April 17, 1996 – Wednesday – 1:30 p.m.

Four months from today, I will no longer be considered a teenager.

This afternoon after lunch, myself, Dan, Allen, Vince, and Charlie and took a small adventure into the past that I, nor Dan, Allen, and Vince were a part of.  The five of us snuck into the Old Tennessee Dorm.  It’s been shut up for the past two years.  Charlie lived there during his Sophomore year, the last time it was in use.  His roommate was Steven.  We all went to his old room on the third floor and their two names were still on the door.

It was a haunting sight.

In less than three weeks, Charlie’s time at Lees-McRae will be finished.  I am staying for his graduation.  I wouldn’t miss it for the world.  He was the first person I met here.  He immediately took me in, welcomed me, mentored me, and inspired me.  He has taught me and he has made me laugh.  He’s also made me cry.  If it were not for him, I would not be where I am today.  It’s because of him that I attend Heaton Christian Church.  It’s because of him that I’m an RA.  It’s because of him that I know Sharon and her loving family.  Through Charlie, the Lord welcomed me into a new family, the same exact minute I walked into this very Residence Hall.

That is the goodness of God.  He makes those transitions in life and should be insanely difficult, as simple as walking through a door and saying hello.

If you ever read this Charlie, I love you man!

September 22, 1993 – Wednesday – 11:45 p.m.

The special speaker we had at church tonight was great.  Ryan was dressed in white.  She always looks so beautiful.  Lately, she’s looked even more beautiful, but her appearance hasn’t changed; it is just the way I see her.  I look beyond her flesh and see her soul and spirit.  When they all blend together she easily becomes the most beautiful person I’ve ever known in my life.

I’m a senior now and I got a lot of college information today.  Well, I was in the career counselor’s office when the bell rang for first period, so I quickly ran to class with whatever brochures were in my hand, but I’ve liked what I saw in those.  I’ve prayed and thought about it and by the way things look now, I’ll either be going to Lees-McRae in the mountains or Pfieffer, which is less than two hours from here.  I want to go to Lees-McRae, but it is so far away.  I want to get away from home, but I don’t want to get too far away from my friends in the youth group.

God’s will will happen and he’ll take care of everything.