Saturday, July 30, 2011

Too Hot to Fish

Our first week of this new deal went pretty good. TC was in Shelby and I was not here until Friday. Of course over the years between Trucking and the Army, we have spent much time apart and usually handle it pretty well, although not as much as many others. I pray each day for our troops and especially Sgt Dub as he is deployed right now. So, I got here Friday and we went out last night for some good Japanese food, to Walmart(not my idea) and then to rent some movies. The van said it was 104 while we were out and that was around 6:00 PM Today I tried to cut the grass here at the home but the mower is broke. It is way too hot to really do anything else so I hope we can stay in today.
We will get off late Sunday night and head home. We are taking one of our girls with us on our mission trip to KY. On Monday we will meet the rest of the team around Noon at the Mission office and head to Cranks KY. This should be a good week.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pastors and Peace

Well this week is the beginning of our new schedule. So, Monday I drove TC down to Shelby and then visited with Mom and Dad for a while. Back to Spruce Pine last night and I found myself buying some groceries for myself this week. I will work all week here and then join TC back at the group home on Friday. We are hoping that this schedule will work for us and that we will both feel less stressful overall. Well, I have a meeting this morning with a few pastors so it's off I go.

Psalms 72:3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday in Spruce Pine

We had to replace out deep cycle battery on the RV so we dropped it off and got a new one. then went to downtown Spruce Pine. Here is Lower street with the weekly Saturday car show. Walking down from upper street

This is a new place called The Tropical Grill. Great christian owners. It is on Upper street

I had a Rueben

TC had some kind of pork with black beans and rice with fried Platians,which is fried bananas.

Overall this was a good day. We started out with breakfast with our motorcycle club and then went for a short ride.

Riding and Resting

It has been a pretty busy week. I hosted a mission team leader as we looked at some projects his group can do and then I hosted a church planting couple for a couple of days. right now some Mexico Missionaries are staying in the apartment until Sunday as they have several speaking engagements.
I had put our RV up for sale and had an actual buyer, but we just couldn't let it go. I like it too much and it does get used in ministry so for now we will keep it. It has been hot in the mountains but it cools down each night. Of course our 94 is much lower that the 100's I have heard about. We did buy a window A/C unit and it really helps out on these warm days. This morning our motorcycle club is meeting for breakfast and then we are headed our for a short ride.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Preaching and Running

It's Sunday morning and I am getting ready to leave Shelby and head up to Newland this morning to preach at Oak Grove. Afterwards I will come right back to Shelby and then head back home tomorrow. Lots of driving. TC has decided to take chad back home with us until Wednesday. She is going to try to help him get some things straightened out. All of the girls are home from their mission trip and the house seems full again. WE have one who is leaving today and beginning the adopting process. She is 15 and has decided to show how much she dislikes this place on her last night. I reckon TC gave her a what for. No one really knows the mental toughness to do this job. Our opposite couple left last week and now a new couple is starting tomorrow. They have worked here before and so come well versed in this cottages living. They actually live in Junction City Ohio. They make the drive every week. That is a bit much for me but they seem to like it. I understand they are a great couple so i look forward to meeting them. The girls say that he and i are a lot alike. We will see!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Here are some pics from out outing this past Monday at South Mountain State Park Benji just got pooped out! Below, this is Destiny. She is12 and hopes to go home soon. We are not sure when that might happen.

Jumping is Brianna. she is 17 and will be a Senior this year.

Destiny and TC
Smudges is such a Ham

Somebody woke up.

Well it has been a week since I have checked in. We have been very busy but times are good. We have had a heat wave here in the mountains. Last Sunday it was almost more than we could handle. I spoke at a local retirement community called Land harbor and really had a good time. Lots of Florida folks! We have a joke up here when we get behind someone driving slow. "Some people have to work up here you know". I really don't mind most of the time. It has been cooling down each day and tonight it just feels so good. I have met with some mission teams that will be coming up here to work in august and preparing our team as we go to Kentucky August 1st. We are partnering with a group from Ohio to do a community wide VBS in Cranks Ky. Well, it is back to Shelby tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Right Thing

When we arrived home Monday this little fellow was hanging out at the house. He is a Siberian Husky, an absolutely beautiful dog and was a nice as could be. We struggled at what to do but I knew I could not let him run free and gt ran over. So, we took him in, fed him and even let him sleep in the house as he seemed house trained. I took him to Mitchell Humane Society where they scanned him for a chip and was able to contact the owner who was sick from worrying. Doing the right thing is always the right thing.

Working at the house yesterday we finished up the last window in the kitchen with all new wood trim and curtains. I must now choose what light to use over the sink and finish the door trim and the kitchen will be completely done.

Sunday, July 03, 2011


Sunday after church we came home and these two girls, Amber and Destiny volunteered to fix lunch. Wow, it was really good. That was some of the best Tater salad I have ever had. THANKS! It has been a peaceful evening.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

A Weekend at the Home

Friday night was spent at Shelby High School as one of the girls boyfriend was having a late graduation. ACtually it was pretty nice. Afterwards we spent the night in watching movies. Today we are going to let the girls sleep in, do regular Saturday clean up and then attend the Fallston 4th of July Celebration. As of yesterday, the Lady that was hired backed out so it may be a little longer to replace me here at the group home. I will remain patient until things work out. This Sunday we will have church in the AM and maybe some creek or river time later in the afternoon. When we get off Monday our replacement couple is going to be running late. Usually we get off around 10 but it will probably be around lunch or after. Well I hope everyone has a great 4th of July Weekend. Happy Birthday America.

Here are some pics of the gravel spread. Great place for the camper to sit.

A few Pics

What 18 tons of gravel looks like being delivered. Trying to spread it

Getting there

Mom and Dad at the Pregnancy Center