About me

Most of us wonder at some point in our life who we are and why we’re here.  I’m no exception.  Ultimately, I’ve come to believe that I’m here by God’s design, and exist for His pleasure and His purposes.  This page contains only a few sketchy and much more mundane things than that about my life.  Consider it (this page as well as my life) a work in progress.  There are few links scattered below that provide just a little more information about me than you’ll find on this page.

My name is Barry Wallace.  I was born in 1955, and spent the first 12 years of my life in Grand Tower, Illinois, a very small Mississippi river town in the southern part of the state.  My family then moved to Chester, Illinois, where I lived until I graduated from high school in 1973.

After spending a couple of years in college as a music major, I began to question everything about my life, including my choice of majors.  Unsure what I wanted to do, I quit school and found myself asking more serious questions about life, and the reason for my own existence.  If you want to know more about that, I encourage you to read the page entitled A Bad Heart.

After a couple of moves, I settled down in Sikeston, Missouri.  Having lived here since 1975, and having raised all of my children here, I now consider it my home.  I’ve been employed by the Board of Municipal Utilities since 1980.  I’m a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where I feebly attempt to serve the Lord and His people.

I have a beautiful wife, who loves me more than I deserve.  We have five kids in our blended family.  We both love all five of them as our own, but if you want a breakdown, it’s yours (2), mine (2), and ours (1).  I also have one beautiful grandson.  If you still want to know a little more, you can find a few random and mostly useless facts about me here.

There is one final thing I want to share about my life.  It’s actually not about me as much as it is about the person most responsible for shaping me, my mother. Mom passed away two days before Thanksgiving, 2007.  I spoke (followed by my sister and brother) at her funeral.  You can hear our tribute to Mom by following this link:  Honored by Her Children

17 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Barry….I like the blog man! It was fantastic to meet you the other night! I look forward to staying in touch too!

  2. Nice blog, Barry! Hope we’ll “chat” quite a bit back and forth between our blogs.

    Just a note – I was born in Urbana.

    So, how are those throwed rolls? ;)

  3. James and Freddy T,

    Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to interacting with both of you more in the future, both on this blog and on yours.

    Grace and peace!

    (P.S. – the throwed rolls are as good as ever!)

  4. Hi Barry, Nice to find your blog. I see “throwed rolls” comments. Must be Lamberts!! We were just there last week with our Sr. Citizens group from church. mmm.

    Blessings!

  5. Barry, I like the concept behind your blog as well. Thanks for all your thoughts.

  6. Barry,

    Made one of my rare trips to StumbleUpon and read on your SU page that you are blogging. Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

    In His grip,

    Mondo Ron from Stumbleupon…..

  7. Andrew J. Nicewander said:

    Thanks Barry! I’m going through your blog and I am enjoying it as well. :-)

  8. Barry,
    Just wanted to say I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I lost my father in the fall of last year. The loss of a parent is a very difficult thing.

    I’m glad you are now blogging. I’ll have to remember to plug you in on my sidebar so I can keep up with you.

    God’s grace,
    M

  9. Hi Barry,

    Thanks for dropping my blog; you have a very nice one as well. I subscribed to the RSS feed via Bloglines.

    I happen to know someone in Sikeston, Brandi Keith-Mason. She was a journeyman when we were in Africa. I think she now works for Farm Bureau, but I don’t know where she goes to church.

    Blessings,
    Rick

  10. I’ve just found and subscribes to your blog.
    Looking forward to reading more of your thoughtful posts.
    Thank you and God bless you!
    Jonie

    http://joniewp.wordpress.com/

  11. Sorry to hear about your mother. My husband’s mother died of breast cancer in 2005 and it really has been hard on him. I lost my dad when I was 11. It’s so hard to lose parents, even when you are older. Thanks for giving us all a glimpse into your world. I love blogs where people are being humble instead of self righteous and I get that from this blog. Great stuff!

    Hope to hear more from you soon!

  12. Very nice blog Barry! You touch on many deep Christian topics on an almost academic level. We just found your blog and it is inspiring us to continue in writing ours. We have a new Christian Personal Development website and hope it will be as successful as yours! We look forward to your great posts! Blessings Christina and Teppie Chartomatsidis http://www.dreambelieveandmanifest.com

  13. Thanks Barry! Keep up the great work with your blog! God bless [Christina and Teppie Chartomatsidis]

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