Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
THE SET-UP: I told Laurie that we were making a promo video for a future GTD trip to Niagara Falls, but I was actually preparing to take a knee and ask this cherished treasure to be my wife. We crept past a chain that was closing off the upper overlook terrace. We set our jackets aside for the promo video. She was standing in the cold while I was setting up both the camera and video camera on tripods. And then it happened! This is the priceless footage that was captured =)
Although 2010 wasn't the right timing for us, we consider this our official engagement. It was the beginning of a 7 year journey to the right timing. Sometimes it's better to be right on time instead of too early! =)
FUN FACT: Laurie's parents were married at Niagara Falls. As they like to put it, they "took the plunge at Niagara Falls!"
Friday, May 12, 2017
NEARLY 8000 PICTURES UPLOADED TO GTD's ONLINE PHOTO ALBUM!!
We want thank all of the Pastors, Churches, Group Leaders, Participants, Volunteers, Ministry Partners, Board of Directors, and GTD Supporters for making this one of our best event seasons ever!!
We divide our year into 3 Seasons (Jan-Apr = Season 1 / May-Aug = Season 2 / Sep-Dec = Season 3). We were blessed with an overflow of events during Season 1... it seemed like we were running group events almost every week!
Thank you to everyone who participated! And we've got great news for you... All of the event pictures (nearly 8000 of them) have been uploaded to GTD's online photo album. Download as many of them as you want for FREE! Re-LIVE all the fun and impacting moments!!
God did a lot of great things over the past 4 months!! Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a great success as well as a lot of God-awesome fun for so many! Glory to God!!
GROUPS & PHOTO ALBUM LINKS:
TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE | SWAMP THING | SKYCREST COMMUNITY CHURCH (THRIVE) | BEYMER MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (YOUTH) | CALVARY CHURCH OF CLEARWATER (MEN) | MORNING STAR CHURCH (MEN) | PADDLE PROWL | IGNITE | CALVARY CHURCH OF CLEARWATER (ELEVATE) | LIQUID (TRIPS 1 & 2) | TAMPA COVENANT CHURCH (FATHERS & SONS)
Monday, May 8, 2017
AFTER NEARLY 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING...
It is with great joy and hearts full of love that Laurie and I officially announce our engagement to be married!!
Our journey has been long, but not wasteful. Good investments can yield great returns over time. So it is with long term relationships that deepen, mature, and grow over the course of time. Mushrooms grow up overnight, but strong oak trees take hundreds of years to mature. Often, quality takes time. Laurie and I desire quality and we are striving for excellence. We are opposites in many ways, but we have built a strong Christ-centered foundation over the past decade, and we are blessed to have great communication. We are excited about what lies ahead and the future that God has for us as husband and wife. We want a marriage that pleases God, serves others, and relishes in mutual respect, love, joy, and happiness. We desire for our light to shine brighter together for God's glory more than it ever did as individuals.
We want to thank our family and friends for your support and encouragement over the past decade! (I know I've worn most of you out through the years with this long process!!)
Our wedding is scheduled for August 26, 2017 (3 1/2 months away) in upstate NY, and a reception is being planned for late October in Seminole, FL. ... Details forthcoming.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. - Winston Churchill
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time. - Voltaire
Slow and steady wins the race. - Robert Lloyd
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. - Moliere
All great things must have time to grow. A mushroom can be grown overnight but an oak tree takes half a thousand years. But the mushroom perishes with the passing hours while the oak fashioned into the skeleton of a great ship will dare the storms of any sea. It takes time to build... and the beginnings must be small. There must be the steady development time to send down roots... the proper launching of a ship intended for a long voyage. - T. DeWitt Talmage: His Life and Work