Mr. P is working on some wonderful narrations of his time at the Crooked Creek Ranch in Fraser, Colorado where he and our oldest son spent five glorious days recently! But, as he has come back home and gone back to work after a even more wonderful four weeks of being at home with us, he is acclimating back into regular life and hasn't put pen to paper... or fingertips to keyboard as the case may be... quite yet.
Thrill Seeker Jr. (once known as Karate Kid) is also compiling his thoughts and insights into the big event to be reported to everyone very soon. In the meantime, so as not to keep you completely on the edge of your seats, I'm giving you a few tidbits that have been shared with us by the traveling duo and sharing a few gorgeous pictures... just a few as Mr. P and TSJr. took over 500! They made me proud!! Now I don't want any more grief over my 900+ Disneyworld pictures!
I've already shared a bit about the weather... that incredible 70's-for-highs-and-40's-for-lows weather! Mr. P said every day felt like a warm fall day! Ahhh! How wonderful would that be? Mr. P mentioned he'd like to move there at which point I asked him to wait and let us visit in January before we make any rash decisions! But, a nice summer home there would be just the ticket! That I could enjoy!
Of course, the best part of the trip was the brilliant, convicting and challenging talks given by some huge 'heavy hitters' in the Christian world... Doug Phillips (one of our heroes!), Scott Brown (another one of our heroes!) and Lew Sterrett
. Lew Sterrett
was new to us. We've heard Doug Phillips and Scott Brown many times before... in fact, they feel like old friends when we have the opportunity to hear them again. But, Lew Sterrett
was a new breath of fresh air! Mr. P and TSJr. loved him and his horses! One of Mr. P's favorite "Lew zingers" - as he called them - was 'grace is free but righteousness has a price'! He elaborated on "Christians" who say that Jesus is their Savior but don't have Jesus as their Lord. One cannot exist without the other and if you claim Jesus as Savior, there is a price to be paid for the righteousness that comes from Jesus as your Lord.
Doug Phillips challenged the sons not to waste their youth. Youth is preparation for adulthood, not play time. He encouraged them to 'Slay the Dragon of Slothfulness' and challenged fathers to call their sons into account and put them about the business of men from an early age.
Scott Brown spoke on purity in mind, body and spirit. He gave convicting talks on doctrine and theology and challenged dads to share that with their families - which was especially convicting to the dads because they had to evaluate whether or not they were qualified to teach these things. These are things which are not taught in the majority of churches today so fathers must work especially hard to learn and understand the difficult points of doctrine in order to impart that to their families and, most importantly, their sons. Sons will be required to teach these things to their own families one day which puts a larger burden on the fathers to get it right for the generations to come. I also love the emphasis on multi-generational faithfulness. This is something that is near and dear to our hearts and it is so wonderful whenever we get the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded families with the same multi-generational vision! I know Mr. P and TSJr. really enjoyed the fellowship with the other men and boys!
They will be able to tell it so much better than I can but that's a little preview for you! You can see some of the commentary and pictures from the event at Doug Phillips' blog
and at Scott Brown's blog
. Here are a few extra pictures of a great week surrounded by great men... especially two of the greatest
men which happen to be from our own dear family!
TSJr. enjoying the cockpit with the co-pilot after his first ever flight!
The Crooked Creek Ranch and one of many spectacular views!
Flowers! They have beautiful flowers there! It could be that they have had more than an inch of rain in the past three months but I tend to believe it's because everything is simply more beautiful there!
Here is one of the games of the Father/Son Olympics! Mr. P and TSJr. were eliminated in the first round of tug-o-war so they took pictures of the finalists. That is Doug Phillips in the blue untucked golf shirt.
Does this picture really need any comment? Note the winter coat! On this one a picture is truly worth a thousand words!
Here are two of the men I love most in this world! The wonderful vision-filled, multi-generational minded, Christ honoring patriarch of our family and the future visionary patriarch who will one day lead the church and stand in the gates. May the Lord be pleased for it to be so.But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. Psalm 103: 17-18