Stumbling into the best

Most of my life has been used to chase girls.

I’m 5 years old and I like two girls in my kindergarden class.
Names? Jennifer and Alexandria.
In the end Jennifer liked me back so that decided my first girlfriend…
And I’ve got the picture in line to prove our love (me rockin’ the red suit jacket and her in some frilly pink and white dress).

Since then I’ve used girls as my primary way of making me feel good about me. My mission was accomplished any way possible; using methods that included being the guy friend, the trusted advisor, the tease, funny guy and even studying really hard to make sure I looked like the good student I never was.

When I hit high school I was new to Florida and it didn’t take me long to go through several Christian “maybe girls” before landing on one who stuck. And almost four years later I got 4 days away from making a HUGE mistake for her and me. By the grace of God we didn’t get married and the next 18 months were a whirlwind of partying, working like crazy, avoiding true Gospel community/family and really anything that made the pain of facing the Truth disappear.

I never saw her coming….

Jesus brought Lee Anne into my life like a wave of grace.

She was everything my other girls weren’t: thoughtful, courageous, open hearted, probing, connected, full of character and most of all a fruitful-faithful-friend (borrowed from my friend Ted Sinn). Lee Anne broke my nice Christian girl mold – she was passionate and broken and wanted to talk about Jesus and His love for people, especially the hurting ones, all the time.

I wasn’t the choice husband material that a girl is looking for when she sets out to get married but at the same time Lee Anne wasn’t/isn’t a just get married because that’s what people do kind of girl anyway.  And after lots of hurting and healing, I stumbled my way into the best life ever – way better than the one I had all planned out at 5 years old.

Just this morning I stood by our marriage bed and watched Lee Anne and our beautiful 3 month old baby Amelie – my heart was racing and it seemed like pure love was bursting out of every pore in my body. And all of this started with my stumbling and His amazing grace.

New Year. New Reflections.

2010 was THE year of my life.

Got married.
Discovered we’re pregnant! gets 1000+ visitors in one month.

And on December 15th we welcomed Amelie Rose Roquemore into the world.

One of the things I thought would never happen, happened this year: I found myself totally enjoying and living in the present.

Most of my life I spent my time either regretting the past or planning for the awesome life I would have, in the future. Over the course of the last couple of years (in my journey with Lee Anne) Jesus led me to live fully present
– using the past to understand failure and success
– using the future to plan and re-plan; focusing on the process

So this year I am submitting myself to live out the life before me and relish every moment – growing and learning and reflecting (via blog) along the way.

We have shifted our lifestyle and will do even more so this year… so we’ll share tips, stories and maybe a recipe or two.
We think stories are important so lots of amazing films will be watched (stories worth telling, told well), and so reviews, thoughts and such will be posted.

And of course, lots of new parenting/marriage adventures will be shared, questions asked and discussions started.

Welcome 2011. 😀