Friday, August 29, 2014

California Aftermath

Little Jimmy has been loving his new band California Aftermath. In fact right now he is in Atlanta Georgia for an outreach and concert! We are so very proud of him, of coarse because he is a talented young man but even more so because he loves Jesus with his heart, mind and soul! I know God has good plans for this young group of men, to glorify and lift up his name!

They raise their voices, they shout for joy; They cry out from the west concerning the majesty of the LORD. Therefore glorify the LORD in the east, The name of the LORD, the God of Israel, In the coastlands of the sea
Isaiah 24:14-15

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One last Look at Lake City Tennessee

The town I grew up in just went through a court battle to change it's name from Lake City TN to Rocky Top TN. They won and there are plans underway to open an amusement park a lot like Dollywood in the new Rocky Top. I am not sure when all the changes will happen but I wanted to have some pictures of good ol' Lake City. It is a run down VERY small town but it has always been home sweet home to me. I can not imagine it tuning into a tourist attraction?!

The sign is from Chatman's restaurant it is over one hundred years old. My Mamaw used to eat there as a little girl.
This is main street! 
This is one of my favorite spots in town--the creek that runs down from the mountain, the road that leads to my Papaw's childhood home Briceville, the old train tracks...The train still passes through and sounds its horn (which can be heard from my Mamaw's house) throughout the day, and every night at 3:00am;) I love the hazy fog in this picture, it's dreamy. The Great Smoky Mountains are more than great they are Amazing!

Of coarse we grew up singing the song Rocky Top but I am just not sure I like the change, especially to a place that has not changed much in a century. Well that is not quite true the name did change less than a century ago in 1936 from Coal Creek to Lake City. Coal Creek was a perfect name because the main industry was Coal. My Papaw started working in the coal mines at 14 years old.
This is my Mamaw as a little girl...she joked that she was born in Coal Creek lived in Lake City and will die in Rocky Top and never moved more than a mile away:) 

Rocky Top might bring fame and fortune to my hometown but Lake City will always be home sweet home to me!

We are now home adjusting from jet lag. The last few days are always hard on my heart, it hurts so much to say goodbye, also to leave the lush beauty of the country to come home to urban living.

A few last Tennessee memories, that will linger my heart for years to come

Family joined us for one more traditional Tennessee supper on our last day.
We looked at old photos albums and enjoyed each other company.

Greg and I did a retake of this picture -17 year time lapse.
I said "Gosh we got old"!

I guess Roland has alway loved babies
Roland holding me 

Of coarse we had to get in some outdoor fun on our last day!
Jewels finally got to ride on the "real" motorcycle!

Saying goodbye to good friends is never easy
Perfectly Jojo
sister forever
Good bye GREAT Smokey Mountains We will miss you!!! Even more so all of our amazing family and friends!

Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion. That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother

 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tennessee Adventures Continue...

Lots of fishing fun still happing here!
All the neighborhood boys had a late night football session... It is 9:00pm in this picture!

We went on some wild and wooly creek adventuers

On Sunday I had a lovely time spending the afternoon with my Dad, his parents, Aunt Paula and her family.

We are Loving... the front porch
afternoon naps
 and late night poker games:)

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 8:12

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tennessee Baby Bath

We are STILL going through old pictures here, sorting, scanning and having a few good laughs! The other day I took some pictures of Mamaw giving Julian a sink bath, then I ran across one of me in that same sink...Then I came across Jesse and Jimmy in the sink too!:) I am sure I have pictures of all my kids taking a bath like this but for now I just had to do this lithe comparison!



Little Jimmy
LOVE Mamaw's Garfield night shirt:)!


And of coarse a few more of Jewels... Because I can never get enough of him!

"How great are His signs And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom And His dominion is from generation to generation".
Daniel 4:3

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