Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

South Carolina Trip

Walking down a road in South Carolina.
52 degrees
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This morning was even colder than yesterday at 0 degrees with snow flurries and windy too.  So another basement walk today.  3 miles in the morning and 3 miles after supper.
It stayed cold all day with a high temperature of 7 but at least the sun was out.
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Met some of the ladies at church this morning to make more baby blankets.   That was from 10 - 12 and while I was doing that Ken went to Walmart and did the food shopping.  Picked me up and we then went over to the bowling alley which is just a few blocks from church.  We had lunch there and then bowled.  There were 7 of us today and we bowled 4 games this time.
Not great scores for me today but not such bad ones either:  125, 130, 103, and 123.
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I have posted about the Fingerprints ministry that we are part of at our church, which puts together the book of Romans in different languages for the missionaries to give out.  Last week we went to South Carolina to the Beacon of Truth which is where the books are published as well as a wide variety of gospel tracts.  Us and two other couples from our church went there to work at putting not just the book of Romans together but the whole Bible.  We traveled there on Monday and worked Tuesday through Friday.  We had such a great time working, talking, eating, and we sure did a LOT of laughing.
These huge rolls of paper (that's me standing by them)
are what the Bibles are printed on and runs through this press.
Then in this room there are 36 sections of the Bible that have to be collated.  We walked around this table many many times.
You can also collate them on this round table.  You just sit and as the table moves around in a circle you just take them off.  Not many people can do it though because the moving table makes you dizzy and nauseous.  I stuck to walking around the table above and was able to get some steps in at the same time. : )
After they are collated they are checked and weighed to make sure all the pages are right.
Next the books go in the binder machine to get the covers put on.  Here is Ken working on that machine.
Then the books go to the cutter machine to make the edges neat and tidy.  As they come out of the machine on a conveyor belt two people stand on either side and put the books in boxes (18 to a box).  Caroline and I did that part.  We felt at times a bit like Lucy and Ethel at the candy factory. : )  The boxes get taped up and they are ready to go.
Here's the finished Bible.
It was so neat to see how everything gets done and it is amazing how much work gets done with just a few people.  It was a great experience to be part of and we look forward to going again another time.
We put together 3,433 Bibles.

Just about ready to sit in my chair and make some weave-it squares and watch a little television and of course have some ice cream.  Tonight the flavor will be Chocolate Marshmallow.

Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing
because you can only do a little,
do what you can.
~ Sydney Smith

16 comments:

  1. That IS so special, the Bibles. Yummy flavor ice cream!

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  2. Those Bibles are sure to be a blessing in someone's life.It's always fun to work together with others to get the job done faster and have sweet fellowship while you work.

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  3. Karen, thank you so much for sharing about your adventure from last week! That is amazing and has to give one a rewarding feeling knowing that you are doing something to help further the Gospel. What a blessing!

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  4. Hello, I am sure you and your friends are feeling good after working on all the bibles. I remember that Lucy show, where they were working in the chocolate factory, it was funny. Great quote! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  5. That is an impressive amount of bibles you all put together. Sounds like a great experience and one that would leave you with a great sense of accomplishment.
    I enjoyed this behind the scenes look.

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  6. Love the pictures.
    It would be wonderful to see temps in the 50's!!!

    Have a great rest of your week.

    ~K.

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  7. Wow...what an amazing ministry that is! That is a LOT of paper :)

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  8. What an awesome 'mission trip' you all took... God Bless You--all of you.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. This is the exact same work I did as a college student part time on the university of Maryland campus to make some money to pay for tuition. We made copies of thesis papers and other documents for the campus.

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  10. What a wonderful trip you had! The paper rolls are HUGE! The brief respite from the cold must of felt great.
    Take care.

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  11. Wow a lot of work, it must have felt good to be able to help xx

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  12. Wow Karen! What an awesome thing to participate in!

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  13. That had to be amazing to see in person. It was very interesting seeing it here. What a wonderful ministry getting the Word of God out!

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  14. That had to be amazing to see in person. It was very interesting seeing it here. What a wonderful ministry getting the Word of God out!

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  15. We had our first snow storm today here in Spartanburg. The ground was warm, so driving was okay as the snow didn't make a difference between my tires and the road.

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