I've taken a good bit of time off from blogging since coming back to the States. I've been spending this time getting reacquainted with my family, traveling, and starting at my new church.
Almost immediately after returning we spent 9 days at the beach. Pam (my wife) asked if I really wanted to see sand again. I told her that as long as there was water and no one was trying to kill me I was more than happy to go to the beach. Not long after that we visited family in the Western North Carolina mountains. It's great to see all the greenery after a year and a half of desert.
The new church is great. We have a wonderful staff that I have already grown to appreciate and love. August 26th was my first Sunday with 1,400 in worship. Even this weekend, with the long holiday, had good attendance. The people have been very welcoming and gracious.
It was on Labor Day last year that I flew from Kuwait to Iraq. It's hard to believe that a year has passed and that I will be partying with friends in a few hours rather than conducting "business as normal". As anyone over there can tell you; there are no holidays in a combat zone.
I don't know what I will do with this blog now, or if anyone is still checking it. I may shut it down and start a "Dr. Jim's blog" If you have any suggestions, make sure to let me know!
God bless you all. Thanks for reading and sharing this past year's adventure with me. Have a great Labor Day!