This picture was taken on our recent trip to Colorado, to visit family and friends, after a particularly long and stressful day of driving with a 20-month-old who does not like to go 30 miles to the grocery store, let alone 700+ miles to the prairies and mountains of our beloved Colorado.
There was screaming.
There was thrashing.
There was a random pointing out at mama and wailing, "No no!" as if to express his disapproval of the whole traveling situation.
(Thankfully the trip back home a few days later was much better. Short Stack was tired, and also somewhat resolved to our traveling lifestyle by that point, praise the Lord!)
Anyhow, I took this picture in the evening as we were just arriving on the edge of Colorado. We were enjoying a rare stretch of peaceful driving at that point, as Short Stack was napping, and Colorado, sweet state that it is, granted us the most beautiful big sky sunset.
I was mesmerized for quite some time.
Oh, Colorado, how I love thee.
Colorado will always feel like 'home'.
And 'home' (Minnesota) also always feels like 'home'.
Rather than be torn between the two, I've settled on just having two 'homes'. It works.
Anyhow, rare moments of peace have been the story of our life lately. I may be one of the few people anywhere, ever, who is longing for winter. Winter, for us, means life slows down considerably, and Mr. Blue Eyes and I agree that we are ready for a slow down.
Not to complain, however. Our summer has been filled with wonderful things... Puppies, horses, lots of outdoor time, beautiful weather, time with many of our family members, time for just our little family, music, weddings, time with friends, activities for the kids... It's all good stuff.
When we were in Colorado, I was giving Miss Peaches a little riding lesson on one of her cousin's big roping horses, and every time she stopped the horse she would say, "Halt," at which point I would explain to her that it's not 'halt', it's 'ho'.
But now I'm the one who kind of wants to say, "Halt!" to all the busy-ness, yet I can't... Not just because we have commitments to keep, but because winter will come soon enough, and we must take joy in all the abundantly good things God has placed in front of us, even if it can get a little crazy sometimes.
Crazy, like....... squaring off with your neighbor's mastiff-mix dog to get at your horses who decided they would bust out of their pen and go for a morning excursion to the neighbor's alfalfa and corn field.
But that's another story for another time. I am going to 'halt' for the evening. It's close to bedtime and I'm ready to put this day in the books!