The Fire Starters

Now, you’ve probably been wondering what the heck a family group is. Well, it’s easy really. It’s kind of like a small group that the IVLI staff put us in for the month. My family group was headed by Michele (an IV staff worker at UW-River Falls) and her husband, Jason. We called ourselves the Fire Starters. My siblings were Ryn, Daniel, Matthew, Kaitlynn, Tyler, and Shannon. We processed the month with each other, and in all honesty, if it weren’t for my family group I don’t know how I would have handled this month at points. I’m so grateful for all of them, and even after IVLI has ended we still keep in contact with each other and catch up on life. ❤ ❤ ❤

Memorable Quotes:

“There’s little sass, big sass, and the sass button.” -Daniel

“We got plenty of air freshener so you can take a poop on our lawn any day.” -Mom

“Take a shot with me!” -everyone (it comes from a line in two of Matt’s poems)


“We wear pink on Wednesdays.” -Ryn (oh, the Mean Girls quotes)

“If I don’t see a sidewalk soon, I’m gonna go nuts.” -Daniel

“Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*” -Matt’s favorite LOTR quote/monologue

“It’s okay to not be okay.” -Kaitlynn to me

“Maybe we shouldn’t watch the Diversity Day episode of the Office…you know, after this week and all.” -Papa Pacco

“I’m convicted as balls over here!” -Shannon

“Mom and dad are not allowed to pray together!” -Daniel?

“When you refuse to share Jesus with a group of people it’s like you’re saying no to Jesus for them. Who do you think you are?!” -Ryn in her vision cast to Christians about reconsidering involvement in Greek Life

“So share another snarky status, post another funny video! You had a hard week you deserve the ‘likes’.” -A line from one of Matt’s poems

“Guys, sometimes I wish we’d go deeper with our conversations, you know?” -Me “I’m sorry to interrupt, but someone mentioned something about Quelf?” -Mallory (Our parents’ precocious 9 year old. Seriously, this girl is like a force of nature!)

“I thought Kaitlynn was the only normal one here!” -Tyler

“I thought you were a heretic!” -Tyler

“Desiree, when we first met I thought you were so quiet. But as I got to know you more I realized you got sass girl!” -Ryn

“Everyone’s minds are spinning now. Nothing happened. I mean…I killed her. And then I ate her…and that’s why I need Jesus.” -Matt

Memorable Moments:

The Shannon Dance

Taking the Floating Bear out on the lake and having a poetry night with our cousin group

We attempted to hike to Narnia…got rained out. (We were literally 5-7 minutes away from the cars and we got SOAKED!)

Site Stewardship: cleaning dishes we’d all break out into song. And cleaning the bathrooms with Shannon was you know, cleaning bathrooms but still awesome because I got to spend more one on one time with her and she’s pretty great! (As are all my family group members)

Making Matt and iStole t-shirt. XD There was a situation with Apple products…

The first Friday we all had ice cream for dinner, and after evening session we were all SO hyper. Oh my goodness. Like, imagine me hyper. Now multiply that by 6. Yeah, that was us. XD

I have a couple videos that will be edited and posted from family group times…eventually…

Getting the chance to hear everyone’s testimonies/parts of their stories. Especially from mom and dad. (I love hearing/learning about peoples’ stories.)

Our conversations during the multi-ethnicity and racial reconciliation week…I will never forget.

Describe Us:

So, I asked for a word to describe each of my family group members. Why? For my name tag. And potentially a poem. Someday. If I actually sit down and write it. Anyways:


Risk Taker-Matthew



Consistant-Papa Pacco

Sassy and Classy-Ryn

Decision Maker-Kaitlynn



(I remembered all of these without looking at my name tag! XD I can’t remember everyone’s Myers-Briggs though…)

The Fire Starters Documentary Trailer

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