Thursday, December 28, 2006

Without You

Jasper Speaks:

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE not having to go to school. Today I was bored a lot though. Victor stood me up for the second day in a row. GRRRRRRRRRR ... angry eyes at Victor.
I watched Akeelah and the Bee today. Good flick. Got a big lump in my throat at the end. I am such a sucker. I finished grocery shopping for Christmas with my family on Saturday. We are all set I think. Tonight, Kendra and I went to Macy's to return something someone had bought her. I think I know why I don't go there. It is way overpriced and I was pretty bored but it was nice to have human contact and be out of the house. As the New Year approaches, I have been thinking a lot about my spiritual journey. Did I use my 525,600 minutes of 2006 as well as I should have? Did I learn all about God that I could? Sadly, I think the answer to both of these questions is "No". I look back and see a lot of wasted time that I should have used to chase after the heart of my Lord. I really want to try better in 2007. I want to go through the upcoming year running toward God. I want to be thirsty for Him all the time. I want my soul to pant for him. We sing that song that says, "I am desperate for you and I am lost without you" but how often do we live a life that says God is as important to me as the air I breathe? It is kind of hypocritical to sing it if I don't live it. I want to be able to sing it because I mean it. That is a goal I have for the New Year. As I look back on all the junk that I let bog me down in 2006, I realize at the end of the day the only thing that really matters is if I have grown closer to Christ as possible and if others have seen Him in me on a daily basis. I think I have fallen a little short in both of those areas this year. God says that in Him I am a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come. I pray that I will take the opportunities of the changing of a calendar to really let God change my character. What do you want God to do in 2007?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Jasper Speaks:

What an awesome present day I had today! I found this incredible and PERFECT frame for a picture of me and my dad that was taken when we were at the Cardinal's game this year. It is a shadow box of baseball stuff and the picture is the exact coloring to look like it is part of the frame! I am giving it to him for Christmas. We are celebrating with my folks and my sister Darla and her family on Saturday. Best part, I got it 50 percent off at Wal-mart today. I bought a matching one for me!

Went to my first physical therapy session for my shoulder today. I have exercises and stuff to do and I go back on Friday. At one point she did an ultrasound (I assured her I was not pregnant) and she said that I wouldn't feel anything but it would be working in my "deep muscle tissue". Hmmmm ...

I am planning on watching Akeela and the Bee tonight. Kendra got it (along with Click and Benchwarmers) for me for Christmas. I haven't seen it yet. Victor is supposed to come over and watch it too and then we are hanging out tomorrow.

Didn't get to the gym today but plan on it tomorrow.

Had a taco salad for dinner. Homemade. By me. I created Kendra's facebook account tonight. Now mine says I am married to her. Sweet!





Monday, December 25, 2006

Light My Candle

Jasper Speaks:

So, last night we did the marathon Christmas Eve services. We went to the Baptist Church (where I was strongly encouraged to sing in the choir and did), the Presbyterian Church, and the Catholic church. Man, I am glad I am Baptist. It was the shortest of all the services by a lot. Of course singing in the choir was odd. I didn't get to run through all the music with them before hand because I was late getting there. Then, they turned out the lights on the last song so people could light candles. Sight reading music with no lights. Not so easy. Kendra's mom was way happy I sang. Kendra owes me big time. This morning we got up to fresh hot homemade cinnamon rolls and presents. I got a wicked cool stocking from my mother-in-law. I also got a lot of new shirts from everyone which I really needed so that is cool. The highlight of the morning so far (and this is especially for you HCBC youth and alums) was "The Chad" stopped by for a visit this morning. It was good to see him. I miss him a lot. He is getting ready to move from Connecticut to Manhattan. I smell a road trip! It would be awesome to meet Nate and Ange in NYC and FINALLY do that Broadway show or two! Maybe there is a Times Square Sheraton with a good employee discount! We head back home in a few hours. It has been a good trip but it will be good to get home. I have a lot to do this week, so it will be a busy break. Because I hurt the van we are not going to Kansas Cit for New Years. I am not sure what we are doing now. That kind of makes me sad. There should be a lot of fun stuff going on over the next week. I can't wait! I am praying that with the new year God will bring some wonderful new things our way. It is exciting. I love the new beginnings a fresh year bring.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

You'll See

Jasper Speaks:

So, I am SO bad about presents. I have the hardest time NOT telling people what I got them. This is why I have to do most of my shopping the week before Christmas. I suck at keeping presents a secret. I haven't slipped this season yet but I have gotten close.


So Kendra ALREADY lost the cool earrings. Grrrr.
I am in the middle of nowhere. I mean seriously. If nowhere has a center point, Brrokfield, Missouri is definitely it! My wife's family is obsessed with playing cards. This is an obsession I do not share. It makes Kendra sad but my parents are OLD SOUTHERN BAPTISTS and though they are better now, when I was a kid my mom would actually say, "I'd rather have a bottle of whiskey in my house than a deck of cards". Seriously. Unfortunately we never had either. If we had whiskey bad holidays may have at least been more interesting. They are not like that anymore but cards were pretty controversial in my house during the formative years. So, Bridge is not my idea of a good time. Again, it makes Kendra sad but she is playing a marathon tourney with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Tonight is the family Christmas time. I am looking forward to seeing in laws. This is an oddity for me. Never had a lot of affinity for inlaws. I really like my brother-in-law Tim. I wish we lived close to each other because I am sure we could be REALLY good friends if we did. My niece Kristen cracks me up. I am looking forward to seeing her tonight. She makes the yuletide bright! Actually all my nieces and nephews on both sides are awesome. But Kristen is SO funny! I like funny! I am so going back to the gym after this week. I am sick of feeling bad and eating crap. Not actual crap, just bad foods. I wish Santa would bring cash. If I knew he would give me enough to pay off my student loan debt, I would be REALLY, REALLY good all year! Homemade candy is the devil. Is it sad that I am looking forward to the daily Wal-mart trip for excitement? Birthday of the King is by far my favorite Christmas carol. Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne rocks too. It is odd to use the word Thou and rocks in the same sentence. So, really, God coming to earth. That is a pretty cool thing to celebrate!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Today 4 U

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At long last here is my top ten list:

Top Ten Reasons Why
Betsy Sarah Sue Moseley Junior
is THE BEST Foster Daughter in the ENTIRE Universe

10. She can TOTALLY entertain herself (as long as there are books around).

9. She sleeps in her bed without EVER giving me a fight!

8. She has learned to root for the Cardinals.

7. Three words --- wipes own butt!

6. She does all her own laundry.

5. She never makes me sit through eleven hours of Barbie in the Nutcracker!

4. She sits quietly in church (mostly).

3. Sometimes she even buys her OWN lunch!

2. She keeps Victor occupied during visits. 1. Just when you are getting tired of her, she goes back to the dorm. We miss you! Come home soon!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Jasper Speaks:

So, all of my shopping is done for now. I say for now because we still need to get a gift for my mom but we aren't doing Christmas with them until NEXT Saturday so we have some time. Did a mad dash today to the mall. I hate the mall. I hate to shop without purpose. Kendra never reads this so I can safely tell you that I got a HUGE MOMENTOUS deal on a purse for her. I mean really, the deal of the century. I wrapped gifts today. Maybe the one thing I hate more than going to the mall is wrapping gifts. What's the point? you are just going to unwrap them anyway. Then I went to go see Deja Vu with my friends the Wardens. It was very good. It kept me guessing. I only figured it out like three minutes before they showed it to us. Plus, Jim Caviezel was in it and basically he could come on screen, burp and leave and the performance would be oscar worthy. Good times, great flick! It was also very nice to spend time with them. They are my "other" family. I am so their eldest child and they are a lot like parents to me. I love them and my three younger siblings! Then we picked up Kendra and had yummy Chinese food for dinner. I did buy Kendra the light up Christmas tree ornament earrings she kept going on and on about on Sunday. Lynn Utley steered me to Claire's and they were 50% off. I gave them to her tonight so she would be able to use them this weekend when we go to her mom's for Christmas festivities. They kinda look like this:
We ended the night at my mom and dad's dropping off presents for my nieces and nephews before we go out of town tomorrow. Kendra (who actually is the EXACT opposite of me and has a mean PASSION for gift wrapping) wrapped gifts for my mom and then we took my niece, Clora, home so my dad wouldn't have to go out in the fog. That could be scary. He doesn't do so well in daylight even. It was nice to see Clora and talk about her first semester in college. She is in college. Dang! I am ancient! We head out tomorrow for the middle of nowhere. Should be relaxing. Jeff Wells is a really good friend.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Out Tonight

Jasper Speaks:


So tonight was the youth group Christmas party. I had a good time. I won brownie mix but it got stolen! I had to say goodbye to Sara because she will leave before I am back at church again. This makes Jasper very sad!
But she did say I could beat up Jeff G. for her (in order to keep him in line) from time to time. Sweet. No more school! LALALALALALA! Okay, so it is only for two weeks but I am rejoicing! Love Shola's homemade donuts. Love them too much. Jeff Wells singing iPod idol. Yeah, I tried not to laugh! He actually has a better voice than he thinks. Really. Saw Pursuit of Happyness today with Victor and Jeff. Nice flick. Clean. Sappy. Good time. Foot still hurts. That sucks. Just a wee bit more Christmas shopping and I am done.

Talked to Nate and Angela Milkins last night. They are some of the best people in my world and I miss them dearly!

Did I mention school is out!?!

I got to flunk a couple of kids who REALLY deserve it! Welcome to summer school! BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!



Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Contact

Jasper Speaks:


I had an accident on my way to school this morning. Four car pile up right in the depressed section of highway 70. It is aptly titled I must admit. I am fine but the van will need some work. Bummer. Money stinks. We have insurance and will only have a $250 deductible but still that is $250 that will make a major difference to us. I was able to get to school (the van is drivable) and two more finals are out of the way. The van cannot be driven a lot so we will be car pooling. The auto body shop can't fix it until January 2nd. So I will be doing light traveling in the hooptie in the meantime. Just having a stinky day. Glad the crash didn't look like this:




Doesn't help with the whole feeling BLUE thing, either. Merry stinkin' Christmas.

Monday, December 18, 2006

One Song Glory


Jasper Speaks:

I thought the Christmas musical was very nice yesterday. I found it easy to worship as I sang along and listened. I like the type of special services where worship is very apparent. My favorite song in the whole thing has always been Jesus Our Treasure. I thought the choir did a great job on it yesterday.

Today, I am at school with little to do as it is finals week. It is a B-day for finals so I today I have my planning period (right now) followed by my advocate class. No finals to give or grade. It would be great if I had the scantrons for grading to bubble but alas (my word), I do not. I do work for Riverview after all and a little preparedness is too much to expect.

Hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Thank Goodness I Am Protestant

Jasper Speaks:


Catholic weddings are FOREVER long. We went to one for one of Kendra's work buddies tonight. Over thanksgiving my best friend at work got married and the whole ceremony was literally fourteen minutes. Tonight, one hour and forty minutes. And I will never get how you can drink out of the same cup as 100 other people. The pews were about a foot wide and I sat in constant fear of falling off. The Priest seemed to want to be a Polish stand up comedian. Odd. We also gave other guests creative names like, "Bad Hair Chick (no really it was red, yellow AND orange and HUGE), "Bad Dress Chick" (who not surprisingly seemed to be good friends with Bad Hair Chick. Perhaps they are a super crime fighting duo) and "What Were You Thinking When You Thought That Dress Still Fit Chick". People watching can be the highlight of an event like that.
The bride was beautiful, the food was alright and I just sat back a lot and GAWKED at how ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS my wife was tonight. YOWZA! She sizzles! Man she looked great. Too bad she got the raw end of this marriage deal.

Church Christmas musical is tomorrow. I pray it goes well. Jeff Wells and I are wearing red snowmen ties because we are essentially twins separated before birth.


Can't you see the resemblance? Obviously this is like three years old and I am glad I don't exactly look this large anymore!
Speaking of looking smaller, my pal Matt McNutt, who was on the Biggest Loser this season did awesome. He was the runner up for the most percentage of weight lost from the people who did not stay on the ranch. He lost the most weight at 176 pounds. Here is the before and after shot:


Inspiring to say the least. Wow! I really need to start working out again!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Gone

Jasper Speaks:

So, yesterday, the Special Ed Teacher who was so upset that we weren't meeting kids needs was absent AGAIN. This time for the final review. Quality she is! Ha! I just sounded like Yoda!


Yesterday I was going with Kendra and her boss Julie to see a Christmas thingy at St. Louis Family Church. A friend's kid was in the musical and so we were all going to go together. Unfortunately, when I was getting into the car to leave the Sheraton --- RIP --- a big tear in the back of mypants. Uh ... I like cool breezes but really, I had to go home. Which made me sad.

So, instead I went home and watched Survivor. GO OZZY! It was an uneventful night of tv and
quesadillas. I was in bed by 8:58 PM. Then just as I got sound asleep, a friend called and was chatty.

I have been a bit blue lately. I am not sure why. But it has definitely been blue. I keep a case of Ramen Noodles in the closet in my room at school in case I forget my lunch. I had to crack into this week. Then one of my favorite students from last year brought me a piece of Papa John's Pizza. Although I ate my weight (which is much less than it used to be but still quite an absurdly large amount) in Papa John's over the summer, after Ramen Noodles for lunch, it seemed mighty tasty.




Gave my first final of the year today and surprisingly most of the kids did okay. Now only FIVE are flunking in that class. There were like nine. Yup, I am a quality teacher. They are all passing no thanks to my "co-teacher". But I am not bitter or anything.

I found out yesterday that my mom and dad aren't going to be able to be at our church on Sunday for the Christmas musical. My dad has a medical procedure on Monday and has to start the drug regimen on Sunday. I have been stood up for worse reasons but it makes me really sad.


I didn't call my dad on his birthday on Wednesday. I am the worst son on the planet.

Even though I am blue, having just three half days (that is one and a half days total) left of school makes me a bit more of a teal than royal blue. It is especially gratifying that I don't have to see my A-1 class again for two weeks. They are really not my favorite people to hang out with.


I really like brown rice. I have been craving it lately, so I had it for dinner because I am a grown up and can choose my own food. That is pretty tight.

Yeah I said tight. I can be cool too.

Sarah Beth Kendra an
d I love you more than chocolate chip cookies!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

No Day But Today

Jasper Speaks:


Today was uneventful ... mostly. I did get into a BIG fight with the Special School District cooperating teacher in my fourth hour class. I mean I didn't slug her or anything but we were getting loud enough that I reminded her that this "discussion" was not appropriate in front of the children. We have "worked" together all year and there were just some --- issues. Anyway, I stayed after school (like the bad boy I was) and I hope we worked those issues out.


I did get some Christmas shopping done for Kendra today. We are on a VERY tight budget this year and I was like, "Man! That little bit of money doesn't go very far at all!" Sad.

I give my first final review tomorrow. I am mostly caught up with grades. I can't believe school is out next week. Speaking of not believing things ... the church Christmas Musical is SUNDAY! What the stink!?! How did that happen so fast? YOWZA! Yes I just said, "YOWZA". Don't laugh. It is a very cool word.

Just finished reading Without You by Anthony Rapp. The overall story was good but I would not recommend the book to anyone. I enjoyed reading the parts of about the beginnings of production of the musical Rent and also the poignant story of his mother's cancer struggle during that time. I was not so much a fan of the discussion of his love life that came ad nauseam in detail.


I love Christmas in the city.
Yellow is my favorite!



Mmmmm ... Hershey's with Almonds. I'm not eating any but they are my favorite candy bar.



Didn't work out or watch House tonight. My foot is still not well. After the mall walk today, I got a lot of cramping and stuff. There is still a dull ache. I am completely falling apart.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Jasper Speaks:

So, today was better at school. I still hate being a teacher but today was better. It's an "A" day tomorrow so it's back to the kids who were such trouble on Tuesday. So many of them did so poorly on the test I was questioning my teaching and the difficulty of the test itself. But the other two classes did well. In A-3 I had almost all As and Bs and B-4 (that is heavy with Special Ed kids) I had a lot of Bs and Cs and a couple of As. So I know that A-1 is just evil. LOL! Well, they are not the most cooperative kids and seemingly not the stickiest gum in the pack either. I am praying to have Christ's compassion for them. When they behave in such a horrible way, that is hard.

But ... I am going to get out of dodge tomorrow. All my grades for progress reports are turned in. I shocked the secretary by being the first teacher to get all my scantron sheets in. The sheets came into my box at about 10:00AM; I had all of the sheets done and into the office by 3:00PM. That was even after starting the day with one class not even close to being calculated. B-4 took the test during last period and I was still done less than an hour later. I really want to get out of that place tomorrow. It is off to Cincinnati right after school! I may even do a General Lee jump over the buses after the final bell tomorrow. Picture my van doing this:




It SO is going to happen!

Of course the weather forecast is calling for SNOW! I hate that HORRIBLE FOUR LETTER WORD! After five years in Maine, I have lived through all the SNOW I ever I want to see. Plus, here in St. Louis people FREAK at snow so it is DANGEROUS to drive. Also, snow is like a magnet for me. It pulls me down onto the ground and --- BOOM! I fall ALL THE TIME in snow. Couple that with the already slick parking lot at work, and yup ... BROKEN HIP! So, I am praying that if it MUST snow, it will snow in such a way that school may be canceled but that it would not snow enough to throw off our trip. Yeah, I know I am picky.




I do get to see the Wilsons soon! That makes me very happy! Also, I will get a lot of free stuff at the conference. Yea free stuff! I am praying that God will reveal a lot of things to Jeff and me while we are away. I LONG for God to move in an incredible way in our group (and my personal spiritual life)! Please pray for safe travel and an incredible spiritual renewal! Peace out! Be back early next week!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wednesday Is The New Thursday

Jasper Speaks:


So, this month there is NO school on any Fridays! Yipee! The one Friday that I would have had to go to a teacher thing, I will be in Cincinnati with Jeff at the YS Convention! Woot! So it makes Thursdays SO MUCH MORE attractive! Also, Wednesday has been the new Thursday for a couple of years now since in Maine Youth Group was on Thursdays and at Parkway it is Wendnesday but I like the no Friday angle better!

Speaking of Reality Check it was okay tonight. Worship was very good. It helps that I love all the songs we sang! Sometimes when you are speaking, it feels like you are talking to the video cabinet in the back of the room. Tonight I didn't feel like I was connecting much. I pray that what God had to say was heard and taken into consideration anyway.

Oh God, do not remain silent! That was part of our SWAT Bible study tonight (Psalm 109). It really hit me that we need to be crying out to God to speak and move among us. I think God wants us to cry out and beg Him to speak to us. I think worship could be more incredible if we made a practice of crying out to Him to not remain silent and meaning it from the depths of our heart. I want to try and do that more often.

So I did get my study guides, tests and message all done last night. I also am pretty well caught up on grading at the moment. I still have about 2/3 of the tests my Honors Class took today to grade but I will finish those during prep time tomorrow. My American Lit kids haven't turned in their projects so even though that stinks for them, it makes my life a bit easier.

My goal for the weekend is to get the cantata drama finished. I know if I put my nose to the grindstone it can happen.

I also highly recommend The End Of The Spear. I know I talked a lot about it in my message but God is teaching me a lot. There was a time in my life that I felt like I was called into foreign missions. The stories that Steve Saint tells challenge me to be sold out even here at home. Of course we say that in many ways our time in Maine was like the foreign mission field but I know we have no idea what it is really like. Sara is my current hero for answering the call to go to Africa. Maybe she'll write a book I can recommend someday. We also have dear friends from Maine who are getting ready to go to Ecuador to be missionaries full-time. They are wicked cool as well. God has placed a huge burden on their hearts for the people of that country and they are leaving family and familiarity behind to pursue God's call. All this makes me think of one of my favorite Steven Curtis Chapman songs. I leave this entry with his words. Pray and consider God's will for you today:

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die for the sake of the call

Nobody stood and applauded them
So they knew from the start
This road would not lead to fame
All they really knew for sure
Was Jesus had called to them
He said "come follow Me" and they came
With reckless abandon, they came

Empty nets lying there at the water's edge
Told a story that few could believe
And none could explain
How some crazy fisherman agreed to go where Jesus went
With no thought to what they would gain
For Jesus had called them by name
And they answered...

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die for the sake of the call
The sake of the call

Drawn like the rivers are drawn to the sea
There's no turning back, for the water cannot help but flow
Once we hear the Savior's call, we'll follow wherever He leads
Because of the love He has shown
And because He has called us to go
We will answer...

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die

Not for the sake of a creed or a cause
Not for a dream or a promise
Simply because it is Jesus who called
And if we believe we'll obey

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die for the sake of the call
For the sake of the call!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

This is How I Feel Today:



Yeah, today at school wasn't the greatest.


When I am sad ... ELVIS makes it better!

But I did get to be MOSES at church tonight! That was pretty tight.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Latest

Jasper Speaks:

The girls left us today. It is hard. There is a void in our hearts as we press on believing as always, our Lord knows best.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Jasper Speaks:

This awesome Fredbird pic is stolen from the BLOG of my wicked cool nephew Daniel "Shu" Shular:




And to Scotty B and my transplant Michiganders

WOOT!





Aww ... Poor Tigers!

and again I say:

WOOT!

Remembering A Day At The Ballyard

The Pictures Speak:

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

ANOTHER DAY

Jasper Speaks:
It was another good day with the girls. Reality Check was good tonight. BECKY AND STINKA ROCK! I've got this rash ...

Had a leader's meeting afterwards. Made it home just in time to read stories to Nicole before bed. She will be wiped in the morning. It killed me tonight at church when I was tellingg her goodbye. I told her that I had to stay for a meeting but Kendra would get her to bed. She looked up to me with those HUGE brown eyes and said, "but who will read me my Bible stories?" Kicked in the gut! So, I was glad to get home in time to read and pray with her! I will miss those moments I am sure.

Also, Kaylie and Lexie Sneed are just about the most FANTASTIC little girls (next to mine) on the planet!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A Good Day

Jasper Speaks:

Went to work a lot tired this morning as Savanna was up most of the night. That means so were we. I actually fell asleep at my desk right after my last class. There have been a rash of fires on campus of late and the bathroom right across from my room was hit today. I feel special. No injuries or damage but man it is cold for all these fire drills.


I picked the girls up from daycare and we had a very good afternoon together. Nicole had a really good day at school! That is an answer to prayer. Fixed dinner and fed the baby. Nicole and I read a book together after we started Shrek 2. Then Kendra came home and it was matching pj pictures. The girls were very cute. If you would like to see a picture email me and I will send one out.

Nicole was very well behaved today. We still don't know how long they will be here as their mom has made even further good steps top getting them back. We will miss them so much.

Anyway, on a happier note, it does appear that I will be in attendance at Reality Check this week! I know you all cried through all of last week's service because you missed me!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Did Someone Mention A Saga

Jasper Speaks:


The girls are here until probably Monday (a week from today) at least. More to come ...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Saga May Draw Near An End

Jasper Speaks:

So, this time tomorrow we may well have an empty house. The girls may be returning to their biological mother tomorrow after a short court hearing. We are mixed. Some good feelings some bad. It was a little difficult holding and feeding Savanna tonight and lying her down for the last time. I will miss her if she goes. Nicole is a great kid too. This is the difficult part of fostering. These are the times I wish we could just have our own kid.
Jasper Speaks:

Great game last night. Had fun with Jessi, Victor, Betsy and the girls. God bless Jessi who took Nicole and let Kendra and I have some alone time in the afternoon.

Went to church without the wife and kids today because Savanna has a cold. So does Daddy Jasper! Who gave it to whom? Still a mystery!

Please continue to pray that the court date goes well tomorrow. It is at about 10AM. We want what God wants. We know what our will is but we want His will and the best situation for our girls!



Did I mention, Go Cards?
Jasper Speaks:

Stayed up too late watching quite possibly the best baseball game of my life! I wonder if I would feel this way if the bad guys had won. It was a classic that reminds me why I love the game.




On the other big thing in our lives note, our girls are most likely leaving us soon. The court case went well in favor of their mother taking them back. She is making some good changes and they wil tell us on Monday whether or not the girls will leave that day to go back. The social worker says even if it doesn't happen on MOnday, it will happen in a couple of weeks. The baby is congested and sick now as am I. Betsy and I will take them to a clinic for a checkup today. Please pray that all goes well and goes quickly. It is a free walk-in clinic so it could take forever!

On the other hand, if the baby is up to it we will take Nicole to Crown Candy Kitchen, only the best ice cream ON THE PLANET! I might have to slpurge and get a chocolate chocolate chip cone mysel. Might have to --- yeah that's it.

Thanks for your continued prayers.

Go Cards!
Jasper Speaks:

Everything is fine. The ER visit came because the daycare sent Nicole home with a high fever and no pediatrician would see her because we didn't have all the medicaid information yet. She is out of school for the rest of the week at least. She also has infentago and pink eye. GREAT! The pink eye is clearing nicely with her eyedrops.

Please pray for all of us today. This is the first court hearing this morning. Nicole will see her mother today. I am anticipating a very hard night tonight. Last night was good but our strength is very low. I am concerned because today is parent/teachers conferences and I won't be home until at least bedtime and that throws all of our schedules off. I am also concerned about how this will affect Nicole's need for security after the visit to the court. Please pray that all goes well and that our little girl is a trooper through all of this confusion!

Jasper Speaks:

More firsts. First ER visit. First trying to get the kid to take medicine.

This is so hard. Please pray that we will be able to do all that God has for us in this situation.

Jasper Speaks:

So, the first day at daycare seemed uneventful. Nicole was so tired she just kept putting her head down a lot. Last night she barely made it through her dinner and then went to bed with absolutely NO fighting. She was wasted.

My other kids (those I teach) were not so well behaved. As I was getting my own children all set in their school, theose children whom I teach were being awful. The sub report even said my honors class was the worst of all. So, they are going to hate Mr. Rains tomorrow after I get onto them.

I have previewed Victor's message for Reality Check tomorrow night and it looks wicked good. You should be making plans to be there!

Well, I am off to my room to spend some quiet time with God before my next class! Have a great day!

Jasper Speaks:

Right now I am in my office at church. What a wild weekend! I took today off fronm teaching school so I could help Kendra get the girls to their first day of daycare. Am I a bad daddy because I was thanking Jesus for the person who invented daycare as we drove away this morning? I can't begin to know what it is like for the girl's mother right now but I felt a very small piece of it today leaving the girls with people I don't know. I think I was much more confident about leaving Nicole than Savanna. Nicole, I have learned, will let you know when she doesn't like something or needs anything. Our baby can't do that so well. It is weird that I am glad to have a little reprieve but kind of miss them too.

Nicole got to talk to her mother last night. It helped and hurt a little. We still had issues with bed --- a lot of issues! But we are thankful that she stayed in her room ALL NIGHT! She slept on the floor and not her bed and I am pretty sure she only stayed there because I slept in the chair in the living room like a Night Security Guard and it intimidated her to stay. I had to have the mean daddy talk with her last night about how the living room was not an option because our apartment is small and if she sleeps there nothing else can really go on in the house. I was stern and today I feel a little bad but I reminded her that we love her very much and that now that we are getting into our routine, she has to start abiding by some structure rules. We will see how that all works out.

Church yesterday was interesting. Nicole tried to sit through the service. She kept saying, "Oh, I want this to be over. I want to LEAVE!" Then, as soon as the service ended and we were walking out she said, "I don't want to go yet!" I was confused. We had a great time at lunch. God bless the BK Playplace. God bless our friend Jessi having two beautiful girls (Kaylie and Lexie) who kept our little girl entertained.

New experiences this week are far too many in number to list. But I have changed a diaper and fed a baby. I have slept with a baby in my arms all night long. I have been called "Dad" for the first time (as odd as that is). I have sat through worship with kids of my own. I have done the girly movie marathon (we have learned to hide the movies so they are easier to limit). I have tried to sing a little girl back to sleep with hymns and choruses at 3:30 in the morning. I have an amazing ability to remember lyrics but under those circumstances I had to grab the hymnal that was on the floor next to me and look up "Because He Lives" because I was only mumbling the words. I was way too tired to remember at that time. There are a lot more firsts that have happened and a lot more to come. This is such an incredible ride. It's a roller coaster. One minute you are loving it all, the next you aren't sure you can survive.

As I was holding Savanna one night this week, I began to think about the spiritual parallels that are abounding around us right now. Just as Savanna needs us to provide for her every need, we need to rely on Christ. I am finding that I am completely overwhelmed with lack of knowledge of how to be a parent. I need to rely on God for strength as regularly (and even more so) as Savanna's feedings. My constant prayer this weekend has been that I can be the type of father that my Heavenly Father is to me. That's not always easy.

I would like to say that there is more going on right now but I am filled to overflowing in kid land. Sadly, it seems I have turned into one of those people with only stories about my kids. I think I have a greater understanding of those people now. Peace out from the happy land of children in daycare and finally adult conversations!

Jasper Speaks:

Wow. It is still all so overwhelming! Day three of parenting has had its rewarding and tiring moments. It was sweet to see our Nicole at Sara's partyplaying with Emma. She has been so reluctant to make friends and she and Emma had an instant bond. It gives me hope that she will do well at preschool on Monday. We are waiting to take her to Sunday School for another week. We will all sit in big church together tomorrow. Worshipping as a family.

Our nightly bed struggles continue. Tonight, I plan to pull the switch-a-roo. I am giving her another twenty minutes or so and then when I know she is sound asleep, I am going to try and move her from the love seat to her bed. She has promised that she will sleep there tomorrow night without a fight. Uh, yeah, sure, whatever kid. I wasn't born this morning. I have kids promise past due homework everyday. I am so not new to this kind of game! Please pray that it will go well anyway.

Nicole and I spent forty-five minutes at the park together. There were some wonderful moments there. There were also some. "Oh, my goodness this is so boring I want to put my eyes out moments". Two words for next time --- play date. We both needed more stimulating company after awhile.

Oddly, Nicole called me Dad several times today. Still don't know what to make of that.

Baby Savanna is wonderful. She was fussy last night and slept for several hours in my arms in the good ole big green chair. That provided for some much needed Jasper/baby bonding. I now think she is close to the coolest thing ever! A note to you Parkwayians, she is going to be the CUTEST baby at church tomorrow. The hardest part is picking our what ADORABLE dress she will wear.

Well, please continue to pray for us. It is exhausting work. They never go away and leave you to your thoughts. Hmmmm ... We love it and value each moment. We are just not completly sure how it will work when our jobs start to interfere. God is in control. I tried to prepare for rain and it feels like it is pouring now!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Jasper Speaks:

So, this whole dad thing is WAY tiring. Nicole and I have really bonded. I have watched Cinderella, The Barbie Nutcracker, Belle's Enchanted Adventure, and most of Alice in Wonderland today. YIKES! I am feeling WAY too girly! Seriously though, Nicole is a precious girl who has already stolen my heart. Tonight I got to really share Jesus with her. It was awesome. We were reading bedtime stories and one was a book of prayer and we got to talking about how God is everywhere. I told her she could talk to God anytime she wanted and He would listen. I told her she would never really be alone because He is always there. She then said that she had never seen God but she had seen a picture of Jesus and he was hanging on something, dead. She asked me why he was dead. So, I took her through the colors on my bracelet and told her that the best part of the story is that Jesus didn't stay dead. She gave me this incredible shocked look and asked why not. I told her because He lived again so we would never have to really die. It was a lot for her to take in but it is so humbong to share Jesus' love with her for what seems to be her first time. She is still having some major issues at bedtime. She won't sleep in her room. Please pray that we conquer this soon. We are making progress as she has gone from the floor in our room to the love seat in the living room in just one night. Now we have about thirty more feet to go ... Savana is a precious baby. She is sweet and cries very little. Today she cried when we gave her a bath and oddly enough when my mom tried to hold her. She is a beautiful reminder of the simple love of God. We still don't know how long the girls will be with us. It could be the weekend or a few weeks, a few months or even longer. Nicole asks a lot of questions about that at bedtime. During the day she is happy and energetic. At bedtime, we see the walls fall and her little fears and lack of understanding surface. It will break your heart. Please pray for "our girls" and for their mother. We are praying that even right now, God is doing a great work in her life. If you have an extra second, throw up a couple of shout outs to Jesus for us as well. It is only 9:30 and it feels like 3:00AM. His strength is perfect ...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Very Nice

Jasper Speaks:


Just got off an hour long call with our the wife of our Senior Pastor in Maine. I t was sweet. She is such a godly, loving woman. Makes me a little sad and nostalgic for the good old days in the Northeast. 100 degree weather in October doesn't help with that either.


Sick of Anne Frank. I had to watch the really sad part of her life movie twice today. Have to watch it once more tomorrow. It makes for a REALLY depressing day. An administrator and teacher at my school have been put on administrative leave for "inappropriate" contact with students. The related trauma affects all of our lives. That makes me mad. I have heard rumors that the teacher is gone for good. Who knows.


Anyway, I am glad tomorrow is hump day. The weekend can't really come soon enough! Next Friday I only have to work a half-day! Woo-hoo!
Is It Just Me???

Jasper Speaks:

Have you ever had one of those roller coaster days? Bad stuff, good stuff, frustrating stuff, bad stuff, good stuff, ANGRY EYES stuff ...

I had one of those today. It all started with someone throwing something from an overpass and breaking my windshield on the way to work this morning. Then it was good phone calls, bad emails, sad news and frusting people. All crazy and up and down.

My shoulder hurts.

I am off to bed. Hopefully tomorrow will bring some stability but with the way things have been for the past few weeks, I doubt that it will.

But ... God does have a plan. I need to prepare for rain.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Box Office Speaks Too!

Jasper Speaks:


Okay, so I am sure you are over hearing me go on and about Facing the Giants but even though it is not getting much media coverage at all, the movie came in 12th overall in the nation this weekend. Before you scoff at that let's analyze some numbers.


The number 1 movie at the box office this weekend was Open Season, which topped in its first weekend in theaters. It played on 3833 screens and posted a $23 million box office take. That calculates out to be a per screen take of $6000 or so.


The number 4 movie at the box office was the new Jon Herder comedy, School For Scoundrels which was also playing in theaters for the first time this weekend. It played on 3004 screens and took in $9,109,000. That makes its per screen take $3032.


The number 12 movie, Facing The Giants, played on 441 screens and made $1,389,000. That calculates to $3149 per screen. In case you are mathematically challenged that is $117 more per screen than the movie that rated SEVEN places higher than it on the overall money haul. Actually it's per screen income was higher than ALL the movies from fourth through eleventh place. It was played in about 85% less theaters than School for Scoundrels and did better per capita. The eleventh placed movie, the profanity laden Little Miss Sunshine only had a per screen gross of $1896. I have not seen any media with a comparison of how well this picture actually did like this ANYWHERE online. All of these are my own calculations based on the numbers posted on Yahoo Movies site. However, I think these numbers are proof that an authentic faith based film can do well. So, again I say, "GO SEE THIS MOVIE!"


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GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

Jasper Speaks:

So, I have to say now that I have seen FACING THE GIANTS twice in as many days. One reason is because I can't keep from telling Kendra ANYTHING, ANYTIME and I REALLY wanted to talk about how POWERFUL this film really is to her, so we had to go together. Yesterday I had a great evening with my nephew, Daniel and we saw it together while Kendra was Revolving.

Anyway, this is an awesome, Godly movie and I wanted to support it with my money on opening weekend. I am telling you to trust me, this movie is something you need to see. Because it is in limited release you need to try and see it IN THE THEATRE before it leaves! So go. Really go!




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Friday, September 22, 2006

I am nerdier than 61% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
Jasper Speaks:

Here are the random thoughts in my head:

-Friday night tv sucks
-Seafood buffet is yummy
-Even the teacher is getting tired of Anne Frank
-A student sounds completely dumb when she asks, "Didn't they have a cell phone in the Secret Annex" (I am not kidding about this question --- it really happened)
-Child predators should be beaten with a nail gun and a jar of lemon juice

-People keep trying to steal babies. That makes me sad.

-I love my rubber ducky
-It has been a really, really bad diet week
-Red Velvet Cake is pretty yummy!

-So are cupcakes
-I love Q-tips
-Some criminals are pretty stupid
-I wish I could play a cool instrument like a tuba or something
-Clowns are silly
-Ham and beans is not a favorite meal of Kendra's. I am not much of a fan either.
-I like sweet cornbread
-Rachel Ray is pretty cool. Does that make me a geek?

-Coffee makes me pee --- A LOT!

-God forgives us time and time again. I don't appreciate that enough.
-I miss people in Maine tonight. I love the Fosses and the Milkins. The Cawleys and the Sargents rock too.

-Aaron Chapman is pretty much my version of mini-me, so says Grace Baker at least

-I love my Honors Class. They get my jokes.
-You should never kill your father and marry your mother.

-Dogs shouldn't wear clothing
-One White Castle Cheesburger is 63 cents. That seems rather expensive to me for something that will contribute to your death by clogged arteries

-My wife is INCREDIBLY hot
-Victor that's all, just Victor

-Sometimes Jessica Simpson deserves to be farted on
-I am convinced that Tracy and Lynda are addicted to surgeries

-I am pretty convinced that watching What Not To Wear makes you a little gayer by the minute
-I need to clip my toenails and get a haircut
-Good grooming is important

-I hate it when my fingernails get dirty

-I could never be a mechanic
-The wheels on my van could have flown off at any minute. I think that is dangerous.

-It is going to cost $400 to get my van out of the shop
-I SHOULD have been a mechanic
-Moldy oranges are not to be eaten

-If Jessi dates a guy named Jesse it would be cool because then she would be Jesse's girl but weird because Jessi would be Jesse's girl

-That last statement confused me
-If the CW is the new network, does anyone know what CW stands for?

-Oooh Tyra Banks

-Sometimes blood tastes ok
-I am not a vampire

-The Kentucky Team is quite possibly one of the greatest strokes of casting genuis in Amazing Race History! Go Team Redneck!
-I like buttons
-I do not want any of Jessi's hampsters
-Getting hit in the head by a Softball Sized piece of Hail would not be fun
-Jessi is in this a lot because I just read her blog --- it inspired my random thoughts

-It is sad that all I have to do on a Friday night is blog random thoughts

Sunday, September 17, 2006

45 of the most random things you probably never needed to know about someone
whats your name spelt backwards?:Sniar Repsaj (Suddenly I feel Hindu)
What did you do last night?:Went to our friend's house and out to eat for Kendra and our frined Annie's Birthday
The last thing you downloaded onto your computer?:Some ptogram to make pictures smaller
Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?:Lots of times!
Last time you swam in a pool?:Couple of weeks ago
What are you wearing?:Shirt and shorts
How many cars have you owned?:7 or 8 or maybe 10
Type of music you dislike most?:Screaming
Are you registered to vote?:Somewhere
Do you have cable?:Yes
What kind of computer do you use?:E-Machine and the one in the teacher's lounge and my office at church
Ever made a prank phone call?:Many, many times but caller ID killed all the fun
You like anyone right now?:I like lots of people.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?:I have said it before and will say it again --- FAT DON'T BOUNCE!
Furthest place you ever traveled?:New Zealand
What's your favorite comic strip?:Bloom County
Do u know all the words to the national anthem?:Uh ... yes. I am an AmeriCAN not and AmericCAN'T
Shower, morning or night?:Yes
Best movie you've seen in the past month?:Invincible, I guess
Favorite pizza toppings?:Pepporoni and extra cheese. I am so boring.
Chips or popcorn?:Popcorn. Mmmmm fresh, hot, small town carnival Kettle corn
What cell phone provider do you have?:Cingular. The fewest dropped calls. That's because they never give you a connection!
Have you ever smoked peanut shells?:huh?
Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?:I was Ms. Bug Fat Guy for like 5 years running. This is a STUPID QUESTION!
Orange Juice or apple?:Orange
Who were the last people you sat at lunch with?:Kendra. Betsy, and Victor
favorite chocolate bar?:Classic Hershey's with Almonds
Who is your longest friend and how long?:My sister, Darla. I met her in the hospital when I was born
Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?:Labor day
Have you ever won a trophy?:I was voted "Friendliest Boy" in my senior class. Sadly, that is the only trophy I ever won.
Favorite arcade game?:Pac-Man
Ever ordered from an infomercial?:Yes and the product didn't work.
Sprite or 7-UP?:7-UP
Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work?:Not really. One summer when I worled at the Fox I had to wear this dumb Metrotix shirt when I wasn't the manager on duty (which wasn't often)
Last thing you bought at Walgreens?:My perscription to make my heart not beat too fast
Ever thrown up in public?:yes
Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love?:I have Knedra so bring on the bucks!
Do you believe in love at first sight?:Did a girl make this quiz up?
SPONGEBOB OR JIMMY NEUTRON?:Fred Flintstone
Did you have long hair as a young kid?:When I didn't get it cut. Now I just have no hair.
What message is on your voicemail machine?:A really boring one.
Where would you like to go right now?:To the end of this dumb survey
Whats the name of your pet?:Get Real Youth Group?
What kind of back pack do you have, and what's in it?:A leather man bag with a Superman symbol on it!
What do you think about most?:Astrophysics and Kendra
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asper Speaks:


It has been a relaxing day. After I took Betsy back to the dorm I got a nice nap. I have been kind of burning it from both ends the last few weeks, so it was nice to actually got a Sabbath today. Tomorrow should be a pretty easy school day. The kids are with us for only a half day so we have each class for just an hour. It is a B-Day which is normally a little less stressful anyway. I have my planning period first off, followed by my advocacy, followed by my Honor's Class who are taking a test the whole hour, and then one regular World Lit class. I hope it all flies by. I am not a huge fan of Professional Development Days and that is how we are spending the rest of the day. YUCK! We normally get an hour and a half for lunch so that is a nice trade off.

It was nice to see that Ana was not dead afterall. I was afraid there was a Bosnian Mafia hit and I had missed the news reports. Today was a great hair day for like every girl (including my BEAUTIFUL WIFE) that I saw at church. Odd. Odd that it was such a good hair day day and odd that I would notice.

I really think Global Focus could change a lot of things for the good at church. It is pretty exciting!


Amazing Race is back. It looked like it was going to be the "world religions" season but the Muslims and Buddhists were the first knocked off. I really do love this show!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

DANG!!!!!!



Jasper Speaks:

I came into the school today and there was an overwhelming smell of natural gas in the building. They evacuated everyone and wouldn't let kids off the bus. They even turned the buses back in a position to go home. The Fire Department came. Then they gave an all clear. UG! So, we got teased with another free day but alas, (my word) it didn't happen. That makes me sad!

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By the way, Stinka and Brian rocked the house last night! You did a great job. God was very honored in your efforts! You brought so much to the service!

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Just asking for prayer if you get the chance. Things have been slow and discouraging for our adoption stuff. We had another frustrating day today with it all. We are just not sure what is just a slow part of the process and what may be (if there is any) an issue with us. It just has us both low today. Thanks in advance for remembering us to the Father!

Friday, September 08, 2006

The Survey Speaks:

A - Available: no
A - Age: 36.11
A - Annoyance: stupid people

B - Best Friend: Kendra on earth, Jesus in Heaven
B - Beer: Not much anymore thanks
B - Birthday:October 15th ... you can still get me a ROCKIN' gift you save just $5 a day!

C - Crush: Orange
C - Car: Dodge Intrepid, Pontiac Transport, Classic '89 Lincoln Town Car
C - Candy: Makes me fat :(

D - Day or night: So used to be night now I get up when it is still dark!
D - Dream Car: ESCALADE
D - Dog Or Cat: Dog. Cats are only nice on rye bed with mayo!

E - Easiest person to talk to: Kendra and Darla
E - Eggs: I don't lay them if that is what you are asking
E - Email: youthministerman@yahoo.com and like 87 others

F - Favorite Month: October
F - Favorite color: YEL - LOW
F - Favorite Memory: Asking Jesus to be the boss of my life. No doubt. Then maybe my first kiss as Kendra's husband

G - Gummy Bears or Worms: WORMS rock!
G - Giver or taker: I give, give, give and you just take, take, take!
G - Gum: I still have all my teeth thank you!

H - Hair Color: bald and brown
H - Height: 6' 1"
H - Happy: Happy! Joy! Joy!

I - Ice Cream: Everything But The ... Ben and Jerry's. I hardly knew ye!
I - Instrument: piano but you REALLY don't want to hear me play. Really.

I - Idol: Is the Sunday school answer Jesus? Because even if it is that's it. I dig David from the Bible too!


J - Jewelry: Only a wedding ring and a share bracelet. Kendra and Jesus represented everyday on my person!

J - Job: Teaching stupid english and doing the ministry gig in the summer!
J - Jail: You yell, "check me! Check me! I've got a gun!" in one airport when you are 14 and people NEVER let you forget it, do they?


K - Kids: 150 at school and another 100 at church

K - Kickboxing or Finger Painting: fingerpainting. Kickboxing is bad for my back


L - Longest Car Ride: Maine to Missouri or the multiple trip from Missouri to Arizona as a kid. Then I did go through 18 states when I was six in a car so that one probably wins since I went from Missouri to California to Montana back to Missouri! My folks liked to drive. It kept us ahead of the police.
L - Longest relationship: Kendra!
L - Last Kiss: Kendra tonight before dinner ... AND I LIKED IT!


M - Milk flavor: Chocolate from a plastic bag. My mission trip friends know what I mean!

M - Most missed person(s): A long list from Maine and oddly a few from Missouri even though we are not that far from them
M - Movie Last Watched: In the theater INVINCABLE. Good flick. Clean. On TV we are STILL watching First Knight in my Honor's World Lit Class. Right now Betsy and Kendra are watching Coach Carter in the other room and if I ever finish this survey I will join them!

N - Number of Siblings: 4

N - Number of Tattoos: My dear, wrinkled Aunt Gladys the Gladiator (her Wrestling name when she was SERIOUSLY a female pro-wrestler) had faded tatoos on her yucky, saggy arms. That was enough to make me just say no!
N - Name: I have many. Allie. Jasper. Bernie. J-Man. Jay. Mr. Rains. Hey You! Just pick one. I really don't care!

O - One wish: To help many people grow in Christ
O - One Phobia: I hate Heights! Fat don't bounce!
O - One regret: I have two but this is no time for true confessions!

P - Pet Peeves: Students who use the non-word "hisself" in writing and speaking. If you write it in an assignment for me, it is an automatic "0". You have no idea how many times this happens!
P - Part of your appearance you like best: I dunno. Haven't really thought about it. I used to have good hair but it moved out.
P - Part of your Personality you like best: What's not to like?


Q - Quick or Slow: Still a big boy. Mostly slow.

R - Reason to smile: Seriously too many to list. I am very blessed!
R - Reasons to cry: Thinking about the hate and pain in the world that people experience without Christ.
R - Reality TV Show: Amazing Race. But mostly, if it is reality I can watch it. Flavor of Love is so bad it's good. (THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF VH-1 or this program. In fact don't even try to watch it!)
S - Song Last Heard: The theme to Superman
S - Season: Fall
S - Shoe: Nike

T - Time you woke: 4:55 AM and yes, I was grumpy and fell back asleep but the stinkin' alarm keeps going off anyway!
T - Time Now: 10:19 PM

T - Time for bed: Absolutely!


U - U love someone: More than one someone. I am a loving guy!
U - Unpredictable: Can be.

V - Vegetable you hate: Brussel sprouts
V - Virgin: Been there. Done that. True Love Waits! I waited.
V - Vacation spot: Anywhere with Kendra!

W- Worst Habits: I eat. I bite my nails. I weigh everyday. I am generally obnoxious. I need to break some habits badly!

W- Where are you going to travel next: From the computer to the couch!

W- Weather right now: Nice.


X - X-Rated Porn: Porn destroys lives and kills the spirit!

Y - Year you were born: 1969 (Yes that is like FOUR decades ago!)
Y - Year it is now: 2006

Y - Yellow: Is my ABSOLUTTE FAVORITE COLOR. See the similar answer above!


Z - Zoo Animal: Yes, I have been mistaken for that before. Thanks for bringing up that memory!
Z - Zodiac: Is from the devil!

The Survey Speaks:

A - Available: no
A - Age: 36.11
A - Annoyance: stupid people

B - Best Friend: Kendra on earth, Jesus in Heaven
B - Beer: Not much anymore thanks
B - Birthday:October 15th ... you can still get me a ROCKIN' gift you save just $5 a day!

C - Crush: Orange
C - Car: Dodge Intrepid, Pontiac Transport, Classic '89 Lincoln Town Car
C - Candy: Makes me fat :(

D - Day or night: So used to be night now I get up when it is still dark!
D - Dream Car: ESCALADE
D - Dog Or Cat: Dog. Cats are only nice on rye bed with mayo!

E - Easiest person to talk to: Kendra and Darla
E - Eggs: I don't lay them if that is what you are asking
E - Email: youthministerman@yahoo.com and like 87 others

F - Favorite Month: October
F - Favorite color: YEL - LOW
F - Favorite Memory: Asking Jesus to be the boss of my life. No doubt. Then maybe my first kiss as Kendra's husband

G - Gummy Bears or Worms: WORMS rock!
G - Giver or taker: I give, give, give and you just take, take, take!
G - Gum: I still have all my teeth thank you!

H - Hair Color: bald and brown
H - Height: 6' 1"
H - Happy: Happy! Joy! Joy!

I - Ice Cream: Everything But The ... Ben and Jerry's. I hardly knew ye!
I - Instrument: piano but you REALLY don't want to hear me play. Really.

I - Idol: Is the Sunday school answer Jesus? Because even if it is that's it. I dig David from the Bible too!


J - Jewelry: Only a wedding ring and a share bracelet. Kendra and Jesus represented everyday on my person!

J - Job: Teaching stupid english and doing the ministry gig in the summer!
J - Jail: You yell, "check me! Check me! I've got a gun!" in one airport when you are 14 and people NEVER let you forget it, do they?


K - Kids: 150 at school and another 100 at church

K - Kickboxing or Finger Painting: fingerpainting. Kickboxing is bad for my back


L - Longest Car Ride: Maine to Missouri or the multiple trip from Missouri to Arizona as a kid. Then I did go through 18 states when I was six in a car so that one probably wins since I went from Missouri to California to Montana back to Missouri! My folks liked to drive. It kept us ahead of the police.
L - Longest relationship: Kendra!
L - Last Kiss: Kendra tonight before dinner ... AND I LIKED IT!


M - Milk flavor: Chocolate from a plastic bag. My mission trip friends know what I mean!

M - Most missed person(s): A long list from Maine and oddly a few from Missouri even though we are not that far from them
M - Movie Last Watched: In the theater INVINCABLE. Good flick. Clean. On TV we are STILL watching First Knight in my Honor's World Lit Class. Right now Betsy and Kendra are watching Coach Carter in the other room and if I ever finish this survey I will join them!

N - Number of Siblings: 4

N - Number of Tattoos: My dear, wrinkled Aunt Gladys the Gladiator (her Wrestling name when she was SERIOUSLY a female pro-wrestler) had faded tatoos on her yucky, saggy arms. That was enough to make me just say no!
N - Name: I have many. Allie. Jasper. Bernie. J-Man. Jay. Mr. Rains. Hey You! Just pick one. I really don't care!

O - One wish: To help many people grow in Christ
O - One Phobia: I hate Heights! Fat don't bounce!
O - One regret: I have two but this is no time for true confessions!

P - Pet Peeves: Students who use the non-word "hisself" in writing and speaking. If you write it in an assignment for me, it is an automatic "0". You have no idea how many times this happens!
P - Part of your appearance you like best: I dunno. Haven't really thought about it. I used to have good hair but it moved out.
P - Part of your Personality you like best: What's not to like?


Q - Quick or Slow: Still a big boy. Mostly slow.

R - Reason to smile: Seriously too many to list. I am very blessed!
R - Reasons to cry: Thinking about the hate and pain in the world that people experience without Christ.
R - Reality TV Show: Amazing Race. But mostly, if it is reality I can watch it. Flavor of Love is so bad it's good. (THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF VH-1 or this program. In fact don't even try to watch it!)
S - Song Last Heard: The theme to Superman
S - Season: Fall
S - Shoe: Nike

T - Time you woke: 4:55 AM and yes, I was grumpy and fell back asleep but the stinkin' alarm keeps going off anyway!
T - Time Now: 10:19 PM

T - Time for bed: Absolutely!


U - U love someone: More than one someone. I am a loving guy!
U - Unpredictable: Can be.

V - Vegetable you hate: Brussel sprouts
V - Virgin: Been there. Done that. True Love Waits! I waited.
V - Vacation spot: Anywhere with Kendra!

W- Worst Habits: I eat. I bite my nails. I weigh everyday. I am generally obnoxious. I need to break some habits badly!

W- Where are you going to travel next: From the computer to the couch!

W- Weather right now: Nice.


X - X-Rated Porn: Porn destroys lives and kills the spirit!

Y - Year you were born: 1969 (Yes that is like FOUR decades ago!)
Y - Year it is now: 2006

Y - Yellow: Is my ABSOLUTTE FAVORITE COLOR. See the similar answer above!


Z - Zoo Animal: Yes, I have been mistaken for that before. Thanks for bringing up that memory!
Z - Zodiac: Is from the devil!