Friday, March 23, 2012

Somewhere over the Rainbow at Long View

Posted by: Brittney and Monica

Today we completed the final stretches of our journey to Long View Ranch in Tennessee. The day dawned rainy and foggy. Those four hours of travel passed by rather quickly when looking at God's beautiful creation.

We arrived around noon and promptly ate lunch. We unloaded our heavy luggage into our cabins while avoiding the rain. Almost immediately after situating ourselves, we went straight to work. The boys did some grueling work carrying logs, splitting and loading them into trailers in the beautiful woods.

Some of the girls helped paint fence boards, other girls helped paint a room downstairs, and the remaining girls cleaned the dining hall and kitchen. When the five gallon bucket of "black" paint for some boards in the barn actually proved to be gray, the girls instead "curried" the horses, which means to brush the horses' hair.

We were so enamored in our work, that we barely noticed it was almost dinner time! We then settled for another wonderful meal of baked ziti and scrumptious strawberry shortcake. We began devotions about Ephesians 2. As we began to dive into His word, a rainbow appeared over the mountains that were already drenched in the last rays of dying sunlight.

This just proved even more that, "We are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." -Ephesians 2:10. We ended the day afterwards with fun, silly games that had everyone roaring with laughter! We've had an adventurous and fun first day of Long View Ranch.