The Good News & The Bad News – Aug 21, 2013

The Good News: Had an enjoyable dinner & fellowship with girlfriends tonight!

The Bad News: After having returned over $100 worth of items to IKEA that I had bought for Brady’s apartment (since we found other things he liked better elsewhere) I turned right around and spent $73 of it before I even left the store! (TV stand & four canvas boxes to fit inside the cubes.) :-/

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The Good News & The Bad News – Aug 19, 2013

The Good News:  Today I finished reading a book written by one of my favorite authors:  Maeve Binchy.  The book was titled “A Week in Winter”.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters, some new and some familiar from other novels that she has written.

The Bad News: This is the last new Maeve Binchy book I’ll ever read! Sadly she passed away in July 2012 soon after finishing this book, so there will be no more new books written by this talented and cherished author.

Denver First Church of the Nazarene (Englewood, CO)

Aug 11, 2013 – Denver First Church of the Nazarene

Denver First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3800 E. Hampden Ave in Englewood Colorado, 80113 one block west of Colorado Blvd. The church’s mission is to LOVE God with our whole heart and life, to GROW in personal faith and understanding of God’s Word, then GO to serve in Christ’s name at home, work and our community.

There are two opportunities for worship on Sunday mornings:

  • 9 am – Music is contemporary & led by a guitar driven band. The atmosphere for this service is casual. The Lead Pastor delivers a relevant Bible-based message.
  • 10:30 am – This service blends music preferences with a variety of praise choruses, hymns, and special music from the Celebration Choir and Orchestra. The Lead Pastor delivers the same Bible-based message that he shared during the earlier service. The atmosphere for this service is casual or semi-formal (with the emphasis on the comfort of the person attending.)

There is Youth & Children’s programming provided at the same times as the services. A nursery is available for babies through toddlers.

Ft. Collins, CO

Aug 10, 2013 – Ft. Collins/Lincoln Center

Ft. Collins is a great midsize college town located along the Colorado Front Range 65 miles north of Denver and is home to Colorado State University. The elevation of Ft. Collins is 5003 feet above sea level.

Ft. Collins has a local music circuit influenced by its college town atmosphere. There are a number of well known microbreweries. The city hosts a number of large Festivals each year in the historic downtown district.

The Lincoln Center (where we saw the Brian Regan concert) is the principal venue for the performing arts in Ft. Collins. It is located at 417 W. Magnolia St.

(Credit given to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Collins,_Colorado#Culture .)

Coors Field (Denver, CO)

Aug 9, 2013 – Coors Field

Coors Field

Coors Field (the home of the Colorado Rockies Ball Club) is located at 20th & Blake Streets in Denver’s “lower downtown” (or “LoDo”). The first official game held at Coors Field was played on April 26, 1995 (Colorado 11, New York Mets 9). Coors Field covers 76 acres of prime downtown real estate.

Getting to Coors Field is pretty easy…You can drive & park in one of the nearby lots paying anywhere from $7 on game day (Arapahoe Lot) to $13 on game day (Lot B). If you plan ahead you can purchase a ticket for Lot B for $12 at the Coors Field Ticket Office, Colorado Rockies Dugout Store, by phone at 303-ROCKIES (762-5437) or online at http://www.Rockies.com when purchasing tickets. There are also some offsite parking lots available along the 16th Street Mall or the Broadway/Lincoln Center. If you park in one of these you can take a shuttle to the ball park.

Public Transportation (RTD) is another option for getting to Coors Field. Use RockiesRide, Light Rail, the Broadway Shuttle or other regional or local routes. Call (303) 299-6000, or visit http://www.rtd-denver.com. Coors Field is located two blocks from Union Station.

Coors Field has 63 luxury suites and 4,526 club seats. The center field bleacher section is called “The Rockpile”. Rockpile seating area consists of 2300 bleacher seats added after the construction of the stadium as a way to increase capacity for popular games. Because these seats are the furthest in the stadium from home plate, they are the least expensive tickets available. Originally seats in the Rockpile cost $1 each….the current price is $4 each.

The Good News & The Bad News (Aug 8 – 18, 2013)

August 18, 2013

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The Good News: My honey made the most perfect s’more I have ever seen!
The Bad News: I ate the whole thing!!

August 15, 2013

The Good News: I worked out in the BBH gym with Lynn & Jeanie today!
The Bad News: I could not keep up with them! I was the first one to quit my workout. But next time I’ll try to last a little bit longer!

August 13, 2013

The Good News: Chef Shannon cooking in the BBH kitchen today! Enjoyed hanging out with her in the kitchen while she cooked and am looking forward to having “Coconut Crusted Salmon” with coconut curry sauce & brown rice for dinner!
The Bad News: We didn’t win any Dave Matthews tickets on KBCO 97.3 today, despite several feverish attempts. 😦

August 12, 2013

The Good News: Sleeping in till 7:30 am & not getting out of bed till 8:00 am!
The Bad News: Redgie had to leave for a business trip & won’t be home till Friday. 😦

August 11, 2013

The Good News: I got to worship & praise the Lord in the early service at Denver First Church today! We usually go to the second service so this was a treat!
The Bad News: No Sunday afternoon nap!

August 10, 2013

The Good News: Brooks called us from Bahrain this morning! I almost didn’t answer because the CallerID said “Unknown”….so I’m glad I did! We were able to get on Skype and have a video call with Brooks for about 15 minutes. It was so great to see & talk with him! 🙂

More Good News: We went to Ft. Collins with our friends to see Brian Regan at the Lincoln Center. He is so funny and he uses NO profanity in his act! What a novel experience! Fun!
The Bad News: I learned that I should NEVER buy tickets for an event from a third-party vendor…..OUCH!

August 9, 2013

Coors Field

The Good News: Today we went to the Rockies vs Pirates game at Coors Field with a group of friends. Everyone in the group was supporting the Rockies except Redgie & I (who are Pirates fans.) We ate Rockies Dogs (brats with sautéed peppers & onions) and had a great time catching up and visiting with our friends.
The Bad News: The Pirates played miserably and lost the game 10-1! 😦

August 8, 2013

The Good News: Redgie was traveling home from his business trip today. His flight was overbooked so he volunteered to give up his seat. As a result he received a $425 travel voucher from USAIR, got on a United flight that arrived home sooner than his original flight and was upgraded to First Class! Wow!
The Bad News: We didn’t win the lottery! 😦

How our Intentional Community began

In December 2010 our friends Dave & Lynn made a proposal that changed our lives.

The occasion was the monthly “Africa Movie Night”.  This was a gathering of four couples who were all part of a group from our church that went on a three-week mission trip to the Congo in Africa during the summer of 2008. Since that trip, the four couples (Dave & Lynn, Steve & Jeanie, Randy & Elise and Redgie & myself) had gotten together once per month to share a meal and watch a movie, usually held at one of our homes. The evening usually had a “theme” based upon the movie and the movie was never announced in advance. (We took turns choosing the movie each month.) It was always a lot of fun to try to guess the movie based upon the food chosen for the menu and any other hints that might have been dropped. In the year and a half since the mission trip, the four couples had grown close and really enjoyed the times that we spent together.

On this particular evening, we had finished our dinner when Dave said he’d like to make a proposal before we went downstairs to watch the movie. He reminded us that he & Lynn had been considering buying a new home and that they had been looking at properties off & on for the past few months. Dave told us that they had found a unique property that was on the market. The “story” was that this house was built for a Denver Nuggets player that had never taken possession and was now bank-owned. It had been on the market for several years without a buyer and the bank was dropping the price dramatically each month in order to sell it and get it off their hands.

Dave & Lynn said they liked the house except for one thing…..it was TOO LARGE for just one couple! (The house was over 25,000 square feet!!)  Dave said that he had always thought how great it would be to have a living situation where they could grow old with their friends around them, and was proposing that we consider the possibility of living in the house with them.  We could rent our own homes and move into the new house all together, forming an “intentional community”.  Our commitment would be for one year initially, and then we would re-evaluate to see how everyone felt about the living arrangements.

Dave made an appointment with his realtor to show the property to the rest of us a few days later.

When we arrived, I realized that Redgie & I had seen this house before.  A few years earlier we were on our way to visit some friends who had built a new house in Parker, CO and happened to drive past this house on our way there.  it stood out because it was so big we thought it might have been a hotel!  We took a detour into the community to take a look and realized it was not a hotel but a (very large)  house that was unoccupied.  We drove into the driveway and peeked into the windows, marveling at the size and beauty of the rooms that we could see.  Now we were going to have an opportunity to see the inside of this amazing house!

From the front of the house we could see three large garage doors which we later learned led into a 6-car garage complete with built-in cabinets all across the back of the garage.  There are also two covered patios visible from the front of the house and across the back of the house was another large covered patio (see photo above.)  Inside the tall front door was a gorgeous entry with two curved staircases that led to the upstairs level.  The house has eight bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom.  There are an additional three powder bathrooms (two on the main level and one in the basement.)  There are nine fireplaces!

There is a large kitchen & hearth room on the main level, along with a formal living room, formal dining room and great room. (The square footage of the great room alone is larger than the house that we lived in when we lived on the Retreat in Winchester!) In the basement is the “rec” room with wet bar (with all appliances of a full kitchen except for a cooktop.) There is a theater that seats eighteen people, and a small “cigar” room that we decided would make a good a craft room.

In addition to all that I have already described, there is a gymnasium and a “spa” on the ground level! In the gym there is a basketball court and an area that could be set up as an exercise area with equipment and weight systems. In the “spa” there is a sauna, steam shower & bathroom.

Needless to say we were all awed by the size of the property! It was so much fun to explore because around every corner was another surprise! “This is our room!” was heard each time a new bedroom was discovered!  We all agreed the most appropriate name for this property was the “Big Big House” (sung to the tune of the same name by the group Audio Adrenaline) or “BBH” for short.

The thought of joining this intentional community and living in the house together was a very intriguing proposition! For Redgie and I the timing was perfect!  Our youngest child was going to be graduating from high school the next May and then going off to college in the fall.   Since I have had children at home since I was 20 years old I was dreading the “empty nest” after he left and especially since Redgie traveled so much for his job.  Being part of this intentional community would help me through that transition.

After much prayer and consideration, Redgie and I decided to join the adventure for at least one year and gave our commitment to Dave & Lynn.  They purchased the BBH in January 2011 and plans were made to move in the following May.  (Since the property had sat empty for 5 years since it was built, there was some finishing work that needed to be done as well as some repairs for water leaks that were discovered after the water was turned on.  Additionally, the very long driveway had disintegrated over the years and was going to be replaced with a beautiful brick paver driveway.)

Unfortunately, for their own specific reasons the other two couples decided they could not join the community at this particular time.  So the initial community consisted of just the two couples:  Dave & Lynn and Redgie & Val.

This is the first chapter of our story:  How our intentional community came to be.  Stay tuned for more posts about Life in the BBH!

Below is a video of some photos of the BBH before we moved in: