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Pickin’–n- Grinin’

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We had planned to go on vacation with the Reith family, but our travel plans fell through. Instead, the Reiths joined us at our house for a week of fun fellowship and plenty of opportunities for the children to enjoy singing & playing bluegrass gospel songs together! When Lindsey Reith fell sick, Zach had the chance to join the Southern …

Nashville Homeschool Conference

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We always enjoy the opportunity to be refreshed with good advice and teaching for strengthening family relationships and relationships with the Lord. The ATI homeschool conference is something we all anticipate for these wonderful opportunities, plus opportunities for fellowship with other families. The conferences are held in Big Sandy, TX; Nashville, TN; Indianapolis, IN; and Sacramento, CA. (Photos courtesy of …

A MOUNTAIN-TOP EXPERIENCE

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We recently hiked The Alum Cove Bluff Trail to Mount LaConte (Carlin’s birthday request). We had the added joy of the Paine family joining us for this great adventure! Nothing compares to getting still and quiet and taking in the beauty God has surrounded us with! But a close second would be the sweet fellowship of Christian friends who love …

MEMORIAL DAY

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We attended a small gathering in our community to honor the memory of those who have given their lives in service for our country. We were honored to be able to sing and play for this special event. We were reminded by the speaker of many who gave their lives and many who might not have died in battle, but …

Upcoming Meetings

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May 29 –     New Testament Baptist Church (Pastor Samples)                     Maynardville, TN                    10 am Sunday School – Nathan Bates                    11 am Worship Service – Gil Bates June 2 –     Nashville ATI Homeschool Conference                    Cornerstone Church                    Madison, TN                    2 pm – Gil Bates June 19 –   Southside Baptist Church (Pastor Billy Seats)                    Yadkinville, NC                    …

Birthday Party

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The ABC film crew was here to film a segment during a birthday party for an upcoming Nightline show. We were very honored to have Claire Pedersen, Juju Chang, and Andy Bowley join us for this project. The children had fun playing basketball, Rook, riding horses, and playing bluegrass gospel music with their company. It was a wonderful time celebrating …

BIRTHDAYS

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April & May were busy birthday months with Carlin, Ellie, Erin, & Warden all turning one year older. We are grateful for each moment we’ve enjoyed together and we anticipate seeing God work in their lives in the coming year!

PRINTING MINISTRY

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There are two things in this world that will last forever – people and God’s Word! Any investment made in those two categories is a worthwhile investment. Our pastor was recently stirred to contribute to a local printing ministry – Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver springs, TN – that we have seen God working through in mighty ways! Mount …

Thought for the Day

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A friend sent this to us on Resurrection Sunday, but as I was reading it again, I marveled at the wonderful Lord we serve! The greatest man in history, named Jesus, had no servants yet they called Him Master. He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no …