Sand Dunes 2017

We are coming up on our third anniversary of being CO residents and with so much left to see, we decided we would try and explore some more of this beautiful state. We took the kids camping about an hour away from the Sand Dunes. As usual, they loved sleeping in a tent and did very well:

The next day, we packed up and headed to the Sand Dunes. I have never in my life seen anything quite like this, and pictures truly don't do it justice. We were surrounded by mountain piles of sand. The ground was super hot, and this time of year water is still running down from the snow-capped mountains. The kids enjoyed playing in the water.
We tried to cool down at a hot springs near by, but it was exactly that -- hot. It was beautiful and fun was had by all, and we will definitely visit again!


VBS 2017

This year, Riley was of school age to participate in our church's vacation bible school. So we made it a family affair-- I volunteered and Riley got to be in a small group (and Connor in the preschool program). I was a leader for a group of the sweetest fifth graders. And while I was focusing on giving them the message, it was sweet to be able to see Riley interact with her group from the corner of my eye. She was very invested in the lessons and the worship. And seeing my shy girl just praise the Lord in song and dance was an awesome treat.