Happy 23rd Birthday, Mary! We’re so happy you get to celebrate another birthday in the mountains–for the record, this is the ninth consecutive in Colorado.
Mary is sold out to the Lord Jesus and her passion is serving Him especially in ministry to children. Her eyes sparkle and her happy laugh are a testimony to the joy of the Lord being her strength. She loves to help others and does so with a true servant’s heart.
Mary treasures her time in God’s Word and is faithful to deepen her walk.
We hope you have a delightful birthday in God’s Word, hiking, enjoying chocolate, a latte, and great family times. 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
Since we’re in a new area, we’re excited to explore and try new hikes. Monday morning, we set out on a hike to a lake. We soon found we had some unexpected “visitors” — mosquitoes. We became pretty adept at swatting at them and also were thankful for the bug spray Anna brought. Despite the mosquitoes, the terrain and scenery were lovely and the company delightful. After a couple of hours of hiking, we arrived at Thompson Lake, which was a small, marshy body of water. We didn’t stay too long (mosquitoes tend to keep one moving) but soon continued further on the trail for a while. The stately aspen groves were so pretty, and sometimes we could see the little town in the valley where we are staying. Near the beginning of the trail, we walked by a cemetery that actually went up the mountain, with the trail on either side, and into the woods. We’d never seen anything like that before, and some of the graves were quite recent.
Jesse stayed back to work; we’re grateful he can take some time off other times during the week to hike, and we’re grateful for good Wifi.
“And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.” Psalm 50:6
We broke our trip up to the cabin in two days (Friday and Saturday), which made it more relaxing and also gave us time to shop. Since we’re in a new area this year, and it’s very remote, the tiny groceries stores are very expensive. Mom is our master list extraordinaire, and she planned out what we could get at home and then what we needed closer in.
Our drive up Saturday involved a lot of traffic a lot of beautiful views. We stopped for coffee at a favorite place and then continued on.
When we reached Monarch Pass, we went on a little hike. At the top, the wind was so crazy strong, it was hard to even stand upright. Dad thought it was about 50 mph! Needless to say, we didn’t stay too long on the top but headed back down.
We reached our cabin by early evening, and it’s so delightful. The views of mountains out the windows are stunning, the sound of a nearby river flowing, the wind through the pine trees, and amazing family times. We celebrated Mom’s birthday too.
Sunday, we walked to a little church and enjoyed worship there. We’re so grateful for this opportunity to be away.
“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” Psalm 37:6-7
Happy Birthday to our incredible Mom! You are constantly giving of your energy and resources to others. Your love for Jesus shines through what you write, the way you live, and the words you speak. You spent 30 years investing in your children’s education–with no pay or retirement. We “kids” are so grateful for your sacrifice and your continual outpouring into our lives as adults.
Dad and you are the most amazing team! You have been a huge support to him during this time as you changed your diets.
Your grandkids adore you and love their grandma-time playing or reading books.
Your daughters-in-law are so grateful for the way you raised their husbands.
Ladies across the world count you as their Titus2 mentor, and you make time for them, investing in them.
So, Happy Birthday, Mom! We’re at your favorite place to be in the mountains.
This is also a big day as Dad and Mom celebrate 45 years! What a testimony of God’s faithfulness and their commitment and love to each other. We are beyond blessed to have a godly heritage.
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:28
“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” Psalm 16:6
We had another amazing year at the Leavenworth County Fair. We get a booth and do face painting and balloons for kids at no cost. It’s an incredible, intense, and exciting way to bless people and share the gospel. After the child receives their balloon creation or face paint, Anna or Mary give them the tract of the night. The child’s face lights up, and most hold onto the tract like a prized treasure.
People are so grateful. One woman told us that this is what her kids look forward MOST to at the fair.
The family support we have for this ministry is incredible. So many help out and invest. Christopher also came specifically to walk around and share the gospel with people several nights.
Two new tracts (to us!) we would definitely recommend are from Answers in Genesis.