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Wow... long time since my last entry.

I got a new laptop.... a few years ago.

I figured out that I could use Puppy Linux to get my crashed computer working enough to copy everything to an external USB Hard Drive. So Yay!

Karysha and I have been happily married some 5.5 years as of early December, 2011.

I've lost touch with many (most) of my online friends in that time, much to my chagrin and regret, but life's priorities naturally change. I'd love to reconnect with them though.

I switched jobs from Wal-Mart to a place called the Valley Center for Advanced Personal Success, which is a behavioral/vocational day program for developmentally disabled adults. It was hard at times, and a real learning experience. It stretched me in many ways, taught me new levels of patience and compassion, and provided a decent contribution to mine and Karysha's living. Meanwhile, she stepped down from her position so we could have more time together, and eventually quit the company she worked for. She got a job as a security guard, and we made ends meet, usually... mostly. And I still needed to find a better job.

We also worked/volunteered in the children's ministry at our church, which was a lot of fun, and a real blessing to be a part of. I received a lot of positive feedback from the other workers, children, and parents, which was gratifying, but the real reward was getting to work together with my bride as a team, in the service of the Lord.

We lived in the central valley of Northern California for close to 4 years, give or take a few months, and then a number of factors prompted us to move across country to Virginia, as of about 6 months ago, give or take a week or two. Her job transferred. Mine didn't.

I eventually got a part time job with an electronics retailer, selling cellphones and such. I like it. A lot... but I don't get enough pay or hours to make ends meet.. So I still need a better job. But I'm applying, and I'm hopeful.

Meanwhile, I finally made my home-schooling education (elementary through high school) official by obtaining my GED! (Don't ask how I managed to earn a associate's and a bachelor's without one. Only God knows.)

Since we got married I haven't really photographed many new sunsets or clouds. We haven't lived anyplace with quite the same kind of view... but one never knows what the future holds. Perhaps I'll take up writing...

Another thing I've realized is that I need to get more serious with God... as is always going to be the case. For every new level my relationship with Christ reaches, I realize that there is so much more to Him, and so much more I ought to be doing in response to what He has done for me. I am also more convicted of my sin, and more amazed by His ceaseless love and lavish grace to me, the complete opposite of what I know I honestly deserve.

So yeah.... that's a rough summary of what's been going on since my last journal post... of course, in 5+ years, there's a ton of stuff I could add, but.... for now, I need to go fill out some job-applications.

``` VR
  • Listening to: The hummm of my laptop...
  • Reading: The End of Reason, by Ravi Zacharias
  • Watching: Superbook, the new series.
  • Playing: PlaneShift, a FREE MMORPG (
  • Eating: Whatever my lovely and talented wife prepares.
  • Drinking: Water... There's nothin' better for ya!


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Not Extinct... Yet.
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Current Residence: Virginia
Favourite genre of music: Christian (Contemporary and Otherwise); Classical; Movie, Anime, & Game OSTs; J-Pop; Jazz;
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams,
Operating System: Hasta la (Windows) Vista... yep.
MP3 player of choice: Foobar2000!
Shell of choice: A Shell? Isn't that another word for a "Nutcase"?
Wallpaper of choice: "The Great Shepherd" by Tazi-san
Favourite cartoon character: Again, MUST I choose??? Awlriight... Himura Kenshin, the cast of Sonic SatAM, Teddy Ruxpin, etc.
Personal Quote: "Ooh, pretty sunset! Must take pictures!"

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OV-art Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!
ModoJeda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
new forum if you're interested
ModoJeda Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
hey, man.  long time no see.
CeeJayFrost Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks for faving! :3
cuat21 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the watch :D
Dynamic-Flames Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave :)
Brydog23 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
sent an angel to watch over you last night but it came back. I asked "why?" The angel said "angels don't watch over angels." Twenty angels are IN your world. Ten of them are sleeping, nine are playing, one is reading this message. Send this to ten friends including me. I guess if I don't get it back I'm not one of them. As soon as you get five replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you Please read, not joking. God has seen you struggling with something. God says its over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God send this message on. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't break this chain. Send this to 14 friends in 10 minutes. It's not that hard
KennoArkkan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for watching!
Raiira Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch ^^
Tharisai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Thanks for watching me :)
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