You know, when I started this blog it was going to really dwell on all things that bring hope in a world that will give either none or false hope. Our hope cannot, I mean really cannot, be placed on anything in the world. Not our friends, our spouses, ourselves. Not our income, our insurance, our car. Not our energy, our health, our stability. So what's left? Nothing. There is nothing here that will not fail us (sorry for the double negative). Often I find myself wanting to place my hope in something or someone tangible. And over and over I learn that people will fail eventually, plans will fail eventually because they are people and they are our plans. It isn't an easy lesson but a good one. I can either despair that there is nothing in the world that is entirely, and totally dependable or I can find the One who is. And to be honest, I don't always look for Jesus. Sometimes I get angry and yell out to him (mostly in my mind) that we should have more security and guarantees. He is much bigger than me and He can listen to my modern psalm and know that it is but a tantrum of a child who doesn't belong in this world. I am glad He can handle my anger, my cries, and sometimes my despair. I am glad He knows what we suffer on a personal level--afterall, he experienced so much more. He doesn't just put up with my tantrum as parents would but has compassion. Compassion that could melt the heart and could warm the fires of hope that threatened to be quenched. Praise the Lord that He loves me so. Praise the Lord that He conquered this world. Praise the Lord that He has promised not to leave me or forsake me.
As a wonderful surprise for me, David told me that he is buying me a Nintendo DS lite. He already bought me a game (SuperMario for nintendo 64) and that is how he told me. I was excited. It seems like that is the best way to go as far game systems go because its light (as the name advertises) and doesn't take a lot of room. It seems perfect. Except for one thing, we can't find it anywhere. Before David told me he was buying it for me, he spent about 3 weeks looks for it with no avail. It is forever sold out and for some reason the Nintendo company only delivers a few at a time to all the stores. The only reason I can come up with for this is that Nintendo wants to keep this gadget a hot, in-demand, item. So, it might be a month or two before we actually get it.
This is Main St. in Breckenridge. This was our first night there after a great meal with Julia and Jocie. We walked the streets and were amazed by the winter wonderland. Christmas lights were on and there were areas where new snow was untouched (so naturally I touched it--see next picture).
The next pictures are of our first day skiing. It was a great day except for the very end. I did green (easiest) slopes all day and was doing pretty well (so David and Julia said). David was encouraging me to try a blue (less easy-steeper slopes, higher altitude) slope and so I did. BAD IDEA! I was tired and the sun was going down so the mountain was pretty deserted and I had a couple of really jolting hard falls. So, naturally I start crying and can't stop and I just want to get off the mountain NOW. David went ahead and alerted the rescue snow mobile (not a bad way to get down a scary mountain). Since this experience was so traumatic to me I didn't go skiing the rest of the trip. Julia joined us for the morning (she was a snow boarder).
Skiing was, fortunately, a lot like rollerblading. So I have to thank Tony for getting me into that sport. It came in handy. I enjoyed the experience of seeing that much snow and wearing the gear but I don't think I could live in that kind of climate. It is quite cumbersome to wear all those layers. I'm more of a light packer so I am glad for the Louisiana heat.
the bad news is that my computer is sick (it has a virus) so I haven't been able to check it or be on facebook or anything else. It is currently "in the shop", as they say, with a friend (thanks Cal!) who is graciously working on it.
the great news is that David and I are officially debt free as of today. Hurray!! We are so thankful for the financial blessings we've received. What a good way to start out the new year.