Archive for August, 2009

Welcome to B.V. JEM pt.2

I (steve) took JEM to do some exploring in the mountains last week. Since part of being in Colorado isn’t just looking at the mountains, I decided to really immerse him in our lives. So we went on a 4 1/2 mile hike to a timberline lake to try and catch some fish, and just look around. Most folks know when is a good time to go hiking in the mountains, and when is not. When you look up at them before you leave and see that they are wrapped in clouds and look basically crappy, you say “I think we’ll wait until tomorrow.” Not us. We spat in the face of danger. We went headlong into the storm. We are men! Errrrrgh!

Yeah we wound up staying at the lake for only about an hour before my fingers got so numb I could barely hold onto my rod. There was rain, snow up a little higher, and a little thunder. Pretty much the worst possible day we could have gone. But it was an adventure, something which I am glad to have with JEM.

School has started for both of us. JEM is loving American high school so far. He says “there are so many new people to meet!” Soccer is going great, he and Leslie are at a scrimmage right now in Salida. JEM can’t play yet because he doesn’t have enough practices, but he wants to support his team. I’ve started college classes at our local branch of the community college. So far so good. I’m taking 16 credit hours, which from my limited understanding is quite a load. We’ll see how I do! Leslie is just about ready to start up club again, so once again our house will be overrun by people on monday nights again, although I can’t make it because the one math class that was not an option for me this semester is on monday nights. Bummer I know, but sometimes it gets out early, so I’ll still be able to see all the people I love.

Well, I guess I’ll leave you hanging on to the edge of your seat ’til next time. Enjoy the pics! Here’s to the year! Cheers!

Welcome to BV, JEM.

Jan-Eric, our exchange student from Germany, has been in BV for 48 hours.  We are calling him JEM because those are his initials and it sounds like Jim.  He says that’s what his friends in Germany call him.

Right now, Jem is at soccer practice.  Steve took him.  He is a good dad 🙂

Today, Jem and Nate (our other pseudo son, the 18 year old that lives with us) and I went to the river and took a few pics.  So now, I introduce you to Jem.  He will be in a lot of our pictures for the next 10 months.  

 

Jem on the left, Nate on the right.  Jem didn't believe me when I said the water would be cold.  He believed me by the time I took this picture.

Jem on the left, Nate on the right. Jem didn't believe me when I said the water would be cold. He believed me by the time I took this picture.

 

Don't I look great to have two teenage sons?

Don't I look great to have two teenage sons?

For this one I said, "Be cool."

For this one I said, "Be cool."

For this one I said, "Be sweet."

For this one I said, "Be sweet."

Well, much more to come.  Jem is surely going to give us some good blog material.  He is a great kid.  Today he asked Nate, “Are you a lazy boy?”  I like people like him in my house.  

Peace.  Leslie

14,197 feet…check.

Yep, that’s right.  I (Leslie) dominated Mt. Princeton this past Monday.  

We (me and two friends–Damon and Martine) drove to the chalet on Mt. Princeton that was built by Young Life many years ago.  They still do the upkeep on it and it is really cool.  From the chalet, we hiked to the peak.  It was beautiful!

This was my fourth 14er to peak.  There are 54 in Colorado.  I don’t think I will do them all…

Lowlight of the trip?  I fell three times on the way down.  Two of those times I put my hand in a cactus.  Once I put my butt in a cactus.  Martine picked the spikes out of my rear.  That’s a true friend.

Here’s some pics from our day.  Thanks Martine and Damon for a fun trip and a lot of great bonding time!

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I was about to fall off the mountain here, but don't worry..I didn't.

I was about to fall off the mountain here, but don't worry..I didn't.

Now I can look out my window at Mt. Princeton every day and say, “Ha.  I owned you.”

That’s all for now, and next time the Quilico’s blog it will probably include a picture of our exchange student, Jan-Eric, who comes on Wednesday from Germany!!!!!

Back in the “real world”

Each summer, I (Leslie) go on an assignment at a Young Life camp.  They last either 3 weeks or a month, and I have a specific job to help camp run for that time.  This year, Steve got to go as well!  Our assignment was at Frontier, which is only 8 miles from our house.  So Steve could live at Frontier and be involved there, all while still working in town and finishing up his softball season.  Very cool!

Here’s the funny part, though.  As we are closing down our three weeks, I kept hearing folks say things like, “Back to reality.”  Or “Back to the real world now.”  And as I think about that, I’m not sure it’s true.  What if those three weeks are actually what the world should be like?  Sharing your lives with people–meal times, bathrooms, space, etc.  Joining in to help with other peoples’ kids.  Studying the word of God together.  Praying together and playing together.  Watching lives be changed forever.  Seeing kids–black, white, rich, poor, happy, sad–live life together for a week.  I just can’t help but think that what we experienced during those three weeks is actually “real life.”  

So here we are.  Back in town, rested, and ready to continue our fabulous life here.  But we are changed.  And we desire for our life to look more like it did up there.  The Quilico’s are on a mission to create the kingdom of heaven right here on earth…

 

Here are a few pictures from our adventure at Frontier…

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the crazy western town being set up behind us...

 

me with two of my favorite BV ladies....hayley and lu!

me with two of my favorite BV ladies....hayley and lu!

 

we had kids write their secrets on post cards each week (anonymously).  crazy broken stuff.  but the ones that touched me the most were like this one.  just a desperation to be noticed, loved, accepted, etc.  kids need the love of the Father!!!!

we had kids write their secrets on post cards each week (anonymously). crazy broken stuff. but the ones that touched me the most were like this one. just a desperation to be noticed, loved, accepted, etc. kids need the love of the Father!!!!

 The great Christian revolutions come not by the discovery of something that was not known before.  They happen when somebody takes radically something that was always there.   Richard Neibuhr