Campfire and a Cold Dip

Our weather here in Colorado has truly been amazing. Much less rain than other years and also warmer. Just the right temperatures!

John is our ace fire starter, so he went down early and got our fire going. The night couldn’t have been more perfect. Not warm, and it only got cool when the sun went down, and then we had the fire to keep warm. We loved our talks around the fire, Bible time, singing, and then more talking!

Jesse getting our roasting sticks ready

Anna’s making this look harder than it is!

On to Sunday

Anna often hikes up from the cabin to have her Bible time. Here’s her selfie.

Dad and Mom made us a delicious breakfast.

We had worship outside. Delightful.

Anna got this crazy idea to dump in the middle of the ponds and swim to shore. This is not an ordinary pond. We’re talking cold. Above, they’re getting close to dumping, and Mary’s wondering why she’s really doing this?

Getting ready!


Brave girls! That was a cold swim!


“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest
observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant
commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”
Joshua 1:7

A Sneak Preview of our Mt. Yale Hike

Y’all, we had a fantastic day summiting Mt. Yale on Mary’s 21st birthday. We actually did that same summit four years prior on her birthday!

I have a ton of pictures to sort through, and I’ll be sharing them with you soon, but I had to give you a peek.

And yes, we saw the eclipse! Awesome and amazing!


I hurried ahead to get some pictures of the family coming up the trail at times.

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and
the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the
earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as
head above all.”
1 Chronicles 29:11

Happy 21st Birthday, Mary!

Mary Maxwell

Happy 21st Birthday, Mary! This is your seventh birthday in a row celebrating in the mountains.

Mary’s joyful spirit radiates Jesus’ love to those around. She has a strong passion for helping save the unborn and a heart for sharing the gospel. Mary’s creative flair, which you’ve seen on the blog, comes out in many aspects of her life. It’s so fun to see that sparkle! Mary delights in being with her family, and enjoys her growing number of nieces and nephews.

This girl is a total gem, the real deal.

Happy Birthday, sweet sister!

Please leave her a comment below to help her celebrate. Lord willing, we’re climbing a 14er as you read this. So exciting!

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not
corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is
in the sight of God of great price.”

1 Peter 3:4

Birthday Celebration and Saturday

I realized I hadn’t posted pictures of Mom’s birthday evening. We had enchiladas. Super delicious! 

Mary’s lettering always takes the cake.
A new apron!

Friday evening, some of us played foosball and table tennis.

Intense game going on here.

Moving right along to Saturday. We planned for it to be a quieter day as we’re likely going for a 14er Monday (also Mary’s birthday!).

John and Anna made us breakfast.

Playing a game while waiting for breakfast

After breakfast, we enjoyed pond time.

Then, we went into town. We girls love to run, so we had a delightful run along the river and beyond! After we were done, we soaked our feet in the river. Super refreshing.


After volleyball Saturday afternoon.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalm 1:2

A Great Hike

Friday was another picture perfect day. Cool temperatures in the morning but then warming up. We drove up to the Continental Divide and hiked. It was the best temperature ever we’ve experienced there. We loved exploring and just enjoying the scenery. We hiked for several hours, with plentiful sunshine, mountains surrounding us, and amazing company.

At one point, we found a little glacier pond, and Anna decided to go wading. I tried, but the water was horribly cold, and I didn’t make it long. The girls convinced me to try again, and the key Anna told me is to just to stand still, through the intense cold and pain, and then you stop feeling the pain. Well, it worked!

After we got back to the cabin, we went to town, enjoyed great internet access, coffee, and volleyball for us kids!


An epic shot of Anna
The girls

Dad and Mom
Jesse taking a selfie controlling it with his watch
Trying to get into position for a photo. It wasn’t working too well.
This pose worked better.

When I just couldn’t stand it.

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
And in that day shall ye say,
Praise the Lord, call upon his name,
declare his doings among the people,
make mention that his name is exalted.”
Isaiah 12:3-4

Unloading And Our First Day

Our drive up here was beautiful and pretty uneventful. We have a yearly contest to try to sight the first antelope and mountains. That’s always a fun little tradition! I got the antelope sighting, and the mountain one was questionable on who won that!

We stopped at the grocery store before heading up to our cabin Wednesday night. Unloading went quickly, and we settled into the cozy cabin.

Yesterday morning, it was amazing to have Bible time outside, enjoying God’s Creation. It’s so quiet and peaceful, no cicadas and humidity!

We’ve had a sweet time celebrating Mom’s birthday. Chocolate chip muffins and eggs for breakfast, and then we went to town, walked some, and then went on a short hike. We drove the road to the 14er we’re about to do to make sure the van could handle it, and then we hiked up the trail aways. Mom’s dinner choice was enchiladas complete with ice cream and cookies for dessert, and then we gave her gifts and cards.


Happy birthday to Mom!
Bible time!
Making Mom’s muffins

Getting work done at a coffee shop

“O Lord, thou art my God;
I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are
faithfulness and truth.”
Isaiah 25:1

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