The kids and I are beyond blessed…
Back in the summer of 2009, I went on a missions / outreach trip to Creel, Mexico. I led a group of 20 students and parents / leaders from Destiny Foursquare Church and partnered with Black Buffalo Global Ministries to work with them at their Aljaba Children’s Home and do an outreach with the Tarahumaran natives. It was the most amazing trip I had ever experienced cross-culturally to-date and I think back on the experience frequently. It was my last across-the-border trip as a youth pastor. See highlights from “I Heart: MEXICO” here.
This Saturday, I am leaving for Honduras! It is kind of a last-minute opportunity for me — filling in for another individual that had to drop out unexpectedly. Financially, I couldn’t afford a trip like this right now, but the trip has already been accounted for, so it is truly an amazing blessing for me to get to be a part of this! We will be partnering with the beloved Tiffany Mares of Via Love International, who was sent out as a missionary from our church in January.
And what’s better, the trip is with the amazing Echo ELN students! I love these guys. A lot! It’s going to be an incredibly life-changing trip! I can already tell.
Would you agree with me in prayer as we get ready to depart this Saturday?
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen this picture from my 10th wedding anniversary trip to the west coast with Deanna. She’s not really a fan of this particular pic, but it’s one of my favorites because of our smiles. Pure joy. Complete happiness. We are in love.
Here’s a more recent pic of my Love. We stayed up an extra day after our district conference in Keystone last fall. I love her. I mean, REALLY love her.
We’ve been on the journey together for a long time. We started “officially” dating when I was fifteen; she was eighteen. I was a sophomore; she was a senior. This pic is of her graduation day from the School of Mines. I was smitten from the moment I met her in the line at a lunch buffet in Pierre, SD.
She’s the definition of beauty for me. Nobody melts my heart like Deanna. How lucky am I that THIS girl is my wife?
And she’s always been a diva. Haha! And I mean that in a good way. She knows what she likes and what she wants.
AND she has always been selfless, thinking about others before herself, even her little rescue dog, Wilma.
Here was are as a young couple… and that’s our baby-girl, Bella. What a joy!
Bath time with Bella. She has always loved her kids with her whole heart. Family is her life.
Her smile can — and does — fill a room. Every time. Everywhere we go.
Life is always an adventure with her. ALWAYS. And full of surprises. The kinds of surprises that I’ll never forget. And she always keeps me guessing — when is the next one coming? She’s simply the best.
I can’t forget her eyes.
We’ve been best friends for years. She is my light and inspiration. And I’m not just typing words. I mean it.
Happy Pi Day. I want to go to infinity and beyond with you.
Happy 18th wedding anniversary, tomorrow!
I hope this is just the beginning of many more lovely and awe-inspiring years together with you. Love you with my life!
We got snowed in for Bella’s 13th birthday today, but thankfully we did get to celebrate together as a family this evening. We also had a little early birthday cake and gift-giving last week with her Grandpa and Grandma Shoup.
Her big gift this year is a big baby Taylor guitar and guitar lessons!
To top the evening off, we had lots of friends and family chime in and give her some words of wisdom, well-wishes and encouragement, too…
If you want to send a video for Bella, too, send them our way now and we’ll be sure that she sees them! We are VERY THANKFUL for all the wonderful family and friends that Bella has in her life.
She has blessed us beyond measure and know that she will only continue to do so as she grows and matures into a young woman.