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…]

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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Going Dark to Get to the Light

It has been a while. I know.

I have missed blogging, sort of.

You see I’ve been taking some time for myself.

It has been a difficult couple of months for me personally. Last fall I stumbled into a dark week that lasted a few months. It was major drama.

Gloomy Pikes Peak

And I’m not talking bump in the road drama. I’m talking As the World Turns Level 5 This is Insane drama.

So I went dark. I had to. I was in self-preservation mode for a while. I had to prioritize my relationship with God, myself, family and work. That was it. Nothing else made the cut. And so this blog went lifeless and limp.

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This Has Legs

This has legs

It is a strange saying. One I use often. A saying I can identify with.

It reminds me of when I was in junior high and my friends called me Bird.

Kids called me Bird because I had long knobby ostrich legs that didn’t quite fit the rest of my body.

The nickname stuck.

Thanks to Facebook sometimes the Bird reference resurfaces.

Like I said, I don’t mind because it reminds me where I am right now with work, and my work is personal. So there is a connection. Hang with me here…

I’ve got several projects in the cooker that I find myself saying to myself and others~ This has legs.

Projects and ideas that  God willing, have the potential to get up off the couch and walk down the road. All on their own. Ideas that could inspire others.

Honestly? These ideas scare me a bit. But those are the best ideas to feed aren’t they? They ones that intimidate you, stretch you? The ones that you know once they start moving forward will change you, change others, and give hope. The ones that require sacrifice and determination.

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The Sibling Grief Club

I am a member of a club that I really hate participating in, but without it I would not be the person I am today.

Every now and then required meetings call for me to revisit my membership and when it happens I am reminded just how much I really don’t like being apart of this order.

My Brother Jim and Jessa

It is the sibling grief club.

Required meetings tend to happen at the most awkward times and honestly, they can be brutal.

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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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What Are You Going to Do About It Today?

Our communities are going through hell.

Being a parent, spouse, employee and citizen has taken on a new demand for our level of engagement.

Watching the news this weekend, I just kept thinking what am I going to do about it?

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One of Those Did That Really Happen? Kind of Weeks

Let all those who fear the LORD repeat: “His faithful love endures forever. In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes the LORD is for me, he will help me. ~Psalm 118:4-7 NLT

I am finding myself crawling out of one of those “did that really happen?” kind of weeks.

You know the kind?

The kind that leaves your head and heart spinning.

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Never Give Up!

This Saturday abide with these inspired words from Paul:

We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. (Now that is abiding friends!)

All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will recieve more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Through our bodies are dying, or spirits are being renewed every day.  ~2 Corinthians 4:14-16 NLT

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