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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Liyang IEMELIF Church Anniversary

Last Friday, May 29, 2009, my brother Jonjon and I went on a trip going to Liyang, Siniloan Laguna to join the celebration of their 26th year Anniversary. We left the house around 6:30AM and we got there by 10:00AM. The trip went good though it’s a little bit tough for us because we only took a bus. The Anniversary proper was held May 30, 2009 and a lot of guests from Manila joined the celebration. I enjoyed our stay there; it’s a little cooler than here in Manila. For you to know and see the different things happened there here is the video that I make. I hope you enjoy watching it.

I will try to post another video about the bonding moments of the youth and there activities done and some part of the Daily Vacation Bible School.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Food Journey: Three Bean Casserole

It has been a while since I posted a Food Journey article on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. Today made a Three Bean Casserole. Several years ago a co-worker told about this recipe when I had several cans of beans I wanted to use up.

3 - 15.5 oz cans of three different beans of your choice
1 - 26 oz can of Cream of Mushroom soup
26 oz of milk
26 oz of water
1 lb of egg noodles
1 box of Cheese Nips or Cheez-It crashed

Mix all ingredients excepted the cheese crackers in a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add crashed crackers on the up. Bake until brown. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Coming Up With A Game Plan

For those of you who have been following Mountain Highs and Valley Lows, you know that I have been reading 48 Days: To The Work You Love by Dan Miller. I have finished reading the book. Now, I start on coming up with a plan to start my own business. Last week, I ordered the book, Multiple Streams of Income by Robert G. Allen.

I figure I will need to come up with $5000 to start my own store. I have been researching some suppliers for different products to sell in the store. That this point, I have not settled on any but I decide to continue to look more into a couple of them. Next thing, I will be checking on places to open a store. I thinking about maybe start with a booth or a kiosk in a store or mall.

I'm all so thinking of other ways to make some income. I may sell some of the stuff I have in my storage unit at a flea market. The good news is I only have a few months left on my car loan. Being car payment free will help me save up money faster. Things are looking better in the future.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Thank You

I want to take time today, to thank the men and women who gave all. Because of your sacrifice is the reason that I and millions of people are free today.

Please take this Memorial Day to remember those who died and thank those who served. All gave some and some gave all. Thank You.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Campbell's Covered Bridge

Today, my mom and I took a ride down to Campbell's Covered Bridge just outside the town of Gowensville, South Carolina. The bridge is located just off of Pleasant Hill Road and spans the Beaverdam Creek in the northeastern part of Greenville County. Campbell's Covered Bridge is the last covered bridge still standing in South Carolina.

The bridge was build in 1909 by Charles Irwin Willis and named after Alexander Lafayette Campbell. Alexander Campbell was a grist mill owner in Gowensville. It features vertical iron rods and diagonal timbers that were made of pine in the rare four-span Howe truss design. Its dimensions are 38 feet (12 meters) in length and 12 feet (3.7 meters) in width.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Photo Of The Week: 7 Chics

We have 7 more chicks this week. Here is the mother taking care of them. We are someone who is working on catching them and taking take home.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mom All Moved In

This week my mom get moved into her new appartment. I would like to thank all the people who helped her move in. Tim, my brother, Keith and I carried her bedroom set and dinning room table up the stairs to her appartment. Keith put the table and bed together. The Schell family helped my Mom get her bedroom setup my moving the bed and dressers into place.

Mom is so happy to have her own place once again. I ate dinner with her tonight and she said that she enjoy the quiet. I seems so happy.

She still needs a few more thing for the house. Tonight she made a list of things she needs. She will buy things as she comes up with the extra money to get them.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Can You Help Alexander?

Today, I read on Compassion's Blog that a 8-year-old Kenyan boy named Alexander is in need of Heart Surgery. Please read the post, Alexander Needs Heart Surgery, on Compassion's Blog for all the information. If you can help this boy please do. Please at least pray for him. I will be praying and also seeing if I can come up with a little extra money to give this month.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Economics of Grace

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, North Carolina is start it's capital campaign to pay off the church's debt. This morning Pastor Ryan gave a sermon titled The Economics of Grace on the passage of 2 Corinthians 8:1-9.

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you— see that you excel in this act of grace also.

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. ~ 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 (ESV)

Paul is telling about the churches of Maccedonia who give generously even through they were going through severe trails and being in extreme poverty. They still gave above and beyond their means in order to help their fellow saints. They did this because of their overflowing joy that they had in Jesus. It was on their own free will.

This is the formula that Pastor Ryan pointed out to us.

severe trail + overflowing joy + extreme poverty= rich generosity

Pastor Ryan said it is harder for most of us in the United States to relate to having overflowing joy while dealing with severe trails and living in extreme poverty. I have been bless to experience this made of giving while I was in the Philippines. Jo Anne and I went to visit family and friends as I was there. Every house we visited we were order food and drink. I could tell that in some cases this was perhaps more then they could really give to us. They had rich generosity due to their overflowing joy for the things God done for them.

The giving I witnessed in the Philippines is a great example of how are giving should be. Giving is a issue of the heart. We give in response to what God has done for us. God provides for our needs.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. ~ 1 Timothy 6:17 (ESV)

All that we have in this life comes from God. We should put our trust in him and not in the things of this world. It is because of God's grace that we give dissipate our circumstances. We are able give with eagerness and enthusiasm as Paul saw the churches in Macedonia and as I saw the people of the Philippines give.

In my life I have always said that I want only enough money to provide for my family's needs and a few comfort things. I want to be able to help people who are less fortunate then me.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Helping Mom Move In

This week my mom find a new apartment. It is nice two bed room apartment in a quiet neighborhood. My brother, Tim and I moved some of her stuff into the apartment today for her. We only got one load from her storage to her new place since it started to rain. We hope soon to finish getting her completely move in so she can enjoy her new apartment.

I hope that I can find a nice place like my mom's new apartment when I start looking for a place for Jo Anne and I to live. I will start looking for a new place to live as soon as I get a new job. I am working on a few possibilities for a job right now. I am sure to get one soon.

Photo Of The Week: Wild Turkey

I saw two wild turkeys today going through the Greenville Watershed. I stopped and toke this picture of the second one. I have been seeing a lot of turkeys along side the road lately.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Adjusting My Plan

This afternoon I had an appointment at the Joblink Center to come up with some ideas on finding a job. Today, I worked with Mary she helped me redo my resume to highlight my skills better. She also suggested that I try some career field that I have been over looking.

Over the years the people who work at the Joblink Center have been very helpful to me. That the Joblink Center you can get job leads, job search workshops, and many other resources to help you find and get a job. They staff is friendly and gives words of encouragement when you need it.

Since I lost my in March, I have would any calls for an interview on any of the application I turned in at this time. Some with the help of Joblink, I am making some changes in the way I am looking and applying for work. I am sure that I will be find a job soon.

Once I get a job, Jo Anne and I can start the process for her Visa to come the the United States. Once she comes to the United States, we will have ninety days to get married. I have been saving a little bit of money each week from my unemployment some I can pay the processing fee for the paperwork for the Visa. In the worse case I will have money to live off of when my unemployment runs out. I believe that I will find work before that happens.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Fighting The Allergies

This week has been a busy week. I helped my sister out on Monday and Wednesday with running some errors she needed to do. Starting on Tuesday my allergies started to act up. I took Friday and Saturday to rest only leaving to have Mother's Day dinner with my Mother.

I only had problems with allergies after I got a bad cold while going to college. Something went around my dorm making everyone sick at some point. I was one of the last to get sick. Since then I have have allergies in the spring and fall time of year.

As you can see I have been taking a lot of pictures of flowers lately. The only bad thing about the beautiful flower that are in blossom is all the pollen in the air. The allergy make it hard to breathe sometime and it takes a lot of energy just to walk around the house. I am taking medication and it seems to be working.

Dinner with mother Friday night was real fun being that I did not feel like driving or walking. I let mom drive my car to the Twin Dragons in Brevard, North Carolina for dinner. The Twin Dragons is a great Chinese Buffet. The food was good on Friday night. We shared dinner on Friday because mom had to work today.

I started coughing so bad this morning I decided to go home after eating breakfast at Burger King. I did not want to spread sickness around the church.

I am feeling a lot better now that I am taking Benadryl. I am enjoying my rest here at home. I hope the allergies will end soon. At least it is not the swine flu.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Photo of the Week: Pink Lady Slipper

I found this Pink Lady Slipper on the trail up to the spring that my house gets its water from. Lady Slipper's are rare flowers. This is the only one that I have seen on the 25 acres that I currently live on. They also come in Yellow. Both are a protected flower.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Relaxing Spring Walk

Mountain Laurel and Dogwood TreesI enjoy going for walks during the spring time. New leaves are coming and the trees and some tree being the bloom with their flowers. Here in Western North Carolina we have the Dogwood, Tulip or Yellow Poplar, Mountain Laurel and the Rhododendron trees that bloom. On my walk this afternoon, I got some pictures of the flower from the tree that are in bloom along the road I live. These flowers make the walk a little more enjoyable.

Mountain Laurel TreeMountain Laurel tree are small and closely related to the Rhododendrons. They normally grow together in a thickets. The flowers are white or pink. Mountain Laurels are toxic, so avoid eating in recommended. It is safe to burn Mountain Laurel but for precaution do not breathe in the smoke. The smoke of could cause a reaction in some people. I would not use the wood in a cooking fire.

Yellow Poplar TreeThe Yellow Poplar Tree is very common in area I live. Most of the time the flower of the poplar tree is high over at the top of the trees. But one lucks out and they see the blooming tulip lower down on the tree. The Yellow Poplar tree is also known as tulip tree. They can grow to the height of 190 feet though 150 to 170 feet in height are common.

The Dogwood Tree is the State Flower for North Carolina and is very common all over the state. It is also my favorite flowering tree to see. In a legend that I heard when I was a boy, says that Jesus cross was made out of the wood from the Dogwood tree. After Jesus' crucifixion, God twisted the tree so it could not be used as a cross again. God give it flower to remind people of want happened on the cross. The dogwood flower is in the shape of a cross. In the center of the flower is a crown and at the end of the pedals in a red marks. The crown in the middle represent the crown of thorns put on his head. The red marks of the represents the wounds of Jesus caused by the nails and crown of thorns.

Photo of the Week: Buttercup Flowers

God's beauty is everywhere. I saw these Buttercup flower is my sister's yard on Friday. These little yellow flowers, that are only a centimeter width bring great beauty to the grass.