Columbus Municipal School District – Getting Involved

One of my more recent goals is to get involved in the local and state level political process.  So much focus and attention is given to the presidential elections, however your local and state governments will most likely have a much greater impact on you.  As I thought more about this, I decided that getting involved in local government was a great place to start.  I’ll try to write more about this soon, but for now, my focus is on my first engagement: the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees Budget Public Hearing, which took place on June 30th, 2016.
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Untitled Art by Abigail

Untitled - Abigail's Art

My daughter Abigail LOVES to color and draw pictures, but the dilemma is that we only have a limited amount of space on our fridge and then you start running out of places to store it, so I decided to scan some of it and share it with everyone.  So this is the beginning of Abby’s Art Gallery, which I figured would do just fine here on this site.  Enjoy!

Untitled - Abigail's Art

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Christmas 1948 Guam – Order of Service

I recently got to looking through some old family photos I’ve inherited over the years and came across photos on my mom’s side of the family.  In those photos were a couple of very old church orders-of-service, the handout thingy they give you when you enter.

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At the park with my gals

Cherrywood Park Lake

We went to the park yesterday afternoon since the weather was so nice.  It was fun watching Abigail play and trying to dribble the ball.  She’s still got some work to do on that one.

She made a friend to play with while we were there, another little girl named Addy.  It was funny when her parents called her, Abby would answer as well.
Here’s a few photos I took.

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5 Of The Best Years

Today marks our 5th year wedding anniversary.
It’s hard to believe it has been 5 years since we stood before our family, friends, and God and exchanged our vowels.

I remember the day we first met (in the photo below), which was January 9, 2003 and I had no idea the woman I met would forever change my life.

We dated for a little over 2 years before getting married on September 10, 2005 and I discovered the most amazing woman God had created just for me.
Our first year of marriage was really tough and if it weren’t for God, I’m not sure we would’ve made it.  But looking back, I realize we would’ve been very foolish to have given up because through the years I discovered something much greater …. my best friend.

I’ve learned so much about marriage and relationships just from my wife and listening to God.  By doing so, I’ve found one of life’s greatest treasures, someone who is always there for me, who will be there when no one else is, who embraces me when times are tough, someone who even cries with me when life just sucks. 
I have a spouse who always believes in me even when I doubt myself, who loves me even when I fail.  She’s my companion, the person who goes through it all with me and is always by my side through the good times and the bad.

And just when I think it couldn’t have gotten any better, she gave birth to two of the most beautiful and amazing little girls that’s ever lived.  She is such a great mommy to them and what joy they have brought us over the years.   She’s there for them when they’re sick and even there for me too when I’m ill.

Of all of the people God could have chosen for me, I thank Him for picking my wife.  She gets more and more beautiful as time goes on.  I often wonder how a guy like me ended up with a gal like her, but I don’t ask her that since she may start asking the same question and realize what a mess she married.  (Just Kidding)

5 Years
The really neat thing about the number 5 in my life is it’s repetition in so many occasions.  If you’ve been around me long enough, you’ve probably heard me mention how numbers have Biblical significance and meaning.  5 means Grace; God’s goodness; Pentateuch (first five books). Visit for a good explanation of what I mean.

When my wife was asking me what day we should set as our wedding day, I told her I really didn’t care just as long as it was on a Saturday.  She ended up picking September 10.  Well, within about 2 weeks of our wedding day, I manage to come across my baptism video and had completely forgotten what day I was baptized on.  Turns out, it was September 10, 2000, exactly 5 years to the date prior to our wedding day. 
Today is our 5 year anniversary, which also is the 10 year anniversary of my baptism.  What’s significant about that?  Well, my first name is 5 letters and so is my last.  10.
There’s other examples I could give, but this is indeed a special year.

I do look forward to the day we put a 0 after the 5 because I know I will look at my wife, me bald and her more beautiful than ever, and really know how sacred a lifetime with my wife has been like.  I also know I will love her even more by then (as if that were possible) and be the cute old people slowing everyone down in the grocery store while holding hands and enjoying our lives.

Thank you God for giving us our marriage and for holding it together and putting the pieces back together when we’ve gone and screwed it up.

I love you so much Amanda and thank YOU for marrying me on this day 5 years ago.  I wouldn’t know how great love can be if it weren’t for you and thank you for spending your life with me.  I’ll never be able to express how much you mean to me, but God will when we are one day with Him.

Here’s a few photos of some of our times together over the past 7 years.

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PHP Bible SQL with Strong’s Numbers

Bible Verses

This is a zip file available free-of-charge that contains SQL dump files from MySQL of the data from the project.
It contains the full KJV Bible along with both the Greek Lexicon and Hebrew Lexicon.

It is bound by the copyright terms of the author, which are:

Copyright 2004, Danny Carlton. Permission is hereby granted to distribute copies of this software package as long as you do not charge for it, and the copyright notices remain intact.
Permission is also granted to use the concepts  in these scripts for other similar scripts, but you may not simply copy the scripts and claim them as your own.

I am providing them as a resource for developers wishing to use them for development of their own projects.  If you are not familiar with how to use them, I recommend downloading the project instead and reference to their site for any assistance or support needs.

These are provided “As-is”, so use at your own risk.

Download: phpBible SQL with Strong’s

UPDATE – 6/25/2013

I recently stumbled across the project BibleForge on GitHub, which also has the SQL database files in the sub-project titled BibleForgeDB. BibleForge looks to be a really nice concept for a PHP word-study website script. You can view it in action at

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A Few Recent Photos

Here’s a few photos I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks now and finally had a little bit of time to get them uploaded to share with you all.

The first one of Zoe was taken Aug. 16, then the two of Abby’s first day of school were taken Aug. 19, and the last one of Zoe was taken Sept. 3rd.

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My Little Photographer

I wondered a while back what a child would photograph if given a camera.  So today we found out when we got our 4-year-old daughter a cheap digital camera.
I guess 4 years isn’t the most coordinated age to pick up photography since the camera has a delay before taking the camera and she’s off to photograph something else by the time it snaps the shot.  Explaining that to her seems pretty pointless since she continues to do it anyways.  It involves remaining still for a few extra seconds and that’s unheard of.

It’s still a neat idea and as the years go by, I’ll probably upgrade it every now and then as she learns how to use it and better understand it’s not just about pushing the button.  I’m interested to see what she photographs then, although the abstract streaks are kinda neat at times.

I also tagged on a couple of quick shots of little miss Zoe, 3 weeks old as of yesterday!

Abby with new camera.Abby doing a "tilt" shotZoe at 3 weeksZoe posing for a shot

A Few Pics Abby Took

Abigail's Self-PortraitBaby Sister Photophoto of mommy

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