The Ministry of Little Things!

Scorn not the smallness of the endeavor,
Let the great meaning ennoble it ever. 
Droop not over efforts expended in vain, 
Work as believing that labour is gain. - Author Unknown

Family Economics Conference Washington:)

Recently my family and I had a wonderful time in Ocean Shores, Washington attending the Family Economics Conference. It was wonderful to hear encouraging messages from inspiring speakers, spend time together as a family, and (my personal favorite:) spending hours and hours talking, and swimming, and spending time on the beach with friends. 

Anyhow, here's the pictures you've been waiting for:) 
On the way to the conference, we saw this "gas truck" or maybe it wasn't gas:) 

After the long trip to Ocean Shores, we arrived at our hotel, and Evan and I went exploring. We found this amazing antique car, and had a nice time taking with the owners. 

Then on the walk back to our hotel, we saw some friends, and some deer who were just as friendly:) 

Then we met up with the D. family, and went out for dinner, but we managed to make it to the ocean for the last bit of the sunset. 

Evan wanted Amanda and I to try the "shadow picture" effect with the sunset in the backround, and I was pleased and surprised with the results:) 

The next day we heard great messages from encouraging speakers, my favorite of whom was Kevin Swanson, and this was my favorite quote from his message. 

"If there's anything in your life that's encouraging you to make material things into idols we must repent of this  idolatry, and focus on what the Bible says is right." -Kevin Swanson 

After the conference that evening, we went out to dinner with some friends.
Bethany seemed amazed by the size of this pizza. (or maybe she was marveling at the fact that the pizza was almost bigger than her:) j/k

And Jordan was so hungry he almost ate the whole pizza in one bite :) 

We all enjoyed a nice time together, and it was good to spend some time with the H. Family, before they moved to Idaho. 

After dinner, we went back to our hotel, to get changed to go swimming with the S. family. 
Evan and I couldn't help but notice our matching shoes:) 

Outfitted for a wonderful swim... (Well, o.k. I guess I do need to shed the coat and scarf, but it was cold on the way to the S. family's hotel:) 

We swam until almost midnight, and had a wonderful time, John H. even came to join us, which Evan and Jordan really enjoyed:) Then after swimming, and talking for quite a while, we said goodnight to the S. family, and then headed back to our hotel (with members of the V. and H.families that had joined us after we went swimming.) and did some four part singing until the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, we had a wonderful day! 

The next morning we were up earlier than we should have been to enjoy another great day, of inspiring speakers, and fellowship. My favorite speaker of the day was Danny Craig, who spoke directly to the hearts of young people. Here's my favorite quote from his message. 

"How badly do you want wisdom? Don't ignore input. Go after wisdom with everything that you've got. Listen to your parents. God's not ready to entrust us with things if we have not been faithful to pursue what we can  right now. Learn from the wise people around you, and begin developing yourself. " -Danny Craig

It was great to spend time with friends I haven't seen for a while, although the time always seems to go by way to fast. 

We were trying to take a group photo with "just us girls" but somehow this happened:) 
At one point I thought we were going to have a group photo with the entire conference:) 

After another late night (or should I say early?) talking, singing, reviewing memory verses, playing games, swimming, and traipsing to other people's hotels, we were glad to have a good night's rest. 

The next morning, we headed out to the beach with the L. Family, and were surprised to find....
...the S. family, preparing to take an "arctic" swim in the ocean. 
After much talking and trying to persuade them from their present course of action, we gave up, and went for a couple mile run down the beach. 

I was so far behind them, that at times I felt like giving up, but I pressed on, and finally reached the group as they were on the way back. 

After our walk/run, we watched as the brave and determined S. family prepared to take the plunge. 

This was as close as I got to going into the water, but I was so proud of the four members of the S. family who ignored the 40' below water temperatures and did what they came to do. 

I must say, I do not envy them for the extreme cold they felt when they returned from the water. 

Nevertheless, I was overly impressed, with their spirit of determination, and commitment. 

And I sensed their feeling of accomplishment and happiness as though almost as though I had been with them in the water. 

As we headed back or our hotel with the L. Family, we came upon....

... A dead seagull. Which provided quite the entertainment (thanks to Ross:)  
Next came the seagull's extensive burial which left the head visible. (for storytelling purposes:) 

Then we headed back on the beautiful trail to our hotel. 

Once we arrived, we quickly packed up our cars, and then spent a couple hours talking before heading out to dinner. 
After several hours of talking, and fellowship, we gathered for one last group photo. 

It certainly was a wonderful conference, and we all enjoyed our time together. I'm so grateful for such encouraging friends, who keep me focused on Christ. 

But wait, our trip wasn't over yet, after saying goodbye to the S. family, we headed off to Seaside with the L. Family and enjoyed a nice car ride talking... but mostly sleeping, (sorry I didn't get any pictures:) before we arrived in Seaside. It didn't take long for us to find an open ice cream shop, get some ice cream, and head to the beach. We found a swing set, and like most energetic homeschoolers at 10:30 PM, we enjoyed swinging on it, and seeing how far we could jump from the swings into the sand. Then we all joined in to help Emily draw stick figures of the Duggar family in the sand. Afterwards we made the night complete by swimming for several hours, before heading to bed. The next morning after a good rest, we enjoyed breakfast together, and then headed back home. 

We had a wonderful trip, and were so grateful for our time with friends and family!

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, evenChrist:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted
by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure
of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:11-16

Struggles.. Conflicts... And Hardships.

"Judge not The Lord by feeble sense but trust Him for His grace. Behind each frowning providence He hides a smiling face." Author Unknown 

"Behold I will do a new thing now it shall spring forth shall ye not know it? I will even make a way int the wilderness and rivers in the desert" - Isaiah 43:19 

"You can't think about two things at once. Try it. It's impossible. That is why you must ignore the pain and suffering in your life, and focus on the times of blessing. You must allow your mind to be creative, and you must become so preoccupied with good, that you don't realize the pain you are in. You must be overcome with good not evil." - Author Unknown

"God puts us into the prison of disobedience that we may come to be grateful for His mercy." - Jepson Lonquist 

"God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called." Author Unknown. 

"Pray and let God worry". - Martin Luther 

"Can we follow the Savior far, who have no wound or scar?" Amy Carmichael

"Whomever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil." John Calvin

"Christian, remember the goodness of God in the frost of adversity." Charles Spurgeon 

This hill, though high, I covet to ascend; the difficulty will not me offend. For I perceive the way to life lies here. Come, pluck up, heart; let's neither faint nor fear. Better, though difficult, the right way to go, than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe. - John Bunyan

We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others. - Elisabeth Elliot

In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, He has never failed me; but because I was enabled by His grace to trust Him He has always appeared for my help. I delight in speaking well of His name. - George Muller

How Am I Supposed to Say Goodbye?

How to Say Goodbye! 

By: Michael W.Smith 

Tell me when the time we had slipped away
Tomorrow turned to yesterday
And I don't know how
Tell me what can stop this river of tears
It's been building up for years
For this moment now

Here I stand
Arms open wide
I've held ya close
Kept ya safe
Till you could fly

Tell me where the road ahead is gonna bend
And how to harness up the wind
And how to say goodbye

Tell me why
Why does following your dreams
Take you far away from me
And I knew that it would

Tell me how to fill the space you left behind
And how to laugh instead of cry
And how to say goodbye

Here I stand
Arms open wide
I've held ya close
Kept ya safe
Till you could fly

Tell me where the road ahead is gonna bend
And how to harness up the wind
And how to say goodbye

You'll  Never Fully Know!

By: Jordan Strang 

When the day is done
When the time has come
To say goodbye to a brother in Christ
To a joint heir with the Son
Then stop right there
Lift them in prayer
And when you pray thank Him for His grace
That has brought you to this place

 Then say goodbye in a way that tells of the love you have for them
The love of Christ in deed and truth, the love that knows no end
And as they turn to walk away
Stay and watch them go
For if this is your last meeting on earth you’ll never fully know

 The time you’ve spent
In praising Him
Fellowshipping in the Lord Jesus Christ
And exalting God with them
Although they leave
This’ll never cease
For when we live in the light of Christ
It’ll last for eternity

So say goodbye in a way that tells of the love you have for them
The love of Christ in deed and truth, the love that knows no end
And as they turn to walk away
Stay and watch them go
For if this is your last meeting on earth, you’ll never fully know

 When He returns
And takes us home
To the place beyond the skies
He’s prepared for His own
With Him we’ll be
So let us watch for His soon return
Will you spread His love with me?

And say goodbye in a way that tells of the love you have for them
The love of Christ in deed and truth, the love that knows no end
And as they turn to walk away
Stay and watch them go
For if this is your last meeting on earth, you’ll never fully know

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28 

Prayer for the impossible!

"In all conflicts let us remember that with God nothing is impossible; and as we read His promises let us turn them into prayers." - Matthew Henry

"God encourages us to ask freely for the impossible as for the possible, since to Him all difficulties are the same size- less than Himself." J. Oswald Sanders

"God takes delight in mixing up the odds as He alters the inevitable and bypasses the impossible." - Chuck Swindoll

"Fear is the result of a lack of faith" - Ronny Cooksey 

"Pray and let God worry." - Martin Luther 

"We must  live with great confidence in the person of Christ, and not waste the life He has given us. Cry out to The Lord with humility, and ask Him to give you the grace you need to continue to build His kingdom. " - Daniel Craig 

Purpose, Passion, & Protection!

These are three areas of my life that God has really been teaching me in lately. Through personal, and family struggles, I have learned some lessons the hard way, and God has been showing me just a little bit more of my need for Him. I'd love to hear how these thoughts inspire and encourage your walk with our blessed Savior! 

Purpose - The pursuit of God, the passion for His holiness, and the protection from His love. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Death, just the thought makes one pause and reflect life. What does it mean to be dead in Christ? What purposes, and passions should we forget for the sake of Christ? Am I really dead in Christ? Do I really live for Christ? Is He really my life purpose?

I've often caught myself focusing on temporal pleasures, thinking about my life goals, my desires, and my dreams. I wonder if I'm doing enough to be remembered when I die. I wonder if other people like me, and why they do. I get easily overwhelmed with what I think I should be doing to reach my goals. Life becomes a mess, I blow up at everyone, I never seem to get enough done, and I'm always overwhelmed. In these times I have found myself wholly given over to sin, unsatisfied with everything, and I have often despised God's protection. 

Living for Jesus, giving Him everything, trusting Him without doubting, rejoicing in all circumstances, who wouldn't give anything to be more like Christ? "Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past findings out. For who hath known the mind of The Lord or who hath been His counsellor?" Romans 11:33-34   If God is greater than the heavens and He takes no pleasure in the ways of man; then why do we try so hard to please Him? Why do we find ourselves pursuing our own purpose, and only relying on God for the things we can't do? 

What would it look like to completely surrender to Christ? Would anything change in my life? Would my actions change? Would my thoughts change? I am determined to find out. I am determined to put the pursuit of Christ first in my affections, and desires. I purpose to live for Christ, in word, thought, and action, and to completely surrender everything to His control, so that in whatever I do, it is no more I that do it but Christ who dwells in me. 

Passion- Am I passionate in my love for Christ? Do I treat Him like I would treat my closest friend? If God decided to have a time of separation from me, would I be as passionate about Him, and desirous of His company, as I would be if an earthly friend did the same? How do we evaluate our passion for Christ? Does my passion for Christ show my love for Him, or a sense of being forced to love Him? 

As I ponder these questions, I wonder what passion for Christ really means. I grab my dictionary, and discover that passion is: Zeal, ardor, love, eager desire, a feeling of the mind, suffering, the impression or effect of an external agent upon the body, a longing, or excitement. So now, am I truly passionate about Christ? My heart wants to say yes, but my conscience tells me I have some work to do. 

I wish I had the passion for Christ to pursue Him without desire for personal gain. I'm overwhelmed by thoughts of who Christ is, and what He has done for us. How could we ever live our lives without acknowledging the Creator of everything? A passion for Christ should set our souls on fire, to put Him first in our thoughts, actions, words, desires, and dreams. A thirst for more of God should permeate our beings to the point that we couldn't bear to exist without striving to know Him just a little more. 
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matt5:6

Protection- why does God put people in our lives to protect us from harm? Why do we have parents?Recently, the whole concept of parental authority has been challenged to such a extent  that I have been forced to evaluate my relationship with my parents, and see where I'm falling short of God's commands."Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Ephesians 6:1-3

I believe that Children are to Honour and obey their parents, and to put their wishes first over our own desires. And I don't think that this depends on the age of the Children. As in Genesis, when Jacob obeyed his father and mother, at 40 years of age. (Genesis 27)  The only age groups I see in the Bible are children and parents, and children become parents when they marry. ( Gen 2:24, Mark 10:7, Eph 5:31) This is no to say that parents are to take the place of God, but that they are to be our protection. I for one am very grateful to my parents for their love, protection, and care for me. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them.They have sacrificed so many years of their lives to nurture, and and teach me in the ways of God. 

I have realized recently how important it is for me to obey my parents, and to honour them as my authorities, and God- given protectors. I believe God wants me to treat them with respect, and honour, and to listen to their counsel, and learn from their wisdom. I have failed miserably in this, as I have recently been noticing how many times I despise what they desire, and don't truly honour them as my protectors. 

I think we all need to start afresh, and re-evaluate how we treat our parents. Just like in 1 John where it says that we show that we love God by loving our brothers. In the same way, I have realized how I have shown my lack of love for God by my lack of love for my parents. I haven't really given them my heart, I haven't treated them like I would want to be treated, and most importantly, I haven't treated them like God would have me to treat them. I am resolved to refocus my time, and energy upon the person of Christ, and
allow Him to completely take control of my purpose, passion, and protection. His is a all powerful Savior and there is nothing too hard for Him.

 Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on purpose, passion, and protection,
and if these thoughts were somehow encouraging to you, let me know in a comment below.I realize I'm no expert on these issues, and I urge you to seek God, and His 
word on your own on the topics of purpose, passion, and protection. 
Maybe you'll find something you've never noticed before, and if you do, 
I'd love to hear about it too. 

" For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." Isaiah 30:15, 18-21

Colorado...Adventures... and Experiences!

The great trip begins! This was one of the first times we haven't had an early morning flight.

Two things I can't get enough of while traveling... Healthy snacks, and something to read and study:)

Ok, so we stayed the first night of our trip in Denver, and ate at Panera Bread, (as usual:) and that's where I was overjoyed to find out the National Bible Bee scores. My family literally had to make me eat, because After I stopped reviewing the scores, and rejoiicing with my friends that made it to Nationals, we all enjoyed lots of swimming, and exercise.  Evan and I ended our time in Denver with a GREAT basketball game the next morning.... But I never got any pictures of any of that, sorry(: 

The next day we drove the beautiful three hour drive to Winter Park.

After dropping off Dad and Evan at their fully furnished "cabin" for the Father Son Camp....

We girls drove the beautiful drive to our Devil's Thumb Ranch, 

The sunset was absolutely stunning. I'm still amazed at how well my Point and Shoot captured it.

Devil's Thumb Ranch, although it has a foreboding name, is really an immaculate resort like ranch, where one can enjoy all the extravagances of the city, in the quiet beauty of the Colorado countryside. 

Everywhere you look, there are vast mountains, and beautiful expanses of color painted on the landscape by a magnificent God. 

Remnants of days gone by, add rustic charm to the scenery, and remind us of the brevity of life.

I think I could have taken a thousand pictures, and still not done justice to the beautiful surroundings. 

Yvonne seems to fit in quite well with the surroundings.

I think Suburban's are my favorite cars for trips. They are comfortable, spacious, and take windy roads very smoothly. (Which is a huge bonus for car sick people like me) 

The Ranch....beautiful, sophisticated, and rustic, all at the same time. 

Our room... Well... Part of it:-) 

I love taking walks on the ranch, and exploring the buildings. This was our second time to stay at the ranch, but we still found plenty of new things to do. 

Like visiting the stables for a 2 hour horseback ride. (Which was a first time experience for me:) 

Mom rode a sweet horse named Ginger. 

I'm so glad they gave us instructions before we began riding. 

This is my horse's head. His name was Rambler, and he really lived up to his name, because all along the ride, he would stop as often as he could to ramble on some grass. 

Yvonne rode a beautiful black horse named Rusty. 
The trial guide was having trouble with his horse going in a striaght direction, so the ride went a little  slower than it usually would have, but we all enjoyed it just the same. 

The whole time we were out riding, I kept thinking of the Booher Family's song.."I'm Back In The Saddle Again." I think this picture of Mom captures the essence of that song. 

A group photo, which the trail guide was so kind to capture for us.

Self Portrait... While riding my horse:)  I just loved the clouds that day, it was like being able to look right into the splendor of Heaven. 

The trail was so beautiful, and all along the way I wished I could have been singing, but I'm not sure how much the trail guide would have liked that:) 

The summit of the Trail ride, as we headed back down towards the ranch in the valley. 

My horse actually picked up some speed just after this photo, as he saw the stables coming into view.

Back at the stables, Yvonne enjoyed stroking a full size Draft horse. 

On a separate trail ride that departed simultaneously with us, a man was riding the large black horse you can see behind my Mom's horse. It was a good head and shoulders above the other horses. 

Mom waiting for help to dismount from her horse. 

Back at the room, we enjoyed a couple hours of relaxation, before going swimming. I really enjoyed the   Horseback riding experience, and I'm so glad God provided saftey, and kept back the rain while we were riding. I look forward to being able to ride a horse again sometime in the future. 

We went into town for some Pizza, and while we were waiting for our order, I managed to capture this photo, which I think displayes a small snapshot, of the beauty of God's creation. 

Here's some photos from arround the Ranch. 
This is the main lodge....

The spa... And a resturaunt. All of the buildings are stone and beam construction, which I really like. 

A unidentified flower which caught my attention while I was walking. 

Any guesses as to what type of flower it is? 

In the next town from where we were staying was a ski resort.... With the most unique ways to use Downhill ski slopes in the summer. 

The main, attraction was downhill mountain biking. Fully suited with helmets, and body armour, people were riding up the lifts, to desend the ski slopes on mountain bikes. So at first thought this doesn't sound like a bad idea, but then picture hundreds, of bicyclists doing it at once. They're coming down the hill one right after another, and there's no way to stop, and even if they try to stop they will most likely flip off thier bike, and crash like one lady we talked to who had broken her leg in 12 spots, as a result of a crash. Needless to say, I don't think I'll be trying downhill mountain biking on a ski slope anytime soon, but it certainly was a good way to use a ski slope in the summer.  

For the less risky people, there were lots of other activities... Like miniature golf, bungy jumping, a human maze, stores, resturaunts, and faux gold mining. 

And among all the other things there was the attraction we were came for... A 3,000 foot alpine slide. 

Sitting aboard a steerable sled, after a 10 minute lift ride, Yvonne and I enjoyed a thrilling ride down the  mountain. It was definetly worth the long line, and thankfully we made it to the bottom just before it began to rain really hard, and they had to close the slide. 

The finish line. 

If you look really closely in the top middle of this picture, you will see a hummingbird moth. Smaller than an inch in length, with four wings, this is a very amazing moth that had all the characteristics of a hummingbird. God's creation is amazing. 

Back at the ranch, I just loved this beautiful flower garden along the path to the lodge. 

After a full day, we settled in for some good conversations and a round of checkers, in the main lodge. 

Although Yvonne was unsuccessful in mastering the author of this post in checkers, she did master her in being able to stack all the checker pieces on top of each other. 

O.k. so we did get a big goofy too, and Mom managed to capture this photo in the midst of our humor. I think a good caption for this photo would be.. "Look what I found in the mine, Mom?" :) 

When we got back to our room, roomservice had turned the beds down, and bathrobes were laid out, so I managed to get Yvonne to agree to... Well...this:) 

The next day was check out day, but I managed to capture these pictures before we left. 

I loved the color of these flowers. 

After checking out from the Ranch, we headed across the valley to pick up Dad and Evan.

The father son "camp" from a distance. 

The "cabin" where Dad and Evan stayed. 

After picking up the guys, we drove the three hour drive to Colorado Springs where our parents surprised us by treating us to a stay at the amazing Broadmoor Hotel. 

Over 100 years old, the hotel was beautiful, with gorgeous gardens, and waterfalls, professional and famous golf courses, and activities galore. 

I was amazed at the architecture of the hotel. 

Yvonne loved this ballroom with small mirrors all around the walls. It looked like something from a Jane Austen movie. 

Evan and I explored the whole hotel, and managed to make our way to the clock tower where we captured this photo. 

After exploring the grounds, we all enjoyed an amazing concert by the Broadmoor Symphony Orchestra. From movie themes, to original compositions, to famous classical pieces, the concert was beautiful, and one of the best concerts I've ever attended. 

The next day we explored the numerous stores around the hotel. 

Saw the beautiful waterfalls, 

Enjoyed the amazing sitting areas. 

And cute sculptures. 

Walked the intricate gardens, 

Played and sang around one of the many pianos. 

And then .... My personal favorite activity of the day.

We got to go to the USA Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs. 

It was really neat to see the grounds, and buildings where actual athletes live and train. 

Although it was amazing to see the Training Center, it was also sad to think about how many athletes spend their entire lives training for events of such temporal significance. But then it brought 1Corinthians 9:24-27 home, when I realized that as Christians we are supposed to be athletes for Christ, and that is a life long calling. I wonder how different my life would be if I really lived like a Christian athlete for Christ?

After our field trip, we ate at delicious Noodles and Company, for our first time ever. 

And then drove up a mountain to see this amazing view. 

And this deer:) then we headed back to our hotel, for some delicious ice cream and a good night's rest.

The next day, Yvonne and I bypassed the extremely busy pool and water slides, and headed to...

The lake... To go paddle boating. ( Evan had come down with a strange flu, so Mom and Dad stayed on the shore with him.) 

It was a beautiful sunny day of about 90 degrees. 

Yvonne really enjoyed the boat, and certainly did a lot better job of steering than I did:) 

I loved the boat, ok I guess that's why the paddle boating was my idea:) 

But this... Was Yvonne's idea:) to go under the waterfalls, and get soaking wet:) o.k. Well it was nice to cool off after sweating so much. 

Here we are in our boat. 

The buildings and mountains surrounding the lake looked like what I imagine Tuscany or Italy to look like. It was simply beautiful, and it took my breath away. 

We managed to pull over to the shore, and so Dad could join us for the ride back to the boat dock:) it was so much fun, and Dad made the boat go so much faster:) 

But is was hard for me to steer, and I almost caused us to run into a group of swans. 

After our exciting ride, we headed back to our beautiful hotel room, 

To pack up and get a good nights sleep before we headed off to the airport the next morning. 

Before we left, we stepped into this antique store, and saw these amazing authentic binoculars. 

The shop had some amazing artifacts for sale, (with amazingly high prices.) and we all enjoyed it. 

My personal favorite photo of the trip:) 

The Broadmoor was a wonderful end to a wonderful trip. I'm so glad God blessed us with safety, and allowed us to have an enjoyable time as a family.  

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us,
 and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100