Our trip to the West Coast gave us much needed catching up time with one of our most favorite families on the planet. The Ryans. God allowed our paths to cross when I was a high school gal spending time with Kris and learning from this family. What a sweet treat to meet the daughters of the oldest daughter of this family of 9! We talked family, ministry, joys and hurts. Walked the beach with another sister Kelly and her man. Decorated the wedding venue with Cathryn and her man Christopher. Sat in coffee shops with former students, now married and told stories, shed tears, and hugged tightly until the next time. The joy that comes from seeing the obedience in steps, passed down to children, reminded me of the very reason I clung onto the Ryan family as a 17 year old girl.