Stories from my life to make you laugh, smile, reflect, and sometimes roll your eyes.

Scarred For Life!

Mother scarred me for life when she had me wear second-hand girls clothing and tried to convince me they were boys clothes.

All Time Greatest?

I snuck away from a church picnic to slide down the spillway at the lake and nearly killed myself in the process.

The Great Cave Expedition.

Exploring the church crawlspace on a secret mission. We thought we’d been successful until unforeseen circumstances intervened.

Paint job on the church.

I will confess to painting on the wall of the church, but will claim that I have a defense. My little sister talked me into it.

Just a little ornery.

Preachers kids have the reputation of being ornery or trouble makers. They are on view for the world to see and expected to be angels. Sometimes they aren’t.


Published by John Purvis

John and Niece Sandy circa 1980

I was born and raised in Kansas in a family of 7 children. My father was a minister in the United Methodist Church for 50 years. We moved every few years to a new church. Each new location became a new chapter in the journey. I have had the privilege of knowing so many different people from varying backgrounds. I have also had many friends and close relatives who’ve been able to share this journey. I wanted to share some of the stories and adventures I have had.


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