Winter Hibernation

The view from a hopeful future soccer field.

The view from a hopeful future soccer field.

This morning I realized I hadn’t posted anything to our blog since late January–a bit of a blog hibernation if you will.  Real life however, has been anything but hibernation!  At the beginning of this year I had the sense that 2013 would be a year of activity and fruit!  So far, it has not disappointed!  So, I’ve got a few photos from a couple of the things we’ve been up to lately.

Super Bowl

Super Bowl

For the Super Bowl this year Dave hung up a big sheet in the Collies living room, projected the game and we invited a bunch of neighbors.  It was a fun night.  Most of the people in the room were rooting for the 49ers, so they weren’t doing much cheering by the end, but it was fun to fill the house!

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Silas and Jacob choosing beads at the Mardi Gras party.

Silas and Jacob choosing beads at the Mardi Gras party.

Before the Collies moved to Nebraska, they had spent some time living in New Orleans.  So at our monthly party in February we celebrated with some King Cake, Corn Bread, Jumbalaya and LOTS of beads!!  Its incredible when we get to gather around the table with all different kinds of folks from our neighborhood (some who come from places all around the world), hear their stories, and begin to build relationships of trust.  We’re seeing God do incredible things in and among us!

Yates Open Gymn

Yates Open Gym

Another cool thing that started up in February is an open Gym night at Yates Community Center.  Under Dave’s spearheading, we’ve gotten permission to open up the gym for two hours every Tuesday night for a time of basketball or soccer and lots of laughs and conversation.  This is quickly becoming a highlight of our week!

As President of our Neighborhood Association I have the privilege of working with some really amazing local leaders.  Ever since we did our soccer program last summer, one of those leaders has been dreaming about what to do with an area in our neighborhood that currently is just a big pile of leftover dirt from road construction.  We’re hoping to get that turned into a youth soccer field.  Most days I try to make my way over that big pile of dirt to dream, think and pray about how God might redeem this land and use it for our community.

So, although hibernation sounds nice somedays…it just ain’t happening.

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