Wednesday, April 09, 2008

looking back and ahead

I just came in from walking some friends out to the gate (after a lovely evening of "Idol Gives Back" and some homemade tangelo sorbet), and the two guys hanging out next door yelled over that our place is looking nice.  We should have more like ours on the block, they said.

All of which I interpreted as a way of saying that it's nice to live in a neighborhood where people invest in making it a beautiful, delightful, life-giving place.  There's a new billboard on the corner about the pain caused by gun violence, which reminds us also of the pain already caused by murders on our block.  

So, I feel like tonight is a good time to celebrate our house.  As a sign of hopefulness for more beautiful things that might be cultivated in the community.  Check out how far we've come since we moved in:

I've been excited about real progress we're making toward opening a coffeehouse in the neighborhood--a place for our church to practice hospitality, and for community to gather around tasty, hot beverages.  Tomorrow, we're going to embark on our first real look at some real estate.   Kinda cool to think how things might just grow, as we seek to figure out what non-traditional presence of "church" might be most needed and useful in this crazy, diverse community.

It's good to be here.


6 comments:

Lea M. Booth said...

How lovely! How long a process has the transormation been?

molly said...

It sometimes feels like a million years, but it's not quite been 2. Since July '06. There are a whole lotta changes inside, too...

Deb said...

How fabulous! I love the house! It looks so good and am glad people appreciate it! And I love the coffee house idea, I'll be interested to hear how it goes. =)

NE/ME said...

Your Mom has talked about your home, so it is good to see it. It is adorable, love what you have done with it. Good luck with the Coffee House Ministry. Glad you got "Party Girl" and I made your blog....

feminist_mom said...
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feminist_mom said...

Hey, some tasty hot chocolate would be good in NE today speaking of coffeehouse drinks.... we had a strong wind and blizzard going on for the last two days. We did not get much snow but the interstate is closed from North platte WEST crazy.... your new fence, home and yard look GREAT!! sending love and hot chai thoughts for bedtime, mom ps wonder how the property looking went?? Good luck!!