A Solid Foundation for Our New Home

Our move to Middle Tennessee has been an amazing display of God’s grace and mercy … from my invitation to join the faculty at Belmont and the blessing of Robyn’s new job at College Grove Elementary to the expeditious sell of our house in Cleveland and location of a temporary apartment. We continue to be reminded of how God takes care of all our needs.

For nearly two years now, we’ve been claiming and praying Romans 8:28. And this verse is among those on which we are building our new home in Smyrna, Tenn. After an aggressive search for a new place to live in Middle Tennessee, we found a new construction that had a great floor plan but allowed us to customize it with many of our own touches. Just a few weeks ago we went in to the house and wrote meaningful scriptures on the foundation before the flooring was installed. Romans 8:28 is prominently placed in the center of the great room.

The builder is making good progress on the construction and we (at least Robyn, our Realtor and I) are hoping to close on the house and be “in” by early August. (OK, I’m hoping for the end of July to give us a few more days before we start the new school years.)

Want a sneak peak at our new house? Here are two exterior shots that show some progress:

June 6, 2011
July 7, 2011

Want a quick 360-degree look inside? Here’s a Panorama I shot last night. It’s not the best, but it gives you a glimpse from the great room.

We are excited by the progress and look forward to making it our home very soon.

To God be the glory.

Shooting the Tractor Drive for a Cure

Fifty nine tractors drove to raise money for Relay for Life.

Today I had the privilege of participating in the 6th annual Tractor Drive for a Cure. This year’s fundraising event was conducted in memory of my mom, who lost a short battle with lung cancer in January 2010, and in honor of Sue Jewell, a neighbor who is a breast cancer survivor.

David Groce, one of the event coordinators, reported that preliminary numbers are record-setting with about $12,774 being raised in this year’s event. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Hart County, Ky. I am grateful to all of my colleagues, friends and family who generously contributed to the cause in Mom’s memory.

A purple H Farmall tractor was dedicated to Mom’s memory.

The event began in 2005 and has been coordinated by Horse Cave neighbors, friends and family members. Mom became the official photographer of the event. And, in Mom’s absence this year, I was asked to shoot photos of the drive. I shot more than 500 images and am uploading a selection (including shots of each tractor) to my MobileMe gallery.

No one can replace Mom, but I just tried to fill-in for her as today’s photographer. I hope she would be proud of my work. I was honored to be able to participate.