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Happy Birthday

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy bday on (or around) the 12th. You blessed me tremendously. A Quick Update: Over the weekend of the 12th Liz’s parents and aunt and uncle arrived for a Colorado ski trip. … Continue reading

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy bday on (or around) the 12th. You blessed me tremendously.

A Quick Update:
Over the weekend of the 12th Liz’s parents and aunt and uncle arrived for a Colorado ski trip. We enjoyed Friday evening relaxing with butternut squash pasta, homemade birthday cake, a puzzle, and family 🙂 (I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how they fit together – that’ll be your puzzle.) On Saturday (my bday) we drove out to the Horsetooth Reservoir and hiked around. The pushiness of the wind forced us to find the least violent side of the lake.

While trekking around the far side of the lake I got my hands muddy (no, the ice at the edge of lake didn’t support my weight like I hoped and yes, I fell to all fours and scrambled up the bank to avoid getting soaked!) and attempted to “wash” them in snow. The coldness of the snow made my fingers shrink just enough to allow my wedding ring to fly off my finger when I tried to shake the ice crystals from my hands!

I discovered first-hand last summer on Lake Superior how easily a wedding ring disguises itself in sand. It turns out my wedding ring likes to hide in snow as well! Fortunately the snow at the reservoir was only a couple inches deep. But it was deep enough to cushion the landing of the ring and muffle any sound which would give me an indicator for where to search.

Liz’s family pitched in an helped me pray and hunt for the ring. Liz’s Aunt Ann quickly found the ring. She noticed a glint of gold in the snow, promptly asked me to tell her the color of my ring (just in case she found a ring belonging to someone else – what a jokester!), and then retrieved it to everyone’s delight!

In the evening we went to the Charco-Broiler for steak. There I saw some of the most amazing mustaches and cowboy hats of my life. Liz’s family let me in on memorable moments from past family vacations. At the end of the evening we sang happy birthday and the Charco-Broiler generously donated a large piece of banana creme pie to our celebration.

On Sunday morning Liz’s family joined us for church and then we waved goodbye and sent them off to Winter Park for a week of skiing. On Sunday evening we had church friends over to celebrate. I was so blessed by their encouraging words and prayers.

I don’t have a moral to my story, maybe my ring was a tie-in to Jesus’ parables about the lost sheep or the woman who lost her coin, but it wasn’t really intentional. This year I am reflecting mostly on how blessed I am by your support and kindness to me. I am enjoying joining a new family (Thank you Bob, Cindy, Jen, Becca, and the extended clan), a broader church community, and the depth of support from those of you who have known me longer 🙂

All in all, my birthday this year was an exciting adventure!

– Daniel

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