(I haven’t updated in a while so I thought I’d copy over the article I wrote for our church newsletter this month)

This month I will watch my firstborn child walk across the graduation stage. (Insert tears here). With so many things going on at this time of year and as we begin preparing for the summer it’s important to take some time to be still and consider life. And for us, our life has often centered around our kids. So please allow me to brag a little.

Holley celebrated her first birthday not long after we came to Spring Creek, and her time in the house as an only child lasted only another 40 days. Holley has always been an achiever. When she puts her mind to a task she does it well, whether it was Accelerated Reading in first grade or leading the band in twelfth grade. She is funny, sarcastic, and very smart. I’m glad to say she is a thinker. She thinks about life and considers her place in it. She is independent. I remember that night as Bill Gravell gave the invitation at our revival (I’ve always thought Bill did a great job offering an invitation) and Holley stood up first, alone for a moment. I had no idea that God was working in her life in that way at that time, but when we talked after the service it was clear she had been thinking about it for a while and the Lord was at work in her life. I’ll never forget the emotions I had as I had the privilege of baptizing my daughter.

Now she hasn’t been perfect as a child and I haven’t been a perfect dad, but through everything I have always wanted her to know how much I love her and how valuable she is. The experiences we have had together as a family have made us who we are. I’ll always treasure the trips together, standing on the Great Wall of China with her, the conversations about life and the days on the lake. I can’t wait to see all that God will do in her life as she gets ready to go to college. God has blessed Julie and I greatly with two wonderful daughters. May He continue to bless our family and our church.

See you Sunday and God Bless, Dr. Steve

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