Sunday Morning at Sprague Lake

Sunset at Bear Lake, Longs Peak

We’ve been going 100 miles and hour, but the last few days Jeff and I have been able to steal away some quiet moments in our new playground.

Sometimes it’s a drive through waiting on the kids to finish up with practice. Sometimes it’s a quiet Sunday sunrise like the one we witnessed at Sprague Lake. We live in a wonderland. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and we are blessed to live here.

Walking up to the Light, Sprague Lake

This was the light just as we walked up to the Sprague Lake:

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Career Change 2.0

What are you doing here?

It’s a question that was first presented to me through an old Jewish parable. Essentially the gist is everyone should wake up everyday, look in the mirror, and ask yourself this simple question:

What are you doing here?

What are you doing here?

It’s a question I’ve tried to ask myself almost everyday for years. Sometimes there’ve been seasons in my life when I’ve forgotten to wake up and ask it. When this happens, I tend to get lost.

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Breath Before Spring

Springtime in the Rockies. I really do hate this term. It is usually used to describe the crazy winter weather we get in March and April. You know the go home Colorado you’re drunk snow?

We are having that kind of day today. I’m done with snow. I know I shouldn’t be. I signed up for this trip and it’s part of the fun of living here. I really want to update everyone on how things are going for us in Estes Park, but that will have to come in the next few posts. Instead today, I’m sharing this…

From the Back Deck April 13, 2014

This is the view from our deck today. I’m not kidding. We now live in a postcard. But even though it is beautiful, I still long for warmer weather. Soon.

So I’m really going to put myself out there and share this with you friends. A little poem I wrote exactly a year ago. Evidently it snowed a year ago in Colorado Springs and I was wishing for spring there as well.

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My One Word for 2014

Last year I died. Every day for 365 days. I woke up and experienced death.

Graveyard

I died to myself. I died to my past. I died to my will. I died to all that I thought that I knew.

Dying was hard, but necessary.

For Christians dying is central to our faith. Dying is life. I forgot that somewhere along the way. Somewhere along the road to hunky-dory everything should be perfect land, I forgot that dying is a good thing.

Good but painful.

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Christmas Will Always Come

Insanity. The last month has been crazy for me and my family. Let me recap.

RMNP

Apply for job in Estes Park.

Interview for job a week later.

Accept job offer in Estes Park a week after that.

Thanksgiving.

Prep house to be put on the market. THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING.

Transition current job.

Try to find a place to live in Estes while my family stays here and I start new job January 13th.

To say that my head is spinning is an understatement. Every morning I find myself waking up to two intense feelings. They are:

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Once Around the Sun

Colorado SkyWe have a book in our family room purchased in 2007 on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

Once Around the Sun.

It is one of those books where I almost love the title as much as the actual pictures in the book. The whole concept the author/photographer was going for is to show the ebb and flow of nature throughout one whole year in America’s first national park.

This year my life has had a once around the sun feel to it.

 

This time last year the holidays started off rough. I was moving my grandma into assisted living. I was also beginning a season about this time last year that rocked my world and forced me to work through some tough family junk and grief that I had left unresolved in my heart for years. Eventually with a lot of grace, I began to open up myself to healing and new possibilities. [Read more…]

Determined in 2013

Last year was a life changer.

I don’t say that lightly either. So many of you shared the ups and downs with our family as we gave up our horrid eating habits.

My former bread area #jeffscrazyidea

I felt so much love and encouragement when I achieved a 15-year goal of hiking Pikes Peak.

Me beside a cool cairn almost to the top of Pikes Peak

I received prayers from strangers after they read my funny and tough moments through Fridays with Freda.

Grandma Freda and I walking through Garden of the Gods

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Leadership Lessons from Bierstadt ~ Manage Expectations

The day started out nothing like I thought it would. Right from the beginning I had to manage expectations. The first thing I didn’t count on was this when we pulled up to the Bierstadt parking lot…

Not even 7:30 AM and I had to begin to re-work what I thought the day would look like. I thought we were super early. I had no idea there would be that many people climbing. I thought it would be a quiet day on the trail.

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Hiking a 14er

I can’t believe I’m doing this again.

Earlier this Summer when I climbed Pike’s Peak for the first time, I thought I was getting hooked. Smitten with a newfound love.

But still, I can’t believe I’m doing this again. Hiking a 14er. The very concept seems so strange for a suburban mommy who drives a Ford Freestyle and runs carpool between business meetings. I also like saying I’m hiking a 14er too, because it makes me feel so…not boring.

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Finding Inspiration

This week I’m finding inspiration. It is seems to be all around me. Calling, taunting, moving and motivating me. You could blame it on all of those gold medals the USA won, or my husband’s determination to get healthy and drag our family into his craziness.

I could also say it comes from the beauty of Colorado I have witnessed this Summer in God’s creation. Maybe it is coming from some recent books I have read.

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