A couple of days ago, veteran Jeff Dawson delivered a Douglas Fir Christmas tree to Divide Camp Headquarters. It is HUGE, so I knew I had some work ahead of me to get it decorated. Petey said, "It's all good, Mom," so I went with that. Thanks Jeff for your generosity- the tree is beautiful.
So yesterday I come to the building and did some cleaning before I tackled the tree, and my friend, Lynn Long, appeared. As many of us know, she's a wonderful interior decorator. She looked at the tree and told me, "You know, I love to decorate Christmas trees. It's my thing." She had extra lights and together we strung the tree with white pine cones and other lights that were just right. I'm so glad that I don't have to know how to do everything- that there are others more skilled than I. God sure does know a lot of people!
After she left, I did some more cleaning and was really, really tired. But the ornaments remained to be hung. "That will have to wait until tomorrow," as I turned off the lights and exited the building. I was asleep by 7:30 last night.
First thing this morning, veteran Joe Lewellyn came over with his son, Troy, to shovel the walkways. Troy was a BIG help to me. Joe enjoyed a cup of coffee, wrote his name and branch of service (USMC) on an ornament and hung it on the tree. He and Troy went home, then Joe returned after a while.
Two more of my favorite vets came by: Roger McGee brought Serge Morgan. Here they are hanging their own personalized ornaments:
A 50-something woman comes home to a place she's never been before.