Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Pics 2006, part 2

Here is a few of the favorite things they got so far. The girls love the toys from the show The Winx Club, which is about teenage fairies. Each girl got a "sky dancer," which has lights and flies up in the air.

The boy got a Superman toy that includes a strap on breastplate, a cape, and a chain that he can rip apart. Pretty cool!

Christmas 2006 Pics

Here are some pictures from this morning's present opennings. Don't they look happy?Each one of them got a zip cord racer from the movie "Cars." They are fun to pull the cord and watch go across the floor or carpet. Sully got Mater, which drives backwards!

They also got outfits from their Mammy in NH. The girls were especially happy as they love clothes!

That's all the pictures I can put in one post, so I'll have to put up more in other posts.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Baltimore Ravens beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-7

Now just to be clear, as a Browns fan I really don't want either of these teams to win. They are both our arch rivals. The Ravens because the previous owner (whose name I don't even mention, it is not worth it) took his players to Baltimore to start a new team (no, they are not the Browns, check the record books, Bernie and Brian are in no way affiliated with that team or their records), and the Steelers because, well, they are the Steelers.

I generally dislike these teams equally. But since the Steelers won the Super Bowl last year it gives them an edge on who I would like to see lose. I enjoy the fact that the Ravens beat the Steelers both times this year, but the fact that this second loss will keep the Steelers out of the playoffs makes it even sweeter.

I would also like to point out that I still believe that Ben Rothelsberger has not recovered and may never fully recover from his motor cycle injuries. I would NEVER wish any player (or person for that matter) harm on any player on or off the field, but I hope this serves as a lesson to guard against arrogance among players and abide by the terms of their contract for the good of the team.

At any rate, all Browns fans can count this as an early Christmas present if they so chose. Merry Christmas!


Prayer Request for Gabriel

Well somebody prayed! Gabriel has been released and on his way to Jamie's parent's house. Just another glorious example of how good He is!

Prayer Request for Gabriel

Merry Christmas everyone! Jamie just got off the phone with her older Sister from NYC. They had stopped in Boston for the night on their way to her parents and found that her baby Gabriel was wheezing. They took him to the hospital and he was admitted for Pneumonia. This is the second time he has had it. If they can get him released tonight, they can go on to NH and the rest of the family. If not, her parents will come down to Boston tomorrow. If everyone who checks their email tonight can pray for God's hand to touch this little boy and heal him so they can celebrate Christmas together at the family home, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Digital Photo tips for Christmas

Here's a great tutorial for taking pics over the holidays. It's part of a Blog I just found on learning digital photography in general which a lot of people might find very helpful, as the digital photo trend has really taken off.

» 16 Tips Digital Photography Tips for Christmas

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

YouTube helps Police

Some people wonder if the internet is a positive, useful tool, good for things other than downloading porn or trolling for victims by pedophiles. I think this proves that it is.

YouTube helps police find murder suspect - Yahoo! News

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Cleveland Lodge Party Pics

Here are some great pictures of the kids at the Lodge Christmas party. We had about 100 people, 1/3 of which were kids and grandkids. After some good food we had a magician and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause. He talked to each child and then gave them a very nice present, along with a goody bag with candy, coloring books and other little toys. Apparently we may have missed getting pictures of Wayde with Santa, or maybe they are still on the camera. Merry Christmas!

Google's Hidden Features

I found this article about some of the amazing things Google can do, most of which we already use other web sites for like package tracking or flight info. I could not get the phone number features to work, but the rest is really cool.

Exploring Google's Hidden Features > Google Is a Calculator

Christmas details often overlooked

So, obviously I have been blogging quite a bit today. Since I have been off I needed to have something to fill my time. And I have had a number of ideas and things I have wanted to share. So the work has not been for nothing. I thought I would pass along the notes from our Bible study last night on some of the details of the nativity story and why they are so important. We went over a number of implications for both Mary and Joseph's families that I had not even thought of. If some of the notes don't seem to make sense or you want to know more than what is covered here let me know and I will provide you with whatever you need. I also encourage you to check out the various scripture references as they are quite thought provoking. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Christmas 12/19/06

Why Mary? Lk 3.21-8 her Dad ln house of David.

Arranged mar. Lk 1.21, also 13-15

people of day saw her as least likely to bear Messiah

Could have been stoned or shunned into prost.

When ded. Jesus, gave poorest sacrifice (2 birds)

Why Joseph?

Strong valued, blue collar

When found out pregnant, tried to do right thing, knew her character

Joe had to acept that Jesus is God's child.

*Joseph gave legal right to be king, Mary gave blood right.*

Jer 22.23-end

Joseph man of social position (carpenter) belief (celebrated passover)

Mk 6.3-siblings

Why stable? 2Cor 8.9-became lowly poor

Why Manger? Peter asked 3x to feed sheep, born Manger which is feeder of sheep.

Star? Birth announcement

Shephard-He is Shephard, sheep big sacrifice, He is lamb of God.

Wisemen-wealthy, diff lands,prob. caravans. Wisemen found after about 2 when found.

Gold gift for king, prob. Used to flee. Frankinsense used to make perfume for temple as sacrifice, myrh used for annointing dead.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

PS3 vs. Wii

Check out this hysterical video about the Playsation 3 vs. the Wii and remember, the Wii is currently out selling the PS3 4 to 1!

Baby on board?

Oh man! I just hate it when I leave my baby in my checked luggage, rather than taking it out to be inspected!

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Eau Du Play Doh?

Hey last minute shoppers! Want to know what to get that pedophile on your list? Check out the new Play Doh fragrance! That's right. For a limited time Hasbro is selling a 50th play doh birthday cologne that smells just like the famous toy concoction. Now you can smell just like kids and make them think you have them at home. When all you really have is a video camera and GHB!

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John Lennon was not a Leftist Subversive

Wow, so John Lennon wasn't a subversive Leftist after all. I can finally sleep at night. Woo hoo. I understand holding documents for long periods in some cases like Watergate, where protected sources had to be, well, protected. But holding the docs on a dead singer for 25 years? Just because he had an opinion? No wait! It's because it was an ANTI-WAR opinion! That bastard! (I hope everyone can detect the sarcasm in this article. If you can't, here's a clue, which you probably also won't get).


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Mormons wanted to baptize Simon Wiesenthal

I try to be tolerant of other groups and respect their opinions, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with them or like them. That being said, this article points to one of the reasons why I believe that The Church of Latter Day Saints is not true Christianity. Baptizing a Jewish person so they can get into heaven? Folks, what were you thinking?


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Pictures of Gracie Lou

Here are some pics of the newest addition to our family, Gracie Lou! She is a very nice Whippet/Lab mix that we got from the APL. She almost never barks, loves to go for walks and can be quite playful and mischievous when she wants to be (especially after walks). Enjoy!

'Twas the Night Before Jesus

Here is a new version of the classic poem 'twas the night before Christmas told from the prospective of the Second Coming of Christ:

‘Twas The Night Jesus Returned

'Twas the

night Jesus came and all through the house,

not a person was praying, not

one in the house..

The Bible was left on the shelf without care,


no one thought Jesus would come there..

The children were dressing to

crawl into bed,

not once ever kneeling or bowing their head..


Mom in the rocking chair with babe on her lap,

was watching the Late Show as

I took a nap..

When out of the east there rose such a clatter,


sprang to my feet to see what was the matter..

Away to the window I flew

like a flash,

tore open the shutters and lifted the sash..

When what

to my wondering eyes should appear,

but Angels proclaiming that Jesus was


The light of His face made me cover my head...

was Jesus

returning ! just like He'd said..

And though I possessed worldly wisdom

and wealth,

I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself..

In the Book

of Life which he held in his hand,

was written the name of every saved man..

He spoke not a word as he searched for my name,

when He said "it's

not here" My head hung in shame..

The people whose names had been

written with love,

He gathered to take to his Father above..


those who were ready He rose without sound,

while all of the others were

left standing around...


I fell to my knees but it was too late,

I'd waited too long and thus

sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight,


if only I'd known that this was the night....

In the words of this poem

the meaning is clear

the coming of Jesus is now drawing near...

There's only one life and when comes the last call,

We'll find out

that the Bible was true after all...

B Basic

I Instruction



L Leaving

E Earth

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

We have a Dog

We have a Dog! I don't have time for details now, but I can tell you that we adopted a black whippet/lab mix from the APL. She is a real sweetheart. In fact, she hasn't even barked once. L8r!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Kids and School

The school year has officially started, and this will be the first year that all 3 kids will (eventually) be in school! Wayde started 2nd grade yesterday and Chayce started Kindergarten today. Both are attending Clark Elementary School, which is about 1 1/2 blocks from our house. So far it seems like a nice school and I think they will enjoy it.

Sully has his pre-school home visit on Tuesday and then starts school September 12th. The home visit is a requirement of Head Start here. The teacher comes out and interviews the student, makes sure they are ready for school, and gives them some special time. Last year when Chayce started she loved her home visit, because they came out to talk to her and brought her a teddy bear. Sully will be doing 1/2 days (mornings, I think) and will be going to the same school that Chayce went to (they saved her place for him).

Here are some pics of the girls on their first days:

We're in the house!

We've moved in! We're in! We finally got the keys Monday night, and met over at the new house to have a celebratory bucket of chicken on the kitchen floor. I took off the last 2 days of this week to start moving. We got a big truck Wednesday afternoon and started loading stuff up. We had some friends help us Thursday and did some more Friday. Most of our big stuff is moved, we just need to go through some smaller and old stuff, pitching what we don't want and bringing over what we do. We also have to go to Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond to pick up stuff we don't have or for a few home projects (Jamie already has a "honey do" list for me). We are so excited and so happy! We have worked so hard all year to get to this point, and have met with so many problems that we have had to solve along the way. But GOD is Good! His mercy and love for us has shone through, and we are reaping the rewards of both faith and praise! Woo Hoo!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

mentos + diet coke/pepsi explosion

Warning! Be very careful when eating Mentos that you do not accidently gring them up and put them in your pop, for this is what will happen!

warning: don't try this at home. rather, try it outside. Founders 309 Productions.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

New Music Video From David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff - "Jump In My Car"

Dudes, this is pretty funny:
That's right, it's Hofficial... your favourite cult icon wants to take you home! The one and only David Hasselhoff of "Bay Watch" and "Knight Rider" fame returns with a cover of the
1975 classic 'Jump In My Car' and its a doozy. Recorded in Sydney last year with the legendary Harry Vanda (AC/DC, The Angels), the Ted Mulry Gang tune has been re-vamped with full Hoff gusto and this music video promises to rock the socks off all his Hofficial fans. Watch it, enjoy it, share it on Google Video, courtesy of Sony BMG Australia.

Want more? Buy the buy the track on iTunes Australia by clicking here:

Friday, August 04, 2006

House Pics

Well, we still don't have an appointment to close on our new house. Our lender was supposed to have the paperwork to the title co. today so that we could close on Monday, but as of 3:00 PM today it had not been done. Now I'm afraid it might get postponed again. I'm pretty frustrated at the speed (or rather complete lack thereof) of our lender in getting their part of the job completed. I feel like we have answered all their questions and met all their conditions in a timely manner, and our realtor has certainly worked quickly for us, but the bank seems to not even understand the nature of a deadline and a closing date. Are all banks like this?

Anyway, here are some pics of our new house. I think the place is really nice, and it is going to be a wonderful home for us.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Lessons learned @ VBS

Here is a report from Jamie about what VBS meant to our kids. Praise
God for sending the Holy Spirit to work in their lives!

I just wanted to share what Sully has been doing. It is quite funny :)
He uses Wayde's new pom poms and shouts out "L-O-G-O-S Camp LOGOS is
the best! YES! Leaning on God's only son!!!!!" It is really really

Then last night they were practicing prayer at the table. Chayce
started so beautifully and just had the sweetest prayers for all of
us, and finally remmebered to say "Amen". Then it was Sully's turn: "L-
O-G-O-S Camp LOGOS is the best! YES! Leaning on God's only son!!!!!
AMEN" It was so cute :)
I am so grateful for the teaching they received at VBS. I have seen
such a change in them!!!
Anyway thanks for reading :)

Jamie Bonchu

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Me Church

Check out this satirical video about church in our culture and worshipping yourself!

VBS, part III

At the end of the night we all got back together to sing camp songs, take a collection, recite our memory verse (Provers 3:5-6), and dismiss for the night. At the end of the week we had a "parents night" with food, games, fellowship, and a campfire. The kids also got to turn in the tickets they earned all week for doing good things for prizes in the trading post. This was a phenomneal week for all of us. The kids learned about Jesus and a number of important Bible characters who leaned on God, made friends, and got out with others. For Jamie and myself, well, we pretty much enjoyed the same thing! God Bless!

VBS, part II

Then we created a Craft Cabin, waterfront, "mess hall" where the kids could buy candy, and a post office, where the kids got tree mail every day(these were letters the staff or other kids wrote telling them how special they are and how much God loves them)!

Each night started with a prayer, camp cheers, and a skit. Followed by a "nature walk" where the 4 groups went in turn to each of the 4 areas: crafts, snack, bible lesson, and games.

Vacation Bible School @ Vertical View Church

Well, this was a great week in the life of our family. Not only was I on vacation, and not only did we get our confirmation of a loan for our new house, but we got do participate in Vacation Bible School at our church. I have never seen a VBS put on this way before. The people in this church have such a heart for the lord that they went all out to create the wonderland that was Camp L.O.G.O.S. (Leaning on God's Only Son). Here are some of the pictures of things we did. First, we transformed the sanctuary into a camp, complete with campfire, cabins, and trees:

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Another Sully-ism!

Poor Sully said he was having an itch in his posterior. He became somewhat angry and said
"If I feel another itch, I'm gonna PUNCH my butt!"
He is such a great kid, just like the girls. As soon as I get batteries in the digital camera later this weekend, I'll get more pics up, including Girl Scouts.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Sully-ism

Sully is playing with some stretchy loom loopers (the ones you make
oven pads with) and he put one over his whole head and said "It's
like a rubbered ban"

Monday, June 05, 2006

Sully's "baby oak"

Check out this report from Jamie about Sully's breakfast: Sully is
very concerned about his hardboiled egg and the "baby oak" inside
because "it doesn't have legs and it doesn't have arms and it doesn't
have a mouth and I don't want it to crack open" His concern ended
with a grumble and I can hear him cracking and opening the egg now.
He is intensely indecisive but it's too funny not to report!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Jamie's infection

Please agree with us in prayer for the total healing of Jamie's inner
ear infection. She is currently on antibiotics and propulous which is
healing but is still in pain and experiencing ringing and wooshing
noises. We ask God to bring total and immediate healing and praise
Him since what it is asked in His name it is already done. Amen.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

WI Predator laws

WI just passed 2 interesting laws concerning sexual predators. First,
a 1st degree offense against a child earns a min. 25 year sentence.
Once these sick bastards do get out, they will have to wear a GPS
tracker which will alert police if they get near a school, park etc.
They can ask a judge to take it off after 20 YEARS! What do you think
about that?

Loan Update

Our loan has been approved! We have several conditions to meet,& we
could still use prayer, but we got our approval & we are so excited!
Praise God for all He has done for us!

Monday, May 22, 2006

We have a Car!ll

We have a car! We have been praying for this for a long time & praise
God it has finally happened! We got an old Cavalier from a friend at
church who took excellent care of it. He also put a bunch of work
into it before he gave it to us. Now we can drive to church, school,
the store, etc. We are just so blessed, & so happy with our new
church. Praise God, & please say a prayer of thanks giving! Woo Hoo!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

G.S. Court of Awards

Wayde & Chayce's Girl Scout Court of Awards will be Monday, June 12th
@ 7:00 PM. Wayde will be getting several Brownie "tri-its" badges,and
Chayce will be recieving several Daisy Petals. It should be a very
exciting night.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Words from my kids

Here is a post from Jamie about some cute things the kids have said recently:

Sully says "When I drink pop, my breath feels hot. I feel my breath
hot when I drink pop." He then commenced trying to feel his breath
with his mouth closed. LOL

Chayce says "I wish a superhero would pick up our house with all of
us in, and put us right on a cloud and God is there!"

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sully's Bedtime

We have been letting Sully fall asleep on his own and then put him to
bed, which means that many times he turns in at the same time we do!

Well, Saturday night I took him up to his bed, tucked him in, and
layed with him until he fell asleep. The last two nights, I simply
tucked him in, said good night, and went back downstairs! He just put
himself to sleep! With the girls I had to lay with them, sing them to
sleep, and risk falling asleep myself. Isn't my boy amazing.

By the way, Saturday I am taking the girls to the troop roller
skating party. Neither of them have skated before, so I'm a little
worried. I could use prayers for protection for me and them!

Sunday, May 07, 2006


Sully got off the bus & told Jamie that he had tied his glove to the
bus so he would be "sape."

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sully's drawings

Yesterday, the kids were all playing with sidewalk chalk. Sully
brought Jamie over to his drawing & said "look, I drew my penis!" But
then he decided itwas a crayon & changed it.

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Just a few more Christmas Pics

Here are some final Christmas pics for right now:
This is the three of them (and me) watching one of the three new DVD's they got (Madagascar, I think).
This ofcourse is yet another picture of them playing with their kitchen set,

And this is Wayde showing off two of her favorite presents. In her right hand is her Mega Man (see previous post) and in her left is Bloom, one of the Winx Club girls, which is another cartoon they love to watch. Enjoy!

More Christmas Pics

Here are some more Christmas Pics:
Here are some pics of all three kids playing with the "new" kitchen set we got them. They really get a kick out of putting stuff in the various compartments and pretending to cook or even using it for other things. It's really cute to watch them all playing together (that is, when they aren't arguing).

This pictures shows the kids showing off one of their favorite types of toys: Mega Man. Mega Man is a Saturday cartoon based on a series of video games about a "digital warrior" you can be "upgraded" with new weapons and armor for battling other mega man in the digital world. The kids like them because they are very colorful and they can interchange parts to suit their imaginations at that moment. They also have a couple of friends that like Mega Man that they play with altogether.