Thursday, October 21, 2010
Canvas welcomed 40 or so of our friends to a Fall Fest! We enjoyed painting pumpkins and faces, playing yard games, singing around a bonfire and busting open a pinata! Oh, and we all brought our favorite Fall dish to share. We really had a great time, and are very thankful for this gorgeous season. Though we are just as thankful to share it with such wonderful people in our lives.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
We are getting ready for a Fall Party Canvas (our church) is throwing! We are so excited!!! The kids will paint the pumpkins above, have their faces painted, drizzle caramel over apples, collect goodies from a pinata and play on the beautiful property that belongs to our friends, Todd and Lindy. They have a 170-year-old farm house- complete with a garden teeming with Fall crops, a small apple orchard, and thick, gnarly grape vines sprawling into the distance. We normally gather together, as a church, in their home. Today, we're gathering there for a party! We'll be celebrating the season. Fall- in all its God-given glory.
We are expecting a huge turn-out from our friends and local loved ones. It will be an interesting, eclectic group of Ashevillians. Hopefully we have enough apple cider, chili, etc... for the crew! Anyways, I just wanted to share with you our anticipation.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Random pictures, right? Yeah. We recently purchased a few place settings for kids that may be staying with us temporarily. I just wanted to share that we are nearing the end of the process for becoming North Carolina foster parents. I feel like we have been saying that for a while now, but we really are near the "end"! We have gone through several months of training, gotten our home inspected by the fire marshall as well as our agent, been fingerprinted, and ran through the databases in Montana, Oregon and NC to make sure we weren't criminals. Don't worry, we passed. :)
All that is left: physicals and our final home visit. We are on the home stretch. Pun intended.
As soon as we complete things on our end, our application will be sent to the Western NC licensing agent to consider us as bonafide (sp?!) foster parents. Though we have dedicated a lot of time, energy and emotion into the process thus far, there is a lot more to give.
We recently attended a CD release party for the local acoustic band Red June. Our friend, Will, generously gave us a copy of their debut album "Remember Me Well" a couple of months back; and it has barely been removed from our player since. They are incredibly talented musicians, featuring the steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, etc...
Which leads me to the debut of my apple pie crisp thing. We were happy to attend their potluck celebration meal prior to their concert, and we were asked to contribute a pie. I don't really make pies. I don't really make a lot of things, and especially not pie. But I was up to the challenge! Essentially, it was a mound of apples, sugar, brown sugar, butter and flour atop a buttery, walnut crust. It actually looked and smelled better than it tasted. Regardless, how can one seriously go wrong with sugar and butter? I mean really. Anyways, it was quite an adventure for me (Kassie).
Be sure to check out Red June's site! It hails their sound as, "...versatile and original as the musicians themselves; they touch on bluegrass, roots rock, and traditional country music with powerful harmonies, innovative songwriting and expert musicianship. "
Sunday, September 26, 2010
We all seem so affected by this season- and I promise not to ramble. There is just something about it. Georgia Tech football games call the tv to our attention. Pete's new textbooks open and crack. And my long-sleeve drawer is no longer ignored. Ultimately, however, there is a new energy in the air- and the best way I know how to describe it is "togetherness". It just seems like the adventures of vacation, and folks running here to there to see family while kids are out of school, are settling down. We are all quietly filing into more of a routine. Our eyes turn toward one another once again. The idea of "daily" seems more possible.
I hope ya'll are finding what you need as another season of all our lives makes it's welcome.
By the way, the above photos are a nod to the apple butter we got to make with our friends Todd and Lindy. Their property holds a handful of apple trees that have been incredibly bountiful this year.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Millers are a big part of our experience here in Asheville. Their 4-year-old daughter Phoebe has been recently diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type 1. Long story short, it is likely she will need multiple brain surgeries throughout her lifetime- beginning next month. Even with adequate insurance, tens of thousands of dollars will not be covered. Will you help? Please visit pancakepalooza.com for more information about the Millers, the chiari condition and ways you can support them during this time.
We are helping with a fundraiser for her August 7th in the historic Kenilworth neighborhood. There will be a 5K/fun run, pancake breakfast, bluegrass bands and inflatable bouncy houses for the kids! Interested in the race? Register online. Need a pancake breakfast ticket? Let us know, we have them to sell- lots of them!
I (Kassie) had a blast with some friends on Warren Wilson's River Trail! We hiked on family-friendly terrain (for the most part:), and played in the river!!! It was really nice to see friends from different social circles connecting and enjoying one another in the great outdoors. We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the rocks and met another family who was there to enjoy the beauty.
What a day! Complete with sunshine, cool water and good friends. Did I mention that I chased my frisbee down the river? And that we encountered a copperhead? Yeah, we were on our way out anyways!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Welcome back to the East Coast Hoffer family!
Pete's younger sister Stephanie, her husband Justin and little girl Willow are stopping through for a visit on their way to Ohio. Justin's new Coast Guard post is in Cincinnati- a lot closer than L.A.! We are very glad to get to see their faces as well as Willow's bunny impression.
We have enjoyed a jam-packed month or so here.
I (Kassie) wanted to share a few images with you of the Discipleship course Pete helped lead recently.
Twenty individuals, comprised of Canvas and those interested from our sending church, Highland, gathered around a curriculum that God has been stirring inside of both Pete and our co-planter Todd. The time was centered on living ordinary lives with gospel intentionality. They led us through an experiential process covering topics such as: God’s redemptive plan, the DNA of a Disciple, loving God, loving people, three story evangelism, leading a home community, etc… It was amazing to hear feedback such as, “Wow, I’ve never heard the story of God from beginning to end in one sitting, where we find ourselves and how we can take part in it.” There are other potential opportunities to conduct the class… we will see what unfolds.
p.s. The food above helped sustain us during the two, 4-hour sessions!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thank you Tim and Katie Anne for letting us be a part of your wedding day!
Pete officiated a beautiful ceremony, and Kassie had the pleasure of photographing the event!
We could not imagine a more gorgeous setting for such a sacred occassion...
We love you guys!!!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Our new place of residence! I'm not gonna lie, there are still a few pieces of furniture on the front porch. We have a lot envisioned for this place, but are stacking and unpacking boxes in the mean time. We are in the Oakley neighborhood on the East side of Asheville, and are really enjoying being closer to the city!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Last Sunday, the team enjoyed putting together care bags for folks who are passing through town. Asheville has so much transient traffic. A lot of this is due to having major highways that run North, South and East to West. It is also well known among the transient crowd as a sure place to receive 3 meals a day and shelter. Mom Morton came across this idea of care bags for those we come across on the streets. She got together a handful of items that an individual may need for a day: snacks, new socks, a personalized note, stationary and a stamp to help them contact a loved one. We will continue to add to the stash with things like toothbrushes, bottled water, a list of resource centers in the area, etc...
We are happy to provide a little assistance and hopefully loads of encouragement as we encounter people passing through!
Aren't these kids adorable?! Our co-leaders at Canvas are currently living in an apartment complex in West Asheville and had a great idea to lead an Easter Egg Hunt there. A lot of kids showed up... in fact, they kept coming! We had to have 3 hunting sessions when all was said and done. It was a lot of fun! As the summer season sets in, we are spending a lot of time grilling out in the middle of the complex- meeting lots of young families.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Another day is almost done at 200 Bartlett Road.
Pete and I have enjoyed this stop on our journey for many reasons. Among them, we've enjoyed living with Pete's parents and the way they can make a house a home. We've enjoyed the adventures in gardening as we've battled cucumber beetles and the reality of too much rain. We've enjoyed being snowed in, the glow of the wood stove, the endless shades of green this hill can offer. Scout lived her last days here- pouncing in the river, laying on the wooden floor beside our bed to protect us. We had no idea this would be her last stop.
Unfortunately, after 17 months, I just figured out the best way to arrange our living room furniture! But really, that means it's about that time to move again.
On Pete's 21st birthday, he was moving for the 21st time. That was 10 years ago. I lived in 2 houses the entirety of my life prior to college. Since our marriage of 5 years, we have set up house in 7 different structures (and I use that term loosely:) Seriously, Pete and I often wonder why our friends and family didn't stage an intervention at the Buckingham house. The mold in fact, "really was that bad"!
8 if you count our vehicle which housed us for the majority of our first summer married.
We have had such an adventure together...
And we are moving again.
We are so happy to be moving closer to the city of Asheville. We will find ourselves surrounded in the relationships we are desperately attempting to steward. We will be making four walls a home in the sweet, quaint Oakley community. It is way too close to Target's Dollar Aisle as well as the Screen Door (a local antique store), but we will make due.
We will head out of Weaverville May15th, so the move is on its way! A nod to "Mushaboom" lyrics..."I've found a man to stick it out, to make a home from rented house! Oh oh oh oh oh oh Oh!
We have a lot of life planned for the next stop... chickens, a community garden, artistic endeavors. Time will prove what will unfold of our adventures there. We'll be sure to keep you updated!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
We recently had the privilege of attending our niece's dedication at my home church in GA. My Dad and Pete conducted the event, reminding us as a family and their church community of our responsibility to continue to point Nori to the truth, love and grace of God. Nori was absolutely beaming. She just smiled at the crowd and basked in her moment!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
So much has happened since our last post, and among the happenings, we were able to attend Brackenhurst's 10-year reunion last weekend at Berry. There is so much to be said about this that really cannot be captured in words... so many emotions surround our time in Kenya. We were able to look on camp representatives from each of the 10 years since its launch. I know Pete and the initial team were not even thinking that one day a 10-year reunion would take place. Both Pete and Kim said many times this weekend that they "didn't know what they were doing"! Wow, God really is and does bigger things than we could ever imagine.
The pic above is the 2001 camp team minus quite a few important folk! (Thank you Amanda for the pic)! It was wonderful to relive hilarious memories and even some we wonder how we are still alive! Brackenhurst of course stemmed from our roots at WinShape. We share so much history with all of these friends. It just simply cannot be replaced.
Though, we look forward to the history that is in the making now through a faith community developing here in Asheville. Who knows, maybe in 10 years we will look back on beautiful people with changed lives as we did this weekend.
Camp Brackenhurst is now referred to as Camp Blue Sky, and is operated by a remarkable staff. You can find more information about the work they do here:
Thursday, February 4, 2010
These were taken on my grandparents' farm in Bedford, Indiana. (Thank you Mom for the pic. of me and Pete.) Thank you Pete for the shot of the field. Let me tell you, this is one of my favorite places on earth. All kinds of memories seem to flood my mind whenever we arrive. Actually, whenever the drive turns familiar again. It is just 8 hours in driving distance, yet it just seems like a world away. I so easily think of life based on what I have on my to-do list for the day. So much so, it is even difficult to comprehend that the townspeople of Bedford, IN have to-do lists that day as well. In fact, they run errands, have meaningful relationships, tackle hardships, farm land, gather in church buildings and meet for coffee. Isn't it so easy to live life with such blinders on, or is it just me?
Anyways, I'm thinking of our Gran and Papaw tonight. I pray they are resting well together on their farm in Indiana.