Sunday in the Mountains

Good morning from Colorado!

We’re enjoying a quiet day today, after several days of great hikes. I am looking forward to catching you up on what we’ve done!

Sunday we hiked up several miles to a ridge we’ve gone to before.  When we arrived at the ridge, we found a beautiful spot and settled to have church. It’s not often that we have so much time to just enjoy the views and sunshine. Singing hymns takes on a new meaning when you’re on the mountain, looking over the forest glades and down lofty mountain grandeur. We each shared what we’ve been reading in our Bible time and what the Lord’s been teaching us through it.

Truly, we’re grateful for this special time away to be in the mountains!


We only saw a total of three hikers, and one of them took our family picture.

Mary, Jesse, Anna, and me

Sweet sisters!

“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

Happy 22nd Birthday, Mary!

Mary Maxwell

Happy Birthday to our sweet Mary! She gets to spend yet another birthday in the gorgeous mountains. Yesterday, she and Jesse and Anna went on a 14er adventure, and today, Lord willing, we’re planning to do a 14er as a family.

Awesome facts:

  • She loves to spend time with children.
  • She is diligent to memorize Scripture.
  • She makes crazy-good rolls.
  • She has an incredible servant’s heart.
  • She is the master get-any-stain-out-of-clothes expert.
  • She loves caramel lattes.


Happy, happy birthday, Mary! We love you!



“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33

Pikes Peak

We arrived at the entrance to Pikes Peak a little after 4PM. The afternoon sunlight with dramatic clouds flowing over the mountain and the gorgeous terrain provided for an amazing drive.

This turned out to be our first “summit” with a gift shop and parking lot! 🙂 We did see a lady hiking up, and we wanted to cheer her on, as hiking Pikes Peak is a great accomplishment.

When we arrived at the top, the clouds obscured our view, but by the time we came out of the gift shop, they had cleared. Grateful to have some amazing views, we grabbed pictures, and then we went to another area that was not the touristy spot, and we watched the clouds roll over the mountain and then over us. An awesome moment of God’s incredible Hand over nature!

Enjoy the pictures!


It was windy and cold!

Love this one!

So windy!

If you look closely at the above picture, you’ll see Jesse’s shadow. A really incredible moment that happened with the clouds and sun!

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
Psalm 19:1

Loving Our Time in Colorado

Hi y’all! Just a quick post to share a couple pictures.

Saturday, we stopped for a late lunch/early dinner in Colorado Springs, and after that, Jesse, Anna, Mary, and I decided to go up to Pikes Peak while Dad and Mom took the other vehicle to the cabin. They’d been a few years prior.

We enjoyed Pikes Peak!


“O LORD our Lord,
how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
Psalm 8:9

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday from Kansas! 🙂 We will be on our way to Colorado tomorrow.

Mom is an incredible woman. She invested 30 years of her life homeschooling us 8 children. That’s an entire teaching career–for free! Mom knew the importance of investing in eternal things, and what could be more precious than her own children’s hearts?

Awesome facts:

  • Mom has a sweet servant’s heart. When there’s a need, she’ll jump right in and do it.
  • Mom and Dad are best friends. If Dad is doing a fix-it project, she’s ready to help. If he needs to run an errand, she’ll often join him.
  • Mom is loyal. Her first priority is her Lord and Savior, and the second priority is her family. If she’s made a commitment to something, she will keep it.
  • Mom is our master planner, remembering even the smallest details.
  • She is the best Grandma book-reader, and she has several bags of special Grandma books!


Please take a moment and make Mom’s day extra special by leaving her comment. As a bonus, we’d love to hear a sentence or two on how she’s impacted your life!

Happy, happy birthday, Mom!

AND!!! Happy Anniversary to Dad and Mom! 44 Years!!!! We love you both!!!!


“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord;
that walketh in his ways.”

Psalm 128:1

Amazing Grace, William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

After our exercise post, we’ve been asked for book recommendations. We hadn’t planned on a post about it, but since some asked, we felt others would be interested.

Steve and I just finished listening to an audible version of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas. We are amazed by his story of salvation, encouraged in our walk with the Lord by this godly man, and inspired by his tenacity to pursue the course the Lord set him on.

William Wilberforce was born in 1759 and died in 1833. He knew John Newton and John Wesley. Despite his family doing all they could to keep him from salvation as a teen, in his early 20’s, the Lord brought Wilberforce to Himself. He lived the rest of his life serving God with all his heart, energy, time, and finances. When Wilberforce felt he should leave politics after his salvation, John Newton encouraged Wilberforce that God had a purpose for him there and that he should remain. Thus he was the man to lead the charge to first abolish the slave trade in Britain and its colonies and then to emancipate slaves.

There were a few parts of the book that were graphic in the violence of the time. They are easy to skip over. We certainly wouldn’t recommend it for children to listen to.

The author, Eric Metaxas, is a brilliant writer with an artistic ability to “paint” with metaphors. We continually enjoyed his masterful employment of them. We felt his writing skills made the whole story come to life.

Ideally, reading it is best. If you are like Steve and me and want to maximize your time by “reading” when you can’t read, the audio version is great. It is available from Amazon’s Audible, or if you have access to your public library, Hoopla might be an option.

Good news: If you don’t have an Audible account, you can actually get the book for free by subscribing to a trial membership. Click on this link, and you’ll see the option to Try Audible for Free!

Trusting in Jesus,
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**UPDATE** We DON’T recommend the author’s Martin Luther book. We were shocked to find crude and offensive vulgarity in it and promptly returned the book. 

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life
dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy,
and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus,
to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).