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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.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Back To Work For Me

While today after four months with no job, I worked for ten hours. I have been hired as a Shift Manager at a pizza shop in town. I like the people I work with so far. It was great to be working again. I joked with a couple of my friends that now that I have a job I feel like that I am on vacations. The hardest job in the world is looking for a job.

I made a lot of pizzas today. Boy, making pizza in harder then in looks. I did pretty good at learning the pizza and making then today. I could be ready to run solo in a couple weeks.

I will be very busy for the next couple months with work, school, and getting Jo Anne's Visa. I have school all setup and paid for at this time. I start classes in August. I need to save up $455 for the processing fee for Jo Anne's Visa. I have been told by several people that the Visa takes about four months to processes. Of course, there are other things that require money in order to Jo Anne to join me here. Please, join Jo Anne and I in praying that God will provide all the money and other resource we need.

I thank God for the many blessings I have received already and the many he will pour upon me in the future.

Photo Of The Week: It Is Hot In Here

The temperature reading in my car. No it is not really that hot in my car.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Update: Little Girl Who had a Tumor

This is an update about the condition of a little girl whom we are taking care at the Malnutrition center. Her name is Lenie, 1 year old and 3 months of age living at Baseco Manila, who was admitted at Scandinavian Children’s Mission last February of this year for nutritional rehabilitation. As her mother relayed to us, Lenie was born normally, but suddenly at 4 ½ months old, the condition of her health already change, she began to lose weight and same thing her eyes start to have a rotatory movement (nystagmus). During her stay at the ward we have noticed that she don’t have an appetite to eat as well as to drink milk, but instead she prefer to sleep. For 4 months of stay at the ward, still nothing change and her weight did not increase so the attending physician who look after the kids decided to bring Lenie at the Neuro specialist. Last June, my co-worker brought her at Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) with her parents, to consult a child neurologist. The doctor requested to do a diagnostic examination which is Cranial Ultrasound. The procedure was set to be done on my duty, so I was the one who brought again Lenie at the hospital together with her parents. I got a hint that there’s something wrong by the moment the ultrasound is doing by an Ultrasonologist through her facial expression. After the procedure, we stayed at the lobby and wait for the doctor who’s going to relayed for us the initial result. When the doctor came in, she starts reading the picture of the said ultrasound and afterwards she talked with the parents. I feel so sad when I heard that the little girl had a Suprasellar Mass (Brain Tumor), she discussed to the parents that the condition is congenital and they don’t have a fault why this things happened to their child. The next day we went back to the hospital to consult the Neurologist who requested the ultrasound. I gave him the initial reading together with the picture of the ultrasound done, and as he browses all over the picture he told us that the tumor is already big and he can’t tell if surgery is still possible so MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is needed to see the extent of the tumor. The doctor knows that this child is under the care of the mission so he gave a referral to seek some help to lessen the cost of the MRI. As of now, the parents are still working on some papers and hoping by next week we can bring Lenie for MRI.

My dear friends, please continue to uphold Lenie in your prayers together with her parents. May the peace and comfort that comes from the Lord be with them in this time of hardship. Your prayer is a big help for the family. If anyone of you who would like to extend your hand to help this little child, you can contact Scandinavian Children’s Mission at Let us join our hands in prayer for this little girl.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

All Things Noble Are Difficult

Jo Anne and I have decided top read the devotionals in My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I would like to share want I got out of the devotional with you.

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. ~ Matthew 7:13-14

Living the Christian life is hard to do sometimes. It is through the difficult times in our life that God makes us more like Jesus. As I read and meditated on the devotional, I got thinking about a rock in a stream. We are like the rock and the water is life. The water carries material that hit the rock and smooths it surface out. These material are the situations in our life.

I also thought about Jo Anne house in the Philippines. The Philippines is hit by many typhoons each year. Her house stands strong through the winds of the storms. God puts us in situations that makes us stronger so we can weather the storms of life. Of course, when a storm is come you need to prepare and after we go through a storm or two we learn how to weather the storm. If we fail to prepare we will not not weather the storm. Like the preparation for the storm, God gave us the Holy Spirit in our lives to prepare for the difficult time in our lives. We will weather the difficult times better the closer we are to the nature of Jesus and with the grace of God.

God has a plan for all of us. He let situations in our lives to prepare us for the job he wants us to do. The reward for seeking God's will in our lives is always greater then the rewards of a worldly life.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Visit To The WNC Farmers Market

Western North Carolina Farmers Market in Asheville, North CarolinaToday, mom and I went up to Asheville, North Carolina to visit with my sister Mary. She was not home, so we decided to go to the Western North Carolina Farmers Market in Asheville. We enjoyed looking around at the different things that were for sale at the farmers market today. They always have the best fruits and vegetables there. The Western North Carolina Farmers Market is owned be the State of North Carolina and in run by North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It is located at 570 Brevard Road in Asheville and is open year round.

Prayer Request: Little Girl Has A Tumor

Back on March 10, 2009, I wrote about where my Love, Jo Anne, works. In that post, I talked about a little girl that was so malnourished she could not focus her eyes that I held in my arms during my visit there. Her name is Lenie. Last night, Jo Anne told me that she took the Lenie to the hospital in Manila for a cranial ultrasound. Jo Anne join the parents as they were told that Lenie has a tumor. The tumor is located on the brain. My heart broke as I heard the news. They will be going back to the hospital to talk about surgery for Lenie. Her parents are unable to pay for the surgery and Scandinavian Children's Mission is unable to help at this time due to lack of funds.

We would like to ask you to pray for Lenie and her parents. Pray that God will provide the money need to the surgery. Of course, we know God is watching over her.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

More Pictures Of Fireworks

Okay, as I promised I went through all the pictures I took last night and picked the best ones of the fireworks. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks again to the people at Green's Six Oaks in Tuxedo, North Carolina.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Great Fireworks at Green's Six Oaks

It was another great Fourth of July at Green's Six Oaks. I went oven to Green's just before 7 PM and eat dinner. Dinner was served by Mike's Chuckwagon from 4:30 to 7 PM. Then from 7 to 9 PM a couple of the local church sung Gospel songs. The evening ended with the best firework shows in the area. It is the best firework show because you have fireworks from Green's Six Oaks and then some fireworks from one or more of the local summer camps.

Ah, BBQ dinner. I had the pulled pork.

Here is one of the church groups singing.

Many people come to see the firework show that people just park along the road.

The Green River Fire Department was there for fire protection.

Hill that Green's Six Oaks fires the fireworks from.

The smiley fireworks. I am surprised I got the picture.

The will sort through the picture I took and post they in an album tomorrow. I will link to the album in a post tomorrow. Green's six Oaks does this every Fourth of July. They are located just off Exit 3 on US Highway 25 in Tuxedo, North Carolina.

Celebrate And Protect Our Freedoms

In watching the news of the day and reading The Declaration of Independence, I can see where that our government in doing many of the things that our founding fathers rejected. We have a constitution in which we need to hold our government to and ensure it is serving us and not us serving the government. We need to get involved, ran for office, vote for people who will support our freedoms, and write letter and make phone calls on the issue to our representatives.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Our founding fathers worked for years to before declaring their independence from Great Britain. They loved their country, Great Britain as do I love mine, the United Sates. We need to stand up and demand that our government officials listen to us and do what is best for our beloved country. Each day that goes by we see more of the freedoms that we celebrate on this day disappear. It is sad the the Fourth of July, has become nothing more then a day for cookouts and fireworks for some people. Many men and women have risked and given their lives so we can live free from a suppressive government and yet we are just letting the government take over our lives. We have been giving up our God given rights for years and it is time to stop.

Government has its place in our lives. It is the ensure our right of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. It is our duty to ensure that the government of the United States protects those right. One has the right to live by working hard for his or her family. Liberty is the freedom to live without the Government controlling how we live. When it comes to the pursuit of Happiness, some of our greatest happiest comes after our greatest failures. We as humans are happiest went we have to pursue something not when it is given to us. We have the right to live without the worry that the government will come and take away the things we worked hard to achieve.

We as the United States of America, should be a beacon of freedom to all people of the world. I have been watch the events in Honduras, the people there are fighting for freedom. The military ousted a President who was try to over take the government. They were protecting the people of Honduras' right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We should be standing by the people of Honduras, not the dictator want to be. Read La Gringa's Blogicito to read about what is going on in Honduras. While I was in the Philippines, I talked with a couple of Filipinos that wish they were still part of the United States. If we are as bad as so many of our government officials in Washington and the idiots in Hollywood say then why do so many people want to come here and live? Why are they leaving the country that we are trying to become in things are better there?

We should welcome all people into our great country, but they should come here the legal way. They coming here legally ensures they can achieve the American Dream like everyone else. Our willingness to welcome people and give them the freedom achieve their dreams is what has this country great.

I hope you enjoy your Fourth of July. Remember, that the Freedoms we are celebrating today must be defended from people inside and out. Today, is not just a day for cookouts and fireworks. It is a day, to celebrate the light of freedom for the whole world, the United States of America. May God bless the United States.

Photo Of The Week: Fourth Of July

Flags in Downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina

Friday, July 03, 2009

Who Am I?

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. God knows who we are from the moment He created us inside the womb of our mother. Without God we are nothing and we cannot stand on our own. We see how desperate the lives of people who are separated from God, they are like flowers that easily fade away and a wave tossed in the ocean. Life without God is dead. We will only find the true joy and happiness if we are close and connected to God.

Who we are in the eyes of the Lord? Let's give time to reflect and seek ourselves if we are worthy to receive His blessings. God see how faithful we are and knows everything about us.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy Birthday Stephen

Tonight, my mom and I threw a birthday party for my brother Stephen. Stephen is my older brother. He was happy to get away from the group home where he lives for awhile. Stephen is mentally handicapped. My mom visits him regularly and takes him and is girlfriend places. I feel sad up some of the other people that live in the group home where my brother lives because their family has nothing to do with them. The party was a little one, it was just Stephen, his girlfriend, my mom's friend, Bonnie, my mom and me. Bonnie made a birthday cake for for my brother. I cooking the hamburgers and hot dogs. We all had a good time.

All day today, I was thinking of my grandmother. She passed away ten years ago today. She was the head of the family while she was living. She pushed we to do my best. She instilled the strength to get things done in me. The day she died, we waited to tell Stephen the next day. She died early in the morning of his birthday.