"I have a dream that my four little children will will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character...

... and little black boys and black girls will he able to join hands with little white boy's and white girls as sisters and brothers."

Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963, Speech at the March on Washington

It's Winter. 
As in, the deep, dark...brown, Winter season. 
When the snow has melted away and the yard is a sodden, muddy mess. 
And the next snow is yet to come and cover it all away again.

We are inside a bit more, and pushed to our limits to stay creative and keep the cranky away. Some days we (I) fail and some days we win.

Books, Keva planks, and the unlikely combination of cranberries and toothpicks have been the saving sanity of the week.

The first snow of the year.

Six glorious inches of pure frozen slow down.

An invitation to take some deep breaths, watch your husband transform into a shiny-eyed ten year old, remember how succinctly satisfying it is to put a puzzle together, wear pajama's all day, and cook up food that warms beyond the stomach.

Forget about the mountains of sweat and snow soaked laundry that's coming. 
And, oh, it's coming.
Focus instead on cheeks red from exposure to wind, snow, sun...fun. 

My favorite pictures of 2016.

They tell the story of life.
Real life.
Our life.

Nobody is posed. 
Hair is not perfect. 
Outfits are not coordinated. 
And (big gulp) some of the pictures aren't even edited.

But, as I wrote last year, I'm convinced that a big life, experiencing a big God, who is writing a big story is really just a collection of small faithful moments.

May your 2017 be filled with little big moments.

Happy New Year!

It is absolutely crazy to think we have been with UTWWK for two whole years. It seems like it was just yesterday we were staring into the New Year and the new job...and it was scarily uncertain. We knew what we had been called to and we knew who had called us to do it...but the details. Eh.

And, today...

As I think back and look through pictures of the past year ( I told you I get crazy sentimental this time of year!) I cannot help but want to shout of the faithfulness of our God. It's incredibly faith and life affirming to take the time and remember just what the Lord has done.

A completely too big of a job given to two willing yet incapable people. And yet, somehow and someway, the Lord chooses to allow us to walk with and work for Him...for one more year. 

As always, pictures tell a better story. Therefore, a walk down the memory lane of 2016 is in order. 

But first, like I always say, these pictures aren't stock photographs. 
They are filled with our friends, whose names we know and lives we are involved in. 
Everything we do and are involved in revolves around relationships.
Meeting needs and sharing Jesus. 
Training disciples who make disciples. 
And become friends.

We truly have the best job in the world.

If 2015 and 2016 were this good, I cannot wait to be a part of what the Lord has in store for 2017!

Thank you for praying for us, supporting us, and loving us.

Welcome 2017!