Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the Kitchen

For the past several days, we have been with my parents.  Mom doesn't cook any more.  So, I spent several full days in the kitchen, preparing, baking, and then freezing dinners for mom and dad to pull out later.

And then Glenn and I would serve their dinner to them while we watch Bill O'Reilley.
Earlier in the week, Glenn and I took my mom over to visit with her BFF.
Her BFF is Lucille T.  
They have known each other for over 65 years.  
Lucille will be 97 in November.
Lucille talked about her husband.
  They were married 69 years.  He passed away 4 years ago.  
As she talked about him, she said,
"You know, when I get lonely, I just pull out these letters that Gene wrote to me when he was in World War 2 fighting over in Burma, India and China."  

She had several letters right there by her open Bible.  I asked to read 2 of them.  

The post mark read March 23, 1945.  Mr Tilley would describe how much he missed his sweetheart and how he was so proud of her.  He also described the culture of the Chinese people and how poor they were. 

I am thankful for my mom's BFF - Lucille!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Joshua 1:9

"Have I not commanded you? 
Be strong and courageous. 
Do not be afraid; 
do not be discouraged, 
for the LORD your God
will be with you
wherever you go.”

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Psalms 95

 Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
 for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.
Psalms 95:6,7

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Visit with Gary and Madison

Last week, Glenn and I spent 24 hours with Gary and Madison.  They took us to the most delightful restaurant.  WoodenSpoon.  If you are ever in NW Arkansas, this is the place to eat.  Come hungry.  Leave full and satisfied.
On Saturday, we spent the morning down at the State Park where Gary and Madison had gotten engaged 2 years earlier.  And guess what we did?  
Yep! A Letterbox!  
And we found 1! 

And on our way back to Dallas, we found another Letterbox off of US 75 in Oklahoma which was in front of Reba McEntire's parent's ranch.  Who would have known?

However, beware of chiggers!  Glenn has been itching for over one.solid.week.now.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Tomb Stone

Up at the Kebler pass heading to Crested Butte, is the Irwin Cemetery.

On Mary's tombstone, it reads:
"My good people, as you pass by;
 As you are now - So once was I;
 As I am now, You soon must be;
 Prepare yourselves to follow me"
I understand there was a gun fight over Mary, and she stepped between two  boyfriends and was shot and killed. 
 Age 17.

Friday, August 08, 2014

I'm Lost!

On Wednesday, we started out towards Paonia Reservoir, but took a sharp turn up over towards Kebler Pass (10,000 feet) heading to the famous ski resort town of Crested Butte, Colorado.  

The road is mostly gravel and is closed during the winter months for snow mobiles.
We found LOST LAKE!
Glenn rode his bicycle down from the pass to Crested Butte!
  Paved and unpaved!
Another Ham and Cheese Sandwich!

I would recommend this beautiful drive from Paonia to Crested Butte.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Rainbow of Promise


After a full day of exploring God's creation here in Colorado, Glenn and I were having a picnic dinner at the picnic table. As we were watching the sunset, we captured this double rainbow.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Black Canyon

Deep, Steep and Narrow*

Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years (editor's comment: ?? and God) to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

*National Park Service Website

 Just an hour from where we are staying, Glenn and I enjoyed a full day at the Black Canyon National Park.  It was spectacular!

The Black Canyon is so named due its steepness which makes it difficult for sunlight to penetrate into its depths. 
Another picnic lunch as we enjoyed God's beautiful canyon.
What do you see?

Psalms 104:24
 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Grand Mesa

Sunday we took a leisurely day to enjoy God's beauty on and around the 
Grand Mesa.

Ham and cheese sandwich picnic overlooking Island Lake.

The Grand Mesa is a large mesa in western Colorado.  It is the largest flat-topped mountain in the entire world.  It has an area of about 500 square miles.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The Hole in my Heart

Yesterday, we had one of the happiest days in our lives,
 yet it was one of the saddest days!

I have a David and Emily size hole in my heart. I've enjoyed playing, reading stories, singing and "going on a bear hunts" with them for the past few weeks.

Yes, you see, since June 28, we have been with our grandchildren all this time (except 3 days). 
 Here is another way to look at it.
34 days is equal to 4 weeks and 6 days.
The total time span from 2014-06-28 to 2014-08-01 is 816 hours.

(and I'm thinking, only 816 hours???, really)
This is equivalent to 48,960 minutes
You can also convert 34 days to 2,937,600 seconds. 

In summary, we have enjoyed spoiling the kids.  
In the past 5 weeks, we have...
  • enjoyed taking the kids to Animal Kingdom
  • flown on American Airlines (David loves flying, planes, pilots, anything to do with "up, up, up" guess he gets it from his Grammie)
  • changed many diapers
  • taken them on bike rides from Vail Pass down through Copper Mountain to Frisco
  • enjoyed a Gondola ride in Breckenridge
  • participated in Vacation Bible School in Frisco, CO while we were waiting on the part for the van to be delivered
  • taken the kids to Focus on the Family Welcome Center at Whit's End 
  • celebrated 3 birthdays in July (David turned 3, Ellen turned 32 and Glenn turned 59)
  • Enjoyed the cabin with dear friends, Captain 19 and Dr. Barbara, along with Grandmommy, GrandDaddy, Uncle Rick, Aunt Bea, Uncle Steve, Aunt Sherrie family and Rosenberger family. 
  • gotten used to hearing sweets words such  as, "I'm not David, I'm BatMan!", "MYami", "I love you Grammie", "Eh-ma-ly", "Whatcha doin', Granddad?", "What's that noise?", "I love you, GrandDad", "Again"(over and over and over:)
  •  giggles and giggles while the g'kids went swimming

    •  Sweet David closed his eyes when he was getting his hair cut at Sports Clip.  "Look Grammie, there is Denver Bronco"

      Thank you Ellen and Luke for allowing us to spend some unforgetable days and weeks with the grandkids.  They were precious.  Yes, they had their moments, but hey, they are 1 and 3 years old.  Thank you for letting us feed them ice-cream, rock them to sleep, go on bike rides, and just spend some "never to forget precious moments" with the kids. 
       Thank You.    

    Yes, my heart is empty. It has a hole the shape of 3 year old David and 17 month old Emily, yet it has been full of joy over these past few weeks.  I love my grandchildren!  Yes, we love them!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Go Tell it on the Mountain

 Sunday morning Glenn and I attended Copper Mountain Community Church.  It is high up in altitude, about 11,000 feet.

We took the chair lift ride up.  This time we made sure we lowered the ski bar before leaving the platform (last year, Ellen, Emily and I were scared silly since the bar wasn't lowered for us).

We started to look for a letter box along this trail, but we decided to turn back since we didn't have too much time.  Next time.
I am reminded of the words of the famous Christmas hymn, "Go tell it on the Mountain".  It can't get better than this!

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.