First day of school with kids and for the kids!

We are so excited to spend the year together at University Schools! 
#bulldogs #firstdayofschool

First day of school with...

These time hop photos! 
They grow so fast... snuggle them while you can... kiss them while they'll let you... spend all the time you can with them... be present.

Pretty soon you'll blink and they'll be grown and not need you anymore.

These two will be in 4th and 1st grades in 4 days. 
I'm blessed to be able to take them to school and even teach in the same school with them this year.

#grateful #mom #momlife #teacher #universityschools #growinguptoofast

These time hop photos! They...

I painted the back deck today... one more coat tomorrow ought to do it...

I painted the back deck...

🌊 Such a perfect family day at Water World! Kids had so much fun... So did the parents! 🌊

#waterworld #waterworldcolorado #familyfun #ridethewave

🌊 Such a perfect family...

These kids!

Tea party at Carolyn 's house... they've been looking forward to this for weeks!

Thank you, sweet Carolyn and Lois, for a fun afternoon for the kids... and time for this mama to get a pedicure! ❤😁❤

These kids! Tea party at...

Pray for the impact God will have on your students, your school, your district and your community this school year.

#schoolchildren #schoolstart #schoolstarts #startingschool #students #teachers #schoolsupplies #schools #prayforourschools #prayforteachers

Pray for the impact God...

Feliz dia Peru!

It's Peruvian Independence Day today! 
Celebrating in Denver with the family!... Daddy performs soon!

And... Jalea... my favorite Peruvian dish... what a treat!

#peruvianindependenceday #peru #peruvianfood #peruviandance #incakola #jalea #guino

Feliz dia Peru! It's Peruvian...

Oh my gosh! Such an amazing day! Beautiful hiking weather! Beautiful hiking companions!

This was our last hike of the summer small group session at Rez Church... and we had to be a little flexible due to a full parking lot at Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead... but Jon found us a great trail to hike today.

God had something great for us today... just LOOK at all those wild flowers! 
Looking forward to leading this group again next summer. 
#rezsmallgroups

Oh my gosh! Such an...

Ok... so I kept going... ended up almost in Timnath 😳

So round trip today was about 38 miles. 
Can you believe it!?! 😲

#rezstaycation #bikeride #riverbluffs #workout #poudreriver #poudrerivertrail

Ok... so I kept going......

Nothing like coming around the last corner of your hike and seeing a big bull elk headed up the trail in your direction... Beautiful day for a hike in Estes Park... Gem Lake Trail.

Beautiful people... great fellowship... amazing views.

It's been a great summer for hiking with my Rez Church small group. One more hike left for this small group session if anyone wants to join us on the Bridal Vails Falls trail next Saturday.

#rezsmallgroups #rezstaycation #hiking #estespark #gemlake #gemlaketrail #rezchurch

Nothing like coming around the...

You Can Do Hard Things

I’ve been thinking about the fact that I can do hard things…

YOU can do hard things…

and here’s the deal… one thing that I’ve learned…

and sometimes I have to keep learning it OVER and OVER again

I don’t know if that ever happens to you… where you have to learn things more than one time for it to actually stick?

So one of the things that I’ve learned is that life…

or things that happen…

or circumstances that go on

It’s not always about me.

A couple of about 4 years ago now I lost my mom to cancer/

Cancer Sucks!

K it just does.

I lost my mom to cancer and by the time she found out the cancer was already stage 4.

She didn’t even live a year. She even went through the chemo and everything. Nothing helped.

So that summer that she was fading and it was her last summer on this planet I got the privilege of helping to take care of her.

She had an amazing support system all around her including my aunt, people from her church, friends who would fly in and family who would fly in.

We would take turns taking care of her so that she got to stay home and be where she was comfortable and where she wanted to be.

In her last days we sat down with my aunt and with the her pastor of her church and we would plan.

We planned out her whole funeral.

She planned it all how she wanted it.

Then there was nighttime…

I mean if you think about having a newborn and how many times you have to wake up during the night… this was more frequent.

You know, waking up and not really even sleeping.

Like is she going to try and get up by herself and then fall down…

It was rough.

It was hard.

I learned that summer that I can do hard things…

and this was NOT about me. This was about her and making sure that she was happy and safe and and that she could live the best she could let her last days.

You know what… there are things and circumstances in our lives where it’s just not about us.

It’s not about you.

You can do the hard things that you need to do to get through to the next day, to the next circumstance and make things better for yourself and your family.

You can do it. You can do hard things.

 

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