Posted by: goingfaraway | January 4, 2013

Living in the Light

2013. It’s here. Do I dare to resolve, to set goals, to change? Rather than a resolution, I choose a theme, and it goes something like this:

Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;

O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

For You are the God of my strength; why have you rejected me?

Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;

Let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling places.

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy;

And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.

Why are you in despair, O my soul?

And why are you disturbed within me?

Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,

The help of my countenance and my God.

– Psalm 43


A year led by the very light of God, spending time in his presence, and finding joy when I go there, will certainly leave me changed. Here’s to the continuing journey of becoming more like Jesus.

Posted by: goingfaraway | December 26, 2012

It’s A Colorado Christmas: Part 2

A musical celebration of Christmas with violin and piano students of Miss Monster Music (that's me)!

A musical celebration of Christmas presented by
violin and piano students of Miss Monster Music (that’s me)!

Celebrating Christmas at The Orchard(Stage set created in part by Katie, Kara & Lacey....but mostly Lacey)

Celebrating Christmas at The Orchard
(Stage set created in part by Katie, Kara & Lacey….but mostly Lacey)

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. "

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. “

The Live Nativity was blessed with fresh snow.

The Live Nativity was blessed with fresh snow.

"The ox and lamb kept time....."

“The ox and lamb kept time” and the donkey was literally being an….well, you know. So he got kicked out of the show.

"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a [rabbit]."

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a [rabbit].”

We were very good this year.

We were very good this year.

No, really, we were.

No, really, we were.

Ready to carve a roast beast with our earth friendly Keep Your Fork sets from Aunt Tam.

Ready to carve a roast beast with our earth friendly Keep Your Fork sets from Aunt Tam.

How precious it is to remember Jesus’ humble entrance into this world with people you love, even if some of them are celebrating states and countries away from you.

“O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: goingfaraway | December 22, 2012



Snowshoeing in the stillness.

Sometimes alone is lovely. I am learning to revel in the beauty of solitude. That feeling of being the only human on earth. It’s just me, my thoughts, and God listening in on them. Quietly seeking only God knows what. Sometimes yelling at God in my head, so as not to disturb the peace, and  turning my ear to Him the very next moment for a hint, a whisper, an answer.

when the pieces seem too shattered
to gather off the floor
and all that seems to matter
is that I can’t feel you anymore
is that I don’t feel you anymore

i need a reason to sing
i need reason to sing
i need to know that you’re still holding
the whole world in your hands
i need a reason to sing

when I’m overcome by fear
and I hate everything I know
if the waiting lasts forever
I’m afraid I might let go

Will there be a victory?
Will you sing it over me now?
Your peace is the melody
Will you sing it over me now?

i need a reason to sing
i need reason to sing
i need to know that you’re still holding
the whole world in your hands
that is a reason to sing

-All Sons & Daughters

Posted by: goingfaraway | December 16, 2012

It’s a Colorado Christmas: Part 1

I’ve been looking forward to Christmas-ing in Carbondale with my local family and friends. It’s been a great November/December so far. I’m so grateful to the Father for His goodness as expressed in the beauty around me and the relationships that point me back to Him.


The Monday night Family Dinner crew did a little something for the greater good, and we packed up 40 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!

One sunny December day, we set off into the woods in search of the tree. It reminded me of the Berenstain Bear Christmas movie we watched as kids. Papa bear wanted the perfect tree, which happened to be home to numerous creatures who tried to kill him when he attempted to use their home as holiday decor. I’m sure in the process of choosing our green boughs, we destroyed some poor animal’s natural habitat. But, oh well. We have a gorgeous tree. And here’s how we got it:


Step one: borrow a saw with which to cut, and a sled with which to transport the tree once cut (or Lacey – whichever seems appropriate).


Step two: Find the perfect tree. It doesn’t matter if it won’t fit in your house – the size can be customized. Yes. We left half a tree in the forest. By the way, if a tree falls in the forest…..


Step Three: Realize the tree is way bigger than the sled, so persuade sisters to drag it through the woods.


Step Four: Arrange for transportation. My little SUV increases in hardcore-ness when a tree is strapped to the top.

O Christmas Tree

Step Five: Realize you don’t own a single tree ornament (in this state, anyway) and get creative. Flashback to 1st grade – string some popcorn, tape a few paper chains, go a little crazy with the tinsel, and……tada! It’s beautiful!


And what’s Christmas without a little caroling? No restaurant, bar or art gallery in Carbondale went without a song.


Sugar-high with the Shaffers & Fowlers. Butter and sugar on top of baked butter and sugar = love. (This is Caitlyn’s genius creation. She’s such a biblical baker.)

Listen to good music

Josh Garrels & Trace Bundy take Boulder. It was a beautiful thing.
[Josh Garrels gives his music away. Go get some.]


Girls weekend in Denver. White Christmas, good food and a night in a schmancy hotel.

Going up at the Four Seasons - where men are paid just to open doors.

Going up at the Four Seasons – where men are paid just to open doors.

Posted by: goingfaraway | December 11, 2012

Wild and great plans

Come away with Me, Come away with Me
It’s never too late, it’s not too late
It’s not too late for you

I have a plan for you
I have a plan for you
It’s gonna be wild
It’s gonna be great
It’s gonna be full of Me

Open up your heart and let Me in

– Jesus Culture

Posted by: goingfaraway | September 5, 2012

The sound of feelings

Inspiration from a bathroom last week:

Recently my feelings sound a lot like Mumford & Sons.

“I walk slow. Take my hand, help me on my way.”

Love, Me.

Posted by: goingfaraway | August 28, 2012

A Wild at Heart Thought

Dear Men,

This one’s for free:


The Women of the World

Posted by: goingfaraway | July 24, 2012

A Walk in the Woods

When convincing your sister to go on a particular hike, always tell her it’s flat. When she discovers you were lying she won’t like you very much. But the view at the top is always worth the sweat, and you’ll soon earn back the love that was once lost.

We started our hike at the same time as the cub scouts. When we passed them on the way down, we couldn’t help but notice that the leaders were carrying approximately 4 more backpacks than they had started out with.

These views cause me to glory in the Creator, Savior, Source of All Beauty.  “May His beauty rest upon me.”

Posted by: goingfaraway | July 3, 2012

This is All I have to Say

 All to Jesus I surrender (really, do I surrender all?),

All to Him I freely (with open hands) give;
I will ever love and trust Him (He’s the only one who is trustworthy and who will always love me back),
In His presence daily live (In His presence is fullness of joy).

I surrender all (my hopes, dreams),
I surrender all (my own ideas about what I think is best for me).
All to Thee, my blessed Savior (He died so I could live life for Him to the fullest),
I surrender all. 

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow (it’s not about me),
Worldly pleasures all forsaken (the things of this world fade away in the light of His glory and grace);
Take me, Jesus, take me now (I’m better when I’m being used by Him).

All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine (not just a part of me – every fiber of my being);
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit (Even if I can’t feel you, help me to trust that you are there),
Truly know that Thou art mine (I am His).

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power (to love those who are difficult to love and to serve without preference),
Let Thy blessing fall on me (so I may be a blessing to others).

All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation (I am amazed when I think about what you’ve saved me from and to)!
Glory, glory to His name (may I ever praise You, Father, Spirit, Son)!

Lord, let this be true in my life. Even when I don’t feel like surrendering.

Posted by: goingfaraway | March 25, 2012

A Day in my Carbondale Life

A few slices of life…

Mt. Sopris – my constant reminder of God’s faithfulness, beauty, trustworthiness.

Teaching Music Together class for babies and their mommas.

Jordyn Drums!

Prepping for Power Lunch with Caitlyn

75 chili dogs for 75 ravenous high schoolers

Power Lunch!

When I’m not teaching, I’m working at the Blend…shamelessly caffeinating the locals.

Picnic dinner in Sopris Park. Ya see that house on the right? Well, if you throw a rock over it, you’ll hit the house I’m moving to in 7 days. The door (including the one on the fridge) will always be open to visitors from near and far. Please come soon!

This is my town:

Love from Carbondale


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