In January 2006, Robert and I took a leap of faith and left a pretty great life in the Bay Area for an unknown adventure in Tennessee. This weekend marks ten years since our arrival in Memphis and we want to celebrate with some reflection on our best Memphis moments. The boys helped us out with their best moments too.
Adam’s Top Five Memphis Moments
“Running LuvMud with Walt.” Look at their toothless grins. Pure boy joy.
“2014 Grizzlies game against the Kings when Courtney Lee hit the buzzer beater for the win.” This was Adam seconds before the shot happened. I think he did lift his head to see it. This boy is passionate about his basketball and his team! I love that we can go to games so easily in this city.
“Singing, dancing and playing xylophones in the All-City Orff Concert at the Canon Center.” As a mom and music teacher, this was one of my favorite moments too. He was just a baby when I first went to this concert. I was proud he worked through numerous auditions to get this coveted spot on the stage that night.
“Scoring 3 goals in the first five minutes of the soccer season.” At this point, we’ve been to countless Saturday soccer and basketball games and love the families we have known through sports. We are so glad Memphis has opportunities for recreational sports.
“Rescuing Bella.” The weekend I heard that this sweet puppy needed a family, I saw Adam playing with another dog with more love and expression than I had ever seen in him. Robert said, “This boy needs a dog.” And I agreed. Bella is a wonderful addition to our family.
Micah’s Top Five Memphis Moments
“Playing with Patrick.” Oh my word. THESE. TWO!
“Moving across the street from Ruthie.” Ruthie’s mother calls these two Fox and Hound. Endless hours of imaginative play.
“When Sweet Noshings opened!” We are all grateful for this addition and all the others to Overton Square.
“When Gavin moved to Memphis from California.” We love all of the Malott’s, but Gav and Micah have had a special bond from the beginning.
“Rescuing Bella.” Micah loves his sister, especially when she plays soccer with him. She’s a beast with the ball!
As for me and Robert, we have our share of favorite moments too.
Launching Neighborhood Church in 2008. So many things can be said about this experience. We love these people, their passions, and their love for Jesus. We are privileged to get to lead this church.
The Peabody Kaboom playground build in 2008. I attribute this experience as the tipping point for Cooper Young to embody Peabody Elementary School as it’s neighborhood school. It was such a fun day to see transformation on this land and have 200 volunteers make it happen. My children have been playing on this playground for 8 years now and have made thousands of memories on it. Peabody has been a big part of our first ten years in Memphis.
Micah’s Birth in 2008. Definitely a highlight of the last ten years! We certainly cannot imagine life without this amazing person. Last week I asked him to settle down (so much energy!) and he replied, “But mom! I’m just enjoying life!” That totally sums him up!
Cooper-Young 4 milers, festivals and chili-cook-offs. Hundreds of moments wrapped up into this statement. Such a wonderful place with incredible neighbors.
Adam’s baptism in the Self’s pool. Seeing your child trust Jesus as his Lord and make that decision public to your closest friends and family is one amazing moment. And being baptized by his father and pastor, so sweet. We already see the Holy Spirit working in Adam’s life and can’t wait to see him grow into a man who loves the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength and to see him love his neighbor as himself.
Running the St. Jude Half-Marathon in 2012. My sweet running group got together every Sunday morning for 4 years and had some really great times together. It was so cool to finally reach the goal of running a half marathon. And the St. Jude experience was inspiring. I love this city and St. Jude! I will never see those roads in the same way again.
Teaching at New Hope Christian Academy (and getting to teach Micah!) In 2013 I started to teach at an amazing school in Frayser. Teaching music, worship, and discipleship to 428 Memphis children is a huge privilege. I spent several years away from the classroom doing city-wide education advocacy, but the classroom and the children called me back. Micah started attending this school in August 2015 and it has been sweet to experience school together. We have weekly lunch dates that he promises we can keep until he’s a sixth grader😉
Robert’s 40th birthday party when all of our friends dressed up from a decade of his life. I think the photos say it all.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy in 2014. During my time doing city-wide education advocacy, I got to see the start of a new middle school. And in a few months, it will be Adam’s middle school. I have appreciated the leadership in our city being willing to make changes, envision a different future, and partner with parents like me to see it come to fruition. This school will be a major part of our next ten years in Memphis. Can’t wait to write that post!
I think Robert would add that he has loved selling houses in this city. Since starting as a realtor 5 years ago, he has sold 88 homes. He has journeyed with so many families as they decide where to settle and put down roots. He loves seeing people choose Memphis and find neighborhoods they can commit to. It has been such a great opportunity for him.
The first ten have been great. Here’s to ten more, Memphis!