Campground Sponsor: Asheville West KOA in Candler, NC

We spent last week in Asheville, NC. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and known for its beauty, Asheville is a free-spirited city filled with people from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. We stayed at the KOA on the west side of town in Candler. It had super easy access from the freeway and all the amenities of a resort style campground. Best part - the internet actually worked … [Read more...]

Day #87: Give Lemon Bars

We set up camp this afternoon in Advance, NC. We're planning to be here two weeks (unless the slow Internet drives us crazy first). Before we left Asheville, we wanted to say "thank you" to the campground owners at the KOA we stayed at this past week. Stephanie and our oldest daughter made lemon bars. They are some of the best ones I have ever eaten! This morning, we put together a plate of … [Read more...]

Day #86: Give Your Family Rest

  ***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Day #85: Give a Picnic for Friends or Family

Stephanie's sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews live about two hours from Asheville. Today, they met us for a fun-filled day of hanging out together and sightseeing. We met at 11:30am for a picnic. The Appalachian Mountains are beautiful this time of year - perfect for being outdoors. Stephanie and I brought simple fixings for all of us to eat - strawberries, melon, honey-roasted turkey, … [Read more...]

Day #83: Give with the Crisis Center in Asheville, NC

  Today we visited the Crisis Center, which is operated by The Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. ABCCM has five different departments (Crisis, Jail, Shelter, Veteran, and Medical). The Crisis Center exists for those who need immediate assistance. People come to the center whenever they lack food or clothing or if they need money for an unpaid bill. One unique … [Read more...]

Day #82 Give with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Asheville, NC

Today, we met with Robin Myer (Executive Director) at the Big Brothers Big Sisters offices in Asheville. BBBS matches adult mentors with kids who need a caring role model in their lives. It is a process based on personality, hobbies, and experiences. I really like this one-on-one model. BBBS' goal is for the mentor and child to form long-term relationships - establishing a positive role model … [Read more...]

Day #81: Give with MANNA FoodBank in Asheville, NC

Today we volunteered at MANNA FoodBank - an organization that collects, stores, warehouses and distributes food to accredited non-profits throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. They ship out over 8 million pounds each year. Their operation was clean and organized...a feat that not all non-profits have mastered. After a tour of their two warehouses, our family joined a group of … [Read more...]