|A Little About Us
Welcome to the McNiece family website. The McNieces have been married for over 35 years and in 2012, purchased a home with the intent of providing hospitality, and a community living environment.
They previously ran the Christian Community Living Center in Lynnwood. For 15 years the CCLC was a community home opened to those in need of emergency housing. People stayed for anywhere from weeks to
years. Over time the house specialty became single moms and woman in stressed marriages, though there were single dads and whole families who joined the CCLC Family over the years. As time went by it became
evident that some level of counseling training would be beneficial to help meet the needs of the residents. In the late 1990's, Andrew & Beckie attended the Basic Prayer Counseling Training course offered by Elijah
House. Afterward they had an opportunity to teacher assist in a second basic school, and after that concluded they maintained a full counseling schedule for the next year. Since then they have provided lay-counseling
services on an as needed basis for those referred by word of mouth.
Other involvements include Andrew and Becks joint development of curriculum and leading the Sunday morning Junior High School program at Lynnwood Neighborhood Church for 10 years; Beck's involvement in
Children's Ministry, Administrative and Office Support, Intercessory Prayer and the development of E-Pray email prayer chain ministries at Family Life Center and Living Hope over 15 and 6 years respectively.
From 2004-2007, Beck and Andrew led Power Alley, a home fellowship group that stressed Fellowship, Worship, The Word, Prayer and Outreach. Over the years, Andrew has participated in four Worship Teams in
various support roles, and also occasionally leading worship. Andrew has also authored over 80 songs.
Beck is currently a home health care provider for Companion Care. Andrew has a background in Law Enforcement and is very happily employed. Andrew is also a Ham Radio Operator at Technician's level with the
call sign K7AXZ.
CALIFORNIA AGAIN (X2!)… AND OREGON TOO!
In May, and with business the underlying theme, Andrew was able to squeeze in some
moments of pleasure in a May California trip. He was able to join forces with his sister Reba
for a visit with their mom. Iris was sporting her new pacemaker and feeling better than ever.
She’s doing so well she forgets her walker at times (and from the looks of it, doesn't really
need it)! Her mind is as crisp as ever and she loves more than anything else… Doritos!
While in California, Reba and Andrew were also able to touch bases with their cousin Lisa and
Aunt Geraldine. This was their first visit with them since their uncle James’s passing.
A final accomplishment on the trip was locating the site of the old Clovis Sanitarium…
Andrew’s birthplace! It is now a teacher’s credit union and bears no resemblance to it’s
previous incarnation, but the tree sitting near the front doors is the same one that was there
back in the day. It remains as a living witness, having “seen” Andrew being carried out in his
mother’s arms so many years ago!
July afforded a second blazing fast multifaceted trip that included a stop in California to
see Andrew’s sis and mom, a short time in Salem to visit his good friend Dan and a
rendezvous with Beck and her mom for Beck’s annual Cousin’s Reunion. At the reunion they
got to meet an all new branch of the family and got new and interesting family history
BECK CARRIES ON A NEW TRADITION
Beck followed Andrew in a “not so good” tradition when she was involved in a rear end
accident. While Andrew escaped his unscathed, Beck suffered a concussion and has had
ongoing neck and back pain. Though she did miss a couple days of work, she has since
returned while continuing medical treatment. The car has long since been repaired and now
both new cars have wonderful collision reports on their Carfaxes. I hear this only happens
when you buy your first new cars ever! Humm… maybe we can trade them in and get a do over!
LEXY TURNS 3
Three years ago Lexy was born in the parking lot of the Pacific Campus of Providence Health
care in Everett. Today she is building a vocabulary and working hard on figuring out speech.
She talks constantly even though she can say only hand full of words. The rest she fills on
with “na na na na na”. She’s also a singer and dancer at heart and one day will be helping
grandpa Anu with a few music projects as a prelude on her road to fame!
With Kayak Season in full swing, Andrew has made a point of taking full advantage of it. Last
year he hit the water only once. This year two excursions have been completed so far with up
to three more pending. Most will be lake outings but one will be a short run on the
In early July Andrew got to officiate the Solis-Collins wedding… his second officiating
experience… what a treat!!!
This year Andrew & Beckie decided to combine their annual family vacation with Beck’s birt
hday celebration. They headed off to Astoria for several days and from there took day excurs
ions to Cannon Beach, Seaside, Long Beach and several sites in Astoria itself. Andrew was ne
arly in trouble over it all though… Beck had wanted to rent a condo in Ocean Shores and
just vegetate all day. When Andrew announced Astoria was their target location with side t
rips everywhere, she was gracious but a bit miffed she had not been heard on her ini
tial request. Once they arrived though, and started their adventures, Beck enjoyed the time so
much she was reluctant to go home, and deemed the trip not only a great vacation and
birthday, but the best in recent memory!
Annually Andrew takes an extended solo trip and this year he has chosen Boise as his
destination. On the docket for his late August trip will be a tour of the Old Idaho State Prison
and various museums and parks. One might ask why he is touring an old prison and the
answer is simple… there were no derelict Insane Asylums in the area to visit!
Always interested in something a little new and different, Andrew has taken up a new hobby…
Geocaching. It’s kind of like high tech treasure hunting where you use GPS coordinates to
locate “treasures” hidden in various places. On his past three attempts he’s found two
caches… the third being too heavily guarded by blackberry bushes!
Tip: “We teach people how to treat us, and consequently people treat us as they have been
taught” (Deidre Martin)
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ROOM IN THE INN
Laura Butters, house resident for some time now, has launched a new phase in her life with
new employment, pending school and more. With that has also come a change in venue for
her, and for us that means we are seeking a new roommate. We are prepping the room now
and expect to have it ready by September 1. We are renting the room for $500 plus $100 for
utilities for a total of $600 per month. Included the rent is one bedroom, one bath that will
largely be private though it will be the guest bath as well, access to the laundry, living and
dining areas, kitchen and parking area. Wi-Fi is included but we only have OTA television
service. For more information, click the ROOM IN THE INN link.
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