A Basement Brother

I’m living with a man who is living in my laundry room
It sounds a little sad, but it’s not as though I want him to
It’s just that he’s not wanted in a room.

He seems to be quite happy in his hellish holding quarters
His desk is made from tables and he hasn’t any drawers
And I feel like there is something very wrong.

If no one ever noticed that he never does come up from there
I think that we would walk around not knowing if he’s clothed or bare
And ignorant I’d always want to be.

Now for my friend I’ll always have great feelings of great love
and while he plans to leave us soon, I hope that God above
will keep us right beside each other
No replacement with another
but that we will always be good friends.

Happy birthday Brian.


Birthday Poems

Laura Rose Peterson (sent 1/24/2010, 1 day early)

Tomorrow it happens to be
A day remembered joyfully.
We think of a Rose,
Who did bloom in the snows
of a bleary, cold January.

Katie Burns (sent 2/2/2010, 1 day late)

A Katie Haas was born one day.
She lived her life, and all did say
How welcome they did feel with her.
Then she encountered Trenton Burns.

In love with him, she changed her name
To Burns also, one and the same.
And so I tell a love poem
With none of me, and all of them.

Andrea Froehlich (sent 2/2/2010, 39 days late)

A poem of guilt I give to you
Because you said you wanted one too.
I thought to give one every year
To celebrate the day most dear
When you were born. But I’m the fool
Because you made me break the rule.

James Medina (sent 2/16/2010, 2 days late)

Three days have past since you were last
the age of twenty four.
And life has gone so far along,
so far from Jersey shores.

Those summer days of hot, wet haze
we started to be friends.
I hope to be your friend as we
live long beyond the end.

Ellie Got Her Visa!

My friend Ellie has been trying to get a missionary visa for the last 7 months in order to go to Brazil for deaf ministry. This Friday, she got it. The following is the email she sent out letting us all know how it went down (I hope it’s ok to share this, let me know if it’s not). This link will take you to the email she sent out.