I'm out on the porch, watching it rain and wondering how to start this new blog. Though I'm not entirely sure myself, I do know Porch Coffee will be about life, it's experiences and relationships. But most of all it will be about God's goodness and how that looks as it filters down through the above. My life has been long and full. I want to make a difference. I want to share what I have learned. I have absolutely no idea who will read all of this but nevertheless I feel led by the One whose lead I have learned to follow. So where do I begin'? At the beginning, not to the very beginning but back to junior high, where I met Coach. It all started in Coach Aklin's History Class. The class was busy working on an assignment when I heard Coach Aklin say, "Sprad, will you take this to Coach Hester's class"? I watched a tall, clean cut guy stand up, take a folded note and walk out of the room. I asked my friend Debbi, sitting next to me, "Who is that?" and she replied, " Mike Spradlin". I thought he was SO cute! Debbi said he was in her math class and offered to tell him so?" I liked the idea. A few days later as I was leaving the classroom, Mike was leaning against the wall and said, "I heard you like me and I'd like to get to know you better...You want to go steady"? I shook my head yes. He quickly opened his notebook, unzipped his pencil bag and handed me his I.D. bracelet. It had the word 'Mike' engraved on it.