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Weekend – that ended sadly


Saturday – we took James to the Living history day in Westminster. We’ve been almost every year, but we always go on a Friday, so he’s never been. He had never toured the university building before, but first – war.

The Americans and British face off, we attack.

They attack.

Reinforcements arrive, we advance, sending them into retreat – we win!

James and I took a tour of the inside of the building.

Then followed the girls outside.

A stop on the way home.

We let Zoe have the run of the backyard – she sat and enjoyed the sun.

Sunday we skipped church and went to Dim Sum – we got there early and were in the first round of seating.

Totally full (we were going to do it Sat, but Bethany was at work, so we did it today, but that made us too full to enjoy the Art walk brunch – so we just walked and enjoyed the art.)

When we got home it was time. Time to say goodbye, get some last pictures and take Zoe to the vet to go to the big sleep. It was hard to be back in that room so soon after being there with Maisy.


Ft. Vasquez, Cheese shop, Devil’s backbone


Our outing today was to go see Ft. Vasquez. It’s a small reconstructed fort (they used some of the original adobe to rebuild the walls, though the walls are about 5 feet shorter than they were) in the middle of 85 near Platteville. Literally, the fort is straddled by 85 North and South.

We looked around outside, there wasn’t anything going on (they have a homeschool day camp on Mondays, so we might be able to make one of them the week we’re off dance or the week after dance ends.) Inside the docent told us about the fort and then we looked around at the exhibits. It’s a very small fort and museum, but they had some cool things.

The fort was built in 1835 as a fur-trading fort by Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette, who hired mountain men like Jim Beckwourth and Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (son of Sacajawea) at their adobe outpost on the South Platte River frequented by the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Lakota people. They gave us directions to another fort in the area that is gone, but has a marker.  So we went off in search of Fort St. Vrain.

This fort was built in 1837 and was managed by Marcellin St. Vrain, brother of Ceran St. Vrain who worked at Bent’s fort and started the new fort. An interesting note is that Marcellin married a 13 y/o who was the sister of Chief Red cloud and niece of Chief Crazy Horse. The fort and river are named after Ceran St. Vrain.

From there we went to Longmont to eat and the cheese shop and take pics (the girls were taking LPS pics.)

From there we went to Devil’s backbone for a hike. This place is notorious for rattle snakes during the Summer, so I had hoped that the cooler weather would keep them at bay – we only saw one and it was dead.

It was sunny, so we worked up a sweat and stopped in to get some ice cream before heading home. Back at home it was grilled cheese for dinner and youth group for Grace.

The week so far


Monday – the dentist went well for all (except for Hannah, one surface cavity that will be filled on Friday.) It rained all the way to Sweet Cooie’s so the art camp was inside. Today was cubism, we decided to work on one canvas (Bethany just sat and ate ice cream.)

It was still raining, so I cancelled park day and we went to Pho for lunch. We stopped by the library where the librarian was nice enough to waive some fines…..very nice. I ran some errands after we got home, looks like the wild turkeys are moving in from Lone Tree….

We potted some plants in some of the whale planters that Gwen gave Grace.

Tuesday was nice and pretty, perfect for the MOA, lunch and shopping on Broadway. The MOA has a temporary (well, all their exhibits are temporary, but this one is very short) exhibit by the design and build teams from the Summer.

Lunch was Cafe’ 180, I had an adult grilled cheese, spinach salad and potato soup.

I could not believe that Hannah ate her entire turkey wrap – it was huge.

We walked down the shops on Broadway, first going into the book store.

Hannah had picked out a science book and Grace got a cook book. Hannah wanted this other book, a cheesy mystery (literally, it’s about pizza), and I said no – then the lady behind the counter said it was buy 2 get 1 free for all the books. Hannah grinned and ran back to grab the book. I like that ReNew is now individual art shops selling crafts, art and more (even if I can’t afford anything there now.)

We looked in the Army surplus store (Hannah wants to dress up as a soldier) but we didn’t find anything used. We got a few small items at the bead shop, then we headed home right as some rain started up.

Back at home I made banana bread and peasant bread for the stew, the stew was….interesting. One ingredient was coffee and I think I added too much of that.

Today we’re heading out in a bit to watch some $1 movies at the theater. I cleaned up three cabinets in the kitchen (and found my canning jars) and finished up 2 books.

Unpacking, laundry, Teen night


Wednesday all I did, all day long, was unpack, clean out the car and do laundry. I had to wash the sleeping bags and you can only fit one in at a time, so yeah, took all day. The girls had a friend sleepover so that took up their night. We saw what Joel has been up to recently, shooting things.

Thursday I ran errands, got more books from the library, took Hannah to get her hair cut and took the girls and their friend to the Teen carnival at the DMNS.

Pixie cut.

The girls had fun at the event, but we had to leave at 9 (instead of 10) to get Bethany back home so she could sleep (work at 5am.)

Tomorrow it’s Platte swimming, dentist appointment making, co-op thinking and a busy weekend of my birthday present (yes, it was back in March) of Gaffigan and Koelbel-con on Sunday.



It’s been 6 years since Grace was last in the hospital for RAD, 19 months since she got off daily meds and 16 months since her last ER triage trip to National Jewish. Her lungs have gotten better, she still has a rescue inhaler for smoky days, exercise, windy days or fending off sick people. I know that lungs can heal, she’s proof of it.

Today we took A and G to the MCA teen event to make pinatas. While they were there, James, Hannah and I went walking around in Union Station. I found some funny stuff in one shop and a funny book in another.

We saw the cutest coffee shop ever –

He makes the coffee in the car, there is a little table hanging off the car, I think it’s a great idea.

The kids called to say they were ready and Bethany let me take this picture of her and A on the way back to the car.

We went back home and A and G stayed over to chat/watch a movie, then Bethany dropped them at home and I made dinner. We stayed in for the night and watched the last Sherlock…I hope not the last, they can always make more, right?

Be strong!


There was a blizzard this morning that lasted about 20 minutes.

Then, blue sky.

Before dance – doctor. They thought it wasn’t broken, then looked closer at the x-ray and said yes, there is a fracture on the radius at the elbow.

It was splinted, wrapped and put in a sling and the Ortho doc will be calling to see us in a few days.

My kind act was to copy some art for the ladies in my group.

From dance – Be strong and courageous. Keep your eyes on me, focus on the Word, teach the people what I say, do not fear, you have power and authority!

Fear is my choice – who do I want to partner with? I am commanded to say no to fear. Jesus has all authority and power, He gave it to us, so any authority that is given – we give it. Our position makes us have the capacity for authority. I have authority from God in me because of my union with Jesus. Power is in me due to my life posture. Authority is absolute, power is relative. I can use or not use my power in Christ. I can know that I have authority because I am set free and I am restored – but I may not be using the power that I have to minister to others. It’s not so much about me, it’s about the lives that God wants me to be used in. Whenever there is an encounter between the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness, Light will win every time. Fear not, the power that raised Jesus from the dead is in you. So, when you have repented, posture yourself through prayer and come to the stage of rebuking, resisting and renouncing the enemy. A spiritual transaction occurs when you take fear and choose not to give into it, when you pray and overcome evil, when you claim strength and use it, when you are brave and overcome.

Joshua 1: 5-9 

I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

Psalm 31:24 Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.
Daniel 10:19 Messenger: Do not be afraid, you who are highly regarded by God. May peace rest on you and make you whole; be strong; be brave.
Matthew 10:28 “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.
Matthew 10:30,31 You, beloved, are worth so much more than a whole flock of sparrows. God knows everything about you, even the number of hairs on your head. So do not fear.
Romans 8:31 So what should we say about all of this? If God is on our side, then tell me: whom should we fear?
The lemon chicken was very good, but the parsnips and brussel sprouts were the bomb!

Lakewood Lights


Thursday was busy with school and stuff, then I took Grace to the Colorado Water Trust’s Happy hour before Colorado gives day shindig. She got to meet the judges who said that her picture was lovely and they didn’t realize she was a kid when they picked it (not that there was an age restriction on the contest, but all other entries were adults.)

To get 2nd runner up out of 80 photos was pretty good, her picture looked lovely all blown up and matted.

She got a book about the Colorado river and a CWT tumbler.

Friday was James day off, but we didn’t have plans. We did school, went to lunch with him, then we went to the library for the Holiday sale co-op. It went great, there were 14 or so kids selling everything from stuffed elephants to wands to picture, comics, glitter tattoos, Lorax puppets, metal work and more. Grace was selling mini bracelets/necklaces for dolls some t-shirt scarves and para-cord bracelets. Hannah had bracelets, ornaments, 2 LPS customs and LPS bows.

I wouldn’t have thought it, but Hannah made $40 and Grace made about $20. The kids had a fun time selling and buying, I wish that more people had popped in, but we were there before school was out.

That evening we dropped Grace at a play with her friends and James and I went to see the Lakewood lights. Hannah and Bethany decided to stay home. James had never seen the inside of any of the places, I had seen a few, but most are usually closed when we come. We toured the exhibits in the main building, then went out to the grounds. The Heritage center is known as the building zoo, they take buildings from around Lakewood that would otherwise be demolished and find them a home on the grounds, raise money to restore the buildings and then open them to the public. The newest one open is a two bedroom motel with covered parking decorated in the 50’s style. It was a motor-in on Colfax and was going to be razed, the owner asked if the Heritage center wanted a set of rooms and – there you go.

Another building was a cleaners, then a variety store, then a husband/wife hair salon with women on one side and men on the other.

Outside a brass band was playing in the cold, I bet it’s hard to blow on those instruments when it’s that cold.

We went inside the old one room school house and they had a display of school related items.

It was chilly enough that the camera on my phone didn’t want to focus.

We thought this one house was closed, but it was just very dim inside due to the low wattage of the electric lights. We take our lights for granted, but back then the lighting would have been dim to the point of almost no light.

We also learned the history of Belmar. It’s named after Mary Bonfils and her mother (Belle.) Mary came up with the combo of their names and named her mansion Belmar. Now all that’s left are the Heritage center grounds and the iron gate that led to the mansion. We knew about the Bonfils family (and the testy fight the sisters got into after their parents died), but I didn’t know that Belmar was also part of the Bonfils legacy. Interesting stuff.