Wednesday, April 2, 2008

We're enjoying our week in Breckenridge; forget the beach!

ELEVENTH YEAR. Forget the beach; head for the mountains to break the monotony of a Midwest winter. This is the eleventh Spring Break our family has been privileged to spend in Breckenridge, Colorado, nestled in the high country of the Rockies about an hour west of Denver. Sam was four and Molly was six when they learned to ski here. This year, only Molly and Sam have been able to be with us, as Abby and Jared's Spring Break week was earlier this year. Thanks, again, to Dave and Lillie, Becky's mom and dad, for sharing the place and time and hospitality with us.

LOTS OF SNOW. Skiing and snowboarding conditions have never been better. We're skiing in fresh powder each day. It also looks like amounts of snow in the Rockies this winter will create generous amounts of runoff, which is needed not only for water supply in the region, but to dampen the possibilities of forest fires.

HEALTH AND SPEED. No injuries, so far. Minor spills, sore muscles, petty aches--nothing more, nothing to complain about. We're missing John and Marilyn Thomas, who had planned to join us again, but John suffered a broken leg three weeks ago in our "Over 40" indoor soccer game in Indy. Next year, John. By the way, John, I'm using the GPS unit you gave me for fun. None of us can catch Sam or Molly on the slopes. I keep telling them to slow down, but they're convinced I'm just saying that because I can't keep up. Partly right.

WITH THE COWLES. On our first day here, Dean Cowles picked me up at Denver International Airport and he and his family drove me up to Breckenridge (Becky, Molly and Sam arrived a day earlier; I had a wedding to conduct). Dean and I shared classes in seminary and served four years together in ministry leadership at Shepherd Community in Indianapolis. The Cowles live in Denver and we spend a day together on the slopes just about every year now. Dean is now director of Youth Partners, which supports urban youth ministry efforts across the country; Cheryl is an OB/GYN in Denver.

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