Life

On the Road to Chinle, Day 2

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

This was my view when I woke up this morning.  To you, it may not mean much, but to me it was a reminder of where we’re at…Chinle, our home away from home!  Jeremiah had his first taste of our fellowship here when he was a crazy15 year old teenager, with his hair pulled back in a point tail wearing a purple bandana. (Yes, you read that right! ) Hold up, Wait! What am I talking about when he WAS crazy,  he still IS crazy!! There isn’t much here in Chinle, but we come every chance we get…and we never, ever regret it.

Today Pastor Artie took us and 5 folks from our Alaska church on a tour to Monument Valley,  Utah.  All of us except our 3 teenage boys, they went hunting with some other Rez guys. And from what I hear, they had a blast, which doesn’t surprise me one bit! 
Anyways, the drive to Monument Valley was about an hour and a half…not too bad.  Pastor Overson from Alaska showed us lots of pictures from there and told us some pretty cool stories, too.

When we finally got to Our destination, we were all blown away at what we saw…God’s amazing creation! I can’t even describe to you the detail in every single rock, every crevice,  or even the stories behind them. To know that God, in His awesomeness, spoke all of this into existence is mind blowing.  He spoke this into existence, who wouldn’t want to serve a God that could do that!?

I’ll show you what I mean…

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Everything about these pictures are just absolutely beautiful.

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I think it was about 20 degrees or so when we were there. Some areas were covered in snow, while others only had a few patches here and there. Then you had the areas where it was just plain ‘ol muddy! And you better believe it when I say the muddy parts seemed to be the most attractive to the kids when there wasn’t any snow around!  WHY???? Well, I guess they wouldn’t be kids If they didn’t purposely step on the mud,hu?

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Here’s a pic of the 4 of us.  We were trying to look cute but man it was too cold and windy.  There was no time for cuteness, just hurry up and take the picture already! 

I love road trips,  especially with friends.  There’s just something about it that adds to the adventure. It gives the trip a little more meaning. I’m pretty sure when we’re back at home looking back on this weekend, we’re all gonna have a different experience or a story to share. But the one thing I’m sure we’re all gonna agree on is that our friendships got a little stronger, the memories that we’ve made will be unforgettable, and that we all experienced a touch of God in some way or another.

And that’s just from our time here in Chinle. We still have a whole week of conference to go to!

Stay tuned for Day 3…

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5 Days with Friends

May was a very eventful month for this family of mine! From birthday parties to church functions, to friends visiting and hanging out at the ranch…

We. Were. Busy.

One of the highlights of the month is that our friends from The Valley came to visit for 5 unforgettable days! Our kids had a blast, our husband’s reunited, and we bonded!
Have u ever been friends with someone for years but never realized how much you have in common? Well, she & I have always known we had stuff in common, but it wasn’t until May that we discovered how much. And let me tell you, it’s crazy!

Hearing her share her story in detail, was like listening to my own, just different characters. The fear, confusion, hurt and anger she felt growing up, was something I related to, all too well.  So many unanswered questions (who/where is my daddy?) and a cheated childhood (immoral violations) led to a mess…for the both of us. We both felt rejection in an unimaginable way….until one day 16 years ago, on the 15th of June, in 2 different cities, we gave our lives to Jesus Christ…and the CRAZY thing is, we didn’t even meet until about 3 years ago! We even both met & married our hubby’s at church! Soooo Freaky! 😉

God, in His faithfulness,  took 2 broken teenagers and made beauty from ashes. He knew that one day, in His perfect time, we would meet and not only be friends, but sister’s in Christ.
God is a God of redemption & second chances. That is exactly what he gave us both and I am forever grateful for that! (I know she is, too! ;-))

As I write this, my almost 11 yr old daughter is dancing around to Toby Mac & Brit Nicole, enjoying her childhood, without a care in the world…the way God intended life to be!

Take a peek of our 5 days with Friends..

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