I received a note from my sister Rachel that contained a letter that my mother had written before her death.  Thought you might enjoy it.

“I made a commitment to my children…When I get old, I’m going to get even with them.  How?

I am going to take turns living with them!

I’m going to borrow their car and bring it back two hours later than I said I would (with the gas gauge on E) and if I have a scrape or back into something with it I will pretend that I don’t know what happened.

I’m going to leave my clothes all over the house, tie up the phone for hours, leave all the lights on and stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open and drink the milk right out of the carton!

When I go to live with them, I’m going to bring along an untrained pet or take all the stray cats and dogs in as they come along.  I will put wall to wall posters of men on my bedroom walls!

I am goin to borrow my son’s sports jacket and return it with my teeth in the pocket.

I’m going to have my nose pierced and get a tatoo.  When theyare gone for two or three days and leave me in charge…I will throw a wild party, (if I break anything) I’ll pretend I don’t know who did it.

I’m going to get a big stereo and play all my “Sing a long with Mitch” records really loud.

I’m going to take someone’s (not mine) medicine (too much) and they’ll have to rush me to the hospital and have my stomach pumped.  I may take all my clothes off and run away or go to the local grocery store and steal some candy…

I’m going to join every Senior Citizen’s activity and make them come and watch me perform.

Last, but not least I think I will get married at least one more time and make them help plan the wedding and be in it!

Then, I think I will just live forever!  I love you! MOM”

*Bonnie Rae Sams was a great mother with a huge sense of humor and passed that onto her children.  She passed away in 2008 due to complications with Systemic Schleroderma.  After her diagnosis, she was given as much as two years until the complications with SSc would most likely end her life.  She was a strong woman of faith and God allowed us another 8 years with her before the fibrosis in her lungs got to the point that she could go on no longer.

Man, I just got through watching some great students from Williams Baptist College (yes, that is where I met my wife) doing an opening number for the newly re-visited Mr. WBC event…and it is better than ever.  Hold on while I wipe the mist from my eyes.  Enjoy this eye candy. Dustin

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Our friends over at H2O with Beech Street First Baptist Church-Texarkana (Sean Mills, Youth Pastor) use a creative way to communicate what is up with the Students.  We all know that the easiest way not to have mis-understandings is to communicate effectively, so anyway that you can do this…letters, email, facebook, pidgeon, etc…is better than leaving people guessing.  Something like this is effective publicity for your student ministry and it just takes a little time.  Most everyone has a video camera capable of shooting quick promos and/or reports for their ministry.  Whether you use Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Pinnacle, Avid, or Adobe…you can make simple quick vids that help you accomplish your mission and keep people informed.

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Think of it this way…most people like to know the “who, what, when, where, and how” in any given situation so they can make informed decisions.  That decision maybe whether or not they are a fan of your active ministry and that directly effects if they will speak positively or negatively about the work you do or even the work of the church as a whole.  My prayer is you recieve much of the positive.  Have fun and keep filming!

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Posted by a friend of mine (www.tylertarver.com)as a conversation starter for students in school.  Easy adaptation to get things rolling with your youth group.  Couple of ideas would be to show the various stereotypes that are within your/our youth groups.  Great video that has to be shown.  It got me thinking about how students feel within our ministry-the good, the bad, the ugly parts of weekly ministry.  Take a look at Tyler & Amanda’s www.whatthejazz.com and buy a t-shirt…and go drink some milk.

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Stumbled onto these guys the other day at my local Christian bookstore…looking for new music and I just can’t take them out of the cd player in my truck and I keep them spinnin’ on itunes.  I hope you like them…I love them.  If you like rock and roll, and apple pie, and grandma…I think you will take a liking to these guys from the San Diego area.  Even though the embedding is disabled…it is worth click to youtube to see it.

FBC StaffKnowing that my good friend and Sr. Pastor’s birthday was coming up this Friday…I woke up with a renewed spirit to play birthday pranks. So after calling the local Funeral Home and trying to borrow a hearse, I was told that it was a great idea, but sadly they had gotten some bad feedback from a similar event a few years back, so no dice. That is understandable since there are many, including well intentioned believers that feel that a hearse should only be used for official business. However, given my genetic make-up, coming from a long line of laughers and since I walk around 22 hours of the day with my foot in my mouth, I was not discouraged. Briefly toying with the possibility of calling in a heart-attack for the old man and seeing what would happen when Paramedics rushed into the office, this idea was thwarted with the thought of some sort of fine and my lack of funds. 🙂 I have been at my current church for over 6 years and most will understand that this is expected. (See April Fools announcement of upcoming baby to our perinnially childless Worship Pastor and his wife which was met with a standing ovation!) So I decided just to twitter out a message that mentioned that our pastor fell and broke his hip. After only a few hours, I had recieved numerous phone calls and 60+ messages asking what was up with Dr. Sam. Oh, the beauty of technology. I have only had one person hang up on me so this is working better than expected. I love my job and you are only 50 once…so there you go. Please read this a road map of what not to do and just join with me a smile. I will post additional results soon. Much love and keep laughing. Dustin

ANW052Worked for over three hours today installing an antenna at my home that would help my wife see a few more shows. The rabbit ears and digital box on top of the big screen just wasn’t cutting it. It was fine for me, I rarely watch TV…so when I would sit down to watch a little it would last about a minute before “locking” up and causing to run for my man cave downstairs that has “my” TV and DVD collection. So I broke down and hooked a beast of an array up. I had this idea from friends to try it in my attic and not actually on top of the house…so I tried it. Works great and it just needs a few minor adjustments to 291 degrees compass heading…hahaha…and we should be pullin’ in shows from Cleveland. It literally is one of the biggest TV antennas that I have seen, 15’x10′ seriously. I bought it from my neighbor and it was NIB! I still think TV watching in the evening is a waste of time…i prefer catching up on Hulu.

For as long as I have known Dustin, I can’t think of many times that I have seen him without a beverage of choice in hand. Dustin’s beverage of choice? That’s right, every man has one. What is Dustin’s you ask? Well of course, no other than Mountain Dew!

So, without further a “dew”, I give you the one post that this blog can’t do without.

“Mountain Dew – The throwback made with natural sugar”.

Mountain Dew - The throwback made with natural sugar...

Mountain Dew - The throwback made with natural sugar...