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A week ago Sara and I celebrated our 7th anniversary together.  It’s hard to believe we’ve been married seven years.  In some ways it seems like yesterday when she walked elegantly down the aisle toward me.  In other ways (and only good ones) it seems like we’ve spent a lifetime with each other.

This year I wanted to do something a little more fun to celebrate.  The last several years we haven’t been able to do a lot to celebrate on or right around the day because of our (or should I say my) busy youth ministry summer schedule.  This year was going to be different!  I came home from Camp Barnabas with a plan.  Shortly after arriving home I asked Sara to priceline a hotel room for us in St. Louis.  I thought it would be fun to have a “kid-friendly” celebration this year in honor of waiting for the time to bring our son home.  St. Louis has several great places for families and many of them are free or fairly inexpensive.  So my grand scheme involved the Zoo and the Science Museum.  We ended up being a little more lazy than I anticipated leaving the hotel that morning that we only made it through the Zoo experience that day, but we had a wonderful time with each other nonetheless.

Here are a few pics of our new furry and not so furry friends:

Both of these guys seemed to have an unfair advantage in our staring contest…

I kind of wonder what these guys might say to each other in response to hundreds of people coming by just to look at them do their thing…

This was definitely one of my favorite anniversary celebrations yet!  It was simple.  It was free.  It was fun, especially as we imagined what it will be like next time when we get to share this experience with our son.  By the time the day was over I was reminded once again how much I love my wife and how I feel so blessed by God to walk this road with her.

And to our son, whoever and wherever you are: We are SO ready to meet you!  We continue to wait (as patiently as possible) for God to weave our stories and our lives together.

Hopefully sooner rather than later!

Okay….so we realize we have been MIA around here!  Summer got the best of us this year.  Ministry, Camps, and transitions have just proved overwhelming!  We are alive and well and I hope to be a blogging machine this week but we’ll see what happens!

This week we are in celebration mode…..Today is our 7 year anniversary and Thursday (the 29th) is Mike’s big 30th birthday.

Celebrating our 7th anniversary at the St. Louis Zoo

Seven years ago today I met the man of my dreams at the front of a chapel in Muskogee, OK.  We spent a few moments together praying before the events of our wedding day got underway.  The entire day felt like a fairytale that I wish I could relive every year.  I would gladly say “I do” again every year and I never want to forget the vows that we made to each other that day.  I can honestly say I love him infinitely more today than I did on that day 7 years ago and I loved him a lot then!  I wouldn’t trade these years for anything.  We have grown so much together and can often anticipate each other’s reactions and thoughts.

I cherish each of these last days of it just being “us.”  I love our easy way of being together and enjoying just riding in the car whether we are talking up a storm or just sitting quietly.  We recognize the importance of being intentional with our time and words and never let a day go by without sharing our thoughts and feelings with one another.  We are entering a new season of life and I couldn’t be more thrilled than to do it with Mike.  He will be the best dad in the world.  ALL the kids adore him and his funny antics and I long to hear our little one belly laughing because his “daddy” is so funny.

Mike inspires me every day to live out the gospel because he shows me what it looks like.  I can’t help but notice how kind and attentive he is not only to me, but to anyone we encounter.  The waitresses, the employees at the grocery store, even others around us in public.  He constantly has a smile and a kind word for everyone.   He has a calling on his life that he can’t ignore….he thinks about the implications of life on people he cares about and is often burdened with what the spiritual applications are of decisions that are made.  He is centered on walking in faith rather than fear and challenges those around him to consider the same. My prayer is that he would never lose sight of the influence he has to speak life into darkness!  I pray that everyday for him.


I feel honored to walk alongside and minister with Mike. He is my best friend and I will be forever grateful that he took a chance of losing our friendship pursued a romantic relationship! 🙂

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