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As we closed out this winter project here in New Iberia we found that our week was not a typical one. We stayed at camp and worked to make the one bunk house livable again. It had been vandalized this summer and the vandals had ripped out all the wiring and left the walls totally destroyed. The electrician had already rewired the entire building so we put up new walls and then did the mudding. We never got it to the painting stage as we had planned because of the humidity; the mud would just not dry.
We also did some minor jobs on two houses that we had done in January so we could close out these houses, then we had House Blessings at these homes. Each time we have a House Blessing service we are so humbled. The homeowners are always so appreciative and it makes us feel good to have been a part of this hope that they feel. It also makes us realize what we have and sometimes take for granted. It is a very inspiring event.
On Wed. we went to lunch at Landry's Restaurant with Southern Mutual employees and Jerry Grosh and Jerry Klassen from MDS Binational. It was a lunch to bring to a close the end of a long association with SMHA and the New Iberia area. Not that there is not more work that could be done in this area but that now is the time for the people themselves to take over and continue what we and others have started. The food was great and the socialization was one of extended family.
Norm and I are going to miss this area as we have spent a lot of time here in the last four years and it has become a second home for us.
On Thursday, six of our group left for their new destinations (several to Marble Falls, TX, and two for a time of R and R.) On Friday morning Wayne and Val pulled out and they too will head for a time of vacationing and sightseeing.
Norm and I and Kathy and Dick stayed back to go back to the house near Montegut to put up porch railings so the couple could pass the home inspection and then move in. We drove back and forth so that we could stay here at the camp site and not move our motor home.
Since we worked on both Friday and Saturday which is not usual, either we finished the project and will likely leave here on Monday as long as I get all of the book work done and the materials packed up. The family is scheduled to have the final tradesmen finish on Wed. - that is the power company will hook up the electricity, the sewer will be hooked up, and the water will be hooked up to the house. Then the family can move in and the trailer will be pulled from the property. Judy is going to do a dance in her livingroom when that happens. Pray for all of these final plans to take place on time.
Carolyn for Norm, Bob and Jan, Dana and Betty, Sherman and LaVonne, Dick and Kathy, Wayne and Val, Bruce and Martha
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