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I never would have thought that at 26 years old I’d be married, running three businesses with my husband, living in Colorado Springs, and talking about having kids. That’s not to say that I never thought these things would happen, just not in this particular combination 🙂 And truth be told, I couldn’t be happier. Joe and I have been married for almost two years now, and since we said “I do” we’ve been dreaming of the place we’d call home together. The time came this past January for us to make the move to Colorado after talking seriously about it for almost a year. As soon as we arrived, we got connected with some friends who let us know about an awesome cabin to rent through Summit Ministries.
From the beginning of January to the middle of May, we lived in Manitou Springs, a fun little mountain tourist town of about 5,000 people just west of Colorado Springs. Our little cabin was literally just a hop, skip, and a jump from the main drag, which was lined with specialty shops, ice cream stores, restaurants, and the occasional gypsy playing a guitar or saxophone. The general rule in town was that it’s faster to walk somewhere than it is to drive, and we had access to a handful of great day hikes right out our front door. We lived at the base of Pikes Peak, so every morning I got to wake up and look at a 14,000 foot snow covered mountain. The Garden of the Gods was right in our backyard and was the spot of many afternoon outings, whether I was road biking or rock climbing with Joe. Probably one of the best parts about living in our cabin was that we only paid $400/month for rent, and that included utilities, internet, and cable (which wasn’t even hooked up)! AND it was fully furnished. Talk about a good deal! Our biggest expense was just paying for gas to get back and forth from the office 🙂
Joe and I are once again gearing up for our annual summer tour, where we’ll be traveling with Save The Storks, promoting our ministry at different Christian music festivals. As you can imagine, being gone for the entire summer also meant giving up our cabin a couple weeks ago (actually, Summit Ministries needs it for their summer staff May-August, so it works out quite perfectly with our schedule). As our move-out date got closer, my heart grew more and more sad and discontent. Not only was I dreading putting our stuff in boxes and packing up our lives, but I had really come to love our little cabin so much. I loved walking through town to grab a bite to eat at the local pub at 9 at night, reading a book on the front porch in early spring, or listening to music drift up through our screen door on the weekends. It was Joe’s and my first home together, and it was so hard to give it up, even if just for a season. We are looking forward to and praying we are able to move back in to the same cabin this September, which will likely happen, but we are keeping our hearts open if the Lord has something else in store for us next fall. We do love Colorado Springs, and know we will call this place home for many years.
Thanks for continuing to follow us on our Wild Love Story. After about 6 months off from blogging (a much needed break with everything we’ve had going on in our lives lately – we’ll update you in the next few blog posts), we hope to start posting more often and more consistently. Stayed tuned and God Bless!