Friday, July 13, 2012

Another year gone by...

Drew turns EIGHT today.  Eight.  How in the world has it been eight years?  Goodness!!!

Seven was a great year for Drew…  Yesterday we were pondering the year he was wrapping up.  

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Drew got "big" teeth!
  • Drew learned how to ride his bike!
  • Drew climbed three 14ers this year {Pike's Peak -- Gray's Peak -- Torrey's Peak}!
  • Drew learned how to read really well!
  • Drew ran a five mile race!
…I'm sure there are sooooooo many more highlights, but these are a few of his favorites!

I'm so blessed to be the Mom of this boy.  He is wise, kind, tender-hearted, loving, obedient, and fun.  He loves adventure--hiking, climbing, running, sports, and riding his bike.  

My absolute favorite thing about my Drew is his heart.  He has a heart for the Lord, a heart for serving, a heart for loving.  I am truly blessed by this kid.

Thank you, sweet Lord, for my Drew.  Thank you for choosing me to be his Mom and to raise him up in You.  Thank you for creating him the way you have…inside and out.  Thank you for the character traits you gave him.  Thank you for knowing him and creating him and loving him.  

Monday, July 9, 2012

Perseverance and Endurance

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."  Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

This verse was given to Drew in a letter by a friend who saw something in him this past weekend.  She is an "older" friend {in her early 20's} who traveled with us to climb Gray's Peak and Torrey's Peak.  She knows of his plans to climb Mt. Sherman this Friday and gave him a map and a letter of encouragement this past Sunday at church.  

I love when people pour in to my children and speak over them the words they see fit.  I love that people take interest in them and encourage them in their passions.  I love that others see how special my treasures are and affirm them in their gifts.  So friends/family, thank you!  

This past Saturday, Drew and I climbed to the top of two 14ers...Gray's Peak and Torrey's Peak.  It's an amazing feeling to summit two mountains with your son...just the two of us...time spent talking, reflecting, learning, sharing...just being together.  

Time spent repeating lyrics {"I'll lead, you follow...your hands hold my tomorrow" -Jamie Grace} and verses {"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13}.  Time spent marveling at God's creation and the beauty of His land.  Time spent in silence, pondering who this boy of mine is and who he will become.  Time spent using our bodies to pull us through the rocks.  Time spent dodging boulders and climbing stairs of rock to get us to our destination.  Time spent listening to the flow of water under piles of rocks.  Time spent looking through the fog at the outline of the mountains around us.  Time together.  Just the two of us.

Ready to the the rain!

Lush green plants...
Coral Indian Paintbrushes
Information about the Mountains

On the trail...such ambition!

Gray's Peak (left) and Torrey's Peak (right)

Lots of water on this trail!

Rocky Terrain

Going, going, going...

My firstborn...

Time for a rest!

Mountain Man!

More rocky terrain...the trail was mostly rock...

So beautiful...above the clouds.

Boulder climbing!

More beauty!

Captured this picture in between the clouds.

Top of Gray's Peak...14, 227 feet!!!!

View from the top!

The saddle that leads to Torrey's Peak

We did it!  At the top of Torrey's Peak!

View from the top!
Headed back down!

So pretty!

You did it, Drew!!!  

So proud of my boy!

From beginning to end...less than 8 hours!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire

At 2:08pm on June 23rd, I received this picture followed by this text from Bri…

"There is a mega big fire like super close."

We continued to get updates throughout the day as we were in Carbondale for a wedding.  I didn't feel too concerned because wildfires are a way of life in the mountains…
they happen, they get put out, life goes on.

But this fire was different.  This fire acted like no other firefighters had fought.  This fire was the "worst fire in Colorado's history."  As of now, it has scorched 18,247 acres, destroyed 346 homes, displaced 23,000 people for a time, and caused 2 deaths.  It is supposed to be 100% contained today. 

 This was a scary fire.

Picture taken off of Vickers Dr.

Dense Smoke…picture taken off of Powers Blvd.

The Front Range on fire...

I love Colorado Springs.  I love the beauty of the land.  
I love the way it is a "big city with a small town feel."  
I love that during this fire, our community came together.  

Pike's Peak Theater - Downtown

A few days ago Noah gave me this picture.  It's our "Purple Mountains Majesty" with a fire and the charred land.  He was paying attention.  He was praying for rain.  He was praying for all affected.  This was a big deal, a scary deal.  But they all saw God's glory in this.  They all saw His hand at work in this.  And hopefully through the events of last week, more people saw His hand in this and turned to Him, turned back to Him, learned to love and trust Him more.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I have four of the most beautiful, most precious children ever.  
They are all sweet, kind, loving, obedient, delightful children….most of the time.  
They love each other, love us, love others, love God {two have Him in their hearts…the other two are soaking up His love and learning more about Him daily}, and love life.  
We have fun around here.  
We have fun together.  

Here are a few pictures of my treasures.  

Lindley loves to twirl!

Beautiful Blue-eyed Blondie!

Noah's Triumph

Wrestling Brothers

Pause and Smile!

Still Wrestling...

Oh this boy…

Lounging around...

Yep, I love them.  
Each of them is different.  
And each of them holds a gigantic portion of my heart.  

I am blessed.