Owen 2 years, 3 months
Hannah 9 months
And we were just starting our adventure in being parents/mentors to teenagers and living at Gateway Woods.
5 years ago we said we would do this thing until Owen started Kindergarten. Well, Owen is in 1st grade, Hannah is in Kindergarten, and Maddie is knocking on that door. I guess God had different plans (go figure!)
We've celebrated birthdays
Added another child to the family
Spent holidays on campus, missing family
|Decorating Turkeys at Thanksgiving|
|Staying up until midnight, ringing in 2012|
|Making Christmas cards to send to family|
Lived 5 very long summers
Laughed with the funny things kids came up with
|I do NOT miss the golf cart|
Cheered on the accomplishments
|Paul's second marathon in 2 months|
|The whole house trained, and ran, a 5K|
Cried with the frustrations of failures (ours and theirs!)
Lost some sleep
Gained new friends
|6 baby girls born at Gateway within 8 months|
Learned more about ourselves...
And more about God...
And His faithfulness. Because none of this could have been done if God was not in the middle of it.
And if all else fails, I pray that the 50+ kids whom we have served and loved under the roof of Cypress House know that God loves them and that they have learned that Jesus has already made the path to find Him and true, everlasting Freedom and Hope.
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
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