Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Farewell Cleveland, Farewell Friends

It's hard to believe we've already been living in Kansas for one month! Although we are excited about this transition in our lives, we will truly miss our many good friends in that chilly city by the lake. Cleveland will always have a special place in our hearts...it's where we started our married life together, had many new experiences, grew in our faith, and brought Luke into the world.

I'll be the first to admit that I was not so fond of Cleveland at the beginning. Work was hard, not knowing a soul other than Chad was lonely, and well, the winters are long. But over time, coworkers became friends, and our community group from church became like our family. It was so awesome to live life with all of you...growing in our marriages, growing our families together...it's sad Luke won't get to hang out with Addison, Sam, Bella, and Madison every week now! Thank you Medveds and Ponstingles for adopting us into your families! And our Mercy Hill friends are equally special. I know Chad deeply respects all the guys he's worked with at Mercy Hill. And to my girls...you all have probably helped me grow in my relationship with God as much or more than I helped you! You all are wise beyond your years and I am so excited to see what God will do in your lives as you start college! Joel and Helen, we love you guys, too. You have always been an encouragement to us...hopefully Luke and Joshua will get to play together someday! Cleveland brought us both joys and difficulties, but I wouldn't trade a moment of the experience. And maybe I'll even miss the snow...well, maybe just a day of it!
Chad and the Mercy Hill guys (minus Paul)

me and a few girls from our (Ukrainian) girls' Bible study

our community group (minus Justin and Dana) at an Indians game last summer

community group out toboganning

Joel and Helen with 2-week old Luke

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