Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hiking St. Mary’s Glacier

The last part of June some of my (Chantal’s) family was in town for a visit. Our good friends the Wehril’s were also in town so we met up to go hiking. We hiked to a glacier called St. Mary’s. It’s a pretty good hike up and absolutely beautiful at the top!

Chantal, Gideon, and Christine on the way up.

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Saint Mary’s glacier is about 3/4’s of a mile up, so you are looking at 1 1/2 miles total hiking. It’s pretty rocky and high elevation (about 10,800 feet), so it’s not for the faint of heart. That being said, I am extremely out of shape and I carried kids up and down, and made it just fine. 🙂

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James did awesome! Walked all the way up with Daddy (who is also carrying someone)!

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This is what you will find at the top. A beautiful lake that is ‘fed’ by the glacier

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And I of course tried to get a family picture. I love this first one!

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Aunt Alaina and Gideon:

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It’s was a bit chilly up there! But that didn’t stop the boys from playing in the water a little bit!

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I love this picture so much. Uncles and nephews!

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But Lord, I want her life!

     She had on a cute bangle bracelet, skinny jeans and the highest heels I’ve ever seen. The cute Filipino girl singing in church that day made me miss my old self. I heard thoughts running through my head like, “I miss dressing cute.” “I miss wearing necklaces.” “Did I even put makeup on today?”

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James 3 1/2 years old

Those thoughts didn’t start that day. Oh, no my friends. A year ago when my life seemed to be in an up roar between being pregnant again, and moving 2 states away from family, a friend was buying a house with her husband that they plan on living in forever, have 2 kids and live happily ever after.  It was all planned out. I found myself thinking, “How nice it would be to know how many kids I’d have.” “I wish I had my life all planned out!” “Why do we keep moving?” “I want to live in one house forever.”

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Gideon 2 years old

As if that wasn’t enough a month ago I was outside sitting around our little fire pit in the backyard. I’m sure Faith was sitting on my lap, I had 5 -6 boys/men running around screaming throwing water balloons at each other. (In case you are wondering, my two boys, my two brothers, my husband, and my cousin.) I glanced over across the fence and there was my neighbor sitting peacefully by herself by her fire pit making a list. I had thoughts like, “That looks so peaceful.” “What would that be like?” “I wonder if we are bothering her?”

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Faith 6 months

When I am so focused on other people’s lives I become discontented. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t the work of Satan whispering in my ear, “Oh, look at her life. Wouldn’t that be nice!” Satan is the great deceiver, wouldn’t it make sense that he would place discontented lies in my ears? Life is short, and I need to enjoy the life that I have been given, not wish for other people’s lives. It robs me of my own happiness and I miss out on what a blessing my life really is. All those women sound happy and their lives sound great. But what you don’t know is that the girl in church, her husband is a pilot and is gone for days at a time. My friend has serious health issues, and my neighbor has told me that they want to have a baby but are having trouble getting pregnant. Who knows? Maybe she was sitting across the fence wishing my life was hers. 😉

You know what the true really is? When I’m not lusting after other women’s lives I am so happy. Life right now is great; I have never been happier.  For me happiness is looking into my children’s big blue eyes that look so much like their father’s, it’s sleeping next to them in bed, it’s reading stories, and looking for bugs.  It’s going on walks, and eating ice cream. It’s hearing my children call me Mommy! I have been blessed beyond measure. I have three beautiful and healthy children. I have a wonderful husband that loves me and loves our children. Really, who wouldn’t want this amazing life I’ve been given?

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June 20th 2014

10 hours With Angela

Titus’ sister Angela had a layover here in Denver that was 12 hours long! That is a stupidly long layover, but lucky for her we live here so she spent the day with us. James woke up that morning and said, “Where is my Aunty Ang?” ha ha We had a few different ideas on how to spend the day, but Angela said she really wanted to go to Breckenridge and ride the gondola. So we loaded up the van and drove 1 1/2 hours only to find out that it wasn’t running. The sign said it was closed until June, we were there on June 3rd, but apparently that was too early in June.

 Angela and James and Gideon

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What do we do now?

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Take pictures?

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Or go to the toy store and play?

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More pictures?

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We drove half way home and stopped at a park to go hiking. For being so excited about it the children were hugely uncooperative. We were very thankful that Angela was there to help us carry ALL of them most of the way up.

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At the top there are a bunch of rocks to climb on. Suddenly the boy’s tiredness, grumpiness, and tummy aches vanished, but only until we headed back down.

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It was, ah, a bit windy up there!

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We tried to excite them to walk with sticks, but it didn’t work very long.

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Faith was the best one of the bunch!

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Angela and Gideon

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Mountains!

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Family picture on the same log that was in our Christmas letter.

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Faith fell asleep on the way down.

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Once we got to the bottom suddenly the boys were fine again! And they started picking wild flowers.

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We had lots of fun with Angela! It was just too short! 🙂

Book Review: Be the Mom

I just finished this book a week or so ago. I sure hope I don’t get into any kind of trouble for advertising this book. 🙂 I promise I’m not plagiarizing! It’s just so good I needed to share! 🙂

 I highly recommend it to all my mommy friends that like to read.

The author, Tracey Lanter Eyster, starts off the preface with this,

“Be the Mom is a book for all moms, thought it didn’t start out that way. I began writing about my life experiences and the traps I found myself falling into so that one day I could pass them on to my young daughter when she enters motherhood. I wanted her to know that being a mom is hard but well worth it.”

She then continued the book with each chapter focusing on a ‘mom-trap’. She goes through all of them:

Just-a-Mom Trap: Is this it…..really?

Me Mom Trap: It’s my way or else, people!

Martyr Mom Trap: Another cold meal for me

Busy Mom Trap: Supermom to the rescue!

Mirror Mom Trap: Who’s the fairest?

Tomorrow Mom Trap: Tomorrow is another day.

They Say Mom Trap: You know what they say!

At the end of each chapter she has a little quiz to give yourself to see how you are doing and if you are stuck in a trap. She also gives you ideas and suggestions to bring you out of your funk. I’m doing pretty well right now, but I could have really used this book a year ago.

At the end of the book she writes,

“A mom goes life through the birth of her child and molds that life through the love and attention she provides her child. What a privilege it is to hear, “I love you, Mom!” spoken from little cherub lips that never tire of that phrase over and over. What a joy “Love ya!” is when it is heard in the deep, gravelly voice of a teenage boy.

The truth you must cling to is this: Whether or not you are currently feeling valued as a mom doesn’t detract from the fact  you are! Your Father in heaven sees you, appreciates you, and celebrates you for who you are!”

The last two sentences are,

“Each day you spend raising your precious children is an opportunity to lean into God’s love for you and share His love with your children. It really is the best job in the world.”

It’s a book about enjoying being a mom, about slowing down and being the mom your kids need. It’s funny, it’s encouraging, and it’s in your face about how to change into a better mom for your kids.