October 04, 2019

red rocks...

While we were in Colorado, we drove out to Red Rocks amphitheater. I loved being out of the city, driving into the foothills, and then seeing the crop of red rocks stand out against the blue sky. Eric immediately said kopjes! and brought us all back to the islands of rocks that stand tall among the grasses of the Serengeti {think Pride Rock in Lion King!}
We wandered the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and then took to the path that led us up to the amphitheater. My legs immediately began to groan, and I wondered if they were just tiring easily from all the walking we did in the city the day before, or if this was really just the altitude.  Either way, it felt like a climb, just getting to the first row of benches lined up before the stage. We looked up to see at least a hundred people working out on the benches, and I was still trying to just catch my breath. I watched one young lady sprint up the benches, hardly slowing as she neared the top row. It was all I could do to suggest to Cam that we walk up to see the view, I wasn't sure if Eric and Laura would make the attempt.

Eventually, we all arrived at the top rail to look down on the venue... and I while I gulped some water bought at the snack bar, I started regretting my decision to not see a concert here. Lauren Daigle was scheduled to perform the next evening and I would have loved to hear her voice amplify among these red rocks. But... the timing was wrong, and honestly, I didn't know if I could really climb back up here anyway. 
 Yesterday, I caught a clip of Lauren's performance at Red Rocks. Wow... it would have been incredible to hear her sing to the mountains in person.... listening to her sing Rescue just reverberated in my soul.

You are not hidden
There's never been a moment
You were forgotten
You are not hopeless
Though you have been broken
Your innocence stolen

I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS

I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It's true, I will rescue you

There is no distance
That cannot be covered
Over and over
You're not defenseless
I'll be your shelter, I'll be your armor...

To my kids... this song is for you.
You are grown, you are figuring out life as a grown up, and all that it has to offer. The good, the bad, and the really, really hard. But you are going to make it... beautiful. I want you to know though, that we are here... and with everything I have, if you need me...

I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It's true, I will rescue you
I will never stop marching to reach you
In the middle of the hardest fight
It's true, I will rescue you.

-Lauren Daigle

October 03, 2019

life lately...the colorado edition

We are home from our adventure across the country, and my heart is full. Three and a half days of being reunited and seeing Laura's new world was pure joy... and I long to unpack some stories. For now, though, I offer a few glimpses of what was a wonderful, laughter-filled weekend.

1. Seeing where our girl is living was so nice... now I can picture her there when
we talk! And she was anxious to show me her little cup, picked up at the
Cherry Blossom Festival she went to.

2. The views from our walking tour were lovely... gardens and blue skies and public art.

3. I did this as often as I could... I plan to print this and put it
on the fridge where I can see her every day. 

4. Our food truck lunch was delicious and adventurous,
and we enjoyed it fountain-side at Union Station.
I tried Korean Barbecue for the first time!

5. When you see Swahili in Denver...

6. We passed these window boxes twice, and on my second trip by,
I had to touch them. Yep. Bottle caps!
{are they still considered window boxes if they are on a fence bordering a little street cafe?}

7. We climbed the steps to the top of the Red Rocks amphitheater...
you must have to be in great shape to see a concert there!

8. One of Laura's picks... visit a meadery. I almost said - let's skip it...
but Cam brought his Bees are freaking awesome shirt especially for this visit,
so I kept my mouth shut. It was a delicious decision!

9. Our last day... spent in Colorado Springs. Siamese Twins at Garden of the Gods.
Beauty in every direction. 

September 26, 2019

a dream come true... and so much more

This is one of my favorite pictures of me...
I am at my grandparents, in this sparkly, blue vinyl chair, talking to my Uncle Sonny who lived in Colorado. Even though I only met him a few times, he held a very special place in my heart - and because of that, I have always had the desire to travel to Colorado!

Well, today is the day.
We are getting on a plane, and heading west... and by tonight, I will have my arms around my girl. We are really proud of her and her bravery to step out in the world, time after time.  We are excited to see her in her new life, and we are looking forward to helping her do a little more exploring!

It's a bonus that Camden will be along - and Laura was thrilled to hear he is able to come. And so... just that makes this trip wonderful before we have even headed to the airport. I say it a lot, but it is one of my greatest gifts - the relationship between the two of them. These days, I know that to have the four of us together is a rare gift. One day soon, Cam will be offered a job, and he's likely to head off to parts unknown, much like his sister.

Cheers to my always favorite...four. Together.

September 25, 2019

life lately...

It's the middle of the week and I'm feeling light... because I'm on vacation from work! I wanted to feel energized and happy walking out of the office yesterday, but all I really felt was exhausted, and maybe a little relieved to be able to tune out. It was a whirlwind kind of day, getting everything checked off the to-do list, and making sure I'll be able to dive right back in on Tuesday. But I made it! 
Here's a little bit of what else has been happening in my life!
1. A little Saturday fun with my husband... we headed down to cheer on the
fishing boats coming in for the Take A Soldier Fishing day.
They were late though and we had to some other place to be!
We did enjoy our walk though!

2. Friday nights = Marching band...
I love seeing my nephew march along with his bass drum!
He had to another ear surgery this week, and I've been praying him through recovery.
He's getting there!

3. I needed a round table... to play a game.
Camden & I found one at a yard sale and a little blue chalk paint spiffed it right up!

4. This kitty... she snuggled right in under my crochet hook.

5. Pumpkins & gourds galore! A coworker and her beau brought in tons to share
- and it's given me a little fall feeling.

6. We have been on the hunt for this peach Crown ever since we
heard they re-released it. It was an exciting find over the weekend!

7. I snuck over into a friend's yard to give her a little pumpkin surprise. It gave me so much joy!

8. These lights at a local restaurant also bring me joy! I just love their starry glow.

9. And these two make me laugh... especially on our wine tasting night.
I don't know if I think they are two of a kind or unlikely friends,
but I am certain it's a lifetime friendship.