All of us at the McDougalls’ Home wish you the Very Merriest Christmas. Embrace the free gift God has given us as we remember the time when God left His throne, stepped into time, and entered this world as a baby boy. The Creator became like one of His created, so He could live the life we couldn’t, and suffer and die the death we deserved, all because He loved us so much.
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Dec 25 2008
Oct 06 2008
A Good day of Work
Today was a good work day.
It started with a great devotional time led by Jim S. We ate some good breakfast and off to work we went.
We worked on the church at Orhei. We knew our routine from working there on Saturday; and we were able to get right on the job and work. Good progress was made on installing the metal studs, insulating and sheet rocking. Downstairs, others began tiling the hallway. The day was not glamorous, but was quite efficient. We got a lot of the work done that we came to do.
Lunch was very good, and the food was not piled on us like it was on Saturday. That was good, since we didn’t want to take an after lunch nap like we did on Saturday.
The afternoon was just as productive, but the tile layers hit a dead end because they did not have some of the tools they needed, like a tile saw.
We had a pizza dinner back at the Pentecostal Union. This is the second time we had pizza. Andy mentioned that since choices are so small, when you find a good place, you tend to eat their food often. We had a relaxing evening. Several of us walked over to a store that is just a couple of doors down the block, but the bank there was already closed so we couldn’t exchange any money. The weather today has been cool, which was nice for working. This evening it is raining.
Thanks to all who are sending messages to us and praying for us. We appreciate it all, and we appreciate you all. If you want to send a message to the team, go to the main Moldova page HERE and look on the right side column and click the “send a message” button. We love you all and miss you!
Click the pictures to see a few photos of the day. We didn’t have as many photos today because we just got down and dirty.
Oct 01 2008
The countdown has started… We are packing up the final little items, looking over lists, saying our good byes. Early tomorrow morning, we will be boarding the space shuttle, er, uh, I mean an airplane, heading to Moldova. Most people I talk to don’t even know where Moldova is located. I will admit, that about a year ago, I didn’t either. Now, my lovely wife and I, along with a great team from our church, will be heading there to do what ever God wants us to do, make relationships, get dirty, eat a lot (from what we hear), and have fun. All in the name of the Lord. I plan on “TRYING” to update our website daily as the adventure goes on. Check it out at http://McDougallsHome.net/moldova . I have no idea what we are in store for; so, if we are dead dog tired every night, things might not happen here as rapidly as I have planned. My ole’ laptop computer could die. A thousand other things not thought of might happen. But, I will TRY! Until then, Bon Voyage!
Jul 29 2008
Have you wondered how I got those nice frames around my photos? And, how about the text or “watermark” with our web site lightly on the photos? I use a great free program called FSResizer by FastStone. Visit them at www.FastStone.org for several very handy photo tools. FSResizer is specifically made for Windows. I do not use Window, however. Our family computer runs on Ubuntu Linux and FSResizer works wonderfully under Ubuntu with WINE. WINE is a program that enables certain Windows programs to run under Linux. How Cool!
Besides making frames around the photos, and putting a watermark on them, FSResizer also does them in BATCH mode, that is, a bunch at one time. FSResizer also will resize the photos, rotate them, crop them, change the canvas, color depth, and color adjustments. It will change the number of dots per inch that the photo is made up of. Give FSResizer a try, it is a real slick lightweight program that I couldn’t do without.
Jul 25 2008
Did you ever give your kids an expensive gift and they decided that they liked the box it came in better than the gift? I find it pretty funny when people go crazy with play stuff, like trampolines, swimming pools, and other expensive toys. It’s like they are trying to buy happiness. We have a cheap eight dollar wading pool and boy does it get used. From this picture, does it look like they are being deprived of fun because we are not spending a gazillion dollars on entertaining them? HA! Click the pictures to see larger views of them. John
Mar 27 2008
Powerpole Power Hub construction details
Don, W7MRI, designed a simple little circuit board that holds several sets of Anderson Powerpole connectors. These connectors are quickly becoming a standard connector for low voltage DC applications. Go HERE to see a photo essay of the construction of one of these simple kits provided by Don. (This page was edited on Nov. 17, 2008 to point to a new page)