Summary provided by: StacyW
Background and courtship information are from http://www.davidlovespriscilla.com
David's parents married in 1974. His father was educated as an electrical engineer and his mother as a nurse. When his oldest siblings were in first grade, the family decided to homeschool the kids. David realized his sinful nature when he was 3 years old and gave his live to Jesus. He is the 5th of 10 children, and was born around 1986 (exact date?).
His father worked in various jobs and the family moved frequently during his childhood. When David was around 15, the entire family started doing mission work. They spent a year saving money for a 2005 trip to Mongolia. During this trip, David's brother Isaac developed cancer and, after about a month of illness, died at the age of 25. This motivated David to live life more purposefully.
The family returned to the US in 2007, and his Dad returned to his work as an engineer, while the older children volunteered at The Institute in Basic Life Principles (usually referred to as IBLP, covered in many places on FJ including http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15041). David met Priscilla Keller at IBLP's Journey to the Heart in 2008. David felt stirrings of love, but wanted to dedicate himself to God at least up to the age of 25, the age of his brother's death, before pursuing a relationship. Once he reached the age of 25, he thought maybe he should wait until he was 28, the age at which his father married, before reaching out to Priscilla.
David was keeping a daily journal, which he shared with his parents, and in which he wrote about his feelings for Priscilla. In 2011, his mother told him he should quit stalling and go for it. He said that he still wanted to wait until he was at least 25. He remained in contact with Priscilla, because both were involved with Journey to the Heart.
He finally requested the phone number of Priscilla's father from Josh Duggar. David called Mr. Keller, and they had a long conversation about this and that before finally getting around to the subject of Priscilla. Pa Keller said it was up to Priscilla, but he wanted to make sure that David was okay with the full quiver concept, and was not addicted to the Internet. Keller said he would get back to David within 3 days with Priscilla's decision. The VERY NEXT DAY Mr. Keller called him back and said Priscilla had assented to the courtship. They began their courtship in September 2011.
See Keller Family info (http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=15285). Priscilla Keller was born around 1986 and raised in Florida, and is the 4th of 8 children. Father Keller was a welder before being called to mission work, and became a full-time prison missionary in 1996. The Keller parents educated their children with ATI materials. Priscilla gave her life to Jesus at the age of 10. Like David, she felt that life was a race, and she wanted to get the most out of it by focusing on saving people.
Priscilla and her sister Anna went on the first IBLP Journey to the Heart in 2007, after which she became a Journey to the Heart leader. At the IBLP headquarters, she noticed and admired David Waller, but didn't feel like she should do anything about the attraction except pray, and tell her parents about her feelings. She was excited when her father called her to tell her about David's interest in her. The first meeting of their courtship was a four-hour conversation reviewing their life stories.
Courtship and Marriage
Their courtship was distinguished by David's romantic and elaborate gestures, such as giving her notes on paper with hand-burned edges. After two months, he got down on one knee and proposed to her, at a park in Florida. They got married in Florida in March, 2012 after a four-month engagement. The wedding was live streamed, and the recording is at davidlovespriscilla.com/2012/03/ ... ing-video/. There were many snarkable moments in the wedding, such as David turning around in the middle of the ceremony and conducting a musical piece. Another highlight was David shouting to the camera to announce his first-ever kiss with a girl. Priscilla became pregnant within a few months of their wedding.
David, and sometimes Priscilla, record their lives on their blog at http://www.davidlovespriscilla.com/blog-2/.
Priscilla is pregnant! Pee stick video (davidlovespriscilla.com/2012/09/ ... n-the-way/)
Pecan gleaning (davidlovespriscilla.com/2012/12/ ... can-story/ and starting on page 6 of the David and Priscilla updates thread)
Why We Care
David's personality is quite unusual. His style of writing and speaking suggest that his audience is composed of 5-year-olds. Frequent snark subjects are his reluctance to begin a courtship with Priscilla, his giddy affect, and the couple's matching outfits. The "pecan gleaning" episode resulted in pages of additions to their FJ thread. There are some signs that Josh Duggar envies David's accomplishments and athletic abilities (see http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=12469&p=393003&hilit=+josh+david+tennis#p393003)
Priscilla appears to not be all there. She seems childlike and easily guided.
David and Priscilla Updates http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14172
Esther Schrader (Anna Duggar's sister) living in a pop up http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=10779
When is sister Suze due to deliver? http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14690
David Loves Priscilla blog:http://www.davidlovespriscilla.com
David has continued in his role as administrative director at IBLP ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidwwaller ) during the resignation of Bill Gothard and subsequent investigation ( viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21260 ), and he and Priscilla announced her second pregnancy in a video recorded at a Chick-Fil-A parking lot ( http://davidlovespriscilla.com/2014/04/ ... g-brother/ ). David and Priscila travelled to Australia during her first pregnancy, and continued to travel after baby Paul was born. It seems like their travel is associated with David's work, but they also visit family across the country. Compared to other fundies we follow, David is rarely overtly political.
You can keep up with them on the Quiverful of Snark thread viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21494 . David's Twitter is https://twitter.com/DavidNCil .
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Very little of my Hebrew school education stuck with me also. Although I still think I could say parts of my Torah portion in Hebrew from my Bat Mitzvah 27 years ago. I hated going it was right after school & after 7 hours of school the last thing I want to do was more school.
They could have been fortunate and had mild cases and that, like Trump, reinforces their view that everyone is overreacting. Had Mary been alive I wonder if they would have shielded her.
She is bitching about Shiloh in every single post she makes. He's going to read that shit someday.
His world is turned upside down, give him a LITTLE extra attention you selfish twit...but don't break a sweat or anything.
Thank goodness he has Ezra, I hope he's getting more cuddles than usual from him.
In Massachusetts an "unenrolled" person in the past was not allowed to vote as "unenrolled" in the primaries. In order to vote in them and be allowed a primary ballot, the unenrolled voter had to request which party ballot they wanted...and then was assigned to that particular party until contacting City Hall to switch back to Unenrolled. As you can imagine, to vote in the primaries in MA as Unenrolled was a royal pain in the ass.
Since most candidates in MA were/are Democrats, many unenrolleds simply switched to the Democrat Party because it saved a lot of headaches-case in point: my parents. Otherwise, it was generally known that MA unenrolleds simply didn't vote in primaries because it was just too much of a hassle. Which if you think about it is a form of voter suppression.
Over the last decade or so in MA the tide turned and now "Unenrolled" voters are welcome in MA primaries and may take any primary ballot they choose without fear of losing their unenrolled status. When I told my dad that, he immediately reclaimed his unenrolled status. And he's not alone as 56% of MA voters are unenrolled, technically making blue-leaning MA purple voterwise. https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200229/political-notebook-mass-sees-73-increase-in-registered-voters-since-16
4 minutes ago, MamaJunebug said:
Gentile here, lover of so much of Judaism, and have to share a somewhat cautionary tale about that. NOT that I’m trying to tell any Jewish person something they already know!!
Some years ago, to my great delight, I discovered that a synagogue here offered a Judaism 101 class for free. The day before, the Mayim Bialik blog covered her family’s Purim celebration and she used the word “Halloween” in context but admittedly she didn’t equate the two.
Well .... after class, an overly friendly synagogue member who was in the class offered to lead myself and another first-timer - a very young woman - on a building tour. It turns out the overly helpful member inserts herself into a lot of what the rabbis do in the way of education.
As we wound up the tour, she mentioned Purim coming up, and I said, “Kind of like Halloween—“ and oo, oo, did I get an earful!!!
She objected, in order, to the following: It is not being about scary nor the dead; the costumes honor Queen Esther; and it is not about begging (for candy) but giving. I humbly said, “I apologize, I did not know, thank you for the correction.”
It gets a chapter 2:
After I thanked her for the correction she began talking about why a chapel is named for a past local retail giant, explaining to the young woman (who didn’t recognize the name) about how Jewish people went into retail and,
thinking of the many department stores of old that had very Jewish names, and where I had found many a great item, I chuckled very lightly and murmured “Yeah!”
— and I got a second dose of education: the guide whirled on me and said sharply, “Don't laugh!” and described how anti-Semitism blocked Jewish people’s ability to buy farm land, etc., more or less leaving commerce and the professions as their only avenues of making a living.
I knew that already and she must have blown an inner gasket when I simply said, “I know.”
That lady is a hoot. We became friends and she, a psychoanalyst, soon after suggested to me during a coffee date that I might benefit from psychological care, which BTW she provides... I patted her hand - she had laid it upon my other hand - and said, “Karen, I perceive that you are truly gifted at counseling and accomplished! But I see us as being friends, not doctor and client.”
Still makes me smile big every time I think of it. An analyst who’s likely to yawp at me? As I said, we are buds to this day, but boy, I NEVER *remotely* liken Purim to Halloween!!!! 😋
😁 Oh yeah, not much of my very limited Jewish education stuck with me (I walked out of Hebrew school class when I was 12 and never went back) but I do know deep down that there's more to it than just dressing up. But to be fair, I have quite a few synagogues as freelance design clients (you get one and boy, do they network!) and even they emphasize the more secular Halloween-ish aspects of Purim. Costumes, candy, games, the whole um…Megillah (groan…so, so sorry 😬)