US Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs Stay-Cation


US Olympic

Colorado Springs is home to many places of beauty and interest. Stepping away from all the natural beauty one can find a dozen or more places that celebrate the strength and ability of mankind. The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center one of those places and is located near the downtown area at

U.S. Olympic Training Center
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Olympic Training Center

Take pictures with the Olympic rings

Olympic Training Center


Tours are offered daily, every half hour, for a small fee.  The tickets you receive look like this:

Olympic Training Center

Olympic Training Center

The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center sits on the 35-acre complex that was formally the site of ENT Air Force base until 1976. It is one of 3 OTC in the United States. The US Olympic Committee headquarters are located just a little a couple miles away in the downtown area.

The center has sport venues and support facilities. Athletes in fencing, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, shooting,swimming, tekwando, weightlifting and wrestling can stay at the site, train and receive support at the OTC.

During the tour you will be shown a short video of recent past Olympic highlights and a preview of the next games, which will be, at the time of this writing, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After the video there is a tour of the site, including a couple of gyms, the shooting range and the swimming pool. While there we saw many athletes training in weight lifting and wrestling.

Olympic Training Center

Olympic Training Center

If you are looking for stay-cation activities and destinations or are visiting Colorado Springs for business or recreation, I encourage you to take a couple of hours and visit the Olympic Training Center.  You may leave inspired and energized to tackle the next activity you have planned with Olympic focus!


“Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

How Does Your Garden Grow?

There hasn’t been a single garden post this year.  That is due in large part to the long stretch of rain and no sunshine we experienced in May and early June.

How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow

The few seeds we finally did plant only went in toward the end of the first week of June.  Much too late for many things.  Here is how things looked on June 17.


pretty puny for the middle of June, but I am hopeful that we will have a good harvest of squash, peas, lettuces and carrots. The weeds are sure flourishing though. Seems like they sprout back up day after every weeding.

How Does Your Garden Grow

I am so thankful for the return of the grapevine. It was very late to come back this year and I though we had lost it along with our peach tree.

How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow

The honeysuckle is increasing and starting to vine up just as I hoped.

How Does Your Garden Grow

purple clover

The days are much warmer now at the end of June and although we are still getting quite a bit of rain, plants seems to be growing steadily.  And it is looking to be a wonderful year for wild flowers!  Please share links in the comments if you have posted garden updates.  I’d enjoy seeing how other gardens grow this summer!

A Day With My Heavenly Father

What could a day with my Heavenly Father look like? Of course, as I try to write this post, the song “I Can Only Imagine” has started running through my mind. But I am going to try and meld together the two different streams of thought that this blogging assignment has stimulated in my mind.

It is said that most people relate to God the Father as a reflection of their relationship with their earthly father. That is certainly true for me. It is only in recent years that I’ve been able to even think about Jehovah God as a kind, gentle and loving Father. And now, I even wake each morning with “good morning Father” on my mind! A habit of saying it out loud was intentionally cultivated and I’ve discovered great joy in starting the day like that! Such a gift.

The other stream of thought that started rolling around in my mind with this assignment was what I think a day with the Heavenly Father looks like. Goodness, I’m not sure what this says about me, but when I imagine Heaven and those first moments with God the Father… I hope to crawl up on His lap like a little child and just hear what He has to say in those first moments. I know that my kids have great memories of that kind of thing and so much more. They each have wonderful times of bike riding, hiking, reading, and gardening, cooking and laughing with my husband, their daddy. So I do believe that as I continue thinking about this, more ideas will come to mind.

Father's Day

Father's Day



Father's Day

Serving Together

To say that I am very thankful for the husband God has given me, and the way he fathers our many daughters seems like not words enough.  So many children, near and far, are growing up without the gentle loving guidance of a kind and wise father. Maybe one has been fully abandoned. Or another lives in the uncertainty and fear of harshness, neglect and abuse. If you are reading this, and that has been your experience, I want to encourage you, as one who has experienced a harsh and broken relationship with my earthly father. I have been brought under the wings of the Most High, the Heavenly Father. He is a kind and wise and gentle Father.  I pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, of insight into mysteries and secrets, in the deep and intimate knowledge of Him.  May it be so.

If you are interested in speaking life and love into a child who may be growing up with out the love and nurture of a father, whether because of the absence or neglect, due to the realities of extreme poverty please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International.

Now I leave you with the music of MercyMe.


I Can Only Imagine
by MercyMe
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side

I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

Sponsorship Saturday, Summer Birthdays

This past week I finally completed the Birthday Folders for our sponsored children with summer birthdays.  Some of the folders are more than likely to arrive after the birthdays of a few of the kiddos.  Even though I fell behind in April, I didn’t want to give up, and finished them up in early June.   The folders have been delivered to the Compassion Office and, of course, I completely forgot to take a photo.  But here is one from the folders I’ve filled earlier this year.

birthday folders

I have written about birthday folders in the past.  Visit here and here for ideas and links to the items I fill these folders with.

The pace of daily life has changed with summer being upon us and I was pleased when I was invited to preview Money Saving Mom’s newest resource, Make Over Your Mornings.  While working through that e-course, I found a new time and place to respond to the letters our sponsored children write to us.  Now I have a manilla folder that holds each piece of correspondence until I reply to it.

Sponsorship Saturday

The folder stays in one of the tote bags I keep by my rocking chair.

Sponsorship Saturday, Quiet Time

Each morning, when I settle in for my quiet time, the folder is right there.  Some mornings there isn’t time to write a letter, but many more mornings there is time.  And I’m loving having this activity attached to my quiet time, as I am finding that telling the children and teens about what I am learning from the Word comes much more naturally.


quiet time spot

Birthday folders, letter writing and morning quiet times, those things go together in this season.  How about for you?  Let’s talk more about letter writing, child sponsorship and even quiet times in the comments!


May the grace and the peace of Christ be with you.


FTF, Earring of the Month Club!


Fair Trade Friday, Earring of the Month

See those pretty crocheted earrings in the above picture?  They were made by a lovely woman, displaced from her homeland and relocated to a town in the Southern United States.  I won’t share her name or specific details here, as I don’t know all the details and it’s not my story to tell at this time.  But I will tell you that these earrings mean a lot to me.  After receiving the earrings I begain reading about the woman and ministry from which they came.  I gave some thought to the opportunity to join in to further participate and have made a short term commitment to join the Fair Trade Friday monthly earring club.

Take a few minutes to check them out for yourself.  There are so many many ways to help out folks in this crazy, beautiful, broken world.  Maybe this way is the way for you.


with joy.





Make Over Your Mornings in a Changing Season



Last week I posted about how I was feeling summer days already slipping away and hinted about a wonderful tool for helping me make over my mornings.  Making over how I start the day gives a boost to my whole day and I am excited to tell you more about Money Saving Mom’s newest productCrystal Paine, Money Saving Mom, loves to encourage others to make the most of their lives and everything thing I’ve seen from her is focused on that.

Today only, there is a tiered price on Make Over Your Mornings and I hope you jump on this chance to grab it.  I have been encouraged as I have worked my way through the 14 day course that I was given in advance.

make over your mornings

Each day’s coursework is purposeful and encouraging, and takes no more than 10-15 minutes.  I’ve tacked Make Over Your Mornings onto my morning quiet time and am enjoying how much better my days are going.  It is great to have my focus sharped on this changing season, not just from spring to summer, but also in the changing season of kids being more grown up and independent.

On the original launch date Money Saving Mom committed to donating 25% of that day’s sales to a very special project.  Sales exceeded expectations, meaning that many more people are receiving the encouragement to continue on purposely through changing seasons AND $15,127 was raised for the project in South Africa.

If you haven’t yet purchased Make Over Your Mornings, I encourage you to click on the link and find out more about this simple 14 day ecourse.


Grace be unto you.