1. I got a new prosthetic arm. It is a process that I only tackle once every ten years or so. It involves much research, many decisions, a huge financial commitment, lots of trips to the prosthetics facility, and a challenging adjustment period. But it’s done and I am pleased with the results. I’m glad I did it in 2012 and don’t have it to look forward to in 2013. 🙂
2. I officiated my first wedding ceremony for bride Megan Dearman and groom Scotty Porter. I was Megan’s children’s minister fifteen years ago when she was a preschooler. To get to say ‘I now pronounce you husband and wife’ at her wedding was the icing on the wedding cake!
4. A story I wrote was chosen to appear in Group Publishing’s Children’s Ministry Magazine. It’s called “Pinocchio: What’s a Parent to Do When the Nose Begins to Grow?” As you might guess, it offers some advice to parents about kids and lying.
6. I worked at my first presidential election. I actually worked at the voting polls for four elections in 2012: the primary in March, a run-off in April, a special election concerning an Alabama constitutional amendment in September, and the biggie in November. I love learning and watching the voting process. It represents freedom and America at their best.
8. I helped start a new church. Though I have been working on church staffs for 22 years, I still learn new stuff all the time at Crosspoint Church. 2012 was no exception. We became a “multi-site” church, adding a second campus in Somerville, Alabama.
9. Tim and I attended the Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney “Brothers of the Sun” concert in Nashville. This was my sixth Tim McGraw concert. I wish I had a picture of me and Tim McGraw to show you, but I don’t. However, one of these days, I’m going to meet him. Just you wait and see.
A decorative tile on my front porch reads: “Remember the day’s blessings; forget the day’s troubles.” I’d like to revise that saying and offer it to you as a wish: “Remember the blessings of 2012; forget the troubles of 2012.” HAPPY NEW YEAR!