“October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came- The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The sunshine spread a carpet, And every thing was grand; Miss Weather led the dancing; Professor Wind, the band…”
October is inching closer by the day, and the Autumn season has officially begun! I never fail to see the magic of this season, and I love watching the vibrant leaves transform before my eyes. Here is to the apple cider sipping, pumpkin carving, homemade pie season that always brings happy memories…
Enjoy your first day of fall!
Standing on the top of Pikes Peak 14,115 ft in the sky was definitely an experience that I will be sharing for a long time! Unfortunately, my family and I somehow managed to reach the top in the middle of a thunder-snow storm. We decided to stand on that mountain anyway and enjoy the impressive, hazy state of Colorado below. Suddenly, I felt a sharp pinch on my foot! My family thought I was crazy at first, but it all made sense when my hair stood straight up seconds later. Guys, I experienced an electrical discharge in a thundercloud over 14,000 feet in the sky… I know that this sounds unreal, and I know you may be thinking I have lost my mind. Whether you decide to believe me or not, I definitely didn’t want to leave this bizarre lightning encounter out of this post.
In addition, the Royal Gorge was definitely a grand landmark. I can now say that I have walked across the highest suspension bridge in the entire country! The Arkansas River raged below as I peered down down through the small spaces between the wood flooring. My mother suggested that I take a photo from this viewpoint, and I actually really like how it turned out! What do YOU think? Across the horizon, the river sliced a path through the rocks and cut through the landscape, creating a powerful moment in time…
Despite the wet, windy weather that took over Nashville, we still had a great day exploring Music City. We visited the Ryman Auditorium (“the mother church of country music” since 1892), line danced, and experienced lots of live music. I am so lucky to have seen Preston James perform that night… He made Blake Shelton’s team on Season 11 of my favorite singing competition, The Voice! He is so amazing, and I am so fortunate to have seen this 17 year old star perform right in front of me.
“She believed she could so she did”
Today, I wanted to take a second and reflect back to exactly ONE week before Snow Queen. I will never forget this day, because I think God was sending me a message of encouragement 7 DAYS before my big moment…
Long story short, it was the first Friday of November, and I was spending some time with my best friend. We decided to enjoy the weather (while it was still warm) and went shopping at an outdoor mall for awhile. Believe it or not, every single store that we visited had an item with this quote that caught my eye. Shirts. Coffee mugs. Poster Boards. Notebooks. This quote was everywhere… At first, I didn’t think much about it! I remember thinking, ‘this must be a popular quote the season’, but I soon began to think that maybe God was trying to tell me something. What could it be? My friend was the one who reminded me that Snow Queen was exactly one week away, and that was when I finally understood the message that was being sent! God wanted me to see this so that I would believe in myself. He wanted me to know that He was going to be there with me the whole time. He wanted to me to have the confidence to shine under those lights, and He wanted me to know that I was not alone. I kept this quote with me, and I started believing it. It was no surprise that when my big weekend arrived, this quote proved to be true!
*God communicates to people in many ways, and I think that this was His way of speaking to ME that night… Some people might argue that it was just coincidental, and they might be right! However, I find it to be quite odd that EVERY STORE that we visited had that quote on an item somewhere that just happened to catch my eye <hidden or not, it always ended up in front of me>…In the end, you can make your own conclusion, but I have enough faith to understand that this was more than just a coincidence. This was exactly what I needed to to make it through that weekend.
As a result, I have no shame to tell you that
I will never forget the night that I received God’s Message.
Today, we have over a foot of snow!
It is a pain, but it is so pretty though.
With snow up to my knees,
we don’t have many days like these.
When the flurrying powder covers everything in white,
I am finally experiencing the Christmas delight.
This is the best Christmas in the making.
It has been a snowy Saturday morning, as the snow continues to fall from the heavens. We now have over a foot of snow on the ground, and we are watching that number continue to grow.
It is truly a Marshmallow world, you guys. Stay warm and safe this magical weekend! 🙂
“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They are sent to promote, increase, and strengthen you…”
When we are faced with bad situations, we often find ourselves questioning, “how could GOD ever allow this to happen?” We become angry at the Lord, as we look around at the stormy skies surrounding us. The fact is, we will never completely understand GOD’s plan for our lives, but we must remember that everything happens for a reason. Hurricane Irma may brought structural damage, but it has also washed ashore a whole new reminder that we are a team. So many people from multiple countries have come together to protect/ assist each other with this storm. Don’t ever forget that there is a very good reason for this, even if it is unclear at the moment. Be positive and safe as we continue to recover from this disaster.
“When you go through deep waters. I will be with you.”