Category Archives: family

bringing AL to the MO

This is a big week for us.  Lot’s of Alabama visitors.  Jim and Cheryl kicked it off this weekend.

But, they didn’t just come, they sang.  Jim used mic #1, please don’t tell Patrick.  Worship was sweet for so many reasons Sunday morning.  God is so good!

We made up the t-shirt gang on Sunday afternoon.  And Brotey discovered the Hungry Shark for iPhone.

We all piled in one vehicle to show them the sights!  Maybe we need more room.

We wanted to send Cheryl home with something, so…

…we gave her some stitches.  You’ll have to ask her about that.

Cheryl experimented taking pics with her own camera.  She’s pretty good at it.

What a great time with our Alabama family!  Ellie started calling Jim, “Papa.”  We love you guys!  Come visit us anytime!

And next, the Louderbacks come for Thanksgiving.  Oh, you’ll see pictures.  There’s no telling what you’ll see.




5.30.10 @ MeadowBrook

Wow.  I haven’t written all week.  It’s not that I’ve had nothing to say, just no time to write it.  So, here we are at another weekend.  Big family plans.

Tonight we watch The Biggest Loser Finale with some homemade popcorn (made with our new Crazy Corn Popper compliments of Matthew and Kathryn Johnson – thanks guys).

Friday night is a double feature at the Sand Mountain Drive-in with some friends.  Shrek the Final Chapter and Iron Man 2.  Something for the whole family.  $15 a car load for two movies.  We are in baby.

Saturday, Brotey turns seven.  Seven.  He’s getting so big.  More on him later.  Big swim party.  Lot’s of kids.  Lot’s of urine to shock out of the pool later.  And I promise I will use lots of shock.

Sunday, we worship.  We will also remember the sacrifice of those who died for our freedom to worship.  Here’s the song list:

Hallelujah Anyhow (choir)

Cover the Earth

Oh For a Thousand Tongues

Still the Cross

Jesus Paid It All (O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!)

I’m already pumped about Jesus Paid It All.  See you Sunday.


Spring Break 2010//relationships

Man, what a great week it was.  There were many hours on the road, which was not good for Sonya’s back.  But while we were there, the time was sweet.  I think the things I value most are changing as I get older.  I used to measure each trip/vacation by the rides and the thrills.  Now I look forward to the relationships.  Here’s what meant the most to me last week:

  • Trips to Panera: not only because we don’t have one here in Gadsden, but because of time with Sonya and our friends.  Thanks for the time Annette.  Thank you for listening and sharing your heart.  Thank you Jonathan and Carrie, for giving your time and laughing and cutting up.  Thank you Tony and Maxine for watching the kids while I got away with my wife.  I needed that time with my best friend.

Sonya and Annette

    Me and Jonathan – please notice the matching sunglasses (just purchased at Ross)

    Sonya and Carrie – and Panera

    • Shooting the BB pistol with Brotey and Papa: Brotey’s first lessons in firearm safety.  He hit the Purex bottle many times.  He also pointed the gun at us several times but he’ll learn.
    • The Wednesday trip to Urgent Care with Victoria’s toe.

    • Thursday at the park: spinning the kids so fast on the merry-go-round that some parents got nervous while Sonya reconnected with an old friend.  Now our kids are good friends with her kids.  A great friendship now extending to the second generation.
    • Friday night, very tired, ready for bed, talking with my two oldest girls: I really just sat and listened.  They talked for about an hour and a half.  Oh my body wanted to fall asleep but I wanted to sit all night.  I can’t remember all of it, but what I do remember is that they talked to me.  Me.  I hope they always do that.
    • Family who will drive 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours to visit: thanks guys, it was great to see you all.
    • The final stop at Krispy Kreme for the Hot Donuts Now.

      Yeah, I’m getting all sappy.  Better hang up now.


      painting the Ellie Bellie

      Last kid, we tried something new for fun.  Letting the kids paint Sonya’s belly.  It was so much fun that we did it again.  This time, the belly has a name – the Ellie Bellie.  Obviously it gets its name from the one inside.

      Then, they painted themselves and we just had some good old fashion fun at the pool:


      I’m an uncle…again

      Congratulations to my brother, Tyson, his wife, Lacy, and their first daughter, Payton, on the birth of the newest Crisman family member.


      Hadley Carter Crisman was born this morning at 11:30.  She weighed in at 8 obs., 1.5 oz. and measured 20″ long.  Mother and baby are doing just fine.


      the putter man from alabam’

      That’s what they called him.  That was my Pawpaw, William Otey Crisman, Jr.  Yesterday, we took our family to see his display at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.  Here’s the video that plays on the info computer and some pics of his display:

      You’ll notice the young boy in the video.  That was me.  You’ll also notice the picture of “Bear” Bryant with his Otey Crisman putter.  He swore by them.  So proud.


      our Christmas

      I finally got our Christmas video loaded to You Tube.  This is the Crisman family celebrating the Christmas season.  Enjoy.