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All day long.

It’s just been one of those days where His grace has been an overwhelming reality in my life…and as I’ve hummed the tune of this hymn all day long, I could not help but breathe in the freedom and life I know because of it.

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

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Springtime, maybe?

We had another snowstorm last week. Two straight days of snow and rain. I’m starting to get the itch for my flip-flops and sundresses.

But the weather took a turn toward beautiful today…so we spent the day riding up Pikes Peak and adventuring in Garden of the Gods.

Could summer weather finally be rolling in? One can only hope (and wait for mid-June to arrive).

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We’re rounding into the 36-hour stretch for the new resident in my apartment.

And it’s not been nearly as rough as I braced myself for. (Trust me, I’m breathing a sigh of relief on that one.)

So far, we have had vast amounts of success in everything except pottying outside in the snow. But really, if the snow drifts were taller than you, would you want to walk your bare body through them? And (as I just noted in the brief potty break taken since I started this paragraph), Colorado winds can be a little overpowering for something her size. She just blew over sideways a minute ago. Really funny.  And pitiful, of course. But mostly funny.

So, here she is: Aspen.  The pictures make her look a lot bigger than she really is, but it’s hard to get her to hold still long enough for an accurate photo. She is right around two pounds right now, and I included a shot with my cell phone next to her for some size understanding.

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I can’t lie. I’m pretty much obsessed. 🙂

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I literally spent most of this week wandering around Colorado, and it was one of the most spectacular ways to usher me into Good Friday and Easter weekend. He’s just so majestic…and His majesty is so unique – n every mountain, every hiking trail, every scenic view…and in every circumstance of my life. I love it.

So, in order, this week I’ve been here: silverthorne

And here…

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Here…

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And here…

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And here…

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And finally, here…

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(in order: Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Buena Vista, Mt Princeton, Dream Lake, Estes Park)

Happy Easter! I got Aspen today (!!!), so there will very likely be some new photos at some point tomorrow!

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Lessons learned.

Sorry I haven’t been posting consistently. This is becoming a greater reality in my life, and I would never apologize for that. My time priorities are looking a little different these days.

I have officially been here for four months this week. Crazy, right? I feel like I just left.  The adjustment process is still going really well, and I’m beginning to feel really settled into the ministry at Woodmen Heights. Those students out there are SO fun, and I am love-love-loving being at a smaller, more relaxed campus.

After four months, I have compiled a short list of things I am learning about life in the Promised Land Colorado.  In no particular order:

1. This is (by far) the healthiest place I have ever lived. The concept of a casserole is foreign here, and I cannot tell you how out-of-place it is to see anyone morbidly obese here. It’s a little bit crazy to see what the world looks like through healthier lenses (at least healthier than Georgia and Tennessee), but it makes sense when you realize how many trails and active things there are to do around here. Next goal: snowshoeing. I’m hoping to knock this out this week, so I’ll snap some photos.

2. I have never been anywhere else where families were deemed more important. To an extreme. I had girls begging – BEGGING – to be with their mothers at Winter Camp. What in the world?!? I remember begging my mom to stay at home when I went to camp, and these kids are begging for their parents to go with. It’s pretty interesting, and it definitely makes for an interesting change of priorities in our ministry strategy.

3. The weather is seriously BIPOLAR here. Last week, I ran outside in shorts and a t-shirt and broke a sweat. THREE hours later, it was snowing. Snowing. In April. I love it right now, but when May rolls around, I’m going to be ready for warm weather to come.  I thought that this was still considered winter…you know, since there is snow and all. But apparently, these bipolar weather is the definition of springtime here, and at some point the snow will stop and summer will have arrived.

I had more things in mind, but I’m on the phone with Tiffanie…talking about the texture of vegetables…and I have lost my train of thought for tonight.  My next few weeks are going to be really crazy, but I’ll try to put up some pictures as I go.

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