Deanna and I have been married for 15 years as of last week, March 15th. Crazy to think about, huh?! To celebrate, Deanna and I decided to get away for a few days. We’re saving up for a move this summer, so we didn’t want to spend too much, but we wanted to have some fun experiences, too. Here’s what our days away looked like.

Sunday, we started the day with an awesome birthday celebration at Destiny Foursquare. It wasn’t really part of our get-away weekend, but it was a blast, as usual! They combined all Sunday services so it was definitely a PACKED house!

After service, we got on the road quickly to catch one of my favorite bands in concert. Gungor was playing a show at the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO. We got there just in time to grab some BBQ next door and, thankfully, our friends, Dan, Stuart, and Sara were up front, saving us a place right next to the drummer. The show was simply a-MAZING! One of the most inspiring I’ve ever seen. And it turns out that they recorded the evening for an upcoming DVD project. We were right in front of a crowd mic and the cameramen were, many times, literally standing next to us. Here’s a few clips a friend forwarded to me from the evening (click the gears to watch in HD)…

This clip features the song “Brother Moon”…

On Monday, we slept in a bit and then hit the road for Colorado Springs. We wanted to check out the Garden of the Gods we had always heard so much about. It was beautiful. These pictures and video don’t compare to being there, but it’s the best I can do — sharing our experience with you online…

And here’s a quick video (with a little Gungor music in the background)…

That afternoon we caught a movie at the Chinese AMC theater near our hotel…

And that night we fulfilled a long-time food fantasy of Deanna’s by visiting the Melting Pot restaurant for the first time. It was a two-hour meal, featuring a swiss cheese appetizer with bread, apples and veggies. The main course was steak, chicken, shrimp, duck, sausage and veggies cooked in an herb chicken broth. And we finished with a chocolate fondue with fruits, cheesecake and other yummy dessert bites to dip. It was, in Deanna’s words, “absolutely delicious and really fun.” Great time! We’ll definitely be back in the future.

Tuesday morning, we mixed in just a little bit of work with our pleasure, as we headed up to Camp Wondervu so that Deanna could look over the facilities. She is directing two of the Gateway district summer camps there in June. We came back down the mountain and went to one of my favorite Denver spots, Cinzzetti’s. It’s an enormous Italian food smorgasbord, if you’ve never made it there. We hit the road, stopping at a few outlets along the way, and got back to South Dakota by 9:00 PM that evening. Zion did a Superman jump into my arms from the top of the stairs and our trip was complete.

I am in love with Deanna now more than ever. So thankful that I have my best friend by my side to inspire, give joy, and live life to the full with. I could absolutely not imagine anyone more special than her in my life. Looking forward to the next 15 years only getting better!


Shawn Michael

Husband, father, musician, pastor, Internet junkie, and Foursquare District NextGen Rep for the Gateway District