Sunday, August 02, 2009

Iliff Commons

Our last day of "stay-cation" was Thursday, as Dave had a meeting he couldn't miss on Friday. It was absolutely perfect weather that day, mid 70's with a breeze, too perfect to stay inside. So we packed up the kids and lunch and headed out to Iliff Commons for the day.

I was able to get a little running in, which was wonderful. It is so fun to run with the kids, but I really haven't been able to do that since the end of my pregnancy. Clare isn't quite old enough to take the impact of a jogging stroller...

This is exactly the kind of activity my kids need - wide open spaces to run in, so they can burn off some of that crazy energy!

While we were out there, I remember being amazed at how beautiful the Kansas prairie was, with the wildflowers swaying in the breeze under a crisp, blue sky. There is just something about being in nature that makes me so at peace, so content.

And I am a city girl!

But the Lord's handiwork is so evident - every flower is so intricate, every tree so unique. It is just amazing to see!

A couple weeks ago Dave got into a conversation on a job site with an architect who is a Unitarian. Somehow the discussion turned spiritual, and the man asked Dave what he believed. He was shocked when Dave mentioned that he believed everything in the Bible.

"What about creation? How old do you think the world is?" he asked.

"About 6000 years old, actually," Dave answered.

Incredulously, the architect asked how Dave, as an engineer, a man whose world revolves around mathematics and science, could believe in creation.

But how could he, an architect who designs buildings and lays out plans for them, believe that such an intricate world happened by chance?

Every wildflower in Kansas proclaims that they had a Maker - One who fashioned and designed them!

Our little family - an attempt at using the self-timer on my camera. =)

Clare slept the whole time.

I was proud of Simon for making it up some of those hills. He is, after all, only 3. And he really didn't hesitate - just plowed right on up!

We loved this tree house in the woods - it was really high!

Well, our lovely week at home is over. It's late Sunday night, and the house is quiet except for the soft hum of the fan. Everyone is asleep but me. I really should be sleeping too, but my sweet husband let me take a 3 hour nap this afternoon while he cleaned the house. So I'm a little wired now...but very grateful.

Just meditating tonight on Psalm 100, since Jessie mentioned it to me today. Ethan's Sunday School class is going to memorize this passage over the next few weeks.

"Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us,
and not we ourselves;
We are His people
and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him;
bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting,
and His faithfulness to all generations."

I'm so thankful that the Lord is faithful and good to us, that His love will never fail, never fade away.



Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great week! I just love looking at all the pics.
Yesterday I was reading in Hebrews 11 and verse 3 stood out to me when thinking about why we believe in Creation. "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." We believe because we have faith in God. And verse 6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith in God is the key. Love you all, Mom

Eryn said...

what beautiful pictures! i am a country girl and feel so at peace when i see the lords beautiful and bountiful creation. your little family is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Fun to catch up on your family! You have been going crazy on the blogging - must be all of that sleep that you are now getting! :) So glad your family is doing well. I remember the tears last year when Jadon started school - but God is good! He loved it and it sounds like Ethan will, too! I'll have to call you about Great Wolf - I keep thinking our family isn't at the right "stage" for it, but sounds like you all had a blast! We'll have to meet at the park after school starts with our younger kids!

Jessie said...

Looks amazing we'll have to take the boys there some time.

The Daniel Den said...

That looks so fun. I will have to get where this is from you.... it would be a great family day and pic day. so special to build memories. Thanking you for your sweet friendship, time and kiddos....

Kelly said...

That looks like so much fun, Rachel! You are looking quite refreshed!! Love the pics!

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