We rented this apartment thinking we'd only be here a year.
That was SIX years ago.
In the meantime...
Eliot turned 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Russ was in a band for three years, a graphic designer for two, a free-lance designer for at least five and a worship leader at two churches for all six.
ReSource was started here and after only a year+ we've served almost 200 families/children. (and given out 7 bikes already!)
Russ and I celebrated our 10th and 15th anniversaries here.
We packed and unpacked for/from 6 trips to Guatemala in this house.
We helped plant a church.
We've accumulated 8 tattoos while living here…
Eliot learned how to ride a bike, tie his shoes and asked what a "crush" was here.
There's been 6 teeth lost, 8 family photoshoots, 3 baseball seasons, 4 soccer seasons, 5 first days of school, 5 stitches in a forehead and a newly super-glued nose.
We've lost a great grandmother and a grandfather during this time.
There were date nights in and babysitters for nights out.
Two boys were successfully potty trained here.
We've completed 4 home-studies, fostered one kiddo and had one infant adoption fall through.
The hardest two years of our marriage were in this house.
I finished writing a memoir. It took almost all of those six years.
Traditions were started in this house.
There was countless dinner table moments, dozens of cookies baked and burned, snowmen built, water guns fired, pancake breakfasts.
Uncounted time-outs served, band practices, wrestling matches, baseballs hit, Friday family movie nights.
Two boys born 1700 miles and 5 years apart became brothers. In this house.
A man and his wife fought for their marriage. In this house.
It's been great, 38XX Shaw. Thanks for hosting us.