Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another Day, another decade

Wow – I’m 30. It’s funny though. I don’t feel as old as I thought I would feel when I was 20. This has definitely been a very eventful decade. Let’s recap.

1997 saw me at Pensacola Christian College. I was engaged to a girl that I thought at the time was THE one for me. A series of events showed me that I was in no way mature enough for the responsibility of marriage. I still had a lot of growing up to do and God had finally gotten my attention. I also boughy my first car (a 1990 Ford Taurus - a good car that took me many miles!) In 1999, I met Sarah in two different classes at college and we became good friends. There was definitely something different about her that attracted me, but it took a long time to bring her around to my point of view. :) I graduated that same year and headed off for a short stint in Texas. A few months later, off I go to the lost colony of Roanoke, VA in search of building a friendship and hopefully more with Sarah. Two years later, we were married and thus began what I think has been the greatest marriage I could have ever asked for. Sarah is a wonderful, beautiful woman who is everything I could ask for in a wife and more.

During the next few years, we (in no particular order) purchased our first house, took a few trips (including one to Great Britain), started my MBA at Liberty University, and began our journey of adoption. In 2006, the Lord blessed us with two Guatemalan-born sons and life got a whole lot busier! Carlos and Jeremiah are so full of life and energy, especially Carlos!! I also finished my MBA that same year and had my appendix removed. Early in 2007, we purchased a house in Rocky Mount and never thought that we would need all that room so soon. Christmas 2006 we had decided that we wanted to begin another adoption journey, this time domestically and prayed for a little girl. We expected the wait time to be perhaps 12 months or more – but God had other plans. Natalie was born in April and came home at the end of May. I proudly say that she is my little princess and I’m sure some might say she has me wrapped around her little finger! THEN another surprise – Sarah got pregnant!! Baby Ben is expected to make his grand entrance towards the end of February.

Whew! What an eventful decade! I have been truly blessed with a wonderful family and way more than I deserve. Here’s to another 30 years!


Anonymous said...

Whew! Reading all that has happened in the last 10 years of your life left me spinning! But how good God has been through it all!
A gigantic Happy Birthday to you!

Lori said...

Just think, in another 30 years you will (hopefully) be writing about the additions of grandchildren!
Happy birthday Pops!

(oh by the way, knowing that I was 30 was easy, 31 has been much more difficult to swallow!)

Mark Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Stephen! It is good to see you recognize God working in so many ways in your life. I remember when I turned 30... just barely. =) God bless

AConservativeBlog said...

30 -- hmmmm, yep, I can just about remember what happened that year --- yes, THAT'S IT - I had another birthday!! Apart from that, it's a struggle!! LOL :)

Have a great day and hope you enjoy the next 30 as well. By the way, 40 is now coming faster than you think!!

D said...

Happy Birthday!:-D

Anonymous said...

If you don't mind, I'd say here's to another 60 years!! :) Happy birthday babe!