Farewell, 2013

This past week, I was paging thru a magazine as I played the waiting game, and came across and article about a race to the top of Pikes Peak. On average the assent is 45 minutes.. Sebatien Loeb managed the 156 turns in 8:13.878 minutes..

I remember my first experience with the mountian. Julia and I were with the Ranck girls exploring Colorado. We flew out, and as I recall none of us were old enough to rent a car, so we borrowed an F250 from a friend’s dad, and hit the road. Pikes Peak was definitely on the agenda, so we paid the entrance fee and prepared to climb.. All was well for a little, but as the road narrowed, and the lack of guardrails became more and more obvious, I became aware of the value of the truck I was driving, the lives with me, and.. the fact that I am unfortunately scared of heights.. “Uh Oh, Kendra, what have you gotten yourself into..” Fortunately the feeling of trepidation diminished rapidly, and I learned to look ahead instead of around and before a lot longer-we were enjoying a bird’s eye view- gazing out at the plains, stretching endless from the foot of the mountian.. Appreciating the view, confident in the climb.. Great memory..

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That’s where I am as I stand on the summit of 2014.. What a climb 2013 was.. A great year.. had some twists and turns in it that I wasn’t expecting.. But when I remembered to focus ahead instead of around.. God, the Perfect Navigator is good!!

And as I stand on this mountain top, reflecting-I think I can see some things in the Valley below me-things to expect in 2014- My calendar is filling up-a few weddings, some travel, exciting things.. I think.. I’m expecting to go that route- but I’m also aware that the Navigator may see fit to reroute me completely.. I’m glad He’s in control..

I hope that the mountian top of 2015 will be as beautiful as the view is here. I bet it will be.. 2013 will be forever marked as a great year.. I’m enjoying pausing here and reminiscing..

What can be said to properly recap a year full of God’s grace and goodness.. Joy, I’m thinking. Full of joy because of the Love of the Father. That He sent His only Son to earth to die for me..”Behold-I bring you good tidings of great joy..” Joy.. Because of the unbelievable amount of blessings in my life.. My family, my friends, the fact that God is writing my story-guiding my life from the beginning to the end.. Joy.. Because it is a command.. “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!”

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Wishing you a joyous New Year!

Kendra

Bonus pic:

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Deborah recieved a step-by-step guide on how to create balloon animals for Christmas, and our house has been a jungle ever since.. An octopus, elephant, a pair of doves in a heart, diffent kinds of dogs, a giraffe, a teddy bear, a snake, a snail, piles of balloon hats (that she declares are fit to be seen in public-much to her oldest sister’s chagrin.. 🙂 ) She really does seem to have unearthed a hidden talent here.. A ballon parrot, anyone?

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