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These Moments :: Renewal

These Moments :: Renewal

July 13, 2012

Inspired by Amanda

Picnic Rock, 2011

There is a place, just at the mouth of the Poudre Canyon, where the boys and I go to feel the warmth of the sand, and the flow of the water on our feet. As the heat of the summer takes hold, it is the place that we escape to and that we treasure more than any other. This tiny spot on the banks of the river has been a sacred spot for us as a family, and for me personally, as I so miss the oceans I was raised on. It was also one of the spots where the fire ripped through and did so much damage in the weeks past.

We had heard that the fire had taken it, and indeed the house jut across the street has been reduced to foundation alone. We were prepared for what we would see, but as we rounded the corner we never expected that our favorite spot would still be standing. I wish that I could share it with all of you. In the middle of the black, of the charred, of the barren, stood the trees that we have come to know so well.

The sand may be black, and the trees not as full, but it already shows the promise of renewal. For now, we will still enjoy picnics on it’s shore, and dips in it’s waters. We will hike through it’s trails, and lay under it’s trees. It is our reminder that beauty always exists, renewal is always possible, and our earth has an incredible power to persevere.

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Casey July 13, 2012 at 6:04 am

Beautiful shots, I have a blonde baby too. 🙂

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Kristen July 13, 2012 at 6:13 am

So glad you still have the trees. What a beautiful moment in your special spot.

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Heather July 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

It is pretty remarkable that they are still standing, but such is the power of nature.

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gretchen July 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

lovely. blessings on you all!

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Shel July 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

Just gorgeous!

Our moment this week is from a sweet, early morning moment with Emma and our kitty.
http://ouronesweetfamily.blogspot.com/2012/07/this-moment.html

Have a great weekend!

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sara July 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

Wow Heather, how interesting that “your spot” in the canyon remained untouched by the fire. 🙂
We are planing a drive this weekend to show the children the devastation of fires and the promise of renewal. I have had talks with them about the fires, and how nature works but we live near Denver and I do not think my children really comprehend what happened.

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KC July 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

How incredible. That’s when you really begin to wonder about the ways of the universe. Thanks for sharing this story with us!

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Heather July 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

Driving all around something like a fire really brings those questions of the universe up.

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Kim July 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Wow, what a beautiful spot. I am amazed it remained untouched, Mother Nature is amazing!!

Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend.

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YellowLadybird July 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Beautiful pictures. Have a lovely weekend.

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Mooberry Farmwife July 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Such a lovely location. I so enjoy moments in Creation with those that I love. Thanks for encouraging me to get out there! 🙂

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