The Lord has been blessing our time, and it has been a joy to experience God’s Creation and Majesty!

Our Internet connection at the cabin is very slow, but we came into town, so here are quite a few pictures. Most Joseph took, and all except two, are from Monday.

Remember, you can click into any picture to make it larger.


Mary on her birthday.

Starting out on a hike Monday morning.

Agnes Vaille Falls

John and Jesse

Mary, Mom, Abby, and Anna


Feeding the chipmunks.



At the end of our picnic lunch, an elderly man, who had been fishing, fell. Dad and Mom were nearby, and the guys ran over to help. The man had cut his face quite badly on the rock, but through the whole thing, he was laughing and talking. We were able to supply his wife with a few items from our first aid kit. Believe it or not, he wanted to continue fishing!

Rain on the lake

And this final picture is from Tuesday. We’ll share later about what Tuesday’s event was.


“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).

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Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Psalm 100:2

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At the Cabin

I can hear the sound of water rushing from a nearby mountain stream, and the family is scattered around the cabin. We will be having family Bible time very soon. It’s beautiful and peaceful here.

The morning started off with personal Bible time, and after breakfast, we gathered for a church service. Dad shared from Psalms 106, and I personally felt convicted in the area of needing to not murmur and be grateful. If something doesn’t go the way I would like it to, do I thank the Lord for that opportunity or do I complain? I might be thinking I’m doing great not to complain out loud, but doing it in my heart is the same thing!

We were on our way up into the mountains a little after 2 p.m. It was a two hour drive, and as we drove the familiar road, excitement was building. We have many good memories of years gone by of family trips here. This time, since our family has expanded, we’re staying in a large cabin with enough beds for everyone! After everything was unloaded, we headed to the ponds to kayak. At one time or another, all had an opportunity to be on the water, except for Bethany :-).

Since we are at a high elevation, we are making sure to drink a lot of water to avoid the dreaded altitude sickness. It is a joy to be together: all fourteen of us. We have much to be thankful for.


Jesse carrying a "load" in to the cabin.


Jesse again!




Joseph's really moving water!

The birthday girl and John

Dad and Mom. Dad is looking for mountain sheep on the craggy mountainside.

Grandma held Bethany so Melanie could canoe with Nathan and Abby.

The scenery is just gorgeous.

Dad and Mom kayaking

Grandma and Bethany

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.” (Psalms 48:1)

Happy 15th Birthday, Mary

Happy Birthday, Mary! It is a delight to see your love for the Lord Jesus continue to grow. Your servant’s heart is evident, and your joyful spirit blesses many.

Last year we were in Idaho, and this year we’re in Colorado. 🙂 Even though we celebrated early, today will still be a celebration.

Happy Birthday!

This birthday will be in the mountains!

“… but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

Colorado Springs

We had a target departure time of 8 a.m., and we made it! We were a caravan of three vehicles, and we stayed together until mid-afternoon. It was a beautiful day for a drive: some clouds and then sunshine.

The little girls did well with the drive, and Aunt Anna spent most of the day in Nathan’s van. I spent a little time with Christopher and Anna Marie and worked on Moody editing.

We had a nice family meal out tonight, and then Bible time afterward in our hotel room. Tomorrow, we’ll head up in the mountains to Buena Vista. Thank you for praying for us! It has been a delightful day!


Van before we left.

Mary and Anna Marie before departure this morning.

Getting ready.

Uncle Jesse and Bethany

Anna Marie drove their truck for awhile so Christopher could work on his laptop. I was a backseat passenger for a few hours!

The vehicle we saw often behind us (smile).

Our van driver.

Joseph managed this shot.

Bethany playing at lunch time while we stopped.

Loading into the hotel!

Bethany and I.

“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions” (Psalms 20:5).

It’s Been Exciting

About 10:45 last night, a wild storm blew in with very strong wind, lots of rain, some hail, and plentiful amounts of thunder and lightning. As a result, we lost both power and Internet. Power was restored about 6 a.m. for us, but Nathan and Melanie’s power didn’t come back on until 6 pm tonight, which made their trip preparations more interesting. Internet just came back up for all of us.

So, it’s been a flurry of packing, cleaning, wrapping up last minute details, playing with nieces (for Aunt Anna and Aunt Mary), packing vehicles, and more! Our friends, the C. Family, will ship our orders while we are away, so we restocked them as well (yesterday).

It’s feeling real: we will be in the foothills tomorrow night, as we spend the night in Colorado Springs before driving to Buena Vista Sunday. We would be grateful for prayer as we set out tomorrow.



“Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied” (Jude 1:2).

Working a puzzle with Aunt Anna.

Mary and Bethany, who was hard to pose since she was very anxious to get back to her toys.
Some of our things have to go in Christopher's truck.