Sunday, May 27, 2012


Birthdays are a strange thing.  You love growing older until a certain age, and then it changes.  You are not as excited about getting older and older.  I don't know if it is because after 25 we don't gain any "new" privileges like you do with birthdays like 16, 18 and 21.  Today I started thinking about the age 28.  Things that I thought I would be doing at age 28, and how they are not happening in life for me yet.  No house with a white picket fence, no babies, we are not living close to home, we have not "settled down".

Instead of being sad about not having these things, I just realized these are just things.  Expectations that I have placed on myself, not based on anything truthful or anyone.  These past few weeks I have been hit with so many moments of thankfulness.

Thankful that God has provided for us through two years of seminary.  He has taken care of each and every one of our needs.  He has taken care of tuition and book expenses through the generous gifts of our loved ones.  We could not make it through seminary without His provision.  God is good, all the time.  I have a great job that pays the bills and leaves me time to have a social life and be active with the youth at church.  God is good, all the time.  He has provided a wonderful job for Marty after seminary (more details to come soon).  God is good, all the time.  When I thought I would have no community in St. Louis, He has provided friendships for both Marty and me.  God is good, all the time.  

The Lord's faithfulness is the only thing that I can trust in as I grow older and older.  God has been faithful in the past and will continue to be faithful as the years come and go.  Praise the Lord for 28 great years!


Sunday, May 13, 2012

5 and 13.1 More Than Just Numbers

As you begin reading you are probably thinking to yourself, "About time."  We know that since Easter we have not blogged at all.  We apologize for the lack of entertainment and information you have received from us.

Some of you know that this is Birthday/Anniversary month here in our home.  Meaning we are celebrating Meredith's birthday (though one never reveals the age of a woman) and we are celebrating five years for Marriage.  Its hard to believe that five years has gone by so fast.  Well not quite five years because its not officially 5 until the 19th.  When you look at the supposed gift giving protocol for 5 years you don't really get excited though.  I believe its wood, BLAH!  I thought for awhile I was going to have a good friend of ours over at Onyx Feather make Meredith a custom piece of jewelry.  The more I thought about it the more I realized vintage jewelry really isn't my wife's thing.  

I also realized that there isn't much made of wood that I can afford right now or that Meredith wants.  So what do I get her?  Well thats where the second number in the Blog title comes into play.  I have decided that for Meredith I am promising to train and run a half-marathon.  This is a big goal for me as I have never run more than 4 miles at a single time in my life.  We haven't chosen one yet but I am considering three.  The St. Louis Rock'n Roll, The Disney Half, and the St. Petersburg, FL Rock'n Roll.  Wish me luck thats our news for now.
Who had have thought she would stick around for 5.