Archive for May, 2012

Exploring Oklahoma, episode 3

Last year, we missed our annual Spring Break Exploring Oklahoma trip. 😦  But not this year…it’s just taking me a couple months to get the post up!  The first year we went to Woodward in the NW part of the state, then Davis in the mid-south part of the state.  So this year we headed SW to the Lawton area…Medicine Park to be exact.  The oldest cobblestone community in Oklahoma.  Pretty touristy and most of it was closed up for the season, but it was quiet and pretty, with lots to see nearby.

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One of the high points (quite literally) was the scary, windy (as in super curvy)  drive up Mount Scott.  Not the highest point in Oklahoma, but part of the Wichita Mountains and very scenic.

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The Parallel Forest isn’t actually on a map like I thought it would be.  Someone told me that it should be on our list of “must-see’s” when we visit that area, and given my love for trees, it was an obvious add to the schedule.  It proved a little more difficult to find than we expected, but we found it, and we were NOT disappointed.  The trees were planted (all 6 feet apart) in the early 1900’s  to provide fence posts for a project which was later scrapped.

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If you google it, you’ll find that most of the info about the Parallel Forest comes from sites about the “hauntings” in the area.  Surprisingly, we found no such evidence.   Although, we might have seen Bigfoot.

These lovely ladies enjoyed a long hike and some rock climbing and picture taking.

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Cameron could’ve stayed ALL day.   Shoes off, climbing all over the rocks, cool grass, beautiful little stream.  She took tons of pictures.

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Meer’s Restaurant was another suggestion from a friend.  Best burger in Oklahoma is what they say.  and it WAS good.   Really good.  It’s actually made from longhorn meat. (sorry Texas fans!)  The service was, ummm….not as good as the food.  It was as if they KNEW people would come because they had something special, so they didn’t have to be nice.  Eh, they are probably right.  It was darn yummy.

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Spring Break was a rainy week this year.   I took this picture from the car as we were driving back into Edmond.

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Despite the cooler temps and some soggy weather, it was a really good getaway!  Check that off of our list of “must-see’s” in Oklahoma!

Uhhhh…..ouch.

I don’t know where to begin…or end.  The end of the second week of Insanity was not as grand as the beginning.  I was hating it.   So I took 2 days off instead of 1.  I know, I’m wild. and a little crazy.  But, that helped a little, so I’m back into it…1/2 way through the 3rd week.  But, really, if I can’t get a handle on these Twizzlers, is going to be all for naught.   All of that sweating and panting and pain ruined by dozens of strawberry-flavored ropes of high fructose corn syrup. It would be a travesty.

And speaking of pain…you know what can hurt?  Kids.  They have the unique ability to break your heart like nothing and nobody else can. Can I get an amen, anybody!?  As moms, we seem invincible to them.   If we’ve done our jobs, they know that we love them unconditionally–no matter what they say or do, we will love them.  As Cameron said today, we are their “safe place”.  But what they can’t understand yet, is the pain we feel when they hurt us.  I think it’s rarely intentional, they don’t mean to hurt, but their disobedience, or bad choices, or harsh words, cut like a sword. (Prov 12:18)  Cut.  Like a sword.  Like deep, painful wounds.  Soul crushing pain. Ripping your heart out in a rough and painful manner.  Are we clear yet?

I so badly just want to fast forward  5-7 years from now because I’m confident that “He who began a good work, is faithful to complete”(Phil 1:6) but I can’t… I must endure the hardships of motherhood…a little while longer?? Forever? Does it ever get easy?? Will it kill me before it makes me stronger???  James said “Consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds…they come so that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, that you might be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

Pure joy?  Instead of crying my eyes out? More like while crying my eyes out.   I know, KNOW, KNOW, KNOW  that God understands with intimate detail the things that keep me up at night. He’s not surprised, He’s not scared. Nothing is hidden from him.  He is still sovereign,still good, still holy, still jealous for me, and He will never ever leave me.    I pray daily for wisdom and perspective.  Wisdom so I will say and do the things that honor him and teach my kids, and perspective to know that what I see in the immediate, isn’t the end…that God is still actively working in me and in my kids to give me a future and a hope. (Jer 29:13)

Maybe I should pray the same things for my physical health and well-being–wisdom to know when to put the Twizzlers away (and don’t go back and get them 10 minutes later!) and perspective–one mess up today doesn’t mean complete failure for the rest of my life.  Perspective can be a powerful thing–I may have to meditate on “perspective” and right a whole blog post of that topic. 🙂