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We’re Here and Settled In

It’s wonderful to be settled into the cabin. We did some shopping today in Denver and then made our way up into the mountains this afternoon. And yes, Nathan and Christopher’s families came, along with GiGi!

I look forward to sharing our adventures during our time here. We each have so much to be grateful for. Praise the Lord for the simple gift of another day!

Joyfully His,
Sarah

Waiting while Dad and Mom shopped in Costco.
Waiting while Dad and Mom shopped in Costco.
Scenery today!
Scenery today!

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Unloading--we arrived in several stages.
Unloading–we arrived in several stages.

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Thanks, Joseph, for taking our picture!
Thanks, Joseph, for taking our picture!
Happy cousins!
Happy cousins!
Anna has done an amazing job planning food for 19 people--and packing it all! She had things in boxes and labeled and set up her kitchen when we got here.
Anna has done an amazing job planning food for 19 people–and packing it all! She had things in boxes and labeled and set up her kitchen when we got here.

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Aunt Mary and Drew
Aunt Mary and Drew
Aunt Anna and Drew
Aunt Anna and Drew

“Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
Psalms 100:3

Our Final Hike

Saturday, our final day in Colorado, we went for one more hike. We began with a slower pace for the little girls. Abigail and Bethany were so cute and did really well. Eventually, though, Nathan’s family turned around, and John stayed with them a bit to carry Christina a little longer, while the rest of us continued. John caught up to us before we reached the ridge.

Since it was clouding over, most didn’t go on to the top peak, but stayed on the ridge. We took pictures, ate lunch, and enjoyed the rest. Then, we headed back down. Although we heard thunder, some of which sounded pretty close, we didn’t get wet.

We drove safely home Sunday. The trip was an incredible blessing as we enjoyed each other, God’s creation, and quiet days. Now, we’re back to catching up and preparing for our next trip.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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The little girls wanted to use walking sticks.
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This was a quick group shot, minus Jesse, who took the photo.
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Here we go again, climbing another incline ;).
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Joshua was pleased to walk around and be out of his carrier.

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You do what you need to do to get a little one to smile!

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A girl shot.

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We have a similar picture from previous years.

“Seek the Lord and his strength,
seek his face continually.”
1 Chronicles 16:11

A Double Adventure: Mt. Shavano and Tabeguache

A little before five a.m. Thursday morning, we reached the trailhead for our next 14er adventure. This time, we had two more climbers–Nathan and Christopher. Our first goal was Mount Shavano, followed by Mount Tabeguache (pronounced Ta-ba-wash) for all except Dad and Mom.

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We saw dawn breaking across the valley, and a flock of mountain sheep springing down the mountainside. We left the treeline after seven as we came to the ascent to the saddle and broke into several different groups, everyone going whatever pace they could. The climb was steep, causing us to take breaks at different points. The family is good at motivating each other, and often you’ll hear an encouraging comment. If one person is struggling, the other will ask if he needs a break and patiently wait while the person recovers and is ready to press forward.

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Jesse reached Shavano’s summit first, and with amazing energy, he went back down to offer to carry Dad and Mom’s packs the rest of the way. After everyone summited Shavano, we grabbed a family picture, and the eight Maxwell children began the 1 mile traverse to Tabeguache, while Dad and Mom waited on Shavano.

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To help you gain perspective, I’ve circled some in our climbing group.

Going to Tabeguache was difficult. First, we climbed over rock fields, slowly making our way down 600 feet to a dip in between the mountains. Then, we faced a somewhat daunting ascent 500 feet. We enjoyed a little time on the summit before tackling the route back to Shavano. Then, we made our final descent to the trail head. Often, on a 14er, we’ll meet someone who is by himself. I can’t imagine doing it alone; I love company and encouragement!

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Christopher was a great encouragement to me, and the only reason I made the second summit. He could have gone way faster, but he stayed near me. Again, notice those circles. What a distance we had to climb! The uppermost circle group wasn’t even at the summit yet.

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Anna signed the registry.

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All eight Maxwell children!

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Coming down was an interesting experience.

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Nathan was my encouragement coming down, and we saw mountain goats. Wow!
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We saw many trees that were laid over. We assume a major storm went through at some point.

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We missed the little ones and Melanie and Anna Marie, but they gave us a great “welcome home” when we arrived back at the cabin. Anna Marie prepared a delicious “refueling” meal, which we enjoyed.

Climbing can be likened to our spiritual journey.

Sometimes as you climb, you gasp for breath, your legs burn, and you pause to catch your breath. Spiritually, we must remember that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Sometimes the incline seems too steep to the summit, and you don’t know how you will make it. But, you press on, looking for the next rock cairn (pile of rocks) which marks the path. Spiritually, we must be continually looking to God’s Word to guide us: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105).

When you reach the top, you realize the climb was worth it. The views are breathtaking! Spiritually, we can remember that we “… press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14).

“I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.”
Psalms 116:9

Mount Jones

We decided to climb Mt. Jones Tuesday (a 13er), allowing Wednesday as a rest day before the 14er adventure.

The first part wasn’t too hard, just steady climbing, picking one’s way along the rocky path. We split into three groups near the base of the mountain. The younger decided to tackle it straight up, going two different routes, while Dad, Mom, and I preferred to follow the path and take the saddle over.

Thank you to Mary for selecting the pictures for this post. We missed John, who had to stay back due to a work project.

Joyfully His,
Sarah
PS – I can’t wait to share our 14er adventure!

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Mount Jones
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Time to split up.

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The views from the top are breathtaking.

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Don’t you love those shadows on the mountains?

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Ptarmigan Lake.

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On our way back, we stopped at a lake, because we saw Christopher, Anna Marie, John (done with work for the moment) and Joshua. Joshua was enjoying throwing little rocks into the water.

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death.”

Philippians 3:10

Little, Furry, and Fast

Our time is drawing to a close, but I have a number of posts still to share of what we’ve been doing. I can’t wait to share about our 14er adventure yesterday, and yes, we did summit, and most of us summited two 14ers. More on that later.

Feeding chipmunks is always a highlight for the little ones, and the one-year-olds especially were excited this year. It amazes me what simple things bring a smile to their faces!

Serving my Lord,
Sarah

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All Christina wanted to do was catch one, and she came close!

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I meandered over to the bed and breakfast and ended up receiving a tour. The hostess’ husband built the place over a period of 10 years with reclaimed materials. It was amazing!

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Joshua gets this silly grin and a sparkle in his eyes. It’s so cute.

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After the chipmunks, we found a little place we could picnic beside a stream.

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“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous:
for praise is comely for the upright.”
Psalms 33:1

A Quick Update

Hi y’all! Things are going great here in Colorado. We’ve been enjoying the addition of my brothers’ families. I don’t have time to do a full update, but I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the other day. We’re about to embark on another big 14er. I’ll share more pictures and a report later.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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“The pastures are clothed with flocks;
the valleys also are covered over with corn;
they shout for joy, they also sing.”
Psalms 65:13