since i posted jack's 'back to school' pic this week, i figured that it would be great for today's throwback thursday to include one of my own. this one isn't throwing back too far, but long enough, really. it was 8 years ago, my first day of graduate school (read: seminary). it was 2001. september. less than a week before 9/11. i was as nervous as a pimply-faced high school freshman. but it certainly was the beginning of a great journey for me. this picture was taken in the first house shannon and i lived in, a small parsonage that the church affectionately termed "the cottage." shannon made those curtains.