Wednesday, July 04, 2012

4th of July

TnT Matt 1:21,23....Jesus is still Emmanuel - God with us. Emmanuel be our sanctuary (refuge, secret place).

Jerome, Jared, Jamin, Krista, and Arielle headed out early this a.m. to climb the "cog" or "incline" behind Manitou Springs. This used to be a railroad up the side of Pike's Peak....now it's an

Jared

Krista

See the title way at the top - that's the end of the trail
Crystal (Niece)


Don (Crystal's son) Jerome (nephew) and Jared

View looking down along the trail 

Love this photo - not the start of the trail 
 We had forgotten, having lived at sea level the past 3 years, that Arielle has trouble with the altitude. She got dizzy, was stumbling and finally curled up under a tree, started to go to sleep and was talking about BANANAS and GRAPES! Krista was going slow with her, but other hikers from the area stopped and told her to get Arielle off the mountain. They arrived home and Arielle was still in bad shape but with ice packs around her body, water and sleep she recovered just fine.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing......catching up....Josiah, Michael and Earl worked on a marker for Beatrix' grave. 


Ping pong and Foos Ball


Jenny (niece) stopped by 

Reading Dad G's military records

Movies - cousin time 

Stacia and Lily, BFF

As requested - the family with Michael and I in it

Beatrix - a faithful dog friend

Jerome (nephew) the burger miester

Setting up internet in the workshop

All had a blast in the back pasture!


Looking for a picture for the blog's side bar - boys in TX - adding Jared


No, Really - it's true! 






The evening ended with us all sitting out on the patio and watching an amazing show of lightening and thunder. Fireworks are not allowed in CO this year, but we had a heavenly show better than any firework show would have been anyway. 

It's been great to have all the Gherkins together, to spend time meeting and catching up with extended family. Tomorrow a.m. the boys will head back to TX and the rest of us will head back to the West Coast. 

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

4 comments:

mel said...

Thank you for sharing your life and heart with us. We'll hold it gently and pray you through your adventures.

Beth S. said...

Mike and DeEtta,
You have a beautiful, blessed family. Thanks for sharing.

Janette said...

Thank you for aha ring your joys and your sorrows. (And the picture of you with the family:)

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Ah - you all are welcome. Thanks for praying for us as we journey....