first year celebration


Yesterday was my anniversary of moving to the city. Now, I normally don't put so much emphasis on moves, mainly because my family has moved quite a few times through my life, but this one brings tremendous significance—it's the first place that began as just God and me. (Every other move including college had some or all of my family living in the same city.)

As some of you know, there have been ups and downs and times when I thought about moving home, but I stand tonight so thankful for the time here so far and more confident than ever that this is where I'm supposed to be during this post-graduate (#hasbeenfratstar) season.

I'm going to list some highlights below, but I first want to thank each one of you. Your prayers and encouragement mean the world to me. I think it was hard for people to see why I was here at first, but that has a lot to do with my attempts at convincing myself to live a certain way instead of allowing the Lord's plan to fully engulf my thinking. I've learned that there is such joy (and vulnerability) in doing so.


Highlights of the Year

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks
Live taping of America's Got Talent
"Floor" seats at the U.S. Open
Mark Cottingham running the New York Marathon
Justin Timberlake concert at Barclays Center
Actual winter weather (well, for the first two months)
Hosting tons of visitors
Taking trips to surrounding states