This past week was a particularly charged week, both physically and emotionally. At the last minute we decided to unplug, disconnect, and get away for a few days as a family and it ended up being the best decision we could have made. We silenced all the noise from the events of last week but more importantly, found the time to really reconnect as a family.
We decided to take a drive up to Mammoth and on the way we stopped and camped at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine. We stayed up late stargazing and were up bright and early the next day and headed up to Mammoth. We had initially planned to go up and play in the snow since the resort just recently opened, but much to our surprise the road past the resort was closed off. At the last minute we decided to take a day trip to Yosemite instead and it ended up being an unforgettable experience. If you've never been, I highly recommend putting it on your bucket list, it does not disappoint. There is so much to see and do that it's impossible to squeeze it all into one day, but I'm so happy we had the opportunity to glimpse some breathtaking sights!
As we enter a new era, it's so important to make sure we take a moment to really take a step back and appreciate the things that really matter. Arguing, protesting, whining, and lamenting won't bring about change. We are the only ones responsible to help bring about change by our actions, by loving each other, by respecting each other and our differences, and by exemplifying and passing on these values to our children. This weekend I was reminded of these verses:
'This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD."' - Jeremiah 17:5
'Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.' - Colossians 3:2
'It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.' - Psalm 118:8
As I contemplate these verses and their deeper meaning, I'm reminded of the importance of casting my hopes and fears in the ever mighty and powerful power of Christ. Putting our faith in politics or those who hold offices of power is not the answer. As the song says, "in Christ alone my hope is found." I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of relief and reassurance because I know that as long as we continue to put God first, He will not lead us astray. I believe this to be more true today than ever before.
And in case you missed my ever expanding waist line, SURPRISE! We're expecting baby #2! We've been sitting on this secret for some time and weren't quite ready to make the big announcement but after reviewing our vacation pictures we realized there was just no more hiding it - to say that we're excited for our new addition is an understatement! :)