Life … In Colorado

On our way up to the mountains, we did a bit of shopping.

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Mount Princeton in the middle. It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve summited it too!

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Anna did a great job organizing the loads of food items!

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Jesse made sausage biscuits and gravy for us one morning.

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What a perfect place for Sunday meetings!

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A rousing game of tag!

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“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains;
thy judgments are a great deep:
O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.”
Psalms 36:6

Happy Birthday, Mom!

What a wonderful birthday, celebrating in the mountains! We had a beautiful drive this afternoon, and we’re looking forward to time at the cabin.

Mom is such a blessing. She:

  • Loves the Lord Jesus with her whole heart.
  • Has been married to Dad for almost 40 years.
  • Is nearing the end of her homeschooling journey (almost 30 years!)
  • Is an amazing mom/grandma.
  • Loves her grandchildren to pieces and delights in playing and reading to them.
  • Is a long-distance Titus2 mentor to countless ladies across the world through her books and monthly Corner.

We love you, Mom! Happy, happy birthday!

PS – Happy 39th Anniversary today, too! Wow. We are so blessed!

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“A gracious woman retaineth honour:
and strong men retain riches”
Proverbs 11:16

Settled for the Night

We left a little after 7 this morning, and after a nine hour drive, we’re settled into a hotel. We’ll do some shopping tomorrow before heading up into the mountains and our cabin. The drive was pleasant and uneventful. It felt different being in the van versus the bus. We definitely were in much closer quarters, but that just made everything cozier. And yes, I’m enjoying the mountain air.

May you have a blessed evening rejoicing in Jesus!

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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It started off empty…
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Anna planned our meals for the vacation and did an amazing job of preparing them and freezing them.
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Back to pillow bags (okay, it’s true, we are fond of our own pillows) and luggage.
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It did fill mostly up.
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Getting lunch out of the coolers.
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A view from the front. Mom and I changed spots so she could rest her back.
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Ah, I love seeing that sign!
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The first view of the mountains. It was very hazy tonight, due to wildfires.
A great foursome!
A great foursome!
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You have to do what you have to do to reach this windshield.
Dinner tonight.
Dinner tonight.

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

18 Hours and Counting

We’re excitedly preparing for our trip to Colorado. We’re looking forward to lots of special family times, not only hiking but also in our cabin. I personally can’t wait to smell the pine trees, breathe the fresh mountain air, hear rushing water, see rugged mountains, and yes, scale fourteeners (mountains over 14,000 feet).

Today, Jesse stocked up our friends who ship for us while we’re away. We’re grateful to the C family for taking over our shipping while we’re gone on trips (which is often!). They keep the Titus2 orders moving.

It has been overwhelming to see the response to our new books. I feel that my parents’ new book, Making Great Conversationalists, is so key. One day, I was taking an order over the phone, and the mom shared how excited she was about that book. It had been on her heart that this was a need in her children’s lives. A few weeks ago, she went to a bookstore, and asked an employee if there was something to learn how to hold a conversation. The man browsed around his bookstore but didn’t have anything. Then, not long after, this mom heard about our new book and was thrilled. Praise Jesus! We pray the Lord brings fruit from this book in lives.

I also received a sweet letter from a Moody reader. He said it was the best one yet.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Lots of food to pack!
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And tubs to pack…
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And things to work through and freeze…
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And more food…
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Things are everywhere, but they’ll soon be loaded!
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Hiking shoes, CamelBaks, and so much more to pack…
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The joys of working through personal packing…
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And making sure the air mattress doesn’t have a leak.

“He watereth the hills from his chambers:
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works”
Psalms 104:13

Dad’s Party

We had a special day celebrating Dad’s birthday on Wednesday. He is such a blessing to each one in our family.

Dinner was taco salad and dessert was pumpkin pie. After cleanup, we moved into the living room. That room turns into quite the center of activity, with toys scattered all over, happy chatter from the grandchildren, and several conversations from the adults going at once. Most of the toys we saved from when the younger five were little, and it’s a special treat for all four.

We had family Bible time and afterward Dad opened presents.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Mary’s creativity.
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Joshua’s such a character. And, he can eat a ton!

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Such a cute little guy.

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Abigail made Dad an iPhone holder.

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, thou art very great;
thou art clothed with honour and majesty.”
Psalms 104:1

An Unexpected Blessing

One day as Anna Marie and I were talking, she suggested we have a girls’ surprise birthday tea party for Mom. Because of travel plans, we had originally decided to have Mom’s family birthday party a month early. However that birthday party had already been canceled due to unavoidable conflicts. So we were going to just try to celebrate a little on Mom’s birthday as we drove to Colorado.

I thought a surprise birthday party was a great idea, but I wanted to add a bit and make it into a whole party with all the relatives. Dad was excited about the idea so Anna and I went to work planning. Tuesday was the only available evening for everyone to gather, which was perfect because Dad and Mom were going to do Kansas City shopping that afternoon–ideal for making a surprise happen!

As soon as they left for their shopping, food preparing, house decorating, present wrapping, and other creating went into full swing. In about four hours, everything was accomplished just in time as a super surprised, happy Mom walked in!

It was delightful to show someone as special as Mom a small percentage of just how much we love her and how much she deserves that love. No doubt she has been the most amazing Mom I could ever think of. Love you, Mom!

Jesus’ Girl,
Mary

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Soon to be ice cream.
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Mom’s favorite enchiladas!
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Our faithful lettuce chopper.
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Surprise!

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Joseph’s creative idea to put the banner on the bottom of the garage door that makes it fun when the door rises.

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Family Times

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Bethany is the great hair stylist!
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Mr. Grocery man!
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But he was more interested in eating the items.

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“Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:31