A Personal Post

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Mark Conner

In one sense, this post has nothing to do with Catapult Engineering Academy.  In another, it has everything to do with Catapult and what I have been blessed to accomplish during 21 years in the classroom.  Proverbs 18:22 says,

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.”

Almost 22 years ago while in graduate school at Duke, I first met my best friend’s baby sister, Colleen … pronounced with a long “o”.  (It should be noted that I met her, and he was not introducing me to her … he knew me too well!)  I moved back to Birmingham 10 months later, because she was living in my home town and I knew she was the one God intended for me to marry.  We were engaged eight months later, and 20 years ago today we were married!

We have an incredible marriage, largely because she is a great grace-giver.  She pours into and prays for me and our children daily.  She is invested in what God has called me to do and cheers me on at work and home.  She is creative, and it shows in the gifts she gives, the way she stretches a teacher’s salary, her love for cooking, her handwriting, her musical abilities, her business ventures, and so many other ways.  She is wise and generous and faithful to friendships like no one I have seen.  She has taught me what the word empathy truly means.  I am still captivated by her outward beauty, but it is her inner beauty that is the real treasure.

Colleen Gaynor Conner, thank you for vowing to be my wife 20 years ago and for living out those vows every day since then!  I love you and would marry you again in a heartbeat!


(It should also be noted that Colleen is my primary proofreader, and any errors in this post are the result of not letting her see it before I hit publish.)