Sisters

My Becky and I are 11 years apart. When I pause to praise God for my sister, He inevitably brings to mind many great memories. Sharing a room and bed, me purposefully laying down to sleep across the pillows so she would have to wake me up when she came in, and crying when the time came for her to move out....

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I'm so grateful for the relationship we've cultivated over the years! I pray that for my girls...just 6 years apart, but it's fun to note similarities between us...

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The little one may always look to her big sister as the 'pretty', more talented one, but boy does she exhibit spunk and fortitude! and the older one may unintentionally belittle the younger one with the sign she places on their room door:

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But that's o.k. ! At least here name is there. Sisters are Super. Especially when they are JESUS sisters as well. I praise God for mine.

Isaac is 7!

What an amazing week we had with Virginia family visiting, with Pa and Grandma visiting, and a Birthday to top it all off! Praise God for His gift of family life!

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  Isaac Lee Barrientez, I praise God for you! You are so precious to me. I pray you keep your eyes, heart, and mind focused on our JESUS all your life.

Isaac Lee Barrientez, I praise God for you! You are so precious to me. I pray you keep your eyes, heart, and mind focused on our JESUS all your life.

  We had great fun adventuring around with our guests!

We had great fun adventuring around with our guests!

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I'm SO thankful for friends, and JESUS sisters who I've been blessed to 'do life with' for some time now! Blessed indeed.

Seriously?!

"Sometimes I wonder! What in the world?" Marand does not chew on the metal ends of the draw string of his jacket. Apparently someone else in this house does....wow, it's one thing to chew on the ends of your own jacket, but to go so far as to chew on dad's?! crazy stuff happens around this house. Marand is fairly sure it may have happened while snuggling a little person...right under his nose!Hahahaha! 

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  And this sweet fellow has no use for privacy at this point in his life...and he sings like a dream!

And this sweet fellow has no use for privacy at this point in his life...and he sings like a dream!

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Our great, Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, GOD shows off his handiwork magnificently in this place!!

Until Heaven...we love our home, sweet mountain home!!

Mom Therapy

I say 'no' a lot. I have to. Cut me some slack, before you think ill of me.....I have little people constantly asking me things like:

"Can I have a snack?" (it's 1/2 hour till dinner)....'No'

"Can I not do 'this' part of my schoolwork?....'No'

"Can I jump off the top bunk and land in these blankets?" 'Please, no."

"Can I have more 'media' time?"....'No'

You get my drift...I could go on and on....but I'm trying to do better - to intentionally love and enjoy this time with 'littles'. It will soon be done. So...when Isaac comes and asks if he can make a paper snowflake...I envisioned the waste, my time consumption, not to mention the tiny pieces of paper everywhere mess! I think of careless littles with sharp objects! But thankfully, I say 'Yes!'...and we end up cutting, laughing, cleaning up, and hanging snowflakes for much of the morning. Mom Therapy. I needed that.

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7 Little Words

TRUST in the Lord, and do good;

DWELL in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

DELIGHT yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

COMMIT your way to the Lord, TRUST also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

REST in the Lord, and WAIT patiently for Him;.....

(PSALM 37: 3-7a - Emphasis/capital letters added)

Sometimes you feel like you are just going through the motions. You are just hanging in there, like a sticky man toy on a brick wall....

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And then scripture strikes you: That is just what you are supposed to be doing! Trusting, Dwelling, Committing, Delighting, Trusting again, Resting and Waiting!

We had to physically remove these toys from the wall with a pole and stick apparatus 24 hours after they'd been placed there...Hardy little fellas. 

Let's be that too....Hardy little fellas. Not driven by winds of doubt, but stable and secure in our knowledge of HE who is the truth.

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 The snow Breckenridge snow sculptures did not disappoint again this year. Although some, it seems, just come for the hot chocolate and cookies! Hahaha!

The snow Breckenridge snow sculptures did not disappoint again this year. Although some, it seems, just come for the hot chocolate and cookies! Hahaha!

SNOW!

We have a bit of a 'thing' for snow...it's beautiful.

It reminds us of complete forgiveness that is freely offered.

and it tends to slow...us...down.....yes. It's perfect.

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Although it doesn't seem to help slow down the growing up! C.J. lost his first wiggley tooth on Sunday!

 and Isaac and his friend Caleb both decided (randomely, each on his own, at home) to wear ties to school today! Hahahaha - So handsome!

and Isaac and his friend Caleb both decided (randomely, each on his own, at home) to wear ties to school today! Hahahaha - So handsome!

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and Zaria and Jacob worked really hard and presented a research talk on the Saturn V for science today. SO we are thankful for the slow-downs in the midst of the fast growing ups!

Cutie Patooties

MLK quote for the day: "I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers"

In school today while studying Martin Luther King Jr's life, Jacob and Zaria were quick to point that his quote was true! Here in our house, in Colorado, that was happening! We were challenged by this one as well: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

Yes, Please! God took care of the 'color' part, together we are working on character over here!

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How sweet of Mama Kari to text me some photos of when the kids were little! They truly grow up fast! This is Zaria and C.J.

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C.J.

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Zakera

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and K.J.

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 Jacob and JJ. Long time buddies and Awana clubs are SUPER!

Jacob and JJ. Long time buddies and Awana clubs are SUPER!

Post Christmas Sick

So we got back from an amazing two week Christmas with our fabulous family, and promptly got sick. What a bummer these last 4 days have been! The fevers, the coughing, the sore throat, have laid roots in some and have rapidly spread to others! Not to mention Mama got it, and heaven knows, when she's down it's a sad set of circumstances!

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm SO grateful that we were relatively well through the break, and of all days to be 'down' these didn't have us missing much, but I'm even more thankful to feel well enough, to sit and write a post!

We got to see Zoo Lights this year with Grandma Christine and Mama Sarah (Jacob's birth mom). Jacob was beyond excited to hear that a new baby brother was joining his other half-brother Aiden! Sarah's husband Matt, and Marand also got to come...they just missed the photo!

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Then Christmas in LaJunta: We are blessed immensely by my Mom and Papa Don for sharing their space for with all of us for two weeks. They are super grandparents! These get togethers tends to happen every other year and boy we make them memorable.  My Brothers Dan and Kevin, and sister Becky (as well as Kathleen, Mary, and Jeff) are so good at being Uncle and Aunt...

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and the big cousins make it fun for the little cousins! SO grateful for their entertaining!

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Christmas was delightful. Some of you know, and can see her center in the photo below, that Mama Angela (Isaac's birth-mom) joined us for this Christmas! That was huge. She was blessed. We were blessed. And I covet your prayers for her continued good decisions and choices as she attempts to put down new roots in OK. How amazing is our God to give us varying people He wants us to love on.

So that is our last few weeks in a nut shell. Our song for this year was 'Go tell it on the mountain' and we were challenged to spread the love of Jesus everywhere we could this coming year! Thanks to all of you who sent cards/gifts/spoiled us rotten. We were blessed immensely by our Jesus family! I hope you can say the same, and that your Christmas' were worshipful!

Thanksgiving

When we stop and consider the words that we say....how many of them are necessary? How many of them are grateful? I want mine to be. I'm working on consciously saying I'm thankful, because I am! In my heart, I want to verify with my voice and in turn my whole being my gratefulness to God for the people and happenings around me...."Every good gift, and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights in whom is no variance nor shadow of turning."

 We were thankful to be contacted by Zaker's adopted family. We enjoyed meeting another 1/2 brother. He is 10 years old.

We were thankful to be contacted by Zaker's adopted family. We enjoyed meeting another 1/2 brother. He is 10 years old.

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Cousins are good gifts.

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Special connections are so sweet.

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Generations are a blessing - as is Grandma Tann!

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The zoo day with Mom Marsha and Uncle Eric and Aunt Tina was so fun!

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 Jacob's first ever official book report was on a biography of George Washington Carver.

Jacob's first ever official book report was on a biography of George Washington Carver.

 and having the same God fearing, faithful, Bible teacher for 20 years is a good gift. I'm so grateful for Pastor Bruce's legacy. Thanks for your continued prayers for Donna and his family. His memorial was live streamed and videoed, may many come to Christ even through that. All that to say, I'm thankful. Grateful for YOU, and my God who gave me YOU for whatever length of earthly time that may be.

and having the same God fearing, faithful, Bible teacher for 20 years is a good gift. I'm so grateful for Pastor Bruce's legacy. Thanks for your continued prayers for Donna and his family. His memorial was live streamed and videoed, may many come to Christ even through that. All that to say, I'm thankful. Grateful for YOU, and my God who gave me YOU for whatever length of earthly time that may be.