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Christian agnostic

I am writing for the Christian agnostic, by which I mean a person who is immensely attracted by Christ and who seeks to show his spirit, to meet the challenges, hardships, and sorrows of life in the light of that spirit, but who, though he is sure of many Christian truths, feels that he cannot honestly and conscientiously ‘sign on the dotted line’ that he believes certain theological ideas about what some branches of the Church dogmatize.

-  Leslie D. Weatherhead, The Christian Agnostic

Books read in 2014

  1. The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
  2. Looking For Alaska by John Green
  3. Have No Shame by Melissa Foster
  4. Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  5. Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
  6. Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  7. Once Upon A Haunted Moor by Harper Fox
  8. Tinsel Fish by Harper Fox
  9. Don’t Let Go by Harper Fox
  10. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
  11. Falling Off The Face of The Earth by JF Smith
  12. The Fence And Then The Trees by JF Smith
  13. The Sticks by JF Smith
  14. The Last Day of Summer by JF Smith
  15. Latakia by JF Smith
  16. The Sticks by JF Smith
  17. Kitto by Harper Fox
  18. Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune
  19. Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune
  20. John & Jackie by TJ Klune
  21. Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune
  22. Who We Are by TJ Klune
  23. The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune
  24. Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price
  25. The Starving Years by Jordan Castillo Price
  26. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  27. Zombie Boyz by TJ Klune and Eric Arvin
  28. Woke Up In A Strange Place by Eric Arvin
  29. Wonder by RJ Palacio

Checking in

It is hard to believe cold weather is already here, but our lawn is covered in leaves, and Honey has begun nagging me to put up the Christmas trees. As I watch my various plants and trees enter their dormant phase, I am already looking forward to next spring when they will burst forth with new life. The growing season never seems to last long enough, and this year seemed to fly by in record time.

Like every year, this one has had its highs and lows. I officially became a business partner on January 1st. The legalization of gay marriage in Illinois allowed us to travel to see our friends get hitched in Chicago, and we took that opportunity to continue on to Wisconsin to see our wonderful friend Barb. We saw Cher in Nashville. We spent several relaxing days in Gatlinburg last month.

Some of the low points included losing my coworker and friend, Jerry, and then learning of Barb’s passing a few months later. Both affected me deeply, but I try to focus on the good memories. I will never forget Jerry’s belly laugh, his dirty sense of humor, or the way he never ever let life get him down. I will always remember Barb’s unwavering courage and the way she exuded love to everyone around her. I am so thankful we took the time to go visit Barb this summer, and I feel blessed to have known and loved both of them.

We are currently in the middle of refinancing our home. I can get the interest rate down from 5.25% to 3.375% – which will shave 10 years off my loan while increasing my monthly payment by only $20. My goal is to have our home paid for in 10 years, just in time for my 50th (yikes!) birthday.

Other than that, life continues on as before. I always remind myself to appreciate the mundane moments, because it is hard to complain about being bored when you are comfortable and happy.