Sunday, July 27, 2014

Monument, CO

Next stop was....Monument, Colorado!
The place we stayed at was beautiful in every way: from the view, to the large house, to the delicious food, to the people we stayed with. The house was only a whoppin' 4,000 sq. ft. with a full 3 bedroom 2 bath, kitchenette, and family room in the basement where our family spent 4 days.
Here are some pictures of the sunset over there, and the flowers.
Sunset view off of the back porch


This is the house we were in!
Mountain view on a 5 mile hiking/walking trail some of us went on while there.
A huge storm came rolling in!

Sunset the next day from the back of the house

Levi enjoying the nice grass : )
Backyard pine tree
Sunset in the front yard

Panoramic view of the front

Not sure if you can see very well, but there are 2 orange glowing spots on the bottom of this picture, close to the black hill. It kept flickering as I was watching it, and I asked our host if it was a wildfire out there...which she said she didn't know. It eventually went away, and to this day I have no idea what it was!

Here is a better view of the 'wildfire' hot spots

A dandelion that we held up in a closet with a flashlight on top
There's a 'short' compilation of most of the pictures I took in Monument. Hope you enjoyed them! At this place, I slept like a baby : ) I would go right to sleep when we went to bed, and wouldn't wake up until about 10:00am! It felt so great to get some good rest.
Anyway, next stop....
Fort Collins.
He is worthy and greatly to be praised

 Olivia Grace

Sunday, July 20, 2014


One chilly June morning at 4 am, a family of 8 left to go on a long 3 week journey to Colorado. It was still dark, and everyone was in their favorite pajamas. The youngest, only 2 and 5 years old, shoved their feet into classy cowboy boots despite the looks they got...with their pj's, messy hair, and sleepy face.
Yes, this was our family.
We piled into our 12 passenger van with so much stuff we could hardly move!
Leaving on June 27 so early in the morning, made us pack the car the night before with everything but the food. We went to Colorado for a support trip and vacation, totaling 3 weeks of travelling and staying the night at loving and gracious homes.
I will be posting for each place we stayed at, with pictures of the beauty and some of our friends and hosts.
So first stop from Wills Point, TX was Dumas, Texas...about 71/2 hours drive. Most people probably could have made it all the way to CO in one shot (being only 14 hours drive), however with 6 kids, 2 of them being quite young still, we decided it'd be best not to attempt that : )

Little Levi
Me listening to music
Julia and Micah chilaxing

Lone house on the prairie : )

Nap time!
And of course the best picture ever when you've had to go to the bathroom for 2 hours and no exits! This is where we stayed in Dumas.
Thunderhead that produced lightning.

My brother Anthony playing around with my camera and the lighting in the room against the window.

Our view from the room in the morning.
After spending the night there we left after breakfast and headed through New Mexico to get to Colorado!
A large hill or mountain in NM

Micah at a pit stop for a snack before lunch.

Volcanic looking mountain.

Levi's prized goldfish...thinking we might even have it for his birthday dessert : )
Well, the next stop is Monument Colorado! Tune in next time for more....
He is worthy and greatly to be praised

 Olivia Grace