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Ode to 2006

Posted: January 1, 2007 in Uncategorized

img_1878.jpg2006!!  What a year!!!!  This has been one of the best years ever!!  I have loved it.  There are so many great memories and blessings in this year.  I am so grateful that God has given my family such peace and joy over the past 365 days. 

Here is a list of some of the best things that happened in 2006 (not in any particular order):

  • Losing 45 lbs. and accomplishing an 8% bodyfat ratio
  • Running the Sunburst 10K in 47 minutes (much easier when you lose 45 lbs.)
  • Going to Disney World with my family
  • Going to the ND football home season opener against Penn State with a “backstage pass” thanks to Pete Hermosillo
  • Awesome year of ministry at the Living Stones Church (not even a close second)
  • Attending the Innovative Church Conference at Granger Community Church (surpassed all of my expectations)
  • Guitar Lessons
  • Leadership Retreats
  • Church Name Change
  • Attending some fun concerts with the family – Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, and Superchick tour
  • Participating in 40 days of 24/7 prayer at the Living Stones Church
  • Acquiring a $200,000 loan for improvements to church
  • South Bend Tribune article on the Living Stones Church
  • Witnessing Linda Templeton (one of our elder’s wife) healed of cancer
  • Men’s retreat to St. Meinrad’s Archabbey
  • Getting my first tattoo (oh yeah…my reward for losing weight)
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Getting two new kittens (although I have moments where I’m not sure it was such a great thing)
  • Cedar Point trip with my wife
  • Getting a brand new computer
  • Having the “sex talk” with Isaac – my 10 year old
  • Fishing with my son, Caleb (7 years old)
  • Mondays with my babygirl, Alexandria (5 years old)
  • Trying out with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with the Kneips (I didn’t make it)
  • Kelly getting an excellent part-time job that she enjoys
  • Working with some of the most excellent people on the face of the earth (Chuck, Randy, Jim, Doug, Ann, Jennae, David, Bill, Sarah, my mother – Diane Barrington – I could go on and on…
  • Enjoying a year with a healthy family

I could go on and on…

This has been a great year.  May God bring about even more blessings for 2007!