Thursday, September 29, 2011

We had a great visit with chad on Wednesday and also enjoyed a nice little bike ride. We put 110 miles on the Goldwing. Today has been really busy with the pregnancy center and now waiting on 7:00 PM for a meeting here at the missions office. Heading back to Shelby tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day Two and Beyound

Day Two went well and we had to finish up on the morning of the third day. Rain really slowed us down and metal is slick when it is wet. Anyway, we are done with the roof and it looks good. TC really had a tough week and she is glad to be home. Monday Morning we drove over to Crossnore and said goodbye to Christie and David as they travel to England for three weeks. Man, how do you take three weeks off. Someone tell me the secret. For lunch on Monday we met with a group planning to create a mother/baby residence here in Spruce pine. That is going to be a long process. We finished filling out some paperwork for foster care and went shopping at Wally World. Today, I am finishing up some things for the associational meeting coming next week and we are meeting with a foster care representative at 10:00 AM this morning. At 1:00 I have a meeting with NC Baptist Men and will work the rest of the day at the office. Things are really busy right now and it just seems that one day runs into the other. It is usually around this time in my life that I make a drastic change, so I have been praying hard for God's direction in which I know will come. Proverbs 3:6 says In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day One: Roofing

TC is back down to group home now after Toshia's Baby Shower on Sunday. After coming back to the High Country I worked Monday and Tuesday and then came roofing day. After one day it went pretty well but it rained so hard for so long that we had to stop so many times, we figured we sit around for at least 3 hours. After an 8 hour day I think we did pretty good for two of us in 5 hours.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Campfires & Conversations

The weather is really cooling down around here. It's been dipping down into the 40's the last several nights. I got our heat fixed and it's ready to burn. On Friday I went over to Piney Flatts Tenn. and bought the metal for our new roof. Thanks again to Cecil for loaning me his truck and trailer. TC and I unloaded it and we will start putting the new roof on sometime later this week. Friday night we made a good fire end enjoyed some creekside conversation.
Saturday was a nice cool morning and we met some new friends at DT's coffee shop and this afternoon we are just hanging out and taking it easy.
That's a lot of money laying on the ground.
Cecil's ole truck sure came in handy as some of the metal was 16' long and my little trl is on 10'.
Now that's a fire!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Journey Continues

Chad seems to be doing good at the Veterans restoration Quarters. He met another guy close to his age. It is true that many of the residents are much older but they are getting younger and younger says the staff. In his first week it is a transition period. Soon he will be assigned a case manager and they will assist him and provide encouragement for him to reach his goals. This ministry works with the VA so Chad has net with them twice so far. TC and I are happy. In other news, work load has stayed steady. This is a busy time for the association as we have our annual meeting in October so i am working with the budget and nominating committee to fill all the positions. The Pregnancy center is going well but as in most cases we need more volunteers. It seems that all I ever do anymore is meet. It's one meeting to the next and this does get old but it is a way that things have to begin. I love what I do so that makes it easier.
TC and i had our first home study done as we progress down the journey of becoming foster parents. We have tons of paperwork to fill out and things like, home fire inspection, background checks, fingerprinted, driver license check, proof of insurance, and on and on and on and on...

Monday, September 12, 2011


9/11 Changed the World in which we live but another event changed it even more; when Jesus, the Son of God, gave himself for us. By his stripes we are healed. No better place to go then to the Son for comfort. For those who have lost a loved one through this terrible event I life them up in prayer.

Today we are taking Chad for an interview at the Vets Place in Asheville. They called and we are hoping that they will do an intake on him but we will see. Today at 2:00 PM we have an in house interview with the Representative with Grandfather Home for Children foster care program. We have already had the 20 MAPPS Training we would just need to take the additional 10 hours of Therapeutic training. All else is going well. We took Chad to the Bridge Church yesterday and he enjoyed it very much, so did I!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

It's Going Just Fine

Well TC has a short week this week at the group home so she came home on Friday. Friday afternoon I made a Ministry Proposal to the Leadership of the Bridge church to begin a Living Free Ministry called LifePath. I am building the website now so when it is finished I can share it. After the presentation, I was invited to present this ministry to the full board in which they will vote and hopefully approve this the last Sunday of September. what is important is that leaves us the month of October to do some outside and plumbing work to the facility before winter hits. We must have the pipes ready before then. I am stepping out on Faith and ordering the materials and lining up the work. We will see.
We are spending the day with Chad in Boone today and just going to have a little fun. Things are going well and we are anticipating hearing from someone soon.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Living Free

The Lord sometimes really knows how to test you. Part of my sermon last Sunday was talking about how God is always on time. If He is late, we will not trust Him but if He is early, we may not learn the lessons we need to. Anyway, yesterday nothing went like I wanted it to. The VA has a 4-6 week window to be assigned a Primary Care Doctor, and the Veterans ministry has a 4-6 week waiting list. Bummer, but our spirits are up. We are just going to have to pray that
someone see's a need to speed it up a bit.
I took Chad with me to go and see Tom Anglin. He is the pastor of the Bridge Church here in Spruce pine. We are talking about a ministry just for this kind of thing. We have another meeting on Friday but again it will be at least two months before we can get that going. BTW, what we are looking at is beginning a new ministry. It is called Living Free and it is a small group orientations recovery group.
This is not your typical recovery group and it is not for just addicts. It is for anyone with a Life Controlling situation. Life Controlling can be explained by anything that masters your life, thoughts etc. A special component of this ministry is have a transition house. This part of the ministry is going to be called LifePath Solutions. It will begin by housing up to 6 men 18-25. We have so far to go. The building is there but it is going to take quite a bit of work to get it up to par. First all the pipes burst last year and that is just starters. We need capital. I am praying for a sizable donation to get us started but that is up to God. Well, today is a big long busy day so I better get started. More later.....

Monday, September 05, 2011

Chad Update

Well, today is the day I pick chad up from jail. I find myself so frustrated as to me the worse case seniro has come about. Because he played around surrendering himself, the court ordered time served ends at 8:40 PM tonight. That means, we might get left at 9:00 PM which now, two hours up the road through the rain and fog. I am mad, no doubt about it but I must do everything in my power to give him this chance. Tomorrow I must work but on Wednesday morning I will be with him at the VA to enroll and hopefully recieve an intake. Chad deals with anixiety and anger management issues a lot like his Daddy. So, after seeing the doc we hope he may get some medication to deal with that. I did! Afterwards, we are gong to check out a ministry called the Veteran's Restoration Quarters and Transitional Housing. click on the link to check it out. I have high hopes but we will see. More to come....