Next Level Aug 2017


Sept 2017

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. “ Phil 4:13

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The Surprise of a Lifetime The Christening of a New Building Turns Into Something Extraordinary

Gymnastics coaches have to do a lot of planning. We’ve got classes going on every day, and it’s important to devote the proper amount of time to each and every tumbler who walks through our doors. There are some events in life, however, that you can’t plan for, and those can provide you with magical moments you’ll never forget. I was lucky enough to experience one such moment recently, and it took me by complete surprise. My boyfriend, Steven, runs a gym just one block away from ours. He happens to also put out a newsletter, which some of you may read. One program at his gym has become so popular that he’s been having trouble making space for other clients. A while back, he realized that he was going to need a new space to accommodate all of the growth. When that project was finally finished, it was time for a grand reopening celebration. Coincidentally, the ceremony was scheduled to happen right after I was finished working out. Covered in sweat, I was happy to stand in the back and support Steven in his massive accomplishment. Little did I know what would happen next. After thanking all the gym members who made the new space possible, Steven began thanking his wonderful team members for making the expansion a success. Then he asked me to come up to the front, which wasn’t surprising. He always makes it a point to thank me publicly and tells me he loves me in front of everyone. But this time, he had other plans.

He began by thanking me for my encouragement, and that’s when it happened: He dropped down to one knee! I was overcome with joy, but I kept my composure long enough for him to formally propose. As you can probably guess from how giddy I am recounting this story, I said yes. After planning the reopening, we’ve moved on to planning a wedding. When you start a life together, it makes you think about the ongoing nature of the family and those who came together before you. Steven and I both lost our fathers to cancer, and none of our wonderful grandparents are with us anymore. It makes me sad that they won’t be in attendance for the ceremony in person, but I know they’ll be there in spirit.

For now, I’m just happy to bask in the elation of being newly engaged. I love you, Steven. Thank you so much for a day I’ll never forget.

– Lori



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