Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Friday, September 14, 2018

Leaving Colorado

We all got up early and were out the door by 7AM.  

 After dropping Jill off at the airport, we got on Interstate 70 for the drive back to Kansas.  The kids were headed all the way back to Arkansas, another 5 hours beyond us, so it would be late when they got home!

I love the scenery along 70!  A lot of nothingness! 

 When we stopped for lunch, we ran into Kansas friends!   These couples and a doctor friend who works in our town.

 Sometime, we need to take some of these back roads and see where they lead to!

Josh's van hit the 100,000 mile marker.  Jill had told us that in their family, they sing "car, car, we love our car" every 10,000 miles.  Josh made up a song for their car:

Our car is getting older
older every mile
Our car is getting older
it's old, and so out of style
our car is getting older
and we have the proof
100,000 miles 
and a very saggy roof.

 Old and new
The kids are really good travelers.  
And they love their Daddy to read to them

    We began to see dark, ominous clouds.

We ran into a downpour!  It was a deluge!!  I have never seen anything like it before!  Al had to slow to 30 mph.  Many cars had pulled off to the side of the road since you could barely see in front of you!  We only saw 1 car in the ditch though.

Luckily we made it home safely, as did Josh's family.
And Jill too.  

Monday, September 10, 2018

A day in Denver

The day after the wedding, we took a stroll downtown to find a donut shop.

A sign in English and in Japanese.

We found a Krispy Kreme!

 It was interesting to see that they had an Uber delivery!  Those would be some pricey donuts!
We decided to go check out the science museum.

This was pretty cool!  A scale of what the Egyptian temple would have looked at during the time period of Joseph (Genesis 37-50)! 
 I LOVE the story of Joseph!  He endured so much but continued to trust in God, even when sold as a slave.  God had a plan and purpose for not only Joseph for the people of Israel.

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  Gen. 50:20

There was a Mindbender area, a place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges.  The family loved it!

                                                                              Al was determined to figure this out.  
The one thing I do NOT like about science museums is the world slant/view of how the world was formed and what happened to the dinosaurs, how we evolved, etc.  Not my view as a Christian who believes that the Bible is God's very Word to us and He tells us many things in the Bible that I know and believe are true. 

"In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands."  Psalm 102:25

He breathed life into us.  We did not come from apes.  Man lived at the same time as the dinosaurs because God did not bring death into the world until after sin entered the world.  A meteor did not wipe out the dinosaurs.  Yes, Elijah, the flood did take the majority of them, although we do believe there were some on the ark also.  

 I love the Job 38-42!    Men think they are so smart.  We really aren't.

 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?
 Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.
 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
 On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone
 while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?"
Please read this whole passage and if you have questions about evolution versus creation, check out the Institute for Creation Research.  You can order books to help you answer questions you might have.  We are so grateful for the Institute for Creation Research that have helped us to understand the Biblical view of the creation of the world.   We choose to believe what God tells us in the Bible.  It was a good teaching opportunity for the kids.  Someday we will need to go to the Creation museum near Cincinnati.

The best thing I liked about the museum was a collection of gem sculptures by Vasily Konovalenko.

These are not painted sculptures.  They are made from gems!

Expedition Health was a pretty cool area where you could learn more about YOUR body!

We went back to the hotel for a rest.  Look at this cool car we saw!
It happened to be Mindy's birthday so after a rest, we stopped by their apartment to sing Happy Birthday to her!

She wasn't feeling the best so we didn't stay too long.  

We decided to eat at the aquarium restaurant.
 Many beautiful fish!  God created such unique fish, each so very different!  We saw spotted ones, purple/yellow ones, Nemo ones.  God just oozes with imagination and creativity!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A wedding "reception"

Mindy and Jason had a private marriage "elopement" ceremony at a mountain destination.  They both love to mountain climb so it was perfect for them!

The photographer was Maddie Mae Photography.  Incredible photography!

Before the wedding reception, our other daughter, Jill called the photographer to ask her for the coordinates of mountain where they got married as she wanted to make a gift using them.  The photographer sent her the coordinates.   Being curious, Jill looked them up and they were the coordinates for the hotel in downtown Denver.  What??  She wrote her back and told her that she was sure she was given the wrong coordinates but the reply was that they were correct.  Jill questioned her again saying she wanted the coordinates of where they actually said their vows.  At that point, the photographer went to Mindy and said that someone was bugging her for the coordinates and asked what to do.  She ended up replying that when she asked Mindy which coordinates to include in their wedding album, they chose the reception sight as that was a special place where they would be with family and friends.  At this point, Jill almost decided to give a different gift, but I suggested she do it anyway.  (I also wondered if maybe the photographer didn't want people to know specific places where she did her shoots.) 

 Here is the gift Jill ordered for Mindy.  I love it!

Not knowing the real coordinates of the wedding spot sort of fit with the sign on our hotel room door.

You are where??
Isn't there supposed to be a map?

The reception was held in downtown Denver at a later date to which family and friends were invited.  It was on the 27th floor overlooking the city.

After everyone arrived, there was a lot of mingling and talking.  Then Jason and Mindy welcomed everyone and then announced that although they had done a photo shoot on the mountain, they did NOT get married on the mountain.  (insert audible GASP!)   

 They secretly planned to do the actual vows with family and friends!!!!!

 To say we were shocked, surprised and happy about it is an understatement!

Jason's mother - how sweet!



Jamie, Mindy's friend since high school, made the wedding cake, kept the surprise - she was the only one who knew about it!! -  and did the photography of the ceremony that evening (that I've posted above)!  She is multi-talented!!   What a dear friend to Mindy!

The wording on the sign should have stopped after the word "wedding"! Tricky, tricky!

And no wonder the coordinates for Jill's gift were "off".  Except, now the coordinates WERE correct afterall, but the date was not, so Jill had a new one made!  

What a wonderful surprise!!

Blessings to you, Jason and Mindy!