Sunday, June 26, 2011

What a Week

Boy did we have an unexpected week here at the Lone Star Corral.

Tuesday morning we found out we had been robbed here at the park.  The person or persons had cut the lock off the door to the tool shed and taken about $750 worth of tools, cut a huge hole in the fence and messed up some stuff in the tool shed.  

Ron and I were so thankful that in early April we started doing a full inventory of the park.  Along with tagging and listing of items, Ron took pictures of everything in each area.  We only have the clubhouse and the library to do yet.  And we plan on working on that in the next week.  Back to the robbery.  We called the police and the sheriff showed up about 20 minutes later.  Ron gave him pictures and list of what was stolen and the sheriff said he would stay in touch with us.

Our day went on and Tuesday evening about 7:30 we had a knock on the door.  Ron was told that someone wanted to talk to him on the phone.  So off to one of our members lot.  After talking to this man we now know who robbed the park.  Another call to the sheriff and about 20 minutes later here came the sheriff (he just lives about a half mile from the park).  After taking the members statement, talking to a man on the phone and Ron filling out a statement The sheriff was off to check out some things and gather a couple more statements.  About 10:15 p.m. the sheriff stopped by the motor home and said he would get a warrant in the morning and we would go from there.

Without going into a lot of details, about 9:30 the warrant was served and one of the people involved was arrested.  The sheriff said he would keep us updated on how things progress.  Friday morning we were again visited by the sheriff saying another warrant was going to be executed.  So the case is moving along.

On Monday we started the process of looking for new Assistant Managers.   The couple who had accepted the job sent a letter stating they could not work on weekends so they would not be coming in September.  They had been told that they work on our days off.  When they find out it was Saturday and Sunday they decided that was not for them.  So along with dealing with the robbery I was busy placing an ad on Workamper News and then looking at resumes.  Tuesday morning when I came into work I had 21 emails in my office - all resumes of couples wanting us to consider them for the position.  So lots of our time this past week has been reading emails, answering questions on the phone, replying to emails all in regards to the open position.  Saturday one of the couples came for an interview - it just happened they are currently working just outside Austin so they made a day of it to come here so we could meet and interview them.  There were five of us interviewing the two of them.  Things went pretty well and a decision will be made soon about how we proceed.

Saturday afternoon we just hung out, watched a movie on TV, recorded lots of movies on the Encore channels (we get it free this weekend) and did  some grocery shopping.  In the evening Ron went to the Mud Drag Races in Dunlay.  He had a good time.  He did notice that many of the people carried in their coolers with their beer and wine coolers - something we would never see in Washington!  I stayed home and had a quiet evening to myself.  I did some reading, some writing and enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness of some alone time ~ something I think we all need once in awhile.

Today we were off to church.  Heard a good sermon on pride and were entertained by the VBS kids who sang in words and signs some cute songs.  After church we went to the Jade Dragon for lunch.  As we walked in we were invited to join three people from church.  We ate lunch with Judge Bubba and his wife Sharon, and Carol (she leads a Zumba class at the church 4 nights a week) ~ I am thinking of maybe trying that out but not too sure yet.  Have to think on that one.  We were later joined by Al & Yvonne, the first couple we met at FBC of Hondo.  We enjoyed the company and getting to know more people on a personal level.  Found out Judge Bubba lives almost across the street from the park and he is the judge who signed the arrests warrants from our robbery.  In talking we found out that a reserve deputy lives just around the corner from the park and the judges secretary lives just down the street.  Never thought we would be getting to know the locals in the judicial system. 

After lunch we came back to the motor home and I made Hawaiian meatballs for Hawaiian night at church this evening.  And then I took a much needed nap!  This evening we went to FBC and had a great time.  Ate dinner with the local district attorney ~ he won't be handling our case as he does felony cases only.  Also found out we have quite a bit in common with them.  His wife had HELLPS - which is what Suzanne had and which caused the early arrival of Opal.  Their little guy arrived at 28 weeks just under two pounds as well.  He is almost 5 and doing real well.

It feels so good to finally making some connections at church.  God is good and does guide us every step of the way.  

I would ask that you keep us in your prayers as I go for my final pre-op appointment on July 5th and have my eye surgery on July 11th.    Ron and I are both trying not to worry but sometimes those negative thoughts have a way of just bouncing into our minds.  Again we have to put our trust in God's hands and remind ourselves that He is the one in control and He knows what we will be dealing with and that He will never give us more than we can handle.

Take care and have a great week.


5 comments:

  1. What an interesting and busy week you have had, Ali and Ron. That must have been hard to deal with the after-effects of the robbery.

    Praying for a successful pre-op and eye surgery for you, Ali!

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  2. Yep, you had a busy week :) Glad you are making some friends at church - praying for a successful outcome on your surgery!

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  3. So glad to hear you are meeting people and connecting in the church. Some of the things you said bring little pangs to me of missing the south and it's ways :)

    Would like to have heard that sermon on pride. I've come to believe it's one of Satan's most well used tools and one of the least recognized as well. It covers a whole host of things that keep us from being humble in our Christ nature.... just would have liked to have heard it.

    WIll continue to pray for your surgery. It will go fine ~ God goes before you and he's always been there ~ He will be there for this :)

    Love you
    Stacey

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  4. Sounds like things are going well for you guys, Glad to see the Sheriff was able to get his hands on the people that committed your burglary. Life is good here, we are settling back down after vacation. Be safe out there Sam & Donna...

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  5. From Jo and Al Hanus -
    Ali and Ron - we met at TT Medina Lake the end of May. We enjoyed talking to both of you so much. What a week you have had with the robbery. Ali you have been in my daily prayers and you will continue to be - now that I know the dates of your surgery. Take care and we hope to meet on the road again. Jo and Al

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