Today is my birthday. It is amazing how your perspective changes over the years. Early on in life, birthdays of course were about presents, presents, and hopefullyâ€¦ more presents. The success of a birthday was evaluated by the number of â€œthingsâ€ you compiled throughout the course of the day. Now donâ€™t get me wrong, I still enjoy presents. Gretchen & the girls just brought me in a brand new shirt for my birthday. I am thankful for that. But now I enjoy birthdays really for another reason. Birthdays always become this time in my life to reflect, contemplate, & observe my life. I love to look back at the last year and think through all God, me, and my community have walked through together. So with that in mind, I just want to express thanksgivings to God for this past year, which (if you are wondering) was my 30th year of life.
A beautiful wife â€“ Her beauty is obvious to the eye, but when you get to know her, you understand how deeply her beauty truly lies.
Tori & Isabelle â€“ What would life be without them? I donâ€™t remember, nor do I want to. Each day is packed with much joy from my interactions with them.
A beautiful new girl â€“ She is 11 ounces right now and still inside of Gretchen, but I already celebrate her life and the joy she is already bringing me.
The rest of my family â€“ A dad & mom that always have loved me. Three sisters, two sisters-in-laws, five brother-in-laws, a billion nephews & nieces, a godly father & mother-in-law, & wonderful grandparents. Iâ€™m rich!
A community â€“ There are many I share life with. For all of you, Iâ€™m blessed. Sunday nights at the Petersons are truly my most enjoyable three hours of the week.
OSU vs. MN â€“ If you know me, you know of my love for the Football Bucks. It was a joy to watch them spank the Gophers in the Dome.
Road Trips â€“ NYC, Columbus, Des Moines, Portland, PA, Waverly (MN) â€“ Meeting new people & being reacquainted with others is always a joy.
I could go on and on and on. Iâ€™ll spare you of that. But just know Iâ€™m blessed. Iâ€™m rich. Iâ€™m humbled. Iâ€™m in love with Jesus. This 31st year of my life, I desire to be used of God now more then ever. I want to shake the foundations of the earth with the entire message of Jesus. I desire to be used of God to introduce many into His Kingdom. I want to be faithful! I want to love my wife and daughters! I want to be vulnerable in my community. I want to put others ahead of myself. I want to hear the voice of God and have the courage to obey. I want to live a life that echoes in eternity! â€œMay it be so Jesus, my master and friend!â€