Notes from John & Tammy

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The Longest Day

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (1)

It’s that time of year where everybody talks about the longest day of the year. June 21st is the first day of summer. Some refer to it as the Summer Solstice. Regardless what you call it, most people know it as the longest day of the year. I guess I would have to take exception with that. For me, it’s June 16th, James’ birthday. It’s not just the day itself. It’s the days leading up to it. The reality hitting again of another birthday without James. Some...

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Keep the Good Ones

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We lived in Dayton, Ohio, when James was four years old. We drove to Valdosta for Christmas, and were preparing to leave Valdosta and drive back to Dayton. Now we always had grand plans of getting up and leaving early, but they never fully worked out. As I was packing the van that morning, I found that James had folded one of the seats over and fastened the seatbelt and I couldn't get the seatbelt to unlock to fix the seat. James had received a talking Mr. Potato Head for Christmas that ye...

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Jan 13, 2014 from Tammy

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Last night when I wrote my note I tried several times to post this song and I couldn't get it to paste. I believe it was because this status James posted July 14, 2010 was the connecting thread:

"Guys, God's love is incomparable to any happiness you'll ever find! Don't lost sight of that. Accept the gift of grace and freedom. Live the life! JESUS IS THE LIFE! I LOVE YOU GUYS! Don't let the mud pies of the world distract you from the steak dinner God has to offer!"

I still strugg...

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Tammy's conversation with Jenny Kelly

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

My friend and pal from along time ago, 1994, sent me a package today with some treasures. Very timely because she is my only friend from Australia! . Her name is Jenny Kelly. I called to thank her and we got caught up on many things. She told me that she had a quote she wanted to share with that was written by Jim Elliot, a man martyred for the cause of Christ. She said she thought of James when she read it. It's tough to read but as you marinate on it for a while you see it is what God calls...

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From Drew Jubera

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Three years ago this week, James Eunice drowned while duck hunting at Ocean Pond, a 525-acre former sink hole a dozen miles south of Valdosta. Like seemingly thousands and thousands of others, I loved James. A senior, he played sporadically the year I spent down there, but nobody loved being a Valdosta Wildcat more. One of his last Facebook posts, the day after New Year’s: “Miss Bazemore-Hyder’s lights.”

James appears in “Must Win” about as sporadical...

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Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Tapestry. Tammy talks about the tapestry of life as we share James' story. I travelled frequently to the Middle East in my last military assignment, and brougt home a few Persian Rugs. These weren't machine made. They were woven by hand. The top side of the rug had a design, but underneath you could see the thousands of threads that came together to produce the design, the tapestry. In our case, the design is James' story, and the threads are the numerous people who have come together w...

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Details Matter

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Details matter. As we approach three years this Wednesday, God continues to remind us he's in control of this journey. One of James David Eunice's favorite places was Camp Tygart. He attended Chrysalis as part of the Walk to Emmaus community, and that weekend helped reinforce and strengthen his relationship with Christ. He worked the event the next year and was scheduled to work it again a couple of weekends after he went missing. He loved being there, and I think it's because it's one of the...

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Jan 14, 2012

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I told Tammy today that today was the last time I would use the phrase "I wish it was this time last year" for a long time. We had a family dinner with James last January 14th. God closed out any opportunity of doing anything with friends that night. Everyone had something else to do, so he was stuck here at home with us. He was planning to go to Drew's later and spend the night, but we convinced him to stay the night here. We grilled steaks, and had a great visit over dinner. We watched a sh...

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15 Jan

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

George Strait sings "Today My World Slipped Away." In it, he sings "I went down to the church and told God how much it hurt." January 15, 2011, a big part of my world slipped away, I've told God how much it hurts many times. I began to recount some of the specific incidents of that day over the last few weeks. We told James we'd see him at lunch as he was getting money for shotgun shells and leaving that morning. Everyone knows the rest of the story, as we began a 17 day search for James. So ...

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Jan 21

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We've been blessed that Sam's Club has allowed us to have a fundraiser at their store each weekend this month. As people approach us, we ask for their support, tell them what the funds will go to, and, if we're fortunate, share some of James' story. We've had the opportunity to share James' story on several different occasions over these weekends, but yesterday I had the most interesting encounter I've had when sharing James' story. An older gentleman came out, and said, "tell me about this s...

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