Okay, I know that it has been a few days since my las post, but it has been a busy time at the church. I went to the hospital and visited others in their homes from the hospital. But, I did have a great anniversary. We have had 18 wonderful years and now I am grateful not just that she stuck with me, but I am grateful to be here for my anniversay. If I had known what this year would bring last year on my anniversary, I may have skipped last year and gone straight to this year. But, I would never give up all I have learned this year. I am thankful for Laura and to God for allowing me to be here on my anniversary. On a side note, I took my kids to softball practice and was able to play catch with them, hit the ball, throw the ball in...needless to say it was "normal". It felt really good.
A few years ago I was presented with the opportunity to come back to Stratford, Iowa, to First Baptist church, as their pastor; for those of you who have followed this blog for some time, FBC in Stratford was my first pastorate. Let's just say I prayed about it as I was jumping at the opportunity. The church has a parsonage, so I could live there and not have to worry about a houe payment; and I needed to slow down, and this was a part time position (which, as a side note, allowed for me to get a greater disability from the VA than when I was working full time with St. Croix Hospice...) We love Stratford, and absolutely love the church; the people are wonderful and accepted us, again, with open arms. This was, for me, the perfect position: I get to pastor a church I LOVE, I get to do life with people I LOVE, and I have already had the opportunity to do weddings and baptism services for kids (adults now) that I have known their entire lives. IT IS GREAT. The longer I have been here,