Meet The Colony

~You can read the introduction HERE!~

We are The Via Family
AKA "The Colony"

Our Family Mission Statement:
The Via Colony exists to be a family of disciple makers,
who live for the smile of Jesus, proclaim his good news, honor each other,
serve God's world, and live open-handed with everything we have.

The Husband
This is my sexy husband.  
We've been married since 2002 and I love him more and more each year.
He is one of the most gifted worship leaders, musicians and songwriters I've ever known.
He is the worship pastor at Seven Marks Church
He likes:
sneaking smooches in the hallway, wrestling with the boys, 
listening to the girls sing EVERY song on the radio, drinking coffee 
and perfecting his beard;)
I'm a permanent mom of 5 and a temporary mom to our fosters. I am a work in progress.  I'll never profess to have all the answers but I certainly love to share what works for our family.  Hopefully you can take something away that will help you!
I am madly in love with the worship pastor at my church and proudly call him my baby's daddy.
I am learning to become still in this life so addicted to instant gratification,
and am still becoming who God is calling me to be...
I Like:
cleaning and organizing the house, rearranging furniture to confuse the family, 
listening outside my kid's bedroom doors as they wind down for the evening, documenting life through the lens of my camera (although I am quite the amateur), keeping our garden alive (trying to at least), and blogging about it all (I'm bringing it back baby)! 

Our Ministry:
Preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through song

Areyna Joy ~ Peace and Joy
Her Likes:
Sundays, friends, leading worship, baking, friends, taking care of her horses on the farm and chickens in our backyard, learning tricks on the aerial silk and hoop, friends, painting, babysitting, dancing and singing to EVERY song on the radio. 
(She is also enrolled at WakeTech in their dual-enrollment program, although this isn't hardly a LIKE).
She is a free spirit if I ever knew one.

Ezekiel (Zeke) ~ God's Strength
His Likes:
running (he just ran his first half-marathon!), writing scripts, scouting out places to film, editing, playing basketball, working on his forts, creating games to play with his brothers (and dog), and he just recently got a job and Domino's and loves having money to spend (mostly on others).

Alethia Grace ~ Truth and Grace
Her Likes:
friends, playing with Babies and Legos and reading (ALWAYS reading!). I have loved seeing her grow in her self-confidence over the past year.
Go check out the story of  our adoption and how she came to be part of our family!

Micaiah (Cai) ~ Who Is Like Jehovah
His Likes:
playing soccer is his #1 go-to these days, but eating (anything) is a close second, rough housing, wrestling,  making people laugh, and conversing with others (a true gift in my opinion).
He still loves cuddling close and cheek nibbles from mom are still allowed.

Jude ~ Thanks and Praise

His Likes:
stealing food, eating food, asking about food, and playing soccer.
He enjoys minecraft, pretty much any game his brothers create for him to play, and making up hysterical parodies of worship songs. He also still loves to run up and give me random hugs and tell me he loves me. 

Jemma Sky
Our 2-year-old lab, beagle, basset hound mix.  She was named after Zeke's therapist
and has been the perfect dog for our family!
She is sweet but LOVES to wrestle.
She doesn't meet a stranger but is scared to death of remote control cars.
Her favorite things to do are love on Daisy, our hamster, chase our 11 chickens around
and just BE with us.  She is definitely a people dog and we love her!
Sadly we said goodbye to our sweet Jemma on October 16, 2019.

We adopted this sweet pup from Saving Grace. He is some kind of pit/lab mix. He LOVES his people. Relly ANY people. And loves them well. And wants all the people to be in one room so he can be with them all together. We love him through and through, 
even though he is the most anxious dog I've ever seen, ha!

Drawing by Krysteah Carroll