Bible Verse Of The Day

Friday, August 24, 2012

Photo Of The Week: Ice Cream Garden

While looking around in Biltmore Village yesterday, I came upon this ice cream garden.

A Day With Mom On Her Birthday

I took this Thursday off from work to spend the day with my mom. It was mom's birthday and I wanted to do something special for her. After having breakfast with my oldest sister, Mary, and my niece, Julie, we headed up to Asheville, North Carolina. Mom and I, enjoyed our day looking around the shops in Asheville.

We stopped in Biltmore Village first and walked around. Biltmore Village is at the entrance of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate. We enjoyed the shops there especially The Olde World Christmas Shoppe.

I went into All Souls Episcopal Cathedral. It is a very beautiful church that I plan on going back too.

Mom and I left Biltmore Village and looked around and shopped at other antique store, thrift shops and other store around Asheville. When it came time for dinner we stopped at Asiana in Skyland, North Carolina which is one of the best Asian buffets in Western North Carolina.

After dinner, we finished our trip to Asheville at my favorite place in Asheville, Biltmore Park.

Mom enjoyed her birthday and her tour around Asheville and so did I. We only wish my Love, Jo Anne was with us.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Changing Lives!

I first sponsored a child through Compassion International when I was in high school. I am currently sponsoring a boy in the Philippines. I just started sponsoring him in the past year after my last sponsored child left the program after his family life improved to where they did for need the help from Compassion. My new sponsor child is already showing improvement in his life. I look forward to the day he graduates from the Compassion Program and starts his life of hope and promise that he would not have without the hope Compassion gives him. In the last letter I received from him, he shared he has trouble reading. I sent him a letter of encouragement to continue working on his reading and shared about how I had trouble with reading while in school and now I love reading.

I would like to share this video of testimonies from some of the children that have gone through the Compassion Program.

I hope you will take the time to change the life of a child and sponsor a child through Compassion. The can do this by visiting Compassion's website or by click the Compassion widget on the side bar of this blog.

Immigration Update: More Paperwork

I wanted to post this update sooner but I have been busy getting the papers I need together. About two weeks ago now, the lawyer who is helping us with getting Jo Anne's Visa received a letter from Immigration asking more more information. In normal government fashion most of the papers they are asking for we already sent them with the first filing. It is almost like they lost or did not even look at the papers we first sent them. I am thinking it maybe some regulation that they are following in asking for the papers again. I got most of the papers together That i need to get from different places. I am currently working on getting character reference letter from people now. I am hoping to have all the papers together by the end of August. We need to have the reply to the Immigration request by October 12, 2012. Jo Anne and I are hoping that we will get the approval after we file the papers requested. Even with excepting this request, I have been feeling a little down. I am ready to have Jo Anne join me here. We are keeping positive with our faith that God will work everything out for us.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Musings: Mushrooms

Mushrooms Mushrooms popping up in the garden. Unique sight among the flowers. Skulk the mouse under them for food Haven from the rain for little bug. Rest from flight for the robin. Ornate decoration by the gardener. Over top one mushroom covers the others. Moments of enjoyment at the sight. Smile in moments of peace. Written by Dan the Mountain Man

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rachel And David's Wedding

Today, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of Rachel and David. I have know Rachel since she was a little girl. I was happy to be part of the begin of this new stage of her life. I do not know David but the few times I have met him, he seems to be a great guy. Knowing Rachel, God we be the center of their marriage. I can not wait for the day I get to make my Love, Jo Anne my wife.

Exchanging their vows.

The first kiss. Sorry for the bad focus.

Presentation of the couple.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

Member Appreciation Day

It not one of the reasons I joined the credit union but it is something I love about doing my banking at a credit union. That is Member Appreciation Day, which I believe they have once a quarter. Sure, I have seen banks have coffee in the lobby for there customers in the morning but I have not seen a bank have hot dogs with chips, cookies and drinks for their customers once in a while.

Since I joined the credit union and seen the great service I get there, I can not imagine going back to a bank to do my banking.

I went out to pickup my friend Seth, who needed a ride into town. While I was out his way, I drove by a house that burned yesterday that I heard about on a local television stations web site. I was not sure what house it was until I drove out there today. I was sad to see it was I house I drove by everyday when I was growing up. No one was hurt or lost their place to live since no one lived in the house for some twenty years. I believe they used the house for storage.

Good thing the trees do not catch fire with it being so dry lately.

Another childhood memory gone!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Taking Days Off From Work

Yesterday was my first day off from work. I took a little time off to get some rest and hopefully get some house work and blog stuff done. I am looking forward to laying in bed and doing very little. Over the last couple months, I feel like I have been constantly on the go with little down time for me to take some rest. So far, Rayna, my dog seems to be enjoying having me around more. Last night, after my sister and her kids left my mom's house, Rayna got on the couch with me and slept until I can home. Since we got home she has been laying on her bed which is right next to my bed. We have only got up to take my mom to work this morning.

Saturday, I am thinking of take a little trip down to Greenville, South Carolina. I have fully decided if I will go or not yet. I am thinking of taking a road trip later this year like I did last year with my US Highway 64 trip last year. This year, I am thinking of picking a town to travel to and explore. I just hope the gas prices do not go up higher. Of course, when I do the trip I will post a trip report here on Mountain Highs and Vally Lows.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day!

This afternoon, I had my lunch at Chick-fil-a in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I waited in line about a hour before I got my food. The line for the counter inside was going out the door. I went just before 3 PM. People were patient in waiting in line. Everyone was respectful of everyone one else. People stepped aside to let people through to get out of the restaurant or in to the restroom and people in line helped the staff of Chick-fil-a by calling out the names of people who's order was ready.

A Chick-fil-a Worker returning from going to get more supplies.

People waiting outside at the end of the line to order and show their support.

The lines inside the store.

I am thinking about going to Chick-fil-a later in the evening to get dessert after having dinner at my mother's house. This is my way of supporting free speech. Well worth the hour wait!

Ah, Chick-fil-a, Good Food!

I stopped at Chick-fil-a this morning to get my breakfast. I was happy to see the line for the drive-thru was around the building and the line for the counter inside was almost out both doors. Yes I plan to go back for lunch and dinner.

When it comes to shopping or eating out, I do not make a political check to see if I am out to shop there. I am about customer service. If you have want and have good customer service, I will shop at your store. Chick-fil-a gives excellent customer service to all their customers. I wish more businesses gave their customer the service that Chick-fil-a does. Chick-fil-a, it is my pleasure to support you on this Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day.

People who do not go to Chick-fil-a to eat are the ones missing out. Not only is their food the best for a fast food/ quick causal restaurants, but each and every customer is treated as a honored guest. Besides, they keep their stores staffed to take care of their customers unlike other restaurants. That means more jobs and they do a great job at training their employees in customer service. Their are not many places today where you hear, "Can I get you a refill?", "Can I take care of the tray for you?", and "It is my pleasure?".

I am supporting Chick-fil-a today because they treat all customer and employees with honor and respect no matter their race, creed, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. I encourage you to put differences aside and go to Chick-fil-a and enjoy good food and customer service. Remember, it is the respect that we show to people who are different from us or hold different beliefs that make us a better people.