I love July!! For lots of reasons, but primarily because it is serving as a way for me to remember how faithful God has been to us. The past 12 months have been some of the happiest David and I have known in a very long time. I look back on the last 12 months and I smile, because every month has been a blessing. It’s pretty remarkable how your life can change in just a few days. July 2013 was truly a turning point for us and I’d hate to forget where we came from, lest we start to think that our current state has anything to do with our own efforts.
We were in some pretty deep water last year around this time. David had lost his job. That same day we also learned of the negative results from our 6th and final IUI. We were distraught to say the least. But there was also so much to hope for. David had been invited to interview for another job. An incredibly promising job with great benefits, a raise and stability, something we had not known in 7 years. We were in this odd holding pattern. One job was gone, a new job sitting on the horizon.
I don’t remember a time in my life where I had so earnestly sought after the Lord. I was in the Word for hours, praying without ending. I felt very strongly that God lead me to Deuteronomy during this time. I won’t quote every verse that struck me as I read through chapters 5-8, but my take away was this from Deuteronomy 8:
“Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God”
I felt like the Lord was gently telling me, “I’m bringing you to a better place. Everything is going to be ok. In fact, it will be better than ok. It will be great. All I ask is that you don’t forget what I’ve done. Remember my faithfulness.”
And boy did He bring us into a better place. The call came, the job was his. And just like that, things turned around. July 22nd marks his one year anniversary of starting this new job. God is so faithful, I can hardly stand it sometimes!
We went back to Snowmass this year, as a way to celebrate this past year and remember all that God has done for us this year. We were there last year to celebrate too, so it seemed fitting to return again this year. We had a wonderful long weekend! We spent a lot of time on the river, we hiked and also got some 4-wheeling in on our way home. It was a great way to spend some time reflecting and thanking God for all He has done for us. Grateful doesn’t even touch how we feel!
Dinner at the Woody Creek Tavern, which was Hunter S. Thompson’s favorite hangout spots. David’s a pretty big fan, so we just had to stop! 🙂
David is the best. He spent an entire evening with me just so I could photograph the sunset over the Elk Mountains. We didn’t know the area well, so we spent quite a bit of time flying down back roads looking for the perfect spot for me to grab some photos. We finally found the perfect spot just across the valley from Snowmass. It was so pretty!
We drove to the top of Hagerman Pass, which was named after my great great great uncle who was a mining and railroad bigwig in Aspen back in the 1800s. So cool that there’s remnants of my family all over this gorgeous state! And it was soooooooo fun to take the 4Runner off trail! I was definitely in my element on top of this mountain! It was the perfect ending to a beautiful weekend!