Saturday, August 31, 2013

Three year flashback

Good morning - a sunny Saturday - so far.

Well, got the yard mowed last night so a mow-less weekend ahead. Enough other stuff to take over though - wow, a three day weekend!

Hope your week went well - don't they just fly by?!

Rain ahead today through Monday - we got a spot yesterday, just enough to make the grass wet and a mess to mow - oh well.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

2010 Flashback photo

A warm welcome to you as you visit my blog on this wonderful Friday morning. Hard to believe we're here already.
Two huge projects and about 10 little ones that need to be pushed out the door today - I hope I can get most of them done!
Enjoying a bit of Bluegrass music right now as I get ready to step out into middle Tennessee and see if I get stuck behind a tractor on the way to work or get caught behind the 3 cars at the stop light going into town - life is good!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 2004 flashback photo

The work week may be half over, but my work load isn't - hold on, we can get through this!

This photo was from a trip where Cindy, Rachel and Kaireia visited the Miller's in Lafayette. Time flies ...

Looks like rain here, but not really projected until this weekend - a little bit would help the yard though.

Hope your day goes well - we're off and running!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Be yourself ...

Good morning!

My grand kids are each an original and clearly have their own ideas and goals. Isn't God amazing?!

We enjoyed the Cookeville Pregnancy Center Banquet last night - they also celebrated 25 years of service to the community - fantastic!

Other than three more bids to get out this week, nothing going on!

Maybe today ...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A long day ahead

Greetings - Cindy is feeling a bit better - thanks for your prayers. Lots to do today at work plus the Cookeville Pregnancy Center has a banquet tonight. My owner's paid for a table and invited us and that is always a fun event.

Got the lawn mowed last night - it was 4 days old and so tall! I'm ready to astro-turf!

Well, gotta go - have a great day.

Monday, August 26, 2013

More sunshine ahead .,.. woohoo!

It appears we're having several sunshiny days coming up - we've had so much rain, it's a great change.

Cindy is still feeling bad - pray she gets well soon.

No huge news today - another work week ahead - lots of meetings, drawings and paperwork - sounds familiar, huh? Well, hang in there - God is in control.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A sunny Sunday ahead

Well, my folks are home safe and sound - albeit probably worn out a bit. We had a great visit last week.

Cindy is in bed with the flu - feeling bad. Pray for health.

Church is in a few minutes - I pray your day goes well - be safe!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lazy morning

Cindy is at a Mother-Daughter brunch at church and I'm being lazy - drinking coffee and working on some drawings from work I'm behind on - easier when you're not pushing as hard.
No big plans today - lots of R&R.

Love you all!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Remember me?

Waiting on the drive-in movie
We've had a great week with my folks here - they left yesterday morning to head back toward Texas.

A crazy week with lots of bids and lots of meetings - and lots of rain. I am so ready for a weekend!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Flat tire in Idaho ...

Reed and the gang had a tire blow in Idaho on the way to Oregon that stopped them for the night. It tore up the van enough that they're continuing with a rental car - pray for safety, say a prayer of thanksgiving for God's watch care so far and a prayer that they can get their vehicle repaired and back soon.

Woke up to a rainy morning and a great church service - God is good as usual. Just watch over my kids Lord!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

SAT.urday - okay, we won't be sitting all day

Greetings - feeling like normal again around here, but we sure had a ball with those grand-kids. Breakfast out and a few errands today - we're off and running!

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty

Friday, August 16, 2013

Finally ... Friday!!

It's Friday and no huge deadlines today!! Just bucketfuls of paperwork ...
Got the lawn mowed last night and ready for a weekend. No grand-kids - it's might quiet around here. We haven't been alone for weeks.
Have a great day - look out world, here we come!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Back to normal ... whatever that is ..

A great funeral yesterday - the entire family of the deceased (30+) went to the front of the church at the end and lead us in several hymns - what a blessing!
Maybe more of a normal workday again today - whatever that might be!
Have a blessed day!
Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Funeral today

My bosses' father passed away Saturday morning so my schedule is a bit off today. Please pray for the Stites family if you would. Have a great week!

COOKEVILLE — John Dudley Stites, long-time businessman in the Upper Cumberland region and founder of J&S Construction Company, Inc., died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 6:11 a.m., on the family farm, J&S Farms.

He was with his wife of 68 years, Evelyne Ruth Flatt Stites and his three children and their spouses.

He is survived by his wife; three children, John D. Stites II and wife Rosemary Tillman Stites, James Richard (Jack) Stites and his wife Mary Alice Norris Stites and Sarah Jane Stites Davidson and her husband Donald Houston (Donnie) Davidson. Mr. Stites and his wife have 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his nephew, James E. (Jimmy) French of Franklin.

Mr. Stites was a member of Collegeside Church of Christ and is best remembered for his simple teaching methods, whether in church or on the farm.

John Stites was born on Aug. 23, 1926, in Algood to the late Clarence Elsworth Stites and Fannie Hampton Stites. He had one sister, the late Sarah Stites French of Nashville.

Upon graduation from Algood High School, he served in the Navy at Guam during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, he attended Tennessee Tech, but left school to join the family business, Builders Supply Company, in 1947, which was started by his father, Patrick Elsworth Stites and a partner, H.T. Pointer, also of Algood. While at Builders Supply Company, John Stites designed and built the first ready mix concrete plant and introduced the first ready mix concrete trucks to the area. He introduced the first cash and carry lumber yard, initially selling lumber and building materials from railroad cars, because he had not yet constructed a building to house his inventory.

In 1957, Mr. Stites founded J&S Construction Company as a small residential construction firm, and the enterprise has grown to be one of the largest construction firms in the Upper Cumberland region.

Mr. Stites built and managed, with his partners, the first nursing home in the Upper Cumberland area. He and his brother-in-law, Wesley Flatt Jr., built Ironwood Golf Course, the first public, 18-hole golf course in Putnam County. Always the inventor, he designed a workshop at his farm, J&S Farms, where he used lumber from the family farm to construct hope chests for his great-granddaughters and steamer trunks for his great-grandsons. He also made cedar chests for his grandchildren. Ma and PaPa Stites were perhaps best known for their July 4th pig roast that began in 1962, and occurs each year on July 4th with family and friends.

John Stites gave back to the community in many ways, including being one of the founding members of the Cookeville Country Club and the Cookeville Jaycees. He was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout troop 156 for more than a decade, and was responsible for many young men reaching the rank of Eagle, including his two sons and one grandson, Joshua Norris Stites.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for today, Sunday, Aug. 11, at CLC of Collegeside Church of Christ, from 5-8 p.m., and Monday afternoon, Aug. 12, from 1 p.m. untill the time of the funeral.

Funeral services for John Dudley Stites will be Monday afternoon, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m. at Collegeside Church of Christ. Burial will be in Algood City Cemetery immediately following the services.

Pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

Brother Joe Roberts, minister at Collegeside Church of Christ, will officiate at the services.
© 2013

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Our boy goes home today

We've had a great time with Neidon. Ready for Kardia to come. Lots of rain today and next few days.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Tiptoe into Tuesday

Another fine Tennessee day ... only low 80's here yesterday - heard San Antonio had record highs ... ugh!
Another fine paperwork day ahead - hang on, we're off and running.
No post tomorrow - have to be on the road before the birds get up - a huge presentation for a client.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Another hard driving week

Salutations - another work week ahead of us - if it was easy, they wouldn't have hired us to do it, so get going!
I think I have bids due every day this week - remember, one day at a time ...

Pray you had a great weekend - we're still enjoying Neidon - woohoo!!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Herding cats ...

Audrey watched most of the kids the day Rachel met Cindy to bring Neidon to come visit. A couple of brave gals!
We've had a lot of fun with Neidon - lots of fun and an amazing imagination - kids are great, grandkids are even greater ...
Gotta go, church in a few minutes - have a blessed day!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Grandkids are fun ...

 Well, Cindy is still spoiling Neidon. We went to the drive-in last night and the rodeo at the County Fair the night before. I can barely keep up with them.

Just enjoying a relaxing Saturday so far today - let's see how the day shapes up.

Have a great weekend - love you!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

August ...

We're starting off the day with a bit of fog .... the county fair starts tonight too! Wow, both of those things make it feel like this year has flown by so far.

Having a fun time with Neidon - these kids sure have grown!

I was in one major meeting yesterday from 8:30 to almost 4 pm; so today is a catch-up day with calls, tons of emails and paperwork.

Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

  Great peace have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.