I have been tagged by Maggie Harris. Truth be told, I was also tagged by Doug Townsdin right before I had my tonsils taken out but never played along. So here goes…Here are the rules. 1)Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves. (2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules. (3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. (4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog

1. The most interesting One Thing to ever happen would be my 30 ft. fall from a cliff when I was an AIM student in Portugal. But since I’ve beaten that dead horse, I won’t retell it here.

2. I’m a direct descendant of Benjamin Rush. “Who is that?”, you ask. If you look on the Declaration of Independence and find Benjamin Franklin’s name, Rush’s is right above it. I could probably give you 8 facts about him easier than I can about myself. Interesting fellow! My youngest son’s name happens to be Clark Benjamin.

3. I’ve been in a couple of pretty interesting historical settings. I was in Russia in 96 when they almost returned to communism. (Dennis Wilson had me convinced it would happen and had me deciding what I’d do if they returned. It was quite the teaching moment!) And I was in South Africa weeks after Nelson Mandela was elected president in 94. As we were leaving the airport, upon arrival, the missionary that picked us up (Paul Miller and Monica Smith-now-Fox went as well) pointed out a pile of rubble where someone detonated a bomb the week before in protest to the elections.

4. This is kind of gross, but I like to snack on spinach by putting a huge chaw of it in my mouth and continuing on about my day. Kim’s not a fan of the habit, though she’s happy to see me eating my veggies.

5. I find it very interesting that my parents were converted by missionaries. The College Church of Christ in Abilene, Tx sent missionaries to Quincy Il, somewhere around 68. Really, who would target Quincy? I’m so glad they did! My oldest son’s name is Quincy.

6. James Kinnaird was my best friend in AIM (class of 90). 5 years later, he and his beautiful wife coordinated a young AIMer in Perm Russia by the name of Kimberly Blachly who would later marry me. (James’s oldest son’s name is Timothy. No, not really named after me, but I thought that piece of info would fit in nicely here.)

7. The only noticeable skill I’ve ever exhibited has been dissecting rats in biology lab at Texas Tech. Really, it was like a freaky thing. I believe each person has THEIR gift that they can do better than anyone else. I was saddened to find that was mine. I couldn’t really skin rats at parties to impress girls.

8. I used to swear I’d never be a preacher, never do mission work and NEVER go to Africa. After I had done all three I began swearing that I’d NEVER marry a super model. It worked!

I tag Kara Lane (Blachly) Olsen. http://ericandkara.blogspot.com/ By the way, my daughter’s name is Karsyn Lane. I think I’ll put their links up just in case you’d like to catch up with them. So I also tag Doug Oaks http://thedougout24.wordpress.com/, Pat Sheaffer http://sheaffersaimreport.blogspot.com/, Doogle http://allaboutcanaan.blogspot.com/, Theresa Wilson http://denniswilson.com/theresa/ , Beau Hart http://beauahart.blogspot.com/, Cheeky Susan http://cheekyness.blogspot.com/ and Clair (Maguire) Wilson http://www.gingerpixel.com/.


Kara Lane said...

Hey Tim,

Thanks by the way for promoting my blog so much. Pretty exciting stuff. I feel like I have to do a cool job of it now. I will have to find 8 people I know with blogs to get them back! You guys rock!

Claire said...

LOL at the rat talent Tim, and I'm with Kim on the spinach habit...that's just gross.

Thanks for the tag but I've already done this one...in fact you commented on it! (It was the post with the video of the U2 concert where you said they were singing to Dusty).

I used up all my interesting facts for that one!

cemotosnack said...

I was with you on that landmark Russia trip. Seems like our last day we ate a Pizza Hut that was bombed only a few hours later or something. My parents loved that I was on that trip...NOT!

I could have done without knowing the spinach thing.

Please pass on to Kim that I like that picture of her.


#8 was my favorite!

kim said...

you have such a beautiful family tim. i will play along with your game, even though i just did it like a month ago! ps. that means you are really cool, so just for you i will post 8 more things.

Sarah said...

Hey! I have a relative who signed the Declaration of Independence as well. William Floyd

Su said...

Awww, I do feel special. And of all weeks, when I haven't been near my blog in days! Plus, I don't know when I'll be on it again. But I'll get around to it soon, I hope!

Terry Rush said...

Great pictures Tim. Especially the one of Mrs. America!

Paul said...

Always good to be reminded of your stories...kind of fun to think of the stories you didn't put up there too...Mozambique 'surgery', impressive breakfasts, howling dog, African proposals, driving lost in the poorest country in the world, carrot chunks (have you thrown up on 3 continents?)...and that's all just Africa. Miss you guys.

The Harris Family said...

Nice! I love the facts. Good thinking on saying you'll NEVER be married to a supermodel.

One thing... you tagged Pat Sheaffer... Good luck on that one! hahahaha We'll have to guilt him into posting. Like he's the only one in the world too busy to post (Pat, if you're reading - Get Crackin' or I'll come up with 8 interesting facts about you.)


Sarah said...

I commented after I tagged you. When I posted that blog, I didn't realize you had already been tagged. So maybe you should do another 8. I am hoping to hear from Kim as well! BTW, I am all over coming and shopping in that store! I think I could do some serious damage!

Anonymous said...

Love reading your 8 interesting facts!!! Love your creativity with the 'name thing'!! Love learning more about what is special to you and love that you and hubby have such a connection. You guys are a special part of our life!!

Anonymous said...

Guess if I am going to be anonymous I should sign my name. ha


The Harris Family said...

I have never heard the falling from a cliff story in Portugal...I would love to hear it! Re-tell!