Shy Albatross in Magoffin County

Team – Shy Albatross

Wade Price, Brad East, Kim Baird, Bailey Sturdivant, Anne-Marie Wendling, Alexis Goldhagen, Logan Blake

Written by: Kim Baird

Day 1

Today we arrived at our site and was warmly greeted by our host-Fat Boy. We could tell right away that we were going to get along just fine – especially Brad! Fat Boy’s house was badly damaged by the tornado that hit in March.

Our day didn’t start out as smoothly as we had planned. It took longer than expected to get our game plan together and get all the materials we needed. But by lunchtime, we were rocking and rolling. We also met our other family member, Pam, and her mother. Pam works at a local donut shop in town-just down from the DQ. We can’t wait to stop by and pick up some fresh donuts.

This week we will be working on two rooms in Fat Boy’s house – his den and a bedroom for his uncle. In the bedroom, we will be putting up a ceiling and insulating the attic and then dry-walling both ceiling and walls. The rest of us will be laying laminate in the den.

By the end of the day, we had managed to use all our backer board and had a good portion of the ceiling done. Tomorrow we hope to finish both of these tasks and move on to the next ones.

Day 2

Today started out cool and crisp with a clear bluebird blue sky. We ran into Pam at the IGA when we stopped for ice and snacks. Once we got to the site, we immediately set to work. Anne-Marie, Bailey and I finished installing the backer board. All three of us got to use the skill saw for the first time. Alexis and Logan worked on the ceiling with Brad and Wade.

After lunch, we switched up a bit. Logan and I started laying the laminate flooring. Pam’s father, Mr. Mason, came over and helped us get started. The rest of the team and Fat Boy worked on the ceiling. It’s really hard to work overhead but they made great progress.

Pam’s son and family came by to see how the work was progressing. They have two adorable children.

Back at the center, we got to listen to local artist/musician, Tom Whitaker. Mr. Tom told us a little about his life growing up in Appalachia, showed us several pieces of his artwork and entertained us with a couple of songs. He was very interesting.

Then it was time for DQ and Donuts! Pam gave Brad a chocolate-covered cream-filled donut that was still so warm the chocolate melted and ran down his hand. It was messy but Brad certainly enjoyed it!

Day 3

Today was a good day. We finished the flooring in the den and started on the hallway. Logan has truly mastered the table saw. Bailey and I struggled with a few spots but Fat Boy helped us overcome them. Wade, Brad, Anne-Marie and Alexis finished the ceiling and started on the walls. Just after lunch, the spirit came on Brad and for the rest of the day (and night) he was shouting, “Hallelujer Jesus!” It was very entertaining.  J  Especially when you added in the pterodactyl cries that Alexis shared with us. Don’t worry; we’ll make sure she and her fellow pterodactyls share this talent with everyone at the Shareholder’s Dinner.

Fat Boy and Pam told us many times during the day that they were so thankful for our help. They shared a lot about their lives with us and we did the same. Wade, Brad, and I could not be prouder of our youth team members. They are working really hard and doing a terrific job.

Day 4

Lights, Camera, Action! The ASP video crew arrived on our site first thing today. They are making a new ASP video and Fat Boy had agreed to be interviewed. Guys with big video cameras followed us around too. A few of us were interviewed. So we’ll definitely be checking out the ASP YouTube videos when we get back home.

When the video crew left, it was back to work.  We made huge progress on the floor, because some of the girls from Golden Winged Warbler team had some free time and came to assist. We finished the sheetrock and started on the mudding. The heat was terrible in that room but our crew worked through it.

We hope to get all the flooring done tomorrow except for the two bedrooms. And hopefully we can get the first layer of mudding done. It’s gonna be another hot one.

Final Thoughts from Shy Albatross…

Our last day with Fat Boy an Pam was bittersweet. We were all very tired and looking forward to getting home but we have grown very attached to Mr. Fat Boy and Miss Pam. Thursday night, we drove 25 miles to the nearest Walmart to shop for some farewell gifts. By going in with David’s group, we were able to get them some nice gifts for their kitchen and bath. By now, we really considered ourselves one big team instead of two anyway.

When we got to the house, we hit the ground running – trying to get the flooring finished, the sheetrock done, and the under skirting finished. Pam had gone to take care of her bedridden uncle that morning and Fat Boy’s back was hurting so we made him take it easy (as best we could). By lunch, the bathroom floor was done, so we hung the new shower curtain, put out the bathmat, and arranged the other gifts on the floor. Then we waited for Pam to get home. When she got home, we took them both to the bathroom and showed them the gifts. It was a very touching moment. There were lots of hugs and even a few tears.

I am happy to say that we completed all our tasks. The young people on our team did an outstanding job! Even though it was extremely hot – they didn’t complain and worked really really hard. Wade, Brad, and I are so proud of them. And listening to them tell their God moments at Friday night’s evening gathering was truly a blessing.

Looking back at the week, I can honestly say that we’ve had fun, acted silly (especially Alexis and Brad), worked hard, sweater A LOT, learned new skills, made new friends, cleaned yucky bathrooms, ate lots of ice cream, laughed a lot, been blessed and received a blessing.

So, why bother? Because Jesus did!



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