The Pavilion

This week, Brian shifted his focus from the duplex to the pavilion! If you remember, they began the new pavilion in the fall:

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but once cold weather hit, they put it on hold. Funds came in during the spring and now that the duplex is at a good pausing point, they decided to work on the pavilion and try to get it done before winter hits. The pavilion is always heavily booked and this year was no exception. I believe the old pavilion and/or Compton Hall have been booked every weekend the entire summer. It’s the site of anything from church picnics to wedding receptions! As you recall, our wedding reception was held in the old pavilion…10 years ago! πŸ™‚

Starting Wednesday, Brian and some other men began getting the roof ready. The weather was just about as perfect as they could get. Monday and Tuesday, it was super hot and humid, but then the weather broke Tuesday evening and so Wednesday-Friday, it was warm, but not humid, making it perfect weather for being up high doing heavy work.

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The trusses were completed in two days and then the plywood began going up. They have one side completely finished with the plywood, but I didn’t get a picture of that. So now, they need to finish the plywood and shingles and then complete the restrooms and VOILA – new pavilion!

It’s been a super long week for Brian. He’s the youngest and therefore the most agile, so he spent the entire time on the roof doing the climbing and hard physical stuff. Thankfully, it’s work he enjoys, but still, he’s pretty tired and they’re not done yet. I’ll just put a shout-out out there for anyone who’s done shingles before and has time on their hands… give Brian a call this week and see if they could use some help! I know it would be greatly appreciated!

One of the joys that we have ministering at MRF as a family is just that… we’re here as a FAMILY. So while Brian has been super busy working all day on the roof, we go up and visit! At least twice a day, we make the trek up the hill to see how it’s coming and play on the basketball court. The kids love watching daddy work. We are discovering that Elena is amazing at baseball and Joseph loves basketball.

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On the homefront, Elena had her Kindergarten testing:

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Not even her first day and I had to get a picture! πŸ™‚ She got a 91. I’m so proud. Now it’s time to shop for school supplies and I’m just nerdy enough that the idea of shopping for pencils and backpacks gets me giddy.

James is all smiles now, attempting to roll over as I type. He has successfully rolled over, front to back, a couple of times now and he’s almost made it back to front… and he turns 3 months this coming Friday!

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This coming month, we look forward to:

  • Finishing the pavilion
  • Finishing the duplex (or coming close at least)
  • James’ baby dedication on Aug. 2
  • Elena beginning Kindergarten on Aug. 26
  • Completion of fall program plans for church
  • Writing for and getting ready to publish another edition of BCM World

(among other things)

Come out and visit us at MRF! We’d love to show you around.

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