Monday, July 04, 2005

ballin with the best.

In our spare time here at Snow Mountain Ranch, we enjoy hiking, backpacking, falling out of river rafts, and generally enjoying God’s awesome creation. Sometimes, however, we are drawn to the great indoors. We spend a lot of time at the Kiva, SMR’s recreation building. A good pickup game of basketball or volleyball is great now and then. Last week our speaker was Aaron Winkle, Calvin’s Coordinator of Christian Formation for Athletes and Team Development. Aaron gave a great couple of talks, and we all had an awesome getting to know him and his family—but one of the most exciting parts of having Aaron (or ‘A-Wink,’ as he was affectionately known by the LCI gang) here, was the chance to play basketball with him. Now, Aaron wasn’t any ordinary student-athlete during his years at Calvin—he lead the Knights to the 2000 Men’s Basketball National Championship and earned the title of Player of the Year. So naturally, we viewed getting the chance to ball with this guy was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We took it to the floor and had an awesome night of friendly competition at the Kiva. Man, this guy was good.

During the rare times when we aren’t working, going to our LCI meetings, or hanging at the Kiva, we are outdoors a ton. From stargazing to hiking to walking to work, there are countless opportunities to experience God’s amazing creation out here. Photos barely do it justice, but here is a taste of what we are blessed to see on SMR property every day.

Columbine, Colorado’s famous state flower. These things just began blooming at SMR about a week and a half ago and they are stellar.

Now if you think the weather in Michigan changes a lot, try Colorado. 80 degrees and sunny is often found in the same day as raging rainstorms. This, however, has one beautiful benefit—rainbows.

It’s not often you find college kids willing to get up at 4:30am to do anything—but watching the sunrise here is so amazing that we’ve done it more than once.

Sunsets aren’t bad either…

The Continental Divide—what more needs to be said?

  O LORD, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth!     You have set your glory     above the heavens….     When I consider your heavens,     the work of your fingers,     the moon and the stars,     which you have set in place,     what is man that you are mindful of him,     the son of man that you care for him? O LORD, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Posted by Jill D. on 07/04 at 03:51 PM
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