Holidays 2007

Hello Friends and Family,

This will be a particularly long entry as we have four weeks to catch up on due to our holiday travels…so sit back and relax…

We just got back to Orlando last Wednesday night and it wasn’t until last night that both Sarah and I finally emptied our suitcases…it feels good to have everything put away. We are now settling in for a few weeks here in Florida planning and prepping for our next two trips this spring.

70 YEARS AND STILL A KID

So, what have we done this past month or so? Well, in early December my parents came down to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. Apparently my mother wanted to go to Disney to celebrate 70 years of life…always a kid inside, huh? For an entire day we visited both Epcot and Disney World (Mom really wanted to see the Castle). I had never been to Disney during the Christmas season so it was interesting to see how it was decorated. A highlight was taking in the mosaic mural that is in the tunnel that goes through Cinderella’s Castle. If you have never seen it when visiting Disney World it is worth a close look…the quality of the whole piece is tremendous.

For a few other days my parents assisted us in taking care of some small home renovation projects. Sarah has been working on the condo for several years and had completed most of the big projects. But, there are still a few minor projects needing completion like, door knobs, painting, and hanging small cabinets, etc. It was great to have my parent’s assistance in this for a short time.

STRIPED STOCKINGS AND THOMAS THE TRAIN

On our way up to Maryland for the Holidays we stopped by Waynesville, NC to visit my friend Luke and his family. I had met Luke back in my early days in New York City right after he completed his Masters in painting from the New York Academy. He is a talented painter and he and Renee his wife have established a great home in NC complete with log fires in the fire place and 4 wonderful kids. Check out his work at http://www.lukeallsbrook.com. He has a show going on right now through February in Georgia: Mary Pauline Gallery, 982 Broad Street, Augusta GA 30901, www.marypaulinegallery.com

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The whole family was in Maryland including my sister, Stacey and her husband John. We had several opportunities to see friends and supporters including a “Campus Crusade for Christ at Towson University” reunion and a reception my parents held for both Stacey and myself for those unable to attend our weddings. It was wonderful to be able to connect with friends and allow them to meet my beautiful wife.

BEAN TOWN” AND THE COLD-er NORTHEAST

On January 1st we traveled up to Boston for the annual Campus Ministry Winter Conference held in the downtown area. About 300 students from schools all over New York and New England gathered. I assisted as much as I could with the content for the Main Sessions as well as teach a seminar on the arts and Christianity. This year at the conference we were able to hang some of the art that was produced from last summer’s art project in conjunction with the conference “Prayer Journey”. Sarah helped a bit with this and we both helped with the breakdown of the exhibit.

TAR-HEELS AND PALMETTOS

Finally, on the 6th of January we began the long trip down the East Coast back to Orlando. We traveled down to visit some friends in High Point (Lilly and Audie), North Carolina, and from there we visited one of the Tribeca Arts Track 2006 students we befriended (Stephen Crotts) and his family in South Carolina.

And finally we arrived back in Orlando last Wednesday night – tired, but grateful to be safely home. I wish I could go into more detail about our trip but I fear the length of this entry would bypass sanity in order to accomplish that. But please know that now that the holidays are over our blog entries will be more frequent.

We both hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Peace,

Kirk and Sarah

A Texas Thanksgiving…

Sarah and I went back to Waxahachie for Thanksgiving. This was our first time back to Texas since getting married. We had a wonderful time with Sarah’s family enjoying the deluge of food that is typical for this time of year. We not only ate but also enjoyed putting together some puzzles as well as playing dominoes…Bert (Sarah’s brother-in-law) became prolific at winning (darn him).

We were also able to connect with supporters during our time, catching them up on the future of our ministry. We are so grateful to the Cox’s, the Schuster’s, and the Box’s for spending time with us. The response we received from all three have made us even more excited about heading to New York City.

The final part of our time in Waxahachie was spent assisting Sarah’s church, Water Street Baptist, with their Christmas Day Parade float. This is an annual event in Waxahachie that much of the community participates in. This years theme for the parade was “Story”, so the float was designed around “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” Despite some gray clouds spraying a bit of ran on us and threatening more we were able to complete the float and send it on its merry way for the parade. In the photos you ought to be able to see some “before” and “after” images as well as a short video below of the float in action (the audio isn’t the greatest, it was windy that day, but you get the idea).

Peace,
Kirk and Sarah

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