We spent the latter part of the afternoon and early evening with Tracey & Shelley Paulson from greater metro rural Minnesota. Paulsons are digiphotowebcentric media types who love prayer and for reasons not entirely clear, must like the Bohlenders a whole lot too.
Shelley updated our family photos to include Miss Zoe - we'll give you a look-see soon.
It was our first time meeting Tracey. He is a gentle souled worship leader who once worked with old-school Whiteheart (as in Steve Green singing lead...) and later worked with Sheila E. (anyone reading this blog - not named Loux - who recognizes that throwback?) and (briefly, he insisted) Prince.
We ended our time together by gathering around the feasting table. Ain't nothin' like the Stack to say "You peeps are good fun." Some time between the bbq and the cheesy corn, Shelley made a comment about the number of people who pass through Kansas City. It struck me for the first time what an amazing parade of people that we have hosted...people like the Paulsons, who love God with all their heart and are just finding their path to serve Him best like the rest of us. I'm not sure where else in the world you would meet an Ed Hackett, a Billy Humphrey, a Dwayne Roberts, a Kirk Bennett and a Brent Steeno - all five huge blessings in my life in their own unique way....and there are a dozen more like those five.
Sitting here at the breakfast bar, tea seeping next to my Powerbook and an exhausted five year old piled on the couch across the room, I am very, very grateful the Lord has planted us in Kansas City.