Hibernation

Thinking of people hibernating could sound a bit odd…but really, it was 7 degrees here a few mornings ago. Nothing can function under that type of cold! Of course, it warmed up, the sun came out, as it usually does, and I functioned.

Just please know that it has set in. Fall is officially over, and if you don’t hear from me for a few months…just pray, and know I (most likely) have a hot drink in hand, cozy pajama pants on, and am hibernating. See you in the spring!

….Oh, yea, I have a husband, and children…well, at least from the hours of 9pm-6am…hibernating ;)

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Oh how the time goes by...

We had a great cross-country trip to KS, KY, and VA before school this year! It started off with a ‘Sour warhead eating contest’ in the car! Hahaha!

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 Warheads candies are sour!!

Warheads candies are sour!!

 Of course, on a trek to see ‘the ARK Encounter’….we see a rainbow! God keeps HIS promises!!

Of course, on a trek to see ‘the ARK Encounter’….we see a rainbow! God keeps HIS promises!!

 the bus ride to the attraction was half the fun!

the bus ride to the attraction was half the fun!

 this is the back side of the ARK - it’s huge!

this is the back side of the ARK - it’s huge!

 This is the ‘cropped in’ photo - it’s pretty….we loved being there with Papa Don and Grandma!

This is the ‘cropped in’ photo - it’s pretty….we loved being there with Papa Don and Grandma!

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 God gave Noah specific instructions, one was that it have only ONE DOOR…see it, above us?!

God gave Noah specific instructions, one was that it have only ONE DOOR…see it, above us?!

 this is that same door! A beautiful invitation….a symbolic picture of JESUS! John 10:9-10!

this is that same door! A beautiful invitation….a symbolic picture of JESUS! John 10:9-10!

 ‘crash camping’ in the motorhome was exciting…Pa and Ma are very patient and generous individuals!!!

‘crash camping’ in the motorhome was exciting…Pa and Ma are very patient and generous individuals!!!

 and then Jake and Sierra’s wedding in VA with a cave tour (ta boot’) was the icing on our trip!

and then Jake and Sierra’s wedding in VA with a cave tour (ta boot’) was the icing on our trip!

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Summer Livin!

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 Just outside....swinging, with JESUS :)

Just outside....swinging, with JESUS :)

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 Corn Party!!

Corn Party!!

 Yard Sale!!

Yard Sale!!

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Colossians 1:9-11 "We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience."

What is that smell?!

It's fairly often that I hear those words. They sometimes come when we've just come from a hiking adventure, or when we jump in the hot car after leaving half-eaten food in the cup holders. Sometimes I hear them when I'm cooking....depending on the tone of voice they are uttered in, and how the nose is crinkled, determines if I'm happy about hearing them or not!!

The other day I uttered them myself after entering our shed....and after having Marand's super nose verify, Yep, something died in there. This is where having kids gets really fun. Hahaha!

 We gave them the keys to the shed, a flash light, and a timer. From oldest to youngest they each got 3 minutes to go in, and search for the 'prize'! There was a $5.00 reward offered for the location of the deceased one....and Jacob and Zaria won!

We gave them the keys to the shed, a flash light, and a timer. From oldest to youngest they each got 3 minutes to go in, and search for the 'prize'! There was a $5.00 reward offered for the location of the deceased one....and Jacob and Zaria won!

 ....much to the dismay of Isaac and CJ! They quickly negotiated another $5.00 prize for themselves if they would retrieve it...so they practiced picking up a rock without touching it, and after succeeding they headed back in to pick up the real thing.

....much to the dismay of Isaac and CJ! They quickly negotiated another $5.00 prize for themselves if they would retrieve it...so they practiced picking up a rock without touching it, and after succeeding they headed back in to pick up the real thing.

 Got it!! Poor little bunny didn't have a chance after getting locked inside that shed :( But it sure made for an entertainging, memorable evening!

Got it!! Poor little bunny didn't have a chance after getting locked inside that shed :( But it sure made for an entertainging, memorable evening!

Zaria is 10!

 She got her 'right of passage' laundry basket, and a cute hair style...growing right up!

She got her 'right of passage' laundry basket, and a cute hair style...growing right up!

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 We celebrated with a nice hot, splash pad day in Denver with birth-family!

We celebrated with a nice hot, splash pad day in Denver with birth-family!

 ...I think Cordell is going to look similar to his half-brother Nicholas as he grows! Handsome boys.

...I think Cordell is going to look similar to his half-brother Nicholas as he grows! Handsome boys.

 Isaac and cousin Jeremiah enjoyed each others company as well...

Isaac and cousin Jeremiah enjoyed each others company as well...

Do we take the time to 'do love'? We are called to. "Don't be weary in well doing, for in due time, we'll reap if we faint not!"

We find ourselves in a day and age in which our minds and eyes are bombarded with information. It’s easy to sit back and just take it all in as the God-honest truth and allow it to shape and form our emotions and thinking, especially things from our ‘trusted sources’, but I truly believe doing that is much to our detriment.

There are always two sides to every story; Multiple angles history was seen and recorded from, and so many behind the scenes happenings in news reports that would ‘soften the blow’ if they were reported on in a different manner. Unless I am the eyewitness, on scene, lived life with for a time, observer, I must be vigilantly careful in how I process any information.

The Human Race is selfish. Kindness does not come naturally. Power is sometimes abused, not always. Not all Christians are Christ-like. Moral people don’t always act morally. The Bible is often quoted out of context. Not all light skinned people are privileged or treat those different than them badly. Not all marginalized people think they are treated unfairly. Not all people in Colorado like to hike or ski. Most families have members who are choosing to see sexuality as something definable. Not all republicans voted for our current president or agree with things the government does, nor would we choose to live in a different country. Not all suicides or mass shootings stem from ‘mental illness’. There are some people in places of authority who are power-fed, mean individuals! Police officers are people with really hard jobs; we have to cut them some slack! Not all social workers are working with correct motives, many of them are. Not all situations are good all the time – nor are they inherently bad!! I find myself sitting back and getting apathetic and doing/saying nothing or veering the other direction and letting my emotions scream of the injustices!

My mind's life gropes fervently for balance.

How do we navigate it? How do we move forward, how do we keep reading, keep empathizing, keep doing our best to hold the good lines and speak out to change the bad ones? How do we determine if a good, well-intentioned individual, who usually acts with a level head, is now making bad decisions and choices? How about a law that is meant for protection and safety but is now working for harm?!

And Maybe toughest of all….how do we not lump ‘all’ into the group that only belongs to the ‘extremists’! How do we truly open our eyes and see truth?

I venture to say, we can’t….. unless we have personally observed it, or have complete trust in one who has.

I have to quit. I have to let some ‘stories’ be just that; part truth, part exaggerated propaganda. I can’t allow emotional responses based on other human opinions, or even video or photos.

I will keep walking with JESUS. The One who “before Abraham was, I AM”. I’ll keep reading the truth from the only Book that is active and lives, that was Divinely inspired, words from my Maker. I’ll choose to open my eyes and ears to see and hear. To help by loving, by daily choosing to act and speak when I’m around circumstances I can change for the better. I’ll choose to think of every person I meet as one made in the image of God, a divine appointment for me to point them to HIM.