Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5th Retreat

This year is our 2nd year hosting the Passion for Orphans retreat in Beaver Creek.
The Charter is the perfect destination.
After 2 years at the YMCA in Estes and 1 year at Aloft in Broomfield, 
it's nice to find a place that works ... and is perfect in almost every way!

This year, CC is on Monday instead of Thursday, so I thought it would be fun to spend 2 nights at the Charter as a family.
With Landon's birthday on Wednesday, we would stay Wednesday and Thursday night ...
then mom and Shawnie would join me on Friday for the retreat.
It just so turned out that there was a Rockies game on Wednesday.
So, Steve took the boys to the game ... and I took the girls to Beaver Creek!

The weather was PERFECT on Thursday!
They had fun playing in the pool ...

And we took a walk ... to see all the leaves!

Then the boys came up to join us for a night before the retreat.
With Landon's birthday nestled right in the middle of this busy weekend.
I took the kids out for calzones while Steve hung back at the hotel.
On Friday, they got to play in the pool before heading home.

48 ladies came up for the retreat.
Linny Saunders & Sophie Hartman were the main session speakers.
Andy Landers led worship and Paul Kakac came up one evening.

It was a great weekend..
.. besides Amanda Purvis, who was the emcee.
Unfortunately, it's probably time to part ways from Amanda, Celina, and Jody.
They did not like Sophie and gave super negative feedback on her.
Their toxic attitudes are not something I want at the retreat anymore.

After 4 years and 5 retreats, this is still one of my favorite weekends of the year!
I'm excited to plan #6 with a new planning team.
Bethel and Erin are staying on and I've gained Susie Oertli and Melody Monberg.
Melanie Hutchinson is home from India now.  I love that she's here.
I believe that she will be an integral part of the future ministry of P4O and MM.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


This precious boy is twelve.

Being an even year, he wanted a party.
Chance and Brock Wycoff and Micah Hemness were the boys he wanted to take to Buchanan Rec Center to climb the rock wall and swim.
So, Tuesday the 20th was the party!

He also invited the Hemness girls, Jocelyn and Bella for Liberty and Shiloh to each have a buddy.

He also wanted to go see the Rockies with his dad, and Sawyer.
That is happening today, on his birthday.

As a mom, this year was different.
We can't have a cake party, as I have the Passion for Orphans retreat this weekend.
Because of the Rockies, I won't even be with Landon on his birthday.
Sadly, he and Shiloh fight so much, he didn't want her to go to the game, which meant I stayed home with the girls.
I had planned to take the family up to Beaver Creek early to enjoy a couple of nights together before the retreat, so the girls and I will go up today and enjoy one night, then the boys will come up tomorrow for one night.

Naturally, I wanted to make him a cake.
It wasn't anything fancy, but I left a cake on the table!

Unfortunately, the presents I ordered for him on Amazon were delayed.
I ordered them on 9/11.  As of today, they haven't even shipped.
Sadly, this year's celebration is very telling of what life is like around the Stucky household.

Landon is growing up right before my eyes.
This year, he's in Challenge A.
Honestly, I didn't think he would be able to handle the work load, but he is doing exceptionally well.
In fact, he's thriving.

He's become quite a help around the property, setting up ceremony chairs and putting them away.
He helps Steve on the property when need arrises.
He takes care of the dogs and is strong enough to take them walking.
It's been fun to watch him grow and mature.
I hope and pray that his heart will continue to stay soft before the Lord!
I want to see nothing more than for him to fall passionately in love with our Father and serve Him all of his days.

Happy birthday, Buddy!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Run Toward Chaos

On Sunday, Pastor Jim said this phrase in the context of praying for those who died on 9/11.
He mentioned the first responders and said they

In a culture where people demand their rights, and pleasures abound, very few being withheld, we enjoy every luxury imaginable, from homes to cars to vacations.

Run toward chaos.

What would that look like?
The first responders ran INTO a falling building to rescue anyone and everyone they could before they were crushed by the weight of the building.

In the 1800s, many missionaries set out toward China, India, and Africa to share the gospel, knowing they would likely never return home.  Many died of diseases while sharing the Good News.

Christ Himself ran toward chaos.
He became a man, humbled Himself, even to death on a cross.

Today, I suppose that many have chosen chaos just by the size of their families.
Others run toward chaos in their choice to adopt.
Still some choose missionary service.

Controlled Chaos is what many of us would choose.
If we can control it, then it doesn't feel quite so insane.
A little bit of chaos, sure, but only in small, controlled doses.

What would it look like to run, full bore, into chaos?
If I were faced with the opportunity, would I run?
Would I choose to sit, in the ease and comfort of my home ... watching the chaos from afar?
What chaos is God calling me to?

There are times that I think having 4 kids is enough chaos.
The days evaporate in the craziness, that is often beyond my control.
Is this the chaos to which God would call me or does He have something else in store?
I live a relative life of ease.
In fact, now that we are Evergreen, we are at peace, as we have found our place.
It's because we are at peace that I am bracing myself for the chaos that lies just around the corner.
Maybe I am supposed to go looking for the chaos.
Maybe God will bring it right to my doorstep.

The question remains, when faced with a situation, will I

Friday, September 9, 2016


Shiloh swam on the Rec Center swim team this summer.
She loved it.
And she's really good at it too!

The Hurricanes are a competitive, local USA swim team.

It's been quite a challenge trying to help Shiloh figure out what it is she enjoys doing.
She's still taking piano lessons, and is quite good.
Then there's theatre.  She loved Sound of Music.
Evergreen Children's Chorale is an option.

Everything is so darn expensive, that she has to choose one, and I will have to request a scholarship.
But I want her to do something she enjoys.

So, she tried out for the swim team and made it to Category 3 out of 5.
They practice 5, yes FIVE, days a week.
It's way more of a commitment than we've ever made.
I'm not super thrilled about it, but I know it's good for her.
She needs the exercise, and with her asthma, there's little else she can do.

So, swim she will.
We may not get her there everyday, but we'll do the best we can.
I'm just happy she's found something she loves to do.