Journey Through North Carolina – Part 8 ~ By Tom and Audrey ~

Hello and welcome to part 8 of our journey through North Carolina.

From Brinegar Cabins in Traphill, NC we were back on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see what was up beyond the next bend only to discover signs for the town of West Jefferson, NC.  As we strolled the town streets we came upon  Ashe Arts Center  where we could hear live music coming from inside.  We headed inside and enjoyed a great jam session with local musicians paying tribute to a Vietnam Veteran who had completed 3 tours of duty in that war.  A great time was being had by all and during a break a community spokesperson presented the guest of honor a handmade quilt.  It was in special recognition of their respect and love for him and his service to our country.  It was extremely touching to hear the humbleness of this man’s experiences.  Mike we are so proud of your service and you are a real hero in our eyes.

(To view the video, click in the image above.)

Well this is it for today.  We hope you come back and see how the trip unfolds as we share more of the USA Through Our Eyes.  Until then be safe.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Theresa. It was a touching moment to stumble upon. Mike, the guest of honor, was such a gentleman and so touched by the gathering. We can imagine that moment and the feelings you will have when you are once again honored for that book that will be on the NY Times best sellers list for the 2 year in a row.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      This is awesome to hear you say. He was so overwhelmed with emotion that folks honored him. Another one of those happened upon moments that we were blessed to record. We recorded lots of audio but there was so much background noise that it was hard to make out. Thanks for making time to share.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Eugenia. What a special moment it was too. This guy, Mike was so touched with the celebration they threw him. As we talked later he kept getting teary eyed sharing many of his stories. Quite a hero he is. It is so nice to have you make time to talk with us.

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  1. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    Wonderful to see that a Viet Nam vet was being honored. So much healing still to be accomplished after the way those vets were treated on their return. And what a great way to honor someone – with a quilt that represents time, appreciation and love, and a concert for joy and good vibes.

    So great that you stopped to be a part of it and that you shared it with us. Thank you.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thanks Madelyn. It was a special moment to stumble on. The guy, Mike, was so appreciative. We had the privledge of talking with him afterwards but the recordings didn’t come out good enough to share some of his stories. They left impressions on us though. We have such respect and admiration for our men and women of the military. All they do so we can have the freedoms we do is a tall debt they don’t ask to be repaid. Its always so nice when you make time for out post Madelyn.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Wasn’t that a beautiful gift. Its something he’ll treasure for life we’re sure. That is neat you dad makes quilts. You don’t often hear of men doing this. I must share my career required I wear a tie and through the years acquired over 300 of them. So when I retired I though wouldn’t it neat to make a quilt out of them. Well, this is what I did. What an adventure it was laying out the pattern, selecting the batting, thread, needles and a machine. I learned sooooo much. It turned out incredible if I might say so. I even have some great scars from the needle pricks in my fingers. I have a new found respect for quilt makers.

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      • King Ben's Grandma

        The joys of life are always the little things. The trick is slowing down enough to recognize and appreciate them. Your videos give us a short cut & make it easier😉

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Thank you for your words of encouragement. You are so right about slowing down enough to recognize and appreciate them. Why did it take us so long to figure that important fact out beats us. I guess age produces wisdom.

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  2. Heide

    What a beautiful moment! I’m glad you were there to capture it — and grateful that you shared it with us, too.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you. We just so appreciate those flash moments that you jump out and grab you. The fellowship time was wonderful. It is so nice of you to make time to talk. How is hubby?

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  3. A Gypsy's Tale by Brooke Breazeale

    Oh, thank you for taking us along on your adventure. There is nothing better than finding yourself suddenly immersed in a time and place that is far removed from you ‘real life’, but in that moment it feels like you are home. Beautiful share…

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    • usathroughoureyes

      We are so happy you are with us Brooke to enjoy the moment. It was such a welcomed moment and the folks were so welcoming. Some communities we visit we don’t want to leave. We’re sure you have encountered a few of those moments yourself on your travels.

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  4. Light Ministry Blog

    Another great adventure! That’s what you can find very often “on the road!” Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    Steve

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Steve. It seems each time we get out there amongst the communities we encounter so many wonderful moments. We always walk away filled. Its so nice having you with us and sharing your thoughts.

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      • Light Ministry Blog

        Thank you for that! Do you travel most of the time? If so, that must be a real blessing for you!

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      • usathroughoureyes

        You are welcome. We are out often yes but hope to be out much more in the months ahead. Our travels put us in places that perhaps some would not go but its there that we see the core of what makes this country great. Each encounter has yielded much learning for us and opportunity to walk His word.

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      • Light Ministry Blog

        So well put. I hope you get the opportunity to travel as much as you want to, and that each journey is satisfying, meeting your expectations.

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      • Light Ministry Blog

        Somehow I think your going to see a whole lot more! And you had better share it… 🙂

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Sarah. It was a delight to discover it and then to meet the people and talk. Isn’t it great when we discover those things we didn’t expect too and walk away stoked.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Anne. Like you mentioned in your last post about reviewing video and how it reveals so much. Its so nice to have you with us and letting us know you through your thoughts.

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