Chapter 31 – Culmination of My Surrender

After the initial excitement of telling my family that we were going to be moving to Utah, Bonnie retreated to the bedroom to call her parents and have a good cry. Though she was excited about the move, she was sad at the same time and it was important for her to feel that grief. […]

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Chapter 30 – Moving Home

In the summer of 2013, Bonnie, Lexi, and I made a trip to Utah for our annual family reunion and my Dad’s 86th birthday. As Lexi hadn’t even turned one yet, this was the first time that the family had been able to interact with her walking around. Needless to say, everyone had a blast […]

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Chapter 29 – Fatherhood

Let me just say, Bonnie is a Super Hero. She thrived during her entire pregnancy. She was running four-milers up until she was eight months pregnant and she never complained about anything. Not even about being my designated driver for an entire nine months! But it wasn’t until she gave Lexi a 100% Natural, Underwater […]

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Chapter 28 – Bonnie’s Pregnant

People would often ask Bonnie and I if we wanted kids and our answer was always the same: “Well, we really want grandkids…” As I was only 27 years old when Bonnie and I first started dating and Bonnie was only 24, I figured we had plenty of time before we had to start thinking […]

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Chapter 27 – Teaching

My hope was that not being a classically trained teacher would be an advantage in a community college setting, but I wasn’t so sure. Yes, the format is completely different that a traditional high school or college, but it was still an educational institution and I was coming from the corporate world. I quickly discovered […]

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Chapter 26 – Getting Fired

It was Thursday, April 29, 2010. I knew the day was going to big because it was to be my second to last day at my part time teaching position and I was scheduled to have a meeting with the Executive Director (E.D.) of the non-profit that afternoon. In our meeting, we were supposed to […]

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Chapter 25 – Leaving FBC

Once we had settled in to our new life back in St. Pete, Bonnie and I knew it was time to address our “church” situation. In 2006, when I first started attending the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, I was a different person. My understanding of my role in the world was different, my […]

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Chapter 24 – Starting Over

When we got back to St. Pete (Florida), we had no where to live, no jobs, I hadn’t worked in over two years, and what was left in bank account would soon be gone. Bonnie’s Aunt was gracious enough to let us stay in her garage apartment until we were able to regroup and get […]

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Chapter 23 – Not Moving to Costa Rica

In the Fall of 2009, after spending the summer in Costa Rica serving with 6:8 Ministries, Bonnie and I decided to return back to Florida. Our plan was to get our affairs in order, raise $24,000 of support for our first year in Costa Rica, and then officially make the move in January. Since I […]

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Chapter 22 – 6:8 Missions

When Bonnie and I first heard that our Young Professionals group at church had selected Costa Rica as the destination for the group’s Mission Trip, we were kind of bummed. Out of pure selfishness, of course. Being that both of us are world travelers, we were hoping for a more exotic location like Africa or […]

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Chapter 21 – A Small Wedding

When the time came to start planning our wedding, I told Bonnie that I would do whatever she wanted, but that I had already been through the whole “have a huge expensive wedding” thing and I had learned a couple of valuable lessons from the ordeal. In general, my experience was as follows: ## 1. […]

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Chapter 20 – Wedding Proposal

Bonnie and I had been dating for eleven months when I seriously started thinking that I might actually be willing to give marriage another shot. I knew without a doubt that I loved her, but considering the amount of baggage I carried with me from my first marriage and subsequent divorce, I was gun-shy to […]

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Chapter 19 – Malaysia

After our two weeks in India, we headed to Malaysia for a 6-week stay that we assumed was going to be much of the same. Imagine our surprise when our hosts dropped us off at the Chinese Boarding School and we were informed that we were going to be teaching English for the next six […]

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Chapter 18 – India

Right after we finished our Caribbean tour, Bonnie went back to St. Pete and I headed to training in Kentucky for my very first international mission trip. While I had traveled to Asia before, I had never done so on a mission trip with a group of strangers, so this was bound to be a […]

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Chapter 17 – Caribbean Cruising

It was Superbowl Sunday (2/3/2008) and Bonnie and I were hosting our First Annual Superbowl Party at my apartment. The place was full of good food, good drinks, and a ton of our friends. It had only been a month since my last day at TI and I was still enjoying the freedom of being […]

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Chapter 16 – Relationship Rules

Over the first couple of weeks of our relationship, Bonnie and I were spending a lot of time together. I had such a crush on her that it was starting to scare me a bit. Though probably too soon, I couldn’t help but start the DTR (Define The Relationship) talk. “So, exactly what are we?” […]

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Chapter 15 – Bonnie

The first time I met Bonnie, we’re standing in the parking lot of the church waiting to carpool to a Tuesday Night Young Professionals service called 97 West. “So, what do you do?” I asked. “I’m a potter.” she responded casually. “I’m not exactly sure what that means…?” I continued. “I’m a ceramic artist. I […]

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Chapter 14 – Quitting Corporate

As I began to imagine and pray about the specifics of Story that God wanted me to live, the possibilities were endless. Should I become and international missionary? Maybe I should teach or work for a church? Perhaps, I could start a non-profit? Shamefully, no matter how God-centered and good the story started, it always […]

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Chapter 13 – Get A Better Story

It all started in February of 2007 when I saw Donald Miller speak at the Fusion / Right Now Conference in Orlando, Florida.  At the time, I was working as an Account Manager at a Fortune 100 Company, I had a six-figure salary, and I was a year removed from my divorce.  Money, materialism, and […]

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Chapter 12 – Leaving the Catholic Church

After surrendering my life to Christ, I had so many questions. I started to read the bible feverishly and learn as much about the Gospel as I could. I would would listen to podcasts and watch sermons on TV and read all the books I could. The more I learned about God and His ways, […]

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