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If you haven’t heard yet, we are starting a new church here in DC! We are so excited and sensing a strong call from God for us to step out in faith and begin a new Christian community here that would embrace the whole gospel and exist for the sake of the city. Our work in Boston and our small group have been the inspiration for us. Aaron is leaving his job at the end of June in hopes to go full-time with the church. We are very excited but it is definitely a step of faith!

We wanted to write you and extend the invitation for you to join us in this community and mission. If you are searching for a sense of community, interested in learning more about what it means to have a relationship with God, looking for a church home, wanting to serve the city,  or desire to support a new church plant, then you may be interested in connecting with what we are doing. If you live outside of D.C., then maybe you would consider relocating? (It’s worth asking)

We certainly will not be able to do this alone so we are trusting that God will move on some of your hearts to join in this effort!

This is how we’re going to begin:

1)      Sunday Gathering – this group will consist of those who want to be involved in helping start the church…like a founders group. We will spend time each week praying for the city, discussing vision and mission, planning activities, and sharing a meal together.  It will serve as our weekly house church meeting until we launch a weekly service in the neighborhood. Our first gathering will be on April 11th.

2)      Small Group – this will be a continuation of what we have been doing this last year which is focused on sharing life together and doing studying the bible together.

3)      Events – We’ll be having some gatherings and outreaches over the next few months to connect with neighbors. These are good times to meet people in our community and to invite a friend. Birthday parties, block parties, pillow fights, outreaches in the neighborhood, etc…

We are so thankful for each of you and so excited about the days to come! I hope that you will seriously pray about joining us in this adventure.

Blessings,

Amy & Aaron

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Fun Days with Gammy and Papaw

Gammy and Papaw came to D.C. for a visit and Elijah had a blast!! Just look to see what we did.

First, we had a photo shoot on our neighbor’s porch. Thanks Kierra and Laurel!

The Building Museum was a must for Gammy and Papaw!

We’re pretty sure Elijah’s going to be a drummer. It’s the Building Museum and he prefers to drum.

Next stop was the park! Elijah LOVES the slide!

Of course, he also LOVES the swings and Papaw enjoyed giving Elijah a push!

….and the slide, again!

Aaron had to get in on the fun!

Not sure who had more fun, Elijah or Aaron…

Then it was time to play at home.

Elijah doesn’t always use his toys as they were intended to be used.

Elijah enjoys Sesame Street…especially when he’s not feeling well. Today was one of those days.

Thanks for coming to visit Gammy and Papaw! I had so much fun! 🙂

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What can we build?? (or tear down)

Life in D.C. comes with many challenges, but there are things here that are awesome for families!

The Building Museum is one of those things! Elijah LOVES the Building Museum, but not because he likes to build things…because he likes to tear things down….you’ll see.

Elijah’s being told some of the “rules” (i.e. We can’t jump into the fountain; We don’t knock down other people’s towers; We don’t take other kids toys, etc.)

And he’s off….

Here’s a tower that some “big kids” (i.e. adults) created.

The “big kids” let Elijah destroy their tower! He was in heaven!

Elijah had a blast….(so did his Daddy)

Poppy, Aaron’s dad, was in town and got to play too!

Elijah officially renamed the museum “The Tear Down Museum.”

He sat with mommy for only a moment to get a quick picture…but ultimately he was like a caged animal who wanted to be free!

Here’s a look at the space that Elijah had to play with…again, like a caged animal who had just been let loose. He was all over that place!

Elijah’s favorite thing in the museum…the stairs! He really wants to climb up the stairs like a big boy.

We’re still working on coming down the stairs

Elijah was worn out at the end of our time … and so was his Mommy! 🙂

A fun day was had by all!

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Gotta get my praise on!!

January 2006 in New Orleans, LA, that was the last time that I woke up with out any pain….until TODAY!!! Most nights I wake up in the middle of the night because I hear my son Elijah, or sirens from the city streets, or even our neighbors arguing on the block. When I do wake up, I am usually in so much physical pain all over my body that it makes it difficult to return to sleep. Last night (this morning) was different. Around 4:45am I woke up because I heard sirens racing down the street to tend to the emergency they were called to and I noticed something…I did not have pain in my shoulders!!! I did not have pain in my shoulders or in any other part of my body. I was so shocked that it took me forever to go back to sleep because I was praising God (silently as to not wake Aaron). I couldn’t believe that I was not in pain. I kept going over in my mind what I may have done differently that took away my pain….only two things came to mind.

1. I’m obviously following the Vegan diet and have been on it now for a full week (yes, I started a little before Lent).

2. I had two glasses of wine (more than normal) with dinner last night…and I also took two Advil before bed.

Those are the only two things that were different yesterday. Even as I write this blog, I’m amazed that I do not have pain!!

Since today is Sunday, our family went to church. I was so overcome with praise and gratitude for my pain-free day, that during worship there was a fountain flowing from my eyes!! It was the kind of crying where your face is just a little distorted because your emotions just take over. I was lifting my hands, and couldn’t get them up high enough, to praise my heavenly Father. No matter what I did differently, I know ultimately He is the one who took the pain away. I lifted my pain-free hands to the Lord this morning!

Now, the pain might return tomorrow, I have no idea. And, you know what, if it does return, I will still be praising God for my first pain-free day in four years! Thank you Jesus!

You can follow my vegan Lenten journey (recipes and all at http://www.veganforlent.wordpress.com)

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Urban Country

Aaron is such a great dad and often lets me sleep in just a few more minutes while he gets up with Elijah, gets him dressed and fed. On days such as this, I never really know what Elijah will have on when I wake up. This morning was one of those days.

Yes, that is my urban black son wearing a John Deere shirt! It was a hand-me-down that I said he would never wear. Well, Aaron had other plans!

Here’s Elijah saying, “Maybe if I keep my eyes closed, no one will notice what I’m wearing!”

Here Elijah’s saying, “Look at me mom, it’s ridiculous!”

Oh, I’m only kidding!! For all you John Deere lovers out there!

As an adoptive mother of a black son, living in an urban environment, I am always going to be hyper sensitive to what he wears…of course, we didn’t really leave the house today, so I guess it wasn’t such a big deal after all!! 🙂

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D.C. Snowpocalypse 2010

The weatherman got this one right! We got hit big time and we’re still pretty much snowed in. In D.C. we got 24 inches, that’s 2 feet. They haven’t plowed our street yet, and we’re not sure when or if they will. It’s a mess, but it’s kind of fun too!

I was tempted to just stay inside, but I couldn’t help myself. I had to get out in it and play a little

Elijah didn’t quite know what to do with all this snow…of course, neither did we!!

The mounds of snow were way over Elijah’s head. Mountains of snow everywhere.

“What is all this stuff?” Notice Elijah’s gone all gangster with one pant leg up and one pant leg down!

Some of our friends stopped by, so we got a family photo!

Here are some more pictures of the winter wonderland on Girard Street (our street)

Mountains of cars

Our house

Our car

Our porch

Our view

Winter Wonderland

City sidewalks

Another view

Weatherman says we are expecting more snowfall on Tuesday night…fun times!

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Lent

Every year for Lent I try to either eliminate something from my life or add something to my life that I will see as a challenge. The challenge forces me to enter into a deeper relationship with God, because it causes me to pray more and opens me up to hear more from God.

This year I’m going drastic….I’m going VEGAN!! A vegan diet means eliminating all animal products (i.e. meat, eggs, dairy) from my diet. Living in a major city, going vegan is not as difficult because there are lots of vegan options. However, it will still be difficult for me.

I am going to blog about my journey, including recipes and even particular brands of food, but I’ve set up a new blog so that it can be separate. If you’d like to follow my journey, here’s the link to my Vegan for Lent blog: www.veganforlent.wordpress.com. I’ve already started integrating vegan options into my life and I’m excited about going all the way.

In the meantime, we have about 18 inches of snow on the ground and it is still coming down. So, my next post on this site will have pictures of all this white stuff!!

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