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TIM RUSH…YOU’RE NEXT

TIM…you’re up. I don’t recall if you gave me permission to put you up here or not…but you’re a good sport so I know you don’t mind, right?

I had a hard time finding a picture of you. I found one that I believe is right after you came back from Portugal. We were having a get together at Campus Advance and you were there.

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I have been really trying to come up with a story that I could tell…I’m completely blank. You came back from the field while I was still in AIM and I remember you lived with Paul.  On more than one occasion you gave us bits of wisdom about Portugal…thankfully you didn’t pull the “minha” trick on us. I also remember you serenading us about crabs and lobsters. That song changed my life by the way.

I also think I remember going with you to some musical thing at Tech and then we came back and watched cartoons. I believe I was visiting someone else and I got ditched so they made me hang out with you. I enjoyed that more than I expected.

You and Kim saved my hacky sack from Russia. It had ended up on top of the building and I think I received it in the mail a while after I had forgotten about it. I still have that thing. I remember it made me laugh that someone had taken the time to do that…that was a very nice thing to do.

If you don’t mind I’d like you to tell us a little bit about yourself. You don’t have to answer all of these, but I’d like to know more about you. Funny, serious, inspiring, or all of the above…tell us.

What is your favorite memory of your Lubbock AIM time?

What is your favorite Portugal memory?

What event changed your life? 

What have you learned while working in Mexico?

What has been the most unexpected thing about marriage…fatherhood?

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I hijacked this picture from your website…which you’ve not posted on in a while by the way.

You have a great looking family…

Everyone please help me encourage Tim. Any blackmail type stories are always appreciated.

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Comments on: "TIM RUSH…YOU’RE NEXT" (33)

  1. Random thoughts on Tim:

    *One time Tim and I were talking about how we’d spent time with each other in like five different countries, yet had never worked together…which is probably the key to a good relationship!

    *A bunch of us met Rex in Nottingham in ’91. Good times…RaD borrows $$$ from Rex and sends me to Portugal with him so I can visit Tim at Thanksgiving…good times…the Portugal bunch puts on THE FEED for Thanksgiving…and then foodpoisoning strikes…spent Thanksgiving time-sharing a bathroom and 3 Max Lucado books with Tim and Bruce. Although the dubbed-Mexican soap operas were a blast. I’ve always wanted to visit again…I’m thinking I might have missed something special in Lisbon.

    *I loved when he and Blackburn visited us in Dublin. I have a picture somewhere of him in front of thatched roof pub in the village of Rush.

    *I love Tim’s heart and mind. I appreciate every conversation I’ve ever had with him, from the deep and theological to the purely juvenile.

    *I love that he and Kim found each other. (We were both teenagers when we prayed for “cool, extraordinary wives…”)

    *I love that my Timothy, Kiera and J. think he’s the coolest.

    *He’s a great husband, father, teacher and disciple.

    *I hate that I’ve had to cut out anything resembling a cinnamon roll…because I always thought of him when hitting the center.

    Paige: good to see you, if only briefly, this morning. Thanks for picking a great guy to talk about.

    jlk

    JAMES IT WAS GOOD TO SEE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY…THANK YOU FOR VISITING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SHARING A LITTLE MORE ABOUT TIM…HE IS A GOOD MAN.

  2. I remember my impression of Tim at the beginning of my time in AIM. I thought he and Paul were too cool. Their apartment was where all the cool people hung out!

    I have lots of fun memories of Tim. Most of my memories of Mexico City included him. He stayed at the Moores’ with our team. We had many laughs on that trip, courtesy of Tim!

    I remember one time when we were at the Tulsa Workshop and he and Greg Spurgeon and I were talking. Greg and I knew he liked someone, and we were convinced we knew who it was. When we told Tim we knew who he liked, he just froze. He told us we couldn’t tell anyone. Little did Greg and I know that we were dead wrong, and that Tim had his sights on Kim. You hid it well, Tim! Now that I think back on that time, it seems like we should have caught that one, but I don’t think we got it until you guys were officially dating!

    I admire Tim’s commitment to his walk with the Lord, as well as his love for his family. His blog is one of my favorites because I enjoy how he dotes on Kim and his kids. That really speaks to the kind of man he is.

    SPEAKING OF TULSA WORKSHOP…SEEMS LIKE I HEARD A STORY THAT INVOLVED TIM SPEAKING PORTUGUESE IN FRONT OF SOMEONE WHOM HE DIDN’T KNOW KNEW PORTUGUESE VERY WELL…RING ANY BELLS TIM?

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS CAN BE DECEIVING? 🙂

  3. I totally remember meeting Tim. It is too weird to think now that in those days the assistants were at least 10 years younger than I am as I sit here and type my 33 year old little heart out! I just remember him walking around, always a comment waiting to pop out of his mouth. I remember you, Tim, being funny and witty and easy to be around. When I saw you in Tulsa this year, I thought the same exact thing. You are a funguy…not be be confused with fungi of course! Love ya Tim!

    HEATHER…GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE HOW OLD WE ARE GETTING ISN’T IT? WE LOOKED UP TO THE ASSISTANTS SO MUCH. WHEN I BECAME ONE I FINALLY REALIZED THEY WERE ACTUAL PEOPLE. ACTUALLY I THINK THEY WERE MORE THAN ACTUAL PEOPLE THEY WERE AMAZING ROLE MODELS…I MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST “ACTUAL PEOPLE” THEY HAD.

  4. Wow, merry Christmas to me.

    I actually checked your blog last night to suggest we spend some more time on Dennis. I’ve had so much fun hanging out with him the last few days!

    It was so weird to open your blog and see the same picture of me we have hanging over our dining room table. (Of course that’s a joke… we don’t even have a dining room.)

    And Paige, we didn’t pull the minha on your team, but do you remember us telling you that Picoas meant Metro, when in fact it was just a specific metro stop. I heard later that the Portuguese always wondered what you guys had going on at Picoas as they thought you were always going there cause you’d say to each other, “let’s go take the picoas.” (I hope Pat Sheaffer never finds this sight and begins fessing up to all the lies he told our team!)

    One of my finest memories of Portugal was seeing James walk down the jetway with Rex. We were so excited that Rex was coming for a visit and then to see James with him… I think I got a little misty. Too bad that trip ended like it did. I was the first to get sick… in the middle of the night… all over the hall on my way to the bathroom. Then we all had to walk through it everytime we had to hurl. (I tried to clean it up, but it made me feel even sicker. Good times!)

    And of all my trips to Mexico City, the best had to be with Sarah and the Ireland team. I don’t know what the rest of your class was doing, cause your team and I spent the whole time at the hippie fair in Koyocan. That was the best ever! And I think I know who you guys thought it was. In fact, I like to take credit for the red head mistake she made about that time. (Am I right?)

    Heather, I was afraid you’d show up here. Thanks for not mentioning my recent blogging mistake. I keep wanting to refer to it, but there is no way to allude to it without it sounding really, REALLY bad.

    DENNIS IS NOT OUT OF THE PICTURE…FEEL FREE TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME COMMENTING ABOUT HIM AS YOU WANT. I DO REMEMBER THE PICOAS THING. WE WERE WATCHING A VIDEO FROM PORTUGAL AND YOU GUYS WERE AT THAT STOP OR SOMETHING…OH WHAT FUN YOU CAN HAVE WITH AIMERS. I MAY HAVE TO CALL PAT…

    TIM…PLEASE LET THIS FILL YOUR HEART…PRINT THIS STUFF OUT SO YOU DON’T FORGET IT, IT’S NOT OFTEN WE GET TO HEAR ALL THE “GOOD STUFF” ABOUT OURSELVES. YOU ARE A GOOD MAN.

  5. Tim…

    You need to go back and answer all the questions Paige asked…

    Stories about Tim…

    I remember Tim as an AIM student – and also as an assistant – but the best time I had with Tim was in Russia when he came to my aid because all the other missionaries had left (maybe I have that effect on people)…Tim came and taught day and night and had a tremendous impact on the church in Perm.

    Who would have imagined at the time that his future wife would also work and have a tremendous impact on the church and people of Perm, Russia. I really thought at the time that Tim would return to Russia and work with the church there (either in Perm or some other city). Who knew that all along God wanted Tim and Kim in Mexico – and that one day I would end up in Mexico.

    If I could change anything about all of that – it would be to have Tim and Kim working in the same city as me…I would say for me to work there with them…but why trade a tropical island for a bustling Mexican city?

    There are lots of stories that could be told – like the “salad story” or about all the meals that we shared…but the one thing I would like to share is that it was at that time I learned more about who Tim Rush is as a man.

    Tim Rush is a man after God’s own heart. He has many things that could cause him to act as if he is better than others – his wit (he is one of the funniest guys I know) – his family ties (everyone knows his dad) – his abilities – I believe Tim could do anything he wants.

    Yet, in Russia, I heard Tim talk about missions unlike most other people talk about missions. He wasn’t looking for the glamarous field – he was looking for a place where he could give himself to the Lord.

    Everytime I hear Tim Rush preach or teach – there is always emotion – often times tears. This is because his heart is connected with his head. He doesn’t just know the things he believes – he feels the things he believes.

    At a time when many would have walked on the other side of the road – Tim has proven over and over again that he is willing to be counted as a friend of sinners. He has never – never – acted ashamed to be a friend to those of us who needed a friend – someone to walk with us…someone to love us…someone to care.

    Tim…you remember when I was getting e-mails for you in Russia – and you said – go ahead and read them – and I did…and you had to explain the one email to me??? Come to Cozumel – we have plenty of that stuff here!

    LISTEN TO DENNIS. YOU HAVE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU’LL NEVER GET OUT OF THE HOT SEAT. ISN’T IT A GOOD FEELING TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE LOVE US…AND WHY. WE ALL NEED TO HEAR IT…I’M GLAD WE’VE GOT A PLACE TO DO THAT. DENNIS, I’M GLAD THAT GOD HAS PUT GOOD MEN IN YOUR LIFE…EVERYWHERE YOU’VE GONE…FROM ONE PART OF THE WORLD TO ANOTHER…YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.

  6. My favorite thing about Tim Rush…is the girl he chose to be his wife! Kim is a wonderful, sweet and Godly woman who comes from a family I have dear to my heart. Not to mention Kim’s sister is my long time best friend! Good job Tim!

    I AGREE…GOD DID GOOD WHEN HE PUT THEM TOGETHER.

  7. BTW Tim – I totally remember the Picoas thing! Confused me for a really long time! No wonder people always looked at me with a bit of confused look while I was trying to speak Portuguese! NO COMMENTS FROM MY TEAMMATES PLEASE! =)

    I REMEMBER THAT METRO THING TOO. I KNOW I HAD LOTS OF LANGUAGE MISHAPS…SOME FUNNY…SOME EMBARASSING…MOST I JUST KEEP TO MYSELF.

  8. Paige! Tim told me when he found your blog and I have been reading up from the beginning (slowly but surely.) I am the world’s worst blog killer, I often have the very last comment on chats and no one else responds . . . since I am so behind with getting to the computer promptly. . . so this is just a warning that I might kill the post.

    I am loving your blog, and it makes me feel like I am really talking with you. I can’t wait until you put yourself in the hot seat—is that going to happen? Your stories on yourself are probably funnier than any that we could come up with though. You have the rare gift of truely being able to laugh at life. I love all your old nicknames, but one in particular has still not found its way into a post. Why is that?

    Ok, so who are we roasting today? Oh yeah.

    I love Tim. Last night I wanted to be funny and tell something hillarious, but I am having trouble coming up with anything really laughable. He also tells the greatest stories on himself. There are spanish blunders and stuff, but he is at his funniest when intentionally catching the rest of us by surprise. Like when I went with him to a thrift store to get a suitcase (pre-dating period) and he asked me at the checkout . . . “So are you sure your parents don’t know that we are going to elope?” or when we were dating he gave me a quick smooch in front of my roommate along with an earpiercingly loud kissing noise and then said “Is it ok if I don’t make that noise any more when I kiss you?” To this day he likes to make me nervous, like pretending he locked his keys in the house or that he forgot one of the kids, etc. He likes to bring humor to the table whenever possible.

    Quincy, our six year old, told me that he loves us both the same, but that dad is much funnier. Of course it has to be because I draw the line at burping and gas humor. . . but our beloved Tim draws few lines there. Thus him bringing humor to the table shouldn’t need much explanation. He’s tried to blame me for that gross stuff, but the kids know him too well.

    Besides humor what I really love about Tim is the way that he dreams about God and his future with God. He is always open to God’s prompting and he streches me in that way. He is really patient with me and my crazy project ideas, even if he does not always have the vision for what I am going to try next. I do think he’s an exceptional and fun dad and husband. He tries to make sure that I get time away to recharge and maintain sanity. Nice. I am sure he also benefits from the sanity. And we still get to go on dates. He is very good for me. Patient, gracious, forgiving, humble and fun.

    Long ago he memorized 1 Cor 13 and would go through it like a spiritual check-up, esp. if he was in conflict with someone. I am afraid I gave him many occassion at the start to practice his spiritual discipline of loving at all times. He is very good at it.

    Well, I should give someone else a turn, but I feel like this post does not really do him justice. Thanks for putting him in the hot seat.

    KIM…IF I NEED THE BLOG KILLED YOU WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON I CONTACT…KIND-OF A BLOG HIT MAN TYPE THING. IT IS SO GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. I HAD BEEN WONDERING IF TIM WAS JUST HOGGING THE COMPUTER…GLAD YOU WERE ABLE TO POST SOMETHING. I LOVED THE THRIFT STORE STORY. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT REALLY INTRODUCED ME TO THRIFT STORE SHOPPING. I STILL HAVE A PIECE OF FURNITURE I BOUGHT WHEN OUR GROUP WAS VOLUNTEERING THERE. YOUR MEMORY LIVES ON.

    IT IS SO REFRESHING TO READ WHAT YOU WROTE ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND. I LOVE KNOWING THAT YOU GUYS HAVE SOMETHING REALLY GOOD GOING. YOUR KIDS ARE ADORABLE. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT…WELL YES I DO…GOD IS AMAZING ISN’T HE?!

  9. oops. very, very long!

    LIKE I’VE TOLD OTHERS…THIS IS YOUR BASE…YOU CAN NEVER SAY TOO MUCH.

  10. I don’t remember the speaking in Portuguese story nor what Dennis might have read in my emails. Can you give me a hint as to who the email was from? I can only guess that it was someone who wanted me to bring them a cuban. ???

    Dennis, you are my hero. You are always surrounded by good men because it is the fruit you produce. Your legacy is something great. And I said this on Rex’s blog but I want to say it again. What you wrote tonight is something that is going to stay with me. In fact, I’m going to do a little cutting and pasting later on onto my own blog.

    I have to agree with Michelle. I married into a GREAT family. Once Kay and I drove 3 hours together all by ourselves and I LOVED it. (Is that wrong?) Though let me say to those of you that know Eli… can you imagine being the 2nd son-in-law?

    I DON’T KNOW THE EMAIL THING THAT DENNIS WAS TALKING ABOUT. I HEARD A STORY ABOUT YOU MEETING JON’S WIFE….DO YOU REMEMBER?

  11. I was going to answer a couple of the questions but thought I’d do it as a second reply… that way it will look like more people like me. Ha! Speaking of, I need to send this blog address to my mom!

    One of my favorite Lubbock memories? I remember praying with James about the “cool” wives. We were in one of the classrooms next to the hall of flags. And we were having a conversation about all the prayers God answered when we left home to come to AIM. I also remember making a road trip with he and Radonna and a girl who doesn’t need to be named. I spent the whole time sitting in the back seat with my head propped up right between James and Radonna’s in the front seat. I’m sure I ruined their trip, but that girl was making me nerveous!

    Portugal? This sounds sappy, but I remember that Tuesdays were always awful. I usually ended up in tears by the end of the day. (Yeah, I’m a wus.) But I knew that Tuesdays were the days my mom and sister were praying and fasting for me. So I knew there was something special going on.

    Event that changed my life? Kim saying she’d marry me. Who’d a thunk? Like all great men before me, I married up!

    I LIKE THE WAY YOU THINK…YOU CAN WRITE EACH SENTENCE AS A NEW REPLY IF YOU WANT…IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE MORE PEOPLE ARE VISITING.

    THANKS FOR SHARING…I LIKE HEARING ABOUT THINGS THAT STAND OUT IN PEOPLE’S MINDS. IT MAKES THE OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED REALIZE WHAT A BIG DEAL SOMETHING THAT SEEMS SMALL CAN BE.

  12. Oh, it took me a second to remember who Jon was? But, oops… I think I know what you’re talking about and I think I’m blushing right now.

    I DON’T KNOW WHO TOLD ME THAT STORY, BUT THINGS LIKE THAT NEVER STAY SECRET.

  13. something about things people like to do on the beach

  14. Tim – it was from Paul and it was talking about things people like to do on the beach.

  15. I’ll have to tell Paul about you’re blog. I’m sure he’ll be happy to say hi to you.
    A few things about Tim.
    I remember watching Animaniacs with him while I was in Aim. He used to boast about his lemon poppyseed chicken dish; I wonder if he has expanded the dishes he can prepare. Which reminds me of a story he tells about when he was in Africa with Paul, where he bragged about also being able to make french toast if a date happened to stay for breakfast. Oops. (I didn’t tell that very well, but Tim can re-explain if he cares to).

    I remember Tim saying that he also had trouble not running his bike directly into poles instead of steering around them. His tips actually helped me from injuring myself and made me feel better about being such a clutz.
    What I appreciate so much about Tim is his loyalty in friendship to Paul (and many others) and like Kim, his genuine ability to see good in others and make them better just out of sheer belief that they are good. And maybe more than all that is his faith and simple trust in God. Obviously Paul could do a better job at relatying stories, but since he is asleep I thought I’d give it a go.
    We love you Tim, and thanks Paige for “spotlighting” him.

    KRISTI IT WAS SO GOOD TO SEE YOUR NAME ON HERE THIS MORNING. I NEVER KNEW TIM HAD SO MANY SPECIALTIES…

    I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM PAUL, BUT ONLY IF HE WILL BE NICE TO ME. HE CAN TELL WHATEVER HE WANTS ABOUT TIM. I THOUGHT I WOULD FIND OUT A LITTLE MORE DIRT ABOUT HIM BY NOW, BUT MOST PEOPLE ARE BEING VERY NICE OR VERY VAGUE. SPIT IT OUT PEOPLE. SORRY ABOUT THAT…THANKS AGAIN KRISTI.

  16. I still don’t know what Dennis is talking about. But it sounds like it could embarass Paul, so perhaps we should wait till he’s on the hot seat. But it does make me curious about the beaches on your side of Mexico!

    And in my defense… Jon’s wife wasn’t his wife yet. And, she really was hot. How was I to know she grew up in Brazil. Oops.

    As far as Kristi’s story… Paul always made fun of me cause I could only cook one thing. So, we were having supper with the youth group in South Africa (think Dallas) and it comes up that I could only impress a girl once with my cooking and after that I had to take her out to eat. So I pipe up, “Well, I can impress her twice if she wants to stay for breakfast”… long pause… “I mean, I can make french toast!” But it was too late. Everyone was speechless after that.

    THERE GOES TIM…ALWAYS WALKING AROUND WITH HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH.

  17. Tim…
    You did NOT ruin our trip by any stretch of imagination…I still laugh to think of that weekend!!!

    I don’t think you nor Kim realize how much we love you and how much we enjoy our time with you and the kids. It doesn’t matter if we are talking “deep spiritual” stuff or watching a ball game, if we are chasing kids around or studying together, if we are laughing of days gone by or looking forwar to days ahead…..God has used you and your family to bless me and my family and for that I am thankful!!

    Can’t wait to see you again!

    RaDonna

  18. Tim…I am dying laughing right now about that! It’s hilarious because I can totally picture you saying that and then being like “uh…”. Tooo funny!

    BTW-I kinda forgot about “willy” thanks for reminding me!!! I am having some “Tim” laughs today!

  19. Sandra (nee Monteiro) said:

    Hi to all of you guys…

    It is so interesting. I do remember seeing Tim and Paul at Benoni Church in South Africa but am unsure which year were you both there? I was at SABS now SABC (full fledged College offering degrees) from 1993 to 1995.

    By the way Tim my kids’ names are Alexandra Ruth (Alexandra is a good name for a Portuguese/Austrian, South African born english speaking child, it is spelled the same way in any of these languages) and Jaden Alexander.

    I do not use my surname on the net because there are only 7 of us (including my 2 kids) in South Africa so were are easy to find. I met my husband at SABS back in 1993. He was a SABS graduate back in 1989 that came to visit during one of the indoor Cricket matches (think funny baseball with a flat bat, still don’t get this game even after all this time) .
    I was already friends with his younger brother andmy hubby and I remained friends until 1997 when we decided to start dating we got married in 1998 (March) and were only engaged for 21 days. Our preacher at the time said that his only available on the last Saturday in March (got engaged 21/02/1998) and we too him up. He was only joking but we pulled it together.

    My daughter was born October 1999 and my son July 2001.

    Again with the Aim connection there was a guy named Tiger that used to worship with us at Boksburg Church. He was part of a one person aim team 1998/1999. We become very good friends, he was good friends with my hubby, Markus. He used to like to come over and eat my homemade Mexican food, these were the days before we could get El Paso here, and my Sloppy Joe’s. I got these recipies from an Old AIm cooking book.

    Enough of the update I found it so funny to see Tim and Paul all grown up and to see your wonderful families.

    What can I say about Tim? He was always funny and used to makes us all laugh. I remember you guys coming to eat at our flat in Carnaxide (Portugal) and Tim sitting with his plate on the floor by the apartment building landing.

    Gauteng is the province where Jo-burg is in. And I was at SABC (then SABS) lecturship on Sunday. It is going on this week. Do you remember what a barbaque is called in South Africa?

    And in that story at the youth; were you trying to chat up a ‘lekker meissie’?

    Keep up the good fight!!! God Bless…

    P.S. Do not have a blog but maybe I will start one soon so I can show off my kids…

    SANDRA…I’M TRYING TO PLACE YOU BUT AM HAVING A HARD TIME PICTURING YOU. I WAS THERE IN 93 AND WE LIVED IN CARNAXIDE AS WELL. I’M SO GLAD THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO SEE SOME FAMILIAR FACES HERE.

  20. Well, I do not have a big story but it is a story. It made my teammate(Isabelle) and I laugh so hard. Isabelle decided to throw me a surprise birthday party while in A.I.M. This is before the mission field. Anyway, she got everybody there and I was surprised. The party comes to an end and people are leaving in groups. Isabelle and I noticed that Tim was in our bathroom for a long time. We thought “oh boy.” Tim comes out ready to head for the door to leave and we notice he is hunched over like he has a stomach ache. He starts to moan and groan like his stomach hurts. We also noticed that Tim somehow magically had gotten bigger in the stomach area while in the bathroom. We looked at him in a peculiar way. Finally after much back and forth talk, we realized he had tuck some of our toilet paper rolls under his jacket. He tried so hard to escape with rolls of toilet paper. Isabelle and I figured he and his roomie must have been desperate to try to steal from us. He look so funny!! =)…Isabelle and I thought it was clever and funny. He almost got away with it!

    Tim, even though I did not have as much time with you as the others here; It was fun and entertaining! Thanks for making Isabelle and I laugh!

    I do remember one another thing. It is the event when the Aimers make fun of the assistants/directors towards the end of the year. Tim was Rex Boyles! He nailed Rex’s personality and even the little things like Rex slamming his hands together while his watch was in his hands during class.

    Good memories.

    THANKS FOR SHARING SHELLIE…HARD TO BELIEVE SOMEONE WOULD TRY TO STEAL (BORROW) TOILET PAPER.

  21. Tim… do you remember that awful birthday cake Karen & I made? We left it sitting in the pan for a week, chiseled it out, & put it back together with margarine as frosting. Then we stuck spaghetti in as candles.
    Thanks to Tim Rush, I will have these two songs stuck in my mind until the day I die, or at least until I get Alzheimers:

    “T-I- a double M-Y R-U- SH spells Timmy Rush. Not Terry Rush, not Dusty Rush, but Timmy Rush- that’s MEEEEEEE!”

    and

    “I’m in the nude for love, simply because you’re near me. Funny but – funny butt? – when you’re near me, I’m in the nude for love.”

    They. never. go. away :-]

    p.s. I forgot to say before, but I went to Ireland

    YOU GET ONE POINT FOR IRELAND…I THINK THERE ARE THREE OF YOU NOW. I’VE HEARD THE SECOND SONG AND THANKS A LOT BECAUSE I HAD FORGOTTEN UP UNTIL A FEW MINUTES AGO. I HAVE A FUNNY CAKE STORY THAT I WILL SAVE FOR LATER BECAUSE IT’S NOT ABOUT TIM. BUT MINE INVOLVES DISHSOAP.

  22. Radonna, you are too cool. Isn’t weird that we were great friends, then you coordinate my future wife and then we’re still great friends. Seems like a bunch of stuff could go wrong with all that.

    And though I loved Portugal, I still feel a bit remiss that I didn’t get to go to Ireland. Of course… I didn’t have a date, so couldn’t be on that team. (How cool that both marriages from that team are still going strong!)

    Paige, do you remember Tina that ran the day-care downstairs at the church building? Sandra is her oldest daughter. Right?

    Saundra I LOVED Jo-berg. That was quite different from what I expected but very cool. And I’ll always remember you for letting me drive your mini-cooper. I think that twice you didn’t want to give people a ride home so you let me do it. (Perhaps I was a bit too willing.) It couldn’t do much with people in the car, but once they got out and I was solo, that baby could get its swerve on!

    And Shelly, Shelly, Shelly. My cradle-role buddy. It has been neat seeing you around the blog world. I’m am still bummed that I didn’t get away with your tp. Of course if I had, you probably wouldn’t have thought it was funny.

    I HAD LOOKED THROUGH MY PICTURES…HAD SEVERAL OF TINA…SANDRA IS PROBABLY IN THERE TOO…I’M JUST HAVING A HARD TIME PLACING HER.

    YOU COULDN’T HAVE GONE TO IRELAND BECAUSE OF THAT CAMP ADVENTURE INCIDENT…YOU WERE DOOMED TO PORTUGAL THE MINUTE “THE BOB” SAID YOUR NAME.

  23. Hey Amy T. Fancy meeting you here. (Amy and Jason and James and Radonna were the double date (ehr) team to Ireland that I wanted to be a part of! Foiled!)

    And yes I remember that cake. I believe I signed the paper plate you gave it to me on and passed it on to Blackburn for her birthday. She signed it and it got passed on a couple of times… probably until it met an especially hungry AIMer.

    Well Paige, thank you so much. This has been very fun getting to re-live old times with old pals. And yes, everyone has been way too nice. Why, I’ve got some great stories to tell on people… I hope they don’t think I’m going to hold back just cause they did. Ha!

    I’M GLAD YOU’VE BEEN ENCOURAGED. PLEASE DON’T HOLD BACK…I’M REALLY SURPRISED AT HOW NICE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TO YOU…BUT I’M HAPPY THEY HAVE.

  24. Paige…I really want to talk to you. Please email me…thepatten5@sbcglobal.net

    I’d like to call you, can you email me a number?

    flee

    I EMAILED A FEW WEEKS AGO…I GUESS YOU DIDN’T GET IT…I’LL TRY AGAIN.

  25. Sandra (nee Monteiro) said:

    Yes Tim, I am Tina’s eeldest daughter.

    Paige might have a hard time remembering me as I left January 1993 and returned only for 6 weeks that summer in July 1993.

    I met Paige and even went to the girls flat in Carnaxide during those six weeks quite a few times. You used to have the english evening services there on a Sunday night.

    The issue might be that I look like my sister a lot (Andrea) thus you might not remember.

    My mom was here until end January for 6 months and is now back in Lisbon, Portugal. My sister decided to take a furlough in South Africa for a year and is staying with some friends of hers in Benoni. People confuse us all the time.

    I do remember Tim always offering to drive my Mini Cooper and also we trying to fit 6 or 7 in a small car designed for 4. People used to look at us funny. I thought you missed driving thus why I was always willing to let you drive. Tim do you remember you guys always phoning me when you missed the last bus from Carnaxide to Queijas trying to bum a ride.

    I do remember Andrea. Please give my love to Tina…she was such an amazing woman…always smiling.

  26. I don’t know Tim either – but Rex insisted that I get in on this “hot seat” about him. Rex is getting older now … so some of his memories are fading (more like blinking on and off like a bad neon light with a short in it) but he seems to remember visit with Tim and Mike S in their apartment, during AIM. He doesn’t remember the purpose of the visit – (maybe Tim or Mike will confess – I mean relate the story); but he thinks that he saw underwear hanging from one of the living room lamps. (Traumatic memories are sometimes blocked.)

    But most of the time, when he thinks or speaks of Tim – he mentions a late night (after most folks should have been in bed) that Tim and Kim drove from home to an all night truck stop – not to get gas – not to pick up milk or bread – but to find Rex – to see if he was “okay”. When Rex saw them come through the door – he tried to back away before they could spot him. Too late – his heart was pounding … grieving at what he had done – where he was – how they would “see” him. There was no big display of emotion – but Tim said that he just wanted to see how Rex was doing – to remind him that he loved him. Rex counts that moment as a gift from God. Rex thinks that was the first time that he had ever met Kim – and he was afraid of what she would think – but she was kind, gentle, and compassionate. (No wonder their hearts are knit together.)

    Rex loves Tim and Kim (and the Q and his tribe). He wants his bonus daughter to go to AIM – and work with Tim and Kim.

    WRECKS…YOU ARE A FREAK YOU KNOW THAT DON’T YOU…BUT EVEN FREAKS ARE WELCOME ON BASE. SO WELCOME. I’M SO THANKFUL FOR THE HEART THAT TIM AND KIM HAVE FOR HURTING PEOPLE. THANK GOD THEY WENT LOOKING…

  27. This has been really fun Paige. Good idea. I like being on Base. I make such a bad blogger because I don’t make consistent time for it and then I want to catch up on EVERYTHING that has been said so that I don’t miss out. It will be really fun to keep in contact like this though. I am glad that Dennis pushed you into it.

    I’M GLAD TOO…THIS HAS BEEN FUN.

  28. Tim
    I don’t know you well at all…I think I met you one Wednesday night at Rex’s house…but I have laughed over these stories!! What fun times yall must have had! And your family gets to “enjoy” your sense of humor now. The way your wife describes you and the things you do…makes my heart smile. What a blessing you are to so many people!! Keep writing because I love to read your words in blogland!

  29. Cheri Smith said:

    Okay, here goes…I don’t know any dirt on Tim…my dad never shared the good stuff with me back then…maybe he will now that I am old…but I just remember Tim as being so much fun to be around…you always made me laugh and you always were so nice to me. That really meant a lot. You guys meant the world to me and set such a great example. I love you Tim…and count you as someone special. Thank you for how you treated my dad. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.

    P.S. Is anyone fooled by the Wrecks thing?

    DOES HE REALLY THINK HE’S BEING SNEAKY?

  30. I think I know that Wrecks guy…hmmmm.

    I THINK HIS LAST NAME IS BOILS.

  31. I don’t know if anybody will come back to read this, but Rex, I just want to thank you again for all that you’ve done for me and the friend that you are. After reading your comment I’ve been thinking today about that night going to visit you. I’m not usually a night owl, and I was kind of scared to go see you. Weird huh? What if you didn’t want to see me? (I pretty much figured you wouldn’t. But what if you acted like it?) But you put me at ease right away. I remember telling Kim later how weird it was that I wanted to minister to you and some how love on you cause I knew you had to be hurting but you turned the tables on me and lifted me up instead. You asked about my work and began telling stories and really encouraging me.

    Reading over this, it isn’t a very good summation of that night or what you did for my heart. But thank you for your humble approach to caring for others.

    Cheri, you are way too nice. Really, I’m not just saying that. You grew up under quite a shadow of “Wrecks Boil’s daughter”, but you didn’t let that define you. Not that that’s a bad thing mind you… but cool that you, Cheri, have your own personality and coolness. And even after saying that… some people could have resented the whole “W B’s d” and decided to show the world how opposite they could become. Praise God you love your dad and love being like him and love being with him. Very cool.

    And Sherry, I got to visit your Wednesday night study once and was overwhelmed. It was amazing seeing Rex in his element… teaching and loving and edifying. (We don’t use that word much cause it’s kind of a “Bible-word”, but “edifying defines Rex doesn’t it?)

    I joked with Rex before the study that I thought his house looked kind of like a church of Christ building. (Dennis thought that was pretty funny… Rex did not!) But after leaving that night, I knew it was a Church of Christ. You guys have something special going on at Open.

    I WILL MAKE SURE THAT HE SEES THIS. ISN’T THAT JUST LIKE HIM…YOU GO TO HELP HIM AND HE ENDS UP HELPING YOU.

    WHEN HE TOLD ME THAT YOU GUYS HAD GONE TO FIND HIM I WAS SO GRATEFUL. I HAD DESERTED HIM LONG BEFORE ANY THING EVER HAPPENED AND DIDN’T FIND HIM AGAIN UNTIL AFTER (I HAD NO IDEA WHEN I CONTACTED HIM). WHEN I FOUND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED I WAS SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE THAT REACHED OUT…WISH I WOULD HAVE BEEN AROUND SOONER.

    YOU ARE A GOOD MAN TIM…I’M GRATEFUL FOR THIS BLOG…I’VE GOTTEN TO CONNECT WITH YOU ON A MORE SERIOUS LEVEL AND HAVE SEEN A MATURITY IN YOU THAT I ADMIRE. FUNNY HOW A “PLAY” BLOG COULD HELP ME SEE SO MUCH OF PEOPLE’S HEARTS.

  32. Tim, I saw your note – Paige made sure. Thank you. I remember it differently, but I am glad that you remember it with a kind thought toward me. On that night – you crossed from “enjoyed” student to “appreciated” brother – then from “appreciated” brother to “cherished” friend. I thank God for you and Kim – and for that night – even though I hate what caused that night.

  33. Hey Tim, you were one of my 20 or so aim assistants (with a record like mine, how did I miss out on Portugual?), but you were certainly my second-most memorable assistant. 🙂 All the stories I would tell have already been shared, except one… you went to bat for me when other people had given me up as a lost cause. And I appreciate that.

    THANKS FOR STOPPING BY … HOPE YOU’LL COME BACK AGAIN SOON.

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