Monday, May 28, 2012
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Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Mom had to work on Mother's Day, so I used one of my floating holidays to have Monday off to take my mom down to Greenville, South Carolina. I did take mom to Carrabba's Italian Grill near the Asheville Airport Sunday night for dinner. The service and food was great even with them being very busy. It was worth the 20 minute wait we had in order to get a sit. After dinner, we walked around in a couple of the stores nearby. Of course, some closed early being it was Sunday. Mom enjoyed her dinner and looking around the stores. I got a new coffee mug for my morning coffee.
Sunday night, I stayed at Mom's house mostly due to the rain. Monday morning, I got up and fixed breakfast for mom. After I took a quick trip to my house, we got ready to head down to Greenville, South Carolina. On the way down to Greenvile, we stopped at Roscoe's in Tuxedo, North Carolina. It was good to see their new building after the fire destroyed their old building. They are the heart of Tuxedo. I look forward to seeing the fireworks they have on the Fourth Of July.
Heritage Green to look around the museums their. Unfortunately, the museums are closed on Monday. I guess I should have check the hours on the internet. Mom and I proceeded to Main Street and enjoyed out walk looking at the art and looking around in some of the stores. I love to walking Greenville's Main street because of the trees and the historic buildings. I need to come down to Greenville sometime to try some of the restaurants of Main Street. There are more restaurants then shops on Main Street. I guess they stay busy with all the office workers that works on Main Street. Mom and I looked around a couple shops in the West End before going on to the Haywood Mall and the Shops at Greenridge.
I got The King Of Diamonds by Simon Tolkien at Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Greenridge on Woodruff Road. Simon Tolkien is the grandson of J. R. R. Tolkien, who wrote The Lord Of The Rings. The King Of Diamonds is Mr. Tolkien's third book release and the second one of his books I have gotten. I enjoyed reading his second release, The Inheritance.
I planned to take mom to Huntin' Camp Bar B Q and Grill in Travelers Rest, South Carolina but they are closed on Monday. That continued the theme for all the places I planned to take mom for her Mother's Day trip. We ended up going to another great restaurant in Greenville called Stax's Original for dinner.
As I said at the beginning of this post I was going to post about this trip on Monday night when I got home. I sat down and started to prepare things for the post when I got a called from one of of my sister's friends who returned from a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. He was at the bus station and could not find a ride home from the bus station. God was watching over him since I was off from work. I headed up to Asheville to get him and take him home. After taking him home, I took the back way home to avoid the road construction on the Interstate. I was a little over a mile from home when I came up to I couple Sheriff cars blocking the road. I could not turn around because of the cars lined up behind me. After I few minutes, two more Sheriff's deputies work up behind me telling me to turn around since they had the road blocked off. I made my way to the other side of the section of road they had blocked off and saw about ten police cars in the road. I do not not know the reason they had the road block off. Since I could only see the police cars I guess it was not an accident. I have see nothing in in the news about the road block. Tuesday, I had some books to ship out for my online store. I finally got to do the post tonight because I got sick today. I feel a little better after a little rest.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
As we celebrate Mother's day today, I just want to share one story I have read on Spiritual Gleanings at church. Here's the story:
On Mother's Day 2001, British National Television ran an intriguing story. Peggy Bush's daughter had died, so Peggy absorbed the responsibility of caring for her daughter's three children while her son-in-law worked. Then, tragically, her son-in-law also died. With both parents gone, Peggy took her three grandchildren in and raised them as if they were her own.
In a world where wrong is glamorized and the lurid is presented as appealing, we seldom hear of the good things that happen. Yet this woman's love and sacrifice were recognized, acknowledged and honored as the nation took note of her as Britain's "Best Mom" for 2007.
Today is Mother's Day. Most of the efforts, sacrifices, and expressions of love our mothers have given us will not be the lead story on the news. Their recognition will be more personal. But what matters is not the scope of the appreciation but its genuineness.
On this special day, may we thank God for the mothers who have molded our hearts. As we honor them, we fulfill the truth of Proverbs 31:28, "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her."
You are blessed if you still have your Mom beside you as you celebrate Mother's day. Show her how much you love her. It's really hard when you have lost your Mom. I thank God so much for the life of our Mom, she's the best mother for us. We missed her so much but we know she's happy with our Father in Heaven. As we remember her, I want to share this video presentation.
Nothing touches a child like a Mother's Love!
Friday, May 11, 2012
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Friday, May 04, 2012
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Jo Anne and I are sorry that we have not posted very much in the last two weeks. Every time I sat down to do a post for my Blogs, I have had sometime come up. In April, I worked a lot a overtime at work and worked on setting up my online store on Ebay. I hope you will check out Dan the Mountain Man's Emporium. I sell books and I will be adding new books regularly.
This past week, I got a letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saying it could be another six months before they make a decision on Jo Anne's Visa. After that it still goes to the State Department for their approval. Our lawyer said we are still in the time frame for the process normally takes for the issue involved in our case. Both Jo Anne and I are planning for and starting to prepare for the approval. I have mostly been trying to prepare my house for Jo Anne. I also started checking prices on flights to go get Jo Anne when the final approval comes. I am saving up money but not as much as I would like.
Jo Anne and I are hoping to be together by the end of this year. We do wish the process was a little faster but they are making sure Jo Anne and I are safe and the American people are safe. I do get a kick that it has been over a year and they are still doing things that a business takes only a couple weeks at most to do when you apply for a job. Granted, the background check is a little more detailed but over a year to do it. We are not terrorist or want to being harm to one another or other. Jo Anne and I talk everyday and often talk about our plans of starting a family and doing things to help others improve their lives. If I had the money I would take the time off to go visit Jo Anne because we miss being together. We decided to wait for her Visa to be approved for money reasons and emotional it be better not for me to leave her again. I cried almost all the way home from my visit to see her in the Philippines.
While we are sure the approval will come and before we know it we will be together and enjoying being in one another's arms again. Please continue to pray for us and thank you for your prayer and support you already given. Any news we will share here at Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.