Away In A Manger
Billy Gilman

Welcome to my blog, updated whenever something of interest happens in my life (for the most part). Complete with pictures and video, you're sure to have a great time (although I can't promise you that). Anyway, thanks for visiting!


Christmas Day Happenings
December 27, 2005

Well, it was a most enjoyable Christmas day for our family! How was yours? Did you receive everything on your list? Did you receive half of everything on your list? Did you receive anything on your list? Did you receive anything!?

After opening presents in the morning, we spent the rest of the day with the Voeller family and the Hertado family (Lynn and Alex), who are visiting from Texas. Pictures speak louder than words, so here we go.

We were graced with the presence of Jer and Danni and Kalea for our Christmas morning.

Mother Dearest and Jayme Fuzzpants.

Pappas Fritas ... translation: "Father French Fry."

Danni Voeller Niednagel.

Kalea didn't seem to have any qualms about opening up my personal Christmas presents.

Looking at my new Official Narnia Illustrated Movie Companion.

Shiny, blue and flexible. Keep any kid occupied for a few hours.

Christmas Day

We all made paper angels to put next to our place mats ... only got photos of our 5. I think Jeremy's wins.

Mother's lovely decorating before the arrival of guests.

Christmas imagery. I just have that photographic eye, I freely confess.

More imagery.

Now this is Christmas imagery... towers of Martinelli's Apple Cider in the foreground, lovely table settings in the background, a poinsettia to the east, a Christmas tree to the west. By the way, if you didn't have Martinelli's for Christmas, you didn't celebrate Christmas.

Every year we hang the Christmas cards we receive. Quite a few here.

Gathering around for our Christmas meal.

Pretty good grub.

I love it when Kalea gets really excited and makes that face.

Sure, Kalea. You can suck on my spoon. Why not. Wasn't like I was gonna use it.

Fun game of team pictionary that night. You had to guess the Christmas carol.

Over at Jeremy's afterwards for ice cream and a movie.

More imagery. A Christmas tree behind us as we watch "God's Outlaw," a film about William Tyndale. I had seen it like 10 years ago while in California, and it brought back a lot of memories. Very good movie.

That's all, folks! Hope you enjoyed your visit, and come back again soon. Dad, mom and I leave for Indiana to visit my grandmother on Wednesday or Thursday, so till next time, have a Happy New Year!


Springfield - Sledding
December 21, 2005

Not a whole lot to report. Had a fever go around that started with Jer, Danni and Kalea and eventually reached here and affected my mom and I (my dad has a cold). Anyway, went to Springfield with mom and Danielle yesterday and I spent the day with Marcus Schrader. Had a lot of fun playing games at an arcade, eating lunch at Master Wok, my favorite Chinese restaurant, and bowling at Lighthouse Lanes (Christian-owned). I won the first game with like a measly 127 or something. Marcus won the second 143-141 ... I had my chance and only hit 4 pins down with my last throw, losing by 2! He then won the third also with a whopping 182. Good job Marky.

A couple weeks ago we had a little bit of snow. So, Cody and I endeavored to sled, and this video shows the results of our endeavors. :-) Also took some video of Kalea by our Christmas tree.

Christmas Memories
Kalea Christmas

If I don't write again, have a very Merry Christmas everyone. Felis Navidad.


The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
December 12, 2005

Well, yesterday I got to go see the movie I've been waiting to see for some 13 years now ever since I fell in love with the Narnia books. It was fantastic. Sure, there were things that one could critique, but as a whole it was a beautiful film. Aslan came across as real, the 4 children matched their characters perfectly, and the only liberties taken were ones that didn't stray from the central theme of the story. I won't give any details, as I don't want to spoil anything for folks. At the end, look for one particular statement made by Aslan of Biblical significance. It's not even in the book, so I'm surprised they put it in the movie. I'm thinking that Douglas Gresham, Lewis' step-son who co-produced the film and claims to be a Christian, put it in. Very powerful.

In any case, dad and mom, Jeremy and Danielle, Marcus and Jen Schrader (and their three kids), and Cody and I were all there to see it together. Afterwards Cody and I had Papa Johns for dinner. Oh, by the way, I got a new haircut ... shorter than I've ever had it cut in my entire life! It's just a step above a buzz. I told my mom to cut it short, so after she was done, I turned around, looked in the mirror, and was like, "Oh my word!!!!!" We both started laughing and I was shocked. Anyway, kinda cool to try something new I guess.

Cody and I waiting outside the theater in the car. A wee bit nippy outside.

After the movie waiting for our pizza at Papa Johns. There's the new look. Skin-head Jordie.

Cody sporting his own new digital camera.

I have no doubt they're using organic, sprouted, whole-wheat pizza dough.

Thanks for stopping by.


Christmas Tree - Costume
December 8, 2005

When mom and I were in Theodosia last week (small town along the lake about 15 minutes from here), we stopped by Ace Hardware and picked up a fake $30.00 Christmas tree. Yep, it's like something straight out of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (which was on the other night, did you see it?). I love it though, as we decorated it all nice and perty and it looks rather swell.

Please don't be too jealous. When it comes to Christmas, we spare no expense.

I've also got a mini-Christmas tree in my bedroom.

Well, it looks like I along with two friends (Jonathan and Nathan) will be entering a film for Vision Forum's annual Film Festival in October of next year ... will begin filming in January or February and then film more in June (sounds so professional, huh?). I think we're nuts, considering the time it takes to do a good movie, but it will no doubt be a fun experience. We've been laughing (and crying) over the money we've already spent for costumes and the like. I can't tell you what the film will be about, but you can draw a hint from the picture below.

Me scoping out my costume in the bathroom. Thankful no one walked in.

That's about it. Oh, I started a type of science commentary blog on Should be interesting.

Merry Christmas.


Thankfulness - It Takes 2
December 4, 2005

As Thanksgiving falls behind us and Christmas time approaches, I am reminded to be thankful for all things, both good and bad, in my life. Lately I've been struggling with contentment ... dying to myself. That's what the Christian life is all about, isn't it? At least, in a nutshell, that's a large part of it. One must die to their dreams and aspirations, living instead for the Lord's aspirations. How hard it is for me to do that.

Anyway, for those who haven't yet seen our latest crazy production:

It Takes 2

And ...


Take care, and thanks for stopping by.


December Is Here!
December 1, 2005

The last month of the year is here and Missouri knows it well. That is, it's cold, very cold. Some of my more northern friends are probably thinking, "You don't know what cold is." If you wake up in the morning and the dog's water is frozen, then I call that cold.

If you're using Internet Explorer you should be hearing "Away In A Manger" by Billy Gilman. He's 17 now, but this song was recorded when he was about 12. Pretty incredible voice, huh? Just amazing.

I finished a new article on the Giant Anaconda for for anyone who's interested, and as always, I answered another question for Questions and Answers.

Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News channel has been doing an incredible job in exposing companies and organizations that are afraid of using the term "Christmas." Some of them include Wal-Mart, Target, and a host of others. I can't believe how much Christmas is under attack.

That's enough for now.


On Da Farm
November 28, 2005

Have a good Thanksgiving? Ours was uneventful, but enjoyable. We were planning on going to Indiana to spend it with my Grandmother, but in the end we decided that we've had enough traveling for a while, so stayed home. I'm ready for Christmas, aren't you? This year went by way too fast, though.

Anyway, our neighbors went on a little trip, and asked us to take care of their cattle. It was fun! I felt like a real ... ummm ... farmer guy out there. Neat experience.

Got to know their donkey quite well.

Up close and personal. Right after this photo the poor guy jumped from the flash. Whoops.

Mom feeds Grid Iron. Big boy.

Open the gate, and get out of the way.