Backpacking & Some Good News

After Tuesday, we didn’t know which way to turn, what to think or what to do. Really, only two things entered our minds: 1) Pray 2) Go to the mountains. We hung around on the 4th to grill with family and watch fireworks with some sweet friends, both of whom know how to commiserate with us (good food, hugs and Straw-bur-ritas!). And then we headed for the hills. We scratched our original plan of 5 days away in favor of a handful of days close-ish to home.

I searched very quickly for a trail to backpack, not putting too much thought into where we were going, we just wanted to go. We packed up and headed out early. The drive up to the trailhead was gorgeous and peaceful and before we knew it, we had parked and headed up the trail for American Lakes (appropriately named for a 4th of July weekend hike!). We spent our hike on the lookout for moose, admiring the wild flowers, crossing streams and talking about our unknown future as we ventured into the woods.

Really, we wavered a lot between feeling super confident that David would get the job he interviewed for, and feeling really scared that maybe he wouldn’t get the job. Feeling super sure that God was going to take care of us through this job loss, and feeling nervous that maybe He was going to use unemployment as another difficult way to challenge and grow us.

We kept hiking and eventually crested timberline and came into a beautiful basin that held 3 different alpine lakes. It was absolutely gorgeous! Considering I didn’t really know what we were getting into when I was picking a hike, we lucked out with one of the best hikes we’ve ever done! We wandered around a bit and found a perfect place to camp.

After we set up camp, I took a few pictures. And when I took this one below, I realized that this was exactly what I pictured when I talked about what I visualized a “spacious place” to look like. We were literally camped in the middle of this giant field of wild flowers. It was absolutely breathtaking and it was the first time that I began to feel a true sense of peace about our future.

We had no agenda really- lots of napping in our tent, reading, talking and enjoying our amazing views. 
Still snow in July here! 

We had a few thunderstorms roll by, which is a pretty amazing thing to witness from 12,000 feet cozied up in a little tent! Our tent was situated next to some really high cliffs and when the thunder echoed off the cliffs, it was pretty awesome! The next morning, I woke up at 5:45 and got to watch the sunset, which was incredible! It was a beautiful morning, just me and God.

David finally woke up and we went on a little hike up an inclined boulder field to a higher alpine lake. Everything was going well until David stepped on an unsteady boulder. The boulder rolled and threw David backwards. His foot got lodged between two other boulders and he wound up spraining his knee. It was a really bad fall and we feel very lucky he was able to walk out. It could have been much worse, we are so thankful for no broken bones!

A marmot came to check us out and make sure we were ok! I made David pose with it. I love marmots 🙂

We hobbled back to camp and packed up. Being the amazing wife I am, I carried the bulk of our gear back to make the trek a little easier on David’s knee. A few hours later, we were back at the trailhead; tired but happy to have had an almost flawless backpacking trip. No getting lost in the woods, no endless rain storms or wildlife eating our food. It was an amazing trip!

And now for the best news of all: we got a call early Monday morning letting us know that David got the job he interviewed for last week!!!!!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!! Oh my goodness, God is so faithful! We are so overwhelmed by the amount of people who have been praying for us this past week. Thank you all SO much from the bottom of my heart for shooting up little prayers on our behalf.

This has been one of the hardest weeks we have ever had (and we’ve had some hard weeks). We literally hit rock bottom and then God lifted us up out of that deep water and into a place of rest and blessing. We’re just completely overwhelmed right now by it all. I’m sure I’ll have another post about it, because right now we’re just a little speechless 🙂

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.” -Psalm 20:4-5

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19 thoughts on “Backpacking & Some Good News

  1. Yay!!! What awesome news! So, so, so cool!

    I'm also just a smidge bit jealous of your Colorado life… keeping my love for CO burning bright!

    My favorite part was this: “feeling nervous that maybe He was going to use unemployment as another difficult way to challenge and grow us.” So, so good. Sometimes I just want to tell him that I'm as refined as I'm going to get… take me out of the fire!

    Praying that rock bottom has been reached and more good things are on the way!

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  2. I was SO excited when I got that text from mom! Praise God!!! I really hope this is the beginning of showered blessings for you guys.
    P.S. I may need to steal this location from you for a future camping trip, that place looks divine!

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  3. Those picture are so beautiful and I'm sure being there was way better. I'm so glad God has answered your prayers 🙂 He is always with us, God is so very good!

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  4. Awesome, Becky. So happy that you had some time in a beautiful place just to be with your man and God 🙂 We did something similar soon after our failed IVF (spent a few days in Yosemite), and was it ever healing! Also, congrats on the wonderful news about the job!

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  5. Looks like you guys had a beautiful trip! We might have to check that area out 🙂 We are both so glad to hear about the job! We have been praying and hoping for good news!

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