Sunday, August 3, 2014

Putting you in my pocket...

 Hi friends.

As we wrap up our weekend, I was scrolling through my phone photos and decided that I had so much goodness on there I MUST share.  Some of them made appearances on Instagram but most did not... I didn't want to overload Instagram.  All the photos in this post were from my phone which blows my mind because it takes photos that are just as good as the ones I take on my Canon.  I wish you could have come along in my pocket, because it was a GOOD weekend.  It wasn't perfect and there were plenty of fail moments and frustrating life stuff but these pictures captured all the beauty and I had to share in light of my previous post.  It's such a great way to live- seeking the good and being thankful!

We kicked off our weekend with Friday fun day and I laughed poolside with my oldest bestie in the world, Alli.  My hat was huge- we were trying to take a selfie but my hat was so big it was blocking out her face and we laughed and SNAP! went the picture.  Might be my favorite of all time.

Then our beloved missionary friends came to stay with us Friday afternoon through this morning and we managed to pack as much into our time as possible starting with a neighborhood walk to visit the horses down the lane.

 I have titled this one- PURE joy.

 Saturday morning, I woke up giddy in my heart.  We were planning on hitting a 7 mile hike that I'd been dying to do for at least five years!!  Bucket list hike! 

 It took us along the ridge of one mountainside and down into a cradle between two mountain peaks boasting snowy caps. 

These pictures don't even begin to capture all of it, as you can't hear the trickling waterfalls sliding down crevices from glaciers and you can't splash through icy pools, smell the fresh crispness in the air, or skim your fingertips over feathery soft ferns and spiky heather, dotted with purple blooms. 

From these images, you can't begin to imagine the awe of standing at the base of one mountain while turning and seeing another looming just opposite that and feel the smallness of yourself, lost in the majesty. 

My photos can't fully capture the bite of snow at your back as you lay in a drift while sweating from exertion, nor can you fully appreciate textures and patches of color from wildflowers, bright green grass, moss and trees.  Photos don't share the hilarious songs sung on the trail, the cranky kid moments when they were drooping, or that moment on the tippy top while we sat on a rock and took it in, realizing that when God formed that very spot, He knew I would sit there and worship Him and all He had made.

I wish you had been in my pocket... it was glorious.

(There was a moment just starting out, when I was crossing a trickling waterfall while gazing sideways at the view, when a large, strong, hand was suddenly holding mine, helping me over.  I looked down and realized my man had moved back and beside me and had reached down to help me across.  If you love the Kiera Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice you know that I was experiencing my very own Mr Darcy moment that made my heart race just like when he helps her into the buggy.  Who says hikes can't be romantic?) (Ha!)

 This summer my bible study has been working to memorize the 23rd Psalm and though I've shared the Message version on here many times, because it's my very favorite, I am compelled to share it once more alongside these images. 

It fits like no other...

God, my shepherd!
    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
 True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction.

  Even when the way goes through
    Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
    when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
    makes me feel secure.

 You serve me a six-course dinner
    right in front of my enemies.

 You revive my drooping head;
    my cup brims with blessing.

 Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
 I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life.
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  1. Oh my goodness Just Gorgeous and Breathtaking!

  2. Thanks for sharing all the beauty! I feel like I just left the heat of Texas and went on a mini vacation with cooler temps.

  3. Beautiful and amazing photos and hike!

  4. beautiful area!
    I sure hope we get to visit your gorgeous state one day!!
    I bet the temperatures don't get very high in the summer....LUCKY!

  5. Such amazing scenery! Beautifully captured, too. Glad you had such a great time. From here in Australia those scenes are like something out of an old book, or a landscape painting, so different from our bush.