It was a fairy tale setting… Chad took Erin to a resort called Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston, Tn. He had pre-arranged a day full of activities!
First, he took Erin on a canoe ride. Next, they changed clothes for a formal dinner. A horse and buggy arrived to ride them around the property. Meanwhile, the owners placed Chad’s flowers, guitar, and ring box in the gazebo overlooking the lake, where they were to be dropped off.
Chad had placed a note in the box, instead of the ring. The note red, “I finally worked up the courage!” When she read it, he dropped to his knees, pulled the ring from his pocket, and asked her to marry him! They hugged for the first time, and cried many tears of joy! Then Chad sang to her, before taking her to a luxurious 7 course dinner at the beautiful Inn.
It seemed like it was right out of a story book! They have set November 2nd as their wedding date. We all greatly appreciate your prayers for their new beginning together!
We usually go to Papa Bill’s each year for the 4th, because this special holiday is also Papa’s birthday! He turned 75 this year…Wow, three quarters of a century and still looking and acting as young as the day I first met him, back in my college days when I fell in love with his son! (Unfortunately, my pics of the birthday boy were blurry, so I‘m including one taken on a different day!)
The old movie saying, “There’s no place like home,” rings true for us in the form of “There’s no place like Papa’s farm!” Sometimes we laugh so hard I feel like I’m on the set of an old “Ma and Pa Kettle” movie! As usual, this visit with the cousins and Papa Bill and Mama Jane was way too short and way too fun!!
On a side note, while traveling to Papa’s we stopped at a gas station where a large sign stood in the aisle with these words:
“Land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE!” It reminded me how grateful I am for those who labored to make our country what it is today! May God bless America!
July 1, 2013 marked a new day of celebration for Zach Bates and Whitney Perkins as they began courting! They first met in 2012 at a local restaurant where Whitney works, called Sonic. Needless to say, Zach makes a lot of Sonic stops! Over the course of several months, they have become best friends.
Whitney was adopted into a family including 11 other siblings. Her parents, Johnny & Lydia Owens, live in Clinton, TN. Her father is a preacher and her mother is a hair stylist. Whitney will be completing her schooling at a local college this fall.
We are so excited to see what the Lord has in store for Zach and Whit’s future! They have helped each other through hard times, they have helped each other grow closer to the Lord, and they have helped each other learn to laugh and to love!
Zach bought Whitney a double heart necklace with 1/4 carat diamonds for their special day. The beautiful purple roses mean “Love at first sight!” (They came from Pots and Petals Florist in Lake city, where Alyssa helps work occasionally.) Alyssa was in charge of the table decorations at Rickard’s Ridge Restaurant in Lafollette, and Alyssa and Carlin did the photography. Alyssa, Carlin, Josie, Katie, and Whit’s sister, Nakota, sat at a separate table to chaperone… and to giggle about their older sibling’s nervousness..lol!. After a beautiful walk around the lake at Cove Lake State Park, they headed for The Track in Pigeon Forge to ride go karts. They ended their evening at the Comedy Barn where a surprise announcement was made about their news!
We all love Chick-Fil-A! Yesterday was cow appreciation day…dress up like a cow and get a FREE meal!!ANY meal…with a side and a drink! WOW! That’s a family friendly offer we couldn’t pass up! So with a little eye liner, safety pins, and construction paper we headed to the closest one!
How does a large family stay on budget and eat at Chick-Fil-A when there’s no freebies?? We normally order 12 packs of 12 piece chicken nugget deals, 40 buttered buns (with pickles of course!), a pint of slaw, and 21 waters…next we dump the nuggets on a tray, grab a butter knife and quickly dice the nuggets. Load a bun with diced chicken, pickles, and a little slaw… and we usually go home with leftovers, believe it or not!