Friday, September 25, 2015

Butchering Sheep

Today was an interesting day on the farm. We helped our friends, Kaan and Yeliz, butcher their sheep. They called us several days ago, asking Scott if he'd help them and of course he said yes. The sheep were delivered the day before and we put them in our dog kennel. They were the cutest little things, about a year old. Amit, our friend from India also came over to check things out. I don't need to write too much as the pictures tell the story. The coolest part was filling the sheep with air, causing the skin to separate from the body.  It reminded me of a bloated cow I saw along the road when I was younger. One of those things that you never forget!  I didn't take a picture of the sheep all puffed up, but you can use your imagination. Before they left, Yeliz and Kaan gave us one of the  lamb legs, along with a  recipe for cooking it. It's in the freezer for now.  I'm glad we live on a farm where we get to do cool things like this! I enjoyed my evening too as I got to hold and play with Atila, their son:)

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Trip to Cookeville

We spent this past weekend with the boys in Cookeville and took our boat with us for a lake day, meeting up with the boys and their friends at Center Hill Lake which is near Cookeville.  It was a relaxed afternoon, giving tube rides and exploring the lake.  We also met Chelsea, Randy's girlfriend, though she had to leave early and I didn't get a picture of her! She is so sweet and we look forward to knowing her more. After dinner we headed back to Randy's apartment and Chelsea came over. We visited and got to know each other more while we cooked 13 lbs of beef for a Campus Outreach meeting the next day. On Sunday morning we headed to Washington Avenue Baptist Church for Sunday School with 120 plus college students through Campus Outreach.  I wish I could put into words how it felt seeing these college students so full of excitement, worshiping the Lord. You get a strong sense of community watching them laugh one moment and sharing their testimony the next. I pray blessings on Campus Outreach ministry as they build disciples, reaching the students at TTU. After church we headed over to Ethan's apartment at Tech Village getting a glimpse into his life. He's also involved with CO and leading a bible study with students using the "Truth Project." Thank you Lord for time spent with family. We miss Bud and got to talk with him tonight; he's loving the west and enjoying his job. We send our love!   PS I did learn one thing new this weekend... Apparently Randy does the Whip/Nae Nae and he's "king" of it!

Ethan and Josh tubing

Randy wakeboarding for the first time.

James, Ethan, Josh and James

Randy, Aaron, and Aaron's friend

Ethan and Randy on the tube

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Charles Heads to Wyoming

Charles is off to Sundance, Wyoming, getting a job with the forest department, checking trees for disease/blight. He'll be gone for several months. It all happened so fast, I'm still pinching myself he's actually in Wyoming!  He got a call on Tuesday saying the job was his if he could be there by Monday morning. After a day of packing and a family prayer, he was on the road. What an awesome opportunity for him, plus driving out west by yourself too!  Charles ended  up taking our black spare car as his car needed some repairs and there just wasn't enough time.  He called several times as he was driving, having some car troubles in Missouri. Charles googled a reputable mechanic shop close by and God provided everything he needed, being back on the road several hours later.  Thank you Lord for your protection and answered prayer. Charles sent the last picture to show he'd arrived safety.  Seeing those mountains sure makes me miss the west. Have an awesome time Bud and send pictures frequently. We love you and are so proud of you. We'll be praying for you every day!     

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Back to Awana

I'm back to serving in Awana at our church, but this time as one of the leaders of the 5/6th grades instead of Commander...and I'm loving it.  We have an awesome group of kids and tonight was silly hair night which everyone loved.  I'm proud of these guys and how they even settle down in handbook time, memorizing God's word and passing off their verses. Can't wait to see how these kids grow. love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ this year!