From Behnam: I hope that Isra has an easy
pregnancy and that our little one arrives healthy and
happy. I also hope that I can do as much as possible
to help Stanley and whomever comes to our library.
From JenniAnn: I hope that our group grows stronger and
closer in the months ahead and that the love we share
for each other pours forth onto all those who come to
the safe house.
From Caleb: I resolve to stop
moping around about being single. I am a cowboy.
Cowboys don't mope. Okay, except when they're
singing those lonesome country songs.
From Joccy: I resolve to be more
open about how I'm feeling and to ask for help when
I need it. I also resolve to have as much fun
as possible and to learn as much as possible from
Vincent, JenniAnn, Owen, Kemara, Isra, and all the
other Tunnel teachers.
From Reuel: My hope is that the community Joshua
will build here at the safe house will be a strong
and compassionate one, welcoming to all who come to
us. I resolve to arrange for a vote on naming
this place because "the safe house" is very, very
boring as Eleora constantly reminds me.
From Vincent: I resolve to
find the right balance for all my roles: husband,
son, father, grandpa, friend, leader, and teacher
even if it means cutting back on some things I'm
used to doing. My days on the building crew,
for example, are likely behind me...
From Liam: I promise to keep taking really good care
of Conan because if I don't brush him then all our
clothes end up covered in dog hair.
From Emma: I hope for really
beautiful and friend-filled and stress-free
weddings for Peter and me and Rose and Max!
From Sy: I hope to end my
high school career without regrets and feeling
confident that I've made choices that, by
God's grace, will lead to a good life for Ivy
From Shelby: I resolve to
write for at least one hour every single
From Mick: I resolve to be
the best husband and friend that I can be and
to enjoy every moment that we have with
Joshua. Still can't believe that... but
I hope Clay and Kylie get the baby they've
been hoping for since their wedding. And
I certainly wouldn't mind having another
little niece or nephew myself...
From Hailey: I promise to study really hard
in 2016 and take every opportunity for extra
involvement in my department so I can be a
really great teacher some day... like my
From Fr. Mike: I
resolve to speak boldly and confidently,
without fear, during every Mass and to
always honor Joshua's desires even if they
come in conflict with my higher ups.
From Violeta: I hope that, even though I'm
busy with school, I'll have chances to
work with Andrew on assignments. I
miss seeing him light up and be so awesome
with our assignments!
From Andrew: I
resolve to follow Joshua's and the
Father's will during this assignment
to come and remember that while I'm
their angel, I'm also a friend,
father, and soul mate. I won't
hold everything in, leaving my loved
ones to feel cast out. I will do
everything in my power to help my
friends and family as we, together,
help those who come to us.
Top Ten Most
So I think
it's pretty safe to say that the
Andrew who reunited with Tess and
met Monica during a destination
wedding involving a train,
murderess, and really old school
computers would be pretty shocked
to find himself with the life we
read about in the Dyeland
stories. I thought it would
be fun to try to narrow down the
top ten things that would be the
most unbelievable to the Andrew of
1996. Here goes.
Andrew goes through "magical"
portals on a daily basis.
9. He has a
last name that doesn't change
every week or so.
of his friends are
vampires. Thankfully, not
any of the friends he had in
1996. I imagine that
woulda been pretty traumatic!
ran a couple people through with a
sword. Okay, they were
demons and the sword didn't do any
physical damage. But that's
still pretty out there!
lovelorn characters from the TV
show Beauty and the Beast
were based off a real couple who
are now kinda like his in-laws.
an apparent century without,
Andrew's actually gone on several
vacations since 1996... although
still not to Paris.
has a protege named Violeta who is
adorable and spunky and sweet and
has a crush on Hugh Jackman... and
is also the mother of two sheep
and will likely soon be a
sheep-grandmother due to her
strong opposition to ovine birth
3. Monica has a kid named
Liam. And lives with some
guy named Arthur.
2. He has four kids (Max,
Violeta, Shelby, and Belle) and
shares a bedroom with a woman who
was a whoppping thirteen years old
during the events of "The One That
Got Away." Thankfully, she's
thirty three now... but still
really doesn't like those tasseled
shoes of his.
1. Joshua sometimes sleeps
over in the bedroom above
theirs... and it all started after
Andrew directed him in a
production of Jesus Christ
Superstar that resulted in
Yehuda seeing the light.
Only took him nearly 2,000 years
but, still... yay!
This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye in thanks for
inspiring the start of another year of JABB! We've
come along way since 1998... and I've certainly found
bits of JABB's history shocking! But it's been
quite a ride and I look forward to it continuing.
(Photo Credits: The photographs
used on this page are from Touched by an Angel
and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions,
and Moon Water Productions. They are not being
used to seek profit.)