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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Review of 2009

With 2009 coming to an end, it is time to look back on the year. This has been a year of great happiness and hardship for me. I for the most part am happy to see it come to an end with the hopes that 2010 will be a lot better.

Even with the hardships of this year, I can point to many blessings that happen in 2009. The biggest one is my trip to the Philippines where I spent seventeen days with my fiancée. I proposed to Jo Anne while we were in Baguio during the Panagbenga Festival.

I enjoyed my trip to the Philippines and hope I can return soon. Unfortunately, when I got back from the Philippines I found out I had no job to go back too. After three months of being unemployed I got a job that if I knew how the company runs thing I would not have applied for the job. I was making less at that job then I was on unemployment. Was made promises that was not kept. Then getting fired because someone messed up. Now I am back on unemployment now looking for work. But, I am sure that I will find a better job soon.

I also went back to school this fall. I learned a lot. I did not do to good with my grades with working full time and school full time. I also got sic, too.

I was sadden this year to lose my favorite music artist, Michael Jackson. May he rest in peace. I pray for his family.

I managed to get my car paid off this year. No more car payments and closer to being debt-free. I hope the car last me at least another two years.

I am hoping that 2010 goes a lot better then 2009 did for me. I have a good base to start the year with.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009 Will End Soon!

Year 2009 will end soon; I thank the Lord for this wonderful year. A year full of joy and happiness, though at times there is sadness and trials in life. This year will not be a meaningful one without the Lord, for He is the reason of our true joy and happiness. Trials serve as a wake up call to remind us how great and faithful is our God. It’s hard to admit, but sometimes people only remember God during trials and sufferings.

In my personal life, this year is full of blessings and I consider trials as a blessing too. God has blessed me with a loving family who always there to support and love me all the time, a friend who stand by me thru thick and thin and a loving fiancé who love me and accept me for who I am. I thank the Lord that He allowed Daniel and I to spent time together early this year and for His provisions in all our needs. We are thankful for the wonderful gift of love that God has poured upon us, it is difficult to be apart from each other but we know in God’s perfect time we will be together again and that time it will be forever.

Year 2009 will close in few more days, I pray that more people will turn their back into the sinful life and draw more closer to the Lord. For those who have lost their love ones because of the flood brought by typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng, and the landslide happened in Baguio and Benguet, for those who have lost their houses and other properties, this is the time to reflect and spend sometime with the Lord. Things happened for a reason and God has a purpose in everything that is going on with our lives. God is waiting for us and He is longing for our love.

As we welcome the year 2010, let us pray and wish for a world peace and hope that no more tragedy will come. To God be the glory now and forever!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Tree Across The Road

This tree was blocking my travel home Christmas Day. I use a different route to get to my house and back to my mother's house for Christmas dinner. We had a small ice storm with some winds Christmas Eve.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jesus

Happy birthday, Jesus!
You are the true meaning of this season and the best gift we ever had.
Thank you for your love and for saving us from our sins.
This Christmas, we want to give the best for You and that is our life.

No matter how tough life may bring us, we should celebrate Christmas full of joy, love, hope and happiness because this is the day that Our Savior Jesus Christ is born.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Snow Report

Okay, here is my promised snow storm report. I was surprised by the amount of snow we got here Friday. We received eight to twelve inches of snow compared to the one to three inches we normally get with a snow storm. This is the most snow we have received in the area since the Blizzard of 1993. We got over two feet with that storm.

I decide Friday morning to head to mom's house to ride out the snow storm. I figured that I would have a better chance of getting somewhere if I needed too at mom's house since she lives closer to town. Plus mom needed to work this weekend and she does not like driving in the snow. I do not mind driving in bad weather. I only worry about the other people on the road with me during the bad weather. I know want I doing and do not know want they are going to do.

Mom had to work Saturday. After she called to see if they were open I managed to get her car out and mom to work. Unfortunately, I was not able to get her car back up to her driveway. I ended up parking her car in the parking lot of a store about a mile away from her house. I walked about halfway back to my mother's house before someone gave me a ride the rest of the way. I hope to get mom's car back to her house this afternoon.

Saturday afternoon, when I had to pickup I managed to get my car out. It took me a couple tries but I was able to get my car back to mom's house. I car weight a lot more then my mother's car.

I would like to thank the men and women with the Department of Transportation for getting the roads cleared. They had a hard time clearing the roads due to the amount of snow, the number of accidents, and the numerous abandoned cars. Many people were stuck on Interstate 26 in Asheville for over nine hours when a truck jack knifed. Many abandon their car for near by hotels and emergency shelters. The abandoned car made it harder to clear the roads. The National Guard, Police and Firefighters help people move their car. People who did not return to move their cars had them towed by the state troopers. All of our emergency workers have done a great job.

I have been amazed at the number of people out on the roads Sunday and Monday. Tier where a ton of people at Wal-mart in town but things for the snow and finishing their Christmas shopping. Everyone seemed to be claim in the store. I can not say much about the bad driving habits some people have even in bad weather. Slow down and be careful please!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow Pictures!

While Friday we received 8 to 12 inches of snow here. This is the most snow we gotten since the Blizzard of 1993. I have been staying in town at my mom's house. She has no computer so that met I had no Internet to do Blog post. I wanted to share some pictures of the snow with you.

I will share more with you guys later. I have to head back to mom's to help her out with somethings. I promise a full report for you.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Let It Snow!

It is snow here! This is the first real snow storm of this year. Okay, it is the first real snow storm in a long time. Al Gore must be in the area. Ha! Ha! Ha! I always have a wait and see when it comes to snow here. I have seen when we would not get anything here in Henderson County and up around Asheville would get at least a inch or two of snow. When we get snow the moisture comes up from the Gulf of Mexico with the cold air from Canada like this storm. Henderson County is on the line so there will be a mix of snow, sleet, and rain during this storm.

This afternoon, I will try to head up to my mother's house closer to town. The road should be clear enough to get around by the afternoon. The Transportation Department does a great job of keeping the roads free from ice and snow here. I may spend the night with my mom depend on the conditions. I most want to see how thing look closer to town. Besides, I have more supplies at mom's house for the snow storm. They are calling for the snow to continue through the night tonight. I doubt we will get much more then we get more then what it on the ground now.

White Elephant Christmas Party

Tonight, I went to my Sunday School Class's Christmas Party. I enjoyed myself a great deal. We had a White Elephant Gift Exchange.

Rules for a White Elephant Gift Exchange

1. Bring a joke gift under ten dollars.
2. Wrap it or put in bag.
3. Pick a number in the hat. Take your turn by the number you picked.
4. On your turn you can pick a gift from the pile of gift or steal a gift from someone else.
5. A gift can only be steal three times.
6. At the end, the person who goes first can choose to keep their gift or steal a gift.

I have a idea for a gift this year but did not have time to go where I seem the gift before the party. While I was Christmas shopping with my mother Wednesday night I found some mold-able foam shop at Wal~mart. When I was that, I said to myself someone would have fun with that. Kelly picked my gift which is good since she has a little girl. Tray, her husband, told me that they will tell me how mold-able the soap is. I hope a remember to ask because I really want to know if it really is mold-able foam soap.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

School Is Out For Christmas

Yesterday, I had my final exam for math class. That finishes up my school work for this semester. I still not sure I I will go back next semester yet. I really need focus on getting a job or so form of income so I can get things moving forward with Jo Anne's Visa. Besides, I believe I only passed my math class. I did not do as good as good on the final exam for my math class as I would have like to done. Right in the middle of the exam my brain just blinked out. I have been fling through all the test in the school except the final. I am sure I still passed the exam.

I do have one thing I look forward to during Final Exam Week at school and that is the textbook buy back at the book store. I got $147 this semester for selling my textbooks back. They did not buy my management book back. While a $147 is good for three book. I used half to pay a bill and the rest I put in my savings. When selling your books back to the book store you can figure on getting about twenty percent of what the books cost. We all could use a little extra money right now.

While, I will spend my Christmas break looking for work and debating if I will return to school next semester. I have some much going on right now. I to busy to really dedicate the time needed for school. If I do go back next semester I need to change my schedule around anyway. I am even thinking of changing my major. I have a couple of weeks to decide.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Package Finally Delivered

Jo Anne's Christmas gift was finally delivered. We had a problem with the payment of the customs fee. I called Fed Ex and sent an online message and made arrangements for them to charge the fee to my Fed Ex account. I do not ship the package on my account which I guess would have made things easier. Both Jo Anne and I, talked with the people at Fed Ex and got the fee taking care of. I am very happy with the service that I have received from Fed Ex. Their customer service representatives were very friendly and quick to help. No Fed Ex did not pay me for this post. This is my personal opinion on my experience with Fed Ex.

Shipping a package internationally is new to me. This was only my second package sending to another country. I recommend using Fed Ex or UPS when shipping to other countries. Many countries do not have a reliable postal service as we do in the United States.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Out On The Web: Enjoy The Fire

Share some special moments with your special someone in front of this fire. Share the warmth at Faux Fire.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

No More Car Payments

Yesterday, I reached one of my goals for becoming debt free. I paid off the loan on my car. Boy, the car drives so much better now that I do not own any money on it. Unfortunately, since I do not have a job at this time, I am not able to do the celebration that I was planning to do. Now the only debt I have is my students loans, which I should be able to knock out quickly after Jo Anne and I get everything settle with getting her here and married. Having no car payment will make it easier to save up the money that we need for the Visa process and getting started with our lives together.

I am looking up both a job and a new place to live. I have until the end of January to find a new place. The hard part will be finding a place to rent that I can keep my dog, Rayna. Speaking of Rayna, I am going to have to setup a run for her at the house since she been trying to get after my landlord's cat. I mostly let Rayna run free since she stays around the house most of the time. Putting she on the run while we are still at this place I hope will make it easier for her to adjust to not being as free to run as she is used to. I hope to let her inside the house when I am home at the next place we live. She does behave very will in a house when I bring her along with me to mom's house. She is not aloud in the house that I am renting at this time. I hope she will adjust to being in the house or on a run at our new place to live.

The package that I sent Jo Anne and her family, is waiting for Customs clearance right now. I hope she gets it later on today. I wish that I could have delivered the gifts myself instead of having to ship them. I am glad that God blessed me with the money to be able to send them something. I believe that better times are ahead when we can spend Christmas together.

Friday, December 04, 2009

On Its Way

While I dropped the package for Jo Anne's Christmas gift off at the Fed Ex drop off yesterday. I was looking over the paperwork and saw that it had the wrong address. I ran up to the package store in town. Thank God that the guy at the package did not send it with Fed Ex yet since he did for get the custom forms fill out yet. He changed the address. He said that was a first time someone has been happy that the package had not been shipped yet.

Now that the address is right, we can enjoy tracking the package as it makes it way to Jo Anne in the Philippines. I like the tracking feature that Fed Ex has. I have used it for things I ordered online. I looking forward to seeing how it makes it way to my Love!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Looking For Work And Place To Live

I am finishing fighting off the last of whatever sickness I have had. It seemed that I had different symptoms everyday. I had days that I did not feel like doing anything. But I still get up and do what I had to do.

I am once again looking for a full time job. I am planning to start looking for job closer to Asheville. I would like a job in retail since I enjoy retail work. I will take any job that I can get at this time. There are a lot of new hotels opening in Asheville so I may have a better chance of getting a job at one of the hotels. Once I get a job I can start working on the process for Jo Anne's Visa.

I have to the end of January of 2010 to find another place to live. Of course, I will need a job first. The place I live now is in some need of remodeling. It is safe to live in but does need a little work. My landlord has been great with working with me over the couple years. I am glad for all the help he and his family has been over the years. I do have one place that I could rent as soon as I get a job. I hope it is still available when I find a job.

God continue to provide for my needs. I just amazed at some of the things he does for me.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Things To Be Thankful For!

It has been a week and a half since I made my last post. I have not been feeling that great and stay fighting off whatever it is. I have also lost my job but I have a couple good leads on some jobs. God is providing for all my needs.

Being that this is Thanksgiving Day, I would like to share a few things that I am thankful for. First, I thankful for the loving relationship that I have with God. He provides for all my needs. I am blessed to have a fiancée that loves me and the Lord. I long for the day that we will be husband and wife. I am thankful for my family and friends that are always there for me.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Photo of the Week: White Squirrel

In the area that I live we have a rare animal. That is the white squirrel. There are three white squirrels that I know of on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. The population of white squirrels seem to be growing around town.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Flooding From Ida

The past two days it rained a lot around here. We had three to four inches of rain all over Henderson County from Tropical Storm Ida. I took the photos you see of the flood out by the college. I had one woman look at we like I was crazy standing out in the rain taking pictures. I saw it flood yesterday in all the usual places even the ones that did not flood in the last heavy rain we had here. The Emergency Management Teams were out everywhere this time monitoring the flooding. I did not see or hear of any people trying to drive through the flooded area. That is a stupid thing to do since the road could be washed out under the water and you could be washed away. The water start to recede by the afternoon even with the rain still falling. This year had been pretty lite for Hurricane season.

I normal way to school was blocked by water over the road. I had to drive half way around town to take another way to class today. Half my morning class did not make it to school since half the ways to school was blocked by flooding. I am surprised that the school was open on Veterans Day anyway. All of the other places, I needed to go were closed due to the holiday. I would like to thank all the Veterans who made in possible for all the freedoms and opportunities that I enjoyed yesterday and today.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Check Out My New Blog!

I have created a new Blog and I would like to invite you to take a look. It is calls Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments. Feel free, to tell me what you think.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Busy This Past Week!

This past week has seemed to be a busy one for we. I have been busy at work and school. I started doing some Christmas shopping.

The major problem that I had at work has been taking care of now. I hate to see someone lose their job but the problem stop as soon as the person was gone. We have been picking up in business at work too. I am learning a lot. I am looking for another job because I need more income for the processing of Jo Anne's Visa.

Thursday, I had a appointment at the Asheville, North Carolina campus of Montreat College, to get information about their working adult program. I have decided that it would be a great program. With the program you take one class at a time. The down side is that it cost to much money. I have decide to go ahead and take the next semester off from school. With work and a full schedule at school, I do not have the time to study and to the homework from my classes. I have had at least two exams each week for the last month. I will take the time off to focus of getting Jo Anne here and work on getting my ministry started.

While Friday night, mom and I went shopping down in Greenville, South Carolina for Christmas gifts for Jo Anne and her family. We still have a little more to get which we will get in the next couple weeks. I want to get their Christmas shipped before the end of November to make sure it get to the Philippines in time for Christmas. I took my to Staxs in Greenville for dinner. She enjoyed their wonderful food and service. I would recommend Staxs to you if you are in Greenville, South Carolina. After dinner, we head to different store around Greenville for shopping. Even through it was the night before Halloween, I was surprised that many of the store had very little for Halloween displays. At least we did see some things out for Christmas already.

We had a steady night at work for Halloween. We had a few family come in for dinner after trick or treating on Main Street. The employees eat most of the candy that we had for Halloween.

All this week I have felt tired all week. I guess that I need to start an exercise program to get more energy. I have been watching the amount that I eat and have lost some weight. I will try to start doing some walking between my classes and work during the day.

Also today, I got stopped by a regular reader of this Blog at "the Temple" (Wal-mart). She asked me how things are going with Jo Anne and I. Right now, we are at a stand still with the Visa processing. I lost my job back in March, after I got back from the Philippines. Last a couple month with no job, I got the job a have now. Unfortunately, it does not pay me enough to meet the income requirements of the Visa. I am looking for better work. I also make a little money from my Blogs. That is very little money, I am still waiting to make enough for the first check. I am planning on starting a new Blog on Sunday. I hope to catch up with my mentor which I have not been able to meet with for the last month due to our work schedules. Jo Anne and I hope to find someone to co-sponsor her for her Visa with me. Of course, if things start moving with getting Jo Anne here to the United States, I will post something here for all friends here.

I am working on some interest post for Mountain Highs and Valleys Lows, that I believe you will enjoy. Jo Anne and I always enjoy reading to feedback we get from our readers.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Cloud On Mountain

Here is the Photo of the Week. I know i is a day late but I have had a lot going on this past week. I will hopefully manage to do a post on Tuesday night about it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Experiences With Ghost

In continuation of our Halloween and All Saints Day theme, today I am going to share my true ghost experiences with you. I do not believe ghost are trapped souls. I believe they are trapped energy or demons. This belief comes from my understanding of the Bible and other research plus the experiences that I have had in my life with ghosts.

Raccoon Mountain Caverns Ghost

I took one of the wild tours in the Raccoon Mountain Caverns near Chattanooga, Tennessee. As part of the tour you get to sleep inside the cavern. During the night I woke up and heard someone running barefoot through the sleeping area. I saw no light and I have done enough cave exploring before this trip to know the different sounds in a cave.

As the story goes that it is the ghost of a boy who was killed by his uncle who pushed him into a hole that went into the caverns. A couple months later the uncle was hunting with some friends and can by the hole. When they looked down in the hole they saw the boy with a candle looking back back at them. The uncle confessed to his deed. Some people have reported the smell of candles burning in the area of cavern near the hole. Staff have found candy rappers stacked on the counter of the snack stations in the morning, when there was no one in the cave overnight the night before.

Ghosts at Holmes Educational State Forest

I have had a couple storage things happen to me when I gone camping at the group camping area at Holmes Educational State Forest between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina. In fact, I can not remember a time that I have come camping there that something strange the not happen.

One night, I was sitting up talking with a friend and everyone else had gone on to bed and we was some lights coming out of the woods. These lights looked as if a group of people where carrying lanterns. One of the stories for this area involves the CCC Crews were working in the areas. In fact the road leading to the camp site entrance in called Old CCC Road. The story tells about a CCC crew that got lost and froze to death during a snow storm. These men allegedly walk through the area that is the camp site now. My friend and I, headed for our tent when we saw the lights. I have not checked through the newspaper of the time. I have only talked to a couple people who lived in the area.

Another thing, that happens there is when I wake in the middle of the night, I can see through the side of the tent as if it was not there. I have not have this happen to me anywhere else. The only explanation I can think of, is how the moon shines on the tent.

I hope you enjoyed these stories.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Tonight before I left my Mom's house I watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, on the television. Watching the cartoon specials were one of my favorite part of the Holidays as I was growing up. I am so glad to see that they still air the Charlie Brown and Garfield specials. This is one thing I look forward to sharing with my kids. Here are is the show that I found on YouTube.

Please check back for more Halloween and All Saints Day special post.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Colors Everywhere!

I have been enjoying the fall colors over the last couple days. The peak of the fall colors is here finally. The fall colors make my drive to school and work more pleasant. I am amazed at the mix of red, orange, yellow and green especially on the same tree. I look forward to sharing the changing of the leaves with my Love, Jo Anne. Since she lives in the Philippines, she has not experienced the changing colors of the leaves. We hope that she will see them in person next year. Here are some pictures I have taking over the past few days.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Medical Outreach

The staff of Scandinavian Children’s Mission in coordination with Humedica International (group of German doctors), is going out to reach the people affected by Typhoon Ondoy in doing the Medical Mission. The area where the group visited is Marikina, Pasig and Taytay Rizal. Last October 15, 2009, I had a chance to join the group and it’s a great blessing for me to help the other people. We went to Abnay, Taytay Rizal, and there are still some areas submerged in water so we needed to ride an army truck. On our way there, I saw more people who built there temporary house along the road. Some kids played on the dirty water without knowing the bad effect on their health. Most of the people we have seen there are suffering from respiratory problem like cough and colds, fever, fungal infection/athlete’s foot, and diarrhea. The kids are mostly affected by those diseases and I really felt their needs.

Here are some of the pictures I took during our outreach:

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" ~ Colossians 3:23

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Making Sure Mom Is Warm This Winter

This evening, I replace the filter for the furnace at my mom's house. I have been trying to get everything setup for mom for winter before it gets cold out. Mom brought the fuel back in August. Since the temperatures have get down in the 40s and 30s in the past couple weeks, we have been trying to adjust the setting on the furnace to a comfortable temperature for my mom. I am hoping the furnace will run more effectively. So far things seem to be working great for my mom.

I have baseboard heat at my house and have just have the one for the kitchen turned on. This has been enough so far to keep to house comfortable for me and my roommate. We have the one in the kitchen on just is case it gets cold enough to freeze the pipes which I am sure we will not have to really worry about until January when the really cold weather starts.

We all are starting now to prepare for winter so we can get everything setup before we really need them. I am sure that all of us here will have a nice warm and comfortable winter.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dinner With Mom

Tonight, Mom and I enjoyed our dinner at the Cypress Cellar on Main Street in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The food and service was amazing. We received wonderful service from Daniel, our waiter, who was recommended by one of the tellers at the Credit Union. For the appetizer, we had the Blue Crab Dip with French Rounds. Mom had Shrimp Creole and I had the Ratatouille Pasta for our main course. I know that, I will differently be back for another meal. That is not because I still have $11 left on the gift certificate.

Mom and I enjoyed our time of relaxing and talking while eating our dinner. It is moments like these that I treasure. I see my mom everyday but most of the time we are so busy with everyday activities we do not just sit and enjoy our time together. Mom and I talked about all the things that are going on in our lives right now. We also planned a little for Thanksgiving. We also talked about how we wished that Jo Anne was with us tonight. My mom is looking forward to meeting Jo Anne. I would like to thank the staff at the Cypress Cellar for the great evening.

Winning At Chamber Of Commence Events

Last Thursday, I went to a Chamber of Commence Expo at my school. I enjoy at events that are put on by the Henderson County Chamber of Commence. At the Expo, I learned more about the business here in Henderson County. But the best thing I like about these events is that I have won a prizes at them. This time I won a shirt from one of the local banks and a gift certificate for the Cypress Cellar on Main Street. The Cypress Cellar serves Cajun cuisine. I have only eaten there twice before but I do love their food. I have decided to take my mom out to dinner tonight. My mom has been helping me a lot in the last couple months. This dinner is just one more way of thanking her.

I still have not had the time to go through all the information that I got at the Expo. Their our business, I like to done business with and I even talked with another college about a program the would fit better with my work schedule. I will be following up on that. Some, I guess you can say that my winning from this Expo is still to come. I encourage you to check out the your local Chamber of Commence and its events. You can learn a lot about services your local businesses offer and you could win great prizes, too.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Flock of Wild Turkeys

I just had to stop and take a picture of this flock of wild turkeys that cross the road in front of me. I have seen a lot of wild turkeys this year. These seven turkeys look pretty healthy to me. The one in front is the largest wild turkey I have ever seen. I hope they do not end up on someones table in six weeks. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is only six weeks away.

Friday, October 16, 2009

SCM Spiritual Retreat

Last October 13-14, 2009 all the staff of Scandinavian Children’s Mission went out for a Spiritual Retreat that was held at Bukal ng Tipan, Maryhill, Antipolo City. These two days of activity had a theme: The Cup of Compassion. Each one of us was required to bring our favorite mug. The cup which is related to our spiritual life with its emptiness, fullness, brokenness, flaws, and blessings. It also reminds us of our spiritual thirst as we’ve held it, filled it, drunk from it, emptied it and washed it. We’ve also learned that it is through our ordinary human experiences that our thirst for God is quenched. The cup that also symbolized our wholeness and connectedness, with no beginning or end.

The retreat was divided into two sessions, first is, Learning Compassion and the second is, Pouring from the Cup. Most of the time we had groupings where we do sharing. We had time also to do our personal reflection and time to talk to God alone. I miss going on the camps at church and I thank God that He set time for all the staff at the mission to have this Spiritual retreat.

God set a good example of compassion for us. Now, it is the time to fill our cup with compassion. According to Mary Jo Meadows, compassion is the quality of being able to “get inside the skin of another” in order to respond with loving concern and care. As we look around, more people are in need of help. Let’s just pause a moment and think how blessed we are because we are not in the position of those people who are suffering, who are hungry, who does not have a house to stay and just sleeping around the streets. God bless us and we must be a blessing to other people. The more we give, the more blessings will come our way.

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his rewards.” Matthew 10:42

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Colossians 3:23

Here are some of our pictures on the retreat:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Flu Comes Near

When I arrived at school this afternoon for my math class, I was not long before a heard the news that class was canceled due to my professor having the flu. I am not sure if she has the Swine Flu and the Seasonal Flu. This is the first case of the Flu this year that someone I know has. By what I have heard about the Swine Flu is that it is mild. One of the local hospitals has restricted visitors to the hospital.

I have no plans to get the vaccine for the flu. If I did, I would only get the vaccine for the Seasonal Flu. The Swine Flu vaccine has not been tested enough for me. I am in no way discouraging people from getting the vaccine. I feel that I am health enough to fight off the flu and I do my best to hand my hands and other sanitary practices. I do encourage you to consult with your doctor for what care is best for you. I do disagree with the state like New York forcing people to get the Swine Flu Vaccine. It is up to each person in how they want to take care of their health. The only people the government has the right to force to take a vaccines is the the brave men and women in the Armed Forces. That is part of signing up for the Armed Forces.

I hope that everyone stays healthy and does not get either influenza viruses that are going around. Please remember to wash to your hands, cough and sneeze in forearm or elbow, and keep surfaces clean at your home, school, and / or work. If you do get sick, please stay at home.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Photo Of The Week: St. John in the Wilderness

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church was built in 1833 as a private chapel. In 1936, it was given to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Change Of Seasons

The leaves are starting to change color. Some of already falling off the trees. Soon the tourist will be coming to enjoy God's artwork of the different colored trees. I hope to get a day off from both school and work one day to be able to enjoy and take pictures of the show. I would love to take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and see the color from the many overlooks.

Besides the changing color of the tree, it is getting cooler outside. I have already pulled my jacket out of my closet. Waking in the morning to the cool temperatures in the forties (5°C to 10°C). Then still enjoying the warm temperatures in the seventies(21°C to 27°C) in the afternoon. The lower temperatures fill me with excitement because they mean my favorite season of Winter is on its way. Many weather experts are saying that this winter is going to be a hard winter due to the cool summer. This summer was the coolest I remember in my lifetime. I hope we get a couple good snow storms this winter in Western North Carolina.

I am looking forward to sharing the seasons of Fall and Winter with my Love, Jo Anne, when she gets here. We hope that we will be together long before next years color show. I hope to share with Jo Anne, her first experience with snow. Of course, we will have a lot of fun playing in the snow. Many of the post and pictures I post on this Blog are to share the fun and beauty with Jo Anne, of the area I live.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Philippines In Need

Jo Anne and I, have been keeping a close see on the news the last several days since Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) dumped a month's worth of rain in 12 hours. According to Time Magazine around 80 percent of Manila was flooded. I am glad that Jo Anne is safe. Her family made it safety through the storm and the flooding. The flooding was the worst flooding in over forty years. Her family and friends are all safe but they do have damage to their homes. Some are staying at the mission where Jo Anne works while cleaning up their homes and help others affected by the storm. The death toll is now at 246 and 42 missing and with many homeless.

Now as the people of the Philippines are recovering from the flooding there are two other storms head towards the country. Please continue to pray for the people of the Philipines. One way you can help the people in the Philippines by making a donation to the Philippine Aid Society.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Flood in the Philippines

Last September 26, 2009, tropical storm Ketsana (Ondoy) hit the Philippines that cause the worst flooding all over Metro Manila area. More than 80% of the capital was under water that swallowed whole houses and buses. Saturday's rain approached a record, with a month's worth of rain falling within six hours. Based on the news, the average rainfall for the entire month of September is 391 mm (15.4 inches). The capital experienced 341 mm (13.4 inches) between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day. This was a very tragic incident happened in the Philippines, until now some of the people are still waiting for a rescuer who will come along their way. Most of them stayed overnight at the roof of their house, without food to eat, no water to drink, no power and with fear knowing that it would be possible for the water level to goes up and reach the roof where they stay. I can’t imagine how traumatized it is for those people who experienced this tragedy especially for the kids.

I have some relatives and friends who stayed the whole night at the roof of their house; I thank God because they are all safe. At this time of trials, Filipinos are come together and help each other.

Philippines battle flood chaos:

Let’s join our hands and continue to pray for those people affected by this calamity. God has a reason why these things happened. We don't know what will happen in the future, so we must be prepared and ready.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fire Destroys The Historic Caldwell Inn

This morning, Hendersonville, North Carolina lost a piece of its history when the Caldwell Inn was set on fire. The Caldwell Inn was build in 1914. Back then it was called the Station Hotel and served people coming into Hendersonville on the train. The train depot is only a block away from the inn. The Caldwell Inn was home to low income families who lost everything in the fire this morning. The fire is believed to have be set by a person who was asked to leave the inn yesterday. The fire started at 7:30 this morning. Lt. Mike Vesely with the Hendersonville Police Department and Steve Pedersen, a deputy with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, helped residents get to safety. Seven and five people jumped from the second floor balcony since the fire blocked the stairs out of the building. Other people passing by assisted in help the people escape the fire. No one died in the fire. Five people were taking to the hospital with different injuries, one I heard had a broke back from several sources. The person who is thought to have started the fire turn himself in to police. The police are just called him a person of interest at this time.

The Hendersonville Rescue Mission, which is located just down the street, with the Henderson County American Red Cross is assisting the residents with their needs. It is good to see that we still come together to help people in need in America.

I am happy that no one was killed in the fire. There was many heroes they helped rescue the residents from the fire. Now the residents who lived at the inn will have to look for a new place to live. It also saddens me that a piece of local history was lost today. I went to the Caldwell Inn this afternoon to look at the damage that the fire caused. The fire department was still on there. I could still smell the burned wood from the inn. I even saw pieces from the Caldwell Inn laying on top of a car parked in a nearby parking lot.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

So, That Is What The Sun Looks Like!

Today, was like the first day in over I week that the sun broke through the clouds here in Western North Carolina. We have had six to eight inches of rain Saturday through Monday, according to the Times-News, the local newspaper. I have been lucky that the road that I travel did not flood all the way across the road during the times I traveled them. In fact, the only road that flooded that I travel was the one I take to get to school. Many people around town were searching for away around the flooded areas around the areas. I was sadden to heard of the nine deaths else where in the Southeast.

Once, I finished with my classes today I decided to go pickup Rayna and take her for a ride. I feel bad that I have been so busy with work and school that I have not had as much time to play with her. We rode around town checking out the places that normally flood. I wanted to take a picture to post here on the Blog. All the places I checked were clear but you could see they were flooded earlier. They are still coming for more rain through Monday at least at this time. I may get another chance to get a picture of the flood over the next couple days. Then Rayna and I, headed to my mom's house for dinner. While, waiting for my mom to get home with one of her friends, I give Rayna a bath. Rayna smells a lot better now. I was surprise that she was not as dirty as I thought she was.

Mom and her friend where a little late so I started to warm dinner up. Mom cooked it yesterday so all we had to do was reheat it. I made some mashed potatoes to go with the pork roast that my mom made. They were not my best work but they did taste okay.

After dinner, I enjoyed watching NCIS and NCIS: Los Angles on the television. I like the original series of NCIS. I still have not made up my mind about NCIS: Los Angles yet. The pilot episode was okay but I hope it gets better. I do like that LL Cool J is in the new series so that is a plus. I will be watching it again.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze

I was deeply sadden to hear the news of the death of Patrick Swayze, Monday night. I enjoyed his movies many of his movies. Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer after a honorable fight.

The movie, Dirty Dancing, in which Patrick Swayze stared in was filmed in the town of Lake Lure and in Asheville, North Carolina which are only a few minutes away from my my home. I have see many of the place where the movie was filmed. Who could forget his rule in Ghost. I would have to say Ghost is my favorite movie in which he starred in. It is a great romantic story. Then there is the movie, Red Dawn, where he leads a group of boys who fight against the invasion of the United States.

Patrick Swayze is the latest of stars that have passed away that I enjoyed their work since I was young. Many of them, like Patrick Swayze died young. Makes you wonder what is happening. I have started taking steps to prepare for want happens if something happens with me.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Baguio Sunset

Remembering my trip with my Love to Baguio, Philippines back in February 2009. I hope to return soon.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Lets Never Forget

It was a quiet morning eight years, I got up and was getting ready to take my mom to work. We the news first broke I that a plane crashed one of the towers in New York City, I was thinking it was a accident. But when the second plane hit I got a sinking feeling because then I knew the horrible truth. Lets take today to remember happen that day and Never Forget!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Western North Carolina Air Museum

After, I finish with my classes today at school I headed over to the Western North Carolina Air Museum. If you are interested in aviation at all this is a great place to check out if you our in the Hendersonville, North Carolina area.
I have heard about the museum over the year but this was my first time to go to the museum. One of the staff members gave me a guided tour and explain the history and how each plane was made. I found the planes very interesting and amazed at what some pilots did to fly some of the planes in the early days of airplanes. Many of the planes in the early days where made of wood and cloth. Seeing the size of the planes made wonder why someone would want to be in they as long as some of the flights were.
The museum is located in two hangars at the Hendersonville Airport. The entrance to the museum is off of Brooklyn Avenue just down the road from the airport. Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Chloe's Dedication

This is a picture from Chloe's Dedication in Quezon City, Philippines. Chloe is Jo Anne and my Goddaughter.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Busy With School And Work

I have been busy with school and work. Both keep me very busy.

I have four class at school, one is an online class. I took some getting used to doing a class online. I am learning a lot of things.

As for work, I have been learning a lot there too since in is my first management job. There are some problems at work that I am not happy about. Unfortunately, I can not quit because it will leave me with no income. I do not want to get hired over the biggest problem especially since it is caused by someone else. I do not want the problem blamed on me. The problem has been going on before I was hired and will go on after I am gone as long as the person and persons are still working there. The best things is to get laid off or to find another job. If I get laid off I can go back on unemployment. The big problem at work is one I have not had a problem with before, one I can not fix and the one who can will not fix.

I am thinking of taking the jump and try to start setting up my business now. I hope it will provide the money that I need in order to get things going on Jo Anne's Visa. Things are coming together for my own business. I have been making connections and finding information I need to start the business.

I am sure things will work out. God all provide for all my needs. He is preparing me for something big and great soon.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Frog In Puddle

I saw a little frog swimming around in one of the puddle of water in the drive way and decided to try to get a picture if I could. To my surprise, I saw the mother frog one day so I stopped and took her picture.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mom's Birthday With The Grandkids

Today was my mother's birthday. In our family, we take the persons who's birthday i is out to eat. My sister, Mary and I, took our mom with the Mary's kids down to Greenville, South Carolina. We eat lunch at the Golden Corral in Cherrydale and then looked around the shops in Greenville. Mom enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren since she has not seen them in a couple months. After spending time in Greenville, we showed Mary where Mom lives and Mary showed us her new house in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a long day but we all enjoyed the day. Happy Birthday, Mom!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Photo Of The Week:

This is a marker on a grave in a cemetery down the road from my house. It glows in the dark but I could not get a great picture of in glowing in the dark.

Friday, August 21, 2009

First Day of School

Yesterday, I have my first day of classes at the college. When I first got to the school I checked to see if the financial aid for my books was set up at the Book Store. Everything was setup for me to get my books so off to the book store. I got over to the book store and started looking for my books. I about died of a heart attack when I found the book for my accounting class and it cost over $200. I did not even to pick it up. I continue on looking for my other book and they were $56.50, $110.75 and $173.75. I got the other three books and went to the counter to see how much I had for book with my financial aid. I had enough to cover all my books. I even lucked out and they had one used book left for my accounting class that cost $153.50. Thank God!

I know you can buy the book for less online but you can not use financial aid on the websites. I wonder how much the books would cost if people had to pay for the book on their own. I would be willing to bet it would be a little cheaper. I now that I would have just left the books their and asked for a lower price.

After, I got my books I head off to my first class for the semester, my accounting class. I believe I will enjoy the class. They professor is my academic advisor and is enjoyable to talk and listen too. I am sure I will learn a lot this semester and hopefully end up with better jobs.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My New Website

I have decided to go ahead at release my new website to the public today. I am not finished with the setup at this time up I hoping to get some feedback to make it better by releasing it now. I moved my site to 50Webs from GeoCities since Yahoo! is closing GeoCities down in October of this year. I have kept the name Dan the Mountain Man's Cabin but have made several changes from the old site.

I do not have much information on the site but I hope in time to make the site a wealth of information. I do most of the website by typing the code myself so it takes a while to create a page but it gives me more control of how the page looks. I can edit the pages faster since I know where to look in the code. I have been working on web sites since 1996 as a hobby. I enjoy working on my site.

I have also add music to this Blog last night. The list of songs our songs that Jo Anne enjoy listening too. The player is at the bottom of the page.

Miles Away

Being apart from someone you care and love is really hard. At this time, I realized and feel all the sacrifices that my parents went through during the moment that my Dad is working at the ship just to give us a better future.

Daniel and I were almost experiencing the same scenario. But we knew from the start of our relationship that we’re going to face some difficulties and challenges in our lives. First, is the distance that we had from each other. Second, is the processing that we’re going to undergo in order for us to be together forever. These are the things that break our heart, but we are ready to face it from the beginning. We both feel the sadness but we are thankful for the strength and comfort that God has given us. The top secret for having a successful relationship is putting God at the center. Our prayer time is a great blessing for us. No matter how busy we are, we set a time to pray together everyday and that is our commitment to the Lord. God brought us together and we believe He will make a way for us to be together forever in a few months.

We are miles away but our hearts are very close to one another. God connect us and bind us with the love that comes from Him and no one can break the bond that we had. God is our strong foundation, our shield, our strength, our comfort, and our provider. He sustain all our needs, and He make all things possible. We put our trust to the Lord for He knows what is the best for us.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Orientation For Online Class

Today, I went to Blue Ridge Community College to attendant the orientation class for online classes. The college offers online classes through the Moodle system. I am taking a Principles of Management class online. This will be my first online class. Of course, I am going back to school for Business Management Degree. I hope to use the degree to start my own ministry or business.

I am excited about starting classes on Thursday. I interested to see how I do with the online class. The Moodle system looks pretty easy to use. Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It was developed in Australia. Many colleges are switching to Moodle for their online classes because of its low cost and it is easy to use.

Tomorrow, I will be working on getting everything setup for my online class. I have to setup my college e-mail account and Moodle account. Of course I will be updating you on my schooling here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Why is the Dismal Forest called Dismal?

While, I got an answer from the Assistant Park Ranger at the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area in South Carolina. I think it is a good answer.
Apparently there are two different stories for how the Dismal Forest received its name. The first is that when loggers first entered the Dismal Forest, the rhododendron and mountain laurel were so thick (or so "dismal") they decided to turn around and log elsewhere. The second involves those visitors who came to visit Caesars Head in the late 1800's. Apparently, a few young woman were standing out where the overlook is today looking out over the Dismal Forest. As they enjoyed the view and fanned themselves from the summer heat, they contemplated how "dismal" it would be if one were to fall to their death from the overlook. At the thought of someone falling, they would continue to fan themselves, just shake their heads and say......"Dismal, dismal, dismal."

Again, the Dismal Forest in located in Northern Greenville County, South Carolina. It can be seen from the overlook at the headquaters of the Caesars Head State Park.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Photo Of The Week: The Mushroom

I found this mushroom near my roommate's parents' house. Makes you want to look for fairies.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Researching A Question For A Reader

With last week's Photo of the Week from the Dismal Forest, I received a question about why it was called the Dismal Forest? I have been looking into the question a have not found much more information that I already knew. In fact, the only thing new I have learned in my research in the Dismal Forest in located in the Dismal Valley. So I continue my research. I am currently waiting on replies to e-mails I have sent to the Greenville County Historical Society and the Caesars Head State Park asking for leads that I can use to answer the question. Next week I will travel down to Greenville if I have enough money for the gas to done more local research on the question.

Here is what I know so far about the Dismal Forest. The Dismal Forest is located in the Dismal Valley in Northern Greenville County, South Carolina. It is a hardwood forest that covers several miles. I am guessing at this point that it got it name from the thick forest cover keeps the light out from under the tree tops. I am trying to find the history of the forest to see who first named it the Dismal Forest.

I enjoy receiving question and comments from the readers of Mountain High And Valley Lows, and try my best to answer any questions quickly. If you have a question or a suggestion for a blog post please feel free to contract me.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Evening Out With Mom

Tonight, Mom and I headed down to Greenville, South Carolina for a evening out together. We stop at the Huntin' Camp Bar B Q & Grill in Travelers Rest for dinner. Then went looking around in some of the shops in Greenville.

Huntin' Camp Bar B Q & Grill is at 2221 Hwy 25 North in Travelers Rest and has a great buffet. The food is always great and wonderful service. I have been promising mom for awhile that I would take her there to eat. Mom enjoyed her meal.

After we eat, mom and I heading on down to Greenville and looked around in some of the stores. We stop at the Cold Stone Creamery to get some ice cream. After enjoying the ice cream we went to the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the same shopping center. While at the bookstore, I found several books I would like to have. I read a few pages in a few books. I even did a little research for a post for Mountain Highs and Valley Lows that I am working on with no luck on the answer to the question I am trying to answer. I would say the bookstore was the highlight of the night.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hope For People In Poverty

This past Sunday, Jen from my Sunday School Class reported about her mission trip to Ethiopia which she just returned from. She did work with a school and another ministry. The school helps teach students English. The ministry she worked with helps a community with AIDS to improve there lives.

Many of the things she talked about in want ministry to the people with AIDS is very similar to the ministry that I want to get started to help people to get out of poverty. Part of want the ministry in Ethiopia takes coffee beans and make jewelry which is sold to benefit the people in the community. People in the who get money use the money to help others in the community out. The ministry has also helped they to setup a saving account for needs in their future. This is very similar to the plan for my ministry. I plan on out into place with a poverty and see want skills the people their have and provide ways for they to use their skills to provide money for themselves and their family. I hope to open stores here in the United States and their home countries to sell the products the make. The money made from the sale of products will be used to pay the people and pay for improvement to their community and develop their skills more.

The ministry that I am working on setting up with on adults that live in poverty. The ministry will work to take care of physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people in poverty. Poverty is more then lack of money but involves physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. I want to use the blessing that God has given me to bless other people. I plan to start with people in the Philippines and as we get thing setup partnerships with other ministries with the same goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. I know of a couple programs in Africa that helps people in poverty. Many are working to help with the scares of the many wars over the years.

Of course, as time goes on I will make updates here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. Right now, money is the biggest thing that has prevented we from getting things start at this time. I am sure that God will provide what is needed to get started when it is time to get started.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Dear Mr. Jesus

A song of prayer of an abusive child who cried for help to our Lord Jesus Christ. So sad to hear but we need to face the truth that many were a victim of child abuse. I want to share a story of two little girl who had been through with this experience. I feel so sad and my heart broke when I watch the video with their stories.

Dear Mr. Jesus

Dear Mr. Jesus I just had to write to you.
Something really scared me, when I saw it on the news.
A story 'bout a little girl beaten black and blue
Jesus, thought I'd take this right to

Dear Mr. Jesus, I don't understand
Why they took her mom and dad away
I know that they don't mean to hit with wild and angry hands
Tell them just how big they are I pray.

Please don't let them hurt your children
We need love and shelter from the storm
Please don't let them hurt your children
Won't you keep us safe and warm.

Dear Mr. Jesus, they say that she may die
Oh I hope the doctors stop the pain
I know that you could save her and take her up to the sky
So she would never have to hurt again

Please don't let them hurt your children.
Dear Mr. Jesus, please tell me what to do
And please don't tell my daddy
But my mommy hits me, too.
Please don't let them hurt your children....

Just give some time to think and reflect on the cry of these children. For all the parents, it is your duty and obligations to protect your children and not to bring them into harm. Let's try to put our feet in the position of those children who were abused, i am sure we will feel the pain they had. Children is a blessing from God, and we must give the love they need.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Looking For A New Place To Live!

I am starting to take the steps for the next stage of my life. Part of this change is finding a new place to live. I need to find a place were Jo Anne can join my when she gets here. Of course, that is part of her Visa process. I will also need a place that will allow pet since I have Rayna.

The place that I live right now no longer means my needs for a place to live. I do not mind having a roommate. In fact, at this time a roommate or two is may be needed. I do not smoke or party, so it would be best to have a roommate that does not party also. I would prefer a Christian roommate. I already have a couple friends and family looking for a place for me. I will be checking around different places that list homes for rent. My friend that read this Blog if you know of a place for rent please let me know.

I hope one day to own my own place but at this time I can not afford a place of my own. I only have a few more month before my car is paid off. That will free up more money each month. I will continue to make the payment to my saving to buy a car without going into debt.

I am also looking for a second job that will work around my school schedule and other job. The second job is needed to get the money needed for Jo Anne's Visa. I also need to make more money to meet the minimum income requirement for Jo Anne's Visa.

Hike To Raven Cliff Overlook

On Monday, Rayna and I took hiked out to Raven Cliff Falls Overlook in Caesars Head State Park near Cleveland, South Carolina. There is a two mile trail out to the overlook. There is a $2 access fee for the trail per person over the age of 16. You put the money in a box at the trail-head. The view you see at the overlook and another the trail is worth the hike out to the overlook.

The trail is easy to walk with a couple steps along the way. The trail is well maintained by the park service. The trail is width enough for people to pass easily in most places. I also recommend trying some of the other trails and visiting the overlook in the at the headquarters.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Salamat, President Corazon Aquino (1933-2009)

Our country was in grieving for the lost of our beloved Former President Corazon C. Aquino, who became the leader and a mother of our nation for about 6 years. She served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia's first female president. She is also known as a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women's empowerment and religious piety. Her leadership serves as a big impact to all Filipinos because through her we received the democracy we are longing. She led the country with all her best and gives her life in full service despite of many criticisms that was throwing to her by some people.

The sad news about her death was broadcast early morning of August 1, 2009 at around 3:18AM at Makati Medical Center. She died of cardiopulmonary arrest after complications of colon cancer at the age of 76. Aquino was diagnosed with the disease in March 2008 but kept up public appearances this year . The news broke the heart of the people and more people shed in tears when they heard what happened to her. We will not able to see her anymore but her memories will always remain in the hearts of all Filipinos. For more details about her life, kindly visit

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all the family, we keep praying for all of you. Thank you President Cory Aquino for the courage you showed in leading our country for 6 years. You will never be forgotten by all Filipinos. The peace and comfort that comes from the Lord be with all the family always.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

My Father’s Chair

As I took my rest this afternoon, I had a chance to reflect and see how blessed I am to have a loving parents who brought me up in the ways of the Lord. I remember way back 1998 when I attended the National Youth camp of our Church, the song My Father’s Chair was interpret by some youth through a Pantomime. This song really touch my heart, knowing that, in our time now more children were abandoned by their earthly parents and they are longing for the love and embrace that they should have. I want to share the writings that were written by David Meece who also sung this song, just visit I hope his writing will inspire you especially those who are living alone and were abandoned by their own family. Remember, our Father in Heaven will never leave us and he loves us very much. If you feel the pain of being alone, just look at on the empty chair and imagine that our God was sitting there and waiting for us to embrace us and give the love that we are longing.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Vegetable Garden At Carl Sandburg's Home

This is the Vegetable Garden at Carl Sandburg's Home. I like the scarecrow since you do not see many of them.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Time To Start Thinking Of Operation Christmas Child

I got a letter in the mail today from Samaritans' Purse telling me about registration for helping at the processing center for Operation Christmas Child. If you can help at a processing center, I would encourage you to do so. Several years ago, I helped at the processing in Charlotte and was amazed at the size of the center and the number of shoeboxes. Back in February, I was blessed to be at Jo Anne's church in Quezon City, Philippines. You can read about that in my post, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Delivered. You can see a movie and pictures of the children receiving their boxes.

Registration for the Processing Center begins on Monday, August 3, 2009. Call 1-800-442-9120, to reserve a time for your family, church, or group. Samaritan's Purse has Processing center for Operation Christmas Child in Atlanta, Georgia; Boone, North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Denver, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Orange County County, California. All volunteers must be at least thirteen years old to help at the Processing Center.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes go to the children in poverty in 95 different countries poverty, all around the world. National Collection Week in the United States is November 16-23, 2009. I will make at least one shoebox this year. If I can find the time, I will help out at one of the Processing Centers. Please check out the Operation Christmas Child website for more information on Operation Christmas Child. Shoeboxes are collected in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Endless Cleaning Of The Water System

Today, I headed up the hill again to clean the spring out. The house I live is no a spring feed system. We have had a lot of heavy rains here in Western North Carolina this summer. The heavy rain wash silt into the spring head. I have had to make several trips up the hill and clean around the opening of intake pipe because the silt clogs the pipes up. Once the water comes into the intake pipes it goes into the reservoir. A lot of silt collects in the bottom of the reservoir which we and my roommate clean out about every six months. Today, I just cleaned out the intake pipe. After the reservoir, the water goes into another pipe that runs down the hill to the house. Along the pipe that runs down the pipe we have place where we can pull the pipe apart to help clean out blockages in the line.

The intake pipe taking the water into the reservoir.

Water collecting in the reservoir.

Pipe at takes the water to the house.

As I was cleaning out the water system today I got thinking about that we need to do maintenance on our spiritual life. How often do do you do the maintenance on your relationship with God? It is important to spend time in prayer and reading the Bible. Prayer is the way we communicate with God. God gave us the Bible so we can know him and know how to live. The Bible is not a bunch of do not do this or this. Instead the Bible is our guide to living a rewarding life. To have the rewarding life with need to take to time to do maintenance on our spiritual life. We as Christian are like a water system for the living water. The water will not flow or people will not want to drink it if we do not do the right maintenance.
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." ~ John 4:13-14 (ESV)

As a Christian, are you doing the maintenance you need to do to let the living water flow through you? Do people want the water of eternal life that is welling up in you?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Rayna Goes To Carl Sandburg's Home

This afternoon, my mom and I took my dog, Rayna, to Carl Sandburg's home to go for a walk. We were planning on hiking up to the top Glassy Mountain, but since we had an afternoon storm we decide to stay around the house and the barn. Rayna at the barn at Carl Sandburg's home. I was wondering now Rayna would react to the goats. She just sat and looked at the male goats as mom and I talked with the volunteer that was taking care of them. She told us goats do not like dogs because they do not know what to make of them. With Rayna, being a German Shepherd mix she seemed right at home around the barn and the goats. German Shepherds come from sheep-herding dogs in Germany. Rayna is very gentle around other people. I have been trying to get her around more people now that she listens to me for the most part.

The trip to Carl Sandburg's home was a treat for Rayna. She seems to enjoy checking out new places. I hope to take her back to walk up to the top of Glassy Mountain, which I am sure she will enjoy.

The rain while at Carl Sandburg's Home.

The rain while at Carl Sandburg's Home.

Rayna waiting for the rain to stop.

Rayna waiting for the rain to stop.

Mom and Rayna at the Trout Pond near the barn.

Mom and Rayna at the Trout Pond near the barn.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Wild Flowers

These are some wild flowers that are in a flower bed in front of the Fork Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Coming Up With A Budget

While, with the new job my monthly budget needs some major work. The good news is a have enough money coming in to take care of my basic needs, gas, and my bills. I will need to get another job to take care of my other financial goals. I need money for the processing fee for Jo Anne's Visa and I want to get a new computer.

If you have been reading this Blog for a time, you know I am working on getting out of debt. I am so glad that I have been living on a budget. Due to my monthly budgets, I have been able to make it through my period of unemployment without getting behind on my bills. I also had money to pay for emergencies.

In looking at my income now and my bills, I have decided that I need to get a part time job on the side to take care of building my emergency funds up, the Visa, and other things. I will be very busy when school starts in August. At least, my school is paid for and it will help me get a better job later on.

I keep a close eye on where I spend money. Today, I caught another pricing mistake at Wal-mart. I shop at Wal-mart because of the low prices but I am getting tired of the bad service. I am getting to the point that I going to stop shopping at Wal-mart. Aldi, Big Lots, and Ingles may cost more over all but I get better service when I go to their stores. I rather pay more for better service and better quality products. Beside, I can trust the price I see on the shelf at Aldi, Big Lots, and Ingles is what will ring up when I check out. It is harder to find things at Wal-mart then the other stores. It is coming time for me to exercise my choice and spend my money at places that provide the service and products I want.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Folk Art Center

Folk Art Center near Asheville, North CarolinaOn Monday, my Mother and I stopped by the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Folk Art Center is a partnership between the National Park Service and the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center opened in 1980 and is home to galleries, a library, the archives for the Guild, Allanstand Craft Shop and information center and book store. While at the Fork Art Center you can see the crafts of many local artist and learn the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles (755 kilometers) through the Blue Ridge Mountains and connects the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Construction on the parkway begun on September 11, 1935. The last section was finish in 1987. I enjoy driving along the parkway and looking at the views at many of the overlooks along the way. One day, I plan to drive the full length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Update: Uncle Is Out Of The Hospital

I like to thank all of you who have been praying for my Uncle John. I happy to tell you that he is back home now. He was release from the hospital yesterday.

The stomach pain he had was from an ulcer. They get that fixed quickly. They black mass in his lungs. In further check they found and removed mucus from his lungs. It was touch and go a couple times over the pass week. We ask that you continue to prayer for him as he continues to recovering at home.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Where's George? Picture

Greg148, Gary, Joe S, CRichard, Dan the Mountain Man, newwave, and Beth.

This is the group picture from the Hendersonville Where's George? Gathering at Mike's on Main on July 12, 2009. Thank you, xrae for taking the picture and letting me use it.

The Power of Eight Experiment

Last Saturday night, I was listening to a radio show called Speaking Of Strange on WWNC 570 AM out of Asheville, North Carolina. The show was on the power of numbers. One of the things they talked about was when you put a eight on in your wallet, you be more properest with money. I decided to test this and see want happens. I do not believe in this kind of stuff. I wrote a number eight on a piece of paper and put it in my wallet Friday morning. While on my way to work Friday night I found a dollar on the ground. I have found money on the ground many times before and I will continue to do this experiment and see what comes about.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Prayer Request: My Uncle Is In The Hospital

This morning, I received a phone call from my Aunt Sandy telling me that Uncle John is in the hospital. He was having stomach pain and it got severe on Sunday so they called the ambulance and took him to the VA Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. All I know at this time is that he is in ICU. I will be in connect with my aunt everyday and hope to get up to the hospital on Friday. Please lift him and his family up in your prayers. I will update when I learn more on want is going on.