Family Trees

This is a story about two little trees…

Mommy and Daddy Tree

Who would not give up, even though they were not planted in fertile ground.

They were struggling to survive wondering where they belonged and needing something to live for. God told them they were to bloom where they were planted and trust in Him that He would provide.

And so He did and he gave them a little tree to love, also born out of difficult circumstances but now thriving in the new soil where it was planted.

Aubrey Tree





In the meantime there was a fourth tree. Though it had been cut back several times and shrouded by the garden around it, it still emerged over the under growth, too innocent to know that is should not be thriving in such an odd place.

Aiden Tree





So the four trees came together to form a family, their bonds formed not from blood but by love and they were strengthened by their shared circumstances and trust in the Lord.

These trees started emerging from the edge of our flower garden where we cleaned out and put new landscaping fabric over all but the existing flowers a few years ago so as not to have any “volunteer” weeds or other unwanted growth forming.  Steph called them “weeds”as they were still pretty small and she usually pulls the weeds out but these were no normal little “weeds”.  

When I went to investigate I discovered that they were in fact, little trees.  After they started to grow a little and she asked me about pulling them, I was thinking about George Strait’s little flower growing up in the middle of the sidewalk in the song “I saw God today”.  The challenge that these trees have gone through just to survive where they are is incredible. We don’t take great care of the garden and have even been successful in even killing a cactus! We don’t have a green thumb between us. 

With that thought in mind, I thought, you know what, those two trees were not just trees, they were me and Stephanie. We might have not have come together under the best of circumstances and the Lord knows the struggle that what we have been through would have toppled many, but we have survived and the struggle has made us a stronger couple. 

Oddly enough, another new and even smaller one has bursted from underneath that same landscaping fabric on the other side of the house.

The forth and final one has fought it’s way right through the hasta at the end of the garden where the drive angles out and everyone accidentally runs over it when leaving our house. It’s been run over by cars over and over against and I’ve tried cutting it back several times now as it is right in the middle of the other plant but it just keeps on coming back. 

I guess we’ll all just keep thriving where the good Lord put us and quit questioning it.

Our Family Tree. 




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Conway Adoption Fundraiser BBQ

Conway Fundraiser

Conway Adoption Fundraiser

When: Saturday October 25

Where: Gladeville Community Center
95 Mccreary Rd, Lebanon, TN 37087


  • Cornhole for all and sidewalk chalk and games for little ones start at 4:00
  • Texas styled Brisket
  • TN style Pulled Pork with all the Fixings
  • Peach Cobbler with home made ice cream
  • Dinner at 5:00-7:00
  • Pick Up Orders text to 615-838-8777 from 4-5:30
  • Alabama VS Tennessee Football on the Big Screen
  • Silent Auction ongoing throughout event
  • Bring a folding chair for TV or by the fire
  • Online Donations at

RSVP on Facebook at  Aubrey&BubbaQue  or email

*Recommended min donation $20 ea. or $50 per family. Of course we’ll take more and we can use it 😉 but just want to make sure our food costs are covered.



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Wall Street Landlords 

Wall Street Landlords Buy Bad Loans for Cheaper HomesBloomberg


7 hours ago Wall Street-backed landlords are showing a greater appetite for bad mortgages as a source for cheap property as the supply of foreclosed 

The shift to loans comes after foreclosure starts dropped to the lowest level since 2006 and house prices jumped in Atlanta, Phoenix and other markets where investors have made the most purchases. The development is raising concern among housing advocates that private equity firms and hedge funds will be more likely to take possession of the properties rather than offer loan modifications. Residents may be displaced or transformed into renters of their former houses. 

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Gold Ratio Charts – Gold Seek

Gold Ratio Charts It was only recently that I looked at the Dow Jones Industrials/Gold ratio (DJI/Gold ratio). I wanted … If both the 18-month and the 4-year MA crossed over the 7-year MA then it would be a signal that the long-term trend has shifted in favour of …


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Bernanke Speaks and Mortgage Rates Lowered

U.S. Homebuying Math Bolstered by Bernanke’s Surprise – Bloomberg

Jersey Evening Post U.S. Homebuying Math Bolstered by Bernanke’s Surprise Kenyatta Harper, a freelancer for advertising agencies, is trading the one-bedroom Brooklyn, New York apartment she’s renting for $1,600 a month for a two-family home nearby that cost her about $600,000. “I can pay about the same as I would for rent … Trulia Reports Buying a Home Still 35 Percent Cheaper Than Renting Nationally …Wall Street Journal all 34 news articles »



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FHA mortgage offers comeback for bankrupt borrowers

FHA mortgage offers comeback for bankrupt borrowers

FHA mortgage offers comeback for bankrupt borrowers


Posted: 13 Sep 2013 09:36 PM PDT

The housing crisis and the recession crushed a lot of Americans who lost their jobs and their homes in an economic tsunami that spread throughout the world. Now the FHA is offering a chance for some of those consumers to qualify for a new home loan. New FHA guidelines announced August 15, 2013, in Mortgagee Letter 2013-26 say that borrowers who meet certain criteria and qualify for a loan under FHA requirements will be able to apply for an FHA loan without the usual mandatory waiting period after a foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy.

The new program, known as “Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstances” applies to FHA loans issued between August 15, 2013, and September 30, 2016, and is available for purchase loans and refinancing.

Standard FHA loan guidelines for credit scores and debt-to-income ratio and full documentation of income, job history and assets must be met.

FHA requirements

In addition to meeting general FHA requirements, borrowers must provide documentation that they experienced what the FHA calls an “economic event.” The event, which must be either unemployment, the loss of income or both, must have caused a reduction in the borrowers” income of 20 percent or more for at least six months or more. Besides providing proof of the economic event, borrowers must prove that they had good credit before the job loss or loss of income and that any subsequent bad credit was a result of the economic event.

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Borrowers must also prove they have fully recovered financially from the event. Their credit history must be clear of any late payments for at least 12 months on installment debt and mortgage or rent payments and clear of any major derogatory issues on revolving credit accounts. No collections or judgments can be part of the credit report unless they involve medical bills or identity theft.

The FHA also requires borrowers to participate in an FHA-approved housing counseling program before a new FHA loan can be approved.

FHA lenders must verify that at least one year has passed since the foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy and that the economic event was directly responsible for the bankruptcy or foreclosure rather than any irresponsible behavior by the borrowers.

FHA loans carry higher mortgage insurance premium costs than conventional loans, but they are often the only option for borrowers who have experienced credit issues or financial challenges in the recent past.

Michele Lerner

Michele Lerner, author of “HOMEBUYING: Tough Times, First Time, Any Time,” has been writing about personal finance and real estate for more than two decades for a variety of publications and websites including The Washington Post, The Motley Fool, Investopedia,,,, National Real Estate Investor magazine, The Washington Times, Urban Land magazine, NAREIT”s REIT magazine and numerous Realtor associations.

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Wilson County is the Fastest growing County in TN according to latest Census

 If you need a realtor to find out why, give my friend 

Joseph Goodman a call 615-476-2193 or 615-444-7100

Wade Conway

VP Business Development

2400 Crestmoor Rd 
Nashville, TN 37215 


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Lincoln Home Loans Your Newest  Mortgage Broker in Wilson County Tennessee

Welcome to Lincoln Home Loans!

              —–Your Honest Lender—–

New Company!

I have joined Lincoln Home Loans as the VP of Business Development.

I will be working the Mount Juliet, Lebanon and Wilson County Marketplace.

Give me a ring!

Wade Conway

VP Business Development

2400 Crestmoor Rd 
Nashville, TN 37215 


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Suze Orman changes homebuying advice on Mortgages

Suze Orman changes homebuying advice –

1 day ago Now that we are seeing a rebound in the housing market, it is time for a new homebuying strategy.

Suze says it’s ok to buy with less than 20% down. Message or call me for a free analysis of your proposed new home purchase at 5, 10 or 20% down to see if that makes sense in your situation. 

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