July 31st 2013.
That’s the day we actually moved. That’s the day we woke up from our pipe dream to learn it wasn’t a dream at all.
That’s the day we wondered what we had just done to our lives.
God willing that is a day we look back on and say God has been faithful to build His Church and we have been blessed to watch Him do so.
Anyway, we’ve taken pictures this first we week like we always do. I know we take a ton of photos. I post a ton, I just love experiencing life and watching our kids and youth and others do so as well. Plus everything is better in photographs than they were in real life. Photos are even better than video for great memory purposes. Trust me: Go look back at old photos and tell me it doesn’t bring back great memories. So here are pictures of our first week in Manhattan.
The Creecy’s watched the Crazies so we could come up early and do some basic house readying. So Laura and I drove out of KC on the evening of July 31st. It was really sad, this idea that an era or an epic in our life had just closed. Not that the relationships had closed, but the place we had at Redeemer which was so much a part of our identity. Who we were was suddenly no more and we still don’t fully grasp we are now. The photo above we took of ourselves as a later reminder of the moment we God brought us to this new calling and adventure.
After that we ate at Taco Lucha, seriously the best tacos I’ve had outside of Mexicali, Mexico. We snuck into our new home and did some floor cleaning while talking with some people whom the owners had sent to clean the house as well.
After that we headed for Fort Shanahan, also known as home base. After that our faithful movers of Rudy, Chris, Sam, Zach and Dunning moved stuff while Tim Rackley did some carpentry work allowing for our fridge to fit.
The rest of the photos are not really in chronological order, but are from our first week here.
First time we had a room together so that we could read together.
Did a little Thrift Storing, Becks has two heads.
Sadie Piper found a horse to ride.
Berkley is pumped about this flower, she tried to pick it.
Brian: Berkley shut the door
Berkley: I don’t know how to
Brian: Try your best
Here are the results
Saturday we took our inaugural bike ride. We headed down to Varsity Donuts.
Found this sign at the park. I simply do not understand the point of it.
On our last night at Redeemer we were encouraged by so many loving and kind words regarding our seven years of ministry there. At the end the elders prayed over us, I don’t have a picture of this, but I’m glad Hat took one.
Last dinner in town at the Reymonds. These two middlest were having a great time.
Since Summer was coming to an end we’ve felt tugged between get the house into some order and go have fun with kids in this new environment. Becks has been wanting to go fishing so went to the Rocky Ford Fishing Area. It is like 2 minutes outside of town, but feel like 100 miles away from civilization.
and we caught a bass
Hat had some much needed down time with Becks.
Few days after we arrived the Dunnings came providing some fun partners for kids.
Girl’s room is not done yet, but here is where they sleep for now.
We didn’t have a functioning kitchen for awhile so we ate out a few times. It’s been years since eating at Long John Silver’s. It will be years before we eat there again. It tasted good, but the grease can be a bit overwhelming.
This was the toilet seat the house came with.
Amy showing her love for Manhattan.
Jon making a chalk board wall while Andria scrubs some nasty black stuff off the floor.
The day we moved stuff into our house was also Presbytery. We hosted it. Which in this case meant Tim Rackley worked his butt off to organize a worship service and make bulletins and such. God willing next August when we host it we will actually host it.
I love this picture because the three of us have been talking about his moment happening for years. We didn’t know it would be the three of us standing on the rock back then, but couldn’t be more excited that it is.
This is the outside of our home. I plan to agent orange that bush.
Some friends who are totally worthy of accolades that I won’t give here 🙂 bought us a year pass to the zoo behind our house. We are very thankful and so excited about this. Sadie Piper’s favorite zoo animal is the “Ramingos” (Flamingos). She’s never been able to get this close to them before and was pumped.
These things are near the kangaroos, thought they made a good background.
Close up of same picture
Have I mentioned how great these Tacos are? After Presbytery Ubuntu, Tim and I had lunch with the youth directors of Oak Hills (Connor) and New Hope (Zach). It’s so wonderful to see these guys ministering in our presbytery.
The Zoo had a splash day going on when we walked over. One part of that was the mermaid that was present. She said she had been sitting there for nearly five hours (made we wonder how clean that water was).
At the cemetery we recreated this picture that Andria and Morgan had taken a few months back.
Hat helped stain the kitchen table Laura bought on Craigslist. Our old one wouldn’t fit right in new house.
Here is Berkley full of joy. (Maybe someone accused her of stealing rhubarbs)
These two just looking cute while we fished.
Dorks being dorks.
The girls put on a dance show in the midst of the mess.
Boo Cuddling with the bear Carolyn got them.
First story time in new house.
This is Beckham’s new principal, Nancy Cole. She was really really nice and from Texas (guess that is redundant).
Dunning with giant sling shot.
Berkley asked us if she looked like a statue and then did this. Hat can also make crazy eyes.
This is Tim. He is totally that guy who when he sees littering or graffiti or trash can blown over he immediately blames teenagers. He even acts like he is grouchy, but if you ever were in trouble or jail or needed a hand with anything he is also the first guy you’d call cause you know he would help. He did some carpentry and installation work for us the day we moved in that we never could have done ourselves. We were accidental twins on this day. Roxie Vos even taught him to dance the Macarena.
Here I am pondering how work gets done while eating some pizza.
That’s also the window they took off cause Laura wanted a couch that wouldn’t fit in any doors.
Since we “hosted” Presbytery meeting (it’s a gathering of all the PCA churches elders in a region for prayer and business stuff) we took them out to Aggieville (fantastic name of street with bars and food and stuff near campus, think north gate but bigger).