In the meantime, it has been five days of living together in community. And forgetting to take pictures of everything. And getting promises of other people's photos so they can be posted. And wishing to preserve every moment to share with you. And living, eating, working, and sometimes sleeping together. Most of us don't remember a time when we weren't sleeping in bunkbeds in a dorm, hustling to get breakfast and devotions and then out to the jobsite. It's amazing how the present reality becomes the new normal.
Although the goal is for many guest bloggers, allow me to fill you in on what a typical day has been like.
About 5 a.m. Danika and Kara are getting ready to run 4 miles and sit in some stretches. Eileen is up praying and studying. Deb is having her quiet time and starting breakfast.
By 7, everyone else has rolled out and into fellowship hall, where Deb, Kathy, and Mary have laid out a tasty and fortifying breakfast for us.
By 7:45 we're in "the parlor" for devotions. After a rousing conversation and some prayer, we make our sandwiches. Deb has masterminded snacks as well as plenty of ice water to keep us hydrated.
We're on our way to work by 9. We've been going straight up Thompson Canyon to Drake, where we're raising Miss Doris' house and moving the flood protection berm. But we've had other jobs. Monday a crew stayed in Loveland to pull staples out of donated wood flooring. Wednesday another crew went to help a couple clean up the fallen wood that had clogged their yard in the flood.
By 4, we are so bushed from a day of hard work. It's hot up here, although the breeze helps. And it's dry. But at 7000 feet, we tire easily.
We head home where we wait for our turns in the showers. Two showers, 12 people. Not exactly a speedy process, but the host church tells us that this is lots better than the time they had FORTY people staying in the church. Still 2 showers. Jay and Kasey are very gracious about vacating the men's shower to allow us women in.
Usually Deb, Kathy, and Mary have prepared us a meal--fabulous food, ladies!--but last night, we were fed by Bill Varitz's sister, Corinne. Tonight we went out to eat, because of meetings at the church that took up the fellowship hall.
After supper we mop floors, take out trash, generally clean or do laundry. At 900 we have check in and devotions, then it's (finally!) time to play. It's lights out at 10:30.
All day long we are laughing and telling stories and just enjoying each other's company.
Did I mention fun?