Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Appreciate your prayers

Steve's Dad had been feeling especially tired the last few weeks, enough that he felt he needed to get to the doctor.  After some initial bloodwork they deteremined he was anemic and requested some further blood testing, an ekg, and stress test.  After all that was complete and another round of bloodwork they were able to determine his red blood cell level was very low and dropped more on a third round of blood testing.  

They were able to get him in with a hematologist this coming Friday.  So please pray for the doctor to have wisdom and guidance as he interprets all the information.  And please pray for Dad and Mom both as they are anxiously awaiting the diagnosis.  I'll post next week and let you know the outcome.  Thanks so much for your prayers on his behalf, they are greatly appreciated!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Book Review

Wow! I don't even know where to start telling you about this book, except that you SHOULD read this one!
I read this one in about a 24 hr. period, my mother in law read it even quicker, and my friend Debbie probably has finished it in that same amount of time as well.  Once you start you can't put it down, you must find out what happens.

It is a TRUE account about a Pastor and his family and their life in North Carolina during the 1970's.  It is truly unbelievable and very eye opening.  You cannot read this book and not be touched by these folks who lived what they believed in spite of great persecution. This books is a real life fulfillment of the scripture to "Bless those that Persecute you, Bless and do not Curse" and comes from this family who lived right here in the USA, not a foreign country. A great lesson and a great read, one of those that you can say you'll never forget.

It is available at Amazon.com or from Library and Educational Services. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

more Tennessee

Stephen outside the knife works, every boys and mans dream place!!

another bear at Cades Cove

one of the many, many deer at Cades Cove

View of the Smoky Mts. from Cades Cove

this is one of the bears we saw in "Cades Cove"

Audiobooks from our trip


I can't recommend these audiobooks enough!!! This is the set I purchased when they were on sale and I had a $25 off coupon from Vision Forum a few months back.  Let me tell you they were such a hit, we can't wait for more to be released.  A new one just came out last week and they are working on 2 more for September release.  So I'll be waiting for a special day to buy the new one and get it out or I'll use it as some type of motivation for schoolwork. 

We listened to all 6 of the audios in the set throughout out trip to TN.  I have to say there was only 1 that was not as good as the others in my opinion, not that it wasn't good, it just wasn't as dramatic I guess you could say. Most all of them had us laughing and crying throughout the stories and that was not just the children!

Each night when we'd be traveling home (Balega's and our family together) we'd put one of these in and the children would all stay awake and quiet, despite the activity of the day.  Even little Ruby stayed awake all but one evening.  Then we couldn't finish the whole book so they'd have to wait till our next trip down the mountain to hear the conclusion.  They were all chomping at the bit to hear the story each day, asking to put the cd in from the second we entered the car.  

I'd have to say these were a well worth the money spent to purchase! I know I'll have to keep these in a special place or they'll be scattered throughout the house with everyone wanting to listen to them over and over.  The lessons they teach are so valuable that you'll be glad you had the opportunity to listen.

I can't recommend them enough, we are hooked! buy a set for a trip or buy a set and use them as a special reward.  If you can buy only one I think I'd recommend Sir Malcolmn and the Missing Prince, I think that's my favorite although it's a very close call between the others for first place!