Hi, my name is Joel Hunt, and I have been married to my lovely wife, Candice (Smith), for twelve wonderful years. I was homeschooled (class of '97), along with my eight siblings (Andrea, Joseph, Me, Patrick, Zachary, Collyn, Elisa, Carolyn, and Abraham), all the way through, and am currently schooling my daughters, Greta Jo and Lucy, at home. I am a former Active Duty Firefighter in the USAF until December '07, and then I went to work as a civilian firefighter for the Department of the Army at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. In 2008, we moved back to our home state of Missouri, and bought a small farm in Crocker. Along with working at Fort Leonard Wood as a civilian Firefighter, I run our home business, Hunt's Home Renovation, on the side.
Latest Update: We are had our second child, Lucy Eileen, this January, and I lost my leg this past December after a 5 month fight to keep it when I wrecked a small aircraft in July. I'm being fitted this month for a prosthetic, and I'm planning to return to the fire department once I've rehabbed (hopefully by April).
All in all, 2010 has been quite a year, but despite lots of seeming loss, it's actually been the greatest year of gain in my life. God has proved His faithfulness time and time again, and we're excited to see how the Lord will use us to glorify Him in this coming year.
Let me see... If I were to describe myself, I would say that I generally love life, especially being a papa to my beautiful daughter. I enjoy framing construction, pencil portraits, my awesome wife, biking, building design, covered bridge design (I'm infatuated with ALL bridges), airplanes, unicycling, my lovely bride, hanging out with my "married with kids" friends, matchmaking my "wanna-be-married-with-kids" friends, my darling mate, teaching AWANA at church, serving on our deacon board at Jacobstown Baptist, hitting up freecycle and craigslist for bargains, drawing, doodling, sketching, talk radio, my sweetheart, homeschooling, volunteer firefighting, running off weight with my pastor, canoeing, teasing my sisters about guys, grilling burgers, and basically over-committing myself to the point that my wife wants to scream.
I finished up my Private Pilot certificate in fall 2007, and I plan to utilize my G.I. Bill to fund up to CFI. My goal is to teach my wife, kids, and anyone who's ever dreamed of flying (but can't afford it) to be a pilot.
Go to Heaven. That one's already taken care of, but I'm just affirming it.
Buy a "bigger" farm (with enough land for an airstrip).
Open a cafe on the flightline (Candice will do the cooking!).
Raise our children with whatever methods it takes to turn 'em into God Fearin', productive adults (AKA Homeschooling).
Be married to my wife for 75+ years.
Run for state representative (Missouri of course). Seriously.
Hey, sorry for the delay, I have been busy like crazy lately.
I am on Morrisville Fire & Rescue. We are located about 20 min. North of Springfield. I have been with them for just over two years now, and I am LOVING it. I am also working on the local ambulance as an EMT as well.
I read on your page that you do ff as well. First off, thank you for your service to this country!
I think it is awesome that you are a pilot! That must be pretty awesome.
Blog comment re: From what I've heard, he had a lot of money at different times in his life, but lost much of it. He had some lapses in his career, times when he had no blockbuster movie come out. I'm just glad that, apparently, before he died, he surrendered his life to Jesus.