This is a shameless plug for an album that Lauren contributed to.

Currently it is available for purchase here. But soon it will also be available at other music services like iTunes.

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Happy Thanksgiving

It has been good to have both of the girls home from college. We began the annual Thanksgiving puzzle the night Lauren got home and finished Thanksgiving morning.

We enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with some good friends from church.

Tonight we are hosting all the college age kids who are in on break for an evening of fellowship and worship, and some time today we are commencing the Christmas decorating. And then unfortunately, we have to take Jenna and Lauren back on Sunday after church. But thankfully, we will get them home again in about two and a half weeks.

While it is time to start listening to Christmas music around here, I wanted to share a song that Lauren plays piano on if you are interested.

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License and Thanksgiving Plans

We are anxiously awaiting Jenna (Sunday) and Lauren (Tuesday) to get home for Thanksgiving break. Jenna gets to come home early as she is coming to Chattanooga this weekend with a friend from school whose sister is in a play at Covenant. So Jenna will spend the night with Lauren Friday and Saturday, and I will go get her after church on Sunday. She was successfully able to get out of both work and class Monday and Tuesday. Lauren, however, still has class and work Monday and Tuesday, so we will go get her Tuesday around noon. It will be nice having everyone home. We’ll have close to 20 on Thanksgiving as a couple of families are joining us. And we have purchased the Thanksgiving puzzle, so all is just about ready.

Rebekah has officially gotten her license. The picture from a couple of weeks ago was her driving in the parking lot of a nearby church. Since then, she has logged her 6 hours with the drivers ed teacher, taken her test, and this morning got her license. She is still restricted to driving with one of us for the next year while she logs 60 hours, but it’s nice to have the process started, and she will be able to drive some when we take Jenna back after Thanksgiving!

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Oh, And I Forgot About This

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Blue Ridge Parkway—Finally

We’ve been here seven + years and only today made it up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In some places, there was still a lot of green, in others the trees were completely bare. But it was a nice drive, with a short nice hike on a very enjoyable sunny fall day in Western NC.

We hiked up to the top of that rock.

The next two are the pictures from the top of that rock.

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Comings and Goings

Dana spent a week with her mom during the first of October while I was out of town. And on Friday, we picked Lauren up from Covenant for a long weekend—she’s off on Monday and Tuesday. It has been nice to have her home for a few days.

We missed the Fall Festival at the Folk School this year since we were both out of town. Other than the year it was rained out, I believe that’s the first one we’ve missed since we’ve been here.

I will be a Classical Conversations tutor again, briefly. I am subbing for the freshman class this Tuesday. Hopefully, this will be the bunch I will inherit (and that Rebekah will join) next year. I know most of them, and it should be fun—other than discussing Billy Budd, one of my least favorite books we read in CC. They would happen to be doing that one, the week I am there.

Speaking of reading, Rebekah and I have started Les Miserables for our world literature class. I am excited to get to read it again, and Rebekah is enjoying it so far. In addition to that, she is also reading an account of Lewis and Clark for US history.

So we are staying busy as we near the midpoint in the semester with school; piano lessons; tutoring—we’re all doing that—some paid, some volunteer; babysitting; events with the youth group and church; and the comings and goings of daily life. Busy, but good.

The garden is still going strong as we’ve had a long bout of warmish weather. But it is supposed to be in the 30s at night most of the week, so things should begin to slow down considerably. The warm weather has kept the green on the trees longer than normal. By this time, the hill across the way, is usually pretty colored; it is still mostly green. This week should move things along, hopefully.

Finally, there is a house that we’ve had our eyes on for a couple of months or so that may be difficult to obtain. It is going into foreclosure, and I’m not sure how hard it will be to seek to buy it, as it is not a local bank who has the note. But we are going to pursue it, nonetheless. We should know something by November.

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Bucket List?

I don’t have a bucket list. And if I did, I’m not sure I would have thought to include this unless someone had brought it up. But going to a concert at the Ryman (home of the Grand Ol’ Opry) would be something I would want to do.

Dana and I drove to Nashville after church yesterday, and so after last night I can check off that non-existent item on my non-existent bucket list. And it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime concerts. Just a few days ago was the 20th anniversary of Rich Mullins death. (If you don’t know Rich Mullins’s music, you are missing out on arguably one of the best singer-song writers that has ever been.)

Numerous artists (Andrew Peterson, Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Osenga, Jill Philips, Finnegan Bell, Ben Shive, Gabe Scott, Jeremy Casella, and others) sang and played numerous instruments (including a bagpipe, accordion, several strings, and a hammer dulcimer) in covering almost 30 of Rich’s songs in a tribute concert to a man who influenced so many of those on stage. I’m not a huge fan of cover songs. Few are done really well. But this was a fabulous concert that ran three hours in a neat venue. I’m thankful that we got to go.

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