Friday, April 10, 2009

Our oldest turns 17! Happy Birthday Jamie


So, Jamie, you've been the oldest child of a big family.. any likes or dislikes regarding this position?

Not really.  But you do get more work assigned to you, on the average.  I guess it's kind of cool being the oldest.  

Homeschooling.  What are your thoughts on it?

It's fine.  I like it.  It gives you flexibility.  It gives you a chance for a less cluttered education that you would get at a regular school.

Does it take more/less/ or about the same time as regular schooling?

About the same

What's your favorite class and why?

British literature, because it's the most fun.  Mrs. Furness is kind of fun, and some of the assignments are fun.  It's just that she assigns too many.  I don't have any math or science classes this year, so this is a really dumb academic year.

What are your other interests?  

robotics, radio-controlled vehicles, computers and playing outside with friends and family.  

Tell us about robotics.

 Well, we're going to Atlanta next week to compete in the championship.  I'm a driver, as well as team captain for two years.. which is kind of hard.  

Is it stressful being the captain? 

 Yes, sometimes if you are calling meetings and no one can make it.  So now, I only call a meeting if we have stuff to work on.

What role does God play in your life? 

 An integral one.  As the Lord, he deserves all my respect and effort.  

When do read your Bible? 

In the morning, about 5 chapters a day.  

Do you pray? 

 yes, usually, when I think about it. morning, evenings, mealtimes, etc. when I'm really in trouble.

Do you get in trouble a lot? 
no.

Any advice for people who are younger?

Titus 2: 11-13 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.  Teaching us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. 

You went on a Men's Retreat this week with your father, what was that like?  

It was a great experience, attempting to study the Bible more deeply and meet old and new friends. 


Were there any other young men there? Yes, I saw my friends: Samuel, Daniel, and Joseph.  They were 16-18.  The rest of the men were about 80.

Do you have any special plans to celebrate your special day?  Yes, I am going to Laser-quest with some friends, and then we will come back here and beat my grandma at "Four on the Couch".  

What is four on the couch?

(described by Joanna because Jamie is exasperated with this questioning)
  It's a game played by 8 people, split into two teams.  The game is played in a circle with 9 chairs.  Four of the chairs are designated as the couch.  The goal is to get your team on the couch.  Everyone's name is thrown into a hat, and then the players randomly pick them and that's their name for the game.  They do not tell anyone their name; it's a secret.  With the nine chairs, there's going to be one open chair.  The person to the left of the chair, calls out a name of someone in the group.  The player who picked that name out of the hat, moves to the empty chair.  This leaves a new empty chair.  Then, the person to the left of that empty chair, calls out a name.. and so on.   Also, if a person draws their own name, they keep it.  

As you can see, this is the perfect game for teenagers to prove that they really are smarter than us.  Hence, the adults play also.  

5 comments:

jsprik said...

Happy Birthday to your oldest!! ;)

Ruby said...

You have a fine young man there!
So glad he had some "young guys" at the retreat. What does his dad think about being bundled in with the 80 year olds?
Ruby

Organizing Mommy said...

Will and I met in the home of 80 year olds, so we love the older folks. There were about 4 guys in their 30's, Will and Jon in their 40's, a handfull in their 50's and everyone else was hedging somewhere between collecting social security and one foot on a banana peel.

I asked Samuel (Jamie's 16 year old friend)

So, what do you think about the Faithful men's Bible conference?

Samuel said, "Well, it seems like there should be a lot more younger people here. Because it basically a bunch of old guys telling other old guys what they already know. We need to pass it on to the next generation."

Well said, Samuel.

Houston said...

The final product of this interview thing wasn't so bad. I would have had to denounce it of you said "Robotdude, though." You may well say "TobyMac R2D2!"

Mrs. Parunak said...

Happy Birthday to Jamie! And I must say that he certainly seems like a wonderful young man. You and Will did a great job.