Bittersweet

This post is bittersweet. I’m excited, grateful, and sad all at the same time.

Family Life Services

This letter was given to all of the WOC partners and resident families I serve at Family Life Services this week. Family and friends who have walked with me this year know that it has been a difficult but transformational one. This next step is essential in my personal growth and calls me to be obedient to a faithful God who has never ever failed me. Ever.

Thank you for your continued prayers as I transition. I love the ministry of FLS and truly believe in what goes on there to transform families. I will forever be an advocate of this nonprofit. It is hard to leave something you love so much but next spring I will be transitioning out of my ED role there after five years of service. This letter lays out the details.

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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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Abiding in Praise ~ A Psalm for Vocation

Yesterday I posted this status on Facebook. As I read over it later, and talked with folks who inquired privately about my passion for my work something dawned on me. I realized what I had posted was kind of personal psalm to the Lord:

The stillness of this house and the beautiful light that comes shining through on Fridays when I am here by myself is rest for my soul. I know the calm comes after an evening of intense ministry where hurting families have gathered to find peace. The ticking of the clock serves as a wonderful reminder to me of the rhythm of ministry that has taken place here for 70 years. I am thankful to be apart of it ~Family Life Services.

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Abide, Rest, Love

This long weekend I am taking time to abide, rest, and love.

So far it looks like this…

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Leadership Lessons From The Cairns On My Pikes Peak Climb

This weekend I crossed off a huge personal goal by hiking Pikes Peak. Tomorrow over at Jeff’s Crazy Idea I will be sharing what I did to prepare and insights into the physical and mental part of this adventure.

Today I’m talking here about a very unexpected leadership lesson I learned while climbing my first fourteener.

My friend Deb went with me on this journey. She is an experienced climber who I trust and asked to go with me. My goal for her? Don’t let me die and drag my butt up the mountain even when I want to quit.

Deb was awesome. She helped me prepare weeks in advance and the day of the climb she kept me safe, focused and aware of what was going on around me. She also is a wickedly smart business woman, so I had 5 1/2 hours of personal consulting time on this trip. I’m smarter than the average bear when I pick my traveling companions.

At one point, we got to a part of the trail where she yelled over her shoulder, “Watch for the cairns”.

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Friday with Freda ~ You’re Going to Climb What Mountain?

Grandma has been asking me a million questions all week about my Pikes Peak climb today.

You’re going to climb what mountain again? Pikes Peak, remember the one we drive by all the time? 

How long will it take you? About five hours.

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Why Colorado Is Finally Home

My fascination with the west started when I was kid. Sunday afternoons spent watching cowboy shows, Coors beer commercials and movies like The Wilderness Family fueled my youthful curiosity of Colorado.

As I grew up, got married and started having my own children, my childhood dream of living in Colorado began to unfold like a story from a book. My husband accepted a job to work in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1997 right after the birth of our son. I remember spending the better part of that summer packing boxes and trying to get my infant to sleep. I solidified my resolve for Colorado by playing John Denver music over and over again in the middle of the night to prepare myself for the move.

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Friday with Freda ~ You Are Never Too Old For A New Adventure

“This is the most beautiful place I have ever been!”

That is what she told me as we strolled around looking up at the beautiful red rock formations pressed against a crystal blue sky.

This week we packed up the family and Grandma in the Jeep and headed to Garden of the Gods. If you live in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods is a staple attraction where you to take out-of-town family and guests. If you have time to only do one thing, this is it. Words can’t describe it, the landscape is simply stunning.

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