Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your loved ones many blessings today and always!

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Tis the Season

I must admit that although I love Jesus, I find the holidays to be a bit of a downer. Well, maybe not a bit, a lot might be more like it. How can I possibly be feeling funky at the most wondrous time of the year when my Savior was born? Hmmm. . . I don’t know. I honestly struggle to interpret the emotional roller coaster I’m on at this time of the year.

Life itself continues to be a challenge but things have changed, mostly for good this past year. The relationship that began the year prior blossomed and I’ll be marrying this wonderful man next week.  I did some traveling to Sanibel Island with my parents and children as well as Colorado and Nebraska.  I accomplished many things – 3 half-marathons and a personal best, hiking my first 14’er, moving not once but twice, volunteering in a new section at church  – just to name a few. Challenges? Knee issues running, significant ocular migraines, strep throat, relationship issues, my oldest son moving not only out but out of town, family/friends death and health issues, my youngest son’s back issues from weight lifting . . . But I prefer not to dwell on the negative. Or at least I try not to anyway!So, what does one do when they’re struggling? Although sometimes difficult to let go, God’s got it. Even though I can’t put into words why I’m crying, He’s got me. When I want to sleep and never wake up, He’s holding me in His arms. When social media is too overwhelming, He gives me the strength to focus on what matters. When those that I love make poor decisions and my heart is hurting, He’s there. God is good.

I’ve mentioned before that God speaks to me through music. I was mesmerized by Tenth Avenue North’s song, Control that I heard about a month ago. I can’t seem to get enough of it! Here are some of the lyrics:

I’ve had plans
Shattered and broken
Things I have hoped in
Fall through my hands
You have plans
To redeem and restore me
You’re behind and before me
Oh, help me believe
God You don’t need me
But somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To take my hands off of my life
And the way it should go, oh …
I pray that you’re able to give God control of your life. If you’re struggling with the holidays like I am, lean on Him. He cares for you. He wants you. Allow Him to fill the voids in your life. He’s got you.

Brrr, Chilly Colorado!

Boxing Day (Dec. 26th for those that don’t know) was the day we once again loaded up the van for our traditional Colorado trip. We usually stay through Dec. 31st but due to my crazy desire to do something I’ve never done before, I decided we’d come back a day early (see previous post on the Hangover Series!). My oldest couldn’t come as the restaurant industry’s busiest time allowed him none off. I, however, needed a mental break and some get-away time!

It was bitterly, bitterly cold but if you were dressed appropriately, it didn’t feel too miserable.  It hadn’t been THIS cold in many, many years.

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This was what my phone said when I awoke on the 27th. I was going to go for a run but changed my mind until it had warmed up a little! Yes, it says NEGATIVE 18 degrees real feel!!!!

I was even more excited to be there this year as my brother and his wife and daughter from Hilton Head Island, SC were coming too!  I hadn’t seen my brother in 4 years since he’d moved. We had a blast ice skating, tubing, skiing, and snowshoeing. Before I knew it, it was time to pack back up and make the drive home.

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Skiing at the A-Basin, a first for me. Although the runs weren’t as long and there was only 1 quad lift, the crowds weren’t bad at all.

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My big bro and I.

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Trying out my new snowshoes. Hard work but LOVED it! We did a perimeter hike around the course and then my mum and I headed up the back mountain for some more miles.

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3 Generations – my mum, daughter, and I.

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Ice skating and hockey at the Adventure Center!

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2 of my crazy offspring on the tubing hill at the Nordic Center. They had a blast!

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We had to show my niece the Chocolate Village! It had a Star Wars theme this year (but not shown here).

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Might I add that I love it here?! Even though it was so cold, the magnificence never ceases to amaze me. Absolutely beautiful. I took this pic on the way to Mountain House.

Once again I didn’t get to do everything I would have liked to have done but that’s part of the fun of returning.  I was, however, disappointed that there wasn’t an ice sculpture for the New Year by the Village Lake this year. I guess they put it in River Run instead, somewhere else I didn’t make it to!