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27, and counting.

Yup, today is my birthday. One year ago I was celebrating my victory on Wheel of Fortune. The excitement has died down a bit, though I still get a “congrats” from someone I haven’t seen in a long time. Especially since they re-aired the episode last weekend, and many people who knew me seemed to have missed it a year ago (or that it happened a year ago).

5 Years ago I had just begun my first full-time youth pastor job in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was an incredible rush….met some phenomenal people…learned a TON….and grew a lot. God blessed our time there, just as He has blessed the transitions in between.

10 Years ago I was turning 17, just beginning my senior year of high school. It was a great year. Algebra 2 was my only real class, the rest were choirs, dramas, independent reading, etc. My little brother Darin was a freshman, and I’d like to think I was decent to him for the most part. I was jerkish at times, but had matured a least a little by then. Plus, being nice to my freshman brother in high school kinda played well with the females (like caring for a puppy). So I was down with that.

20 years ago I was 7. No idea what happened that year. I was in 2nd grade? I prided myself on not “getting my name on the board” that entire year, even when the teacher mistook me for my older brother, and thought it had happened once. Mrs. Strawkowski, or something like that. Fun year, and I think I was Bugs Bunny for Halloween.

Thanks to everyone who has played a part in each of my 27 years. And to those who will be involved in the next 27…..look out. 🙂



Husband, Father, Pastor, Missionary, Writer, Poet, Friend, reader, coffee enthusiast, hockey Wing-Nut, musical participator, etc...

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