Joel’s Journal
Entry #33
I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend. I was able to golf 18 holes on Sunday afternoon for the first time at Zollner. I love being outside when it is nice. I’m not sure what tree or bush it is at Zollner, but this time of year, every time I am there, my allergies go crazy. It is worth it I guess. I won’t tell you my score, but I did “birdie” the last hole. On Memorial Day I was able to clean our grill, power wash our patio, do some woodworking (including helping Micah finish his woodworking project for 4H this year), and grill out. After lunch my family went up to a nature reserve in Fremont next to Lake Anne. I am not sure how long that nature reserve has been there, but it was beautiful. The Lupines were in bloom and it smelled amazing. This may become a Memorial Day tradition!
I stopped at Walmart after we visited the nature reserve for my son Micah to pick up something. While he and my wife were in the store, I decided to fill up my van with gas. I put in 14.76 gallons at $4.449 (which really is $4.45) for a total of $65.67. I know I am not that old, but I already found myself telling my kids, “When I first started driving it would have only cost me $11.07 for this much gas!” For a time when I started driving gas went down to $.75/gallon.  That is a 593% increase in the price of gas in 24 years. If the price continues to go up at this rate it means when I am 64, the price of a gallon of gas will be $26.39. I think I better start saving for retirement…or a flying vehicle that uses solar power!
I just finished my lesson for “Give It All Away” Sunday on June 12th. I can’t wait! We are going to do something a little different this year and I truly believe it has the potential to do more good than everything we have done in the past combined! I am so blessed to be a part of this church family that recognizes nothing makes us more like Jesus than when we give. 
If you haven’t noticed, the work on the pole barn in our lower level parking lot has come to a halt. The next step is to pour the concrete floor. We can’t pour the concrete floor until the interior plumbing is done for the bathroom that will be on the backside. Because we are a commercial property, the plumbing has to be done by a licensed plumber. Do you know how hard it is to find a licensed plumber who can fit you into his/her schedule? Fortunately we are on someone’s schedule now, and it is about two weeks out. If your teen is interested in going into the trades, encourage them to do so. I think they could earn a fabulous living and really help people. I think our society is hurting for trades workers right now because they have been discouraged for so long. I am so thankful for people who work in the trades. They are important to our society more than most know. 
That is all for now. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Enjoy your week.
In God’s Love,
Joel R. Greenwood