Spring Break #1:Los Angeles

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Back to school!

Seattle public schools resume after 370+ days!

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The First Kniffin Family Worship Night: Palm Sunday 2021

tonight was an important landmark- one that I’ve been looking forward to for a long, long time.

As the saying goes, “more is learned by being caught than taught.” Another way of saying the same thing is that we learn so much more by doing, enacting, immersing, and mimicking others than we do by reciting rote facts. We learn by being part of a community and finding our place within it. And this could not be more true when it comes to spiritual growth.

For this reason, I couldn’t have been more delighted to have the 3 Kniffin Seattle units get together to play, eat, sing, & worship together tonight. We owe a lot to the Impola Family and their example of doing the same thing for more than a year, now.

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Leprechaun trap 2021

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They like the box it came in better than the present…

We got a package with a big box yesterday, and the kids made a pirate ship out of it. They spent several ours in the front yard designing it and then having adventures in it. I love how much fun they get out of a simple box!

I’ve mentioned this phenomena before, so I’m being a little redundant here… but at the same time, I enjoy it so much. I marvel at their ability to see so much potential in a blank object and then transform it using their imagination. I wish we all had a little lore of that

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“It’s not because we wear skirts; it’s because we wear glasses” (abbey)

I was moved that abbey found this quote so exciting. It meant that she was excited about girls (/women) being appreciated for their intellect, and not just their looks.

This quite comes from the movie “hidden figures”, which abbey just watched with her class. I could tell she was really inspired by the story of these innovative women.

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Foster Milestones: what he calls us, how he views us

over the last 2 weeks, I’ve noticed a few things about K:

  • being defensive of Evie, he said “you be nice to my sister!!”
  • he asked me, when I was tucking him into bed, if I would lay with him until he went to sleep
  • he kissed me on the cheek on his own (he’s been much more affectionate of Cyn for months, but this was a first for me)

Relationships and trust are funny, subtle things. I think it’s best not to “rush” or “force” anything… but, slowly, day-after-day, as you notice them feeling they are in a safe and predictable environment, they start letting down their guard and feeling more and more part of the family

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“I like sun, A LOT better than snow” -Evie

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Snowpocalypse 2021

Snow in seattle is fun, and eventful. (one of the first posts on this blog was a Seattle snow event, 9 years ago). It is comical, being from the Midwest, how big of a deal it is… but that doesn’t mean it is unmerited. So, let me take a second to underline how eventful it is:

The snow we saw today was the 6th most snow Seattle has ever seen. The last time this much snow (52 years ago), no human had yet walked on the moon!

The funnest part of this is that everyone in the city tries to squeeze all their snow fun into one or two days. And that’s certainly the case for us.

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“You are DEFINITELY NOT my real dad”

-Evie at Costco

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