Now that we let the cat out of the bag, I can post about our trip to CO without a bunch of wondering minds questioning my growing stomach.
Team Southards spent 2 full weeks in Colorado. The first week we were in downtown Denver, a part of the International Youth Convention. There were about 4,000 teenagers from around the country who gathered together in Denver. IYC's purpose is to create a moment of life change for teenagers. It is a bi-annual conference, that Steve and I always delight in being a part of. Steve had interned with the director of the conference while in college (the summer before we got married). We have taken youth to the conference and now 3 times we have been on staff of the conference. It rotates cities, taking us to many cool cities, this year we got to explore Denver. Steve's little brother Ben came with us this year to help with the kids, as this was their first time attending it with us. We were honored to do a breakout conference on dating, which seems to be a high interest for many high schoolers. I personally love being a part of the conference, catching up with friends we barely see and being inspired by a generation of youth who are passionate about God.
The second week we spent in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Steve's parents have wanted to take the whole family to Colorado for awhile, and this year worked out as a great time to go. The Southards have a special place in their hearts for Colorado and my sister-in-law (also married into the family) and I hadn't experienced the Rocky Mountains, which just might be a sin in my father-in-law's book. So the whole Southards clan celebrated my in-laws 35th wedding anniversary in the mountains. I will let the pictures do the talking.
|We all did a 6 mile mountain hike together, here we are at the top|
|It really wasn't that cool of weather, but sister insisted on wearing her new sweatshirt that matched her cousin|
|Selah and Colton are 1 month apart|
|My in-laws, 35 years and going strong|
|On our way up the mountain|
|Cousins who had so much fun the whole week together|
|The whole Southards family at the top|
|She loved her "noculars"|
|Tim and Shari's family|
|On the way up trail ridge road.|
|Papa and Gigi with their grandkids|
|Watching the parade for the rodeo in town|
|We finished the week with a Rockies baseball game in Denver.|
We had a great week as a family and have many memories for a lifetime!