Saturday, February 23, 2013

Three weeks to GO!

Hi Everyone!!!

We have three weeks until the adventure officially begins! I am getting really excited and spending more time on my bike to get ready.

Please pray for us and our preparations. I think a pretty cool group is assembled and I look forward to catching up and growing my FCBA family. You can see who I will be riding with here: Meet the Riders

THANK YOU to Everyone who has donated thus far. If you are still considering donating to ride, please do so at My Personal Fundraising Page. I am about $350 away from reaching my goal of $750.

Together we can help families in need one prayer, one pedal and one penny at a time!

Thank You!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Meeting V

Today I met a woman named V. She is 99 and half and will be 100 in June. I don't think I have ever met anyone as old as her before. Talking with her touched my heart. Her hands were warm and she has a beautiful smile. She told us some random stories about her life making it clear she has seen a lot in her near century of life.

It was humbling for me to meet V. She and her daughter (who is in her 80s) live in a house that has fallen into disrepair. They nor their family have the means to fix it up. So with some fellow volunteers (with The Pittsburgh Project) I went to V's house for the day.

We painted and replaced part of the ceiling which had water damage. I also got to spend some quality time with V's great (possibly great great) grandchildren in between working. Somewhere in the midst of all this I realized as much as I like the practical help we were giving V and her family; it was meeting her that made the day special.

Their house isn't especially clean or nice. There is a lot of work that needs to be done. But even amongst that this place is already a home because of the people who live there. We were just helping to solidify their surroundings.

And that made today a gift. A blessing to me. This is the reason why I ride my bike with the Fuller Center. For people like V and her family. Whose surroundings need a little work to become a simple decent dwelling for the home which could be/is present there.

There are so many people like V, each with their own story and need. And when the opportunity arises for their stories to intersect mine, I am not sure who is more blessed by it.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Special Thanks to my Mom!

Four years ago, when I announced to my parents that I would be leaving for a week to ride with The Fuller Center they were a bit apprehensive. It wasn't like me to just leave with strangers to ride my bike. When I got home there were lots of questions and probably a bit of relief. 
We have come a long way since that first ride. My parents, especially my Mom, have become some of my biggest supporters for riding with the Fuller Center. Its been anywhere from buying me a travel towel and toiletry bag to Clif bars to picking me up at the end of the ride. My parents no longer believe that this is just a chance for me to ride my bike. Its about helping other families get into simple decent homes. 
My Mom works at the local high school and has used their special jeans days as fundraiser for The Fuller Center. I am so blessed to say that this year she helped raise $220
Praise God!
I think its so great when my biological family and my FCBA family are joined together in a common goal!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Six Weeks!

The Spring Ride starts in six weeks. Six Weeks!

I am both excited and a bit nervous. I have been riding my trainer but I am not sure I will actually get to ride outside before the trip. Its currently snowing here in Pittsburgh.

Over the last few weeks since I signed up for the trip I have been thinking about my previous adventure with the Fuller Center. The video below captures one of my favorite.
We were on a build day in Craig, CO clearing a lot so the Fuller Center there could use it. Although we were having a lot of fun we also were doing some serious work. We moved around 2 tons of debris that day which took two trips to the city dump.

Its work like this that seems hard and tedious but clears the way for providing a family with a simple decent place to live. And for that reason I ride and "twig farm" for the Fuller Center for Housing! 
Please consider helping support my fundraising effort by visiting Support the Bike Adventure and choosing my name from the drop down menu.

Thanks for you support in the adventure!  And may twig farming continue where ever we are!