Wall Notes

Writing, thoughts, ramblings, and what makes me laugh

Here’s My Card…

Going through Jr. High and High School I had four guys I would consider my best friends. We were always out running around together. We spent hours upon hours playing basketball at my house and a few of the local parks. We practiced plays and drills like crazy. We had zero aspirations of playing college ball but a “sweet victory” over some local punks at City Park was enough to satisfy our egos. We played until the sun went down and the game usually continued for a few hours after that (as long as dad allowed me to turn on the flood lights).

We shared many conversations during those basketball games and even more when they were over. We talked about girls, school, jobs, families, other people, church, our mistakes, our hopes, and girls. I can honestly say I probably had the biggest laughs of my teenage years during those times. We made fun of each other. We laughed about girls we had dated. We were shocked at our similar teenage parental struggles and we pretty much figured out life and all of it’s problems (if only I had transcripts of those conversations!).

Of course there were times when we got mad at each other (some because of basketball related “fouls” or a losing streak). We did what most teenage guys did…we didn’t talk about it and hung out with the other guys in our group until we forgot what we were mad about. We all shared a similar sense of humor but different enough that we could catch each other off guard.

Humor is really the point of this post. I was going through a desk at my parent’s house and found a birthday card that one of my above compatriots purchased me. I’m not sure which birthday it was but I know it was 15-17 years range. I’m not sure why I kept it but I think, somewhere deep in my subconscious, I knew someday there would be an outlet to share this with the world.

Without further adu:

Here is the front…

And the inside…

In case you are at all curious, “YF” stands for “Your Friend.” We were already using texting shorthand before it was mainstream popular. Another reason we were so cool.

Now, I’ve blacked out the name for security purposes. He could be a United States Senator now, but I’m not telling.


August 4, 2010 Posted by | Friends, funny | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Devotion Book!

Bryan Devotion



Hey Friends!

This is a new Devotion book one of my friends, Bryan Gill,  just published through Student Life. It’s called 31 Verses Every Teenager Should Know. Bryan is a great friend and you can check out his blog, it’s listed over on the right under my Blogroll: Big Dreams.

You can order his book from here: http://bryan-bigdreams.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-first-published-book.html

Make sure you check it out!!

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Books, Friends | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

That’s what friends are for

It’s been a little while since my last update, so I thought I would take this time to promote my friends.

You can find links to all of their blogs in my BlogRoll. Take some time when you are finished reading this and click on over to their sites. It will be well worth your time. I guess the best way to see who goes first is to use the alphabet (it is in alphabetical order afterall).

Ben Finch:I’ve known Ben for quite a few years, but only recently have I had contact with him again. Ben is a worship leader as well as a speaker. He truly shines through is photography. He has an amazing ability to capture so much with his camera. His candid shots of people offer an almost Norman Rockwellish feel. When you have the chance check out his photography site for more details on his work: http://www.benfinchphotography.com/. It will be well worth your time.

Big Dreams:This is the blog of Bryan Gill. I met Bryan through another friend of mine years ago. He is a Christian Speaker who has been traveling for the last seven or eight years. He’s spoken in over a dozen states to thousands of teenagers. Bryan is a very talented writer and has a great sense of humor (why does this sound like an add on match.com….sorry Sarah). Bryan loves photography and chronicles a lot of the local wildlife through stories and photos. Make sure you check out the latest exploits of Roscoe. You’ll be glad you did.

Brittany Baker: Brittany is a great example to those she’s around. If you would like to see what’s going on for an about-to-graduate-soon-to-be-married-20-year-old-with-a-heart-for-Christ. Well look no further! Brittany has a love for her savior and isn’t ashamed to communicate it. Make some time to pour into her blog.

Jason and Kam:Jason has been a friend for quite a long time. I met he and his wife while they were still dating. He came to me for relationship advice constantly….(oh, wait, sorry, I was channeling a Lifetime movie Kati made me watch). Jason is a Youth and Education Pastor and Kam unfortunately has to put up with Jason. They have two lovely daughters (who I refer to as Kam2 and Kam3). You can see their life together and also their journey of adoption. It’s a a very exciting time for them. If you are interested in adoption or going through it as well, check out their site. They would love to talk to you about it.

Jennifer Pinkner:She was an intern for Tommy. I was her intern. She was the bottom of the food chain. There wasn’t even enough chain for me to hold on to. I was the intern’s intern. It was difficult, but she was a just and honorable dictator. She also is an incredible Bible Teacher. I don’t think any of that talent stuck on me.

SetApart Blog:This is the blog of my Student Ministry. I try to update it weekly (An often successful endeavor). It gives you a picture of where we go weekly. Well worth your time. Comment it out.

SetApart Devotions: If you are looking for a little encouragement during the week, check out our Devotions. They are written by my Youth Staff weekly. Live it out.

Stephanie Graves: Food. That’s all I need to say. Tons of fantastic recipes with even more mouth watering pictures. If you ever have a hard time trying to find something to eat, that problem is now solved. The Honey Bun Cake looks amazing. She is very exact in all the measurements and even gives all the nutrition facts on some of the recipes. I’m getting hungry just writing about it.

The Onawahs: This is the blog of my friends Matthew and Angela Amick. Angela updates it all (I’m not sure if Matthew even touches it). It’s the everyday story of their life together and their children. Each posts makes you feel like you are apart of their family. It definitely needs to be added to your favorites. Plus you can groove to the music as it plays(Not sure about the George Strait…I need to ask about that one).

That updates everyone I think. Now go. Check them out and make sure you comment, “Jason Wallis sent me.” Because they may send $.25 for every referral I give to a child in ASFAEIAFDAMWFAEMCAOIFVANIA who wants to start making you pay to send emails…and if they won’t, Bill Gates might.

March 16, 2009 Posted by | Friends | , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments