family hero, skeet ball champ

Jules —  June 17, 2005

Happy Father’s Day weekend to Daddy, our hero and skeet ball champ! Being the loving dad that he is, he won the skeet ball jackpot so the girls would have lots of tickets to buy ‘treasures’ with at Chuck E. Cheese! What a guy!

I am sooo thankful for James. He is so loving and patient with all of us, which is a BIG deal because he is living in a home with five females! There is a great deal of crying! One of James’ main goals in life is to be the best example he can be to the girls, of what they should expect in a man. He’s doing a great job!

I am very proud of James and his business. He has been working so hard and it’s starting to pay off! He picked up another builder last week that’s doing 100 houses a year. He took me for a drive to show me the area and the houses that are being built. I was BLOWN away! These houses aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen. A couple of them are Midwest Living magazine idea homes. They are installing the cabinets and building the countertops. I still think it’s so cool that he got to do the ABC Extreme Home Makeover house, too! Thanks be to God for every job He provides!

James is a true worshiper. That was the very first thing about him that I was attracted to. I attended a local church youth group here in town with a friend. One Wednesday evening, James got up and read a poem he had written about worship. I was very impressed and met him after the service! I thought it appropriate to post his favorite scripture.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered his voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 46



28 responses to family hero, skeet ball champ

  1. Aww, thanks, that was sweet!

    Is it just me or is my head shrinking?

  2. No, but your hair is!

  3. James is a wonderful example. Being a team worker w/Julie, taking 2 little girls into his heart is not something a lot of men would do, then having 4 little ladies in all to contend with, patience is a huge virtue. Then having a new business on top of that. I am thankful for his Christian witness. Am thankful he is a part of our family. Thanks again for the roses.

  4. He does have A LOT on his plate. If I were him my head would explode! The amazing thing is he’s never grumpy! I have never been able to figure that out.

  5. You know, I haven’t thought about this scripture since the tsunami. WOW! We have nothing to fear. No matter what judgements come upon the earth God is our refuge and ever present help!

  6. With 5 females in the house, do you really think it would help him to be grumpy. Lord have mercy on his soul, the only way a man can make it in this situation, is grin and bear roses.
    Aunt Tootsie

  7. Your comments are always so cute and funny!

  8. Thank You, He He He !!!!!!!!!
    Aunt Tootsie

  9. Happy Father’s Day, James! You are a great Dad!

  10. Aww, all of you are so sweet!

  11. I just hope you didn’t knock over a bunch of little kiddies to gain your “championship”! And you didn’t do any of those “in your face” dances, did you? :)

  12. HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO THE KING OF THE ……’S CLAN. Maybe you will get breakfast in bed and be waited on all day.

  13. James, happy fathers day and congratulations on winning the tickets. NOW!!!!! what’s skeetball & Chucky Cheese? Really, I don’t know.
    Country grandma’s don’t know. I’m going to take my walk to loosen up my arthritis, I’ll be waiting for an answer.

  14. Chuck E. Cheese is a kids paradise. They serve cheap card board like pizza and have tons of games designed to take your money and give little to nothing in return. You spend $15 on tokens to purchase $.75 worth of cra….er toys.

    The kids love it, though, and that’s all that matters to me.

    Skeet Ball is a game where you try to roll a ball up a ramp and get it into holes worth x amount of points. You get tickets based on how many points you get.

  15. Cool, sounds like fun. I never heard of them before. Well, that is good that he won all those tickets for the kids, Great. Hope you two had a good weekend. Nite, nite.
    Aunt Tootsie

  16. They are trying to one up Chucky cheese here in baltimore, by opening “Jeepers”, it’s the same type of place but also has a roller coaster. Get concept, feed all your kids nasty pizza then send their hyper butts on the roller coaster!

  17. Wow! A roller coaster, huh? That’s something!

  18. I was in a place your talking about in St.Louis with the youth, this spring but different name, & no Pizza or Roller coaster. I held onto my money, no little children to make happy. Seems like it was Buster & something, ????.

  19. Pizza and a roller coaster? Sounds like a recipe for barfing children. I would’nt want to work there!

    Have you seen that older movie Stand By Me when the kid tells the story of the pie-eating contest and there’s a long scene with everyone projectile vomitting on each other? That’s what I envision when I think of mixing pizza and roller coasters under the same roof.

  20. I guess I’m a selfish Mom–I can’t stand to go in those places. I love pizza so much, I can’t stand to eat their sorry excuse for what they sacri-religiously call pizza. And the boys are now old enough that they realize that the toys are exactly what they are–cr-ppy little pieces of plastic!

    Although I must laugh at a memory. Steve’s mom insisted on taking us to a Chucky Cheese when we were in Ohio visiting. She was paying so we went. Christian was little enough that we didn’t even put the tokens in the video games. He just sat and steered the steering wheels and really thought he was driving. We just gave him some of the tickets Steve earned on other games! We couldn’t fool him now that he’s such a grown-up 7 years!

  21. Boy, I sound like such a hardened cynic, don’t I?!

    On the other hand, I do appreciate James’ honorable conquering of the skeet ball game for his 4 princesses! Their knight in shining armor–what all princesses truly want!
    (I’m blessed to have 4 knights in my house–my dear husband and 3 sons who treat me like a queen, especially when I’m sitting in my famous throne chair. I’ve GOT to send a picture of these chairs!)

  22. Do send a pic! My curiosity is piqued.

  23. I remember that scene, Carl. Haven’t seen that movie in a while. I enjoyed it and loved the soundtrack. James and I really like movies about kids. Makes me think of Holes.

  24. James looks as if he’s holding a tape worm. “This happy cabinet maker from O. G., recently pulled this record setting tape worm from his butt. Doctors are astonished he can still smile.”

  25. Tom, Tom, Tom…After Carl’s vomit post, you couldn’t resist saying “butt” could you?

  26. We sure covered a lota ground, Hero to tape worms.
    Lord have mercy!!!!!

  27. “Hero to tape worms”…sounds like the plot for a movie!

  28. “Honey I Shrunk the Tapeworm”
    “War of the Tapeworms”
    “Tapeworm Begins”
    “Lord of the Tapeworms”
    and my favorite:
    “Revenge of the Tapeworm”