I am a divorced father of two boys. My oldest is a freshman in college out of state and my youngest is a junior in high school and I have him full time. I was married once for 16 years but have been divorced for almost 8 years. I would like to be married again one day, but that's something that simply cannot be rushed. For now I'm just looking to meet someone that I really connect with on multiple levels and hopefully see where it goes from there.
I am a simple guy that enjoys the simple pleasures of life. I enjoy being outside when the weather is nice, Bama football in the fall and watching movies when its messy out. I don't have just one hobby or passion that consumes most of my time, but there are many things that I enjoy. I do have a strong faith in God and am looking for the same in a partner.
I enjoy lifting weights which I do primarily at home, but I do have a gym membership. I really enjoy canoeing and kayaking and I have rafted the Ocoee a couple of times. I think I would enjoy mountain biking, but haven't tried it yet. During the spring and summer I enjoy working in the yard trying to improve my flower beds. This past summer I grew some tomatoes for the first time. I currently listen to rock/pop music primarily, but I enjoy country music, too. From Thanksgiving till Christmas Day I only listen to Christmas music. I know that's a deal-breaker for some. :-) I teach a Bible class at my church from time to time. I am a software developer and I really love my work. I've been at my current job for almost 12 years.
I'm looking for a best friend, someone that I connect with on multiple levels (spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical). Someone to talk to and share with, spend time with and generally just enjoy life with.
I've come the realization that I must be "old fashioned" (or maybe this is better stated as "conservative"). I've not had any bad experiences (yet) and I certainly don't mean to sound condescending, but this might help define who I am for the very few who might be genuinely interested and are still reading. With so many profiles having so little information about the person behind the profile, one is left to surmise the character of the person by the pictures. However, sometimes the pictures speak louder than the text.
My life's goal is to live faithfully to Biblical principles on my way to Heaven. I want someone to partner with me in that goal. Hopefully we can see some of God's incredible creation along the way while doing fun stuff just for "us", but I also hope we can do some of this while serving others occasionally. I don't have the desire to become a missionary in a foreign land, but I do want to bear spiritual fruit wherever I'm at. If this is not the lifestyle that you choose, I completely understand. It is, however, the lifestyle I'm choosing and I hope to find someone that, not only am I attracted to, but shares that desire.
I think being able to talk is imperative for a first date, so some type of venue that accommodates conversation. I believe it's more about getting to know someone than what you're actually doing. In the old days, you typically dated/asked out someone that either you or a friend already knew or someone that you had met somewhere before and therefore what you did was more about trying to impress them (from a guy's perspective). Online dating allows us to contact complete strangers and sometimes from neighboring cities and so there's little to no familiarity with the other person. I prefer to start with messaging and if there's mutual interest, then maybe a phone call. You learn a lot about someone when you talk in "real time" and see how the conversation flows. If the conversation is fluid and you can talk with ease, then a meeting is the next step. Although somewhere in between talking and the first meeting, one could insert "FB-stalking"...that can be a useful tool. :-)