I can’t help getting all sentimental every time I think about Autumn turning 18-years-old this weekend and her graduation next summer. She’s such a gift.

We surprised her with a birthday party at the house last night. The theme was¬†rainbow. There were lots of balloons, silly string, and rainbow colors. And Deanna did an amazing job at baking and decorating a multi-layer, rainbow-color cake…


But as I reflect upon the evening, I think about God’s promises. A rainbow was His promise to never flood the earth again. Autumn is full of God’s promises.¬†There is so much God-potential in her; I absolutely cannot wait to see where she goes on her life journey. That is… as sad as I will be to let her go back here at home. I am still her Daddy.

Autumn, you’re a treasure.

Shawn Michael

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