February 2006

Well, we made it to Valdosta, GA today. It took us 7 hours of actual drive time, 8 1/2 all together. The kids did considerably well all things considered. We got here around 7 pm.

Dinner was interesting. We drove to the Cracker Barrell but there was a 30 minute wait. So we proceded to the Ol’ Country Buffet – Yummy! We got in the door and they said it was closing. Next stop, Ruby’s. We get there, get out and Jay & Laverne tell us they don’t think the kids will like it. Meaning, they don’t want to eat there. From there to Austin’s which was one exit down the interstate. Jay had asked a local where it was as we had seen an ad for it. He thought it was like the one at home. Nope. It was a cattleman’s steakhouse and I could tell it wasn’t up their alley. So, I suggest we go back to the Cracker Barrell because it should be time for our name to be called. Sure enough we pull up, step out of the car, and they’re calling our name on the outside speaker.

We get seated and speak to our waitress who has a noticeable European accent. I asked her where she was from and she said Hungary. Katie asked if she came over on a ship and she told her no, a plane. She said she was an exchange student and then decided to stay and go to school to be a teacher. Pretty cool, huh? Her name was Galatea (Gal-a-t-a).

On the way down we started listening to a book on tape that I borrowed from the library. It is a very thought provoking book. Believe it or not, it was written in 1896 and its Christian message still rings true today. I’ll cover it in my next post. See ya soon.


An excerpt from Spurgeon’s morning devotion for today.

“Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying him now? The apostle’s words are, “To him be glory both now and for ever.” Will you not this day make it your prayer? “Lord, help me to glorify thee; I am poor, help me to glorify thee by contentment; I am sick, help me to give thee honour by patience; I have talents, help me to extol thee by spending them for thee; I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve thee; I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but thine, and glow with no flame but affection for thee; I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of thee and for thee; thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose: I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into thy treasury; I am all thine; take me, and enable me to glorify thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.”

You can’t say it much better than that.

I just got off the phone with Earl Connell. He was getting ready to head to Chattanooga tomorrow. A couple of weeks ago he received a promotion and will be over 36 branches in the Chattanooga area.

Its a bittersweet event. While he definitely appreciates the promotion, he really doesn’t want to have to move the family again. If they had to move, he was hoping to move back to Knoxville rather than another new city. Lets be praying for him, Marcey, and the kids. If you get a chance give them a call (1-423-467-8441).

Well, I think we all knew this from the Bible’s teachings but here’s evidence to confirm it.

This article will definitely create a stir in the Christian community.

Downtown Halls / Black Oak Ridge
We were out playing in the snow after church and took a few pictures of what is now a rarity in Knoxville – snow. Above is a pic of Downtown Halls and Black Oak Ridge

Here’s an article that talks about the disappointing and disrespectful comments from former President Carter. It’s amazing to me how low some people can go just to say something bad about President Bush. To disagree with him is one thing, but to trash him with lies at a memorial service for someone else is as low as I’ve ever seen it. That’s just me. What do you all think? Here’s the article, check it out.


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