Our last post was back in April. Summertime came and went! Summer was full. Summer was fun. But now it is time for us to stand still. You know us, we love to travel. We love to explore, see and do! And that's what we did this summer.
Let's see we...
- ...kicked off summer (late spring) with travels to Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Tulsa. Some of this was business, some fun, and one for a funeral. We were able to catch up with some friends we pastored in Austin who now live in Kansas City and run an amazing coffee trailer, Wild Way Coffee. The funeral was sad - I lost a man who had been my salvation during a low point in life; but that funeral reconnected us to some amazing friends.
- Next up was an amazing and hysterical camping trip with some of our best friends, the Putnams. Out of all possible camping weekends, we happened to choose a weekend of record breaking heat in Decorah, Iowa. But we made the best of it and had a blast.
- Then there was Georgia. Not for all of us, Serena. You know that family and friend reconnection we mentioned a couple points ago, well, because of the generosity of some of our other family, Serena had the opportunity of a lifetime...we'll talk more about that later
- Oh, yeah, Guatemala, again, that was only for Serena as well. Serena, had the opportunity to travel with Adventures in Mission out of Atlanta, Georgia. So, myself, Serena, Eden, and Elie road-tripped. Stopping in Nashville, to see another great friend and his family and somewhere along the way having our rear motor-mount bust (which makes the drive a bit more nerve racking). We won't go into too much detail here, but if you click HERE you can find out more.
- Then came Florida - Daytona, SeaSide, Port Orange, and Destin. We actually met up with some of our Bolivian and Knoxville friends while there. This vacation, as you can imagine, consisted of a lot of beach play and relaxation before we were to come back and turn the page on this new chapter in our life (we'll get to that in a moment).
- We capped off our travel with Door County, Wisconsin. We met up with my mom and her husband, and Sarah's parents for a week of relaxation.
About two weeks after being home in Knoxville, we had some life-long friends (from Peoria, now living in Houston) come visit us. The day they left, we had some other life-long friends (from Texas, now living in Southern Illinois) come in for an extended weekend. Only to be followed by some of the closest family (not by blood, but they're the kind of friends who have become family to us) drive in all the way from Austin to hang out and have fun (which included our first visit to Wrigley Field). Then after they left, my dad and his wife came in for a few days.
Then there was the event that capped it all off - Chicago Tough Mudder. Sarah and I have been Mudder fans for a while. We did our first one with our Austin/Dallas friends and family back in 2011 and then in 2012. I wrote a blog about each event, one which was posted on the TM site. If you haven't read them here they are: What I learned from Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder - A lesson in humility. When we competed in these, our oldest daughter, Serena said she wanted to do it. So this year, she was old enough, we lived in a new place, have new friends, and while older we wanted to commit to this team-building adventure again. It. Was. Amazing!
But now, it is time to stand still. It's time to sink in deeply and be here. As stated back in April, we are actually opening up a brewery. Yeah, we are. A brewery founded on the same values we have used to guide our own family. If you are unaware of this new adventure of ours, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or the website, www.knoxcobrewco.com. Love it!
How about the kids? Glad you asked. We've made a complete shift in the way we are doing things. Much of it is motivated by the brewery. If we are working nights (which is what will happen in the brewery) and the kids are attending a school during the day, then we have essentially started an adventure that would separate us more than strengthen us. So, home-schooling just makes sense. And while we want the kids to learn academically, we also want them to have the freedom to adventure to go and do without the restrictions of a school year schedule. Serena, specifically, has some pretty amazing opportunities that pretty much require homeschooling. So, we have partnered with Wilson Hill Academy out of Austin, Texas to allow all these dots to connect and work together. Finally, Serena and Ashton, have some big news, that we would prefer them to share. Click on each of their names to learn more: Serena and Ashton.
Well, we have certainly filled your time! We would love to hear from you, or better yet, see you again (for those of our friends from out of state). Love y'all!