Monthly Archives: January 2014

Colorado Memories

Dear Readers,

     I came across some memories from the 1980’s when I lived for almost 10 years in Colorado Springs…

 

     COLORADO MEMORIES FROM THE 1980’S

 

     Touch and Go

     Back in the 80’s, when I lived in Falcon Colorado, just east of Colorado Springs, there was much talk of a "Star Wars" project for the Springs area.  Five military installations already surrounded the city, so the politicians must have thought it was an excellent place.  The preparation went forward for a Cape-Canaveral style facility, to be built east of the city out on the prairie, very close to my home in Falcon.  To promote this expensive plan, a shuttle was sent to the Springs piggy-backed on top of a 767, or maybe it was an L1011, I don’t remember which.  It was a massive plane.

     Peterson Air Force Base runs parallel to the Colorado Springs airport and one day, all day long, this plane did "Touch and Go" (that’s when a plane sets down, and immediately goes back up) and circled over the Springs, flew back in front of the Rocky Mountains, touched down, circled over my house in Falcon, then repeated that pattern for what seemed like hours, as the entire city came to a screeching halt to watch the air show.  It was an incredible sight watching that monster plane, with a shuttle on it’s back; the massive aircraft went around and around and around.  My family laid on our back yard trampoline and enjoyed the show.  Finally after entertaining all of us on the prairie and in the city, he set down at Peterson AFB.  Civilians were allowed to go on the base back then, and drive slowly past this beauty, for a few days, grab pictures and move on; a very exciting experience for the kids and I.

     Shortly after that, was the explosion of the shuttle "Challenger."  Then a recession hit and the Star Wars project was shelved and never regained support.

     The property value on the prairie that was soaring with the good news, plummeted over night.  My home on five acres was a victim.  As we had to relocate for work, we ended up selling our house for $12,000 less than we paid for it only a few years earlier.

     I still miss Falcon, and living at 7000 feet above sea level.  Colorado Springs is 6600 feet above sea level, and Denver is the mile high city.  One unnerving thing; whenever there was a bomb scare on a plane, it would be diverted to the Springs, as we were the airport with the highest altitude, and many bombs are altitude sensitive.  Of course, residents weren’t told until later, on the local news, about any bomb threats.

     Yes, it was exciting living in the Springs; talk of shuttles, five military installations, Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD), wild storms with tornados and hail, dry climate, May blizzards, rodeos, cowboys, and wide open spaces.  I miss all of it.

 

     THE TRAGEDY

 

     One May blizzard I will never forget!  My son’s best friend had a ranch on the prairie and his family had several purebred Belgian horses; beautiful animals that the boys loved to ride.  That year their family had built a huge new barn to house the precious animals that were worth thousands of dollars.  Many of the horses in Colorado, foal in May, often times during these spring blizzards.  The storms would rush in and dump 6 to 12 inches of fluffy blowing snow, with high winds that would cause highway-closing drifts.  One of these May storms decided to hit the year they built their barn, and they rushed those animals into the safety of the building, but that ended in tragedy.

     This particular blizzard hit hard and fast, dropping a foot of snow with 100 mph winds.  It lasted for 48 hours and then cleared, and the sun returned with 70 degree temperatures.  When my son and his buddy went out to check on all those beautiful purebreds, they found many of them frozen dead, foals as well.  The fierce hurricane-style winds also blew snow into the new barn, freezing those horses to death in the 48 hour period the storm lasted.  When my son went over to help his friend during this horror, in tears, they buried over $10,000 (a lot of money in the 80’s) worth of beauties into the grave sight.  That boy’s family never recovered from that tragedy.

 

     THE VISION

 

     This last story I hesitate to tell, but it is my job as a Christian blog writer.  As many of my regular readers know, I have had numerous spiritual experiences in the 40 years that I have been a born-again Christian, and have shared some of them with you for over 150 stories that I have blogged, since I started in 2010.  One recollection won’t leave my mind, since I decided to write a couple of my Colorado memories, so I’m convinced in my Spirit, that I should include it.  It goes like this…

     In the early 1980’s, one day I was praying while driving on Interstate 25, the highway that runs parallel with the Rocky Mountains that sit so majestically on the west side of the Springs.  While talking to the Lord, suddenly as I glanced at the mountains,  I clearly saw a massive vision of Jesus standing on the face of Pike’s Peak and the Rockies.  He was large, bold, and clear.  His arms were outstretched like they were encompassing the city below.  It was an incredible sight!  I told no one.  But, it happened again a second time; the same vision on the front range of the mountains.  So, I shared it with the elders of my church and asked them what they thought it meant.  They weren’t sure, but some speculated that the Lord might have powerful ministries planned in the future for the Colorado Springs area.

     Now, 25 years later as I look back and remember this vision and the comments from the elders, I believe they were correct, as many Christian Organizations are now home to the city of Colorado Springs:

     Focus on the Family, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Compassion International, Children’s Hope Chest, Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Navigator’s, Young Life, Global Action, One Child Matters, Engineering Ministries International, Family Talk, WAY-FM Media Group, and many more, have made the Springs their home base.

     Even though several large tech companies closed their doors, as a result of the Challenger shuttle disaster and the recession, they were quickly replaced with Christian Organizations which in some cases included the relocation of employees and their families.  Often times when God closes one door, He opens another.

                        Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo

 

     PS  1 Thess. 3:6, "But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.  He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you."  (NIV) 

 

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Colorado Memories

Dear Readers,

     I came across some memories from the 1980’s when I lived for almost 10 years in Colorado Springs…

 

     COLORADO MEMORIES FROM THE 1980’S

 

     Touch and Go

     Back in the 80’s, when I lived in Falcon Colorado, just east of Colorado Springs, there was much talk of a "Star Wars" project for the Springs area.  Five military installations already surrounded the city, so the politicians must have thought it was an excellent place.  The preparation went forward for a Cape-Canaveral style facility, to be built east of the city out on the prairie, very close to my home in Falcon.  To promote this expensive plan, a shuttle was sent to the Springs piggy-backed on top of a 767, or maybe it was an L1011, I don’t remember which.  It was a massive plane.

     Peterson Air Force Base runs parallel to the Colorado Springs airport and one day, all day long, this plane did "Touch and Go" (that’s when a plane sets down, and immediately goes back up) and circled over the Springs, flew back in front of the Rocky Mountains, touched down, circled over my house in Falcon, then repeated that pattern for what seemed like hours, as the entire city came to a screeching halt to watch the air show.  It was an incredible sight watching that monster plane, with a shuttle on it’s back; the massive aircraft went around and around and around.  My family laid on our back yard trampoline and enjoyed the show.  Finally after entertaining all of us on the prairie and in the city, he set down at Peterson AFB.  Civilians were allowed to go on the base back then, and drive slowly past this beauty, for a few days, grab pictures and move on; a very exciting experience for the kids and I.

     Shortly after that, was the explosion of the shuttle "Challenger."  Then a recession hit and the Star Wars project was shelved and never regained support.

     The property value on the prairie that was soaring with the good news, plummeted over night.  My home of five acres was a victim.  As we had to relocate for work, we ended up selling our house for $12,000 less than we paid for it only a few years earlier.

     I still miss Falcon, and living at 7000′ above sea level.  Colorado Springs is 6600′ above sea level, and Denver is the mile high city.  One unnerving thing; whenever there was a bomb scare on a plane, it would be diverted to the Springs, as we were the airport with the highest altitude, and many bombs are altitude sensitive.  Of course, residents weren’t told until later, on the local news, of any bomb scares.

     Yes, it was exciting living in the Springs; talk of shuttles, five military installations, Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD), wild storms with tornados and hail, dry climate, May blizzards, rodeos, cowboys, and wide open spaces.  I miss all of it.

 

     THE TRAGEDY

 

     One May blizzard I will never forget!  My son’s best friend had a ranch on the prairie and his family had several purebred Belgian horses; beautiful animals that the boys loved to ride.  That year their family had built a huge new barn to house the precious animals that were worth thousands of dollars.  Many of the horses in Colorado, foal in May, often times during these spring blizzards.  The storms would rush in and dump 6 to 12 inches of fluffy blowing snow, with high winds that would cause highway-closing drifts.  One of these May storms decided to hit the year they built their barn, and they rushed those animals into the safety of the building, but that ended in tragedy.

     This particular blizzard hit hard and fast, dropping a foot of snow with 100 mph winds.  It lasted for 48 hours and then cleared, and the sun returned with 70 degree temperatures.  When my son and his buddy went out to check on all those beautiful purebreds, they found many of them frozen dead, fouls as well.  The fierce hurricane-style winds also blew snow into the new barn, freezing those horses to death in the 48 hour period the storm lasted.  When my son went over to help his friend during this horror, in tears, they buried over $10,000 (a lot of money in the 80’s) worth of beauties into the grave sight.  That boy’s family never recovered from that tragedy.

 

     THE VISION

 

     This last story I hesitate to tell, but it is my job as a Christian blog writer.  As many of my regular readers know, I have had numerous spiritual experiences in the 40 years that I have been a born-again Christian, and have shared some of them with you for over 150 stories that I have blogged since I started in 2010.  One recollection won’t leave my mind, since I decided to write a couple of my Colorado memories, so I’m convinced in my Spirit, that I should include it.  It goes like this…

     In the early 1980’s, one day while driving on Interstate 25, the highway that runs parallel with the Rocky Mountains that sit so majestically on the west side of the Springs, I was in prayer.  While talking to the Lord, suddenly as I glanced at the mountains,  I clearly saw a massive vision of Jesus standing on the face of Pike’s Peak and the Rockies.  He was large, bold, and clear.  His arms were outstretched like they were encompassing the city below.  It was an incredible sight!  I told no one.  But, it happened again a second time; the same vision on the front range of the mountains.  So, I shared it with the elders of my church and asked them what they thought it meant.  They weren’t sure, but some speculated that the Lord might have powerful ministries planned in the future for the Colorado Springs area.

     Now, 25 years later as I look back and remember this vision and the comments from the elders, I believe they were correct, as many Christian Organizations are now home to the city of Colorado Springs:

     Focus on the Family, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Compassion International, Children’s Hope Chest, Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Navigator’s, Young Life, Global Action, One Child Matters, Engineering Ministries International, Family Talk, WAY-FM Media Group, and many more, have made the Springs their home base.

     Even though many large tech companies closed their doors, as a result of the Challenger shuttle disaster and the recession, they were quickly replaced with Christian Organizations which in some cases included the relocation of employees and their families.  Often times when God closes one door, He opens another.

                        Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo

 

     PS  1 Thess. 3:6, "But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.  He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you."  (NIV) 

 

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Colorado Memories

Dear Readers,

     I came across some memories from the 1980’s when I lived for almost 10 years in Colorado Springs…

 

     COLORADO MEMORIES FROM THE 1980’S

 

     Touch and Go

     Back in the 80’s, when I lived in Falcon Colorado, just east of Colorado Springs, there was much talk of a "Star Wars" project for the Springs area.  Five military installations already surrounded the city, so the politicians must have thought it was an excellent place.  The preparation went forward for a Cape-Canaveral style facility, to be built east of the city out on the prairie, very close to my home in Falcon.  To promote this expensive plan, a shuttle was sent to the Springs piggy-backed on top of a 767, or maybe it was an L1011, I don’t remember which.  It was a massive plane.

     Peterson Air Force Base runs parallel to the Colorado Springs airport and one day, all day long, this plane did "Touch and Go" (that’s when a plane sets down, and immediately goes back up) and circled over the Springs, flew back in front of the Rocky Mountains, touched down, circled over my house in Falcon, then repeated that pattern for what seemed like hours, as the entire city came to a screeching halt to watch the air show.  It was an incredible sight watching that monster plane, with a shuttle on it’s back; the massive aircraft went around and around and around.  My family laid on our back yard trampoline and enjoyed the show.  Finally after entertaining all of us on the prairie and in the city, he set down at Peterson AFB.  Civilians were allowed to go on the base back then, and drive slowly past this beauty, for a few days, grab pictures and move on; a very exciting experience for the kids and I.

     Shortly after that, was the explosion of the shuttle "Challenger."  Then a recession hit and the Star Wars project was shelved and never regained support.

     The property value on the prairie that was soaring with the good news, plummeted over night.  My home of five acres was a victim.  As we had to relocate for work, we ended up selling our house for $12,000 less than we paid for it only a few years earlier.

     I still miss Falcon, and living at 7000′ above sea level.  Colorado Springs is 6600′ above sea level, and Denver is the mile high city.  One unnerving thing; whenever there was a bomb scare on a plane, it would be diverted to the Springs, as we were the airport with the highest altitude, and many bombs are altitude sensitive.  Of course, residents weren’t told until later, on the local news, of any bomb scares.

     Yes, it was exciting living in the Springs; talk of shuttles, five military installations, Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD), wild storms with tornados and hail, dry climate, May blizzards, rodeos, cowboys, and wide open spaces.  I miss all of it.

 

     THE TRAGEDY

 

     One May blizzard I will never forget!  My son’s best friend had a ranch on the prairie and his family had several purebred Belgian horses; beautiful animals that the boys loved to ride.  That year their family had built a huge new barn to house the precious animals that were worth thousands of dollars.  Many of the horses in Colorado, foal in May, often times during these spring blizzards.  The storms would rush in and dump 6 to 12 inches of fluffy blowing snow, with high winds that would cause highway-closing drifts.  One of these May storms decided to hit the year they built their barn, and they rushed those animals into the safety of the building, but that ended in tragedy.

     This particular blizzard hit hard and fast, dropping a foot of snow with 100 mph winds.  It lasted for 48 hours and then cleared, and the sun returned with 70 degree temperatures.  When my son and his buddy went out to check on all those beautiful purebreds, they found many of them frozen dead, fouls as well.  The fierce hurricane-style winds also blew snow into the new barn, freezing those horses to death in the 48 hour period the storm lasted.  When my son went over to help his friend during this horror, in tears, they buried over $10,000 (a lot of money in the 80’s) worth of beauties into the grave sight.  That boy’s family never recovered from that tragedy.

 

     THE VISION

 

     This last story I hesitate to tell, but it is my job as a Christian blog writer.  As many of my regular readers know, I have had numerous spiritual experiences in the 40 years that I have been a born-again Christian, and have shared some of them with you for over 150 stories that I have blogged since I started in 2010.  One recollection won’t leave my mind, since I decided to write a couple of my Colorado memories, so I’m convinced in my Spirit, that I should include it.  It goes like this…

     In the early 1980’s, one day while driving on Interstate 25, the highway that runs parallel with the Rocky Mountains that sit so majestically on the west side of the Springs, I was in prayer.  While talking to the Lord, suddenly as I glanced at the mountains,  I clearly saw a massive vision of Jesus standing on the face of Pike’s Peak and the Rockies.  He was large, bold, and clear.  His arms were outstretched like they were encompassing the city below.  It was an incredible sight!  I told no one.  But, it happened again a second time; the same vision on the front range of the mountains.  So, I shared it with the elders of my church and asked them what they thought it meant.  They weren’t sure, but some speculated that the Lord might have powerful ministries planned in the future for the Colorado Springs area.

     Now, 25 years later as I look back and remember this vision and the comments from the elders, I believe they were correct as many Christian Organizations are now home to the city of Colorado Springs:

     Focus on the Family, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Compassion International, Children’s Hope Chest, Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Navigator’s, Young Life, Global Action, One Child Matters, Engineering Ministries International, Family Talk, WAY-FM Media Group, and many more, have mad the Springs their home base.

     Even though many large tech companies closed their doors, as a result of the Challenger shuttle disaster and the recession, they were quickly replaced with Christian Organizations which in some cases included the relocation of employees and their families.  Often times when God closes one door, He opens another.

                        Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo

 

     PS  1 Thess. 3:6, "But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.  He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you."  (NIV) 

 

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Colorado Memories

Dear Readers,

     I came across some memories from the 1980’s when I lived for almost 10 years in Colorado Springs…

 

     COLORADO MEMORIES FROM THE 1980’S

 

     Touch and Go

     Back in the 80’s, when I lived in Falcon Colorado, just east of Colorado Springs, there was much talk of a "Star Wars" project for the Springs area.  Five military installations already surrounded the city, so the politicians must have thought it was an excellent place.  The preparation went forward for a Cape-Canaveral style facility, to be built east of the city out on the prairie, very close to my home in Falcon.  To promote this expensive plan, a shuttle was sent to the Springs piggy-backed on top of a 767, or maybe it was an L1011, I don’t remember which.  It was a massive plane.

     Peterson Air Force Base runs parallel to the Colorado Springs airport and one day, all day long, this plane did "Touch and Go" (that’s when a plane sets down, and immediately goes back up) and circled over the Springs, flew back in front of the Rocky Mountains, touched down, circled over my house in Falcon, then repeated that pattern for what seemed like hours, as the entire city came to a screeching halt to watch the air show.  It was an incredible sight watching that monster plane, with a shuttle on it’s back; the massive aircraft went around and around and around.  My family laid on our back yard trampoline and enjoyed the show.  Finally after entertaining all of us on the prairie and in the city, he set down at Peterson AFB.  Civilians were allowed to go on the base back then, and drive slowly past this beauty, for a few days, grab pictures and move on; a very exciting experience for the kids and I.

     Shortly after that, was the explosion of the shuttle "Challenger."  Then a recession hit and the Star Wars project was shelved and never regained support.

     The property value on the prairie that was soaring with the good news, plummeted over night.  My home of five acres was a victim.  As we had to relocate for work, we ended up selling our house for $12,000 less than we paid for it only a few years earlier.

     I still miss Falcon, and living at 7000′ above sea level.  Colorado Springs is 6600′ above sea level, and Denver is the mile high city.  One unnerving thing; whenever there was a bomb scare on a plane, it would be diverted to the Springs, as we were the airport with the highest altitude, and many bombs are altitude sensitive.  Of course, residents weren’t told until later, on the local news, of any bomb scares.

     Yes, it was exciting living in the Springs; talk of shuttles, five military installations, Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD), wild storms with tornados and hail, dry climate, May blizzards, rodeos, cowboys, and wide open spaces.  I miss all of it.

 

     THE TRAGEDY

 

     One May blizzard I will never forget!  My son’s best friend had a ranch on the prairie and his family had several purebred Belgian horses; beautiful animals that the boys loved to ride.  That year their family had built a huge new barn to house the precious animals that were worth thousands of dollars.  Many of the horses in Colorado, foal in May, often times during these spring blizzards.  The storms would rush in and dump 6 to 12 inches of fluffy blowing snow, with high winds that would cause highway-closing drifts.  One of these May storms decided to hit the year they built their barn, and they rushed those animals into the safety of the building, but that ended in tragedy.

     This particular blizzard hit hard and fast, dropping a foot of snow with 100 mph winds.  It lasted for 48 hours and then cleared, and the sun returned with 70 degree temperatures.  When my son and his buddy went out to check on all those beautiful purebreds, they found many of them frozen dead, fouls as well.  The fierce hurricane-style winds also blew snow into the new barn, freezing those horses to death in the 48 hour period the storm lasted.  When my son went over to help his friend during this horror, in tears, they buried over $10,000 (a lot of money in the 80’s) worth of beauties into the grave sight.  That boy’s family never recovered from that tragedy.

 

     THE VISION

 

     This last story I hesitate to tell, but it is my job as a Christian blog writer.  As many of my regular readers know, I have had numerous spiritual experiences in the 40 years that I have been a born-again Christian, and have shared some of them with you for over 150 stories that I have blogged since I started in 2010.  One recollection won’t leave my mind, since I decided to write a couple of my Colorado memories, so I’m convinced in my Spirit, that I should include it.  It goes like this…

     In the early 1980’s, one day while driving on Interstate 25, the highway that runs parallel with the Rocky Mountains that sit so majestically on the west side of the Springs, I was in prayer.  While talking to the Lord, suddenly as I glanced at the mountains,  I clearly saw a massive vision of Jesus standing on the face of Pike’s Peak and the Rockies.  He was large, bold, and clear.  His arms were outstretched like they were encompassing the city below.  It was an incredible sight!  I told no one.  But, it happened again a second time; the same vision on the front range of the mountains.  So, I shared it with the elders of my church and asked them what they thought it meant.  They weren’t sure, but some speculated that the Lord might have powerful ministries planned in the future for the Colorado Springs area.

     Now, 25 years later as I look back and remember this vision and the comments from the elders, I believe they were correct, as many Christian Organizations are now home to the city of Colorado Springs:

     Focus on the Family, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Compassion International, Children’s Hope Chest, Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Navigator’s, Young Life, Global Action, One Child Matters, Engineering Ministries International, Family Talk, WAY-FM Media Group, and many more, have made the Springs their home base.

     Even though several large tech companies closed their doors, as a result of the Challenger shuttle disaster and the recession, they were quickly replaced with Christian Organizations which in some cases included the relocation of employees and their families.  Often times when God closes one door, He opens another.

                        Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo

 

     PS  1 Thess. 3:6, "But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.  He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you."  (NIV) 

 

Facebookmail

Colorado Memories

Dear Readers,

     I came across some memories from the 1980’s when I lived for almost 10 years in Colorado Springs…

 

     COLORADO MEMORIES FROM THE 1980’S

 

     Touch and Go

     Back in the 80’s, when I lived in Falcon Colorado, just east of Colorado Springs, there was much talk of a "Star Wars" project for the Springs area.  Five military installations already surrounded the city, so the politicians must have thought it was an excellent place.  The preparation went forward for a Cape-Canaveral style facility, to be built east of the city out on the prairie, very close to my home in Falcon.  To promote this expensive plan, a shuttle was sent to the Springs piggy-backed on top of a 767, or maybe it was an L1011, I don’t remember which.  It was a massive plane.

     Peterson Air Force Base runs parallel to the Colorado Springs airport and one day, all day long, this plane did "Touch and Go" (that’s when a plane sets down, and immediately goes back up) and circled over the Springs, flew back in front of the Rocky Mountains, touched down, circled over my house in Falcon, then repeated that pattern for what seemed like hours, as the entire city came to a screeching halt to watch the air show.  It was an incredible sight watching that monster plane, with a shuttle on it’s back; the massive aircraft went around and around and around.  My family laid on our back yard trampoline and enjoyed the show.  Finally after entertaining all of us on the prairie and in the city, he set down at Peterson AFB.  Civilians were allowed to go on the base back then, and drive slowly past this beauty, for a few days, grab pictures and move on; a very exciting experience for the kids and I.

     Shortly after that, was the explosion of the shuttle "Challenger."  Then a recession hit and the Star Wars project was shelved and never regained support.

     The property value on the prairie that was soaring with the good news, plummeted over night.  My home of five acres was a victim.  As we had to relocate for work, we ended up selling our house for $12,000 less than we paid for it only a few years earlier.

     I still miss Falcon, and living at 7000′ above sea level.  Colorado Springs is 6600′ above sea level, and Denver is the mile high city.  One unnerving thing; whenever there was a bomb scare on a plane, it would be diverted to the Springs, as we were the airport with the highest altitude, and many bombs are altitude sensitive.  Of course, residents weren’t told until later, on the local news, of any bomb scares.

     Yes, it was exciting living in the Springs; talk of shuttles, five military installations, Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD), wild storms with tornados and hail, dry climate, May blizzards, rodeos, cowboys, and wide open spaces.  I miss all of it.

 

     THE TRAGEDY

 

     One May blizzard I will never forget!  My son’s best friend had a ranch on the prairie and his family had several purebred Belgian horses; beautiful animals that the boys loved to ride.  That year their family had built a huge new barn to house the precious animals that were worth thousands of dollars.  Many of the horses in Colorado, foal in May, often times during these spring blizzards.  The storms would rush in and dump 6 to 12 inches of fluffy blowing snow, with high winds that would cause highway-closing drifts.  One of these May storms decided to hit the year they built their barn, and they rushed those animals into the safety of the building, but that ended in tragedy.

     This particular blizzard hit hard and fast, dropping a foot of snow with 100 mph winds.  It lasted for 48 hours and then cleared, and the sun returned with 70 degree temperatures.  When my son and his buddy went out to check on all those beautiful purebreds, they found many of them frozen dead, fouls as well.  The fierce hurricane-style winds also blew snow into the new barn, freezing those horses to death in the 48 hour period the storm lasted.  When my son went over to help his friend during this horror, in tears, they buried over $10,000 (a lot of money in the 80’s) worth of beauties into the grave sight.  That boy’s family never recovered from that tragedy.

 

     THE VISION

 

     This last story I hesitate to tell, but it is my job as a Christian blog writer.  As many of my regular readers know, I have had numerous spiritual experiences in the 40 years that I have been a born-again Christian, and have shared some of them with you for over 150 stories that I have blogged since I started in 2010.  One recollection won’t leave my mind, since I decided to write a couple of my Colorado memories, so I’m convinced in my Spirit, that I should include it.  It goes like this…

     In the early 1980’s, one day while driving on Interstate 25, the highway that runs parallel with the Rocky Mountains that sit so majestically on the west side of the Springs, I was in prayer.  While talking to the Lord, suddenly as I glanced at the mountains,  I clearly saw a massive vision of Jesus standing on the face of Pike’s Peak and the Rockies.  He was large, bold, and clear.  His arms were outstretched like they were encompassing the city below.  It was an incredible sight!  I told no one.  But, it happened again a second time; the same vision on the front range of the mountains.  So, I shared it with the elders of my church and asked them what they thought it meant.  They weren’t sure, but some speculated that the Lord might have powerful ministries planned in the future for the Colorado Springs area.

     Now, 25 years later as I look back and remember this vision and the comments from the elders, I believe they were correct as many Christian Organizations are now home to the city of Colorado Springs:

     Focus on the Family, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Compassion International, Children’s Hope Chest, Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Navigator’s, Young Life, Global Action, One Child Matters, Engineering Ministries International, Family Talk, WAY-FM Media Group, and many more, have mad the Springs their home base.

     Even though many large tech companies closed their doors, as a result of the Challenger shuttle disaster and the recession, they were quickly replaced with Christian Organizations which in some cases included the relocation of employees and their families.  Often times when God closes one door, He opens another.

                        Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo

 

     PS  1 Thess. 3:6, "But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.  He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you."  (NIV) 

 

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Colorado Memories

Dear Readers,

     I came across some memories from the 1980’s when I lived for almost 10 years in Colorado Springs…

 

     COLORADO MEMORIES FROM THE 1980’S

 

     Touch and Go

     Back in the 80’s, when I lived in Falcon Colorado, just east of Colorado Springs, there was much talk of a "Star Wars" project for the Springs area.  Five military installations already surrounded the city, so the politicians must have thought it was an excellent place.  The preparation went forward for a Cape-Canaveral style facility, to be built east of the city out on the prairie, very close to my home in Falcon.  To promote this expensive plan, a shuttle was sent to the Springs piggy-backed on top of a 767, or maybe it was an L1011, I don’t remember which.  It was a massive plane.

     Peterson Air Force Base runs parallel to the Colorado Springs airport and one day, all day long, this plane did "Touch and Go" (that’s when a plane sets down, and immediately goes back up) and circled over the Springs, flew back in front of the Rocky Mountains, touched down, circled over my house in Falcon, then repeated that pattern for what seemed like hours, as the entire city came to a screeching halt to watch the air show.  It was an incredible sight watching that monster plane, with a shuttle on it’s back; the massive aircraft went around and around and around.  My family laid on our back yard trampoline and enjoyed the show.  Finally after entertaining all of us on the prairie and in the city, he set down at Peterson AFB.  Civilians were allowed to go on the base back then, and drive slowly past this beauty, for a few days, grab pictures and move on; a very exciting experience for the kids and I.

     Shortly after that, was the explosion of the shuttle "Challenger."  Then a recession hit and the Star Wars project was shelved and never regained support.

     The property value on the prairie that was soaring with the good news, plummeted over night.  My home of five acres was a victim.  As we had to relocate for work, we ended up selling our house for $12,000 less than we paid for it only a few years earlier.

     I still miss Falcon, and living at 7000′ above sea level.  Colorado Springs is 6600′ above sea level, and Denver is the mile high city.  One unnerving thing; whenever there was a bomb scare on a plane, it would be diverted to the Springs, as we were the airport with the highest altitude, and many bombs are altitude sensitive.  Of course, residents weren’t told until later, on the local news, of any bomb scares.

     Yes, it was exciting living in the Springs; talk of shuttles, five military installations, Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD), wild storms with tornados and hail, dry climate, May blizzards, rodeos, cowboys, and wide open spaces.  I miss all of it.

 

     THE TRAGEDY

 

     One May blizzard I will never forget!  My son’s best friend had a ranch on the prairie and his family had several purebred Belgian horses; beautiful animals that the boys loved to ride.  That year their family had built a huge new barn to house the precious animals that were worth thousands of dollars.  Many of the horses in Colorado, foal in May, often times during these spring blizzards.  The storms would rush in and dump 6 to 12 inches of fluffy blowing snow, with high winds that would cause highway-closing drifts.  One of these May storms decided to hit the year they built their barn, and they rushed those animals into the safety of the building, but that ended in tragedy.

     This particular blizzard hit hard and fast, dropping a foot of snow with 100 mph winds.  It lasted for 48 hours and then cleared, and the sun returned with 70 degree temperatures.  When my son and his buddy went out to check on all those beautiful purebreds, they found many of them frozen dead, fouls as well.  The fierce hurricane-style winds also blew snow into the new barn, freezing those horses to death in the 48 hour period the storm lasted.  When my son went over to help his friend during this horror, in tears, they buried over $10,000 (a lot of money in the 80’s) worth of beauties into the grave sight.  That boy’s family never recovered from that tragedy.

 

     THE VISION

 

     This last story I hesitate to tell, but it is my job as a Christian blog writer.  As many of my regular readers know, I have had numerous spiritual experiences in the 40 years that I have been a born-again Christian, and have shared some of them with you for over 150 stories that I have blogged since I started in 2010.  One recollection won’t leave my mind, since I decided to write a couple of my Colorado memories, so I’m convinced in my Spirit, that I should include it.  It goes like this…

     In the early 1980’s, one day while driving on Interstate 25, the highway that runs parallel with the Rocky Mountains that sit so majestically on the west side of the Springs, I was in prayer.  While talking to the Lord, suddenly as I glanced at the mountains,  I clearly saw a massive vision of Jesus standing on the face of Pike’s Peak and the Rockies.  He was large, bold, and clear.  His arms were outstretched like they were encompassing the city below.  It was an incredible sight!  I told no one.  But, it happened again a second time; the same vision on the front range of the mountains.  So, I shared it with the elders of my church and asked them what they thought it meant.  They weren’t sure, but some speculated that the Lord might have powerful ministries planned in the future for the Colorado Springs area.

     Now, 25 years later as I look back and remember this vision and the comments from the elders, I believe they were correct as many Christian Organizations are now home to the city of Colorado Springs:

     Focus on the Family, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Compassion International, Children’s Hope Chest, Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Navigator’s, Young Life, Global Action, One Child Matters, Engineering Ministries International, Family Talk, WAY-FM Media Group, and many more, have mad the Springs their home base.

     Even though several large tech companies closed their doors, as a result of the Challenger shuttle disaster and the recession, they were quickly replaced with Christian Organizations which in some cases included the relocation of employees and their families.  Often times when God closes one door, He opens another.

                        Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo

 

     PS  1 Thess. 3:6, "But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.  He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you."  (NIV) 

 

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The Holiday Volunteer

Dear Readers,

     Christmas is a difficult time to volunteer at the hospital.  Patience is ultra important…

 

     THE HOLIDAY VOLUNTEER  Journal Entry  12-23 2013

 

     It was a tough day at the hospital today.  Plenty of unhappy patients in tears and disappointed to be hospitalized two days before Christmas.

     My hubby and I had prayed together on the way to my volunteer job.  I was so glad we did, because later I almost forgot to pray.  I became overwhelmed with so much sadness.  

     I tried hard to go the extra mile to please the infirmed, appeasing to their every need with things like extra warm blankets, magazines, crayons and coloring papers for the youngsters, sundries, and so on; even a hair bob to help pull the hair out of the face of one youngster.

     Most of the sick had family or friends to help them through the depression, but some were all alone.  That is where my job kicked in.  One patient was very upset when I entered.  I asked politely, "Would you like something to read?"  After saying no to everything I offered, finally out of desperation, I grasped the only story I had in my pocket from my own blogs, "I write a Christian blog filled with true stories from my life’s journal!  Would you like to read one of my stories?"

     "Yes, I would like to read that!" the response came back.  And for the first time I got a smile and a positive comment.  And we talked a bit longer and I left that patient with a smile and a blog to read.

     I moved from room to room continuing to encourage people and cheer them up, even if just to leave them with a funny joke and a smile.

     But, one patient in particular stands out in my mind.  As I entered the room to a teary-eyed victim, I asked, "Are you okay?"

     "I’m fine!  I just need a little time alone!"  And the tears continued.

     "Can I get you anything?  Magazines, a brush, shampoo, a book maybe?" I tried again.

     "No, just leave me alone!" the unhappiness continued.  So, I started to leave, but turned at the doorway and gently asked, "Would you like me to pray with you before I go?"

     After a deep sigh and more tears a soft voice spoke, "OK!"  I went back and held the sufferer’s hand and prayed from my heart, asking God for calmness, peace and a knowing that the Lord is there.  I asked Him to relax this tense body and to cover this patient with Jesus’s blood and fill the room with angels.  In my prayers I reminded the Lord of when I was hospitalized with cancer and couldn’t stop crying in my own hospital room and was all alone and could only manage to pray four little words, "Please don’t leave me, please don’t leave me!"  And He didn’t!

     Now, here’s the best part; right in the middle of our prayer time, I felt a rush of the Spirit in that room, almost like someone opened the door and a gust of wind blew in!  It took my breath away so quickly that I hesitated and said to my now quiet shut-in, "Wow, I don’t know why, but I just felt a rush of the Holy Spirit in this room, so strongly, I can’t explain it!  The Lord is certainly here with you!" and I continued to pray for another few minutes, until a nurse came in to do her work.

     Before leaving I asked one more time, "Can I get you anything at all to make you more comfortable before I leave?"  The now calm and peaceful patient responded, "A Sprite would be nice!"

     So I confirmed it with the nurse and quickly walked to the snack room and brought back two small cans of ice cold Sprite, handed them to the patient and said with a smile, "Merry Christmas Hon!  Enjoy!"

     I left and finished my rounds.  Not until I was home, sitting eating lunch, did I realize how much the Lord had answered my prayers today.  Then, and only then, did it finally dawn on me, how beautifully my Father in heaven had answered the prayers that C.J. and I had prayed in the car on my way to work.

     Being in the hospital is tough enough, but add that to Christmas season and you have a recipe for discouragement.  But, the Lord was there; I know He was!!

                         Love in Christ,  Claire xoxo

Psalms 23, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."   (NKJV)

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