the past year

Over the past year — the 26th of my life — I have:

  • made my first trip to Africa, traveling to Tanzania and Zanzibar
  • quit my 9-5 day job and become a work-from-home freelance writer
  • served as part-time staff for 10 months at an after-school program in our neighborhood, where we took trips to see the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Red Sox, the Celtics, and Six Flags New England, among others.
  • spent time in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
  • purchased a home
  • acquired a roommate
  • celebrated four years of marital bliss
  • enjoyed the company of numerous friends and family in our apartment and new home
  • seen more of our city and state than ever before
  • organized a 5K race in our community
  • represented our neighborhood at a local community development conference
  • made some wonderful new friends in our neighborhood, while rekindling some childhood friendships
  • begun hanging out with our neighborhood friends’ faith group
  • seen the Red Sox and Celtics return to the top of their respective sports and the Patriots suffer a monumental collapse with perfection on the line
  • lived, loved, laughed more than any other year of my life

Thanks to all of you who have contributed in big and small ways to this wonderful year!

Later this week: The significance of the quinciñera.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by thepriesthood on August 18, 2008 at 4:26 am

    blessed be the day of thy birth, Steve. glad your anthrotokos delivered you from the womb and nursed you to into life. quite a year. rock on.

    looking fwd to the quincenera. i’ve done some thinking about it myself, esp in terms of age as rite of passage/sacrament. what could the age of 30 mean for men like ourselves?…


  2. Posted by jivesofthenewblue on August 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for taking your students to the Aquarium!
    We look forward to seeing you again 🙂


  3. Posted by Lynn Holt on August 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    It was a good and eventful year. It’s good to take stock of your life on your birthday. When you get older, you may want to “number your days”. I do that regularly.


  4. Thanks for the well-wishes, Tyler.

    Thanks for caging fish and displaying them at the NEAQ, jives.

    Thanks for birthing me, mom. RE: “numbering your days,” that’s a good thing to keep in mind. Not sure if it would behoove me to start that at my tender age, but then again, maybe it would put some things in perspective. I’ll have to keep that in mind.


  5. The world instantly became a happier place the moment you were born. You make wonderful and lasting contributions to life on earth. Blessings for many more years. Love, Dad


  6. Wow, that is quite a year!! What a blessing you are to so many lives-I echo the sentiments-I am glad you were born and thankful of your contributions in this world and to the kingdom of God! 🙂

    Blessings on you and your family in the years to come~


  7. Posted by Rhonda Skwira on August 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!
    I remember when you were born and going to Ct to see you after you came home from the hospital.
    Enjoy reading your blog!
    Rhonda (Alex and Morgan)


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