I had the sacred privilege of being a part of a wedding this weekend. Two of our KIVU kids who started coming out to Colorado YEARS ago, finally tied the knot on a beautiful mountaintop Tennessee farm. Even though the weather was a little cold, there were plenty of people who came to celebrate the union between these two wonderful friends.
As I was looking out over the congregation, I was bombarded with memories of where these two met, and I kept thinking about all the stories made between students who have come out to KIVU over the last 13 years.
Call it nostalgia?
Call it emotion?
I don't know exactly how to describe it, but when I get a chance to be around folks that have been a part of the KIVU we've created, it's pretty incredible.
With every groomsman who walked down the aisle, I could recall meetings we had together, mentor relationships forged over years of working toward something bigger than ourselves, and most of all; lots of laughs.
Everytime I get a chance to celebrate thesse kinds of milestones, The KIVU family amazes me. It's as though we've never left the little Valley there along the Los Pinos River. Conversations just pick up where we left them. Stories of the good times echo in all our conversations. We laugh. We smile. And there's something special about the friendships we've created. Even though we live in different parts of the country, there's no distance when we all gather around the same table.
If you are one of the 10K people who've come through our gates in Colorado over the last 13 years, I just wanted to take this Palm Sunday morning to say, THANKS. Thanks so much for all the memories you've been a part of creating.
Thanks for the countless hours of celebrating life to the fullest.
Thanks for being a part of a special time in life, some starting in your teenage years, through your college career, and now; as I saw last night, moving on to forge your own family.
From a fellow Journeyman here...Thanks.
Thanks for the Memories.
Thanks for your friendship.
And Thanks for making KIVU such a special place.