Monday, May 25, 2015

A Mother's Heart

A mother finds out the news she is expecting a baby, she makes preparations for it's arrival. The day is here when she welcomes her child into the world.  She holds it in her arms for the first time and realizes that her heart is now laying on the outside of her chest.

She watches as her child grows each day, hitting each mile stone....eating solid foods, rolling over, sitting up, and walking. Time for the child to start school, kindergarten, first, second, third, etc. She watches as the child develops and uses their talents and skills to do things they enjoy. The mother has watched as the young child is now an adult ready to spread their wings and fly.

The mother is proud, yet fearful when their child shares with them that they want to serve our country in the military.  The day is here, the mother watches as her child leaves trusting in her heart that her child is making the right decision.  And then she gets the news that no mother wants to hear, her child was killed in battle.

Now imagine that the child belongs to you, and you are the mother or father.

This is to the families that deal with the loss every day.....Thank You! 

PFC Barrett Austin

PFC Justin Whitmire

You are our Hero!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

God's Calling

Are You Walking In Your Calling God Has For You?

"Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck.  Your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling."-Vincent Van Gogh

Rev. Steven and Candace Day with son Colt, and unborn
daughter Ruby Morgan Day.

Rev. Steven and Candace Day has a passion for missions and an intense burden for the nation and people of Honduras. 

"Honduras is located in Central America below Guatemala and above Nicaragua.  Over 8 million people live in Honduras and about one out of four live on less than $1.25 a day." - Candace Day

Galatians 6:2 says to "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

"For us, that is our desire.  God has richly blessed us and our life's goal is not to hoard up treasure on this Earth for our own personal pleasure, but to lay up treasure in Heaven  by bearing the burdens of our brothers and sisters."- Candace Day

Steven and Candace Day's treasure lies in the mountains of La Entrada, Honduras. 

This couple is asking you to become a part of their mission to help the people of Honduras. While in Honduras they will be under the guidance of Pastor Manuel Sorto and his church, Iglesia De Dios Monte de Restauracion. 

Steven and Candace Day are making preparations for a 3-6 month stay to work with the church and surrounding community through farming, dance classes, evangelism, helping impoverished children and families, and helping to teach an English class at the church.

Heart for Honduras
"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2)

Please help support this couple fulfill their calling that God has placed in their hearts to help the people of Honduras. 

You can give a one-time gift or you can pray about supporting them monthly.  That monthly gift can be as little as $5 per month. All they ask is that you search your heart and seek God and allow Him to guide you as to what you should give.  All financial gifts will go though an account at LIFEchurch and then will be distributed to them.  Checks can be made payable to "LIFEchurch Heart for Honduras." You can also donate online on their webpage listed below. 

Feel free to contact them via phone or e-mail to ask for further questions.

Steven Day-864-414-9162
Candace Day -864-884-7062

You can also read more about their journey at

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Past Meets the Present

From this.....

To this.....

The General Store was created out of necessity; country stores , or general stores got their start during the colonial period for the many pioneers who lived outside urban markets.  Many owners of these mercantile began as roving peddlers and once they had accumulated enough capital and inventory, they often established permanent locations in settlements where there was a need and likely profit. In many instances, the country store would be the first business in a new settlement, and sometimes the town would take its name from the store itself. The post office was generally located in the General Store.  And who was the potential postmaster that requested a post office and name?-The proprietor of that very same establishment.  Sometimes, the owner was also the town clerk, served as Justice of the Peace, or even an undertaker- American History Old-Fashioned Country 

The first Dollar General store opened in Springfield, Ky. on June 1, 1955, and the concept was simple-no item in the store would cost more than one dollar.  The idea became a huge success and other stores owned by J.L. Turner and his son Cal Turner Sr. were quickly converted.  By 1957, annual sales of Dollar General's 29 stores were $5 million. 

J.L. passed away in 1964. Four years later, the company he co-founded went public as Dollar General Corporation, posting annual sales of more than $40 million and net income in excess of $1.5 million.  In 1977, Cal Turner Jr., who joined the company in 1965 as the third generation Turner, succeeded his father as president of Dollar General.  Cal Turner Jr. led the company until his retirement in 2002.  Under his leadership, the company grew to more than 6,000 stores and $6 billion in sales. 

Today, the company is a leading discount retailer with more than 11,500 stores in 40 states. -Company Facts/Dollar General Newsroom

Dacusville will have 3 of the 11,500 Dollar General Stores; currently Dacusville has a Dollar General store located on Earl's Bridge Rd. and on Hwy 183. The new store is located at the intersection on Hwy 183 and 135. 

Dollar General Store #3


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Advent....New Traditions for Old Beliefs

It's December 1st, 25 days before Christmas, the count down has begun the rush is on.  Each year my children and I cut strips of paper to create a count down chain to that big day.....Christmas Day.

The days between December 1st and the 25th is full of activities such as parties, eating, giving and receiving gifts, parades, Christmas shows, shopping, decorating, singing Christmas carols, creating memories and special traditions.

Lindsay McConnell Evatt found herself last year at this time experiencing a miserable Christmas due to some big decisions she had to make and some health issues she was dealing with.  Lindsay said that when November rolled around this year she found herself dreading the Christmas season like never before; remembering how bad it was last year didn't help the matter. Lindsay said, "I can't really explain why I was dreading it so much. I've always loved Christmas!"

God then really began to deal with Lindsay about the true meaning of Christmas and how little she was stressing that with her children. She said her thoughts went on for days and she was heartbroken by the honesty with herself.

Lindsay said though they read the Christmas story every year and try to stress the reason for the season, we ALWAYS find ourselves so busy running from event to event and stressed to the max because we're spending money to the max all to celebrate Jesus' birthday? She said it all just didn't make sense, "Nothing was adding up to me, my heart wanted so much more out of Christmas, but so much more would mean so much less."

That is when she began researching the Advent practices.

Advent is recognized on the Christian calendar as the four weeks prior to Christmas; it's taking the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas to intentionally focus your time and efforts on the coming of Christ, his first coming to this world as a baby and His second coming when he returns. Lindsay said, "It's intentionally slowing the fast pace that we typically set for ourselves at Christmas." Lindsay has started a new tradition this year for her family to slow down Christmas; the Jesse Tree.

Representation usually in carving or stained glass of the genealogy of Jesus
 as a tree with Jesse at the base and intermediate descendants on branching scrolls of foliage.

"Unwrapping the Greatest Gift" 

Lindsay McConnell Evatt's inspiration for the Jesse Tree and her families
Jesse tree her dad (Tim McConnell) made.

"I absolutely love traditions, new and old, and I also live to have ones that are so rich in meaning and help me to visualize things.  Though some may think it's very ritualistic, celebrating Advent has been just what my heart needed this Christmas season."- Lindsay McConnell Evatt

The Evatt's Jesse Tree;
Devotion with their three children.
As a family, no matter how busy our days are, we set aside time each night in recognition of Advent. We have chosen to light candles on our Advent wreath (all rich in meaning) as we do our devotions each night.  Our devotions are focused on people in the Bible from the family tree that Jesus comes from, starting with Adam and Eve, all the way to the birth of Jesus. Taking the time to recognize all along the way, that it is part of our family tree as well. -Lindsay McConnell Evatt

Day 1: Shoot springing forth from Jesse Tree
All ornaments are hand painted by
Wes Evatt (Lindsay's husband)

Day 2: In the beginning...
Day 3: Fell for the lie that God didn't
love us.
Day 4: Christ comes like an ark;
to save.

Day 5: Promise Land, the blessing is His presence.

"We are slowing the usual pace of the season for our family.  Saying no to the hustle and bustle and taking the time each day to anticipate the coming of our Savior.  And it's working! The kids are excited and Christmas has never been so alive to me.  I'm breathing in the moments and God is speaking louder than ever before." -Lindsay McConnell Evatt

Lindsay and Wes Evatt


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Gift of a Child

Our thoughts this time of the year is on a baby that was born over two thousand years ago, a gift that was given to us from the Lord to save us.

               "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:10-12

God gave us the gift of Jesus, in our Dacusville community God gave the Howard  family a gift; a little girl named Daylin.

Daylin Mirica Howard was born on August 21st, 2013 at 27 weeks to Julie and David Howard. Julie had an incompetent cervix and had surgery to fix it at 13 weeks of her pregnancy; everything up to that point was great.  Julie woke up that morning not feeling well.  She called the doctor and they wanted to see her immediately.  Julie made it to the doctor at 9:30 and was already dilated 5 cm, she was rushed to the hospital.

Surrounded by family, they all prayed.

Daylin on C-pap
Julie had to have a C section because Daylin was breached and labor wouldn't stop. Daylin was born at 5:30 weighing 2 lbs. and 8 ozs. Her lungs were underdeveloped and she had to be put on a ventilator.  The families' prayers were already being answered, she was only on the ventilator for 24 hours. The doctors were really surprised to see this happen.  Daylin was then placed on a C-pap for a few days and then on straight oxygen.

Daylin had her first bath 2 days later, she was small enough to fit inside the kidney shaped bowls the hospital uses when you get sick, she fit perfectly. 

Daylin's First Bath

Daylin Howard
Julie was able to hold Daylin for the first time 3 days after she was born in the "Kangaroo Hold".  Daylin had to go back on the C-pap machine because her oxygen level kept dropping. Daylin also needed 3 blood transfusions while she was in the hospital because her little body couldn't keep her blood count up. She was making red blood cells but because she was constantly having blood drawn for testing her body couldn't keep up and in turn her oxygen level kept dropping so she had to stay on oxygen. The family found out later that Daylin was born with a hole in her heart as well, with medicine the hole closed. 

On September 24th, a month later the Howards were able to hold Daylin like a normal full term baby. Daylin was able to regulate her temperature enough on her own that she was put in a newborn crib.  On October 1st Daylin had her first bottle, up until then she had a feeding tube. Julie said that each day got harder and harder to leave  her and they knew that she had to handle all 8 feedings from a bottle before she could come home. They asked the nurses when would Daylin be able to come home and the nurses said around her due date which was November 18th, but that wasn't good enough for them.

They began to pray and ask God to let her make it home by Halloween.

Her doctors and nurses were so amazed at how quickly she was growing and tolerating her feedings. They agreed that she could go home but she would be on oxygen. Julie said that would be okay, as long as she was coming home.

God does a complete work, on October 16th Daylin came completely off her oxygen after her last blood transfusion and on October 25th, she came home from the hospital. 

Julie said it was so wonderful to see what God was doing in her life each day, and is still doing.  Daylin was in the hospital for 65 days total, she has had one breathing episode at home due to reflux but medicine has helped with this.  The hole in her heart is gone, and her lungs are perfect, she has no signs of having developmental issues; she caught up in size by 9 months of age. Julie was told that Daylin would have to wear glasses but remember God does a complete work.  Julie's family and church went to God in prayer and the doctors are yet amazed again that her eyes are fine and there are no signs of problems.

Children are a gift from God, the Howards were given a miracle gift. Daylin "Mirica" Howard meaning miracle is now a happy, healthy one year old all due to the prayers of family, church, and community.

Julie Howard (M0m) with Daylin

Daylin Mirica Howard

David Howard (Dad) with Daylin

"Many people were praying for Daylin that didn't even know us.  I am still overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from everyone and I can't thank them enough for all they did for us during this time!  My family is so blessed to live in our wonderful community of Dacusville."- Julie Howard

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Country Santa

Santa isn't always from the North Pole, he also lives right here in Pumpkintown and his name is Buddy Cox. Buddy started Country Santa in 1978 to help needy children in the foothills of South Carolina. Country Santa collects unwrapped gifts and monetary donations year round to prepare for distribution on Christmas Eve.

"Children don't understand that life is hard and sometimes there just isn't enough for Christmas presents.  A child believes that Santa will find them Christmas morning." -Country Santa

Buddy Cox
photo credit wyff 4

Country Santa starts bagging the gifts for the children on December 1st and they ask for help through volunteers.  If you, or a group is interested in volunteering contact Karen Dodgens

*All information is courtesy of Country Santa's web site

For more information see web site.

Each year Stephanie White and her family participate in helping Country Santa deliver the toys on Christmas Eve.  This is a 12 hour day for Country Santa because they deliver to over 1300 families; this equals to over 3100 children. This will be her 21st year helping with Country Santa.

Shyanne White, Hadassah White, and Jeremiah White waiting
in line to pick up toys to take to the children before the sun is up. 

Brent White helping to get the bikes to deliver to the children.

Brent and Stephanie White sorting the bags to give to the families.

This is such a great way to help our surrounding  communities.

Photos of Country Santa:
Country Santa

Bags of Toys for the children of Pickens County

Many, many bikes

Buddy Cox and all the unwrapped toys 

Boy Scouts helping to bag the toys

Buddy Cox sorting through the names of the boys and girls.

Preparing to deliver all the toys

Volunteers waiting in line to pick up toys
to deliver to the children

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