This is something that people are doing in Facebook, so I thought I post it here, too. Just for fun. Also, there has not been a post in a while and I don't have any picture of Jackson with me, so this will have to do for now.
I was born in Spencer, Iowa, but moved away after 1 year.
I spent half my life in Denver, Colorado, but have only skied in Colorado 3 times.
I still love the Denver Broncos. One of the best moments of my life was when they beat Green Bay for their first Super Bowl win.
I have had stitches in my head on 4 separate occasions and fractured a bone in my right hand on 3 separate occasions.
In high school I got pulled over by the police 4 times and never got a ticket. In the first two years after college, I got 3 speeding tickets. I have not gotten one since.
I have been to 49 states. Alaska is the one I have yet to visit.
I played 2 seasons of Jr. High basketball at a tiny school called Aurora Christian Academy. I only took one shot in those 2 seasons, but I made it. Sadly, it was in the game against Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, who had beaten us earlier in the year. True story.
In college I played on an intramural basketball team named Elky Pro, after the urinal mat. The requirement to be on the team was being horrible at basketball. We lost every game by an average of almost 100 points. We designed trick plays and had fans with signs and wore funny clothes. It was incredibly fun.
God gave me a highly competitive nature but very little athletic ability. Not a good combination.
I got Varsity Letters in Speech and Track my Senior year of high school. In Track it was a Senior letter but I was still happy with it.
I might be the only person in the history of Bethel University to participate in a Track meet and a theater production in the same day.
My first girlfriend, when I was 17, broke up with me after 2 and a half weeks.
My second girlfriend, when I was 20, broke up with me after 2 and a half weeks. That was when she told me that she already had a boyfriend in another state.
The first girlfriend, Holly, and I remained friends and her cousin, Heather Whitestone, became Miss America in 1995. We all hung out once and Holly told me that Heather would have gone out with me if I had asked her. Maybe she was saying that to be nice but it sure felt good.
I am an ordained, but not licensed, pastor in West Virginia. Only in West Virginia.
I ran my first Cross Country race in college with my shorts on backward. A girl that I liked at the time pointed it out to me after the race.
I spent the summer of 1994 doing ministry with gang kids in San Francisco. Part of my heart is still there.
I bear a striking resemblance to General George Custer. When I would travel to the Pine Ridge Reservation for work, I often wondered how many people realized that. (For the record, I am not a fan of George Custer. He was a bad man.)
I met my wife, Heidi, on a blind date. Chris Heng, my best friend, convinced us to meet. We were married 15 months after we met.
I worked for 6+ years at YouthWorks! Inc., leading mission trips. It is the favorite of the different jobs I have held in my life.
Heidi pierced my ear with a piercing stud and an old apple. She finally pushed it through on the 5th try. It hurt a lot. All to save a few bucks by not getting it done at the mall.
My mother cried when she saw my tattoo. I was 28 years old at the time.
My wedding day is one of the happiest days of my life. Getting married to Heidi was one of the best decisions I have ever made. She’s awesome and I love her a lot. If I had known how much fun marriage is, I would have done it years ago. Of course, Heidi would only have been in high school, so that doesn’t really work.
The birth of my son, Jackson, was amazing. I love the little guy so much. When we had to take him to the ER a few days after he was born, I cried for the first time in 20 years.
I have been a Christian my whole life. My faith means everything to me. If I am known as someone who brought glory to God and loved his family and friends, I cannot think of anything better.