Tuesday, September 27, 2011


::day 46::  Tuesday, September 27.  It's getting colder!   My feet are definitely feeling it, but it's only gonna get worse from here, so I'm trying to get used to it.  It's been kind of rainy lately, which is actually kind of nice for going barefoot.  It keeps my feet cleaner and washes off all the dirt!  I'm still wearing surgical booties on my feet during school, and so far so good.  Last Saturday,  I had to wear shoes at a band competition.  In case you don't remember, the principal at my school said that whenever I'm at another school representing Gobles High School as part of a group or school team, I have to be wearing shoes.  I tallied another 7 hours last Saturday.  I also had to wear shoes for a chemistry lab last week.  That brings the grand total of hours to make up to 32 hours. I have three more band competitions, so by the end I'm sure I'll be up to two extra days.  Hopefully we'll be putting up an FAQ video soon to answer all of the questions I'm asked almost daily.  I'm not really exaggerating,  there are some questions that people ask almost daily.  Be on the look-out for that, adn maybe an FAQ page on the website.  Until next, good night and God bless.

Friday, September 23, 2011


::day 42::  Hey guys! So this week has been pretty un-newsworthy.  Lot's of normal stuff, homework, youth group, band.  My mom has been in conversation with a local area church about possibly being able to collect shoes to donate to Soles for Souls!  It would be really cool if they would help us out with that, because alot of people have asked about donating shoes, and I've had to tell them we cant.  Maybe things are changing now.  Keep you fingers crossed, and keep us in your prayers, I feel like God's got some sweet ideas for AYWOS =]

Monday, September 19, 2011


::day 38::  Monday, September 19.  Today was the first day of wearing surgical shoe covers as alternative footwear!  I think it went well, no problems. I'll probably have to put on a new pair tomorrow though, because they're already close to wearing out.  I heard a really cool story today about ways that this project is helping people!  One of my dad's friends at work showed the video to his son, who's in junior high. The son was moved by the video, and decided he wanted to do something to make a difference too.  So, his mom and he came up with an idea.  They baked cookies, and sold them at a softball game, for any donation given to them by the person buying the cookies.  Altogether, they raised $180 for the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.  I'm truly honored to have had anything to do with this.  That's one thing I really want this project to do.  Inspire people to make a difference.  That's really awesome.  To be honest, that story made my day.  Have a good day, and God bless!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


::day 36::  Saturday, September 17.  It's been quite a while since I've written a blog, but to be honest not a whole lot has happened.  I had an interesting encounter yesterday wit ha woman who wholeheartedly thougth that I should find a different way to raise money for children.  She was convinced that this was too dangerous and that it wasn't going to go well.  After I told her I felt like it was something God was telling me to do, she told me that she would pray that God would give me wisdom, and that he would show me another way.  I just laughed and told her I had to leave.  Today my neighbor gave me some surgical foot covers, so I'll probably be wearing those from now on out.  While the bandannas, or hanker-shoes as I like to call them, are more interesting, the surgical shoe covers are a lot less hassle.  They're a lot easier to put on and take off, and they won't come undone during the day.  It's all around a little bit easier.  Be on the look out for a picture of this new "alternative footwear" soon.  And don't forget to like the facebook page =]

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


::day 32::  Tuesday, September 13.  Today was the first day of wearing alternative footwear in school!  I finished up all of the grade level meetings, so the school finally budged a little bit and is now letting me wear alternative footwear.  I had trouble uploading the picture to the blog, but if you go to the Facebook page you can see my alternative footwear on day one.  I found a really easy way to wrap handkerchiefs around my feet.  I think I heard one of my friends call handkershoes, so that's what I'm gonna call them.  I'm gonna be wearing my handershoes tomorrow too, and probably for quite a while until I can get something like a surgical shoe cover.  Just so that everyone knows, the amount of time I'm goiung to have to make up at the end of the year was exactly twenty four hours so far.  That's exactly one more day to my year.  Hopefully I'll remember to blog again tomorrow, but until I blog again, goodbye, and God bless!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


::day 30::  Sunday, September 11.  The last couple of days have been really fun.  On Friday I talked to the freshman and sophomores like planned.  I think it went well.  Tonight was a home football game, and I got to march barefoot.  A lot of people thought it would be hard, but I guess it just comes naturally to me for now.  On Saturday I got to sleep in (YAY!), and in the afternoon and into the evening we went to the Allegan county fair.  To be honest, the fair is one of the nastiest places to walk barefoot.  It's just really dirty, lots of cigarette butts to avoid.  Not to mention several of the animal barns weren't that pleasant either.  I toughed it out, and I'm pretty sure I don't have any foot diseases.  Finally we get to today.  Today I attended the Wine and Harvest Festival in Paw Paw.  They had a really good public church service that Freshwater helped to put on.  After that we hung around and listened the bands that were playing in the ampitheater.  I'd like to give a shout to a band called Audience of One.  You guys are awesome and super God-blessed.  Keep doing what you're doing.  This evening  has been relaxed, and now I'm finally writing this blog.  Hopefully I'll be posting some pictures of the last couple of days in the near future.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


::day 27::  Thursday, September 8.  Third day of school.  I already have tons of homework.  I'm trying to battle the bad habit of procrastination.  I'm currently losing that battle.  As far as AYWOS new, I added another school day to the time I have to make up.  That puts me up to 17 hours.  Almost an entire day. Kind of weird to think about how much this affects the long term parts of this project.  IT's worth it though.  I gave a talk to the juniors and seniors of Gobles High School today.  I showed them my video and then explained the whole project.  I think it went really well. Tomorrow I talk with the freshman and sophomores.  That should go pretty well too.  Hasta manaƱa, and god bless.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


::day 26::  Wednesday, September 7.  I had to wear shoes at school again.  I'll probably have to for at least another week, until the school has all of it's ducks in a row.  That added another seven hours to my total time that i have to make up at the end of the year.  I only had three hours from yesterday, since it was a half day.  I have to give a talk in front of the senior and junior classes tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


At one point when I first introduce the "making up time" idea, I say barefoot instead of wearing shoes.  Just to clear things up.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


::day 20::  Thursday, September 1.  A fun day.  A busy day, but undoubtedly a fun day.  As far as A Year Without Shoes stuff, I had a meeting a with Dan Martinez, the guy from Rhino Media productions who's helping me out with this whole thing.  We worked out some of the details with the Kickstarter.  I mentioned that there might be some problems with the IRS, with taxing the money we raise.  We kind of found a loop hole, because hopefully we're going to have the money donated to a non-profit organization, probably a local church.  Look out for more information on that in the future.  As far as the rest of my day went, I went to a workday for the youth room at my church.  Other than that and having Dinner with my family and Dan and his wife, I've been hanging out with some of my friends, Scott, Tucker, and Keegan.  Not me Keegan, another kid named Keegan.  He's crazy. Anyway, until later, see ya later, and God bless.