Monday, August 31, 2009

Sitting on the Porch

What a great couple of days at the Candlestick. Preached last night at Aaron Baptist Church and met 9 different pastors from the area. Very excited about becoming the Director of Mission in Avery County. Just chilling today, perhaps spend some time with Brian and Chad today. Things went great last night. I had just remembered how long it has been since I preached but it was OK. Not the best I've ever done, but I preached the truth. It was good meeting some new people and hearing their ideas about the future of the association. It's raining this morning but I am still enjoying my coffee out on the porch. Better run for now

Friday, August 28, 2009

Weekend plans

We went to the doctor this morning for our annual check ups and all went well. Got our preseciptions and all. Had a great lunch today at the Family Carry Out in Cherryville and then went and got some quotes for the RV repair. Although we can still use it we had gotten some hail damage earlier this month and the insurance is going to put a new roof on and a new awning. What a blessings, thanks Allstate. Sitting in Waco right now in the RV listening to it rain hoping the repairs I made hold up. Going to Candlestick tomorrow and staying until Monday(or so). Preaching at Aaron Baptist Church on Sunday evening at an association meeting.
That's about it.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Out Of Here

Last wake up here at Collins. This morning we will leave after the boys go to school and make our way up to Waco NC. We have doctor appointments Friday morning and I think on Saturday we are going camping up to the mountains. This Sunday evening I will be preaching at Aaron Baptist church before the association. As long as I get myself out of the way and let God have control all will be fine and dandy. Taking it nice and slow today, no hurries. Oh yea, watched Texas beat NY in Little league world series on ESPN. I have become addicted to watching it. Thursday and Saturday are two more big days for the Texas team and the Georgia team from Warner Robbins. I love watching those guys play for the love of the game.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dragging but going to make it

Been busy all day. Picked up dryer, finished the grass and bought new box springs for the new house parents. It's been really nice getting to know these guys, too bad we don't get to work with them longer. I got the estimate form the insurance adjuster. Seems to be going our way. We have to wait for Allstate now to agree with the adjuster that they hired and we should be getting a new roof, awning and the repair work done inside as well. Still a lot of day left and we are dragging, off I go.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Good day today, grass cutting and stuff. Tomorrow we will pick up a new dryer donated by Jeff Lynch of Greenville SC. Two day and a wake up left

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Who Am I?

First morning waking up in the RV. Feels like we are camping even though we are still parked in the driveway. Taking the new couple to church this morning and then TC is cooking a big sunday lunch. Enjoyed the race last night, Mark Martin almost done it..... Here is a video I saw on another blog called Dust Bunny. It is awesome, check it out.....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Moving out

We spent the last night here in our Collins home as the new Houseparents will be moving in this afternoon. We will be sleeping out in our RV which is parked right outside the garage. From now until Thursday AM we will training the new couple as they learn the area and all that goes with it. They really seem like a great couple with three kids. Christie and David are coming down today to visit and this afternoon is the annual barbecue fundraiser for Collins at Seneca High School. In a few hours we will tear down this computer and do one more quick cleaning of the apartment and move out.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sleep, Study and Soothing Music

I become obsessed with songs and listen to them over and over and over and over. This is my latest, enjoy. The Insurance assessor or adjuster ad I call them because they adjust too much the wrong way, came by yesterday. Very nice guy and he could not get over how clean and nice the RV was even though it is 10 years old. I hope he takes that into consideration.
We had a bad storm last night and it sent us all to bed earlier. So, in the rack at 9:30, back out at 3:30. The coffee is hot and steaming and I am now working on my second class, "The Mosaic Writings". Just taking a break to post. Gotta run.....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Update

  • I took the RV to a dealer for a quote on the roof and the awning that was damaged from a hail storm. $4700.00 would be the total cost. Wow, that's crazy. The adjuster should be by in the next few days. Hope all goes well with that.
  • The new House parents will be bringing in a load of stuff tomorrow of Friday. We have to be out by Saturday.
  • Talked to Chad again last night. The Styker brigade is now doing the gate guard so Chad has been moved one of the towers. I was talking to him when a vehicle was approaching so he had to go. There are alot more people where he is now and as I write this at 10:10 PM it is after 6:00 Am there, meaning it is election day in Afghanistan.
  • Calling it another day!

Tougher Than I Thought

Yesterday was spent cutting grass. I started early in the morning after returning from taking the boys to school. Everything was still so wet but the smell was awesome. I love cutting grass, its an obsession. Anyway, without planning on doing so I eventually cut all three yards, which is a considerable amount. TC and I both struggled yesterday. WE saw a little disrespect form a few of the older boys, but that was nipped. It's hard to clean an apartment, move out of it while you are still living there. The new Houseparents will starting Friday to move in so we have to have everything out by Friday in the AM. My buddy Nicky King recently started blogging so I have added him on my friends list to the right. WE went to Fruitland together and he was a big part of me making it through. It's called the preacher's blog. Another big day of moving stuff and cleaning while running around doing our job as well. This is tougher tham I thought.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Speed is increasing

Today was the first day backk to school for the boys. It went pretty good. I took my final exam today for the class, "The Life of Christ". I think it went pretty good. Things here are going fast. The new Houseparents are wanting to start moving there things into the apartment this coming Friday. As long as the all the paperwork comes in I think it will be good. We are finishing up things here quickly. Just sat down adn read this post from my daughter on her writing blog. Take a peek here

Up pretty early this morning even for me, 4:00 AM...Tons to do. Data Entry, Register balance and prepare to turn in, First day of school etc. It's all good though....

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Camping pics and Chad update

Here we are camping at Pleasant Ridge just outside Landrum SC. Nice little spot. Talked to Chad yesterday. He said that Wolverine is getting crowded. A Brigade of Styker tanks has arrived since he left for R&R. He said that things pretty quite since the locals are very intimated by these new tanks. Chad said that where he was at there is not a lot of business about the elections like it is elsewhere. He is glad to be back with his stuff...
Today, we are heading down the road to a great roadside park where the seimming is great in the river, then we will clean up and meet some friends for supper at FATZ Cafe before heading back to work.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Camping at Pleasant Ridge

We left Mom's today and traveled down to Pleasant Ridge County Campground. It's very nice and we got a great spot. We went swimming in the lake to cool off and now just chilling. This place has a great history. It use to be a park for Blacks when the white people went to a nearby state park. Can you believe that? After the parks were integrated folks stopped using this one so the state gave it to Greenville County. We will stay here until tomorrow and then head on down to the Kids Farm.

Friday, August 14, 2009

State Park, Baseball and Bedtime

Nice day at South Mountain State Park today. The water was cold but so refreshing. I never get tired of going there. Stopped off on the way back home at the Falston Stop and Shop for some good grub. Watched the braves play a little while eating some pop corn with Daddy. Finnally got my lights working on the tow car today too. Tomorrow we are heading out to go camping somewhere between here and there. It;s late and I'm going to bed.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Too many things happening today to concentrate on my final so, I have put that off until Monday. Starting our four days off this morning. It's very hard to take time off when there is so much to do. Kids are starting to come in and they need to be prepared for school on Monday, and we will not return until Sunday evening. Someone will do it I guess. We tried to get as much finished as possible so that is that. Going to switch everything back to NC today, spend some time with Mom and Dad and will probably head back out camping somewhere either Friday or Saturday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sickones and Studying

Lots of stuff going on around here. First, we have had a Swine flu scare from some kids who just came back from camp. We have one showing symptoms and has been confirmed to have Influenza type A but we will not know for sure about the other until Thursday. I hope they don't lock down our campus because our time off starts tomorrow. Anyway, lots of sick kids in this area right now. The staff is interviewing our replacements today and we will give them a tour of the house and meet some of the kids if that goes well. Today, I am studying for my final exam that I will take this afternoon. All for now......

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Goodbye to Dylan

Up to NC yesterday with a load of what I call non-essentials. TC and I differ on what is essential or not. A change of clothes, toothbrush and a razor is all I need. Heck, I don't even need the razor. Just kidding but, Beanie babies are not essential. The boys enjoyed themselves and it just kills me to see them call Mom and Dad, Nanny and Paw Paw. What a kick! Today we have a brunch for the three siblings that are being adopted. Their new family will be here later for us all to spend some time with. Many blessings abound around here.
This is cool. I got to looking at our tow car and found that it already has installed a electric hook up that will allow the RC to operate the lights that are on that car. Everything works and that is just nice. The extra storage alone is cool, but now we can be mobile when we are camped. Much to do here, I am going to finish my reading log today and then I will be ready for my final exam of my first class, "The Life of Christ". Finally!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Cool Pics

Just the way they say goodbye. That's David there our son in law.
This is chad saying goodbye to Christie after his R&R. Very cute picture
A Chap way to cool the boys off

Supper and some Skits

Yesterday we picked up Anthony from BLBC, the Beaverdam Baptist Association Children Camp. Last night we picked up the "Big A" from Camp Lions Dens at the Clemson Outdoor Lab. We are so grateful for the Lions Club making it possible for him to go. He loves it. Outback Steakhouse provided burgers and chicken, and the skits were awesome. It's so neat seeing those young people working as staff all summer and the impact they make on these kids life.

Packing up boxes of non essentials, my drum kit, and anything we can stuff into the back of the van. After tomorrow we will be limited to what will fit in the RV and tow vehicle......God has already brought a couple for final interview on Wednesday to replace us. Today is the big day that we tell the kids....

Friday, August 07, 2009

A Video of Chad

Taken when Chad came home for some R&R.

***I apologize about the facebook sign up but I have to control who sees this because it has some of the boys in our care. You have to be my friend on FB in order to see this.

Packing anf Praying

Yesterday we started packing all non-essentials into some boxes. It's crazy how much you can accumulate in such a short time. Going to take those to NC soon. Getting down to the minimum! I can let you know that I have recommended to be the Director of Missions for the Avery Baptist Association in Newland NC. I will be preaching before the churches on August 3oth at Aaron Baptist Church. We are excited at the doors God is opened up for us. It would take God opening the door for us to leave our boys here. In the meantime, God has set a couple in place for an interview and tour for our replacement next Wednseday. There is still more news to share later but no date has been set, although we have been offered the job at a local group home in that area, jst don't know the time frame on that yet. It will all be in God's perfect time.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Big News

It's official; our last day here at Collins Home is September 10th. Please be in prayer as we make this transition and for the couple that will be coming in to replace us. Also, pray for our boys as they transition too. God is doing a great thing and I will be able to share where we are going soon!

I wish I could share now but I cannot. We have had several interviews and all the right cards are in place, we just have to wait until everything is finalized.

SpongeBob does it again

Well our new boy is getting better with Benji. Not so much with Smudges. It's so funny to watch. This job can sometimes become so emotional. You see because of camp and visits, we are down to two boys until Friday. Our newest one found himself between halls and it just hit him that he was alone. What joy it is to comfort him but how sad to see a young man really felling alone in this world. A quick hug, so as not to make a big deal out of it, and a episode of Spongebob made him fell better much better.
Talked with Chad again last night, He is still waiting on a flight in Kuwait. Thought it was going to happen on Tuesday but it looks like Thursday, which is today.He is not happy with how long it takes in the Army to get somewhere or get something done. Go Figure!
In other news, there will be some drastic changes around here soon. Several people are leaving in the next few months and we will have more news to share at a better time.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Afraid of Dogs?

Well, our new boy came in and what do you know, he is afraid of dogs. We slowly let him meet them through the night and I hope that it goes better today. Having a luncheon for staff birthdays this week then back here to the house for some organizing.

Camping humor

This guy is too funny.

This is even funnier!!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Grass and the Petting Zoo

This was a big deal for him to even touch the animal.He's getting brave. This from a boy that a month ago he could not even stay outside for fear of bugs.
Just an ole pro at feeding the pony now.

Check out the tongue on that cow. You just drop the feed in and it retracts.

Note: Pictures taken from my cheap Sprint Cell phone.

Well I got half the grass cut yesterday. Beginning again this morning in about 10 minutes. Cool of the morning will be much better. TC got her license taken care of. Even the examiner said it was stupid for her to have to come in. On the bright side, we went right by Dillard Ga so we decided to stop and let the boys go tot he petting Zoo. They enjoyed it so much. The smell of Dillard's was almost too much for me to take. So close Sarge Charlie but not enough time. Anyway, we get a new boy today. Very excited!! His room is ready and we can't wait until we meet him. Chad should be back in Afghan by today or so. On Sunday he was in Kuwait and waiting on his flight, which should be today. I think he is ready to get back and get settled back into his routine. Gotta go the grass is waiting.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Welcome Home

Welcome home Mr. Speicher. We are glad that your final resting place is on the very ground that you were protecting. Kinda brings it all home!!!

Getting it Going on a Monday

Up and going. Much to do today. One boy to camp and one already there. TC and I have to run some errands and then it's back to cut grass on the entire campus. I guess I am the only one who knows how to operate a lawnmower. Right now we only have two boys and we are getting a new one on Tuesday. More chores than they are hours in the day, at least for a couple of days. Because the stats of North Carolina has idiots running their license offoce, we have to make a run to NC, just so TC can get a new copy of her license without bus endorsement or lose her license. Idiots. Go ahead, ask me how I really feel? Oh well, it's time to get started. Hopefully later in the week I can play with our new little toy.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Missing them already

Boy, it hit me this morning that we are losing so many of our boys. These little ones will forever be in my heart and while I am happy that they wither returned home or was adopted, our hearts hurt so much in them leaving. We are forever changed by them.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

We got a Tow Car; Yippee

Left Hendersonville this morning and stopped by Anderson SC to look at and then to purchase this little gem of a tow car. IT is already set up to do so. We got a great deal on it from an elderly gentleman's son. He was 84 and could no longer drive it. A great deal considering it has an excellent Blue Ox tow bar already installed on it. Gonna pick it up tomorrow. Now we are at Chau Ram Campground in Westminster SC where we started our vacation. We had some fun in the river and it felt so good. Heading back to the Kids Farm tomorrow afternoon.