We had a wonderful time with the Olsen and Chaffee families in San Diego.  We have been doing life with these guys along with 4 other families in the CLG (Canby Life Group) for the past 4 years.  We have shared struggles and praises, have done retreats together, ate a lot of meals, as well as served together occasionally downtown under the Burnside Bridge.  All together there are 7 couples and 19 kids (with one on the way makes 20).  On Sunday evenings at 5:30pm, our weekly meeting time, it is quite the scene, as the 19 kids go upstairs in a large play room as the adults gather and try to share our lives together.

In San Diego we were busy.  Seaworld on Tuesday, grease hunt and bonfire on Wednesday, Balboa Park on Thursday, beach and Jubilee Diner on Friday.  By Saturday, Serenity and I were exhausted and ready for a ‘vacation.’  But, as only the Lord can do, we were physically empty, but emotionally full.  We were given exactly what we were needing, love and companionship.  It still blows us away that these two families would spend so much of their own money and time to come see us.  The drive alone was 16 hours one way, just to spend a week with us.  That gesture alone was enough to feel loved and validated.  With them came bags and bags of gifts for the kids (and one or two things for mom and dad) from some of the life groups and the Kidventure children’s community back at Grace Chapel, our home church.  We laughed most of the week, and served a little on Friday night.  We had a Jubilee Diner Friday night in Ocean Beach CLG style, the same place we served the week before.  The Chaffee’s and Olsen’s got a feel for the type of outreach we do, and we had the opportunity to serve the homeless along side some of our good friends, it was a lot of fun.

On Saturday morning we headed to pick up Big Buster and it wouldn’t start, the transmissions computer system was having some problems.  For the next 3 hours Brandon, Aaron and I worked to try to fix it and get us back on the road, it was frustrating.  Nothing seemed to work.  Eventually, with a 16 hour drive in front of them, they had to leave.  It was good to have them there even if it was just for the morning and we didn’t figure out what was wrong.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17

Here are a few pictures from our time together:


Serenity at the bonfire


Allyson after a long day in the sun


Rachel and Brandon speaking each other’s “love language”


Avery “driving” Big Buster while we are being towed


One Response

  1. The privilege was all ours! I know we haven’t had time to process all we shared and experienced together this week…but it was refreshing for us too!!! Thanks for sharing your world with us for one week!!! We love you and miss you already!

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