Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rock Climbing Addicts

Here's the bad news:  I have very strong suspicions that my left meniscus is torn, albeit, mildly.  
Here's the good news:  It happened doing something we LUH-UVE!  Rock climbing.

While it is important to protect the one and only knees you have, it's also impossible to park my butt on the couch when there is a big wide world of mountains and exploring and adventure to have.  It may seem silly compared to a lot happening in the world, but we are asking and trusting the Lord to heal up my knees and let me be active again-even if it is slowly!

A knee brace and some daily icing therapies did help me get back to working order for a Friday evening climb this weekend.

This is a particularly frustrating injury however, because I busted my right knee marathon training years ago and now it is sensitive to cycling, hiking, and obviously running.  


Despite the kinetic frustrations, we still enjoy it and surprisingly learn so much each time we head out  As we set up the ropes, and Ryan repelled down a 200 ft rock face, and I climbed up tens of feet higher...we talked about trust.  Trust in Ryan's knot tying abilities, trust in the equipment, trust in each other as we belayed one another from the bottom.

Should we ever lead premarital counseling for another couple we will make them go rock climbing together as a trust exercise, ha!  That or tandem biking...

We pray together before either of us starts climbing up the rock; asking for protection, praying for excellent time together, and thanking the Lord for creation.  Climbing is truly such a gift to us to connect in a busy season and be filled up deeply and fully from God's incredible creativity in making nature and the natural playground in our own backyard.

Thankful for my husband's adventurous spirit and his love of health and our invaluable time connecting in such a fun, inspiring way.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Epic Bolt Wedding!

We have been to a lot of weddings in our days, but only a few have been as special to us as the Bolt wedding.

It alllllll started back on the other side of the world, in a closed middle eastern country when we first met Katie.  She introduced herself to us and we instantly liked her because she wore chacos :)

  Ryan and Matt had been friends for 5+ years at this point and traveled out there together, both of insane scholarships, to get their Master's degrees at KAUST. That's the 2 second version of how we ended up in Saudi frickin Arabia!

Anywho, Matt and Katie also met in the summer of 2010 and we all just remained close friends over the last 4 years.  That whole time Ryan and I have been secretly (probably not so secretly) praying these two would FINALLY get hitched already.

And then this last fall, our wildest dreams came true and these two dear, cherished friends started dating!  Woop!  July 12 was their beautiful, wonderful wedding day and we were so honored to celebrate and love these two on their special day.

We road tripped out to Tennessee and it was worth every second of that 22 hour drive.  So here are some pictures and all I can say is that their wedding so perfectly captured their love for each other, people, and God's creation.  

The rehearsal dinner was amazing.  An authentic New Orleans chef catered the evening with jambalaya and whiskey bread pudding among other amazing dishes. Right: the backdrop to our southern evenings...a lazy river, wooden swim dock, chirping frogs, lightning bugs, and lush green trees

Their wedding was outdoors, in her parent's "backyard" (read: massive dream-like field of beauty) complete with a small house for hosting

The bride and groom, all excited at the rehearsal dinner

On the wedding day.  Us to the left and a little shot of Katie's parent's gorgeous home to the right

How stunning is this??  Long tables covered in wild flowers canopied with twinkling lights.  You can't see it here, but there were mason jars hanging from twine on every tree branch and it was unbelievable at night

The centerpieces we styled from Katie's vision and they turned out beautifully! The wheat, sunflowers, cloth was all so perfectly Matt and Katie.  And the delicious cupcake tower

Ryan and Matt, friends for nearly 10 years now

Their ceremony was absolute perfection.  Their vows were so moving and personal.  They washed one another's feet as a first act of service to each other.  Not pictured here, but a very meaningful moment for us was when we along with Katie's brother and sister-in-law prayed over them during a favorite worship song.  Just wow!

Finally, bride and groom!!!

Their wedding and new life is such an answer to prayer and an example of God's perfect and gracious timing.  We are honored to have front row seats into their new roles as husband as wife because they are absolutely better together than apart!

Celebrating the new Bolts!  

And we all fly out together to celebrate again when we head to Texas in 5 weeks for their second reception.  A beach house, jet skis, family celebrations, and most importantly a continued remembrance of what God has done in their lives awaits!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Wow I cannot believe this space has been empty for almost 3 weeks.  Things have obviously been super hectic!

I was warned Quarter 4 of nursing school would be wild. is.

This is the exact mid-way point of my program and I think they kick it in high gear to make sure we're up for the mental and physical challenges of nursing.  While a lot of our "normals" have subsided for these weeks, I still have a very supportive husband that is cheering me along everyday.

 And a much deserved shout out to my generous mom who loves us so well and helps us out with the dogs and around the house every week.  Who does that??  It is such a blessing to us.

Thank you MOM!!!!  She seriously rocks our busy world us so much with meals, cleaning and more. 

Last nursing thing to share.  I started my first official IV on Monday in my patient's hand.  Woop woop.

Ok, enough of school!

We've been having some fun too.  Ryan, Katie, Matt and I all went rock climbing on Saturday.  It was a much needed relief from studying.  It was my first time going and let's just say this: I am addicted!  I LOVE it.  Being outside, using every muscle group in the body, trusting your belayer, and great time with friends is perfection.

Rock climbing, as I found out it, is so unique because you get this incredible time in nature and exercising but it's relaxed enough at times to really still have good conversation and invest in the people you went out with.  I love that.

We are headed back out this weekend, much to my mom's anxiety of us hanging 70 feet up from the ground my a little rope :)

Prepping for our climb with LOTS of gear

Ryan and Matt climbing and the newly married Bolts, obviously very happy with life ;)

This amazing climb is just 10 minutes from our house.  So beautiful

Speaking of Matt and Katie, those two lovebirds got married July 12 and I have a whole other post of wedding pics coming about them.  It was such a gift to see them married and now get to double date and do life with them in this new season.

Wahoo!!!  The new Bolt family

Ryan, Marc, Casey and I all road tripped out to Tennessee for it!  And it just so happened to be Cow Appreciation Day on our second driving day so we got free Chick-Fil-A all day.

Finally, Ryan has been busy busy with work too.  Today for instance he was in meetings from 7:30 am-3:30 pm.  He is in a busy, fulfilling season at work right now and being an incredible provider for our family. 

 He has also been working really hard on our newest project...

We are in the process of buying the house next door to us to use as a rental property.  Ryan is a fantastically organized person so he is rocking out all the appointments, e-mails, and necessary evils of buying a house.  I'm grateful for him and we love what a smart investment property this is.

These two black furry babies are looking especially cute today!  Poppy is getting nice and chunky which is great because she was the little runt of the litter.  But she is still a little squirt which we love about her.

Grumps is a tennis ball fanatic still and we just threw the ball around last night at the park while Ryan played ultimate frisbee and I took a 45 minute study break.  

Balance is key with rest and school-at least attempting it, anyway!

Some other things we are looking forward to in the coming weeks:

Med/Surg II clinicals ending--hallelujah and welcome back freedom!
Movie in the park on Friday nights in Golden
Watching our pumpkins grow in the garden (5 officially coming in already!)
Harvesting blackberries in August
Celebrating Ryan's 2nd Stomaversarry and relfecting
Ryder's 2nd Birthday Party!
Traveling to Texas over Labor Day weekend for the Bolt's second reception
Starting the Bible study, Abide, with Katie

Lot's of good things happening this summer as life is bustling on!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Back to School Quarter 4

First of all here are some shots of Rilyn from our visit a week ago.  We collected and washed eggs which was very fun.  She ended up doing all my dishes too because this girl LOVES to clean!

It was serious business, people.

And wouldn't you officially starts back up Wednesday!

My first day of quarter 4 starts with what's called a "SIMS Lab" where we basically practice on a half a million dollar human looking robot that talks, cries, sweats, labors, etc.  We're given a medical scenarios and tasks (start an IV or cath, give meds etc) and it's actually pretty life like.  
Our instructor talks through a microphone behind one way glass and is the voice to our patient while also manipulating the computer that runs the robot to change vitals, respond to meds and more.  It's insane what technology is available!

The rest of the group observes on a TV screen in another room.  Eeek!

I've enjoyed SIMS in past quarters and think it's good practice for pressure filled moments of decision making (aka when our robot patient cores and we have to give it CPR!) and having eyes on you.

It it so crazy to think graduation is less than 1 year away.  Wow the time is just flying and I just anticipate the next 11 months to be growing, challenging, and so very shaping.

This particular quarter will be particularly busy, contrary to my initial beliefs.  Two classes and two clinicals a week actually adds up to more than expected.  Calculate commuting and studying in addition to clinicals, labs, and classtime and I'm looking at 60+ hour weeks


To prepare for the very busy next 12 weeks "food prep hour" has been recently inaugurated into our home.

The fruits of our labor for a delish lunch!  Red lentil dahl, salad, pita bread, and loaded fruit smoothie

 Basically once a week I slice and dice up fresh fruit and vegetables, saute up meat, and cook a big batch of grains (rice or lentils usually) and it can't take me more than 60 minutes.  Then refrigerate all the goodies and we have ready basic, prepped additions for stir fries, casseroles, crock pot meals and more.

I did it today for the week and it only actually took me 20 minutes to prep enough produce, meat, and brown rice for 3 full meals + leftovers.  

Huge stress reducer!!

I'll update on if this is a sustainable option once school revs up :)

AHHH!!  Little Rilyn who looks 17 in this picture, how I love you!! #matchingbuns

That's it for us!  We are rock climbing this evening so I'll tune back in with pictures from that.  Hope you have the greatest, most joyful week!

Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 116:2

Saturday, July 5, 2014

4th of July 2014

Happy Belated 4th of July!

We had SUCH a fun Friday, off from school and work and celebrating with family.  

Linny (my sister) and Ryan started the day off with a 5 mile run.  They are loco but so dang healthy!  Justin (my brother in law) and I went and ate vegan muffins and pork burritos instead at the Windy Saddle.  

Great combo, right?

We like food!

Later that day we all met up at my parent's house for the greatest 4th of July feast there has ever been!  My parents fixed every delicious summer-y dish known to mankind.

Ribs, burgers, Italian sausage, potato salad, festive fruit salad, chips and salsa, baked beans, and more.  Then we somehow made room for cheesecake, homemade vanilla ice cream, and coffee.

So ridiculously delicious! 

The cute festive place settings and the patriotic red, white, and blue fruit salad 

Linny's favorite hashtag #redhairdontcare  

Ryan brings out the crazy in us!  He is a wild man. 

A little more normal and presentable

All of us ended up back at our house so we could light off fireworks before the big, professional show later that night!

Ryan and Justin has so much fun coordinating the fireworks, lighting them and then running, and keeping all of us ooh-ing and ahh-ing.  Quote of the night from my husband:

"Let's schedule a finale!"

Hahaha he really gets into it!

As a sidenote: my man LOVES fireworks.  Buy him that someday and you will be his favorite person for life.

The boys obviously very proud and one pretty firework that was a shower of lights 

I even was super brave a held a few bottle rockets!

We went to the fireworks show in downtown Golden that night which was really fun--the crowds, the excitement, and beautiful show made the perfect end to the day.  

And what would any post be without Grumps and Poppy?

Handsome face and the LONGEST tongue in history

Puppy butt!!  I LOVE when her legs are sticking straight out behind her.  So cute.

In him [Jesus] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Ephesians 3:12

Thursday, July 3, 2014

How to...Talk?

Bad (or unthoughtful) conversation is an instant relationship drainer.

It's hard work and a requires a certain level of selflessness to be an excellent conversationalist.

I've often wondered if people are unaware that they do this or, sadly, are just completely lack the skills due to self-infatuation.

Apparently I'm not the only one that's noticed the downward trends of good conversation in today's society... 

 Dr. Groothius is a wise professor at Denver Seminary and world renowned author.  He was also involved with the campus ministry at my university.  His recent status update on Facebook was such a pearl of wisdom and hopefully a "light bulb moment" for many of us.

I had to share his thoughts to spread the simplistic wisdom and wonderful foundation for future good conversations...

I'm not claiming to be a good conversationalist all the time, but it's something we do care and think about.  I'm hopeful this issue will improve, especially among the Gen Y's, as time progresses and we all grow hungrier for authentic, meaningful relationships.

What's your best tip to good conversation?  If you're honest, how do you do in engaging others in good conversation?

Happy conversing!

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29


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