Progress on “The FIRST little house in the Woods” at Fort Jacques…

I am so sorry that I am failing terribly as a daily blogger!  I need you all to give me a mental kick to restart my blogging engine!  Smile with tongue out

I told John that we need to call this first house that is being built by the volunteers as “The FIRST Little House in the Woods” and he said ALL of the houses will be little houses in the woods!  I said, “that is TRUE, but this is the FIRST ONE!”

We have had some GREAT teams down here in the last few months.  Tom Vanderwell has been blogging about his team who was here last week and taught Vacation Bible School for all of the children at the Toddler House.  We have also had some fantastic teams here to help build at Fort Jacques.

A lot of you do not realize how hectic our lives are living daily 24/7 on the mission field.  Many times, one group of volunteers goes home and the same day another comes in.  There is very little downtime for us to rejuvenate ourselves.  We cannot keep up the same pace day after day like a team can for one week.  So if you are a visitor and  see us taking an extra long coffee break or even a nap in the middle of the day, try to remember that we live our work 24/7 and 365 days per year!  Even when we leave for a break in the States or Canada, we visit churches or adoptive families and talk about GLA.

We have a group of volunteers here this week fromFJ staff house July 7 2011 Sunrise Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The group consist of 3 men and 4 women.  They have put the roof and part of the siding on the staff house that we are building at Fort Jacques.  All of the GLA staff says they are the hardest workers and even the women were climbing on the roof putting in screws and nails!  We are so thankful they came and have worked so hard!

This team leaves on Monday but will be working on Sunday to try and get the outside siding on. Then we take them to the airport and another team from Crossroads Church in Monticello, Illinois arrives.  This is the town where John and I were raised and my mother and two of my sisters still live in Monticello with their families.  Crossroads Church has sent several teams to GLA and they always get so much done while they are here!  They also bring us frozen pizza from our little Italian pizzeria and the whole Bickel family are always ecstatic for a little “taste” of home!  Winking smile 

Every time I eat Filippo’s pizza, it makes me think of high school and then when I was older, Sunday’s after church with my family!  Doesn’t everyone have something that when you taste it or smell it, you think of home?  Filippo’s is that smell, taste, place for John and I and even all of our kids!

The Crossroads team will hopefully finish the outside and start finishing the inside of the house.  This house is a model for the Toddler houses.  Patrick and John are starting the ground work on the Toddler houses next week too!  Hopefully,building the toddler houses will go easier and faster since we will have worked out all of the errors in the design with this staff house!

Here are some photos of the progress everyone has made on the house.  Work is progressing quickly as you can see considering that it is all volunteers who are building the house!


FJ Staff House July 8 2011







3 weeks ago                                                          Last Week

FJ Staff House July 8 2011 B

FJ Staff House July 8 2011c








FJ staff house July 8 2011d

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Kristin wrote:
Dixie, I have missed your blog! Understand completely that you are busy though. It is so nice to "see" what is happening at GLA! The progress on the houses is amazing. Has there been any progress with the water? Will continue to pray.

Sat, July 9, 2011 @ 2:21 PM

2. Kelly D wrote:
YEAH!!! 8(:-D

Sat, July 9, 2011 @ 10:52 PM

3. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Dixie, I love the First Little House in the Woods! AND when I was at GLA I really saw how long term missionary staff and longer stay volunteers worked at a different pace than the short stay teams. BUT I loved the Wednesday evenings and Sundays when everyone gathered, especially when we gathered at Fort Jacque. So exciting to think of having that beautiful view all the time!!!!!!!!!! continuing to pray for you and everyone at GLA. Blessings!

Sun, July 10, 2011 @ 12:06 AM

4. Jamie Bruce wrote:
So great to see the first Liittle House in the Woods....I hope to come back again next year

Sun, July 10, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

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