It has been a month to the day since my last post. Just over four weeks. And since it is Friday… well you’ve read the title. Here is what’s been up with me over the last four weeks.
Week 1 // KAA – Fortunately, my pardner in crime has done a pretty extensive write-up of the week. So, I’ll leave you with a song and a picture.
Tedashii – Dum Dum (feat. Lecrae)
That’s Lauren Foster (one of our 9th grade students) about to launch herself from the top of a thirty-foot telephone pole. This photograph is a snap-shot of what the whole week was about… risk, facing fears, trust, and leaps of faith.
Week 2 // The family loads up and heads west. It is no secret that I love the mountains and that they regularly provide the backdrop for our family’s adventures. Alison has shared some here.
Josh Garrels – Pilot Me
Week 3 // We are joined by more family and friends and bikes… and games. There was easily a game of Settlers a day. Many days, more than one.
Leagues – Mind Games
Hiking to Judd Falls
One of the “floats” at the 4th Parade
Week 4 // The infamous Senior Backpacking Trip.
Mumford & Sons – Home (possible title live)
This one started off this way…
and ended like this…
It has been a very good four weeks.
Like most summers, the Rocky Mountains will provide the backdrop for various adventures in the coming weeks.
I’m taking my family (and an assortment of others) for a two-week camping trip. This annual event is sure to be both epic and rejuvenating at the same time.
I’ll also help lead a pack of graduating seniors as they take a week to pause and think clearly about the next chapter of their lives.
In between those two trips, I’m hoping for a couple days to do some climbing in southwest region of the state.
And then, later in the summer, I’m looking to take a group of guys (18 year old plus) for a long weekend of the perfect combination of mountain-leisure and mountain-rigor. I never exactly know who is game for this sort of thing, nor am I the kind of person that wants to make it an exclusive affair. So, if you are male, have August 3-9 more or less free, and desire this kind of mountain adventure, let me know. I’m going to be there. And I’m thinking about a dozen others will be joining me.
May all your summertime plans bear good fruit… no matter where you find yourself.
A few weeks ago, Bob asked “one big question” that maybe was two.
“Where is your favorite spot, what is your favorite activity to seek God?”
I’m ready to answer the “activity” half of the question.
And, here it is…
Being in the mountains.
Shocking, I know.
I am also aware that I’m cheating a little. Mountains are the spot. Reading is the activity. It is probably all just a matter of semantics, but here’s the way I see it. When I’m in the mountains, I am active. When I’m reading, I’m sitting in a spot. Ok, as always, I don’t need to justify myself. My blog. I do what I want.
I’m not entirely sure what it is about the mountains that draws me to them, but they have so often been the setting for seeking after God.
Maybe it is their sheer beauty.
Or the way the mountain air clears the mind.
Or the lessons learned about fear and trust.
But it is most certainly about the people with whom I find myself in the mountains, and in life, again and again. The people with whom I seek God… together.
More to come…