My Biggest Adventure (an essay by Lily)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In August 2013, I embarked on one of the most amazing adventures of my entire life. My family moved from sweet and safe Fort Collins, Colorado, to inner city Kansas City to start a church. Life radically changed. At first, I wasn't excited about the idea of leaving all of my friends and my world and moving to a place I'd never been. But, the moment I stepped into my new house, which is a renovated convent, I knew it was home. Life here is unique, and each day is filled with adventure.

     At first, I thought that I would be scared living in this neighborhood. I envisioned drive-by shootings, gang fights on the street corners, and guys with shotguns. I have yet to see all of that. The funny thing is, it's not the people who seem scary here, but the dogs! One Chihuahua by the name of Nuggets sneaks out of his yard and joins the big guys in the packs. Pitt Bulls and German Shepherds walk down the street like they're boss, striking fear into the hearts of cowardly girls who only have a sparkly shoe to protect themselves.

     Some people ask me if it was really hard moving from Fort Collins, to the inner city. I always answer with this: If I had the choice of moving back or staying here, I would stay. Each day is new and exciting--seeing the people with grocery carts walk down the street, the ethnicity difference, and the fun of meeting people that have their own stories.

     And in the midst of all of this, I know that I never have to be afraid or lonely, because Jesus is with me! He took us on this adventure, and he is with us through everything!

up north

The kids and I took our first-ever road trip without David, and though we missed him a bunch, we had a great time with my sister, nieces and mom.
Adam was a rockstar in taking over many of the duties that David would have had. He packed up the car, checked all of the fluids, took care of Kaikai's wheelchair, carried Kaikai up and down the stairs and was just plain amazing. So grateful for this kid young man!
It was freezing up in MN, so for the most part, we stayed indoors.
We did a lot of cooking, which is always fun when you're with such wonderful people!

The kids watched Frozen...twice!
"Let it Go!" is now a very popular tune at our house.
Kaikai discovered Yahtzee and we played that game about 10,000 times. :)

The best part of the trip was getting to see the cousins become re-acquainted.


Thanks for the great time up north, Stephanie, Kiah, Kendra, Selah and Mom.
We sure love you!

and then there were four...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

 Today, we officially have four teenagers in our family.

Woot! Woot! Super-fun times, my friends!
We love our wild and crazy newest teen, Jadon. He is amazing!
Happy 13th Birthday, son!
We are so grateful for your life.
You are a gift and a treasure.
May this coming year be one where you experience the presence of Jesus, more and more and where you grow in godliness, maturity and strength.
We love you so much, Jadon.

just a few of my faves...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Just a few of my favorite recent kid photos....

I totally love their love for one another. Adam is an amazing big brother, and Kaikai fully appreciates the kindness and affection.

Jadon, in action! 

These two...their friendship makes me so happy.

My older girls are growing up!
(sniff, sniff)

Thank you, Jesus, for blessing me with each one of these precious and beautiful children. I am one grateful mama.

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