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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Twelveth Day of Christmas: A Christmas Message

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas this year. Today, my mother and I are going to head down to visit with my aunt and uncle. I hope that you can spend this day with your family. Please take to time to remember the reason we have Christmas is because God sent his son to earth to die for our sins. In that, we could have forgiveness for our sins.

I hope you enjoyed my twelve days of Christmas entries. Maybe next year, I will have more things to share on the history and customs of Christmas. I enjoyed reading your comments and greetings.

For all who are serving the protect my beloved United States today, I would like to say thank you for all you do. If it was not for want you do I would not have the freedoms I enjoy everyday.

Merry Christmas to all. May God bless everyone!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Out on the Web: Tracking Santa

Each year NORAD tracks Santa Claus on his journey around the world. I thought I would share this website with you so you could track Santa Claus and see when he is near our house.

Eleventh Day of Christmas: Christmas Eve Service

We are almost there, tomorrow is Christmas Day. Today day is Christmas Eve. One thing that has been a tradition for me for Christmas is Christmas Eve Church Service. Each year my church, Hendersonville First Baptist Church, hold service on Christmas Eve. The pastor shares a Christmas message and we sing Christmas Carols.

Christmas comes from Christ and Mass. Christ of course is Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Mass is a church service. The Christian church had church service on Christmas day. Many Christian churches have services on Christmas Eve so you can spend time with family.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tenth Day of Christmas: Progressive Dinner

Progressive Dinners are lots of fun. For those of you who have not heard of a progressive dinner before is where you have each course of the dinner at a different house. For example, you have drinks and appetizers at the first house, then salad and soup at second house, the main course at the third house and the dessert at the last house.

Everybody likes to eat and you can have a lot of fun with the themes. You can also listen to different music and play a different games in the car between the houses. You can also add at house at the end to play games or sing Christmas carols.

You can have progressive dinner anytime of year but it is fun to have during Christmas. With gas prices down right now it is a great time to do one. If you plan a progressive dinner for Christmas, I hope you enjoy at and it is part of your Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Ninth Day Of Christmas: Good Deeds

Many during the Christmas season do things for others. With the economy going down the drain it is even more important for the people who can to help others this year. I try to share the blessings the God has given me throughout the year. I hope the following story that I found will inspire you help help those in need not only during Christmas but all year round.

Man loses job, still offers holiday help to others

A man loses his job and still manages to give away Christmas Tree to people can not afford one.

Area volunteers prep for bountiful Christmas feast

The Bounty of Bethlehem, is a community dinner held at Immaculata School gym. Over 600 volunteers work to provide dinner for people on Christmas especially people who have no one to share Christmas dinner with and can't afford a Christmas dinner.

'Secret Santas' Dole Out $100 Bills to Needy Strangers

Each years I hear about someone handing money out to people in need anonymously. You to can do this one.

Some other ideas to do good deeds for people:


  • Tip people more then want you normally tip then. (i.e. $50)

  • Tip people you normally do not tip (i.e. Store Clerk, Front Desk Clerk at Hotel)

  • Help a neighbor with yard work or putting up Christmas decorations

  • Help at the Homeless Mission

  • Help at the local Food Bank



I hope you will remember the blessing you do have this time of year and help others with the blessings you have. If you do not not have money give your time to people. May we all have a Merry Christmas this year.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Eighth Day of Christmas: Candy Canes

I enjoy eating candy canes during the Christmas season. Many people like me use them the decorate their Christmas Tree. Candy canes first appeared in the 17th century and the red and white strips we know today come to be at the begin of the 20th century. Even though there or stories that they were used by persecuted Christians in Europe,these stories are not true. By the 17th century most of Europe was Christian. The only historical connection to Christianity is their use as decorates for Christmas. For more information on the stories of candy canes go to Snopes.com.

As with many customs we have during Christmas, the use of candy canes depends on what they stand for to you. To many people the candy cane is the "J" in Jesus name. to others it represents a shepherd's hook. The red color stands for the blood of Jesus through which we have forgiveness of our sins. The white stands for Jesus' purity. So enjoy your candy canes and remember the greatest gift you every received the forgiveness of your sins.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Seventh Day of Christmas: Christmas Carols

One thing, I enjoy doing around Christmas is singing Christmas Carols. The youth and many other Sunday School classes at my church go around to the nursing home in the area and sing Christmas Carols for the people there. It is a lot of fun to talk to the people in the nursing homes because you get to hear stories of Christmas of the past. Some people share great stories of how God has provided for their needs over the years.

The word carol according to whychristmas?com means dance or a song of praise and joy. For thousands of years carols used to be sung for all four seasons. Now only carols for Christmas are still sung.

My favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night, which was written by Fr. Joseph Mohr in 1816. I often sing this carol through out the year. Another carol is the Twelve Days of Christmas, in which, I got the idea for this series of entries on my Blog. Below is the words for Silent Night.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.


I hope that you will take the chance to get together with your family and friends and sing some Christmas Carols. And share in remembering the greatest gift ever given to us, Jesus Christ who died so we could received forgiveness for our sins.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sixth Day of Christmas: Christmas Tree

One thing, I looked forward to doing when I was younger was getting out the Christmas tree and decorating it each Christmas. My grandparents had an artificial tree that they bought when my mother was a little girl. My Grandfather and I would put it together. Once we had the tree together my grandparents and I would decorate the tree. We would put lights, tinsel, store brought and homemade ornaments on the tree.

Christmas Trees are believe to be first used about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Evergreen trees are used to symbolize the everlasting life of God. If you like to read more on the history of the Christmas Tree go to whychristmas?com

Today, families and business decorate their Christmas tree different. I prefer artificial tree up in the house. My roommate and his family prefers live trees. Live trees are safe as long as you keep them watered. Many people choose a theme for their tree and other buy or make a new ornament for each year. The Christmas tree in the picture in from the Mountain Inn & Suites in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Here in North Carolina, just a little north of where I live you can go to Christmas Tree Farms and buy a live Christmas tree. In this morning's Hendersonville Times News I saw the following stats.

2nd largest Christmas Tree producing state is North Carolina
20 percent of all live Christmas Trees in the United States are produced by North Carolina
95 percent on all North Carolina grown Christmas Trees are of the Fraser Fir species
100 million dollars annual North Carolina income is from the Christmas Tree industry
source: Times-News, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fifth Day of Christmas: Santa Claus

I remember when I was young waking up early on Christmas morning and rushing out to the living room to see what gift Santa Claus brought for me. The story of Santa Claus goes back to a fourth century bishop named St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas would gave gift secretly to children and other people who were in need. He was declared a saint by the church for his acts of kindness. In the early history of the United States, Santa Claus was called Kris Kringle. The Dutch settlers mixed the stories of Kris Kringle and St. Nicholas calling him Sinterklass. Overtime, Sinterklass become want we called him today, Santa Claus.

In 1882, Dr. Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem for his children that described Santa Claus with the round belly and the red suit we know today. He also wrote about his eight reindeer. The ninth reindeer, Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer, was created in 1939 by the Montgomery Ward Department Stores.

When I have children, I plan on sharing the story of Santa Claus with them. In telling the story to our children we should focus on St. Nicholas giving to people in need as Jesus asked us to do.

And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' ~ Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fourth Day of Christmas: Cool Christmas Websites

As you know I like to share cool websites when I find them. The following websites are about Christmas that I found interesting. I hope you enjoy them.

Northpole.com has games and recipes for Christmas. This is a family friendly website with not banner ads.

Whychristmas?com has information on the history, traditions and customs of Christmas. I use this site for some of my research on Christmas.

Christmas-Day.org this website is run by the Confluence of Festivals in India (SCFI) to promote Christmas. You can found history and fun stuff to done on this website.

All Things Christmas, while the name says it all. This site has all things Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Third Day of Christmas: Gift Giving

I enjoy giving gifts to people and not just at Christmas. We give gifts at Christmas in remembrance of the gifts that the wish men gave to Jesus and the gift that God gave to us.

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. ~ Matthew 2:11 (ESV)


Let us take a look at the gifts that the wish men gave to Jesus. Gold is a gift that you give to kings. Frankincense is a spice used with meat that is sacrificed as an offering to God. Myrrh was used during the embalming process and for other things dealing with a funerals. As you see these gifts had meaning behind them. So let the gifts that you give this Christmas and every Christmas have meaning. Give gifts in remembrance of God's gift to the world and to show your love for someone.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Second Day Of Christmas: Movie Traditions

I am sure that we all have movies that have become a tradition for us to watch during the Christmas season. I enjoy watching the movie A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott. This movie came out in 1984 and I believe it is the best of the A Christmas Carol movies.



Now another movie that has become a tradition to watch each Christmas for many people is A Christmas Story. This is the movie that has the famous line "You'll shoot your eye out!" in it.



I hope you get a change to enjoy watching the movies that are a tradition for you to watch during the Christmas Season, this year. I would love for you to post a comment and share your favorite Christmas Movie.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

First Day of Christmas: Why Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is twelve days away and I decided to do a twelve days of Christmas countdown. Jo Anne and I have 61 days left before we meet in person for the first time. We hope to be married before Christmas next year. I want to share what Christmas means to me and some traditions my family and I use to celebrate Christmas. For the next twelve days ending with Christmas, I will countdown to Christmas by talking about a issue or tradition of Christmas each day.

I figured that on the first day it would be good the talk about why celebrate Christmas? Also why is Christmas celebrated on December 25? Christian celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of Jesus. That is the biggest reason I celebrate Christmas. You can read the Christmas story in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2:40.

OK know why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? Lets look at the facts. We do not know on which day Jesus was born. Christmas was first celebrated on December 25 in the fifth century when Constantine was the Emperor of the Roman Empire. If you know some history, Constantine was the first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire. December 25 was chosen to replace a couple different pagan holidays that had to do with the Winter Solstice and midwinter festivals. If you like to learn more about why we celebrate Christmas on December 25, whychristmas?com tells why here.

Now I'm sure you maybe asking if Christmas is celebrated on December 25 because it was the date of pagan holidays and many of our Christmas traditions have pagan roots why celebrate should we celebrate Christmas? First we should look at the reasons we have holidays and tradition in the first place. It is not just should we have a reason to get off of work or to go shopping. We have holidays and traditions to remember things. In the case of Christmas, it is to remember the birth of Jesus who came to died for our sins.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.~ John 3:16 (ESV)


As a Christian you should celebrate Christmas to remember that God love you to send Jesus, who had not sin, to die for your sin. Your Christmas traditions should in some way remind you of the great gift that you or I have or ever will receive. I encourage you this Christmas not to stop celebrating Christmas, but ask yourself why you celebrate Christmas. Do not celebrate Christmas because you get gifts. Celebrate Christmas because when you give gift to other you remember the gift of forgiveness that God give to you.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Debt Free Report: Trusting God

Besides get married to my beloved Jo Anne, one of my biggest goals for my life right now is to become debt free. In doing these articles, I hope to encourage other people to become debt free. I plan on doing my Debt Free Reports on Fridays.

As you know if you has been reading Mountain Highs and Valley Lows, I am planning to go to the Philippines to spend time with my Love, Jo Anne, in February. I saved up the money I needed for my flight there and back. Now that I have the flight paid for I am working on saving up the money to cover my bills, shots, and spending money. The challenge is to do this without getting into more debt. I have 62 days to go, to be with the woman that I love.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.~ Matthew 6:33-34 (ESV)


Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will(give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday. ~ Psalm 37:4-6 (ESV)


I have trusted God to provide for every need for Jo Anne and I to get married. He has not failed in providing for us both in everything in our lives. In my life, I have found that when we are good stewards of what God provides to us, he will bless us with more. I believe that going into debt for anything other than buying a house is saying, God does not provide for your needs.

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'~ Matthew 25:21 (ESV)


I should have my car paid off by February of 2010. I get notices every month from the finance company asking me to burrow more money from them. It is temping to burrow more money but I remember the freedom that I have now, that I own less money to people. I have more freedom to go out and buy things and own them without having a monthly payment. It feels great to go out to dinner or watch a movie and not have to worry if I will be able to pay a bill because I used that money to go out.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Remains Found Near Home of Caylee Anthony's Family

With a body found near the home of Caylee Anthony's family it seems that the search for Caylee is coming to a sad end. Caylee has been missing since June. I as many others have many questions about the mother of Caylee. I believe if the body is Caylee and the mother murder her daughter then she should at the death penalty. If my child disappeared I would immediately connect the police and report her missing. I would not rest until my child was safely back in my arms. The biggest losers in this is Caylee's grandparents since they have lost a granddaughter and a daughter. Children are a treasure given to us by God. It is a shame that it looks as if this little girl thrown away like she was a piece of trash.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

64 Days To Go: Changes To The Blog

Last night, was I first night back to work after three nights off from working at the hotel. During my time off, I made some changes to the look of Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I am always trying to improve this Blog. The biggest change if you give up with Mountain Highs and Valley Lows is I changed the template. Blogger has several different templates you can choice as a layout for your Blog. I had been using the scribe template since I first started this Blog. I changed to the rounders 4 template since it works better with the picture that I added to the header. With visiting other Blogs, I always liked the ones that had a picture behind the title and description of the Blog. I could not decide on a picture to use for the longest time. I finally settled on a picture that I took on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I like the picture since it shows many mountains and valleys which I feel best illustrates the many Mountain Highs and Valley Lows of ones life.

I am also working on a schedule for the different type of articles I write for the Blog (For Example: Food Journey and Out on the Web). I hope with the schedule, it will improve the readability of Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. You will also know when to check the Blog for your favorite section. One of the main reason I blog besides keeping family and friends up to date is to improve on my writing skills.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

65 Days To Go: Dinner With Mom

Last night, I enjoyed dinner at the Olive Garden in Asheville. Mom and I love to get together every once in awhile after have dinner. We talked about my trip to go see my beloved Jo Anne. She is looking forward to the day that Jo Anne will join me here. Dinner was very good. We got excellent service from our waitress.

After dinner, we went to the Asheville Mall to looking around. It has been a long time since the last time I went to the Asheville Mall. Now days I go to the Haywood Mall in Greenville, SC. They had some new stores but it seemed there was less choice there. We looked around in the stores and I was nothing that I care to have or get for anyone. I guess that is a good thing since I do have my trip to the Philippines. I have notice the less and less debt I have and the more freedom I have to get stuff the less I want stuff. It also seems that all the things that I need right now, I can only get by ordering them online.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

66 Days To Go: Doing Good

With 66 days to go, I took some time to try to find a soup holder on Main Street in Hendersonville. I was not able to find it and I have not found one in any other stores that I have checked. While looking around in the Mast General Store, I ran into Andrew who I know for around ten year now. Andrew told me about the film that him and his brother, Ben, are working on. They have made a documentary called Freedom House, about orphans in Thailand and Burma that use video cameras to produce movies. The documentary is called Freedom House. Andrew and Ben have a heart to do things for God and you can often find they doing something to impact the world for God. I had added a link to the web site for the Freedom House Movie on the side bar of this Blog.

After talking with Andrew, I got to thinking how blessed I am to have many friends that are doing great thing to sharing Jesus with the world. I look forward do spending the rest of my life sharing Jesus with the world with my beloved Jo Anne beside me as my wife.

Monday, December 08, 2008

67 Days To Go: Learn Tagalog

With 67 Days to go, I thought I would share the videos that I have been using in try learn Tagalog. Tagalog is the language used in the Philippines. Bud Brown, who's wife in Filipino made a series of videos to help people learn Tagalog. I have found the videos very helpful.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

“Be Joyful Always”

Last Thursday, on our morning devotion at work, the leader asked each and everyone of us if it is easy to be joyful. Most of us told that it is not easy to be joyful always, yes, it is true because sometimes we are facing difficult challenges in our life. But God said:

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-17

This message inspired me a lot and I feel God’s presence in my life. We must remember, everything happened for a reason and God has a wonderful purpose behind those circumstances we had in our life. Let us be joyful for whatever circumstances we experience in life because this is the will of God and His will is always the best for us. Give thanks not only for the good things happen to us but also be thankful for the pain and struggles we had because through this we learned a lot and become more stronger. Friends, if we allow God to take control of our lives and if we let Him live in our heart, we will feel the true joy despite of circumstances we encounter in life. I want to testify how God works on our family, during the time when my Mom was sick, there are moments that we are running out of budget because of the expenses we had and I don’t know what am I going to do that time. I went to my room and I pray to God. I cried and unload all the struggles we are facing and suddenly I felt the peace God has rendered in my heart. Truly God is working in ways we cannot see, we just need to pray continually and without ceasing because God is the source of everything. Be joyful always because God never leaves us. Now, I can say that I am so blessed and full of joy in my heart because God already answered my prayers after a long time of waiting. God gave me a precious gift that I can keep and treasure in my heart forever and that is my Beloved Daniel, the man I am going to marry soon. God’s answer is always perfect and on time, be patient in waiting because God is preparing the best for you. No matter what happen, be joyful always because God loves you so much.

68 Days To Go: Education

This past day has been focused on education related stuff. Jo Anne and I have been talking about her exam for physical therapy. She has a degree to be a Physical Therapist. We have been looking up the requirements for her to be a Physical Therapist when she gets here in the United States. As far as we can tell she will only need to take the board exam. We will find out in the application process if she need to take a class or two first or other exams. I am sure she will do great.

I also talked with my friend David from Africa. I have been trying to help him get into a college here in the United States. He want to use he education to help people in Africa to come to know the Lord. He applied to a state school but we have not heard anything from them. We are now going to check into some of the colleges that are corrected with the Southern Baptist Convention. There for at least four schools within a two hour drive from where I live that I am going to look into for him. In doing this we hope that we can get some help from my church and the Southern Baptist Convention. I will post updates hear as things happen for David.

With will this research in to exams and school I have been thinking about going back to school. That will wait until atleast next year.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

69 Days to Go: Saving Up Money

The days until the day I get to be with my Love are going by fast. On Friday, I got two paychecks. My paycheck from the hotel had extra money on it from the holiday pay for Thanksgiving. The other paycheck was my last check from working a second job at a restaurant. I put $135 in my savings account to cover the bills that will be due while I in the Philippines, my shots, baggage fees and for some spending money. It is best to save up the money you need for times in the future then to take out a loan. If you have followed this Blog for a while you know that I am help on getting out of debt. Part of getting out of debt is saving up money for emergencies and future needs. I am already enjoying the freedom of wise handling of money. This trip is possible because of me working to pay off my debt.

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.~ Proverbs 21:20

Friday, December 05, 2008

70 Days to Go: Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

I thought of this when I was thinking about want to post for today for the countdown. With 70 days to go to be with my Love, I remember that being able to forgive is very important in a marriage. God asks us to show the mercy of forgiveness to one another as him showed for our sins. When issues come up in a marriage, one thing a husband and wife need is a spirit of forgiveness so they can work out the issues. So many times today people do not want to forgive someone who has done wrong against them. The need to forgive is rarely one sided when you spend lots of time with someone. So share the blessing of forgiveness with others and enjoy the blessing of forgiveness that was given to you.

Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

"Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart." ~ Matthew 18:21-35 (ESV)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Out on the Web: Drink Coffee. Do Good

Jo Anne and I have 71 days to go to be together. I was having a hard time thinking of a entry for our countdown today, that is why I late in posting on the Blog today. I'm sure God had a reason for everything. I ended up working a hour over since the first shift person did not show up this morning. Once the hotel manager took over the front desk, I started home. On the way home, I was listening to the morning show on 106.9 the light. They had a guy from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee telling about their ministry and how it is helping the Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa farmers in Rwanda heal the wounds of genocide.

Jo Anne and I want to serve the Lord together and help people comes to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ our savior. I was blessed when I heard about Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee because it is the kind of work that we would like to do. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee provided a job for the people of Rwanda and also shows they the love of Jesus. I hope you will take the time to watch the video below and look for their website.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

72 Days To Go: Airline Baggage Fees

I checked out the fees for checked baggage yesterday so I can save the money I need for them. I will be flying with Continental Airlines and Japan Airlines to go to the Philippines in February. Continental Airlines charges $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for the second checked bag. Japan Airlines lets you have two bags without charge a fee as long as they are within set dimensions and weight. So with this I am looking at $260 for baggage fee if Continental charges per flight. I am flying two Continental planes going there and two coming back. I do not have a choice but to pay the fees. I have been watching the airline industry for years and it seems the more they charge the less you get in return. I am sure that I will enjoy my flights and will feel safe as one can on their first flight anywhere.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Food Journey: Guinness Stew

I have 73 days to go to see my Love. I made a pot of Guinness stew. I started the stew, Saturday morning with marinading the stew beef for 48 hours. Monday morning, I cooked the stew beef on low in the slow cooker. Two to three hours for the meat was done. Then I put in a 11.2 ounce bottle of Guinness Draught Beer, beef broth, and water in to the slow cooker. After I stirred them together I put in soup starter, mixed vegetables, potatoes, and black pepper. The potatoes I cut into cubes and should have put only them in at this time and let them cook an hour or two before putting the rest of the stuff in the stew. Leaving it on low I let it cook for five hours. I then turn in a half cup of cornstarch. You can use one cup of flour. After an hour or two I turned the slow cooker off and let the stew sit overnight. This lets everything mix together. All you need to do is reheat and eat. I like to eat the stew with saltine crackers.

Monday, December 01, 2008

74 Days to Go.

I have Monday night off and depending on the weather I hope to get a couple time done. I have to go out looking for a second job to earn extra money for my trip to see my Love, Jo Anne and the other things involved with us getting married. I will also meet up with my friend Keith as we try to do each week. We get together and talk about how things are going in our lives and share ideas. Keith has been a great mentor to me. I also will try to cook some stew which if it turns out good I will post it here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.

Jo Anne and mine excitement is growing each day as the time for us to be together gets closer. At this point, I believe that I have enough money coming in from my job at the hotel to cover my bills and spending money. I want the second job to help unexpected stuff that I'm sure will come up. Please pray that I will found a second job and things will go good for Jo Anne and I at the jobs we are working now.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

75 Days to Go: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

With 75 days to go with to be with my Love I thought I share a show I enjoyed watching when I was younger. I found Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas on YouTube.





Saturday, November 29, 2008

“Mission at Work”

It’s a wonderful blessing to work at Scandinavian Children’s Missionary. I thank God for allowing me to be a part of this institution where I can use my profession and at the same time I was able to minister and share God’s word to the little children, that is the greatest mission I had at work. My Love, without his knowing was the one who encouraged me to be a part of a missionary group and I thank God for using him to open my heart in mission. SCM sponsored and help malnourished children as well as the abused or what we called “save” (these are children that was raped). Children came from depressed area like Baseco, Payatas and Molfrid. Most of them are living along the dumpsite, they are lack of food and the polluted places causes them diseases. As of now, we are taking care of 18 children from those places, five belongs to nursery, four to Toddler 1, and 7 to Toddler 2. Last Tuesday we had 2 admissions who are now at the Isolation area, they are both having very low weight. All the children undergo deworming, we gave them vitamins and necessary treatment if they found to have diseases like Primary Complex. Food with complete nutrients was served to them together with milk. Children was admitted there for free and the parents can visit them anytime they want. They stay there mostly for 6 months and if they are already nourished and have gain their normal weight they are ready to go home and requested for discharge. God used this institution to help many people who are in need especially the little children who suffered more on malnutrition. Scandinavian was composed of seven countries who gave donations just to support the needs of this insitution. My heart is filled with joy for these people who open their hands and share the blessings they got for other people.
Handling kids is a little hard but enjoying. Some of the kids are hard headed and I really feel sad when I saw some kids who show sexual act with their playmates. They truly need someone to guide and lead them in the right path.

Train a child in a way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6


We had our outdoor activities last Novermber 26, which was held at Quezon City Memorial Circle. Scandinavian Children's Missionary
Kids enjoyed the day having some fun playing at the playground, walking together along the park and eating the food we brought for their snacks. It’s good to bring them out sometimes for them to get the vitamins brought by sunlight. All of them are very happy even the nursery though they are not yet walking, they enjoyed looking around the park. This kids was very blessed to be on this insitution because they were saved from malnutrition. One thing we are praying, once this kids may go back to their home, their parents are more responsible enough to take care of them and support the foods they need to become more healthy.
My Love and I, have the desire to go on mission trips and put up a ministry that will help people in their needs. We hope and pray that our dreams will come true. We want to be a source of blessing to other people and we want to share what God has given us. God is good for us and we want to give back all praises unto Him. We will serve Him together for the rest of our lives. To God be the glory! May God bless this institution , the owner and all the people who support Scandinavian Children’s Missionary.

76 Days to Go: Sad Happens

I am sadden by the happening from Black Friday this year. The saving the people got at the stores were not worth the lives of the people who died due to people rushing and pushing. Big deal if you do not get the the cheap TV. How would you like to be trampled because someone wanted a TV? That TV is not going to make you or the person you give it to any more happier. What are people caring guns into a store while going Christmas shopping? Our focus is all wrong. Christmas is a time to spend with our love ones showing them love and remember the God sent his only begotten son to die for our sins. In a year, is at going to matter what you got this year for Christmas. No it is not. What will matter is the time you spent enjoying one another.

Here are some of the news stories about the deaths on Black Friday. It just makes me sad. My prayers our with the families of the victims.

Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who trampled NY worker

Witnesses: Fatal shooting followed toy store brawl

Friday, November 28, 2008

77 Days to Go: Black Friday

Today is Black Friday. People crowd the store looking for things that are on sale. Store hope this kick off to the Christmas Shopping season puts them in the black that is the reason today is called Black Friday.

After I get off of work at the hotel I am planning on going to Wal-mart to do some shopping. I hope the things I need are on sale today. If I am lucky I will be in and out I only need to get a toaster and an iron. If I do not need to replace these items for my home I would not bother going to the store this morning. People go crazy at Black Friday sales. I wish everyone good luck and remember it is the love you give all year round that matters not the gifts you give at Christmas.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

78 Days to Go: Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving Day, here in the United States. This year, I have many things to be thankful for. One of the biggest things is the Lord bringing my Love into my life this year. She gives me such happiness and joy. It is a joy to have someone who prays with me and for me everyday. We have only 78 Days to go for us to finally be together. I also for have family and friends that are there to support me. That I have a job which God uses to provide for my needs. He supplied the money for my flight and friend that can me advice on how to go about getting my Love here. I am thankful for living in the greatest country in the world.

I am most thankful for the mercy and grace I received because Jesus died on the cross for my sins. For without Jesus, I would have no hope.

And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! ~ Psalm 107:22 (ESV)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

79 Days to Go

Last night, I saw the mother of one of my friends from high school who also has a girlfriend in the Philippines. His girlfriend's Visa has been approved for her to come to the United States. They are wait for her interview and for her to get the necessary shots for entry into the United States. This is go news for Jo Anne and I as we are going to start the paperwork for Jo Anne's Visa once I get back from the Philippines. His mother also told me that I need to make at least $17000 a year. I make more that at my primary job and I also have been working second jobs here and there. Right now, I am looking for another second job. I need to save at least a $100 a week between now another the time I leave to cover bills, shots, and spending money.

I also have an appointment setup for the shot that the CDC recommends for travel to the Philippines. I be getting them in January. I figured that I better be safe and get them even through they are not required.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Around the World in Eighty Days

Eighty days to go for me to be with the women that I love. This reminds we of the book Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. The events in the book take place in the early 1870's. Back then it took a long time to get around the world. In the book the main character, Phileas Fogg, takes a challenge to go around the world in 80 days. That was a record back in the 1870's since the hot air balloon was flight and ships for the sea. Now You can make it around the world in a day. My trip of halfway around the world is going to take a little over a day. Of course my trip will not only be faster because of planes but more comfortable.

I enjoy Jules Verne's stories. He was a science fiction writer in the late 1800's. So many of the things we have today is owned to science fiction writers. The book are fun to read and imagine the the possibility.

Monday, November 24, 2008

81 Days To Go

Okay, now I have 81 days to go to be with my Love. Today I need to call the Health Department and setup appointment to get the recommended shots for travel to a feign country. I also going call to see when I can start my second job at pizza shop as a deliver driver. I hope a get a lot of tips doing it. I am also meeting with my mentor Keith who is helping we get a job with a local chain of convenient stores. With them I can get benefits and regular pay raises. If thing work out with the convenient store, after my trip to the Philippines I leave the hotel and work it the convenient store full time. Now I getting the second jobs because I need to save at least $125 extra each week until I leave to cover my bills, airline fees, and to have spending money while on my trip.

I will try to post a update each day as I count down the days to I am my Love in the Philippines. Both Jo Anne and I are excited about spending time with one another and sharing this time of our lives with you here. We hope you will check back and see how things are going for us as God provides for our needs.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

82 Days To Go?

This morning while waiting for church service to start I figure out how many days I have until I meet my Love in person. If I figured it right I have 82 days to go. I will be arriving in Manila late evening on February 13, 2009 PHT, which will be morning time EST on that day. After I get so rest I will redo my figuring to make sure that I am right on the number of days. I am going to try to post something each day as I count down the days until I am with my Love in the Philippines. Each day I will talk about things related to my trip and also provide updates on how things are going on getting ready for the trip.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Food Journey: Chili

One of my favorite meals to make is Chili. It had been over two years since I last made chili my self. So I decided to make some this past week. I like to use Carroll Shelby's Original Texas Brand Chili Kit when making my chili.

1 Carroll Shelby's Original Texas Brand Chili Kit
2 lbs. ground beef
1 yellow onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
2 jalapeño peppers chopped
1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
2 - 15 oz cans water
1 - 15 oz can kidney beans drained



Put ground beef, onion, bell pepper and jalapeño peppers in 10 inch skillet. Once the ground beef is brown stir in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil then let the chili simmer for 20 minutes. For the best taste let the chili sit in the refrigerator over night and reheat to eat.



I enjoy putting my chili on top of some rice with cheese and sour cream. I also so like to eat it with saltine crackers.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Vision for First Baptist Church Hendersonville

Today the pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC, Ryan Pack, unveiled his vision for the church. We are vision can be summed up in one word, transformation. I am excited to see the growth that will happen in our church. We will not only transform ourselves but the world with the love of Jesus.

Since becoming our pastor in June of 2008, an excitement of great things to come his spread through the church. As things happen at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville I will post somethings here. You can also check out the church's website.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

More Theats Against Obama Then Other Presidents-elect

According to the news President-elect Obama is receiving more threats against him then other Presidents-elect. I disagree with Obama's views and do not like the fact that he won the election. But, come on people we can vote him out of the office in four years and in two years we can vote to limit his power by voting for people to go to Congress, that do not share his views on how to run this country.

Barack Obama will be our first mixed raced president. I hope my fellow Americans will see how hard Obama has worked to get to where he is and work harder to achieve their life goals. As for his race, I think an Aerosmith song, Livin' On The Edge, says it best.

If you can judge a wise man
By the color of his skin
Then mister you're a better man than I...


I would gladly vote for a black or mixed raced person for president if they share the same views on government as I do. I believe that some day I may have the chance to do just that because they are out there.

This is not the time to make threats. We should pray for Obama and the United States. God is in control and for whatever reason he is God choice for the office of President of the United States. If you do not like it, work on getting someone else elected as President in 2012. We as Americans should be above this. George Bush will leave the White House in January and Obama move in peacefully. And in four or eight years Obama will leave the White house and the next President will move in peacefully. I thank God that we can says that about the United States.

Read the story, Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect from the Associated Press.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You Veterans on this Vetarans Day

I would like to take a moment to thank all the veterans who serviced my beloved country, the United States of America. We set November 11 aside as Veterans Day or Armistice Day to honor the men and women who serviced in war time or peace time. You are the reason we are free.

Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. World War I ended with the signing of an armistice. An armistice is the agreement to end hostilities while a peace treaty is negotiated. So on this Veterans Day, will you join me in thanking the veterans of our great country.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Terrible Tuesday

Here is a classic safety video for you. I remember watching this one back in school. It was called Terrible Tuesday . It is a safety video on tornadoes. The video is in three parts on YouTube.

Terrible Tuesday Part 1
Terrible Tuesday Part 2
Terrible Tuesday Part 3

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Panagbenga in Baguio City

I am going to the Philippines in February to be with my girlfriend Jo Anne.
While I am there we are planning to Panagbenga in Baguio City. Panagbenga is an annual flower festival. I am looking forward to seeing Baguio City and the festival. Here are some videos of some of the events from 2008.



Friday, November 07, 2008

My View on the Election

On Tuesday, the people of the United States elected their first fixed race President. I hope this will encourage my fellow Americans to work hard to improve their lives and reach for their dreams. I disagree with Barack Obama on many issues and do not support his plans for our great country. I will pray for him daily, that God will give him the wisdom the run the United States in the best way.

Yes, we need change here the United States. We need to look at ourselves for this change not the government for the changes we need to make. We have the best health care in the world. People come from all over the world to attend our schools and even to live here. We need to work on improving all parts of our lives. We do not need to look to other countries for ideas on how to improve our country. Americans have come up with the best ideas to improve the lives of not only Americans but all people around the world. Socialism have failed in every country that has tried it to better the lives of its people. Government programs make people more dependent on the government instead of helping people get to a point they can rely on themselves to achieve their goals and dreams.

Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with people who have made statement after statement of how they late America. I could not stay at a church that the pastor preached hate against a group of people based on the color of their skin. If the pastor of my church started speaking about such hate, that would be the last service I would go to at that church. I am not implying here that if you voted for Barack Obama that you hate America. I do question Mr. Obama love for the United States.

George Bush is not the one who caused the problems we have in this country today. Yes, some of the blame is on his shoulders, but the president can do very little with out the approval of the 535 members of congress. The biggest cause of the economic crisis is people living beyond their means and other peoples greed.

We are in Iraq because we were attacked by terrorist. Saddam had many chances to open his country to the United Nations inspectors to prove he did not have any weapons of mass destruction. We had many source other then George Bush claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction including many Democrats. Saddam had killed many of his own countrymen. The people of Iraq our better off today then they were under Saddam. The United States is building roads, school and improving utilities in Iraq. One only has to look at our history to know that when Iraq has a stable government that is able to protect and support itself and its people, the United States will leave. We did it in Japan, German, and the Philippines just as a few examples. There is also the fact that under George Bush's leadership we have not had another attack on our homeland or interest outside the war zones. We need to hit back when we are hit by their terrorist. They are bent on our destruction and they will not rest until that happens. They have broken every promise they have made in our talks with them. We need to back our talk up to prove we need business.

May God bless our next president, Barack Obama, protect him from harm and give him wisdom to do what is right for the United States. And as always may God bless the United States and may she be free forever more.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Go and Vote!

Election Day is here in the United States. If you have not already voted I encourage you to go vote today. The only wasted vote is when you can and do not vote.

You should vote for what you believe. Do not vote because him or her is the biggest celebrity. Do not vote based the color of one skin. Do not vote because him or her is a Democrat or Republican. Do not vote for him or her because you think the they have already won. There is only one poll that count and that is the one on Election day. Vote for the person that votes the way you would vote, if you were in that office. I fully believe if you do not vote you lose your right to complain about the things that are not going to change until the people in America stand up and vote for what they believe not how a person makes them feel.

Do not waste your vote! Join me and go vote today.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Operation Christmas Child

It is time once again to get your shoebox of Christmas gifts for Operation Christmas Child ready. Operation Christmas Child is an outreach ministry of Samaritan's Purse which gives the shoeboxes to needy children all around the world. This year I am sending a shoe box for a little girl from age five to nine years old. A few years back, I helped out at the distribution center in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was amazed at the size of the building and the number of boxes. I have talked with people who have handed out the shoeboxes to the children and they said it was a great blessing to see the happiness of the children.

Samaritan's Purse started Operation Christmas Child in 1993. This year you need to drop off your shoeboxes at Collection Centers in your area during the week of November 17 - 24. For more information on Operation Christmas Child go to Samaritan's Purse's web site.

“All Saints Day”

All Saints Day is a solemn holiday set aside to remember the dead, in the Philippines the holiday is a day of festivities. November 1 marks the beginning of the Filipino "Araw ng mga Patay," the celebration of the Day of the Dead. The celebration continues through the next day, All Souls Day. It is a Filipino tradition to celebrate the All Saints Day every November 1, it is also a day when my grandfather died. A tradition where all the people went to the cemetery to commemorate their loved one who already passed away. My family and I always did this tradition and at this time it is such a very sad moment for me because my Mom was already included on the dead people we commemorate. My grandparents, both mother and father side together my Mom was buried at Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park. Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park is a true historical site, a hollowed place and a witness to the heroism and bravery of two of our national heroes, Melchora Aquino (Tandang Sora) and General Emilio Jacinto,
whose remains and memories are etched in shrines revered by Filipinos. This memorial park in Tandang Sora District is a tourist spot in its own right. Its magnificent landscape and monuments are something to behold. " Another breathtaking sculpture monument here is that of "Malakas and Maganda", the Philippines' own version of "Adam and Eve".
On the night of October 31, 2008, me and my cousin went there and slept over at the graveyard of my Mom and my grandparents (Mother side). There are a lot of people who stayed there the whole night. We lighted some candles and bought some flowers to put on their tomb. At 5:00AM of November 1, we went home to prepare some foods that we're going to bring at the cemetery. After cooking and setting all the things we need for the whole day of our stay there, we went back altogether and enjoy the whole day of our stay there. It's also a good bonding and reunion for all the family, because that day is a non working holiday so more time to spent together. May our loved ones who are now rest in peace, become an inspiration for us. This is just a way of remembering them through this event, but they are always living in our hearts and will stay there forever.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Remember to Turn Your Clocks Back Tonight

Tonight marks the end of Daylight Savings Time in the United States, Canada, and other countries, so we turn are clocks back. Daylight Savings starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. This is a change from past years in which it started on the first Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October. In 2007, the United States, Canada, and some other counties decided to the dates to help businesses. When Daylight Savings Time begins you move your clock ahead one hour. When Daylight Savings Time ends you move your clock back one hour. Do not forget to turn your clock back tonight before you go to bed, if you live in United States and Canada or one of the other countries that also ends Daylight Savings Time tonight.

Daylight Savings Time started being used by several countries in 1916. It however was first suggested by the great American Statesman Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

For my friends in the Philippines, while the United States is on Daylight Savings Time, I am only twelve hours behind your time. Starting tonight I will be thirteen hours behind your time as the United States goes off Daylight Savings Time. If you like to learn more about Daylight Savings Time check out time and date.com's page on Daylight Savings Time.

Moving to Canada?

My brother posted this on his Blog. I think it is so funny, so I thought I would share it with you.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

“HOME”

A home is a place of residence or refuge. It is usually a place in which an individual or a family can rest.

Are your houses a home? What must be the atmosphere in a Christian home? Here are the qualities that must be present in a Christian home to obtain a strong foundation so whenever the storms come it will not be easily destroyed.

· H – Harmonious relationship

· O – Open and Honest Communication

· M - Mutuality

· E – Embodiment of Truth

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears theses words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

You want the foundation of your house to be built on the rock? Let God lead your family and put Him at the center of your relationship, I assure you, your house will never be destroyed no matter how strong is the storm, because your foundation was deep and built on the rock.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sponsoring a Child Through Compassion

I sponsor a child through Compassion named Libin. Libin lives with his mother in India. His father died a couple years ago. Sponsoring Libin has been a great blessing to me. He is the third child that I have sponsored through Compassion. I have been involved with Compassion since high school. It has been a joy to see the impact that my sponsorship is having on Libin through letter and the regular updates from Compassion.

Compassion provides our sponsored child with basic needs, education, emergency needs and Christian teaching. They are audited regularly to make sure that the money goes to the children.

If you would like to sponsor a child call (800)336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. You can also visit the following websites:

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You can also click on the widget on the left side of this blog. Start sponsoring a child today, you will be blessed.

But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do
not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. ~ Luke
18:16 (English Standard Version)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

TripAdvisor to Give $1 Million Away

TripAdvisor is going to give $1 million dollars to 5 charities. They our asking for people to vote now they should give the money out. You can vote for Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, and Save the Children to be the charity that gets the money. TripAdvisor will give the money out by how many votes each organization receives. Vote Here by November 9, 2008 for your choice.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

My Trip to the Billy Graham Library

Billy Graham is someone that I always have looked up to in my life. As I told you in my entry about my friend, Josh's wedding, I went to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina as I was heading to the wedding. My friend Will and my mother joined me on the trip and we enjoy the library a great deal. It was so wonderful to see how God has used Billy Graham over the years to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ around the world.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Josh's Wedding

Last Saturday, I went to my best friend's wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have been so busy this week this is the first chance I had to share the picture of the wedding here. Just click on the link below the picture to see the rest of the album.
From Josh's Wedding and Reception (10/18/2008)


This was the second wedding I have been to this year. I can not with for Jo Anne and my wedding next year. On the way to the wedding, I went to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte and did some other site seeing. I will post those pictures soon, so check back.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Food Journey: The Great American Dog

This afternoon, while I was running errands in town I stopped in a restaurant called The Great American Dog. It is located at 808 Greenville Highway in Hendersonville, North Carolina next to the Food Lion. I had their Chili Dog combo for $3.99 and it was delicious. The lady who took my order told me the hot dogs have a natural skin and are made in Massachusetts. They also fresh cut the fries and hand bread their onion rings and chicken tenders right there in the store. One thing I like is that they have RC Cola and Cheerwine fountain drinks with free refills. If you are in Hendersonville, stop at The Great American Dog for lunch or dinner. When you see their clean restaurant and taste their wonderful food, you will be glad you did.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

“God’s Generous Provision in times of Crisis”

Many people now are worrying about the economic crisis happening all over the world. It is true that we see and feel the effect of this crisis but still we have enough to survive for our everyday needs. I believe this things happen to be an eye opener to all the people. May this difficult times teach us a lesson, makes us more stronger and deepens our faith to God. I just want to share this verses from the Bible and may His Word enlighten us, gives us comfort and remove all our worries.

“The Lord is faithful to his promises; he is merciful in all his acts. He helps those who are in trouble; he lifts those who have fallen.

All living things look hopefully to you, and you give them food when they need it. You give them enough and satisfy the needs of all.

The Lord is righteous in all he does, merciful in all his acts. He is near to those who call to him, who call to him with sincerity.

He supplies the needs of those who honor him; he hears their cries and saves them. He protects everyone who loves him, but he will destroy the wicked.

I will always praise the Lord; let all his creatures praise his holy name forever.

Psalm 145:13b-21


God is faithful to His promises so let’s give all our worries to Him because He is in control of everything. God is with us at this time of crisis because our God is a God at all times.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Economic Crisis Bailout Plans

While the Congress and the President are still talking about more Bailout plans. The $700 Billion plan just passed and the Economic Stimulus Check are already going to cause our taxes to do up in the future. My big question is why should I have to pay for other people's greed and stupidity. I am not talking about people who lost their jobs here. Many people where given loans for home they could not afford in the first place.

People should be required to come up with 20 percent down when buying a house. I believe that if they are able to come up with the 20 percent down that they would be less likely to be foreclosed on or be able to sell the house to avoid foreclosure. I encourage people to get out of debt and to have an emergency fund. Let face it there is very few things the government fixes. Most of the time it ends up making things worse.

We are just in the down side of the economic cycle. Things will get better even with no government help. The best thing the government can do is cut taxes for the hard working tax payers and stop handing the money out to people who do not want to work. Since people like to have programs in school for this and that, lets teach our children how to balance a check book and make and keep a budget. Save up money to get the big screen Television or new computer instead of getting a loan to buy it. Being debt-free gives you more freedom to buy great things and you also enjoy them more. You will enjoy thing that do not have a monthly payment with it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Photo of the Week: Jesus' Tomb



I went to Cap Creek Baptist Church in Marietta, South Carolina to take a photo of a grave for someone in their cemetery. I took this picture of a model of Jesus' tomb next to their parking lot.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham

A movie about Billy Graham opens today in theaters. I am planning on seeing this movie since Billy Graham is one of my heroes.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

On the Side of SC Hwy 11

On the part of SC Hwy 11 that runs with US Hwy 276 near Cleveland, South Carolina in a place you can pull off on the side of the road. Right on the side of the road in a pool that you can go wading in. Also, there is a trail the follow the creek above the waterfalls the pool at the bottom of. Sometimes you can find treasures on the side of the road.





Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Bailout Plan

While last Friday, Congress and the President decided not to listen to the American people and passed the $700 Billion Bailout Plan. The United States' Economy has been through a lot worst events and survived without government help. Why should I and other hard working taxpayers have to paid for other people's stupidity and greed?

I would like to thank Elizabeth Dole, one of my Senators, and Heath Shuler, my Representative in the House of Representatives, for listen to the people and voting against the Bailout Bill. I like to say that both Elizabeth Dole (Republican) and Heath Shuler (Democrat) have my vote in November.

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Here are the pictures I took at the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve. Bald Rock Heritage Preserve is just off the side of the road on US Hwy 276 in Greenville County, South Carolina. I took time to read the Bible and pray while here. It relaxing as you look over the wonderful sight of God's work.






Monday, October 06, 2008

Caesars Head State Park

Today to went on a little adventure to spend time with God. Over the three days, I will share picture of the different places. Today's pictures are from Caesars Head State Park. Tomorrow will be Bald Rock Heritage Preserve and with picture of place on the side of South Carolina Highway 11. All these places are in Northern Greenville County, South Carolina on United States Highway 276.

The following pictures are from Caesars Head State Park.








Friday, October 03, 2008

Go Full Throttle or Go Home

Some friends of mine entered a video contest by Full Throttle. Andrew and Ben Schultz are filmmakers. They got together with Justin Rhodes made a video on mountainboarding for the video contest. Follow the link below to see the video and help them win. Click on video by Andrew NC.

https://cocacola.eprize.net/gofullthrottle/index.tbapp?page=gallery

Out of the videos I watched their video is by far the best. Andrew and Ben always do a great job with their videos. Justin has wrote two Blog entries about the video contest on his Blog called Help Me Win $1,000 in Video Contest and The Kingdom of God is like mountainboarding.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Help Celebrate Billy Graham's Birthday

Billy Graham will be turning 90 years old on November 7, 2008. Mr. Graham has preached to millions of people all around the world. He has served the Lord faithfully for all these years.

Billy Graham was born a farm boy in Charlotte, North Carolina. Accepted Christ into his heart as a teenager and was called to preach the gospel to the World. Since then he has preached to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.

“On November 7, my father will celebrate his 90th birthday, and we’d like to give him a special gift. If you or someone in your family came to know Jesus Christ through his ministry, please share that with him. Send us your story—or a simple greeting—by November 1, and we’ll put all the messages together and present them to my father when we celebrate his birthday. Thank you for helping us encourage him on this special day.” ~ Franklin Graham


If you are one of the millions of people who's life has been touch by Billy Graham here is your chance to touch him back. His son, Franklin Graham has collecting messages from people to give to his father for his 90th birthday. Go to billgraham90.org to leave a message for Billy Graham.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Helping a Friend

When you read the book of Acts so read about the early church helping people in need. I have always had a heart to help people in need. Most of the time, my help is in guiding them to another person, a ministry, or service that will best help them. Over the past few days I have been trying to help a friend from my high school days. I was in the band with my friend Josh. The past five years have been hard on Josh. Now Josh has no place to stay and no job. He is also going through changing his medicines.

Josh called me Friday asking if a could help him. With the help of my friend Ricky Gessler, I was able to get Josh a room at the hotel where I work. My boss, Scott, gave us a discounted rate for the room. I made sure he got something to eat and toke him around to different place to apply for jobs. While at the hotel Josh was able to relax a little and to focus on getting the long term help he needs. On Tuesday, Josh is going to go to the mission in Asheville to see if he can find work up there.

In helping people, you do not want to just give them money. You want to find want the need is and you take care of the need. In a lot of cases if you just give someone money who is asking for help they will take the money and use it for things that will not help with their problems. When people are it crisis mode they do not always make the best decisions. Often times need someone to guide them through this difficult time in their life. Set reasonable goals for the people you try to help. Give them something then tell them in order for them to get something else that will help them they need to reach this goal. As time goes on they will become less dependent of help of other and be able to help themselves.

Now back to my friend Josh, things truly do not look to good for him at this time. I do see a bright future for Josh. It may be a long hard road to that future but God has great things planned for Josh. I am willing to help when I can because I had people a long the way who encourage me to continue on even when I lost all hope. I hope you will join with me in praying for Josh.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Waiting in Line for Gas

This morning before leaving work my boss ask me if I would go get gas for his car. The gas stations have been running out of gas for the past couple week here in Western North Carolina. There is something wrong with the pipeline caused by the hurricanes a couple weeks back. At least, that is the story that is being told over the news. I think there is something else going on but I not worried because I believe I have enough to get through the shortage.


Here is the picture of the car waiting in line for gas at the Ingles on Highland Lake Rd in Flat Rock, NC.


Here is how to report a gas station you think is price gouging.

The Department of Energy's Gas Price Watch Reporting Form

North Carolina: 1-877-5-NO SCAM

Virginia: VDACS Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-552-9963 or 804-786-2476

Monday, September 22, 2008

Family with Down Syndrome Child Meets John McCain and Sarah Palin

On Friday, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio as I was going to the bank. A guy called and shared how he and his family meet with John McCain and Sarah Palin at a rally in Washington, Pennsylvania. The caller, a guy named Kurt has a five-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. As we know Sarah Palin's youngest child has Down syndrome, too. Rush Limbaugh now has the pictures and the call transcript on his website.

Down syndrome is caused an extra or part of an extra chromosome in which the person has 47 chromosome instead of the norm 46 chromosomes. Down syndrome is named after a British doctor, John Langdon Down, who described the characteristics of the syndrome in 1866. Click here to to learn more about Down syndrome.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Plans for Christmas and New Years

I am very excited about Christmas this year. My beloved Jo Anne and I are planning to spend Christmas and New Years together. I will be traveling to the Philippines in December to be with Jo Anne. Not only are we planning on taking the time to get to know one another but we are planning to serve the Lord by doing a mission trip together while I am there. We for going to help with a Christmas Party for her Uncle's church. We are planning to buy Bible for them and also pick a family to take care of some of their need during the Christmas season. We are thinking about starting a ministry in order to take care of the needs of the people and reach them for Jesus.

Jo Anne is going to show me around her country. I looking forward to seeing how she lives. I also looking forward to meeting some of her family and friends. The ones I have meet seems so nice.

I have been saving up the money for my trip. I have found flights from $1900 and up during the time period I want. I have almost almost $1800 in my savings account. I also have planning to the money I need for my shots, spending money, to pay my bills while I am gone, Jo Anne's Visa to come back to the United States and other things. God is providing everything we need in order to be together. Jo Anne and I both ask that you continue to pray for us and our plans.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Food Journey: Macaroni and Cheese

I had some macaroni laying around in my kitchen and I needed to use it. I decided to make some Macaroni and Cheese. So I got on the Internet and found this recipe called Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese at Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
Coat the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat eggs with fresh and evaporated milks. Mix in uncooked macaroni and 3 cups shredded cheese. Transfer to slow cooker, and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Do not stir or remove lid while cooking.


Here is the Macaroni and Cheese in the Slow Cooker when finished cooking.


The best things about cooking is eating your creation.

This recipe taste good right out of the slow cooker and after that when it is cold. I used Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses instead of the Cheddar that the recipe calls for. I recommend shorting the cooking time and putting the salt and pepper in it.