Tuesday, June 16, 2015

25 Wonderful Years: A Box Score

25 years ago (June 16th, 1990), I married Shari Jo Becknal. Right after giving my heart and life to Jesus Christ, it's the best decision I've made in my life. 

In those 25 years, we've experienced the following:


2 fantastic sons
  • Braeden
  • Collin


4 states lived in
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee (twice)
  • California
  • Texas


7 cars
  • Honda Accord
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Honda Civic
  • Acura LX
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Chevy Malibu
  • Honda Civic


7 trips to Disney parks
  • Disneyland 1992
  • Walt Disney World 1996
  • Walt Disney World 2000
  • Disneyland 2003
  • Disneyland 2007
  • Disneyland 2008
  • Disneyland 2012


8 homes
  • the duplex in Fordyce, AR
  • the duplex in Inglewood, TN
  • the apartment in Antioch, TN
  • the house in Antioch, TN
  • the parsonage in Easton, CA
  • Mark’s house in Conroe, TX
  • Buster & Sheridyn’s house in Inglewood, TN
  • the duplex in Goodlettsville, TN


9 churches
  • Shady Oaks Baptist Church (Hurst, TX)
  • First Baptist Church (Fordyce, AR)
  • Dalewood Baptist Church (Inglewood, TN)
  • BCC (Bellevue, TN)
  • the church @ hickory hollow (Antioch, TN)
  • Fellowship Bible Church (Brentwood, TN)
  • NewLife Community Church (Easton, CA)
  • C3 (Conroe, TX)
  • Grace Church (Hendersonville, TN


13 jobs
  • youth minister (Fordyce)
  • substitute teacher (Fordyce)
  • youth pastor (Dalewood)
  • daycare driver (Hendersonville)
  • teacher (Wright Middle School)
  • church planter (tc@hh)
  • JC Penney (1997-98)
  • tutor (Sylvan Learning Center)
  • JC Penney (2002)
  • fulfillment warehouse
  • senior pastor (NewLife)
  • Legislative Information Services
  • Deputy Director (TDOE)


25 states visited
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin


Compiling a box score of our twenty-five years together is a lot of fun - especially for someone like me who tracks how many times he’s played each game. But it doesn’t begin to adequately describe the wonder & joy of spending literally half of my life with Shari Jo, the love of my life.

Besides, I’ve completely lost count of the number of times she's taken my breath away.





Five years ago, I wrote a blog post about our romance and wedding that I'd love for you to read - 20 Years ("It Did"). It's a perfect companion piece to this post.

2 comments:

Brandy said...

Blessings to you both! You two are a couple of my favorite people. We have laughed with (and at!) each other. We have cried with each other. We have worshiped and served our Lord with each other. Your mutual ministry to me continues through the years and across the miles. I am blessed.

(By the way, Bob and I are less than a month behind you! Our 25th is July 14.)

Edek Demolka said...

congratulations ! ;-)