Sunday, October 30, 2011

Birthdays and Buffets

The week ended well and I feel so much better about the office. We finally got the bank straightened out with the right people on the account and the ability to pay bills again. TC is figuring things out quickly and we got the newsletter out for November. Saturday, we went down to Asheville and celebrated Chad's birthday with him and Christie and David. We took him to Asiania,a nice buffet with numerous kinds of "ese" foods. that means a lot of countries that ends in "ese". Thank god they had some American good too. Chad ate free though. We hung out
at Christie and David apartment for several hours just talking and stuff. TC and I got home and become obsessed with the show "Gold Rush" on the Discovery channel and watched the marathon until after 11. It's been a good weekend, so today is church, football and racing!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's getting Colder in more ways than One

For our duties at the missions office things went pretty well. TC finished up the newsletter and it is ready to be mailed. I met with the bank and we now have a new Treasurer and assistant. Today, we must train on quick books and pay the monthly bills and then the new treasurer will come and sign the checks that Tc has put together. This way the job gets done but we won't be putting ourselves in a bad spot handling the money. After 2:00 PM we head on to the Pregnancy Center. It was nice having lunch together and talking some. I think this is going to work just the way it should. Of course if we spend weeks in a small cab of a truck we should have no problems anywhere else.
This whole baby thing is pretty tough. Tashia said that she was not letting anyone hold the baby but we have seen several on Facebook and so we are considering just deleting everyone from our list. It is so hard to see pics of the baby, but we will see. I can tell that TC is really bothered, as she barely spoke. My lady is hurting inside for sure and that makes big daddy mad. For those who have prayed, thanks so much.
The weather has been so nice here in the NC mountains. Yesterday I was working outside a bit and actually started sweating. It was right around 70 but by Friday the high is on 46 with lows dipping down to the low 30's and some upper 20's. One of my challenges this year ios going to be my filter system. With the Iron in our water it is neccesary but it is also outside. I have it in a small plastic building. Yesterday I wrapped it in insulation and plan on burning a heat lamp to burn. We are good until it gets to the 20 something period and stays that way. So between the well house, filter system and even under the house I do no look forward to frozen water.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy/Sad Moment

The call came this morning at 5:45, we are Grandparents. Well at least in theory. Chad and she broke up and now she is not even going to put Chad as the Father. she changed his name to John David and it was suppose to be Brody Hampton. I am sad and heart broken. We drover over 3 hours to see him and she would not even let TC hold him. We saw him for about 15 minutes and had to leave because of here sister coming to the room. Chad was in tears. As we left he leaned over and kissed him and told him that he loved him. How can anyone be this cruel I will never know. for months she told us of how cruel her family was and now I believe her, she included. I guess we will never be part of his life but we Can pray and hope that one day we will. sorry for the rant but this grandpa's heart is broken and TC and Chad's is as well. Chad was not perfect but he did not deserve this.
Tomorrow we go back to work so this should help take our minds off of it for a while anyway. TC has to work on the newsletter and I have several meetings. Lord, bless his little heart tonight.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Well TC's first week ended and things went OK. I am so glad the bank worked with me and I got all the information I needed for our accountant. That made my weekend much nicer. Speaking of, Saturday was a day of rest for me. I watched some College Football, Go Clemson 8-0 and piddles around outside a bit. Sunday, I went to the early service at First Baptist spruce Pine and then went on to White's Memorial for their 11:00 Service. I have been meeting with the pastor at First, spruce pine for several weeks now. He is part of the group that meets Tuesday morning at 6:00 AM for breakfast and Bible study. The week is starting today and there is a lot of little things to do with the budget at the association. So, we are going to do that today so tomorrow can be devoted to foster parent training. Oh, and what a great race at Talladega and the Panthers finally won another one.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wind Blows; Leaves Fall

A few pics
3 mile road on my way to work
Fried Green Tomatoes
Going from Avery County into Mitchell County
Down by the River Road. Just coming home from work after visiting a few pastors

The last few days have been uneventful and that has been nice. We have celebrated TC's birthday with some shopping and a nice meal out. Everything seems to be going well and we have enjoyed a little bit of down time in between of a couple of working days. Today is TC's first day of her new job, mu Ministry Assistant at the associational missions office. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with her. Later today I am meeting with two men; One that has already started a church in Banner Elk and one that wants to support such an effort. My plan is to hook these guys up and then leave and let them talk. We have more foster parenting classes this afternoon. The rain has come the temps are falling fast. The leaves are still here but fading fast as the wind blows. Yesterday is was raining leaves now today it is raining, well rain.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Keep it Up

Well I wish that I could say the "letting go" of my secretary went better but it did not. While we have talked about this for a while it did not go as I had intended. I was trying to get on the same page as far as timing and I wanted to be flexible but it did not work out and now she is gone. OK, let's do this. The plan is for TC to begin in November but now I guess she will start next week, or a part of it. We have to hire a new Treasurer as TC cannot do that for obvious reasons. While we are trusted we must protect ourselves. I am looking forward to working with TC as we have been for many years now. This will help me in many ways professionally and personally.
The Fall colors are so beautiful but the rain and wind is really getting them on the ground too fast. I am not looking forward to the dreariness of winter, but snow always makes it bearable. I love the winter as things slows down some and we have time for other things too.
We also had a visit with Chad this past week and it does my heart good to see such positive changes in his life. For those who are praying, keep it up!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Food and Faith

We actually had to wait until Monday morning to leave after the girls got off to school. Our Management an replacement couple forgot to tell us and they seemed surprised to learn the other had not told us, yet were also surprised when we were a bit upset. Bottom line; We did the right thing and stayed! Surprised? Well yes I was but I learned an a lesson. enough said, we are moving on and it feels good.
TC got the last of the "maters off the vine" and tore down the vines. That evening we had Fried Green tomatoes.
I started a new Tuesday morning Bible Study/Breakfast at the 50's diner here in Spruce Pine. Turns out that most of the guys are from First Baptist Spruce Pine, which makes no difference to me. I enjoy meeting at 6:30 for food and faith boost.
A couple of days of working and playing for us. We had more training on Tuesday as we continue to prepare for foster care. We will visit Chad today and anticipate my parents visiting on Thursday and Friday. All is well in the Huntsinger Home.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Turn The Page

This week has crawled by with many different aspects. The first part was terrible as TC really had the extreme weight on her. I prayed, others were praying and God showed up. He eased the situation and by the end of the week it was much smoother. I came back down on Thursday to help TC. We went to the fair that night but even that had its issues. TC and I did enjoy looking at the animals. Anyway, The ones who were not in trouble was taken to Walmart and then ice cream. I was trying to TC a favor but she would up with more than me. I enjoyed the Ice Cream. So, the home has now hired a new couple and our last day is today. After church we will clean out our room, pack it up and then take the girls to see the movie "Courageous". We should be relieved tonight around 8:00 PM and head to the mountains. A new Chapter will Begin!

TC in the petting zoo

Me with a camel...t the worl famous Cleveland County Fair

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Living Free Standing Firm

Here are some pictures from the meal and Missions Fair from our Annual meeting of the Avery Baptist association Monday night. This is a big night for local baptist associations. The Budget and everything else was passes with no discussion.

The first part of the week brought lots on anxiety and stress. Our annual Meeting went well but things at the home, not so much. TC has taken the blunt of that, but Thank God things got much better. TC told the girls that we were leaving and they took it well. They will bounce back as they always do. A couple was interviewed yesterday and TC met them as they toured the house. I do pray that this transition can go quickly. I am anxious for TC to be working up here close by my side. In fact, soon she will be the ministry assistant for the association I hope. That will be good and as one friend told me, at least there will be no sexual harassment from the secretary. That was a pastor friend too.
This week I also got the house inspected by the Fire Inspector and it passed and I met a new brother in the Lord. In fact I am gong to try and go their Tuesday morning men's breakfast group. 6:00 AM, that my style. I am getting some more records transformed over the the new DSS forms today and shampoo the carpet and the office as we will have guest in the apartment for the next three weeks. A great couple from Texas comes each year and sings all around Western North Carolina. Also, today is the Pregnancy Center, and that is gong so well. We are adding a new small group study called Living Free to our program and that is gong to make an impact on the community. God is good!!!
Here is something I found this morning,

“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm”
--Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Looking for a Slow down

Back down in Shelby at the group home. Last night TC took some of the girls to Scarewinds, which we think is stupid, but they had season passes and we were tole to take them. Anyway, I stayed here with three of them, tow who were grounded, and one too young to go. Today is cleaning day and i will cut the grass if I have time. This should be a nice slow weekend for the rest. I will head back to Avery county on Monday morning after the girls go to school. Monday is a big day as it is our Annual Meeting for the Association. I have met with all the committees and everyone is ready to make their report. The budget is Balanced and the Book of Reports should be ready sometime today(I hope or I will be doing that Monday). The meetings start at 3:30 in the afternoon and goes to around 8:30 with dinner and a Missions Fair in between. This year I have tried to reduce or consolidate the business part and increase the worship and encouragement side. When Tuesday comes I think I will take that day off and slow down a bit.