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If you’ve been with us for a while, you may remember the first post I wrote for the Journal … a year ago this very month. It was about walls.

It was about the walls going up in new ACTS House in Elizabeth, now complete and affectionately known as The Nest. And the walls that were just beginning to come down for those of us who are part of the ACTS community. Flash back with us if you like at: and

And guess what? Some of those walls inside of us are still coming down. It takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight … and sometimes it doesn’t even happen over the course of an entire year. Some of it does, but not all of it. Because it’s a process … and we have to give it the time it takes.

So … we celebrate the process and the progress, whatever it looks like. The baby steps of one just learning to walk a new way. The perseverance of putting one foot in front of the other when it feels like you can’t take another step. Tentatively tiptoeing into truth that was too scary to face before. Sometimes limping, other times leaping, but always learning something new about life with God and others that we simply could not have known before.

How interesting that this is the topic that popped in my head for today’s post. I didn’t realize that it was sort of an anniversary of my limping leap into the Journal. I really just wanted to share something about the most recent Unbridled acquisition.

We affectionately call it “the mansion.” And we’re not being pretentious when we call it that. It’s what all of Denver calls it. It’s what the National Register of Historic Places calls it. But I love that in 1892, the original owners of this grand and glorious Dame, simply called it … home.

And home it will be again. This time, for an amazing group of people that the Unbridled community simply calls … family.

I love that, too.

But first, a few walls need to come down.


Love Julie

For some fascinating background on the mansion, visit

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