After a great experience yesterday, we decided to forgo any tourist attractions today and spend the entire day serving at GAIN warehouse. I will be honest before this week I was worried about Claire actually working at all let alone an entire day without whining and driving me crazy. I am proud to say she did great both days. I expected Cobey would do great and he did not disappointment me. They were eager to serve. Claire even told another girl that she should be working even if she was tired. Claire did say she understood her not working because she was little.

We spent the morning packing seeds again and then after lunch we made Gospel bracelets. The bracelets were fun to make but lots of knots for me. After the afternoon break we helped for a little while with clothes which the kids said was their least favorite thing to do. I think they were getting tired.  They also have a meal packing station, sewing gospel aprons, making blankets and more. There is something for everyone no matter the age. This is a great way to introduce your family to missions and I encourage everyone to give it a try.

We took with us a kit to make 1000 bracelets so I hope some American Heritage Girls are ready to get to work. Cobey pointed out that we would be tying 4000 knots.

After we left, we ate at Bube’s Brewery in Mt Joy. I had the special which was beef kabobs and grilled veggies and the kids had chicken fingers. The service was great and food was delicious. The kids loved the atmosphere because it is a very historical building with lots of  interesting displays. We had a great time and would return.

The restaurant was recommended by the Innkeeper’s of where we stayed. Bruce and Jan Garrabrandt know where to eat in Lancaster County and make the best recommendations. They also have the best place to stay in the county.  Bruce (my Bruce) and I have stayed in the house several times over the years. Sometimes we make up reasons to go. The breakfast Jan serves is reason enough to make the long drive from NC. The house is nicely decorated and has great charm. Kids can not stay in the house which by the way I LOVE  so this time we stayed at the Carriage House next door. Cobey said it was much better than a hotel. It was nice to have a full kitchen and lots of room. It has three bedrooms and two baths. I even made Cobey eggs for breakfast. He said it was the first time I had cooked him breakfast. The sad thing is, he is probably right. The only drawback of the Carriage House is not getting Jan’s breakfast. I guess that means I need to go back soon. You should make plans to visit also. You can check out more about them at

I almost forgot, Bruce (Jan’s Bruce not mine) is a wonderful artist. I have several of his pieces at my house, the lake and my brother’s house. If you love art and have a sense of humor then check out his art while you are at it.



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The kids and I started our day at GAIN Network in Mt Joy, PA. You can learn more about GAIN here: It is one of their special weeks they have two times a year for groups and individuals to come in and help. They have one in June and one in October. We did not preregister or tell them we were coming. We just showed up this morning and they put us to work. We were at the seed station where we had to package ten different packs of seeds. They are very well organized with planned breaks with presentation. There is a break in the morning and afternoon and they also serve lunch.  The kids had a great time and Claire of course made a friend. They did not want to leave which is good since we will be back tomorrow.

After  I had “taken” several photos at the warehouse today, I noticed I had forgotten to but my SD card back in the camera.  So, I went by Radio Shack to get another card.  We then headed for Rock Fork Plantation. This was one of those times when the GPS does not work so well because it wanted me to turn the wrong direction on one way streets and took me down a not so great area of town. If you want to visit and are not familiar with the area, I suggest getting some directions beforehand.  The house was the home of General Edward Hand, who was an Adjutant General to George Washington and  led troops at Boston, Long Island, White Plains and Trenton. He was previously trained by the British Army. The tour was very extensive with information about the family and the many artifacts.  The tour includes the first floor, second floor and the kitchen which is in the basement.

The big surprise of the day for the kids was going to see Joseph at the  Sight and Sound Theater. It was fabulous! The show includes live animals, the latest technology and a flying Joseph. The cast is very talented. They had some technical problems but the short unplanned break did not ruin the show. This show runs thru October and I highly recommend going if you are in the area. The kids are already wanting to go to the next show which is Jonah- next year.

A strange thing happened at the theater tonight. An older gentleman, which means older than me, kept trying to pick at Claire. She has an outgoing personality and likes being the center of attention but does not like being laughed out or picked on.   I know the man was trying to be playful and was well meaning but it was really annoying. I was very glad when the show started. Well, then we had the technical problem and the man took off his shoe and put his foot on Claire’s seat in her face. I really was in shock that he would do that. I try to impress on my children to behave and then this man puts his dirty foot in my child’s face. Claire started crying and the lady in front of me turned around thankfully in time to see what the man was doing.  The man asked if she was really crying. The lady who had turned around said, “Yes and I think you should leave her alone”. He did not bother us for the rest of the evening except for his talking throughout the show. Looking back, I am not sure why I did not say anything. I guess I was in shock and I still am. Luckily, the incident was just a blimp in our otherwise wonderful evening.

We are back to the warehouse tomorrow and then off to NJ. Maybe I will get some photos at the warehouse tomorrow.


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