October was a month filled with festivities. I am a little late posting about them but I’ve been recovering from all of the fun.
First of all, October and November have been filled with football which David and I both love to watch, and David to coach. Some big news for Crownpoint…we are going to the state playoffs!! We couldn’t be more excited. What an awesome start to David’s high school coaching career. We will be playing this upcoming Saturday so cheer us on.
Now, the month of October started with a nice weekend trip to Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta. I had looked at the schedule and saw we the Mass Ascension began at 7am and had somewhat warned David before we left of the early rising morning. What I didn’t know is that, due to traffic, we would need to be up by 4:30am and on the road by 5am to get there, park, and be in the park ready for the big launch. I was super pumped about the event since I’d been hearing about since before we even moved to New Mexico and I have very fond childhood memories of some hot balloon launches in Tennessee. Anyway, as you can imagine, David was far less thrilled about the early morning adventure. He graciously woke up early with me and it was AMAZING!! Seriously, I loved it – grinning from ear to ear. David enjoyed himself buuuut would prefer not going again until we have kids. :)
We did enjoy the rest of our day with a nice brunch at Slate Street Café, an afternoon movie showing of Gone Girl, and then topped it off with dinner at Zacatecas with our dear friend Sue. Overall, quite the enjoyable getaway weekend. Check out a few pictures below!
I then went to Philadelphia for the week for work. It was a joy to spend time with families and friends. I had gotten worried that my calmer pace of life, and sometimes lethargic pace, would impede my energy level while back in PA but those fears quickly subsided. I was on the go every day while I was there and was able to connect with lots of friends and our dear family. It was a truly refreshing time and a time of renewal and refocus.
Upon my very early morning return to New Mexico, I got my NM license (yay!), enjoyed the high school football game and then we were off to Colorado for the weekend. Oh we had a blast. We were really looking forward to getting a hike in however it started snowing that morning and we had not prepared for the windy snowy weather. It was absolutely beautiful though and so surprising to see snow in early October. I was in heaven with the fall colors as well. I seriously couldn’t stop taking pictures. A few are posted here for your enjoyment.
A weekend or so of relaxation and then I was off to Portland, Oregon, for the YoungLives Northwest/Southwest Summit. Upon deciding to go to the summit, my main objective was to learn more about the inner workings of YoungLives and see if I was interested in becoming a leader, or see if Darlene, was interested in leading. Darlene is a local Navajo who has been volunteering with YoungLives since before Barbara left who had been leading the ministry. It was an amazing time connecting with Darlene, and Andreana, previously from Crownpoint, who is working to start YoungLives in Albuquerque. If you are interested in learning more about YoungLives, click here.
Anyway, my expectations were beyond met. It’s actually comical now, looking back. I was coming into it with a very practical, logical mindset. Boy did the Lord blow me away. Not only was I enthused more about the ministry and gained more understanding of how to lead or help lead, but I experienced a lot of mourning and healing. I was able to really cry about leaving behind everything in PA, family, friends, community, church, good food, lots of things. I was challenged about the materialism I mourned and really convicted that I placed so much enjoyment in things that will not live past this life. It was such a sweet time to be around other believers and be encouraged. The challenge from the speaker was really to be honest with God, with each other, and with ourselves, to take the jewels He has planned for us, to open our hands to Him and partake fully in the life He is calling us to. To say the least, I was moved and motivated to return to Crownpoint and be thankful for the calling God has placed on our lives to bring us here. I’m excited.
We did have some fun adventures in Portland including a scavenger hunt, a trip to Multnomah Falls, and another trip to downtown Portland before we left. It was so nice to see some of the city and I certainly hope David and I return soon for our own little adventure. Check out some of these photos too!
It is funny, you know, how quickly we forget the Words the Lord has spoken to us. I was given a word from one of the ladies at the Summit that I am in the middle of the stream, just playing around there, focused only on the stream. Yet coming soon is a waterfall so beautiful that will flood me, overcome me. That vision meant a lot, to hold on to what the Lord has, to not be consumed always with the little things, right now, to expect what He is going to do. He is doing a work here in Crownpoint. He has his hand on this place and I believe it and claim it.
Yesterday we took a trip to Farmington (an hour and a half away) to see the movie Interstellar – which is a whole other discussion – and while at dinner afterwards, I’m having a mini-breakdown, wishing we were back in PA, longing for what was, for an easier life, for the movies not to be so far away, for our restaurant choices not to be so limited, for more and more and more. Oh that I might not be focused on the stream, that I might not be consumed with the material things that so easily beckon my flesh toward them. Oh that we all might fix our eyes on the King, looking upward and outward for where He is calling us to be a part of His Story, His Work, His Kingdom. Romans 8:28 has really been encouraging me lately, a verse I’ve been clinging too might be a better explanation: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” I believe God is working these things for good for us here in Crownpoint, NM. We are here for His purpose and I am thankful and honored to be a part of it and am thankful for the grace He grants me during my mini-freak outs. :)
All our love,
Anne (and David)