CLASS OF 1998
Park Christian SchoolClass of 1998
International Baptist CollegeClass of 2003
J. Hodgkins Junior High SchoolClass of 1994
Harris Park Elementary SchoolClass of 1991
Life Early on in life, I was quite close to my bilogical mother. Don't remember much about the day as I was quite young then. :-) After a while, I was adopted and have been blessed ever since with two loving mothers (one by birth, one by adoption) and a loving father. I didn't always know who my biological mother was, but she always knew who I was. It was in my early teen years (I wanna say 14 or 15) that my parents retold my life story to me (the early morning in April they got the call of my pending arrival, how they heard me all the way down the hall, and the adoption process). This time they named a name, the name of my birth mother. Up until this point, she was only an aunt on Dad's side of the family. Now she is so much more. The next time we saw each other (that following Christmas) it was a little difficult developing this new aspect of our relationship with so much family around. She showed me the greatest love a mother can show her child and I am thankful for her and all my relatives (biological and adopted). I lived in the Denver area until '92. May of '92 My parents and I moved to Cody, WY (if you've only been to Cheyenne, don't judge the state negativly until you see the NW corner of the state!) Yes, it was culture shock (from a city of 2,000,000 to a state of less than 500,000), but we got used to it and are loving it. Driving to the mountains is nothing, since they are practically right there. Can build a fire in the fireplace any day since there are no "high pollution days," "Rush Hour" consists of a line of 5 cars driving down the road, if you go to Wal-Mart, for even just one item, it can take a couple hours by the time you get done talking to everyone you know, and if you haven't hit a deer, you don't get out much (I was in that group until Oct. '04 :-) ). I am currently "single as a slice of cheese," not because I have no desire to marry, but rather, for one of the following: *She and I haven't yet met *She and I have met, but have not developed a friendship enough yet to realize "there might be something there." I know she's out there somewhere, just trusting God to bring us together at the right time. School Kindergarden was in Littleton, CO. I don't remember what school, though it was a public school. I figure it's only one year early in life, who would remember me? 1st-5th was at Harris Park Elem. in Westminster, CO. Had a couple of bike wrecks. I know one was in 5th grade, as I fondly remeber our DARE officer telling me to "watch out for those bucking bikes!" I think my firdt one was just knocking loose one of my adult teeth and a fat upper lip. Another one was when I met the pavement while wearing a cheap pair of sunglasses and got to go to the ER for stitches below my left eye. 6th Grade was at Hodgkins Jr. High (though I seem to remember it being Hodgkins Middle School). Anyway, I barely passed 6th grade, not because of grades, but because I traveled much with my parents Western-Gospel group (not the same as Country-Gospel). At the end of 6th grade, we moved to Cody, WY. In case you are wondering about the gap in my education timeline, I was homeschooled grades 7-9. It got us around that travel and attendance conflict. I got to go on lots of field trips, but the homeschooling added to the culture shock of the move, going from a school of hundreds to "being the school." As a plus, I didn't have to compete for attention :-); at the same time, I couldn't get away with bad work either.. After one year of high school, my parents gave me a choice, Cody High or Park Christian School. Having spent the previous three years in a Christain education setting, I desired to continue on in that, so I chose PCS. I was the first male to join...Expand for more
the Class of '98 there. May of '98 came and I was in the top 5 of my class; I had the highest GPA of the male student in my class. I won't tell you that I was only one of five graduates and that I was also the last male to join the class of '98 at PCS. College August of 1998 By now, I've become used to small-town life. So, where do I go to college? Tempe, AZ (suburb of Phoenix, AZ--you know, Puh-hoe-nix, the largest city in Arizona? The capital of Arizona? :-) ) To counteract the big-city, I went to a small Bible college. The college president likes to call International Baptist College more of a large family than a small college. After cramming four years of college into five, I learned that to be true. I got to know my professors beyond the classroom, likewise they got to know me. Had some wonderful experiences and great room-mates who were each an encouragement in their own ways. In May of 2003, I officialy became a Bachelor, having the degree Bachelor of Arts conferred upon me. I'm still a bachelor, but have not given up. Workplace After graduating PCS, I was able to get a summer job at our local Burger King. I did all kinds of kitchen work: made Whoppers, burgers, chiken sandwhiches, chiken tenders, fish sandwiches and of course your choice of fries or onion rings. :-) My first year in college ('98/'99), I did janitorial work. Were it a military college, you could say I was the "head janitor." In the Spring, I was transferred to grounds crew, pruning trees and watering lawns. Came home for the summer and worked drywall with my dad. Went back to school and need a new job. Did fundraiser telemarketing for about a month and grew weary of calling people at dinner time that cared less what I was raising funds for, so away I went. During this time, I began volunteering at our college library and toward the end of the semester, I was employed there! Every semester I came back, my job was waiting for me. I learned much about library work, especailly since I got to help trasition out of the "old card catalog" to the "online catalog." This of course met automated checkouts (which required library cards which required a numbering system for the library card barcodes). I learned how to repair books and how to check the processing for errors when qustions about a particular volume arose. Four school years of library work, two years beyond graduation and now my church is starting a library. My pastor being a good friend of my former supervisor, knew of this segment of employment history so I was tapped right away for the job. Looking forward to it as I have never started a library "from the ground up." After year two of college, I went to the Mojave Desert in California for the summer. Why? Ironwood Christian Camp. Threre I was a counselor and got to meet a new group of boys every week for nine weeks. It is a 23 hours per day job, and even your "hour off" you are still on call. Yes, it gets intense, but it is great to be used to help young children and teens learn about God, trusting in Christ and following Him. My paid job is currently working at Wal-Mart as on overnight stocker. This Nov. (2005) will mark two years there. I must say that overnights is quite interesting. We are probably the only folks that leave the store saying "see you tomorrow" and knowing that we mean "see you tonight." Also, "have a good night" = "have a good day." We clock in at 10 PM and say "good morning." Yes, you can easily get confused. But if just gotta have a mini pizza at 2 AM in Cody and your freezer is empty, your friendly Cody Wal-Mart Supercenter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (even in the winter, though typically with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
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