Saturday, February 09, 2008

Currently Watching
Witness (Special Collector's Edition)
By Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubes
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Jasper Speaks:

So far this has been a REALLY lazy Saturday. I got up and had breakfast and slept again. I guess it is alright to sleep right now. The next two Saturdays are filled with D-Now and Upward so I won't get to sleep then! We went to O'Chaley's in the Valley with Betsy last night. The food was fine but the service was the worst I have had in a VERY long time. We ended up having to talk to the manager TWICE. The manager kept making excuses under Kendra finally said, "You need to stop talking now and we are not paying for this food". We didn't. Jackson was INCREDIBLY good and that helped. So we left with full stomachs for free but doubt we will be going back to O'Charley's in Chesterfield Valley for quite a while.

We are going to dinner tonight with Michele and Dennis. It has been awhile since we have hung out with them. They are our closest couple friends. It will be a good time I am sure.

We had to dissolve the junior high guys group for D-Now. We had five boys signed up and then three canceled this week. So it seems pointless to have a while group with leaders for two boys. So the two that remain will join the senior high guys who are staying at our house. There are about 10 of them. Fun for us! I am looking forward to the weekend but I have SO MUCH to do before then!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

Last night a deranged man went on a killing spree in a nearby community to us. He killed five people and wounded more. He went into a city council meeting claiming he wanted to get justice. He is now dead. What kind of society do we live in? I am appalled by this. What is even MORE disturbing is that people are justifying what he did. They are claiming that he was so harassed by the cops in the town that he HAD to do this! What kind of CRAZY world have we created. HE KILLED INNOCENT PEOPLE! I am just overwhelmed. I cannot even continue to read people's comments trying to turn this into a race issue and trying to justify murder. I am beside myself. When is taking another human life EVER okay? This has been all over the national news.

Here is a link to the story of the shooting:

Here is a link to a local message board where the fight of whether this is right or wrong:

I just can't believe this! How sad.

On the house hunt front, we didn't find anything last night that jumped out at us. There is one strong possibility but I think we are going to look at more on Saturday. Please keep praying that God would lead us to the right place soon.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

I have had two nights in a row of A-MAZ-ING sleep! I have hit the pillow and been out like a light. I am a VERY light sleeper and usually wake up at the slightest noise. Tuesday night Kendra wasn't feeling well and went to sleep in the recliner where she could sit up and I never knew she left. That shows that I was out of it! I guess the stress of the past few weeks has passed and my body is finally able to relax a bit. I wish things would have turned out differently but I do have a sense of relief now that it is resolved.

I am caught up with my grading. I am trying to get re-motivated. It is not working very well. We are watching the 1970 version of Julius Caesar today. As an English teacher, I hate to admit it, but I really don't like Shakespeare. It bores me. It is a necessary evil. So I teach it. But really, snooze-o-rama. I am with the kids when they ask, "why does he take so long to say something simple". BLECK!

D-now is approaching and I am excited. I really think it is going to be great! Woot! Tonight is the house hunt. Please pray that God opens the door for us to find the perfect house in the perfect place. I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

I did my civic duty and voted yesterday. It should come as no surprise to anyone who reads the blog here that I cast my vote for Huckabee. He almost won in Missouri but the LIBERAL voters in St. Louis County (my area) saw McCain as a better democrat in republican clothing and in the 11th hour he squeaked out a hairline win. I am disappointed that Huckabee didn't win the state but I am happy that he took several others. I just can't see the appeal of McCain. Huckabee did lead Romney to what should be his end. Still, I hate that it looks like it will be ANOTHER election in my lifetime where I only vote against someone, not FOR someone. Sigh.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Currently Reading
unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters
By David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons
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Jasper Speaks:

I am sleepy today. Jackson was up a lot last night. I am not sure if it was the storm or what. He just cried a lot. I am so wasted. I wish I could take another day off but alas, (my word) I am all out of days. I got choked up during Julius Caesar reading today. My mind wandered to the last time Kendra and I took my folks out to dinner. It was for my mom's birthday. We went to Bandana's. I miss her today. I am sure I will continue to miss her. It just stinks. I woke up this morning and just for a minute I thought the last six weeks had all been a bad dream. It was exhilarating. Then I realized it hadn't been and this is my life.

Anyway, I really hope to have happier tones in my posts soon. I am excited about D-Now. I think it will be a great weekend. God will do some amazing things I am sure. I can't believe it is so soon.

We hope to go back on the house hunt on Thursday. There is one place in particular we are anxious to see. Perhaps it is the place God has been saving for us? We will see. Mostly, I don't want to live in Ellisville anymore. It is so far removed from everything!

We have another meeting with the Search Committee a week from today. Please pray that God will make His will known soon.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

Back to school. Back to life. The week off didn't seem to put me too far behind. I had an up and down weekend. Particularly Saturday night was difficult. A bunch of us took dad out for dinner and I spent a few hours at his house. Very mom-less. I almost called her about something when I got home and then remembered. That stunk. I didn't do so well after that. I am dealing with a lot of the stupid guilt stuff you get at a time like this. Mostly, though, I am okay. I think. What is okay? I am not sure I know anymore.

Superbowl was INCREDIBLE! Go Giants! I hate the Pats (living in Maine didn't help this). It was so much fun watching them go down yesterday. Perfect? I think not! MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oddly enough, after reading Donnie C's Xanga from yesterday, we both had some contemplation over the misspent emphasis put on this one day. I was telling Kendra last night before we went to sleep that it was crazy how much money these guys make. She was telling me about one of the Rams (her boss is good friends with many of them) who sat out the entire season with an injury (never even dressed for a game) and got a million dollars per game anyway. My mom dedicated her life to helping people and died leaving not even enough insurance money to cover the whole funeral. What is wrong with that picture?

Anyway, I appreciate the prayer. Please don't stop. The next few weeks will be hard. Pray for my daddy. he is doing well but this is terrible on him. Thanks!