3. We Are Helping to Plant a Church

We Are Helping to Plant a Church

When the man and I lived in Los Angeles, there came a point when we knew that truly the only thing keeping us there was the church and the group of friends we were a part of.
In Los Angeles, everything is harder.
A simple trip to the grocery store could end in either a knife fight, or a strung out man dressed in an oversized clown suit asking you which aisle Mr. Goodbar could be found on
....after first introducing himself AS Mr. Goodbar...

However, don't get me wrong, there are also some INCREDIBLE aspects to LA as well, yet one must truly commit to the city to discover them. They won't be found on Hollywood Blvd, or the Chinese Mann theatre, or some desperate recreation of The Hills....they are found in the little cracks and crevasses that only a true Angelino would be able to point you to. And when you find them, the city grabs a piece of your heart.

After both individually living in LA for roughly about 8 years, God called The Man and I on to a different city. (I've referenced this often in previous posts)
And I cried.
No, you don't understand
like a freaking baby (sorry River) when I found out we were moving.
Even when it was all said and done, and we were actually living IN Colorado, I was still living IN denial.
Stubbornly, I felt I had made all the real friends I was going to make--or really wanted to make--in Los Angeles. I TRULY felt that God couldn't possibly do in CO what He had done in LA. I was SO so wrong...you can read more about that HERE.
My faith, my character...they were both found wanting.

And then we got a phone call.

A man that Robert very much admired...a semi mentor in a way...named Jason Cunningham, felt God press it upon his heart to plant a church. Jason had been the Dean of Men at a Bible College in Southern California for the previous several years, but felt very certain that God was calling him (as his family) on as well.
Where might you ask.....?
That's correct. Denver.
Jason asked if Robert and I would pray about possibly being a part of this church plant with him (and a few other families who had heard the call as well).
We asked.
We sought.
We Prayed.
We were in.

Beginning in the Summer of this year, we simply started meeting at various parks around the Denver area as a group. We got to know one another, eat together, pray together, and genuinely seek God together for the future of this church and the salvation of Denver.

And God answered.
I am happy to report that on September 15, 2013 we will hold our first official service at Denver North High School. 
Maybe you are interested in seeing what God wants to do in Denver as well? If so, come on out!

For more info, check out:

"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?" 
Romans 10:14

2. We Moved

We Moved

Originally, The Man and I first came to Colorado in January of this year. 
Initially, we were living with my folks, but severely underestimated the amount of time The Man would be spending in Seminary's library.
(Did I mention we moved here for him to attend seminary?)
So with a new family member on the way, and countless talks about what was the best option for our expanding family, it became obvious that a move was going to need to be made. 
We went on a wait list, and by the time I was 37 WEEKS PREGNANT (officially "full term") our apartment became available.
Just in the knick of time too! Little did we know that our little one would be make an appearance two weeks later to the day.
Home Sweet Home.
There really is nothing like it.

HaHa.... Oops....

Has it really been since APRIL that I have blogged!?

Oye... Oops...Forgive me. SO much has been going on.

Let's see...

1. I turned 27
2. We moved
3. We are helping to plant a church

Oh, and...


Seriously, the most adorable little Snuglet! I'm sure everyone says that about their children, but The Man and I are absolutely, hopelessly in L.O.V.E. with this little guy. I'll introduce you soon. 

But lets work through this list one by one...

Ok, so I turned 27

I am THE WORST person to ask "So, what would you like to do for your birthday this year?" I seriously make it so hard on the questioner because my honest and typical response is usually something to the effect, "I don't really care, honestly whatever you want to do sounds great with me!" (What is wrong with me lol?) 
But this year, I only had one request....
I wanted to ring in 27 with a nice...ZOMBIE MOVIE. I'm not kidding. It was like a craving.

See, The Man and I, for the most part, had been house bound for quite a while. When funds are low, you learn to heavily enjoy walks together, "movie night"--ie: Netflix and a box of Milk Duds, Dinners at home, etc. But The Man insisted on making an entire day of this birthday. He started the night before by setting me up with a Prenatal massage gifted by his folks. It was AWESOME... and at 34 weeks pregnant at the time, pretty much the best thing I could have gotten. The next day, I had to work, but The Man and I got up early for a heart healthy breakfast of coffee and donuts. YUM! Later, my mom met me at work for a delicious lunch at P.F. Changs coupled with a beautiful bouquet of fresh sunflowers (I LOVE fresh flowers). 
Upon returning home, the man had not gotten me one cake...he had gotten me THREE! (mini cakes... from my favorite cake shop). We enjoyed bites of each together outside on the patio before heading to one of my favorite mexican restaurants for dinner.
So, pretty much I ate SUPER healthy all day long ;)

And then...
We took in a late night showing of World War Z at this super cool theatre called The Alamo here in town. It is a dinner theatre which means that for every two seats, there is a table and a really good menu of food and drinks. You can order whatever you want all throughout the movie, and they bring it right to your table.
The Alamo also does its own previews at the beginning of each flick, so everything was Zombie themed :)
I loved it.

Thank You Robert, for an incredible, unforgettable, 27th birthday. My last birthday before we officially became parents :)
Here are a few snaps from the day