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Worship – Glad Surrender


Today marked the end of this dance session. We have been going through Elisabeth Elliot’s book Discipline, The Glad Surrender. In some ways it tied into things we were going through at church, there were deep conversations had and new ways of looking at how to be a Christ follower. I thought that I had a video of Hannah’s rehearsal dance, but apparently I only took pics.

Everyone made it through without getting hurt, but we were very thirsty afterward (when you are in a leotard, tights, bloomers, skirt, shirt, overshirt and pinned, you don’t drink a lot so you won’t have to go to the bathroom!) James had to go back to work, so the girls and I went to Chick-Fil-A for snacks. The adults had flags and it’s one of those dances where I would do it again tomorrow (but don’t ask me in a few months to do it, I’ll forget by then.) I don’t normally have a video of my dance, but here it is (at rehearsal, I was better in the evening!)


The week so far


Sunday we went to church, then worked in the little kids room for the next service. We had 15 kids, which is a lot! But, everyone did well. James and I went on the gulch walk that the girls and I did with the library last week. It was a bit hot, but a nice short walk by the creek.

Our week – school, worship dance, HS group newbie/co-op chat, galaxy print t-shirts @library, Walk2Connect urban garden walk, Botanical illustration class work, youth groups, Teacher’s Day Out Castle Rock, Kindness Krewe (trash pick up at the park), Women’s banquet at church, hikety-hike, Mother’s day picnic at the HR Mansion.

Dinners this week – meatballs with penne pasta and marinara sauce (Hannah), cheese quesadillas and tomato soup, chicken and rice casserole (Grace), chipotle salmon and sweet potatoes, lima beans and sausage with peasant bread, grilling stuff.

Easy Chicken Rice Casserole

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups milk
2 cups uncooked white rice
1 10 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag frozen peas
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

And lunch at SAME cafe’.


Cinco show at the Fox


I was brought up (and living in a neighborhood with a high percentage of people of Mexican descent) believing that Cinco de Mayo was Mexican Independence day, but we learned today that it’s not. When I was a kid May 5th was a day where people would wear sombreros, play accordion music, and dance around while eating tacos. Kind of like our 4th of July, we play music, dress up, and eat – so I thought they were the same thing. But, really May 5th is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in which a very small band of Mexicans killed a bunch of the French who were invading for two reasons: to get back some money that Mexico owed France and to join up with the Confederate Army to help defeat the Union (so the cotton would flow again.) The Battle was not the end of the fight, it went on for 5 more years, but it was a symbol of Mexican resistance.

The dancers today were German – Edelweiss dancers (many German people immigrated to Mexico in the 1800’s and brought their accordions among other things), Mexican (Fiesta Colorado) and Aztec (Huitzilopochtli dancers.)

SAME cafe for lunch.

We stopped at the pet shelter to drop off extra food that we had. There was a cute little terrier there, sigh.

Walk2Connect and Creativity club


Monday was dance, our devotionals were on the surrender of feelings and emotions. God made us with emotions and feelings, but we need to rule over them, not let them rule over us. The discipline of emotion is the training of how we respond. If you are an athlete you will follow your coach’s guide, eat what he wants you to eat, do the exercises he wants you to do – even when you don’t want to or don’t feel like it. As a disciple we need to listen to God, follow in the ways of Jesus, seek Him first and put Him first above everything. Bring your feelings to Him, choose Him above everything, otherwise we become victims of our feelings. If we let our emotions rule us we are like a boat in the ocean, with no sails, no rudder, blown this way and that whenever feelings hit because we have no guide. This doesn’t mean that we become emotionless or that we have to put up walls against our emotions, just we aren’t to be ruled by them. “Obedience to God is always possible.”

Tuesday we went to Koelbel library for a Walk2Connect walk. Our walking leader was Taliah, we saw her on the Park hill tour, we also saw some faces from the Urban tree canopy walk and the Park hill walk. Taliah just got a job as librarian and wanted to combine her love of walking and getting to know people in the area – so she’s made some walks over the course of a few months. We started from the library and headed to a trail by a gulch.

We saw baby ducks, red winged blackbirds, a hawk and more. It was a nice amble by the creek, the sounds of the water, the smell of the flowering trees, the birds chirping.

We walked and talked, then ended back at the library. After lunch at home we went by the library (a different one) for Creativity club. We made some art, then came back home and I worked on some leaves and flowers for Botanical illustration class.

For some reason they won’t upload, I hope they do or I won’t get credit for them. I’m working on a picture of Zoe too (and Maisy soon.)

Joel is doing the Spur ride test, if he passes he gets a pair of silver spurs.

And yesterday was jazz appreciation day, but since Englewood Grand was having jazz tonight, we’ll just say that we celebrated it on May 1st.

Dance, dandelions, Zentangle art, school, illustration class


We finished our dance! We have flags at the end! The end is very fast! We are going to have to run and throw down the flags super fast to get to our spots….we’ll make it. I got the Centennial movie (that was shot in Colorado and parts of it were filmed in Highlands Ranch) and we started watching it, it’s not bad. It’s a little dated, and Robert Conrad can’t keep a French accent going for very long, but I’m liking the fact that we can pick out the Platte river and different places as the movie goes along. We took Zoe outside for a dandelion photo shoot. She’s really hobbling now, we think she’s blind in the other eye and her left back leg is starting to go out. But, we decided as long as she’s not in pain (she doesn’t appear to be) and she can get to her water and litter box, we’ll just keep going like that.

Tuesday it snowed, we knew it was going to, but then it kept snowing after the ‘end’ time. We had a Zentangle co-op at the library, so it was nice to be there with the snow falling. We were doing negative space, so doodling on the outside of letters or objects instead of on the inside. We had great results.

Since it was still snowing when James got home we went to the mall to walk around. Hannah warmed up by the fireplace.

Wednesday, here are some screen shots and random books about school.

We worked through that stuff, then Hannah and I went to harvest some dandelions to make jelly tomorrow.

I think we have enough (and if we don’t there are a ton of them outside, so I’ll just get some more.) Grace and I went to Hudson gardens to field sketch and take pics.

I made naan to go with the sweet potato masala for dinner – this is a no yeast quick recipe, it turned out great.

Worship dance and owls


Surrendering possessions. God gives us everything, He asks that we put Him first, hold possessions with an open hand realizing that every gift, everything we have comes from Him in the first place. When we focus on what we don’t have, rather than be thankful for what we do have, it can stir up feelings of jealousy and discontent – leading us to wonder if God loves us and is on our side. “Enjoy the things we are given, but don’t treat them as eternal, they are temporal so don’t set your heart on them.”

-Don’t let possessions take control of your heart – put God first.

-Don’t let possessions fulfill you – God wants to do that.

-Don’t let possessions be your security – God will take care of you.

-Don’t let possessions be your source of joy – God gives us every good thing for our joy.

Worship dance, baby owls, St. John’s, PSAT, eagle


Worship dance devotions – the discipline of time, surrendering our time. God is the ruler and creator of time and He is above and outside of it, however He walks through time with us. “Time is a created thing and a gift. We can’t make more of it, so we need to be (disciplined) with how we use it.”

-We must surrender our waiting and wait with hope.
-We must be willing to deviate from our plan to use our time in the way God wants.
-We must surrender worry and trust Him with our time.
-We must slow down and spend time with Him to refresh and refill our spirit.

Jesus waited for His time to do God’s will. He went out of His way when people wanted healing or had questions. He trusted the Father to use Him in the time that He was here. Even Jesus knew that time spent alone was needed to refill His spirit. If He was able to do these things with His time, why do we feel that there is never enough time in our lives to do what God has asked us to do?

Tuesday I went to see the baby owls, look!

We went to St. John’s to hear a string quartet, had Pho for lunch. Grace made chicken and eggplant parmesan for dinner.

Wednesday it was PSAT testing day for Grace. After I dropped her off I ran by Soles for Souls to drop off our shoe donations.

On the way back to the testing area I stopped to take pics of this bald eagle. I spotted him sitting in the tree when I had passed by earlier.

I had a long chat with a friend, picked up Grace, went to lunch and now she’s making cinnamon rolls for youth group.