Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rafting the COLORADO!

Time seems to have slipped away from us, moving faster than normal or perhaps we are moving slower… An hour and a half behind schedule we pull up to the river and dump all the rafting equipment out. The breeze is becoming a little more determined to grow into an annoying wind but looking upward and seeing the blue sea above us I am convinced the wind will not ruin our adventure.

Last year we took the boys rafting and Lucas cried and moaned and cried some more. To say the least it was not his favorite activity. Today Lucas has been nothing but excited about floating on the water and bumping our way through rapids.

Ben parks the trailer while I release my inner wonder woman and pump up the raft. My arms start to tire but I am determined to surprise Ben so I push through like a real champion.

Clipping our life jackets on and pushing the raft into the water we set off. I hold Reagan’s leash; it’s her first time she on a raft and she is convinced it’s a jail sentence! Her whining begins and echo’s throughout the canyon. We smile pleasantly at other rafters as they simply cannot help stare at the maker of such interesting sounds.

Reagan is scouting ways to escape this terrifying raft. I look at Ben and suggest I let her jump out to see her reaction, he nods and smiles. I loosen the leash and she plummets into the cold river. Under she goes and almost immediately her nose pierces the water and she looks at me with wide eyes begging to come back into the once dreaded raft now her safety zone.

Bouncing through the rapids Lucas squeals with delight. Reagan is still. Jack giggles and Ben keeps us all safe. Rafting on days like today is simply perfect. 


Friday, September 16, 2016

Football Practice

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Jack has football practice which means that Lucas and I also
have football practice. 

Two hours each day. 

Sometimes it’s easy for me to see this as a burden or annoyance but I remind myself what a blessing it is for Jack plus Lucas and I get some down time together. Lucas can often be found running races with other younger brothers. I often have a book in my hands or am adding items to my planner or looking through the lens of my camera.

Most of the time it is good times.


Labor day camping or Glamping

Driving up the ever winding road with hair pin turn after hair pin turn I was filled with gratitude that Ben had come up the previous night with Grandpa at his side to park the trailer.

“How in the world did you get the trailer up here?” I asked

“Well, there was a point when I looked over to the side and saw the wheel of the trailer was a small 6 inches from the edge!” Laughs Ben. My eyes are wide, you mean the edge that hangs over the steep drop into oblivion I think … Driving large vehicles in small places seems to puff Ben up with Pride and accomplishment but it stresses me out like no other; increasing my heart rate as if I was waiting to bungee jump or do something wild.

We pull up as dusk sets in next to our trailer that is situated next to a creek dribbling it way down the hill surrounded by mountains. It is stunning! Truly no other word is adequate…S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. The colors are vibrant even in the limited light, the chill in the outdoor air beckons us to wrap in blankets and become enveloped in nature.

Life is good.

Up here away from the business of everyday demands life is SO GOOD!

Saturday late morning, seems like a great time to head into the mountains to pick up one of Ben’s hunting camera’s. Adventures like these always start with a hop in everyone’s step. The hike begins with a steep incline but soon levels out. Ben’s gun rests on his shoulder pointing heavenward, Jack at his side dressed in orange and Lucas determined to make his short legs move faster than humanly possible. “Wait for me, dad!” He kept calling.

Finally, we all decided to have Lucas lead in order to set the pace.

All of us are walking with our heads held high, nostrils wide sucking in the smell that assures our bodies that we are indeed in the wilderness, and on sacred ground.

All of a sudden a giant woosh erupts several feet in front of us and a grouse zooms ahead, around and away from us. How exciting!! With this new found energy we continue to move forward with an excited murmur about how many grouse live here and how hard they are to hunt because of their impeccable ability to camouflage themselves.

As time went on Lucas lost his hop in his step and replaced it with a determination that the only thing in the entire world that would make him remotely happy would be to turn around and go to the car. With drizzling rain adding a little drama to the situation Lucas and I head back.

The camera was eventually retrieved. 

The boys are asleep and the night is thick with silence allowing only the bubbling of the water to interrupt. I look heaven bound and see so much that make my heart expand and my mind wander. The milky way is right there blazing its grandeur at me. My mouth is open in awe and utter amazement. 

Living in the city it’s hard to remember we are just a tiny dot in a massive and comprehensive universe but out here I feel how small I am and yet how crucial my life is in this vast universe.

My testimony that God created me and everything else strengthens in new profound ways. I promise to try a little harder to be like Jesus, to be grateful for my life and to share this wonder with others.

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