Thursday, February 9, 2012

sent. assessed. advised.

Hubby and I were blessed to be sent by our church, and fellowship, to Denver, CO for a leadership assessment.  I had no idea what this really was but now have walked away blessed, filled and further directed.  
We arrived to a very snowy Denver.  Absolutely beautiful.
Then, drove straight to someones house that I have wanted to meet for 3 years!
Meet Shonnie.  She has been a mentor to me, specifically in the ways of adoption, since before we brought Isaiah home.  I felt so blessed to hug her neck and and spend a night in their home. 

Our #1 and #6 tagged along and were able to spend some time with this wonderful family.  #1 took awhile to warm up but in no time, made fast friends.

We share the same heart for serving Our Jesus into the world of adoption.  Hubby and I respect them so and loved our time of fellowship.
There are few that share this unique call.  What a blessing to hear their hearts and glean from their wisdom.  Not to mention all the laughter.  [we love you S and S - thank you for opening your home and heart]

After being filled up with love and great friendship we headed to Boulder for the assessment.  On the way we saw some ginormous bucks.  This made Hubby very happy.  Very.

As we followed the freeway it came into view……. The Denver Broncos Stadium.
Hubby LOVES the Denver Broncos [and loves loves loves Tim Tebow - I admit he seems to be a great guy ;)].  With these events alone, this was the making of an amazing trip. :)

Baby enjoyed the constant attention and adventure.
I have been trying to come up with words to explain this leadership assessment.

A few other couples and many assessors gathered together under the banner of Jesus to further His kingdom.

Proverbs 15:11 says "Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers plans succeed."

We were there with many wise advisers.  Words can not describe how blessed I felt that they would take time out of their busy schedule to get to know us, the gifts and abilities God has given, hear our call to ministry and then speak into our lives.  

Hubby and I walked away from this experience:  humbled.  understanding ourselves better.  encouraged.  can I repeat that one?  very encouraged.  confirmed in some areas the Lord was already prompting.  and understanding some areas we need to pursue for growth.

#1 hung out in the nursery with #6, they had a great time.

On our way home #1 requested a little stop.

I wanted to go here but refrained:
Instead joined in on this:

I love him.
Look at #6's face.
Time to go home.  Baby in the sling and off we flew.

There is so much more I could write about our experience and what the Lord showed us.  I am sure I will record the "side effects" as our journey continues.

God is good, people.

He loves us.

He uses us.

He is worthy of all our hearts, all our strength and all our lives.  For, in Him, there is life.


  1. Love it! This sister wants DETAILS!!

  2. Sounds like you all had a great time!!! :) love all the pictures.

  3. What a BLESSING it was to see ya’ll. THANK YOU so much for coming to stay with us. We love ya’ll so much. I’m glad your time up north was so encouraging!!!

  4. wow, had no that you had a great time! I love that you took #1 and #6 mom did this with me once on one of their trips I felt so special. Very cool!


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