Submitted by Daniel Bartholomew, aka Danithew
Congrats to Nine Moons for being around for five years! I have always felt that Nine Moons has something special going on and Rusty & Co. are showing us all how to do it. I also want to thank Rusty for influencing my thinking a little, as writing this guest post has gotten me to ponder a little bit more the significance of anniversaries, blogging (as a form of record keeping) and the connection these events/activities have with landmark events in our lives – which (warning) means you are about to be treated to some awful navel-gazing. But isn’t that what blogging is all about?
Since we guest bloggers been asked to write our guest posts based on the number 5, I have decided that the best I can do is to talk a little bit about my wife and I, our decision to read the Old Testament together and that we are almost finished with that long textual journey.
Diane and I have been reading through the Old Testament together for a period of years. We are now almost done with Zechariah and then we will have the four Malachi chapters to read and then we will be done!
We are anticipating finishing the Old Testament and as we talked about this yesterday, we couldn’t remember when we actually started doing this. We wanted to know how long it has taken us. Thankfully, way back at the beginning when we were still in Genesis, on October 12, 2006, I wrote a post about it on Mormon Mentality. So it turns out that blogging potentially serves a semi-serious purpose after all – in this case it helped us to approximately identify and mark that missing start date – as we have not been keeping any other record of our progress through the book – maybe we need to re-think that a little and start keeping more of a personal record about our scripture study.
As we finish reading the Old Testament, we are also approaching another landmark in our lives – August 4th we reach our 8th marriage anniversary. It is a little surprising, in some ways that much time has passed already. We are imperfect people and there are many things we can do better – but I am grateful that since we were first married, we’ve been able to consistently read scripture together. We have missed a day here and there, but for the most part we have been able to read a chapter a day together and it has been a positive thing for us.
As we finish the Old Testament, we are looking forward to reading through the New Testament together and pondering the life of Jesus Christ, his gospel message, the Atonement and the resurrection. I expect we will be well on our way into the four gospels when something else special, another landmark occurrence, is going to happen in our lives. In late September we expect our first child, a daughter, to be born.