Tuesday, August 7, 2012

the high of July

"You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever."
-Psalm  16:11

Wow...I mean...wow.
July flew by.
I took a break from almost all internet for the month and it was amazing.
God blessed me this month more than I could possibly say.
I feel like everything changed.
It was all too wonderful for words.

So, let's do this...
Let's look at some pictures and I'll narrate about the happenings of July:

If there was ever a relaxed, blissFULL, fun, God-centered wedding...it would be Brett & Emily's wedding.
From the Bachelorette party, to open house & getting to meet all their friends from OK, to rehearsal dinner, and a beautiful wedding day.
I feel so so blessed to have gotten to spend time with all my family AND meet so many awesome people.
Two families.  Now one.
And it feels so goooooood :)

4th of JULY:
Brett + Emily were in MX but the rest of us were able to relax for a lovely holiday together.
We broke out the groomsman's gifts for some backyard knife throwing,
ate food from the barbie, and just enjoyed the junk out of being together.

"I am praying to you because I know you will answer, o God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
By your mighty power you rescue those
who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings."
-Psalm 17: 6-8
Blake, Brice, Kylie and I went shooting with my brotha from anotha motha: Terren.
Have I mentioned that I love shooting guns? haha well, this love seems to grow every time I go.

I road tripped back to Oklahoma with my newest sissy in law: Emily!
We only stopped talking when we were belting out Rihanna & having a dance party.
Truly moments I will remember and cherish forever.  I love that girl!
Once in town, I ended up spending a few extra days and exploring OK with Brett's friend, Kent!
We seriously did everything.  It. Was. AMAZING!
Everything from shooting, building fires, 4 wheeling, and cherry eating to staying at a lake house, exploring a monastery, meeting a bunch of new people, and seeing all kinds of red-necks.
Couldn't have asked for a better weekend.  Such a blessing!

So then came my annual trip to the lovely Roundup Ranch...
Awesome camp (as always).  God spoke, hearts were changed, and we praised God in the valley.
Praise God!  Bryan got baptized, we hiked, I cooked, and God blessed it all.

Went camping for the day with Brady, Tirza, Brice, Harrison & Ollie!
Minturn, CO is where we ended up.  Awesome camp site all to ourselves,
cute town, explored a super old cemetery, hiked in Holy Cross Wilderness (most gorgeous hike I've EVER been on), and our camp stove exploded on us!
Haha it was such a great little get away.  Love my family :)

oooh baby, last but not least:

Mount Elbert: 
Irene and I had been wanting to do a moonlight 14er for quite a while.
So, we got together, convinced some guys to come with us and started up the mountain at midnight!
We hiked almost the whole way by moonlight (God's flashlight).
Ended up hiking around 20 miles for 12 straight hours with no sleep.  
It was BY FAR the most physically exhausting thing I've ever done.
BUT, we did it (thanks to GOD), the sunrise was gorgeous,
we made an awesome pancake bfast at the top,
and I'm pretty proud to have hiked the highest mountain in CO :)