Well I have been MIA for a while. I have truly missed blogging this week and sharing my love of life with you but I needed a little time away. Our family took a memorable vacation to Colorado and spent the week with extended family who graciously opened their home to us.
We drove to Longmont, Colorado from here in Texas. It was approximately 14 hours but 16 with our stops. We stayed the night in a hotel half way and on our way back and we are so glad we did. It really helped the kids and ourselves refuel. A five and four-year old in car seats with only so much room to move gets old quickly. I am very proud of them though and amazed how well they did on this long and new adventure.
I fell in love with Colorado! I have never been there and honestly I didn’t know what I was getting myself in to. I am not a wilderness girl. I am not fond of camping or bugs. I wear flip-flops and have very thick and easily tangled hair so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Especially when my husband was super excited to mountain hiking. I like vacationing at the beach.
Driving there I saw lots of wide open spaces and cows in West Texas. The kids love spotting all the cows, horses, and trains. My favorite part of the drive was seeing the amazing windmills. I love the windmills. I can’t explain I just do.
We went to Estes Park, Rocky Mountains, Grand Lake, Boulder, and the Denver Zoo. It was beautiful everywhere we drove. Although it was record-breaking heat at 103 degrees Geeessshhhh!! It was still amazing. I rarely had internet connection in my car driving to Colorado and I had to disconnect from my world at home. It gave me so much time to connect with God’s beauty surrounding me each day. Texas may not look like Colorado but sometimes God blesses us with unfamiliar surroundings to really soak in the moments.
So that is just what I did. I soaked in each moment with my children and my husband. Soaked in the moments with my husband’s extended family. Soaked in the moments of the Earth’s beauty and Mother Nature. I even soaked in the devastation of the wildfires that were in the surrounding areas. To see the smoke that covered the mountain tops and came through the town was a reminder of our time we have here. Our short time even if we live to be 100 years old. Our time to love each other, pray for each other, help each other during devastations that surprise us.
I pray for the families and the firefighters in Colorado and all around the world that dealing with devastations. I pray that they will see the hope and beauty in the unknown and God’s love and plans for them. I pray that those who do not know Christ to seek him and experience the everlasting bond that is formed with God.
I hope you a little time away this summer.Even close to home. To soak in God’s beauty that surrounds us in our everyday normal lives. Soak in the moments that may not be there tomorrow and love each other greatly!