Saturday, September 13, 2014

Randy On staff With Campus Outreach

Campus Outreach: Glorifying God by building laborers on the campus for the lost world.

And he's off... Randy's been working all summer toward his goal of going on staff with Campus Outreach  becoming a full time missionary at Tennessee Tech University campus.  Each staff person is responsible to raise their own financial support and he reached his goal this past week with 100% of pledges. With prayer and steadfastness his goal is now a reality and we give all thanks and praise to our Lord.  Randy packed up his truck and by noon he was on the road...he's so ready to get on campus. What an awesome journey he's about to begin and we pray that God's grace will be shown in his life more and more each day. To read all about his Joyous Journey, check out his blog. He text me this afternoon to say he'd arrived safely. We love you Randy.  

Joyous Journey

Friday, September 12, 2014

Farm House Repairs

Randy's been going to Virginia the last several weeks, working on our farm house, getting it ready for our new renters. He's been painting walls, sanding and varnishing floors and laying carpet down. Last night he worked on laying the linoleum down in the bathroom and back part of the house.  He's been working non stop and doing an awesome job. For those of you that have seen the inside of the house before, it has never looked better. Thank you Randy!  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Smokey Mountain Black Out

Scott loves anything to do with diesel trucks. Today he took me to the Diesel Association's Smokey Mountain Black Out in Greeneville, TN.  You can tell from the pictures why it's called the "Black Out."  They had a Show and Shine with all the fancy truck engines on display and a dynomometer testing the engines  for $80.00  cash on hand. I liked watching that and my favorite part was when the black smoke came out. We ran into Kenny and Leah Beth and some of Randy's buddies there and it was nice visiting with them. The main event was the Truck Pull which I really enjoyed.  They pull this big trailer with a weight on it and as the weight moves, it gets heavier and heavier for the trucks. We left before the event was over and the longest pull was 351 feet. Randy and Preston went over later that night and mentioned one truck had pulled the weight so far it ran into the fence.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

UT Versus USU

We've always wanted to attend a UT football game and when we heard they were playing Utah State University, our alma mater, we knew it was time. Both Scott and I graduated from USU so we're Aggies...Go Big Blue!  On the flip side, we're so blessed to live in this great state, plus we live right here in Volunteer Go Vols!  Our dilemma on which shirt to wear....we decided on white and just have a good time.  The game was scheduled on Sunday at 7:00 pm and with over 102,000 fans coming in we thought we'd get an early start.  My co-worker, Amy, had helped me plot out our travel and activities. We arrived plenty early, getting great parking at the Civic Coliseum for only $5.00 then walked to Calhouns, eating a late lunch. We had a leisurely afternoon resting watching the boats arrive on the river, visiting with some Aggie fans and then onto the VOL Walk.  Before every game the cheerleaders, band, coaches and football players walk down the road (Peyton Manning Pass) into the stadium and let me tell you, this is where the excitement begins. There were thousands of fans cheering and singing Rocky Top and you couldn't help but get excited! The gates soon opened and as I saw Neyland Stadium for the first time I was in awe.  It was huge!  We found our seats (GG Row 2 Seats 26 and 27) and watched the stadium fill up, turning orange.  Throughout the game the fans cheered reaching 101 on the sound meter they showed on the big screen. I couldn't begin to tell you how many times we sang Rocky Top♫  And yes...we sang right along.  We haven't' been to a football game since our college days and all I can say is the Vols are passionate about their football team.  As for the football game itself, it was a blowout with UT beating USU 38 to 7.  Like thousands of other fans, we left the game a little early during the fourth quarter to get a head start on traffic. We heard our Aggies finally scored in the last several minutes of the game.  We sure wish they'd played better, but our blood is still blue...Go Aggies! We had the most wonderful UT football experience and it sure helps us understand the passion people feel for this team. What a great start to the football season...Go Vols!

We ran into Blake, who was our waiter at Calhouns.  We hit the restaurant perfectly with only a 10 minute waiting time.  Blake mentioned in another hour, people would be waiting 3 hours for a table.

VOL comes the band.

If you look closely, you can see the football players (dressed in suits) walking towards the stadium.

My first look at Neyland Stadium.

Our neighbor, Justin, is a cheerleader for the Vols. (middle of picture, standing in the back)

The downpour right before the game started...good thing we had our ponchos!