We arrived safely in "the Springs" on March 12 without incident. Our travels encompassed the white sands of the Gulf beaches and the hospitality of our friends in Dallas, the excitement of the wide-open road and the wailing of cats that do not share our affinity for lengthy road trips. My one stellar and astute observation after five days and 1,840 miles is that if you think Florida is flat, you need to drive up the center of Louisiana. Pancakes got nothin' on that.
The morning after we arrived we were met at our rental home by a large crew of EMI staff to help us unload our truck. This "Moving In Party" thing is a long, proud tradition at the ministry and since the unload is the hardest part, we were glad for the help. It took them about an hour, which someone said might be a new EMI record. Yeah, I know we got rid of a lot of stuff before we did the 2013 road trip, but still, we are talking furniture for a family of 5 and a LOT of homeschool materials.
We all hit Chipotle for lunch, then it was back home to start the unpacking. The Bockers, who were our very first friends in this city a couple of years ago, texted to invite us to dinner. Since I did not even know where a pot was to be found and our fridge held only a lone packet of Zaxby's sauce, we were pretty stoked to head over. Plus, it's Bockers. Our day was rounded out nicely by the news that we reached 100% of our funding need.
The past week has been a frenzy of unpacking, dinner with EMI staff, warm welcomes from neighbors,
some hiking and exploring, and all the typical errands. The weather has been what most say is fairly typical for Colorado and might best be described as "indecisive." Case in point: we unpacked the truck in shorts and that same night I assassinated an African violet and my orchid by leaving them on the front porch. We have had the windows open and two days later, driven to Denver through sleet and snow. The neighbors across the street from us were watering their grass one day while the house right next to them still had a massive pile of snow on the lawn. And no one here so much as bats an eyelash.
I (Jenni) spent the week a bit unplugged. I avoided electronics in general, taking calls and texts only from those who gave birth to either myself or my husband. I knew I needed at least a few days removed from the constant buzz of social media and screens. My brain needed to defrag and reboot.
So now after most every box is unpacked and nearly all the art is hung on the walls, the cars have been registered, the fridge and pantry stocked and the cats have settled in. Monday morning we hit the books (the kids are thrilled!) and Kevin clocks in for his first day at EMI. We want to thank each and every one of you who helped us get here. Your encouragement has meant the world and your prayers have been felt. We feel so very blessed and we are ready to get to work.
From the Keiters:
Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with EMI to draw us closer and to make Himself known.