Saw our amazing friend, Noah Henson, on CMT this morning!
So proud of Noah, who is a member of Pillar, and now guitarist for Brantley Gilbert. He's the sweetest guy, wonderful husband and father. He deserves the world!
Still rockin' the dreds. Congratulations Noah!
Our annual Colorado vacation was yet again an amazing adventure. We hiked, natural hot springs hopped, white water rafted, and ate a Jan's in Buena Vista (our favorite local joint) every morning.
The cabin we stayed in at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort didn't have wi-fi, and that was perfectly ok with me. Being off grid gave us a chance to focus totally on the breathtaking mountain views, and family conversations. As a child of the 70's, I appreciate being able to escape the constant need to click on line, and have my cell phone glued to my ear. It was so refreshing to actually see my young adult children's eyes gazing into mine as we visited. So much of the time we only see the top of people's heads as they become sucked into Internet Land, and placate you with, "uh-huh's and "yeahs" while you speak to them.
I was born in Denver, Colorado and the Rockies are one of my favorite places to be on earth. When looking up at the towering mountains, I'm truly humbled at how small I am and how imaginative and loving our God is to have cast his hand down over the land and create such majestic beauty. Standing at an altitude of over 12,000 feet I really do feel closer to Him.
My husband giving this shot of Mount Princeton some very handsome human interest~
My Vanna White moment..."I'd like to buy a vowel---an "I" as in incredible mountain views."
White Water rafting down the Royal Gorge. I'm still finding new bruises on my legs from getting thrown around in the boat---totally worth it. We love the adrenaline rush!
The sky is so clear and the grass so green, this looks like a green screen background~ I'm very blessed to have these three amazing kiddos.
Landon's thumbs up approval of the hot springs kiddie pool on Mount Princeton.
Baby Annabelle at the top of Independence Pass---altitude over 12,000 feet.
Clara Jane feeding the adorable chipmunks at St. Elmo, an old abandoned mining town.
Relaxing in the natural hot springs as the freezing Chalk River runs rushes by just inches away. Heavenly soaks.
Cabin #23 located on the Chalk River
You can discover all of this and so much more at the incredible Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, Colorado. You should GO!!
EMPTY ROOMS AND STORAGE BINS STACKED WITH YEARBOOKS
Somebody please tell me this gets easier.
26 years of having one (or two children) sleep in this room, and the
one next to it, this is what I'm left with today. I'm so utterly proud
of all of my children, their accomplishments, their drive, their
character and faith, but still feel like a piece of my heart has been
ripped out. The baby of the family moved out yesterday, and Monty and I
are officially empty-nesters. I'm so thankful
that my husband worked so hard for all these years to provide for us,
and I could take jobs that let me either bring my children to work with
me, such as teaching pre-school, swimming lessons, etc. or jobs that I
could work 100% around their schedules, sore throats, and fevers (and
music tours ) I'll
never regret not having a bigger house, newer car, etc., because I had
more time with my precious children while they were an arms length away.
My suggestions to young parents is if you can scale back a bit to be
able to spend more valuable time with your kids, do it. I promise, it
will be a blink of your eye and you'll have an empty room with storage
tubs stacked with school yearbooks, one lone guitar hanging on the wall,
and you'll marvel at how fast time goes. On a good note, I think all
the grand babies are coming over to swim today (I see them almost daily)
and I've already talked to Forrest on the phone this morning to answer
several "how do I take care of business?" questions, tell him I love
him, and make plans to bring groceries to his new house in Stillwater.
My goodness, I hope this gets easier~Love my children♥