Our Family Service Trip Journal, Day 3: Denver Meet & Greet and a Wedding

Thanks for following along as I share the highlights of our family service trip to Colorado. If you missed the first days, catch up on those here –  Day One: SEVENS Ministry and Day Two:  Handing Out Food to 100 Families.

On the third day we were in Denver, we headed downtown to Purple Door Coffee. We were so excited to finally have a chance to check out this great ministry spot, which was started in part by a friend of ours who had been a York College student several years ago. The coffee shop is beautiful – very well put together! They employ homeless teens and young adults in an effort to help them get on their feet and find a new way of life. We love this! It was our pleasure to hold our Denver Meet and Greet at this location. It was a perk that their drinks were delicious too!

Call me a geek (go ahead, really) but I had to take a picture of the bottoms of their tables (that they made themselves). They are made from old treadle sewing machines – just like the one my grandma had used (and let me use!) many years ago. What a gorgeous way to reuse these beauties. I learned to sew on a machine like this!!


In addition (although somehow I failed to get pictures, duh) – Purple Door Coffee had lots of really cool jars in use in their shop. I was in jar heaven. What a great place! 

Even better was that I was able to meet several Denver area readers. We had such an encouraging visit. Thank you for coming (and navigating the crazy parking situation that day!!) so that I could meet you!


Later that evening, we were blessed to go to the wedding of one of the ladies on our YC soccer team. We are so proud of this girl and the choice she has made by beginning her life with such a godly young man. It was wonderful to be a part of her special day.

While I don’t have any pictures of the ceremony  (because I was too busy wiping happy tears from my eyes to take pics – seriously, I am a mess at weddings) I do have a fun picture of our family at the reception. A photo booth was provided for fun, and we were able to get a little bit silly while leaving a fun message for the bride and groom. Malachi was in there too, but unfortunately, he was a little too short to make it into the pics without jumping. If you look really hard, you can see a tuft of his hair right under Asa’s elbow. ;)


Side note:  Have you ever tried to put six people into a photo booth? Yowza.

We headed back to our hosting friends’ home that evening, and made preparations to head to Colorado Springs the following day. More details to come!


  1. says

    When I was in 7th grade it was mandatory to learn to sew on a treadle sewing machine. OK I am 73. We thought is strange though. My mother’s and my machine growing up was a converted treadle. They do still use them in parts of the world without electricity.
    Glad their shop helps people get back on their feet. It is soooo hard.


  2. Nicole S. says

    Love that you are sharing your experience with volunteering with your kids. I have a 2 and 4 year old and plan on involving them with this type of work when they are old enough.


  3. Mrs K says

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip with us. Also, just so you know, I’m also a mess at weddings! :)


  4. Jean says

    I’m a jar lover too and I was so disappointed that I couldn’t see the jars that you saw. So I searched for Purple Door Coffee on swagbucks and went to their website and facebook and got to see the beautiful jars! Thx! :)


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