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Trent’s Retreat-front view

Parent’s Bedroom

Kids’ bedroom

Living room-bookshelves donated by Colorado High School class of 1965.

The Kitchen

Time to pour the ribbon and the T.  Thanks for figuring it out Junior and thanks to all of you for working so hard to get it finished.

Thanks Tony, Ken, Larry, and Dave for grilling the burgers.

Guests enjoying a hamburger down by the creek.

The official “Trent’s Retreat” flag flying overhead.

Allie cuts the ribbon to officially open the Retreat.  Thank you to one of  our favorite Cook’s nurses-Cinda- for being here with us on this special day!

Dr Paul Bowman and his wife Louis were our very special guests.  Dr Bowman was waiting on us at the emergency room at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth on August 31, 2007.  He was not only Trent’s doctor, but his friend.  We will forever be grateful for his tireless commitment and compassion in helping Trent live life on his terms.  We love you Dr. Bowman!  You are the best!

Bobby Broyles, pastor of First Baptist Church of Ballinger gives a blessing of dedication.  Thank you Bobby for being at all of Trent’s surgeries and to the First Baptist Church family for the love and support you gave Trent and our family.

Thank you American Legion Post 8 for conducting our flag raising ceremony.

Thanks to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting.  Having you there to celebrate this special day with us meant alot.

The flag pole goes up.  Stretch Tony!

Junior, Marty, and Michael forming up the T.

Bobby hanging the stained glass T.  See you didn’t drop it (even with an audience giving you a hard time!)

Bobby and Justin installing the cabinet handles.

Jim unpacking one of our “treasures” from 3 straight days of non-stop shopping.  Jim, thanks for lending us your awesome decorating skills.

Dad and Evan painting the flag pole.

Junior, Marty, and Michael pouring a hole for the miniature golf course.

Jacob and Cody (not pictured) spent many hours putting together furniture.

Putting the finishing touches on the entrance sign to the retreat.

Shane digging the hole for the flag pole.


Thank you David and Mary, Gregory and crew with Backyard Adventures for helping us afford and install this awesome play set!

20 Pallets of grass arrive.  Who knew it would be so heavy :)  Thanks for your help Mr. Flanagan, Scott Studer, and Buddy’s Plant Plus.

Rocky giving everything a final inspection and his stamp of approval.

Sam tiling the bathroom (and he’s still smiling!)

Rachel, Robert, David, Scott and Mylea work on painting the trim.

Thank you Tony, and the Flanagan, Mallory, and Kvapil families for laying over 1000 pavers in the scorching heat!

Thank you so much to my high school classmate (BHS Class of 1983), Thayne Strait, and his crew from P.S. Landscape in Austin, Texas.  They donated and installed a sprinkler system and landscaping for the entire yard.  They also layed 20 pallets of grass!  You guys are awesome!

4-27-11 Thank you also to EVERYONE who purchased an engraved paver to be placed in the sidewalk and landing at the Retreat. We have sold over 130 pavers and we appreciate it so much! We will continue to take orders for family or business recognition, memorials, graduation, anniversary, or birthday gifts, words of encouragement and favorite bible verses. We will send out acknowledgements for memorials and other gifts. The first order is being engraved this weekend and we will continue to send in orders as they are received.

The retaining wall is finished and looks great! We hope to have the sidewalk poured soon and then Thayne Strait and P.S. Landscaping from Austin will be installing a sprinkler system. David and I are still working on the floor (Ugh!). I’ll post pictures when we finish! We have set the RIBBON CUTTING for JULY 16TH, so we know we have a deadline to meet! Be sure and SAVE THE DATE! We look forward to having you at the Ribbon Cutting to celebrate with us!

4-27-11 Check out the plans for our miniature golf course at the Retreat. They are totally AWESOME!!! We can hardly wait to start working on it! A HUGE thank you to Tony Huston of Ballinger!! Tony donated his time to design the miniature golf course as well as the landscaping around the Retreat. We couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks Tony!!

3-2-11- Paul Rollwitz installing the septic system. Thanks Paul!

2-24-11- This was a nail biting afternoon (for me anyway) as Kenny & Bobby Bryan and David used a little “southern engineering” to unload a solid concrete sign that Kenny had designed and donated to the Retreat. Kenny drove six hours from East Texas to get the sign to Ballinger and it looks AWESOME! Thanks Kenny!

2-23-11- We were honored to have the Board of Trustees of the San Angelo Health Foundation take a tour of Trent’s Retreat. We were so excited and proud to show them the progress on our project and to tell them about all the people who have helped with the Retreat. The Foundation awarded us a grant for $69,024.16 back in July that helped us with the rest of the funds needed to complete the Retreat. Thank you San Angelo Health Foundation for believing in our dream!

2-20-11- Ken and David spent several uncomfortable hours with their necks bent back staining the ceiling in the living room. A big thank-you to them and to Bobby Boone for spraying on the clear coat so they didn’t have to brush it on too!

2-14-11 – This picture shows the three squares in the landing where engraved pavers will be placed. In the center of the landing, the cinder blocks will be covered with steps which will lead up to the sidewalk to the front entrance of the cabin. The sidewalk will also contain engraved pavers.

The retaining wall is being rocked and is about 75% complete.

1-31-2011 – As the Retreat begins to get closer to completion, many projects will be going on at once. Bobby Boone is working on the cabinets, and we are picking out furniture, fixtures, bathroom tile, etc. We will be using a Skimstone treatment on the floor as soon as we get through staining and sealing the bead board on the ceiling in the living room area. We are still working on a plan for the miniature golf course and will have a sprinkler system installed as well as landscaping. We also have a septic system that will be installed in the near future. We will continue to keep you posted as the dream of Trent’s Retreat gets closer to becoming a reality.

1-30-2011 – We are working on getting a mailer sent out about engraved pavers to be installed in the landing and sidewalk. We will also have an order form online. Although this will be an ongoing project, we would like to have our first orders in by February 28th. This will allow us time to have them engraved and installed in time for the ribbon cutting.

1-29-2011- The blocks are laid and the retaining wall has been filled with concrete. Next, Abe and Alan will begin rocking the wall. Notice the 3 large squares on the landing in front of the wall. This is one of the places that the engraved pavers will be placed. The others will be on the sidewalk that leads to the house from the stairs that will connect the sidewalk to the landing.

1-21-2011 – Let the painting begin! Ken & Christy, Rachel, Clay, Becky, Rodney, Kat, Hailey, David, Misty, and Allie get the rollers rolling! That front room seemed to be growing as we tried to get it painted! One more coat and we will be ready to start working on the floor.

1-11-2011 – The sheetrock is hung and the floating and taping is complete. Guess we better get busy picking out a paint color!

12-28-2010 – Alton Fischer and crew begin trenching in front of the house for the retaining wall that will be put up to define the front yard. The concrete was poured in the trenches the next day.

11-7-2010- Bead board goes up in the living/dining/kitchen area of the Retreat. Ken, Robert, & David hung the boards while Conner helped do the cutting on the ground. While the guys were busy hanging board on the inside, Abe and his crew are working just outside the door finishing up the rock columns.

11-5-2010 We had our 2nd Annual Trent’s Retreat Pre-Game Hamburger Meal at Main Street Soda Fountain. All of the Trent’s Retreat Board Members, their families, and many of our friends pitched in to help cook, wait tables, and serve food. We served over 225 flame-broiled burgers in a two-hour period and raised over $1,850.00. Everyone had a great time being serenaded by Elvis (aka Mike Riley), visiting with friends, and enjoying a great meal. Thanks to everyone who helped with and supported this fundraiser!

10-18-2010 Spray on insulation was done by Jeff Soltow and crew. A special thank-you to the Ed Studer Family and Buddy’s Plant Plus for donating all of the materials! This type of insulation should really help us a lot with our heating and cooling bills at the Retreat.

10-3-2010 Thank you sooo much to Carrie Knowlton, Alex Knowlton and everyone at Agri-Plex Heating and Cooling. They donated and installed the entire heating and cooling system including a special Guardian Air Filter to help eliminate germs. We appreciate y’all very much!!

9-11-2010 – Tony, Robert, Shane, & David put on the metal roof. It was a little slippery as it tried to rain on them, but they got it on! A HUGE thank-you to Mueller, Inc. for donating the metal for the roof! It looks awesome!

7/16/2010 – Present
Shane Landers unloads more rock for Abe Jean and his helper, Mason.  The rock looks awesome!  It was donated by Howard Yocham with Capital Stone.  Abe is almost finished with three sides of the house and will soon begin rocking the front and the columns.

7/09/2010
Friends Kevin Michalewicz and Ken Kvapil help David with the wiring and hanging bead board on the porch.

7/01/2010
We received the call we had been waiting for.  We received a grant for $69,024 from the San Angelo Health Foundation.  It will help us tremendously in making Trent’s Retreat a reality.  Thank you SAHF for believing in our project.


6/30/2010
Tony and David felt the roof with Trent’s dog, Rocky, making sure they’re doing it right.

6/25/2010
Construction begins!  Clifton Michalewicz, Steve Routh, and crew start framing.

6/23/2010
Robbie and Bob-O begin delivering lumber from Higginbothams.

6/08/2010
The slab is poured!

6/02/2010
Alton Fischer Jr. Construction begins setting the corners.  The next day they set the forms while Brent Jones Plumbing, his crew, and Dale Halfmann began laying pipe.  David Switzer with Runnels County Ag Mart treats the pad.

5/19/2010
Z&L Dirt Construction begins work on the pad.


4/28/2010
Coleman County Electric Co-op sets the electric pole.

Coleman County Electric sets poles

2/10/2010
Our first big fundraiser, a steak and shrimp dinner and auction at the Parish Hall in Rowena, Texas.  Thanks to all of our friends for helping.  Everyone had a great time and we raised over $43,000!





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