One of these is my beautiful wife, Sharon.
The other is her (also beautiful) twin sister, Karen.
Which is which?
(Both photos were taken on their birthdays at
in Austin [#2 on Lamar].)
True story. I've never had any real problem telling them apart.
Maybe two or three times over the phone (when they're away
together), and never for more than a few seconds. Once, just
after Sharon and I got engaged, I was at her dorm waiting for her
to come down. Karen came around the corner saying, "Hey, honey".
I just went "hey, Karen", and she went back around the corner,
giggling. I realized then they had tried to fool me. I told
them that if they ever did that again, I'd greet Karen with a more
passionate kiss than she could imagine. Nipped that little trick
in the bud!
<== Here we are at a Pencom Christmas dinner in 1995. Unfortunately, my
face is no longer hidden this well, so I have to wear a veil
in public in order not to scare small children. I occasionally
remove the veil in the presence of cats, small, barky dogs, or
certain unsavory government employees. (NOTES: Yes, I'm
smiling. Photogenic I'm not. Yes, I was forced at gunpoint
into a tie, but at least it was an Alfred E. Neuman tie!
Seriously! Also, there are a few important
notes about this photo.)
To the right (==>) you can see Sharon
and me at a Round Rock Chapel Valentines
Banquet in 2004.
We're not really sunburned; the place is
just chock full of red and pink because
it's V-Day. This photo is for those folks
who claim I never wear a suit; as you can
clearly see that isn't true. Like bathing,
I do it at least once a year. If you look
closely, you'll notice my chameleon-like
hair is changing color to match the suit.
Observant folks will notice that I am not wearing
a veil in this photo. On the other hand, the
camera and photographer turned to stone,
and you've probably started that process
as well. On the gripping hand, I want Sharon
to wear a veil so nobody tries to steal her.
We home-schooled for years, but now that
Esther and Josiah are grown, she's coaching
young mothers through the birth process and
being a mentor. She has a real servant's heart.
Esther, Now and Then
Our beautiful daughter, Esther, is as happy as a clam in
front of a camera. (Have
you ever wondered how happy clams get? Just observe Esther
in front of a camera. If clams got feet, they must be happy
feet.) She will not
only willingly sit in front of one known to be loaded and
ready to fire, she seeks the experience out, even pays for
the privilege (several of the photos on this page are
from self-loading, fully automatic photo booths - which the
failed Presidency of Clinton failed to ban).
Here are some typical Estherical aspects, more or less now, and back then.
Esther graduated from Hilltop in May, 2002. She has since spent a year
at TeenMania's Honor Academy and a year in the U.S. Army training
as a medic. Unfortunately she ended up with pneumonia and some
subsequent issues, resulting in a medical discharge. She recently got married and is expecting a baby girl (Elizabeth Anne at the moment)
in April, 2009.
Two of the things Esther has always enjoyed doing are
dressing up nicely and dressing as some other character.
With the veil, she's trying to pass as a Turk (or perhaps
a random Muslim, I forget which). Dressed in the wig,
with the parasol, she rang the doorbell one day while I
was working at home, and pretended she was a Jehovah's
|| Thinking of Chuys
| In disguise
|| Sports banquet '01
|| In disguise
|| All dressed up '97
Josiah, Now and Then
At one time Josiah,
like his sister and all devoted bodyguards, would happily
hurl himself into harm's way, especially if the weapon being
aimed was a camera. But now he's rarely willing to
suffer a photo. So, whereas we have tons of photos of
Esther (she still loves cameras), we have far fewer
of Josiah. Most of those are from sports or special
occasions. Coach Mixon was Josiah's basketball and football
coach; Josiah (and most of his players) would follow him to
hell and back (Josiah figures he already did that, when they
played Hill Country San Marcos, whose football players were
all roughly the size of pickup trucks). Josiah was
planning to become a U. S. Navy S.E.A.L., but ended up joining
the army. After OSUT at Ft. Benning, he was supposed to go
Airborn and transfer to Italy, then Iraq. But the army decided
they had enough airborn troops, and sent him to Ft. Hood to
train for Iraq. With his nearly perfect ASVAB, the brass at Ft
Hood snatched him up as a headquarters weenie. He deployed
to Iraq in the fall of 2005 where he was on PSD (Personal
Security Detail) for a general. He got back about a year later,
and is currently stationed at Ft. Carson. He got married by a JP
on 19 Dec, 2008 to Terri. We haven't met her yet, but we've really
enjoyed talking to her on the phone, and welcome her to the family.
They're expecting a baby in August, 2009.
(Since Josiah's web page hasn't
been touched since he was about 12, I removed the link.)
| Junior Year
|| Coach Mixon
|| Freshman Year
| Sophomore Year
|| Military Ball with Nicole
|| Christmas, 2001
| At a launch
|| Tiffany's party
|| The mouth
That's my twin brother, Jon, and his wife, Jen, on the left
in the Cape Canaveral West photo (click on "At a launch").
And speaking of Chuys,
here are the four of us crowded into the photobooth our first
trip there as a family.
There are a number of kids I love as if they were my own.
Sharon used to say she wanted a big family. After we had
two children the normal way, I felt I had my hands full.
But as they got older and I (and later Sharon) got involved
with the teenagers at church, I found a whole new set of kids.
I love Esther and Josiah dearly; these are not replacements!
I didn't feel any lack just having Esther and Josiah,
but God had other plans, and I'm fine with that. Alas, I have
no photos of most of these.
Shaunda and Ashley were the first two girls I thought
of as being really like family. Shaunda's dad died
years ago; with her and her mom's permission I've
tried to be a dad to her. Josiah used to
wrestle Shaunda a lot. The photo on the left was
taken at Shaunda's 21st birthday party at (surprise!)
Chuys. (Chuys no longer does the hat thing.) Shaunda
got married the last weekend in May of 2005 to a fine
young man named Kevin. They have two lovely children;
Sadie Lee (in my arms in photo, named after
Shaunda's grandmother), and Kenny.
Ashley came to live with her dad (Mario) when she was about 11,
so I'm more of an uncle to her, though she's been known to
call me her "other dad". Shaunda also calls Mario "dad", so it
all evens out... Ironically, my baby sister Kelly
married Mario, so she literally became my niece! Ashley and
Shaunda have thought of each other as sisters practically since
the day they met. Ashley married her love of several years early
in 2005, Trent, with whom she has a beautiful daughter (Kylie).
We missed their wedding because of my mom's death.
The Bonnell Girls
Vicki Bonnell (whom Sharon used to refer to as my other wife,
at which point they both called me Abraham) has three daughters
she raised mostly by herself -- Becky, Mandy and Jenny --
and we love them all dearly (even though we hardly get to see them
They haven't all given me pictures, but Vicki slipped me this
one of Amanda (on the left). She didn't have her bellybutton
ring yet, or she might have worked it into the picture. Amanda
has children now.
Becky had the beautiful babe (Sierra) on the right in '96.
I know all babies
are supposed to be beautiful by virtue of being babies, but
Sierra is just plain beautiful by any standard. In fact, she
was one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen. Of course,
beauty runs in the family, as you can see by the picture of her
Aunt Mandy above. Becky has two other children, but I have no
pictures of them.
I have no pictures of Jenny or her child, but pretend
there's one of them, too.
Sarah showed up in our youth group after her sophomore year,
just a few weeks before youth camp. She seemed pretty shy,
so I sat near her on the bus home from camp (8 hours or so,
the poor girl!) and got to know her. Her folks were divorced,
and her Dad hadn't been around a lot lately. She's married
now to a really cool guy named Rick (since 2005) who's an
associate pastor and youth pastor, and her dad's around a good bit more.
The lady to her right in the expanded photo is Shaunda's
mom, Connie, and the lady cut off at the extreme right is Shaunda's
grandmother, Sadie. We missed Sarah and Rick's wedding due to my mom's illness.
Stephanie and Jessica
Stephanie and Jessica have a dad in another state,
who up until recently they seldom heard from much. This
time, though, I clearly heard God say, not to be like a
dad to them, but to be their Dad. Frankly, I had no
idea how to do this. I just had to make it up as I go.
Stephanie had a beautiful baby in mid-2004 and married Blue,
the dad. They're doing really well.
Jessica is going to college and trying to figure out what
to do with herself. Stephanie's a country western girl,
Jessica's a punk/rock sort of girl. They both like Sponge
Bob Square Pants.
Paige had a dad nearby, but called me her "church dad".
After an exceptionally rocky sophomore and junior year,
she moved out on her own. She now has a beautiful baby.
Her favorite parts of high school were orchestra and naval ROTC.
She's crazy (one of the reasons we get along so well) and collects
rubber ducks. The photo to the right includes Amber
(left) and Paige (right). Amber is her best friend,
but is now in Maryland. Paige hates this picture,
but I'm leaving it up until she gets me another
one. Paige now lives in Oklahoma with her mom.
Nicole is on the right; my wife Sharon is on the left.
(Nicole doesn't like having her picture taken, so she
wanted someone else in it.)
This is the young lady in the photo with Josiah at
the military ball above; she was also in naval ROTC.
She still has her dad, so I try to play more of a close
uncle role. I never want to come between these teens
and their fathers; I just want to be there for them
however I can. Like all my girls, she's beautiful;
like most of them, she sees to have a hard time
believing it. Dads, tell your daughters how beautiful
they are! She has a son, Julius, and a girl on the way.
Dallen and Tracy
Yes, finally, a doptason to go with the doptadaughters.
Dallen graduated in 2004 and spent a couple of years at Christ
for the Nations and like a year in the Amazon jungle. Now he's
back in the concrete jungle, Dallas.
Tracy graduated in 2006 and is working for the state.
Dallen played football (I only got to see him play in one game), and
plays guitar and sings in a band. Tracy was in the band
at school. They're both tons of fun and hysterical to
hang out with. Sadly, I have no pictures of these two.
D-Man showed up at youth around 9th grade. He graduated from Stony Point HS in 2007 and is now working and saving for college. He's a ton of fun, loves basketball, bowling, bass and guitar, and (as of recently) target shooting. He's also 6'9" plus hair, and probably not through growing. He and Sondra are good friends, and it's funny to see them together, because she's much, much shorter.
Sondra and Tatiana
Sony started coming to youth on her own around the 9th grade; she later asked us to be her god-parents and we happily accepted. Her daughter, Tatiana, was born in the 21st of July, 2008; she's just as beautiful and sweet as her mom. Sondra's working and saving for college. For her 19th birthday, all she wanted was "to go shooting!" So we did.
I'll add the rest soon. I just realized this was waaay
out of date. I need to get some photos scanned, etc.
Check back soon to see Michelle and some of my nieces and nephews!
I once saw a bumper sticker whereby a parent
proclaimed that they were proud of their kids
whether they were honor students or not. I can
relate; I'm proud of my kids and I love them all
dearly. I don't tell them that nearly enough,
but it's true.
Well, it's not much of an introduction, but at least now
you have a little idea who we are...
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