Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy Birthday!

    Today is my cowboy's birthday.  This year, I need to take a moment to publicly appreciate him for being the man that he is. I have introduced him to you before, but after the summer we've had, I have seen and experienced Tony's character in a deeper way. He is a man of integrity. He is brave. He is one of the most loving and compassionate daddy's our kids could have. (He's the one they want when they're sick or scared.) He does make everything seem better. And after losing our baby daughter, he is my rock. He pointed me to truth, he held me while I cried, and he made me laugh to stay sane. I love that he faces "the hard" without looking away and with such courage. I love you, honey!

     I was also going to thank Tony for the best date we've had in 6 months a few days ago. We brought in a babysitter, bought a hotel room through Hotwire, and had uninterrupted conversation for 24 hours. If you have small children, whether you live on a ranch or not, get a night with your husband. It is the only way I fully relax with no laundry to start, no dishes to clean, and nobody who needs me.  Tony especially enjoyed this date because we enjoyed good food at a restaurant in Denver he had been wanting to try.  So, here we are sharing drinks, great food, and great conversation. It is moments like this that we remember why we fell in love. Now, on to the next 30 years together!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A New Season

      The leaves are changing, my children are growing, and my heart is healing. My munchkins and I took off yesterday to drive 45 minutes the other way down the dirt road and end up in a quaint mountain town to eat pizza. (It makes us feel like we have neighbors.) The drive is beautiful, especially this time of year. 

      The aspen leaves are glowing and I am reminded to thank the Lord for this new season of life. Isn't it amazing that our Creator ordered beginnings and endings? The end of Lucy's life was a little over a month ago, but this ending brought so many fresh beginnings. I have been given a new season at the ranch, as a wife, as a mom, as Becca's homeschool teacher, and now as a blogger.  

    This autumn watching the leaves change, I welcome change. Life changed forever last month when we lost our baby girl and I will always be changed. This does mark for me a new season of gratitude, hope, deep down joy, and peace. I pray this daily for our family. And I pray with anticipation knowing that our Lord gives abundantly. So, this year I have never been so grateful to see the yellows, oranges, and reds of fall...such a sweet reminder.

I'm signing off for now, but this new season also will mean more blogs to come! It's good to be back!