Archive for July, 2009

During yesterday’s drive to Oklahoma, we drove on a highway that led us through McKinney, TX. While driving through McKinney, I noticed that there was an obscene amount of traffic lights that were considerably delaying the flow of traffic. 

Through my frustration and rising blood pressure, I started to notice an unusual trend among the street names. In a weird/funny/creepy way the street names started to tell my life story.

Here were three street names right in a row (no joke)…

IMG_6664 I was born in this great state

IMG_6665 I was raised in the church

IMG_6666 I went to college at Lipscomb

I was expecting the next street names to be “MARRIAGE”, “ATLANTA”, “TEXAS”, “STUDENT MINISTRY”, “RAN A FEW MARATHONS”, and “OKLAHOMA”. However, to my disappointment, the next street name was Waddill St.

But just think that would have been hilarious and at the same time very creepy.

Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did.


Oklahoma…ready or not, here the Cromers come.

The cars are packed. We have said our goodbyes. And we are driving today to Oklahoma City to begin the next chapter of our lives.

Keep a lookout on the blog for updates and pictures throughout the day.


We made it safely to Oklahoma City.  Here are some pics from the day…

IMG_6661 Leaving Sulphur Springs

IMG_6663 2 cars loaded up & hot wife pumping gas

IMG_6667 Crossing the border into OK

IMG_6669 TX people, these are called hills

IMG_6671 Finally arrived at our new house

This guy is hilarious. In today’s technological world, it is amazing what people can get famous doing. You are seriously one good youtube video away from being famous.

See more of this guy at BATTINGSTANCEGUY.COM.

Thanks to my great friend Eric Sztanyo for sharing this video with me. Enjoy…


On a side note, if any of you are interested in buying baby blankets, my great friend Eric Sztanyo has started a new web based company that sells some great baby products. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT HIS NEW WEBSITE.

Here is a list of Pros & Cons of moving from Sulphur Springs, Texas:


  • The wonderful people at NORTHchurch
  • Better food choices
  • Better gym/workout choices
  • Don’t have to drive 2 hours to the nearest airport
  • Simply leaving Texas & Texas pride (I never drank the koolaid)
  • Get to live in a 3G city, not a stinkin’ Edge city
  • Having another restaurant besides Chili’s be the best restaurant in town
  • Not having to have a front license plate
  • Not having a different speed limit at night (that law is dumb)
  • I get to use my Urbanspoon app and it actually give me different results
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (I’ll embrace them as my new NBA team)
  • Get to have more of a winter including snow
  • Southwest Airlines availability (credit Mom)
  • Share Jesus & influence more people (credit Sarah)
  • Possibility of awesome stocking stuffers (credit Mom)


  • Leaving the wonderful people of Shannon Oaks Church
  • Leaving one of my best friends – Jason Dietze
  • Having to drive more than 5 minutes at a time to get around town
  • Not having professional baseball close
  • Not having two massive cows with freakish-steroid-like utters
  • Having to sell our house that we custom built
  • Leaving the awesome youth pastors in SS who seek unity among churches
  • Leaving the pink snow cone stand
  • May be more difficult to train for marathons on busier roads
  • Can’t have my two dogs in OKC right away
  • Toll roads
  • State income tax (credit JP Dennis)
  • Still far away from parents (credit Mom)
  • Long drive to see parents (credit Mom)


What am I forgetting? What are the pros should be on the list? What are the cons that should be on the list? I will update this list as you give suggestions.

In case you have been hanging out under a rock the past month, Heather and I are moving to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. God has called us partner with an amazing church (NORTHchurch) and serve as the student pastors. We are incredibly excited to see what God has planned for this next stage of our lives. However, this is a very bittersweet time for the Cromer family because moving to Oklahoma means that we will be leaving Sulphur Springs, Texas and the Shannon Oaks Church.

We only have a few more days in Sulphur Springs as we are planning to officially move to Oklahoma City at the first of next week (Monday or Tuesday). All this week we have been in the thick of getting ready to make the move. We have been canceling services, packing up my office, packing up things at the house, forwarding mail, and all types of boring (but necessary) things like that.

Definitely the most difficult thing about moving from Sulphur Springs is leaving the very thing that brought us to this town and has kept us in this town for five years – the Shannon Oaks Church. 

Two nights ago we had our last Wednesday night youth service (REVIVE) with our students. It was an amazing night. We had a great crowd show up. We laughed and had a blast playing some fun games, including my personal favorite REVIVE game – home run derby. I got a chance to lead an amazing group of teenagers and adults in worship. The Holy Spirit was thick as we poured our hearts out at God’s throne as a family. I surprised my partner and successor in ministry at Shannon Oaks, Ben Vos, by commissioning the students to follow, trust, and love him as they have followed, trusted, and loved me. We sealed this very special passing of the student ministry torch by having all the students surround Ben, lay hands on him, and I had the students pray over him. It was a powerful moment. Finally, the students had a chance to talk to Heather and I. Through tears, smiles, and laughter, we heard stories, thank you’s, and blessings from many teenagers and adults. It was such an amazing night that I will cherish for the rest of my life. We closed the evening by eating ice cream sundaes together because after all, ice cream is great comfort food.


This Sunday is our last Sunday at Shannon Oaks before we officially leave. I am sure that there will be some surprises, laughter, tears, and smiles. It will be a good day to celebrate all that God (not me) has done over the past five years.

For people in Sulphur Springs, let’s make the most out of the next few days. Let’s hang out. Let’s spend as much time together as possible. Call us. Come by the house. Let’s celebrate all the amazing things God has done over the past five years and anticipate all the amazing things God is going to do in the near future. Not to mention Heather and I would love for you to cook us a meal or take us out for a meal (our fridge is running a little low right now). :)

Back to Blogging

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Blogs, Life, People, Travel
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Hello friends, family, and total strangers…

I apologize for the lack of blog post updates over the last few weeks. Life has been crazy busy and I have been traveling non-stop over the past month. I have not been able to blog as much normal because of my journeys that have seen me spend a considerable amount of time in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and New York. 

I have missed blogging. I have missed reading your comments. I have missed having intellectual conversations over many topics like life, faith, God, sports, and entertainment. Blogging is such an incredible discipline for me and a great release for all the random thoughts that often flood my brain. This small break from blogging was solely due to business. I haven’t given it up.

In fact, I’m officially back to blogging. My blogging sabbatical is over and I will be back to writing daily. I encourage you to consistently stop by and contribute to the conversations.