Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Closing Day

... NOT!
I could not believe the amount of paperwork and documents being shuffled around.
With the closing scheduled for 1pm,
we met mom at the bank at 12 to move money.
Then we hung out at their house ... waiting ... and emailing ...
So, mom and I went to open a bank account for M@M.

Then we met Shawnie at Garcia's.
We were supposed to be having a celebratory dinner in Evergreen.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much celebrating going on.

This has been excruciatingly painful.
Lease agreements were being written and re-written yesterday.
Negotiations were still being made.

The challenges that have arisen have gone beyond the closing issues.
The kids got sick.
Steve's car broke down.
It broke down again.
Then my car broke down.
Steve's parents came home early, so we lost our storage unit.
Our house is supposed to be "market ready," but it's nowhere close.

The level of stress is realized ... and growing.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

10 days

This month has been a blur.
Email after email.
Document after document.
More negotiations.

Now, we are 10 days from closing.
March 31st.
There are some days when I'm not totally sure this will happen.
Other days ... I'm filled with hope and excitement.

I have a healthy dose of fear and trembling.
This is quite an undertaking ...
but one I am certain will prove to be good for our family.

We are blessed beyond blessed!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Forge Espresso

We are super excited about a possible partnership with Forge Espresso ...
and a project that will directly benefit Mavuno Village.

Project: Kijani (the Swahili word for green) is a key step in the sustainable future of Mavuno Village, a family style, agriculturally minded center for orphaned and vulnerable children.  Although located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near the equator, high quality vegetables are difficult to grow due to intense daytime sunlight and cool night temperatures. Therefore, construction of a greenhouse would allow this family style orphan village to grow high-quality produce and sell their product in local markets at a premium price due to limited availability of quality goods.  In addition to supporting Mavuno Village’s economic future, this project will provide an opportunity to teach onsite orphans how to improve crop quality and yield using a green house.

Project Details:
Place: Mwanza, Tanzania
Size: ¼ Acre Greenhouse
Goal: $5,000
Stretch Goal: $10,000
Groundbreaking: 2016

On top of this, we are hoping and praying that Mavuno Village will move their "HQ" to CO.
There's much going on, which I am really not at liberty to write on a blog post.
BUT - we believe in MV completely and support the Tanners fully ...
and want to see the vision of MV reached.
We will do whatever it takes to help achieve the goals.

It's interesting that God has brought Evergreen to us.
We are certain that His timing and providence through this purchase will allow us to move forward with working more directly with the Tanners.

I am so excited about the future of MM with MV.
I'm excited by the opportunities that will abound b/c of Evergreen.

We are about to enter a new season ... a new direction ... a new vision.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Over the last few weeks, we have been bogged down in the details.

CC details ... as we are going for Memory Masters again.
Mavuno Market details ... as we plan our vision night.
Mavuno Village details ... as we work on securing funding to build the school.
M@M details ... as we press on toward the deadline and have LOTS of details to work out there.

So, I haven't been blogging too much.
But when everything comes together in Evergreen, I'll have LOTS to say.


I've also been trying to figure out how to best deal with Shiloh's allergies and asthma.
Landon has had a strange rash/ dried, cracking skin thing on his knuckles.
I have been battling headaches and fatigue.
So, we all went to see Dr. Monk.


CC is down to 6 weeks.  Tomorrow is our last tutor meeting.
Awana has 8 weeks to go.
It's hard to believe the school year is nearing it's end.

Good things are happening ... big changes are coming for us.
Until then, we press on and work hard to finish another year strong.