December 28, 2003

Exactly 5 years to the day, Jennifer and I left Fort Worth, TX.  We packed up our measly possessions, our rag-tag furniture and wedding-gift home furnishings and drove back to KY.  We had both finished seminary and were now making the long journey back to start full-time ministry at Main Street Church in Alexandria. 

We had no kids.  I was leaving youth ministry and shifting to pastoral leadership.  I hadn’t even started doctoral work.  Jennifer was leaving Cornerstone Assistance Network (her perfect job).  We were moving to a new city, to serve a new church, and begin a new phase of our lives together.

What a day December 28, 2003, was?

So much has changed in 5 years.  We no longer live in the city we moved to five years ago.  We now have two children.  In 5 years, Jennifer has worked as a legal assistant, a medical social worker, a volunteer coordinator, and a director of a non-profit organization.  Now she is a stay-at-home mom, and soon to be, second-time college student.

In the past 5 years, I got to serve a great church and see God do amazing things in the lives our people.  I got a small chance to lead a Christian school.  I learned so much about ministry and leadership during these past 5 years.  I also got the privilege to complete my doctoral studies and nearly finish my dissertation. 

Now 5 years later, I am a college professor (my dream job), working at my alma mater (my dream location), teaching others how to lead in Christian ministry (my passion).  Jennifer and I are about to celebrate our 7th anniversary and our marriage is better than ever.  We have two beautiful, healthy boys, which we love with all our hearts.  How things have changed?

I wonder what December 28, 2013, will bring?

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