I have been feeling somewhat nostalgic lately. As 2010 comes to an end, I am nearing my 40th birthday in April. The decade of my 30’s has been, in a word, amazing!!
Desiree had a surprise birthday party for me when I turned 30. It was an intimate party with a few close friends. Just a few short months after I turned 30 Desiree was pregnant with our first child, Brooklyn. In the latter half of that year, just before Brooklyn was born, I had the opportunity to coach the varsity girls basketball team to its best season in school history…which remains true today, ten years later. I have many fond memories of that group of girls and, as I look back, I realize how special that opportunity was to spend time with those children each and every day.
Desiree lost both of her parents during these years. This was extremely hard on her and I watched a strong woman survive this loss and carry on. My respect for Desiree and her positive impact on my life grows every day I wake up next to her.
Brooklyn was born in the spring. Just 18 months later God blessed our lives with Dawson.
I survived some extremely excruciating moments at work in the decade of my 30’s. There were days that were extremely dark for me on a personal level. With the help, guidance, and support of Desiree we all survived those turbulent days.
I have built new friendships and rekindled ones of old.
My marriage is better and stronger than it has ever been. God added Faith and Hope to our lives in the autumn of 2009 and my first book, Beyond the Scoreboard, was published and released in October of 2010.
I am not yet 40, but I feel like I have had some ‘wow’ moments in my life. As I mature and gain wisdom, I have found it particularly important to recognize the ‘wow’ moments in my life…take time to witness a beautiful sunset, laugh with Brooklyn, Dawson, Faith, and Hope, and hold Desiree. Most importantly I have learned that all of these blessings are from God and all I do must glorify Him.
I have accomplished much and am thankful for what God has blessed me with. Each day I pray that His message is glorified through me in my actions and my words. I have no idea what the next 10 years will bring, but for now I will give pause to recognize my accomplishments and recognize that God’s been good to me.