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Moab – Part 3

Moab – Part 3

On Sunday we broke down camp quickly. We wanted to reach the trail to Morning Glory bridge at 7 a.m. but with the sun creeping higher, I was scared it was going to be 9 a.m. and packed. We double-checked we left no trace of trash, then started the engine. The clock read 6:30 a.m. Cody and I exchanged dubious glances, waiting for it to update. We broke into grins to find we were actually on schedule. We arrived to…

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Moab – Part 2

Moab – Part 2

The sun woke us…and the sound of gobbling wild turkeys. A single turkey would call, then a chorus would repeat back to him. We had fun joking about possible conversations at the turkey town hall meeting. Then we dragged our carcasses from the warm sleeping bags, and set out for our first hike. Our first destination? The iconic Corona Arch! But first, a desert hike to reach it. Cody said I looked like I was holding it up. He lied….

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Moab Adventures – Part 1

Moab Adventures – Part 1

My birthday is not until the 28th, but due to scheduling time off work, Cody took me on an early birthday adventure. I woke to find the car packed, our destination a secret, and a three day weekend of fun stretching before us. He’d even burned me a special mixed CD of my favorite songs. Details like that make it even more special. We had firewood, snacks, and our pup, so I knew the weekend held outdoor adventures. I pestered…

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Count Your (Easter) Blessings

Count Your (Easter) Blessings

Easter is a time of celebrating Jesus’s resurrection and His victory over death and sin. As a Christian, the resurrection of Jesus is a cornerstone of our faith. So in honor of reflecting upon on blessings and celebrating them, here are my top 10. 1. Jesus: I don’t deserve His love, but I’d be lost without it. Second Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of…

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How to Make Birthdays Epic

How to Make Birthdays Epic

Cody and I have the habit of going a tad extreme in our birthday plans. Why? 1. Why not? 2. It makes the birthday person feel special. 3. Celebrating the start of a new year of life is a motivating, challenging, exciting way to organize your goals for the following year of life. 4. It is fun. 5. Adventure! For Cody’s 23rd birthday, we explored caves, camped, and zip-lined through the Bozeman mountains. Part 1, 2, and 3. For my…

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2017 Resolutions

2017 Resolutions

I am the type of person who does not do things if I feel like I don’t have enough time. I am overwhelmed to the point of becoming stagnant. If I have a pile of dishes and only ten minutes, instead of doing as many as possible, I do none. If I have thirty minutes to do something I think will take me an hour, I procrastinate for another time. Rather than making unattainable goals I will feel guilty for…

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Present Theme

Present Theme

Cody and I celebrated our own Christmas the weekend before traveling to see our families. Early before we needed to leave for church, we stumbled out to light a fire and candles. Settled in with our hot chocolate. Then it was time to open stockings! Zara especially enjoyed her beef jerky stick. I noticed a trend in the presents Cody gave me this year. Books, of course, because all good writers read. Tea and Chocolate Fuel because as my good…

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Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas everyone! If you are with loved ones, I am so happy for you. If you feel alone and are struggling, my heart goes out to you. Christmas can be the merriest time or the loneliest time. Remember Jesus. He will never leave you alone if you simply ask Him to stay. Luke 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus’ Birth Foretold 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in…

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Staying Sane on Long Car Drives

Staying Sane on Long Car Drives

Cody and I will be making the long trek back to our home state and families for Christmas. I equipped Sandy with snow tires with studs, and we bought tire chains. We are packing the trunk full of sleeping bags, emergency supplies, water, and food. And dog kibble. Praying we encounter no trouble as we travel, we will focus on the next problem: a hyper Shelby (you thought I was going to say Zara) in the car. Here are my…

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New Traditions

New Traditions

Moving away from friends and family can make the holidays a bit rough. The best way to remedy that is to begin new traditions! Cassie and Jason joined us for Thanksgiving, and it made for one merry celebration. We sang and danced so loudly that my little car shook from our fervor. We certainly missed having our parents around and one of the best ways to battle nostalgic feelings it to create new memories. We began by getting bundled up…

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