Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas has come and gone...I was not able to spend it with my family but I did the best I could. We sent Christie and David on a couple night stay for their Anniversary on the Northern Coast of California, we sent Chad some money, and I was able to spend the night with Mom and Dad while TC worked at Ebeneezer. I was able to stop and have lunch at TC's cottage Christmas Day and then came home to relax and enjoy some John Wayne movies. Back to work today as I have much to accomplish and try and do it by 2 PM so I can spend some time with TC this afternoon.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Gift of Giving

Christmas Eve morning and of course things change. No Worries!!! Heading out this morning to the Asheville VA. Today we hope Daddy will go home and I will get to take them there. Still gonna spend the night with Mom and Dad tonight, and then head up to see TC on Christmas day. David and Christie is waking up in Gulala California this morning. We purchased for them a two night stay at a West Coast Ocean front place off the beaten path. That was our gift to them for Christmas.
  This is our first Christmas here at Warrensville and it has been good. I have been overwhelmed at the generosity of the good folks of Warrensville Baptist Church. There giving of both cards and gifts have shown their love for God and their pastor. At times it is hard for a humble person to receive, but spoke to me. As I am blessed, I can bless others. That is our plan. It is just fun to give. Knowing that I don't deserve any of the gifts helps to turn them into gifts of other kinds. God is so awesome!!! Thanks Heavenly Father for your grace and mercy.
   The Christmas play turned out great. The kids did an awesome job and all the workers contributed in amazing ways. The fellowship was good and everyone enjoyed it. All is well in Warrensville NC. Following are some pics of the last few days....
2013 Warrensville Christmas Play and Fellowship

On the 22nd Christie and David celebrated 8 years of marriage.

The next few pics is just me and a buddy chilling and shooting some guns

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Time

It has been strange since Daddy has been having some health issues. A light stroke started it all and up until now, not really sure what is causing all of the issues. God willing, that will be easing off the next few days, I pray for Daddy. TC is heading back to Ebeneezer today so that means  a Christmas without the family. I plan on spending some time with TC on Christmas Eve day then heading down to be with Mom and Dad. I hate that we will not have our Christmas tradition but the kids are still out west. In the meantime there are plenty to do. Our kids play is this coming Sunday and there has been many things to do..So here is my Merry Christmas to all...

Saturday, December 14, 2013


The holidays are always very busy for most people. This year is a bit different as none of our kids will be here. This is the first year that has ever happened. Even though TC was off Thanksgiving, she will be working on Christmas. I have an idea of what I am going to do but we will see. Church is going well as I have now been here 7 months. WE have been busy doing many things preparing for that. We've missed one Sunday because of ice so far. We will see how January/February are. I am hoping that this March will be a warmer one but sometimes March is a tough month. Here is an update of activities by way of pictures..

We have John this weekend so we took him to get an haircut.

Getting some groceries at Walmart 

Shopping with some Deacons at Sam's in Hickory for items for the Christmas Treat Bags. We also went by and saw Miss Edith Lindsey. 

Responding to a little mishap on icy roads

Checking out the 1000 kids Christmas give a way at Family Central sponsored by so many and led by DOM David Blackburn...

Adding chains to the Fire Trucks

We decided to sell our Hybrid camper...this is the guy leaving with it.

At the Ashe Baptist Association Pastor's/Staff Christmas Banquet.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving turned out quite nicely. I so enjoyed spending it with TC and my family. With that said, my heart was broke for TC as she was not able to do the same. We got back late that night and TC has went back to Ebeneezer until Monday. Friday we had a working structure fire that I was able to get some nozzle time. Love putting out fires, but boy am I out of shape. I must start walking again. I made a trip to Winston to visit a church member on Saturday and spent the rest of the day studying and preparing for Sunday along with some other church stuff. Here are some pics from Thanksgiving, along with some other nice pics

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Studying and Snowing...Hopefully

Today I spend most of the morning studying and then we drove over to Spruce Pine to gather our Christmas Decorations. When will we decorate? Not sure! There will be no kids here this year, and TC will be gone for half the month at work, but we are determined to decorate and light up our little hill. It has rained all day and they are calling for snow tomorrow. Let it snow!!!

Schedules and Scripture

I was glad for TC to come home last Friday. when she arrived she was very tired and then got sick. I am glad that she has recovered and is feeling a lot better. she goes back next Friday and will be working a varying schedule until she gets on a regular schedule in a week or so. Good news, she is off on Thanksgiving so we will make it to Mom and Dad's on Thursday after all.
  It seems that the struggle progresses each day and by struggle I mean life. God never said it would be easy, but He did promise to be faithful, and Faithful He has been. While I would never share personal stories that would be offensive, I am a pastor of a Southern Baptist Church, so with that comes let call it, "certain days". I am certain that some days will be hard, long and challenging, but I am equally certain that there will be days full of joy, peace and love. Jesus said in John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

This pretty much sums it all up. God is good, ALL the Time!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time and Thinking

Yesterday after some morning meetings, I took the dogs and went to Ebeneezer to visit TC. We went out to lunch and let the dogs run a little bit. Smudges was so very happy to see her Mommy. Back to the office for a little bit getting some prices and preparing for the nights business meeting. Many people dread or even skip business meetings, but yet I have always enjoyed them. I do like it when we are able to make them more positive, as in what we are doing is a good thing. To live in a free country, and to be part of a church with congregational structure where every member has a vote is nothing to take for granted. More meetings and some studying to day is what's on the agenda. Can't wait for TC to come home tomorrow.

Monday, November 18, 2013

God's Will

It's been busy trying to catch up and get prepared for several meetings. TC went to work at Ebeneezer Christina Children Home on Saturday. this is a new journey for us as she will be working 7 days on and 7 days off so it will be a challenge but we believe it is God's Will. In these days we are deeply searching for God's will in many things in our lives. That is the most important thing to us is following the path that God has provided for us. I can say that it is times like this that it is wonderful to have such wonderful pastor friends and brothers. I only hope that I am being supportive as they are to me.

Friday, November 15, 2013

OWLS Beach Trip 2013

What an awesome time we had at the Senior's beach trip. Our Senior group "The Owls" had a wonderful time. We enjoyed all the shows, the meals and mostly the fellowship. such bright and beautiful faces. Here are but a few of the pics from our week....

A special thanks to Harry and especially Janie Ashley for leading our trip and to Bobby and Edith Osborne for driving and just being who they are...

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Sappers Forward- Veterans Day

A someone once said, I is one. I served in the 10th Mountain Division in the 80's where all we did was train for cold weather fighting and preparing to go to war with Russia. I reckon all that did some good when the 10th reeked some havoc in Afghanistan. To all Veterans who have served I salute you. I love my brothers I served with, even when we didn't like each other. Sappers Forward!

Friday, November 08, 2013

My Hope W/ Billy Graham

Like many I watched the wonderful message from Billy Graham and I was just thinking.....What an example of how to manage a ministry, not a church but a ministry. The legacy he leaves behind is incredible. Son's and daughters, grand kids even proclaiming the name above all other names. Two things: 1.) Other evangelists should take note 2.) Those who desire to support such ministries should do so with this in mind. A clear message, a loving heart and a commitment to open reviews of the ministries finances. While Franklin and Will continue the legacy, I was glad to see Greg Laurie there, who I think personally is America's greatest evangelist in modern times. It does remind me that as much as these ministries need our support, and should get it, our first fruits should go to the local church. I think it is in incredible that the message of the night was this; the best to reach people with the gospel is first hand, face to face, friend to friend, personally and physically. God bless Billy Graham.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Grand Kids....

How incredible last weekend was. In a surprise twist we were able to pick up John on Thursday and take him back on Monday. We really enjoyed the weekend. We really enjoy spending timer with our Grandson. I love hearing, "Hey Grandpa". We took John to one of our church members who has a large farm and plenty of tractors...Her are some pics of that, riding around on the tractor and riding the wooden horse at home....What a kid!!!

Sunday, November 03, 2013