Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Soaking it all in..

Last night a friend told me that the only reason my time in Colorado has been really good the last few weeks is because I know that I am leaving soon but for some reason I seem to believe different. These last few weeks have been full of celebration, excitement, a wedding, family and so much more. Many people ask me, are you ready to go? Is your house all packed? (The answer is No and well Nope not yet) but trust me I will be and in due time I will be south bound. For the time being I am soaking in my last glimpses of my Colorado Summer, spending time with friends and doing my best to enjoy every second..... Here is  recap of my last few weeks.

For starters I got back from Europe and the next weekend drove up to Vail to spend the weekend celebrating my old roommate from college Rachel and Jameson's wedding. The weekend was so good, lots of laughter, late night dancing at the Red Lion Inn, swimming at the pool at the Vail Racket Club, drinks in town and topped off with a hike in East Vail on Sunday. The picture below is of Rachel and Jameson on top of Vail mountain. Beautiful....

Married in Vail on Saturday July 21, 2012
The next week of work came with much anticipation because Monday Night I managed to get tickets to see one of my favorite singers of all time, James Taylor. I love James Taylor because my parents used to play him in the car while we would go on road trips, many songs accompanied by my dads harmonica. Meagan Day and I decided this being our last few weeks in Colorado (Meagan is moving to Arkansas with our current company) why not spend the evening with this musical legend, not to mention at Red Rocks.

Following that weekend guess who came to Colorado to visit??? My PARENTS! Although they are spending the week in Aspen, I was so excited to head up the mountains on Friday to spend my weekend with them in Aspen. I arrived on Friday to watch the Opening Ceremonies in their condo in Snowmass. Saturday Mom and I attended a hour and half yoga class at the resort, I then joined Vince, David and my Dad to Hike SnowMass mountain. The whole crew spent the afternoon at the pool before we headed into Aspen for dinner. Dinner was followed by live music at the St. Regis Hotel.

Sunday we took the Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain to listen to live Bluegrass music before I headed back to Denver.

Mom and Dad head to Denver on Friday... in the meantime I am attending two doctors appointments and the storage unit to get everything squared away for my move. I am adding a countdown to my blog for the much anticipated departure to Honduras.

Monday, July 16, 2012

With Joy I am Moving..... Story Below

God has a very funny way of reminding me that he above everyone else knows me at my very inner core. After all God whispers in my ear, "your my child, I created you that way"

For those of you who know me and others that do not, I love kids, I love their gentle spirits, their fragile emotions, the way tears fall so freely from their eyes at the very hint of pain, I love how honest kids are with how they feel, how dependent they are on others, their willingness to embrace a hug, and their equally stubborn personalities. My life has been filled with the honor of pouring into the lives of children, children that are not my own but children I have loved as though they were. Years spent as a swim Coach, my days as a nanny, hours of babysitting, young life, taking
Middle school kids to the best week of their lives at summer camp and my days singing and leading children's ministry....

So.... In one month from now I will leave my beloved home in Colorado to teach Elementary School at Lago Yajoa Bilingual School. The school is located on the largest lake in the country of Honduras in a small town Pena Blanca.

In many ways I believe God's timing is very much spot on and in other ways very inconvenient.  I like my life right now, quite honestly I love it. I adore my home in Colorado, my Subaru, happy hours with friends,  hiking in Boulder, hoping on my road bike, hot yoga classes, and the ability to be able to just head to the mountains just because. Their is very little I wish to change. However I should not be surprised that as a child of God, a God that loves me, knows my deepest desires, that he has even bigger plans in store for me....

I made a joke that if I only got one chance at this life than I sure as hell didn't want to be wasting it in a cubicle and or doing something that I was not passionate about. Perhaps God was not the only one laughing at my joke because now I am going to teach in Central America.

I share joy and a smile a mile wide at the thought of this opportunity, to only be overwhelmed with fear and anxiety seconds later. But in the midst of it all I am quite certain God is looking down at me with a smile on his face saying "Kristina this is exactly where I want you" in the wrestle, pulling and pushing yourself knowing full well that I have great things in store for you.  I am Honored and humbled that God would see to it that I embark on what I am certain will be big adventure.

I will be using this blog to share my journey teaching and would love for you to follow with me. My departure is the end of August until June... (Where I then plan to come back to Colorado... time will tell) your prayers are so appreciated..