Hope of Christmas

Christmas time brings our family great joy.  We, like most of us, celebrate the birth of Jesus in many traditional ways.  We have a Christmas tree, sing carols, watch holiday movies, and give gifts to our loved ones.  It is a happy time for our family.  There is a hope of Christmas.

But, we have both had to go through a Christmas season where very special people to us were forever removed from our lives.  We usually reflect upon our losses at this appropriate time of the year.  Why do we voluntarily engage in this dichotomy?  It is like Bob Ross says, “You need the dark to see the light.”

All of life is full of light and dark.  Tragedies have a way of adding context to our stories.  Oftentimes we tolerate the mundane and keep pushing through each day...

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my FAVORITE day of the year….my birthday!!!  I know I am a year older which can scare some people.  But, to me it is another year I am able to spend with my family and loved ones.  If you remember, Jake does not like to celebrate birthdays at all.  (Click HERE if you need a refresher).

Growing up it was one of the few days I was able to have most of the attention. I am the oldest of five children, so most days it was all about compromising.  But, on your birthday you did not have to…or at least not as much.  We picked the restaurant we wanted to eat at that night for dinner and had breakfast on our special red plate.

Therefore, I think my love of birthdays came from the feeling of being special...

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A Season of Giving from Gratitude

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend it with loved ones – whether family or friends.  I can’t believe that tomorrow will be December.  As we move into the time of giving, I want us to also remain in thankfulness and gratitude.

Our yearly theme last year was Gratitude.  I love seeing my Facebook memories in the morning which show what I was grateful for that specific day one year prior.  As I look back, I realize that only a few of those were material possessions.  I am thankful for my house, my car, my bed and some of my first world luxuries.  But, most of the gratitude lies within experiences and watching my family be happy.

As we move into the Christmas season, I want to hold on to that thought...

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

Our blog post today is simply a short prayer because we are celebrating Thanksgiving with our family, friends and loved ones.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever. – Psalms 118:1 (NLT)

We are thankful for each of you and that you are on this journey with us.  Our prayer is you have a home full of love and joy today and throughout the year.  We pray we have hearts of gratitude and generosity.  Jesus, thank you for our families and friends.  As we enjoy this time together may we remember you gave us the ultimate gift – your Son.  We pray each person reading this has a wonderful day filled with laughter, love and happiness.  Amen.

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.
~Shannon and Jake


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Healing Water After A Consuming Fire

I was traveling through a particular part of the Pike National Forest during a recent camping trip.  This area was devastated during the Hayman Fire of 2002.  Even fifteen years later, the effect is still evident every where you look.  Well, almost everywhere.  There is a path of healing water after a consuming fire.

The line of Life amongst devastation

For a little backstory, a Forest Service employee let a fire get out of control and it burned over 138,000 acres and dozens of homes.  There are streams that run through the forest and a major reservoir that feeds water to thousands of Colorado residents.

As the fire was traveling across the forest, it left little untouched.  Goose Creek is a strange exception...

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