Obviously, I haven’t always had this wonderful outlet for letting others know what’s going on in my life. I read this blog a few days ago, and decided I could do a psuedo-blog, catch-up post. So, even though I didn’t think of it, here is the abridged version of the past 26 (way too close to 27) years.
How’d I get to where I am today? What shaped my life, values, and beliefs? Why didn’t I start writing all this down sooner? What’d I do before the domain name?
November 1984: Hello, world!
June (or July) 1994: I accepted Christ and chose to be baptized. We were Methodist at the time, but I wanted to be baptized by immersion like Jesus. Our pastor arranged to use the baptistry at the neighboring Baptist church to do just that.
January 1995: My first nephew was born. I was young, but this was the first time I learned how to love someone more than myself.
February 1997: Second nephew. Love grows.
July (or August) 1999: My parents separate. Lots of confusion ensues.
August 1999: Hello, high school.
December 2000: Mr. Gray and I started the whole dating thing…
January 4, 2001: Mr. Gray and I make it official. We were “going out” as he called it.
July 2001: I knew Mr. Gray was who I was supposed to marry. (Yes, I was 16.)
May 2003: Grammie passed away. This was huge for me. I had never had anyone close to me die. It changed my college plans (that, and some
encouraging wise words from my brother).
June 2003: I started summer school the Monday after I graduated from high school (I didn’t stop going to school until my first break during the summer of 2006).
July 2004: Third nephew. I could actually drive, and I lived in the same town as them–I was in heaven!
August 2004: Mr. Gray started playing baseball at a community college south of Houston; this was the farthest we had ever been from each other. It was tough.
July 2005: Mr. Gray popped the question. I answered. The wedding planning commenced.
May 2006: I graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
June 2006: Mr. Gray & I tied the knot!
August 2006: I began my career as a Fightin’ Texas Aggie as well as my career as a teacher. The same day I started school, we went to pick up the Rooster dog–we were officially a family of three!
November 2006: My first trip to New York. I loved every minute. I’ve been back three or four times since.
May 2007: I found out I was going to get to teach kindergarten the following school year–I was so excited!
August 2007: I started my first year as a kindergarten teacher. This was the closest class to ideal I will ever teach in public school in Small Town, Texas. It was fabulous. They’re fourth graders now.
February 2008: Fourth nephew. He’s sure cute!
April 2008: We got our Aggie Rings. Whoop!
May 2008: Mr. Gray and I graduated from Texas A&M. Lucky for him, he graduated on Friday (I was on Saturday); otherwise, I would technically have had two degrees before he had one!
June 2008: We closed on our first home and moved back closer to our hometown for Mr. Gray’s job.
August 2008: I started working in our hometown as well. We question the decision not to live there.
February 2009: Granddaddy passed away. I was glad I was working in my hometown and able to go see him multiple times before he died. I would not have had the same opportunity otherwise.
July 2009: I was hired to teach in the actual town we lived in–for the first time in my teaching career. Good-bye, commute!
December 2009: We attended a preview service for Revolution Church. Little did we know…
January 2010: We found out we were expecting Baby Gray. Nursery and office makeover commence.
July 2010: Papa passed away just a few short months before Baby Gray’s debut. Baby Gray is the first boy on that side of the family in 85 years.
September 2010: Baby Gray makes his entrance into our world!
The rest of the story is pretty well documented throughout the site. What about you? What are some of your highlights? What shaped you?
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