Going Green

I like being "green" just as much as the next person. Well, maybe not as much. We do our part though and recycle (ahem, thanks to our neighbors for signing us up!!). I don't litter. We even do our own garden. We definitely don't go to lengths like the 'Zero-waste California couple", or visit them here via Sunset. But to go this far and wear one of these...a wearable planter. Really?!?! And if you own one and wear it, then yes I am knocking you a little. Sorry. You can find them via Etsy. Maybe I should get one and put Marijuana in it. ??
(Joke: NOT REALLY) However, it'd be fitting since I live in CO. I wonder if they sell any of those in all of the Medical Marijuana shops that you find all over here?? Who knew...


Vacation vs. Staycation

I'm not exactly sure why I haven't posted in the last several weeks?? We've been about normal in our busy-ness and in life. I'm excited to say that last night we booked our flights & condo for our week stay in Branson for May. "Branson?!, why Branson?!?" I'm sure that was your thought going through your head. There are typically 3 responses when I tell people that's where we're going.
1. Where is Branson?
2. Why Branson?
3. Oh, I love Branson

If you fall under any of those categories, let me tell you...
1. Branson is in the SW corner of Missouri, nestled in the Ozarks.
2. It consists of a theme park (similar to Dollywood - to those who live in the South), lots of shows (mainly for old people) and some great lakes in the area. Plus, my brother and sis-in-law live there so we'll get to see them, along w/ my parents and Jamie's mom who will be joining us.
3. I used to hate Branson and made fun of anyone who "vacationed" there. But now I enjoy taking Breeson back there and I know he'll have fun at Silver Dollar City.

We strongly considered doing a "staycation" here in Colorado. Since it is such a beautiful state. But let explain why we're going to Branson over staying in CO. In my personal opinion, I believe Colorado has a LOT to offer for the outdoorsy type. Which, for the most part, I would think we somewhat fall under that category. Except for the fact that we have an (almost) 1 & 3 year old. Colorado has so much to offer in backpacking, hiking, trail riding, camping, etc. But when you're doing those things with 2 toddlers, not so much...
So, we decided to use our frequent flyer miles and found a condo that gave us a great discount b/c Jamie is clergy in Missouri. Plus, like I said, I'm really looking forward to doing it w/ some family - since we don't get to see them that often. They're both looking forwarding to see their grandkids.

And for those in Kansas, I'll be flying into Wichita close to the end of May w/ the boys. I'd love to see and catch up with you...

Finally, we just need to find someone who would like a FREE place to stay while we're gone. Anyone want to vacation to Denver!?!? By "Free", I mean you would need to keep our garden/grass watered and keep our lovable, yellow lab. :)


in review...

Let me just preface this post by saying I've never been one to jump on the bandwagon on books & movies. I am actually proud to say that I'm in the low percentage of people that populate this earth that have not read, nor watched any Harry Potter or Twilight books/movies. Not that I think they are bad, I just never cared for it since their was a huge hype over them. And when it comes to books being turned into movies, I believe I've only watched a handful of those (The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe, The DaVinci Code, Water for Elephants, and a few Dr Seuss movies - if those count?). I'm sure there are more, I just can't remember them right now. Anywho, with all that to say...
A friend from church recently lent me this book...

You may and may not have heard of it before. (insert sarcasm). I wasn't even dying to read it - I just figured since everyone in our small group has read it (plus the rest of the series and watched the movie), I'd better be "in the know". It's still sitting on our table - untouched. But I do desire to see this movie this time, although we'll wait 'til it comes out on Redbox or something. So, for those of you who have read it (probly everyone) - don't spoil it for me.

Speaking of small group. We are currently going through this book, by David Platt.

It's been really interesting see how different people are viewing his method and how we are each challenged in different ways. For me, this book has been challenging, yet encouraging. It's so easy to live our Christian lives in simple form; easy to take the "easy road". No one really likes to be pushed out of their comfort zone, myself especially. Yet this book makes me want to really live out my faith in a new way. Besides all of that, the book is fun to read since the church he pastors is the one I attended while in college (SEBC) in Birmingham. It was interesting to be there during a time of BD (Before David), and then to see the church begin to shift to where it is today, all within a few short years. God truly is using him and his ministry at Brookhills, and across the world.