Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Here we are...

Just thought I would check in and let everyone know we are still kicking. We are having a wonderful time. We take so much for granted. Do we really look at our surroundings? So much of the time I think we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives, we don’t enjoy what is available to us.

We spent 2 nights in Fort Collins, Colorado. While there we went to Loveland and found the Benson Sculpture Park. It was beautiful. There were sculptures of all kinds and sidewalks all the way around. It was so peaceful, and such talent! After Loveland, we were off to Estes Park. I was there in 1976; needless to say it has expanded tremendously. It sits in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Then we were off to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Our first stop was Bear Lake. That was my favorite place on my last visit. How can anyone look at these surroundings and not believe in our Heavenly Father? We then proceeded across Trail Ridge Road, however we did not get as far as we would of liked. The car started overheating pulling the mountains. So we did not want to push our luck. The perfect ending to the day was a Filet Mignon at Lonestar Steakhouse, Mmmm good!

We were off to Salt Lake City on Thursday. Stan’s daughter Debbie and her hubby Andy put us up at the Hilton, downtown close to Temple Square. We spent Friday morning at the Family Research Library. I thought I was in Heaven. They have so much information it is mind-boggling. I did find a couple of things I was looking for in my genealogy, but that is a different story. At noon, Debbie and his granddaughter Jenny picked us up and took us exploring. We went up into the canyons, where the ski resorts are. It was absolutely beautiful. We ended the day with supper at Village Inn. We had a wonderful time with his kids. That evening I met a friend from high school at Temple Square. We had not seen each other since graduation in 1975. We were not close friends in high school but were acquaintances. A lot of us have reconnected on Facebook. It was really good to see her and fun catching up.

We spent Saturday night in Carson City Nevada, and then drove over to Lake Tahoe Sunday morning. It was beautiful. We made it to Reno Sunday evening. Stan was elected a delegate to the National AFGE Convention. It is being held here at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. This place is unbelievable. It is like its own little world. You do not have to leave for anything. There are restaurants galore, and of course a number of bars, lounges, a Casino area, a 50 lane bowling alley, a 3 show cinema, a shopping mall, a video arcade for kids, mini-golf, and on and on and on. And yes ladies there is a Starbucks. We are here until Saturday; I just don’t know if I can handle it… it is such a rough life. I am posting a few pictures for now and will add all of them to my webshots page when I get home. We did take our car to a mechanic this morning, hopefully they can get it fixed and it will be something simple. See you next time…
UPDATE: Car problems were a little worse than we expected. Have to make a few changes in our plans. But I know our God will help us over this mountain too! And He will deliver us on the other side… Please remember us in your prayers!

“Many are the afflictions of the righteousness: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Change of plans...

My plans were to do a post about our trip. We are off and running (well driving) in the morning, but I changed my mind. I have been copying CD’s to cassettes this week to play in our car on the trip. I ran across one that I had not listened to in a long time. It was on the CD titled “The Very Best of Boltz”. There was a song included on there called “The Hammer”. What a powerful song, which Boltz did not do many songs that were not powerful. But I felt like I needed to share it with you. You may have heard it before, I did, but this time I really listened to the words. I found a video on Please turn up your speakers and listen to it below. Hopefully it will work.

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Jesus did so much for us and we take so much for granted! Have you ever really thought about what it would of been like to have been there. Watching Jesus die for our sins...

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

Friday, August 7, 2009

Just Had To Share...

Here is a few more pictures I took today. There is a Xeriscape Garden in Springfield that is beautiful. I love stopping now and then to see what is in bloom. I was thrilled to catch the butterfly.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

"The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad." Psalm 126:3

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just Having Fun...

Life has been crazy lately… I think it is for everyone. Time is flying by. It is hard to believe it is August already, the year half gone. Just a little over 4 months until Christmas. Wow… Christmas already. I have always heard time flies when you are having fun. Actually, I think it flies, as we get older. I was talking to my cousin the other night, and I casually mentioned you know we are the ages that those old people were when we were teens and we would laugh at them. That is a scary thought. But as I told her getting old is better than the alternative.

Life is good and I thank God everyday for what He has done in my life and how He has truly blessed me and brought me to where I am today. He blessed me with a wonderful family and my wonderful husband. Stan loves spoiling me, and that was something I was not used too. We are leaving in a week for a three-week trip out west, and at the end of the three weeks will end up in Arkansas visiting my kids.

I have been playing with my new camera trying to get used to it and all the settings. Talk about fun. Here are a few I have taken over the last couple of days. The hummers were on our back patio and the flowers were at the city park in Willard. Hope you enjoy.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights…” James 1:17a