Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's my birthday

Lots of birthday wishes today. Even though I have been sick and in bed most of the day it's hard to believe that I am 46 already. Time flies. We are completely out of our elk Park house and have moved all of our stuff to the Faith house in spruce Pine. When we get off shift Saturday morning we will go there full time. We believe that the Lord has opened this door for us and we are glad to step through it.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Broken nose

Monday morning in Waco and Mom and Dad just left for the VA. This holiday seems to have flown by before I knew it. We left Saturday morning and took Chad some stuff we had in storage using Daddy's truck. W got back late Saturday night and on Sunday TC was sick so we pretty did nothing all day. It's Monday morning and last night Chad called to say that he walked to the convenient store around 8:30 last night and was attacked by 6 teenagers. His new apartment in just outside the ghetto so it is not the most desired places.The final tally was that he had a broke nose and I think a broke finger. All of this for a pack of smokes which he didn't get and lost what little money he had until the first. Life is tough sometimes! He is doing OK and will bounce back. We are heading back to Elk Park today and hopefully start boxing up the few things we have and try and make the move on Tuesday to the new cottage in Spruce Pine.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


We left Tuesday and went back to our old home, Collins Home and Family Ministries, and got to see several of our boys. How much fun we had taking "A" out to lunch. We returned back to Elk Park and now have moved to Waco for Christmas. Leaving here Saturday and going to see Chad at Fort Bragg. Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Snowy Days at crossnore


We got about 17 inches of snow here in Crossnore. The girls are having a blast playing in the snow. Looks like a white Christmas for them. It is good to get out and work int he office this morning for a few hours. Planning on heading to SC to see some of the boys at Collins on Tuesday and then heading to Waco for Christmas. Will probably be moving sometime next week from our rented house in elk Park to our new cottage in spruce Pine. Lots going on right now. Both our daughter and son are moving into a new place right now and so are we. Will explain the new job later.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A busy Week

Back at Crossnore and things are hopping. Tuesday we went skiing at sugar Mountain and the whole trip was paid by a donor. Over 70 of us. Crossnore has so many great donors. This week there is so much happening. today we filled Christmas bags and Thursday is a great little thing called the bird cage. We will have a program and dinner and everyone dresses up in their new Christmas clothes, again paid for by a donor. Friday we are having a party at the town square, bonfire and singing. Saturday, a place called haircut 101 has adopted our cottage and they are giving all the girls a haircut, a Japanese dinner and a show at Appalachian State University. A busy week indeed. Oh yea, tomorrow we will go and see our new cottage. We start there January 2nd. The cottage is actually located in Spruce Pine NC. We are so excited about this new adventure and we don't even have to leave Crossnore.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pictures of training

The location of my training. What a great place! Inside the training hut. It was cold and wet but it was great.

Last day of training.

Merlin already loves me! This is Delilah, a part draft horse. I want this one but it's not going to happen. We bonded over the week.

This is Merlin. He will be our newest addition come spring. He is great little horse, around 9 years old.

Change 101

We had a meeting this morning with the leadership staff and have been invited to join the staff of the Faith House, which is a transitional living program that Crossnore calls Stepping Stones. The house is actually in Spruce pine NC. This move will free me up to work more at the associational level. God had a plan all along and now we are seeing it more clearly. This change will take place on January 2nd

Friday, December 11, 2009


WOW, what a great week this had been. Now, I found out that this association of Equine assisted Psychotherapy has a ministry based componement. I am so excited at what God is doing! It has been so cold all week and our classroom is outside all the time but this is great! I feel that God has put me back in the game. So, God has me now as a mountain missionary, a houseparent and now horses. What could be better?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Looking Good

Well we had the interview today and the tour of the new house. All went well. The one needed to decide said she felt really good about it. The house is great and there are four girls and two boys. All of them drive except one. This is called a stepping stones cottage and it is basically just a place where kids can go to college before they start in adult life. This will open me up to work with the churches of Avery County more and it looks like God just keeps on blessing! Gotta run as I start my 40 hours of training to become an equine specialist. This is going to be exciting.

Sunday, December 06, 2009


We are finishing up a 7 day run at Crossnore. It's been very busy but it's been a good week. I am working here at the office tonight for a while and TC is taking the girls to get some supplies. The girls have done a bunch of baking this weekend so I have ate a lot. I called them "domestic Deva's". We are interviewing for another job on Monday at Crossnore. If we get it I will share details. I am starting training Tuesday through Saturday 40 hours of intense training to become an equine specialist. This way, I can deal with the horses while the therapist can work with the child. I am very excited about this. I better get to work because time is limited.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

So Much To do

It's been a very busy week so far. I am in the office right now but not for long. They have eliminated several positions at Crossnore and combing some houses. We just got two new girls and the work to get them in and all their paperwork caught up is tremendous. Yes, we are busy. Meeting someone this morning to talk about a pastors banquet in March and plan that out. So much to do and so little time.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Down Range

Again, looking back at some pics. I remember when we saw this picture. It was one of the first we had seen of chad actually down range. This is his unit and while most of them have come home who know what will happen with the build up. For goodness sake, lets forget about playing nice and kick some taliban butt. No Prisnors!