Deeply Rooted

in brick and concrete

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Dear New York

Happy two years. Though I have claimed you as my home for longer- I have been wandering your streets for two years now. Those two years have made me wiser, bolder, and stronger. I have seen more than my eyes an my heart can hold at some points.
I have been living my dream, and even in the nights that I fall asleep with tears in my eyes- I still can fall asleep with an underlaying joy that I am serving my God in a city that he has always placed on my heart.
2 years and I am still giddy when I am in your streets. 2 years and I still love to explore. 2 years you have not lost one ounce of your wonder in my eyes. 2 years and you are more home now than ever. 2 years and my heart skips a beat still when I am in Harlem- when I am on my site.
So, here is to 2 years- and the many more to come.

Filed under NYC home concrete jungle i love my city I love my home

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Being at camp with my kids, with our ministry’s kids- I am reminded on a daily basis why I do what I do.
I am reminded how thankful of what I had while growing up.

Many of these kids don’t have three meals a day- they are shocked they get another meal at lunch- let alone eat them with a fork and knife. Having kids pick up forks and knives saying “this is like the stuff they use on TV”- from the mouth of a 10 year old. Teaching them the value of please and thank you.

At the bed readying time so many of the kids don’t know how to properly brush their teeth- or how to do more than pour a little water on themselves- and call it a shower. Because no one taught them

The value of just being able to play outside without fear of violence. To let a kid be a kid.
How to draw stars- and to have them be able to see them in the sky for the first time.
How much fun a stick horse race really can be.
The bliss of a tree swing.

As we teach them about God’s love for them- and see them truly enter in to His presence- it is amazing to have them experience the little things in life. Even if it is just hearing “I love you” every day.

Thank you God for changing my heart along side them.

Filed under 5 down 2 to go so tired but so worth it