This past weekend, I had a birthday camping/hiking adventure with my favorite #1son in Payson Arizona. We had so much fun! Payson is about 80 miles north of Scottsdale and 4000+ feet higher in elevation, making it about 20°cooler! We tent ⛺️ camped. We had fire. Robert cooked over fire. Robert treated me to birthday breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We hiked about 15 miles altogether. We laughed a lot. We saw javelinas and snow ❄️! We accidentally found ourselves in the middle of a 50 mile ultra marathon (so I consider that as participation 😜)! Fantastic! So very thankful. 

Thankful _ April23 _ April29

A little late because I was having a birthday weekend celebration. Thankful!

2443. 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭10‬:‭2‬ NIV)
2444. Only four workdays separate me from my birthday weekend!
2445. Finding a Bible study about Leviticus that I can understand.

2446. 6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭11‬:‭6‬ NIV) this verse reminds me of the time I went to Chicago to minister to the homeless with people who became my friends.
2447. Today is Robert’s dad’s birthday. Even though we are not friends, I am thankful I met him, because without him, I would not have Robert.
2448. When the surgeon says thank you and please come again. And you’re not his regular nurse.

2449. 1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬ NIV) I am remembering Lord. Thank you!
2450. On this day five months ago, I broke my ankle. I didn’t know if I would survive because I had no savings, no disability insurance, and no vacation time. I didn’t know if I I would even have a job to return to. I didn’t know if I would hike again. Oh but you God! You made a way. You provided. Now I have a full-time job with benefits. And I am hiking as if my ankle was never broken in the first place. Thank you!!!
2451. Abby greeted me at the front door after I returned from my walk. 🐱

2452. 23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. (‭Psalm‬ ‭37‬:‭23-24‬ NIV) I delight in you Lord! And even though this scripture is speaking of The spiritual, let it also pertain to the physical. Thank you!
2453. Even though I’m not liked by everyone, I am loved by the Maker of heaven and earth 🌏!
2454. Finding the sleeping bag of my dreams!

2455. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭3-4‬ NIV) let this one sink in more and more Jesus.
2456. A half day the day before my birthday 🎉 weekend.
2457. Learning how to backpack 🎒 with less.

2458. 1 I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭39‬:‭1‬ NIV) only that I would say good things Lord.
2459. Day 1 of my birthday camping ⛺️ weekend and birthday breakfast 🍳 with robert!
2460. A great site to camp!

2461. 13 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen. (‭Psalm‬ ‭41‬:‭13‬ NIV)!!!
2462. Can’t even believe how beautiful this state is! A fabulous day hiking with Robert. 10 glorious miles!
2463. It snowed! For like 2 whole minutes!

Thankful _ March26 _ April1


A bonus day off. 9 mile hike. And car camping. Such a fun week! I am thankful!

2359. 5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭5-8‬ ESV) let this be my cry as I work to serve you Lord, as I serve my patients and co-workers because ultimately, I serve you for your glory.
2360. That Robert and Galen had a chance to Skype and catch up.
2361. Even though it is Sunday and the transition continues to be hard.

2362. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭9-11‬ ESV) oh Lord, help us. Help us to have love that abounds more and more with knowledge and discernment. Let us bring you glory Jesus!
2363. I have been redeemed. Galen has been redeemed. Robert will be redeemed. My family will be redeemed.
2364. The Lord’s plans can never be thwarted!

2365. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬ ESV) thank you God! For giving your Holy Spirit to me and Galen. That we are united in your spirit and in mind! You gave this scripture to both of us at almost the exact same time! You are amazing God!
2366. All the solar twinkle lights entwined around the patio.
2367. New hiking gear – UV protection umbrella 🌂 is light weight for hiking AND bear 🐻 spray 👍🏼

2368. 20 Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬ ESV) oh that this word you spoke to me would help Galen to seek you even more and to find comfort in you Lord.
2369. You say that if I seek you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, I will find you!
2370. Your promises are always yes and amen in Jesus! Thank you Lord!

2371. 4 For thus the Lord said to me: “I will quietly look from my dwelling like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭18‬:‭4‬ ESV) because this is beautiful.
2372. Bonus day off means bonus hiking!
2373. 9 miles in Brown ‘s Ranch!

2374. 13 To answer before listening— that is folly and shame. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭13‬ NIV) oh that I would be a better listener Lord!
2375. I heard that Jesus Christ came to die for sinners of which I am and hold these words to be true and hope for eternal life with him in heaven!
2376. Car 🚗 camping ⛺️ in the Superstition Wilderness. Beautiful views. Unidentified animal call. Peace and quiet on this side between salt river and the lakes. Turning the car on for heat.

2377. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬ NIV) thank you for shining your light in my heart!
2378. Javelinas at sunset. Coyotes at dawn.
2379. French press.

Happy Sunday!