August 24, 2017

Cheerful Sunflowers

Our sunflower patch has been a great source of joy for me this summer. I just think they are the most bright and cheerful of all flowers!

Our Sunflower Patch

August 16, 2017

Second Grade for Porter

Today is the day! Porter is beginning second grade at Garrett Morgan Elementary, and he's actually excited!

Porter's First Day of Second Grade

Grandma Bev is currently visiting with us here in Lexington, and we're blessed that she was able to be part of the first day of school picture.

Grandma Bev and Family

Walking to school...

Porter Walking to School

Here's Porter with his new teacher, Mrs. Howard. She seems really nice (and hopefully tough... he needs that!).

Mrs. Howard and Porter

August 15, 2017

Well Worth It

Here's Stella enjoying an activity that involves ink, water, and oil. Truth be known, clean up is a bit of a bear for all this, but it's well worth it for the amount of joy it brings this girl.

Stella Making Beautiful Stuff

August 8, 2017

Best Playground Ever

Daddy and kids found the best playground ever while they out exploring in Colorado!

August 6, 2017

Manitou Springs

We so enjoyed our walk through downtown Manitou Springs, Colorado!

Hanging Out in Manitou Springs

August 5, 2017

Olympic Training Center

Today, we had the opportunity to visit one of Brian's old stomping grounds, the Olympic Training Center. Brian moved to the training center when he was 19 years old and lived there for about a year and a half.

Touring the Olympic Training Center

I've heard Brian speak of this place many times, and it was a real treat to finally see the place that had such a powerful impact on his life.

August 4, 2017

Mountain Views

We're just loving these Colorado mountain views!

Beautiful Colorado

Daddy and His Snuggle Bug

Daddy loves his little snuggle bug!

Daddy & Snugly Stella

8th Mountain Ranch

While in Colorado, we had the opportunity to visit our friends at 8th Mountain Ranch in Castle Rock.

Porter and Stella at 8th Mountain Ranch

We all had an amazing time!

Stella Riding on Jonathon

8th Mountain Ranch is an incredible non-profit organization founded by our friends, Dale and Amy Eben, that pairs rescued horses with young people who have known pain and struggle. As the two work together, healing and hope are found as they encounter the transforming love of Christ Jesus.

Porter Working with Jonathon

Check out the video below of Stella enjoying a great ride with her new buddy, Jonathon!

Porter wasn't interested in riding a horse, but he was excited to lead one! Check it out:

If you're looking for good soil to sow financial seed, I highly recommend checking out 8th Mountain Ranch's website for more information on their highly transformational organization and programs.

August 3, 2017

Mountain Stinkers

I love these stinkers!

My Beloved Family

Climbing Rocks

The boys decided to climbs some rocks on our way down Pikes Peak. Stella and I preferred to stay in the warm car!

Climbing Rocks with Daddy & Porter

Love for the Mountains

This is my favorite picture from our time at Pikes Peak. I really believe that Brian's spirit comes alive in the mountains.

Brian at Pikes Peak

Snowflakes on Pikes Peak

Here's Stella trying to grab a few snowflakes for lunch at the top of Pikes Peak:

Snowflakes on Top of Pikes Peak

Top of Pikes Peak

We did not plan very well for our trip to Pikes Peak. At the bottom of the mountain, it was 82 degrees and sunny. We dressed accordingly, wearing shorts and tee-shirts.

View from the Top of Pikes Peak

At the top of the mountain, it was super windy and snowing! Thank goodness we had a couple of sweatshirts and a jacket in the trunk of the car. It was so cold, but that didn't stop us from taking advantage of this great photo op!

Traveling Up Pikes Peak

Today's the day! We've been anxiously awaiting our chance to travel up Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and now we're finally getting the chance to go up the mountain!

Pikes Peak

At one point during our trek up the mountain, we hit dense cloud cover and could barely see the road, let alone anything else. We were a little nervous that our entire trip would be like this, but thankfully, we were able to get above the clouds and our view changed considerably!

Above the Clouds

The picture below shows the moment we found our first patch of snow on the mountain. We were all amazed and excited!

First Patch of Snow Found on Pikes Peak

August 1, 2017

Colorado or Bust

Here we go! The Civic is packed and we're ready to embark on our epic road trip from Kentucky to Colorado. Let the adventure begin!

Headed to Colorado