Planes and Trains and a Birthday to Remember

I didn’t check out the math…but I’m just guessing that Karla was right when she said that as of two days ago I had been alive for 16, 436 days.  That sounds like a big number… but you know what?  It’s not even depressing to me as these multiples of 5 can often be. 
Again, I’ll never tire of saying this: “I’m just happy to be here” and enjoy days like this with my family. I wanted to pass along some cool pictures I was able to shoot from the plane ride that Benj and I took on Saturday morning September 19, 2009 and also a couple pics of “the real Thomas.”
We (the pilot Brian Bean, Benj and I)  took off from the Winterset airport at about 9:00 a.m. and flew around central Iowa for about an hour and a half.  The world looks entirely different from 500-1000 feet above the earth than it does from ground level.  It was an awesome day for a plane ride! 
A picture of Crossroad Church
A picture of Crossroad Church


Earlham ball fields
Earlham ball fields
beans glorious beans
beans glorious beans
The "Real" Thomas
The “Real” Thomas
Diamondhead Lake
Diamondhead Lake
Lake Panorama
Lake Panorama
Happy Guys
Happy Guys

2 thoughts on “Planes and Trains and a Birthday to Remember”

  1. Happy Birthday Mike. Among the countless lessons learned and insights gained from this past year has been a partial answer to the prayer of the Psalmist in Psalm 90.

    ESV Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

    I think you have learned to number your days, and thereby have gained more wisdom than you had before.

    I am so glad you are still here with yet more days to number. And I hope you taught me something about numbering my days as well — for I too hope to grow into a heart of wisdom in whatever time I have left.

    Enjoyed the pictures — and I too really like the picture of the red house — I happened to know from experience that some very kind people live there.



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