A full weekend

Yesterday I turned 35 years old.

That’s a little scary. As a white male living in Texas the latest life expectancy estimate for me is ~77 years old. So, I’m almost halfway there. Yikes.

This weekend has been fun and full. So much has happened in the last 3 days that I want to talk about, but there is no way to cover all of it in the depth that I want to. So tonight I’m just going to post some short summaries. I may get back to some of them later this week.

So, here’s what happened:

  • Friday night we had a happy hour for my birthday with our friends from church. It was awesome. Our friends from WDP and MDP were there, our community group was there, and it was just a great time of hanging out with people we love. We stayed for 5 hours
  • Saturday morning I awoke to my 35th birthday. My wife made biscuits and gravy from scratch, and had a great gift for me, a “southern gentleman” basket with cool grooming accessories I need/want, homemade(!) blueberry bourbon, and other goodies. It was the best way to start my day
  • Saturday from 9am-5pm we went to a Saturday seminar for our Development programs. Jeff Vanderstelt from Soma Communities in Tacoma, WA taught us all day and I was blown away. It was genuinely moving, and a life-altering day for us. When we got home we talked about what we learned for over two hours. It was an invaluable day


  • Today Lindsey made an amazing Pistachio Pear Brown Sugar Cake for me. It was simply amazing. It was complicated, with many steps and potential pitfalls. She outdid herself, it’s literally the best cake I’ve ever had. I hope she posts about it later this week
  • Today is also the 12th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 10 team members and staff from the Oklahoma State basketball team. I was a senior at OSU at the time and I can truly say that I will never forget where I was when I heard about it, or the days and weeks that followed. It is one of the formative events of my life. So, I will close out the blog by doing what I have done on this day every year since January 27th, 2001, and pause to Remember the Ten. God bless them, and the families, friends and teammates they left behind


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