Wednesday, December 23, 2009

pictures as promised with commentary

Playing with the small kite

Hawaiian squirrel...mongoose
beautiful kona sunset
Sorry for the sideways pic, my mom loves the shade and dad likes the sun
David with his model pose
My dad enjoying time on the beach

Here is Trevor body surfing

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

Well, as many are getting blasted with freezing cold temperatures and in some cases snow , my family and I are sitting in a beautiful condo in sunny Kona watching for whales. I'm not telling you all this to brag, more to convince you to pay us a visit in the year 2010. We love visitors!
But really, it continues to be a blessing to be here in Hawaii, but really the blessing is that we are approaching Jesus' birthday, our Savior's birthday. I mean to fathom the importance of this particular baby, our Messiah, being born with purpose that directly affects every single person that has walked this earth or will walk this, we are approaching a pretty fantastic day! And what's even cooler. no pun intended, is that no matter where we are, we can all celebrate this special day. So no matter where you are or who you are with, don't take for granted the amazingness of CHRISTmas Day!

Well, and for a little update on the Pooles...David and I took a 2-day Sabbath which was very much needed after 2 Christmas parties and an all night bowling event thingee on Friday. I didn't know bowling could be so much fun at 3 in the morning. It's was a very busy week, but we've been able to rest and relax and look toward finalizing some things for the youth group as well as enjoy family time since my entire family is out here to enjoy Hawaii~We have spent a lot of time on white sandy beaches. David, besides diving, has picked up the art of boogie boarding/body boarding, along with Trevor. They are body boarding machines! Trevor and I tried flying our mini kite yesterday too, however, the winds were too inconsistent we ended up putting it in the ocean and in a tree. Oh well, we'll try again later.
Well, I'll write more later and post pics soon. As David works, my poor husband, I'm off to the beach:) I'm awful...

Merry CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas season

Well, my folks get in tomorrow, so we'll be a bit busy. We'll post things occasionally throughout Christmas. Especially pictures!

btw, We did get another car. So for you all who are coming to visit, we now have something for you to drive! That was a big answer to prayer!

Write more later,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

is anyone reading??

As Christmas season is approaching and David and I are about to celebrate our first Christmas as husband and wife, we were trying to find ideas of neat Christmas traditions. What is a Christmas tradition that you do? Maybe it will spark some I don't know if anyone reads this blog:(


Sunday, December 6, 2009

you must try this pie

Aloha friends and family,
This is just a brief update from the week. It's been an interesting, hard, crazy, good, visionary, and humbling week. Yes, all of those characteristics rolled into 7 days can make things interesting. Last Sunday feels so long ago, you know, one of THOSE weeks!
Well for me, things were a bit rough with my job. Not only is it a ministry to the client I work with, and the students in the classroom, but to the teachers as well. But my prayer was to have a job that would allow me to be out in the community, so God answered my prayer! It's been eye opening, difficult, and challenging, but God seems to be teaching me things everyday. But I will say not a day goes by where I don't ask God, 'Why am I here?' I don't want a job to just have a job. I always want to be open in how God wants to use me. Prayer is slow and steady. They are looking to end services probably at the end of the year because he's improving, we'll see. But I will say I had a neat opportunity just to speak truth to my client in a first grade way. We were walking down the hall and we saw a bird. He asked me, "How can birds fly?" I told him God makes them fly. He usually responds to me after I answer his question, but this time he just kept walking. I can only pray that those words are seeds that are firmly planted and it is God who will water and harvest! I have several Christian co-workers and I get updates from them. For some reason God is targeting this one school with Christians PPs, and from my understanding the teacher is even a Christian. One of my co-workers told me that his client accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and a lot of his PP work is discipling this student. This student is pono (right), and more are being prayed for and ministered to! God is awesome!
David has had the challenge of casting vision for the youth group. We believe God has laid on our hearts the desired result, but it's coming up with the game plan of how to get there. We were pretty sure of our ideas and plans, and after confirming it with our spiritual authority we were ready to run, drive, go like a spiritual freight train. But God, for a reason we have yet to understand, has halted that freight train for a little bit. He/we are re-looking at our plans and God's vision (we are sure that it is His vision, especially because it aligns with the HMC vision, and actually a unifying vision that we are seeing amongst all the churches on Hilo side of the Big Island). So we ask for your prayers, I ask for your prayers, especially for my husband as he goes before the Lord again and says, "Here am I, send me" and together, "Here we are, send us". And when we are sent, we know the end result but how to get there...well...sometimes we can only see 5 feet in front of us.

As I mentioned earlier, God is humbling us. Yes, this is the pie you must try, humble pie my friends. It's an awful smelling pie, in fact, the smell is so repulsive it turns many away. But for those who are brave enough, and it's only a few, we dig their forks into the soft center and holding our breath not wanting to smell the stench, we open our mouths and force it in. But I tell you what, once we taste that pie, it's the sweetest pie that anyone has ever tasted. It's soothing, it's comforting, it's healing. But once that bite is over, we go back to recalling the repulsive stench, not remembering the sweet and perfect taste.

So if I can leave you with one thing, do you need to eat humble pie?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas music is now allowed, according to my husband (since thanksgiving is over)

Hello friends, family, and strangers who randomly found this blog

I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving; stuffing yourselves full of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and purple sweet potatoes...what? Yes, yes there are such a thing believe it or not. David and I volunteered to bring a thanksgiving dish to Art and Donna’s which was a Sweet Potato Crisp recipe compliments of Cris Walterhouse from last year. Well, I went to the store to pick up the ingredients and found the sweet potatoes. I brought them home to find that Hawaiians like their sweet potatoes purple, yes, purple. Although the dish tasted exactly the same, I was still very bothered by the fact that these potatoes were indeed purple. When the dish came out of the oven David and I both noted all the colors that went into the apples, red cranberries, brown granola, and purple potatoes...I’m not sure it brought the holiday spirit. But I shall try these purple potatoes yet again when mis familia comes out to visit here in a couple weeks. Mom, Dad, excited?

Well David and I got back from our mini vacation just a bit ago. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into; we went from paupers to princes in just 1 1/2 hours. We stayed at this beautiful resort called the Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel because of their kama aina rate (the Hawaiian drivers liscense rate), this made the Broadmoor look like a little motel (ok, a bit of an exaggeration) but seriously, it was gorgeous. We checked in and I’m not sure if it was because of my good looks, charming smile, or witty tongue but they upgraded us twice to an oceanview room with no charge (credit goes to God of course). David and I enjoyed their huge oceanview pool and beach as well as choke sunshine (reminder that choke means blogs past for update on hawaiian/pidgeon vocab); we are just a slight tint of pink:) sidenote: Whenever David and I spend choke time in the sun, and go to church that evening or the next day our students always comment on how red we are. David and I look at each other realizing the truth has been revealed. We always thought that we were tan, but compared to most of our students we are either white or red...there’s really no hope of tan...ok Laura win:). Ok back to the vacation. I did spot one sighting of whales, the whale season is approaching. Some came a bit early this year, but according to marine experts and my husband they will arrive Dec whales have calendars? We ate lots of food this weekend. For those of you who were concerned with us losing weight, no worries, we gained it all back:) But really, we had a wonderful Mainland restaurant dinner and our hotel package included a breakfast buffet, superb! So we are now back in Hilo sitting in our little living room in our apartment completely content. We recognize God’s blessing in allowing us to vacation and to spoil ourselves once in a while, but we also recognize God’s blessing in allowing us to live in an apartment 3 miles from church surrounded by people needing to hear the hope they can have in Jesus Christ and being so blessed to minister/befriend/train/ and teach students at HMC. Wow! God is good.

We hope that you too are content. And in that contentment, you are blessed! Let’s get out there and enjoy this Christmas season.


Roof over our heads

Food to eat

We’ve had some great interaction with one particular neighbor family, we just need to get a Bible that’s in their language into their hands

New vision for the YG

both have jobs

Prayer Requests

Paying off school loans, wisdom and would be great for a miracle:)

the YG, with changes we know some positive things will happen, but we also know it can be hard on some people

training for our next half marathon in March, my hubby can beat my dad

overall health and safety

ministry at church, in Hilo, and specifically our apartment

car #2 maybe? 4x4

Sunday, November 22, 2009

a happy thanksgiving from us to you

As we approach this holiday season, it's easy to stop and think about our many blessings. But it's important to take the next step and thank Him who has given us the many blessings. But let's not even stop there, let's take a little deeper and not only thank Him who has blessed us but ask Him how we can be a blessing to others. God uses people to bless people, and I've been on the receiving end many times, but I'm beginning to ask the Lord how I can be a blessing to others. Ya'll, I'll admit that David and I are hardly experts, but it is something we want the Lord to continue to teach us. So as you approach this Holiday season with thanksgiving in your hearts, realize the overflow of your blessing and use it to bless others.

Ok, there's my 2 cents. So let's get on to the adventure of David and Kelsey *drum roll please*

First, David and I have discovered the wonderful, new, technologically advanced form of communication called Skype. Yes, it is a wonderful and refreshing way to talk to people despite distance. So if you too have discovered this great invention, email us and we'll skype (yes, that is a verb just like 'google' is a verb as well as 'facebook'. I can't wait to get the new and improved dictionary and see what exactly their definitions will be)
David and I are doing well here in Hilo. But let me tell you, it rains A LOT here in Hilo. We went through about an entire week of rain. Sometimes it is just a drizzle but most of the time it is a down pour. David and I decided to go out running when it was "drizzling". Half way through our run, you guessed it, down pour. We were absolutely soaked. It took 3 days for our clothes to completely dry. So as we start training for the half should be interesting...

Well yesterday we went to a Hoolaulea (which means celebration in Hawaiian) it was a thanksgiving celebration. And my goodness, was there an abundance of food! Along with food we were blessed with worship-ful hula, music, and drama. At the end they had these tables piled with local fruits and vegetables and we were all given a bag to fill up. So these pictures are pics of longons (grape looking things david is holding) bread fruit (very interesting fruit, it's the one that I'm gnawing on) and star fruit (the one pic that I look somewhat normal in). The breadfruit, once it is soft, you scoop out like an avocado and mash it and mix it with coconut milk and brown sugar. It makes for a wonderful dessert. The one thing about the Hoolaulea that I have not mentioned is that we were able to invite our neighbor, Masa, to come and fellowship with us. The problem: he doesn't speak much English. But God is teaching us a lot how to communicate the love of Jesus despite the language barrier. We were able to send him home with 2 boxes of food and a full bag of fruit. We continue to pray that Jesus will reveal Himself to him, and we are hoping to get a Bible which is translated into a micronesian language to him one of these days.
Some of you may be wondering our plans for Thanksgiving. After finding out Art and Donna's kids were not coming home for Thanksgiving, David and I volunteered to be their kids this holiday season and they so graciously accepted our offer :) We are very much looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with them and mamasita (Donna's mom). I think that Art mentioned in his joking way that Mongoose curry was on the menu (for those who don't know what a mongoose is, it's the Hilo version of a squirrel but carnivorous). We of course very much miss family and friends, especially in the holiday season. We wish we could be in Colorado with you all! I'm so grateful that my folks and Trevor are coming out for Christmas however!!!
Oh, and by the way, I'll be home Feb 15-21 too! I booked my ticket this week!
After Thursday, David and I are going to the Kona side where we are going to take a one night, two day mini-vacation in the sunshine. We are looking forward to some rest and relaxation and spending time just the two of us.
We'll that's all for now folks. I hope these blogs are insightful and fun! We continue to ask for your prayers and we want to pray for you too. Email us or call us or skype us...we would love to hear from you
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

pictures from Monday

Here are pics of the success from David's last fishing trip. Don't ask what those fish are called, they are odd looking I know, but David was pretty pumped. Seth and Tim, this is what you have to look for when you come here in Feb/March.

The rest of the pics are from our trip on Monday. David and I are really trying to take a Sabbath day off. Not only is it Biblical but we need it in order to avoid burn out. Art and Donna, asked us a while ago to set aside a Monday where we would go over to Kona and hike into a beautiful beach. So we did! Boy, was it gorgeous. We are so blessed to enjoy the company of another couple and glean from their life's wisdom and love for Jesus.

Enjoy the pics...oh, and we bought a bed today. So all you who are coming to visit, you now have a bed to sleep on with an option of a futon as well.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

promised pictures

These pictures are of the Harvest Festival that HMC did as an alternative to Halloween, David and I dressed up as an "old married couple" getting him back for a comment he made to a member at HMC that we were an old married couple. Many people didn't even recognize him first glance, it was pretty funny.

Also, a couple of the pics are from when my mom was out here mid October. I mentioned in an earlier blog that we went to a Kona hotel and watched people swim with the dolphins. It was awesome. So the gray thing in the water...that's a dolphin. Compliments of David's iphone

And another pic of my handsome husband on the beach...on a white sand beach mind you. They only have those in Kona.
BTW (I'm using that a lot takes a while for these to post)

wow, God is good ...*your response*all the time...*your response*

Well another aloha from Kawika and I (if you don't know who Kawika is please read the blog below, if you can't remember then read the blog below:)
I am sitting here writing on a very rainy Hilo day. I've actually been cold here. Yes, I know it is Hawaii, David makes me very aware of that on a daily basis, but I'm still cold. Ok, ok I'm getting spoiled with all this nice weather, I'll admit it. I was actually sitting on the beach talking to some of you all yesterday. It was a beautiful day, just enough breeze to make it cool but just enough sun to get a tan:) Wow, we are so spoiled to live here. I'm trying to never take this place for granted. Just remember if you are sitting there in cold snowy weather on the mainland, that we love visitors:)
Well God is good. And He is good all the time! Amen?!
David and I continue to be amazed in how He answers prayer. One of our most consistent prayer requests has been, "Lord please help us meet friends our age". We are so thankful for our friends younger and older than us, but our desire is to have some friends our age. Well a gal from work invited me almost a month ago to come to their young adult Bible study hosted by a Nazarene Church here in Hawaii. It was on a Tuesday and all our Tuesdays in Oct were pretty booked. So I told here we'd be there the first Tuesday in November. I'll be honest, I may be the only one like this out there, but Tuesday rolled around and I began trying to talk myself out of going. I was giving excuses like "It'd be nice to be home tonight, I have a lot to do" or "We don't have many free nights open this week" or "What happens if we don't fit in" or "Maybe this is a cult (ok a little extreme)". But really truly I was trying to give every excuse not to go. When we pulled up to the house I then started thinking, "What's our escape plan if it doesn't go well" and "Should we set a time limit, because I want to get home fast". Well thankfully, I just kept those thoughts to myself and we proceeded into the house. And ya'll can I just tell you a peace flooded our hearts within the first 2 minutes being there. There are Colorado connections galore (sp?), the guys there love to do guy things just like David. David actually went out surfing with them the next AM at 5:30! One of the gals, the one who invited us to begin with, loves to run and was looking for someone to run the half marathon with in March (I too was looking for a running buddy since my husband and father are now competing to see which one out of the 2 can win a 13.1 mile race). We just had such a peace and were so excited to be a part of college/young married couples small group who share our loves and passions but most importantly are committed to Jesus Christ and following Him! So yay, praise the Lord for an answered prayer!
David and I are finding that our free time when we are home at night is filled with reading books. He has been reading ThusSaith the Lord by John Bevere and I've been reading Mark Batterson's Wild Goose Chase (great book) and A Calling of a Generation by Evangeline Werner (I think it is a must read for everyone). Wow, God has been challenging us so much! There is a bigger and better life for us to live. Not financially or materially, but what God wants to do in our lives when we completely surrender to Him. David and I are finally beginnng that journey. We want the fullness that God has in store and we are trying to do everything we can to not settle for less. Easier said than done btw. So if you need a bit of a kickstart or a refreshing...I highly recommend those books!
We love our place in Hilo. We'll post pics soon.
Our mentors are really encouraging us to take a Sabbath. The Bible stresses the importance of taking a Sabbath. Sheree said, "God doesn't need you to work an extra day" it is not like He needs us to get the job done. He'll use us yes, but taking a Sabbath is another way of trusting the Lord that He's the author and completer or all the work begun and is still to do.
They have also encouraged us to read together. So we are starting a book called Chasing the Dragon and we are reading it together. I feel like such a little kid asking David, "what does this word mean?" because it has been so long since I've had to focus on ALL the words instead of just skimming the ones I don't know. But boy am I married to a smart man, he seems to have a definition for every word I stumble over. Gosh, did he study the dictionary when he was little or something?!?

Ok, got to go pick up pizza for a leader's meeting. Oh yea, we are trying to recruit leaders. Interested? Let us know! Training starts Nov 17... you can always follow the Wild Goose and move to Hawaii :)

We'll post pics soon, promise! And I'll post some prayer requests too!
BTW, thanks for all the comments people have sent through emails and facebook either as encouragement or questioning some things I say. I don't claim to have all the right answers or say the right things...I'll just always point to the One who does and hope that together we can go before Him and He can reveal the Truth to us. So keep it coming!

All Pau!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The move

Aloha friends and family
Howz it?(along with the shaka)
Just a little update into the lives of Kawika and Kelsey (Kawika is David's hawaiian name). It's funny because the person who consistently calls David Kawika is Aunty Keahi, and she usually says it during announcements second service. I think people are slowly putting the two and two together.
Well, it is beautiful here in Hawaii. Too beautiful in fact. I've heard that since my mom has been home (Oct 19) there have been 3 blizzards. Ok, so I'm thankful for no blizzards. But wow, it's hot here. I started with my first client on Monday. I'm loving my job as a paraprofessional, and am so blessed to be working with these kids everyday. Honestly, I see it as having the opportunity to pray over these kids lives, while in the classroom, everyday. But I tell you what, it sure gets hot in those classrooms. With no air conditioning and no breeze, whewweee it is warm in there. Time to go buy some more short sleeve shirts.

We are also moving into Hilo. It a week's process. We don't have to be out of our current apartment until the end of the month, but we've been able to start moving into the new apartment. Hopefully Friday will be our official day of totally being in the new apartment. We have begun meeting our neighbors. Masah to the left of us does not speak much English and to the right are some interesting folk. We know we have entered a spiritual battle ground. But to live out our Isaiah 61 calling, we need to be there. We aren't sure how long, but at least for 3 months. But I tell you what, boy do we have an ocean view!
Isaiah 61
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to
-Preach the good news to the poor
-Bind up the brokenhearted
-Proclaim freedom for the captives
-And to release from darkness for the prisoners

Well we are living with the poor, brokenhearted, captives and prisoners. Literally. So we are asking our intercessors out there, those who continue to tell us that you are praying for us,Pray hard. Not just for us, but for the people around us. Whether this turns out to be 3 months or a year, we want to see these Val Hala apartments radically changed. God, I believe, has some major things planned for the city of Hilo come 2010. Watch out Satan! Watch the power of the One True God move in the people of Hilo. And yes, it will only be the beginning. Ripple effect, baby!

What is my dear husband doing now a days, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Besides moving almost our entire apartment, he has been working on a leadership manual. We feel so strongly that the leadership needs to be on the same page, David has written a book. Well, not quite but a bit of a booklet I should say. We continue to be reminded that we are just servants. With just us, nothing can be accomplished, but if God is the One engineering it, promoting it, helping his tools work the way they should (that would be us)...well then it can only be good, great in fact!

We are learning a lot in our marriage. It's great! But God continues to teach us to put our stubborn wills down and our pride and work on serving one another, even when it is tough. We have also been noticing the importance of healthy and constructive criticism along with encouragement and praise. Can't have one without the other. So to all the married couples out there, can you relate...or is it just us? Maybe it is just us.

-We are moving into Hilo (with that comes a lot of prayer requests as mentioned above)
-We both have jobs (we realized the other day how blessed we truly are to both be working in a down economy)
-Great jobs!
-We continue to be blessed by all of our church ohana!
-A TrueU Senior/College small group will be starting Sunday. So pumped. Ready to rock some worldviews

Prayer Requests
-We are moving into Hilo
-I want to work myself out of a job. Before you jump to any conclusions, let me explain. Working with students with mental and physical disabilities I have come to the conclusion that it's more than just a medical diagnosis. Many of these students are in captivity. I want to have the highest turn over rate of clients. Where they'll put me with one client and in 1-2 months they have to pull me out, because the client is functioning just fine and even looking more "normal" as well. After 5-6 of these quick "turnovers", they then will notice a consistent pattern. What a great time to give God all the glory and preach the good news of Jesus Christ and what can happen through the power of His redemptive blood for humanity. He seeks our wholeness (physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

mommy's visit

Aloha friends, family, and strangers (since this is a public blog),
Wow, what a week! Well, some of you know that my mom came out and spent Wed-Mon with David and I here in beautiful HOT and humid Hawaii! On the way over to Kona to pick her up, David and I had a great time driving a new side of the island. It took an extra half an hour, but we had a great time seeing the beautiful coastline, windows down, driving and talking. For the first time since being here, we ate at a chain restaurant...drum roll please...Outback Steakhouse! Yum! I ate so much food that I felt a little sick actually. That just goes to show you how good the food was! On Thursday we took her to Mauna Kea beach where she swam, literally swam, with the turtles. That night we had a great night with the Youth! Friday we spent some time at the church, and then left David to go to the beach! We both took naps under the shade listening to the waves. Something we both noticed was how families congregate at the beach. Beaches here are not the "show off the bod" beaches...they are a location where families come and play. It's great! Saturday was such a crazy day. After a walk around the neighborhood, we went to a botanical garden, we went to the downtown market, David and my mom snorkeled in a fish sanctuary...funny story there... and went and saw lava flow into the ocean. It was absolutely amazing. All of us on the way home couldn't help but praise the Lord. Looking at beautiful plants, watching fish in the coral habitat, and then in the dark watching orange lava flow into an ocean with the sky lit up with can't help but know there IS a God!
Sunday we had a great morning with the students talking about worship! We then had a cook off, which the students planned, to unite adults and students. Members of the church signed up to bring a dish (potluck style). We probably had almost 70 people crammed into our upstairs room enjoying great food and fellowship. Well done Mana Akua students! They did a great job planning an event with purpose.
Monday we had to say goodbye, for the time being, to my mom. But before we did that we just happened to go to a place called Waikaloa Hilton Hotel where people can swim with dolphins. Well, we didn't swim with dolphins, but we probably watched these dolphins for over an hour as people swam with them and the dolphins performed. It was incredible. David told us he is going to be a "dolphin trainer by day, a youth pastor by night". All that to say, we were amazed at these creatures. (David had never seen a dolphin before)

Things continue to go well in the youth group. God is putting a lot of pieces together which is really neat to be a part of it all.
Prayers for the Youth Group:
We still need more youth leaders (for a Thursday night outreach)
We need volunteer host homes, haven't announced our need but we are hoping the Lord lays it on peoples hearts (probably for small groups)
And ultimately God's Will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

Our personal prayer requests:
-We think we are moving at the end of the month. We should be signing over the lease tomorrow. It's a "rougher" area, but we really feel the Lord is calling us there for a time being. For safety and protection, but more importantly for favor with the people living there (mainly locals, we are probably two of the few haolis there) and for God to soften people's hearts. We want to see God move in that apt complex
-Our car overheated on the way back from Kona. It's working fine now, but we are taking it in to get everthing checked out just in case. We know it's the Lord's car, so we are just praying this "overheating" is a minor detail
-The moving ordeal
-Friends, close friends
-My job at Tiffe, I think I'm starting the 26th of Oct
-homesickness, I esp feel the desire to go home often, but the Lord is teaching me that Hilo is home for now. And I'm slowly learning to embrace can be difficult

David and I are doing well. We are continuing to learn a lot, esp in the area of communication. He continues to be a great husband and it's so neat to watch him in youth ministry! God is teaching us a lot, and our desire is to never stray from the will of God. We thank you all for praying and continue to pray...harder!

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Just remember to look at the creation around you and know THERE IS A GOD! And not just a god, but a God who loves us so much to send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and to rise from the grave. That by his blood he shed on the cross, he covers our sins, and our hope is to live eternally with Him. What power! What truth! the truth!
We love you all,
David and Kelsey