This morning when I opened up Facebook, a picture from 5 years ago popped up. At that moment a smile appeared and wonderful memories came to mind.
You know the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words". Just looking at the picture I could feel the coolness in the air and smell the fragrance of the red and purple wildflowers in the distance.
Seeing the wooden cross reminded me of the verse from the book of Proverbs "we may make our plans, but God has the last word".
My husband had driven his Harley-Davidson from Houston, Texas to the Grand Teton National Park, the summer of 2011. The 1,500 mile trip took him about 4 days to get there. Over a long weekend, I flew to Jackson, Wyoming to meet him. This was not our first trip to this area. About 25 years ago, we lived in Casper, Wyoming and had the opportunity to go to the Tetons, Yellowstone and Jackson many times.
My husband loves the mountains and less crowded areas. In the summer, it is a different story with the crowds. People are like ants. They are everywhere.
We enjoyed about four days in Jackson and driving through the Tetons and Yellowstone. This one particular day, we drove up to this rustic log church, The Chapel of the Transfiguration. It is an Episcopal church, which was built in 1925. Services are held here from late May to early September. It is also a beautiful location for weddings.
The large window behind the altar allows you to view the powerful Grand Teton Mountains.
That same day my husband and I were discussing places where we would like to live. He said he had always loved Jackson, Wyoming and would like to make this place his home. By that afternoon, we had called a realtor and arranged a time for the next day to see homes in that area.
We looked at five nice homes in downtown Jackson that had beautiful views of the surrounding mountains as well as of the Elk Refuge. With the real estate information, we were able to begin to look at the possibility of making a move.
That next week in Houston, we called a realtor to put our home(that we had resided in for 16 years), on the market. We were going to get the wheels moving and see what would happen. Four weeks later, the cosmetic company that I worked with asked me if I would could consider moving to New York. This was a dream come true for myself.
After some discussion, my husband and I decided that I should take advantage of this opportunity. With our house already on the market, we began to pack and get ourselves ready for New York City.
While we were in New York City, my husband was asked to move to Colorado for a job change. Here was his chance to be close to the majestic Rocky Mountains. So for several years, he lived in Colorado and I lived in New York.
We are now under the same roof in the foothills of the mountains enjoying the pink cotton candy sunsets; listening to the screeching sound of the Swainson Hawks and smelling the fresh air around us.
This photo will always put a happy face on me, as I reflect on the year, that Kenny's and my life began to change. We were dreaming of new possibilities, but God was also dreaming for us and He had something different for us beside living in Jackson, Wyoming.
The Tetons are waiting for us! We will continue dreaming and allowing God to work in our lives!