Thursday, August 28, 2008

WELCOME TO COLORFUL COLORADO!!!

If you read my post from a couple of days ago, I think you'll understand why I wasn't able to clean the place up or bake anything yummy for you. But come back after we get this cancer thing down to a routine and I'll be sure and spend lots more time with you. However....I do have some time right now in my "less-than-8-hours-of-sleep-over-the-last-50+-hours" state of mind to give you a taste of my Colorado!
I grew up on the Eastern Plains of Colorado in a tiny farming town (pop. 847 on a good day). It was pretty flat and we had an inkling there were some mountains out there in the West. On a clear day we could see an indication that the ground did not stay flat forever! I love the plains - you can see forever and the fields really do wave at you when the wind blows. It's one of the most beautiful sights I know except maybe a buffalo grazing in that grass. Yes, we have buffalo there -- not wild, mind you, but they do exist and remind you of days gone by. The baby ones are especially precious.


When I graduated high school I thought I wanted more than this little town could offer and off I went to the big city of Denver. Denver really is an amazing place. You will find all kinds of areas in town that range from pretty hoity-toity to down home suburban America. I hear tell there is this big convention going on downtown right now but since I now live way north I'm really not sure.


About 8 years ago we had had enough of the big city and longed for something smaller -- not 847 type smaller but something around 50,000 might be good. We moved about 1 1/2 hours north of Denver and we are deliriously happy here. It's a wonderful place within just minutes of all kinds of outdoor activities. You can whitewater raft, hike, waterski, tube, mountain bike, or just enjoy the serenity of the crickets during the summer. Of course in the winter you have your skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and my personal favorite, sitting in the lodge drinking "hot chocolate" (wink, wink). Sometimes it's hard to believe that I live where people save to take a vacation to.
It is truly God's Country around here!!
I hope you enjoy your stay and will come back real soon!!


54 comments:

Joyfulsister said...

Aloha Renee,
I came by to say Hello and visit for a bit. I saw your blog being featured and I love meeting new friends, I will be back to read more, come and visit sometime, My door is always open *smile*

God Bless Lorie

EmmaP said...

sorry to hear about your hubby! Sounds like you're in the best of spirits, all things considering. Will definitely be thinkin of ya! Thanks for being such a great hostess, and as for cleaning the place up a bit or baking something yummy...sounds like WE need to be doing that for YOU!

Nonna said...

Here from Texas via BATW. Will keep you and hubby in my thoughts and prayers. I admire your spirit. You have a lovely blog!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Coming your way through BATW. Hang in there and remember God is always in control. I'll be praying for you all.

Dawn said...

Enjoy your BATW day!! I hope things are going ok with your husband and that you are doing ok. I am keeping your family in my prayers.

Veggie Mom said...

Hey there! You sure do live in a Beautiful State! I'm popping in from Wisconsin, where we were featured on Tuesday. Come on by to check out my Great Giveaway!

Debbie said...

Love this tour! I have been to Vail and Beaver Creek to ski and to Denver on business many years ago. I love it there!

Tamie said...

hello from down south (denver area!) amazing to be featured, and so sorry to hear about the blow of lukemia with your husband...i'm sure that you haven't even caught your breathe yet, let alone been able to digest the news. i'm trying to guess where you grew up and double guess where you live now....greeley, windsor, ft. collins...more north (actually what is north of ft. collins--j/k) i gradutated from csu so i have been up north a bit...but not in a long time.
your post was cute..i'll be praying for you!

Shannon said...

I'm visiting from BATW... hope you enjoy your day!

I also hope your family is doing ok!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Good morning sunshine. Thanks for taking a moment to share your precious home with us! I love Colorado and the plains ARE beautiful - the mountains always get all the attention but that's not fair.

Still praying for you guys.

Melisa said...

Hi Rene,
I'm visiting from Illinois via BATW. Your area of the country really is beautiful and it's great that you have so many activity options out there!

I read further down and read the post about your hubby. My prayers are with you. Take care!

Lauren W said...

I definitely am with you on loving the plains :) colorado is absolutely beautiful.
Meanwhile, your hubby is definitely remaining in my prayers, as are you and the fam.

~Trish~ said...

I am a Colorado native, born in Denver, grew up in Lakewood. I have family in Littleton, Northglenn and Denver still. I miss it and love it there!!!

Amy said...

Visiting from BATW. Thanks for hosting despite your situation. Have faith and take care :)

Becky Welch said...

thank you for taking time out of your life right now to introduce us to Colorado. You have a lovely state. We will be keeping you and your familiy in our prayers. Hang in there!

Michelle said...

Congrats on the feature -- and thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband.

I love the hot chocolate in winter... but my concern is making sure that the wee ones only drink *their* hot chocolate and don't get it mixed up with mine!

Leslie said...

Thanks for the tour! Sounds like a lovely place that you live in! So sorry to hear the news about your husband. I will keep your family in my prayers. ((hugs))

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I'm visiting from BATW today! Said a prayer for your husband and your family :) Trust in the Lord, &I'll keep praying! Hope you're able to have a restful holiday weekend together!

Blessings,
Stacey

Kori said...

You did a great job considering.

I nosied around a bit. I will be praying for you and your family daily as I know how hard this is cause we too are there.

I'll be back to check in on you from time to time.

chellekay said...

Sounds like a lovely place that you live in, thanks for the tour!

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing... and I am praying for your husband and family during this time!

Melissa Lester said...

Wow, you have it all in Colorado! My aunt and uncle on have retired to Denver and love it. Although we miss them in Alabama, maybe we'll all get to visit them there someday. Right before they moved, my husband's family planned a Thanksgiving vacation to Breckinridge. It was so beautiful! I loved the views, sledding and shopping downtown. I was a little intimidated to try skiing, but my boys took right to it. I hope we'll get to visit sometime again!

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. Kudos to the doctors who treated him and uncovered this rare cancer in such a short amount of time. And now with your BATW spotlight, new friends from all over the country are stopping by to pray with you. God is so good, and I hope you feel His presence through our prayers, comments and virtual hugs today!

Tara said...

Stopping in from BATW. Thank you for the tour of Colorado - I love it there. We used to visit all the time when I lived in the Western part of Nebraska. It's a beautiful state & I am so glad you gave us a glimpse!

Scott said...

I'm stopping by from Missouri via BATW. I've been thru Colorado a few times and always thought it was beautiful!

I'm sorry to hear about your husband. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Ronnica said...

"I love the plains - you can see forever and the fields really do wave at you when the wind blows. It's one of the most beautiful sights I know except maybe a buffalo grazing in that grass."

Ahh, yes. I'm from Kansas, so I know EXACTLY what you mean. I love the plains! My mom's family is even from Eastern Colorado (Limon).

Ashley said...

Congrats on your feature!

Wendy said...

Hello from another visitor via BATW! So sorry to hear about your hubby. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. You are so good to host this when you have so much on your plate.

Blessings, Wendy

Aubrey said...

I loved taking the tour thru your eyes! I grew up in a small Neb. farming town and like you I couldn't wait to get out once done with h.s.

We really do live in an amazing state!!

Brian and Staci said...

Hello! Ms. Oklahoma here! Very well done! I'm so worried about when I have to post :( I am so very sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. My husband was diagnosed with cancer last February...so I know the shock of one day your life is going along great and the next...whoa...what has happened?? (My hubby is cancer free now...by the way) so pray, pray, and pray some more! I will do the same! So ver nice to meet you! God Bless!

Frizzy and Bird said...

Comin from where else? BATW! Yeah. Thanks for having us over to have a peek around. Love the blog and sorry to hear about your hubby. Prayers continue. I love the title of your blog. I want to make it my life Mantra. Is that how you spell mantra? I'm a bit of a control freak you see. It's hard for me to "give it to God" and not take it back. Nuts aye?!

Janean Campbell said...

What an amazing place you live in...One day, I'll visit this great state...

KitKatKolorado said...

Hello, "Angel Face," as you are known in our household since we always have new names and what we consider more appropriate names for our dearest friends! I have to check out what BATW is since you have so many friends visiting from there.

Okay, after your Colorado tour, I'm wondering what in the heck are we doing moving to Tennessee? You make me want to stay here with the long, cold winters, the shoveling of snow, the one-day golden aspen falls, and the desert dryness that requires (at my age) several applications of moisturizer a day so no one falls into my facial Grand Canyon replicas. Not to mention, the chasing of the hated tumbleweeds that Larry has taking a real dislike to.

Actually, Colorado is the best place that I have ever lived and if it wasn't for Larry retiring his snow shovel and lawn mower and moving to a 55+ active community, I'd be staying.

We continue to pray for your family and will standby available if you need us. We could help with your garden. Larry is an old farmer and I used to pretend to be until the slugs ate my zuchinni blossoms and my green tumb paint wore off!

Blessings of Peace and Love,
Kat or KatTaleTN...my new handle.

Jennifer P. said...

Oh bless your heart for even writing this. I can only imagine what you must be feeling right now. My mom was diagnosed with cancer, and I remember just being in a state of numb for days. You sound much more with it---much more ready to kick this thing in the patootie! I've offered up a prayer on behalf of you and your family and hope it offers a bit of peace and strength. I also hope that your blog continues to be an outlet for you--whether to share the struggle or forget about it.

and thanks for teaching me more about Colorado. I had no idea it was flat anywhere there!

JourneytoFamily said...

I loved your description of Colorado. The place you live now sounds wonderful... that is if I could handle living in snow. :)

I'm sorry to hear about your husband. I will pray for you guys.

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

Sorry to hear about everthing you are going through at the moment -- I will keep your family in my prayer! Anyway stopping in to say Hi from Louisiana. Hope you are having a great day! Much Love from Queen Bee.

CaraBee said...

I grew up next door in Kansas, so I can definitely appreciate the plains. We visited Colorado all the time and I have always thought it such a beautiful state. Thanks for the welcome!

Our Crazy Happy Family said...

Greeting from North Carolina!

Lynda said...

Congrats on being our BATW gal today. Know that your husband and family are in our prayers.

Lady Dorothy said...

Hi from California! I used to live in Colorado and it is indeed a beautiful place!

I will be coming back to visit and praying for your husband and your family!

HeathahLee said...

Thank you for your hospitality in the midst of what your family is going through!

Shell said...

Surfing in from BATW. It sounds lovely to actually see the plains with the fields blowing in the wind. I have to visit Colorado one day.My thoughts are with your family.

Domestic Executive said...

I had one of my greatest holidays in Colorado. Thanks for opening the door once more to your amazing state.

Keep positive and stay strong. It will help you through this tough time.

Thinking of you.

Julie (www.domestic-executive.com

Marla said...

best of luck to you and your family...

Kerry said...

I have stopped by via BATW and I love the way you described Colorado. When you think of it most people think of the Denver area. Thanks for bringing the other areas of Denver out in the open!

On a side note...Cancer is such a crappy thing to have to deal with. Your husband and family are in my prayers. I know how tough it can be to remain positive. Remember to take some time out for yourself so you can be there for you little peanut and hubby!

greedygrace said...

I love your positive attitude! My thoughts will be with you and your family.

Happy BATW Day!

Tracy P. said...

Thanks for a great tour. I've been to Colorado several times. Gorgeous!

Your header is SO appropriate right now--but do you still want to let God write your novel? Sounds like you are in for the ride of a lifetime, and I trust that in the end you will STILL be glad He is doing the writing. He must have been preparing you for this moment. Blessings to you and your family.

Kelly said...

I read your Thursday update prior to reading the Colorado host post...I appreciate you giving us all a tour when you obviously have a great deal going on right now.
I hope all continues to go well for "Car Guy" and his treatments are a little more tolerable (he will love his port!!)

~~tonya~~ said...

Stopping in from Louisiana via BATW. You live in such a beautiful state. I hope to return there one day for an extended vacation. Praying for your husband through his treatments and recovery. ((HUGS)) to you all.

Mrs_X said...

I wish strength was one of the many things the internet was able to instantaneously transfer between individuals. But since it is not, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie said...

Hi Renee! I'm here from BATW. I'm sorry to hear about CarGuy's recent diagnosis but am glad to hear you all seem to be dealing with it well (as best as you can!). Cancer just, well sucks. If you can find the humor in the treatments that will help you all get thru it - and you will!

Mamasphere said...

That really makes me want to see the plains! I live in the city, and my heart aches for open land sometimes.

Laura said...

Coming by from BATW...nice to meet you...I'll be back later to browse the archives.

Tammy said...

Hi there! I'm taking the BATW tour and Colorado is my first stop. Seriously one of my favorite places ever.
My prayers and best wishes for your DH and your family as you deal with his illness.

Briana said...

Wow, great to hear how you ended up where you are today. Will say prayers for your dh! *HUGS*. I always wanted to visit Colorado!