Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Challenge B Director

Last night, I had my initial interview to be the Challenge B director up here in Evergreen.
At this time, there is not a director ... and we need a B program.
Shiloh and Micah Hemness are the only 2 kids in need right now ... but that could change.

It's been a tough journey deciding what to do about CC this fall.
With all the change and turnover in Parker, I knew that I should not stay there.
While I love Andie, she will be directing Ch-1.
Sally is a gift ... and I'd love to see Landon in her class, but I can't drive that far just for that.

Our friends, the Boltons, were looking at going to Lakewood, but that community is completely full.
I tried, with all that I had, to get into that community, to no avail.

We then considered starting a community on the west side of C-470.
I asked God to confirm if that's what we should do with ... the Boltons & Voorhees joining with us and Foothills Bible Church saying yes to the use of their building.
All were no.  So, that was not what we were to do.

At the end of all, Evergreen still remained.
No other doors opened.
Nothing else became clear.

So, I reached out to Kara and Melissa.
I also decided to attend the yoga book club with the CC moms up here.
It was fun being in a room with 12 moms, 8 of whom are a part of CC.
It's time that we establish relationships and community up here.

Our time in Parker was a gift, but it's time to move on.
This time last year, I couldn't fathom the thought of leaving Parker.
This year, I'm at peace.
And the kids are at peace.
That was important to me ... that they be ok with the change.

Now, I'm praying about whether or not I should direct B.
It's hard to lay a fleece that God could use to confirm if that would be His will for me.
I don't want to get to Christmas and in my exhaustion, second guess my decision.

So, I've had my first interview on April 20th.
Then, I answered 3 questions ... tell me about your Biblical worldview, faith journey, and homeschooling journey and emailed those to Beth yesterday.
Now, I wait.
There will be a second phone interview, then an application, with references, a background check, and lastly a full day of orientation - DLO - Director Licensing Orientation - which will be on May 21st.
If everything falls into place, I will go to director training at the 3-day practicum in Castle Rock June 1st - 3rd.

I want to make sure I don't take on too much and burn myself out ... but I do want to be in a place where I can best help Shiloh.  After often being one step behind her in A, it would be nice to be one step ahead of her in B.  I just don't know how to hear from God on this one.  So, I wait, and pray, and hope He brings about a clear conformation.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Marriage Retreat

After our last big conflict, mom and dad encouraged Steve and I to go to a marriage retreat.
They didn't just encourage us, they offered to pay for it ... The Rock was hosting one mid-April, so we signed up.

The retreat was pretty good.  Having a weekend together, which might have been the first time in two years, was a gift.  We had time to walk around the shops in Estes and have dinner out.
The best part of the teaching was the last session when they encouraged us to work through our expectations.  They prepared a 3-page document with questions about expectations in every aspect of our marriage.  I really do hope that we can work through the questions, bit by bit.

It happened to be the same weekend that we had a blizzard coming.
although very little stuck in Estes Park, we had 3 feet waiting for us at home.
With mom and Shawnie at the house watching the kids, they were stuck.
Steve managed to snowplow a path wide enough to get their car out.
Ah - spring time in the Rockies!

Monday, April 11, 2016


Shiloh was given movie passes for doing the Bible Quiz.
She wanted to go see Zootopia.

With Steve and Landon attending a hunter's safety course this weekend, I took them to Colorado Mills to see a matinee after church.

While the storyline was entertaining (particularly the sloths) ...
a few dark scenes scared the Littles!

I was disappointed to find that the message was about
accepting one another's differences
and a clear statement that "you can be whatever you want to be."

Interestingly, Pastor Jim has been teaching a series entitled Piece by Piece.
He's primarily addressing marriage relationships.
Last week, he told the story of a young Christian man who, while attending college, heard a gay men's choir sing at an assembly.
After the concert, the man raised his hand to ask 2 questions ...
#1 - if he wanted to be in the choir, could he apply?  The answer was NO.
#2 - if he started a Christian men's choir, could he only accept Christian men?
The answer was not given ... and an uproar followed.

Pastor Jim also shared a newspaper article that told how public schools are now "educating" preschoolers in tolerance and the normality of same-sex households.  The thinking is that at the preschool age, kids are more susceptible to this kind of teaching, whereas by the elementary age, many are challenging the teaching.  So ... why not start younger?

It's a subtle, yet not so subtle message.
Zootopia may have been more subtle, but if they can get the message across in a cute little movie about animals ... then when our politicians, leaders, and teachers say the same message, the flock will easily accept their words without an argument.

Our culture is changing so incredibly fast, it's overwhelming!
It's so very disturbing.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


At last ... with rough inspections approved ... the drywall is going up in the Den and the Parlor.
It's been a very long time !!!

Looking back at photos, the framing was finished June 25th.
That's 10 months ago!

We all agree that hiring John Wingate to do the work was a bad decision.
We are still paying for that now.
Steve has had to fix multiple mistakes he made.

But now, the tubs are set ...

And the bathrooms and closets are drywalled.

The texture should go on early next week.
Then, we can paint and start on the finish work.

With 51 weddings on the calendar between now and mid-October, we have to get this finished by mid-May.  I'm thankful for Steve's focus on this.  Without him, we would not get it done!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Red Rocks

With a gorgeous day in the forecast, I wanted to venture out with the kids.
(everyone in the Metro area had the same idea!!)
Steve was going to his uncle's funeral ...
so I decided to head to Red Rocks and climb the stairs.

Shawnie came over to meet us after church.
We enjoyed a picnic on the stairs then climbed them 3 times.

Springtime in the Rockies = high winds.
So, it was windy ... but fun.
I love that we live close to Red Rocks.

Bible Quiz

Awana has been quite different this year.
The program at Aspen Ridge is not well led.
Unfortunately, there really isn't a Trek program.
Instead, one couple has the kids over to their home twice a month for games and/or discussion.

Some of the Trek and Journey kids wanted to participate in Bible Quiz.
Shiloh signed up.
They met once a week for about 3 months.
They memorized the material, and practiced testing.

The actual Quiz was yesterday in Monument.
With check-in at 8:30am, Shiloh and I slept at mom and dad's house so we didn't have as far to drive.

The Quiz was unbelievable.
Multiple choice.
Speed questions.
Seven teams in Trek.
2-4 kids per team.
Shiloh and Daniel were on a team.
While they knew the material, they didn't know it as well as the other teams.
I ended up being a score keeper.

While it was fun to watch and I was proud of Shiloh for all the work she put into it, I don't think I would do it again unless Aspen Ridge has an organized Trek & Journey program.
The teams that won came from large churches with a strong program.
Without a program, it's pretty hard to motivate kids to meet once a week, with only 4 participating, and build enough commodore to make it worthwhile.

Shiloh and I had a good time anyhow.
We joined the others for lunch afterward, then we shopped at Good Will, and I got her an ice cream cone.
Steve and I plan to reach out to the commander and see if we can't start a program.
Time will tell.