Saturday, July 16, 2005

Alphabet Soup

The Letters Speak:

A ~ Age you got your first kiss - Umm ... I was quite the Cassanova so probably like three with my girlfriend Johnetta.

B ~ Band listening to right now - Paul Colman

C ~ Crush - Kendra, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and newly acquired, Jennifer Garner

D ~ Dad's name - Allie Thomas

E ~ Easiest person to talk to - Kendra

F ~ Favorite TV shows - Amazing Race, American Idol, Law and Order: SVU (Tuesdays are the night you better NOT call me!)

G ~ Gummy worms or bears - WORMS all the way!

H ~ Happiest memory - My wedding day

I ~ Instrument - Sort of the piano. That is it. Though I did play a mean recorder in elementary school

J ~ Jr. High Crush - Carrie Thorburn! What was I thinking?

K ~ Kind of Candy Bar that is Your Favorite? - Hershey's with Almonds, Kit Kat, Snickers and Take 5

L ~ Longest car ride ever - As a child any trip to Arizona. As an adult the evil trip back to Missouri from Maine when our van died in the middle of Pennsylvania. I hate Pennsylvania!

M ~ Mom's name - Donna Louise

N ~ Nicknames - Jasper, Bernie, Youthministerman

O ~ One animal you like - Dogs

P ~ Phobias - Heights! I can't even change a light bulb!

Q ~ Quirks - If my fingernails get dirty I have to take a shower and I get on the highway and merge to at least the center lane immediately !

R ~ Reason to smile - Kendra and Jesus!

S ~ Song you sang last - I've Just Seen Jesus (Dad was watching a Gaither infomercial this morning)

T ~ Time you woke up today - 9:00am (it IS Saturday afterall)

U ~ Unknown fact about me - I am really a Superhero --D'oh!

V ~ Vegetable you hate - Eggplant and collard greens

W ~ Worst habits - Biting my fingernails; eating too much

X ~ X-rays you've had - Only my teeth

Y ~ Yummy food - Fried Chicken, Chinese, Cold Stone Ice Cream, Crown Candy Hot Fudge Newports

Z ~ Zodiac sign - Libra

Jasper Speaks:

Another great quiz stolen from my friend, Tina's blog!
An Ordinary Life

Jasper Speaks:

So I am gearing up for the next few weeks. It is going to be wicked busy. This time next Saturday, I will be on my way to M-Fuge. We will be there a week ministering in Nashville. Then I come back and jump right into new teacher training. I am a little excited. It is nice to have a purpose and a plan again.

We bought our tickets for our trip to Maine. Kendra will leave on the 13th and I will leave on the 17th. I really wish we could go together but that isn't possible. I am a little bummed tha Kendra is going to miss my first days of school as well. We are very much looking forward to going to the wedding. We love George and Jess very much and are honored to play a part in their marriage. I just wish I could stay longer. Unfortunately I can't. God has a plan in that as well.

So I am starting to be ordinary. I will be a teacher. Just another professional guy in the pews. Today I am a little bummed out about that.

We are off in a little while to Christian Family Day at Bush Stadium. It should be a decent time. We were not planning on going but my brother called this morning with extra tickets. It is the last season for the Cards in Busch stadium so I will go for sure. It will be my second game this year and I have tickets to a third game August 5th. That is a lot of baseball fo rme for in a summer!

I grew up watching the Cardinals and will go to my grave loving them. Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of sitting with my dad in the bleachers at Busch or falling asleep in our unair conditioned house watching the game on a lazy Saturday afternoon. We would always turn down the sound on the tv and turn up the radio for commentary. There was never a better baseball announcer than Jack Buck and my Daddy swore by his play-by-play.

So maybe I will relive a little of the magic today at Busch we will see. It is just an ordinary day. The first of many I am sure.

Monday, July 11, 2005


History Speaks:

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were played; this brings out a new meaning of it.

Here is something Every American should know. Until I read this, I didn't know, but I checked it out and it's true:

We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps". It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.

But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.

The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.

The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.

This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" ... used at military funerals was born.

The words are :

Day is done..

Gone the sun.

From the lakes.

From the hills.

From the sky.

All is well.

Safely rest.

God is nigh.

Fading light.

Dims the sight.

And a star.

Gems the sky.

Gleaming bright.

From afar.

Drawing nigh.

Falls the night.

Thanks and praise.

For our days.

Neath the sun.

Neath the stars.

Neath the sky.

As we go.

This we know.

God is nigh.

Jasper Speaks:

Remember our men and women fighting for freedom.