Looking Back at 2008 and Forward to 2009

Well, the year is just about over. One more day. It’s been a heck of a year, a year of milestones for our family. Come along with me now and let’s take a trip down memory lane…..

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As I said, it was a year of milestones. I hit the big 40 this year which is pretty amazing. Every year I am blown away, since as a teenager I distinctly remember believing I would never live to see 30. But here I am. Still kicking. And 40 is good! I’m still listening to rock and wearing leather jackets, jamming the drums and riding motorcycles so that’s a good thing! But I can definitely feel myself maturing. I guess it’s about time. And notice I said maturing and not getting old!

My kid hit her sweet 16 this year which, for a kid who came from me, should be absolutely frightening. But she’s a lot more level headed than I was at her age. She’s taking care of business, has good friends, is incredibly talented and creative, and I’m just really, really proud of her.

The last milestone was that Michelle and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, which again, is amazing since not 6 months before I got married, I SWORE I would never get married. Life changes in a heartbeat doesn’t it? It’s been a great 20 years and I can honestly say we are closer than ever.

So what else happened this year? I did some traveling. I spent two weeks in Ethiopia with a bunch of fantastic people. I ate goat and other various unfamiliar (and not altogether tasty) foods. I played music for African kids. It was an amazing time I will never forget. I also took an epic 1500 mile motorcycle ride with my brother through NorCal and Oregon. It was a great time, not only for the ride, but to hang out with my brother and get to know each other a bit better.

Spiritually it was a good year as well. Our small group continued to grow and now has something like a dozen guys in it. It really is cool hanging with these guys and discovering more about God and each other as well.

But of course it wasn’t all good news in 2008. Michelle got laid off and we lost a significant portion of our income. However, I think God teaches us in hard times, and I learned a ton about what it means to really lead my family through this time. I also learned that if you are faithful and obedient, God provides. Every time.

So that, in a nutshell, was 2008.

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So what’s in store for 2009? Who the heck knows? I have a feeling though it’s going to be a rough one. So my plan is to simply follow Jesus the best I know how, and see where he leads me. That’s not always easy to do, but it sure sounds real good. I seem to have a habit of crashing the moment I think I’ve become incorruptible. But then, that’s why I need Him.

I’m not going to do any New Years Resolutions this year. They are usually stupid things that I never seem to follow through on (and you don’t either, don’t lie). Instead, I’m simply going to keep them in my head and do them. And if my friends and family notice a change in me, then I’ll know I’ve really accomplished something. And if I fail…. well you won’t even know will you? See how that works? I’m so smart.

Alright then, so long 2008, hello 2009! I hope it’s a rocking year for you all!