year. If I don’t every day, maybe I can at least once per week.
My wife and I celebrated our 37th Wedding Anniversary just last week. We went and spent two days in Branson. Nice place to visit, especially in November through February, but rather busy in July. Really Branson is a great place to visit for family relaxation and fun.
See you next time. Continue to have a great Summer.
-Tim A. Blankenship
I haven’t wrote anything here since January of this year. Much has happened in my life and the life of the world since then. Earthquakes that have left many thousands dead and many more homeless in Haiti, and Chile, and China. Floods have hit in many parts of this country [USA] up North in the South in Nashville, (Country Music City), and much chaos in the gulf from BP’s blunder with the oil well.
Since my last post my wife and I have moved. We are now living with my parents, hopefully helping them out while helping ourselves be nearer our work on our own home which is nearby. We have also planted a garden, and we spent time with it today; tilling the rows of potatoes we have planted; and they are growing quite well with blooms on the plants and new potatoes growing under the soil. I brought some of them home this afternoon, which I accidentally dug up while tilling the ground.
It seemed that the whole 2009 – 2010 School year moved by quickly. We are now out for the Summer vacation; and boy am I relieved. I was ready. I think every other bus driver was ready too; and not only the Cassville drivers.
It was sure warm; maybe even hot as Madge and I planted three rows of corn today. It didn’t take us long, but boy were we worn out, bushed, beat, and nearly busted of all our strength. We’re not that strong any way, and that sun beating down on us didn’t help.
I don’t mean to sound as though I am complaining; I am actually quite thankful. Thankful to our Lord that He has given us the strength to do what we can do; and leave what we can’t do up to Him. Sometimes even that which we think we can do we must let Him take care of too.
Looking forward to a grand and glorious Summer. We have Youth camp next week; and Children’s Camp in July. What a wonderful Summer it will be. Every day is wonderful when the God of all creation is in it; and He is.
-Tim A. Blankenship