Sunday, June 25, 2017

El Santuario de Chimayo

We had our trip planned out, mostly.  We had room for detours and all those things along the way that might capture our attention.  Early one morning, during a rock climbing expedition, I was chatting with another family and they mentioned that we should visit El Santuario de Chimayo.  I wasn't familiar, but after their description I knew I had to pay it a visit.  

After I finished watching my children dangle from precariously high positions, (don't all parents like to see that?), I found our afternoon's destination and I wasn't disappointed.  

What began as a small chapel in 1810 is now a church that is visited annually by an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world, most of them coming during Holy Week.  Pilgrims come in fulfillment of a vow, some seek blessings, and the church is also known as a place of healing and miracles.  

Though the Catholic Church takes no stance on whether miracles have happened here, it was clear that this is a sacred place.  

I encountered many visitors in prayer and my trip inside the church was especially moving.  People were praying at the altar and in the pews.  Many people were very emotional and took the time to gather some, "holy dirt", from the well inside the church.  This dirt is said to have healing powers and crutches, canes, walkers, notes of thanks, and many other articles, were left inside the prayer room.  Written testimonials were also left in the prayer room.  

Prayers requests are left in the Priest's office and there are many places throughout the church grounds where prayers requests have been left.  

The grounds are very beautiful with views of the mountains.  

Photography was not permitted inside the church, but you can see official photos here, as well as ready more about the church's history.  

"As my mind can conceive of more good, the barriers and blocks dissolve.  My life becomes full of little miracles popping up out of the blue."  

Louise L. Hay  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Randoms

A pedestrian caught in my shot at the Church of St. Jerome in Taos.  

Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me and some new findings are shedding light on the origins of the population. 

I will admit to a love of this store.  

I will take a double scoop of the #1 pick, please.  What about you?  

Leaving you with an old, classic Johnny Cash tune.  
Have a good one!  

Linking up with Tanya 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this week that my family could get away for a few days and spend some time together.  The young man of the house had unexpectedly started a new job, a week before our departure.  Though this trip had been planed for months, it was unclear if he would be able to go.  

Plans fell into place, we departed on schedule, and time was spent together, even if we drove each other crazy now and again.  

What are you thankful for today?  
Let me know!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Whirlwind of New Mexico

Last week we made all types of preparations for cows, birds, dogs, plants, flowers, and farm items to be cared for in our absence.  I would like to say we can just dash about on our travels, but it takes quite a bit of prep just to leave for a few days.  

We all hopped on a plane and headed out to New Mexico for a few days of culture, sight seeing, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, and a lot of eating.  Oh, and I can say, as the collector of Native American Jewelry, I did a bit of shopping.  

Our first stop was Sante Fe, New Mexico.  

The lady above is an experienced native.  She is dressed for the bright sun.  Us, not so much as we didn't look as chic as she did, but we got by just the same.  

The brightness of the culture only has competition from the brightness of the sun.  Vivid colors, ideas, and artwork were everywhere.  

I loved all of it.  

In the Santa Fe Plaza, these Native American vendors sell their handmade jewelry and crafts.   Most items are signed and made with delicate care and detail.  Yes, I did come away with a couple of items.  

Sadly this lady would not fit in my suitcase.  

There are more tales to tell and more photos to share.  We also made it to Taos, Los Alamos, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

We arrived home in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Our English Pointer decided to mark our arrival by rolling on a dead groundhog and dashing into the house.  

What a greeting.  

Good times 

Linking up with Mersad 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

After a whirlwind week of travel, I made it back just in time to wish this guy a Happy Father's Day.  Texting, phone calls, and visits, keep us in touch most days.  Growing up, he was at work or traveling for work, but as an adult I have been able to understand him as the true person he is.  What a valuable thing that has been.  

"One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad."  

Jim DeMint 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue Skies

It's a softball kind of Sunday around these parts.  A few games this afternoon to fill our time.  The week ahead will be full of family adventures, new places to see and new things to experience.  Thus, I will be on hiatus until the same time next Sunday.  

Same bat time, same bat channel.  

RIP Adam West 

Linking up with The Barn Collective

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Randoms

Just a view from the weeds flowers.  

It's too bad that seed packets don't look like this anymore.  

I freely admit that I have one of these in my home and have for years.  

A few photos from the week.  

Leaving you with some Iron Horse for the weekend, 

Linking up with Tanya today.