I loved becoming a dad for the very first time.
I learned how to lose over 60 lbs and keep it off without starving myself, spending lots of money, or having to step foot in a gym.
I loved being able to buy a great house at a very low price.
I learned there is more paper involved in buying a house and adopting a baby than in 1 complete volume of Encyclopedia Britannica.
I learned that bacon-flavored jelly beans taste about as revolting as they sound.
I loved seeing 28 kids come to Christ this year at High Desert Church and dozens more get baptized.
I learned you can complain about the obesity problem in America all you want but it isn’t going to stop iHop from offering unlimited pancakes for $4.99 or people from making cookies within cookies.
I loved seeing kids come up with crazy stuff like…
- The 10-year-old who told me his whale made of Legos was meant to represent man’s eternal struggle with nature. Art like that is always lost on me.
- The 4-year-old who said: “If you ever find a green Chicken McNugget, throw it away. Don’t eat it.”
- This 7-year-old: “After I was bit I got a shot in the butt and the doctor didn’t even give me a cool band-aide.”
- This 3-year-old girl: “Nobody wants me to take off my shoes because of my stinky feet”
I loved seeing a guy get baptized in his street clothes because he forgot a bathing suit and towel. It was both funny and inspiring at the same time.
I loved having uncrustable sandwiches for lunch. Why aren’t more sandwich companies doing this?
I loved the weird conversations my wife and I have:
Sarah: My Bible doesn’t work anymore.
Me: You mean the app on your phone?
Me: Might want to clarify that next time.
Sarah: What’s that?
Me: Miami Vice.
Her: Never heard of it.
Me: It’s like I don’t even know who you are anymore.
Me: I’m taking a chance with this expired milk.
Sarah: I took a chance on you and it turned out OK.
Me: Yeah…not the same thing.
Me: Whatcha reading?
Sarah: Baby Poop: A visual guide.
Sarah: Not what you think. It’s a slideshow.
Me: That doesn’t make it OK.
I learned I can not let those who know me least define me the post.
I loved having a Subway with a drive-thru less than 5 minutes away from my house.
I loved this quote from a dad in my adoption class: “Nature may determine the cards you’re dealt, but nurture is how you play the game.”
I loved getting (and using) my very first BBQ – for free!
I learned God gives people influence for one reason: to speak up for those who don’t.
What about you?
What did you learn/love in 2011?