Category Archives: Family

Saturday Snippets

We had our first Bible Club meeting of the year on Tuesday. With 13 children, this was our biggest group yet. I was still recovering from being sick so I just taught the story while Sharon and Jim McGee handled the rest of “the show.” From what I heard the various BCC Bible Clubs had a total of almost 70 children. That’s good to know as they each get to hear from God’s Word on at least a weekly basis. We are hoping that we will have more visitors as the weeks pass by.

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We have several new additions to the family aquarium. We started with Trenton’s 17 cent, hyper-active, shiny, Wal-Mart goldfish last year. He named it “Speedy.” But when Jefferson’s birthday present, lazy, Black Molly named “Freddy” died, we replaced it with a red, tropical, sword-tail fish which he named “Fireball.” Katie has been asking for a fish as well. So, I brought home a 17-cent crawdad named “Pinch” (for me) and two very bright, 17 cent, orange goldfish for the girls. Katie named the smaller one “Sammy” and Sharon named the bigger one, “Jilly.”

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Painesville, Ohio.

Sunday Snapshots

This morning, I had the privilege of speaking at Middlefield Bible Church in Middlefield, Ohio. The regular crew attended and we enjoyed working through the morning Bible lesson from Daniel 3. It was good to see how God used the courageous faith of the three Jewish believers to showcase his supernatural power. The timing was perfect as the king had invited the leadership of every Babylonian province for the occasion. God’s timing is perfect!

For the morning service, I led the congregation through the Chart of Salvation and actually spoke for about 45 minutes! I must be getting old and verbose (or maybe it was because of all the cold medicine I’ve been on?). In any event, they appreciated the message and took a copy of the chart to use it again with their acquaintances.

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My sister Laura bought me a stuffed animal Guinea pig for Christmas. It’s a cute reminder of “Buck Buck” my pet Guinea pig from high school. (That’s the one I took into the shower with me that died of pneumonia the next day.) Not to be outdone, I introduced “Buck Buck” to Viggen, our pet Chinchilla. Viggen sniffed him a bit, but wasn’t impressed.

I left Buck Buck in the cage with Viggen before leaving for church this evening and found this peaceful scene when I returned! It just goes to show that you can learn to live with anyone.

Family Fun Night

Children,

sit

down

and

we

will

play

our

game

again.

The

rules

are

that

you

must

use

only

ten

words.

Trenton,

what

would

you

like

to

say

to

us

tonight?

Is

there

a

picture

of

a

UFO

in

your

room?

What

kind

of

question

is

that

my

silly

little

boy?

Dad,

you

could

do

the

game

online

with

other

people.

Yes,

Jefferson,

that

would

be

fun.

Let’s

finish

this

first.

Katie,

what

would

you

like

to

say

to

the

family?

Wait

until

you’re

done

with

ice

cream

to

tell

us.

This

is

not

ice

cream.

It

is

a

milk

shake.

Okay,

my

literally

specific

daughter.

What

will

you

tell

us?

What

happened

in

1961

that

won’t

happen

again

until

6009?

I

don’t

know

Katie.

What

will

happen

at

that

time?

The

year

will

read

the

same

when

turned

upside

down.

Nicely

done,

Katie.

I

wonder

what

mom

will

say

now.

Take

your

dishes

to

the

sink

and

start

your

homework!

New Job!

I’ve been working for Leikin Volvo as a salesman for the past 1½ years. It has been a good job but full of ups and downs as you would expect in this economy. To help boost my presence on the internet, I designed a website to showcase the cars that I was able to sell. That was an enjoyable project and has proven helpful to me and my customers. Later, when I began distributing a magnet business card with Andy Rupert.com emblazoned across the top, my co-workers started calling me, “Andy Rupert dot com.” (They even page me over the intercom as Andy Rupert.com now!) Even so, that all came in handy recently when the internet manager position became vacant. After several discussions with my manager and some of the others, I was interviewed and offered the job!

I started my new position Wednesday and have been very busy trying to get a handle on my new responsibilities. They involve maintaining the old and future websites as well as managing internet leads given to the salesman in the three showrooms at our dealership. It’s a good job but let me tell you that it takes lots of time. There was, however, time this morning for me to record a video of Trenton singing about my new job. I think you will agree that it was time well spent.