Family Time in Colorado

Okay, I’ve been on break again, but for good reason. A little surgery here, a vacation to Colorado there, a new grandbaby in the oven for one son and daughter-in-law, and a wedding coming up the end of the month for another. The business of this brief life continues!

We had the greatest time on our family trip...a trip of a lifetime. Dad treasured family vacation and he loved to travel. He so wanted to take us all to Colorado. He didn’t quite make it, but my brother, Andy, made a promise to Dad on his death bed that he would take Mom back to Colorado. He coordinated the trip and made the arrangements. We marked our calendars, saved our money, and last month, we all helped Andy follow through with that promise.

The trip far exceeded any expectations I had. My sister, Melody, and I were so excited to be seeing Colorado for the first time. Mary and Andy had been with Mom and Dad in later years, so it was a wonderful thing for them and Mom to return to a place Dad loved and where they shared so many happy memories with him. It was the perfect one year memorial of his journey Home.

Many warned we would not make it for a week in Colorado without an argument or disagreement. Not only did we prove them  wrong, we found the experience to be completely the opposite. The week seemed to only draw us closer together.

Thinking back, there were several elements which made that possible. Love, prayer, forgiveness, respect and the willingness to let bygones be bygones. Almost every morning I would see someone sitting in a quiet corner of the beautiful patio overlooking the river and mountains reading his or her Bible and spending time in prayer. I’m sure at least one of them was praying for the patience to put up with me, and it seemed to work! (Except maybe for Charlie some days, but that was because he had to ride in a car with me snoring for so many hours!)


I am so grateful for my family, and I am so proud of my Mom. She was amazing. She had asked my daughter, Rachel, to go with her as her “caretaker”. Not only did she help Rachel overcome her fear of heights by holding her hand and talking her across the bridge over the Royal Gorge, she set her mind to making a hike to Adam’s Falls despite the steep trail that led the 0.3 of a mile to get there. In Texas 0.3 miles may not sound so intimidating, but at a rocky, steep, uphill climb, it becomes quite another story. She even put on some exercise capris and a long t-shirt and let the girls help her into the hot tub! Among a few extremely melancholy moments, she really let her hair down and enjoyed this vacation, and her enjoyment brought so much happiness to each of us who had the pleasure to share it with her.

 Thank you, Andy, for the promise and for seeing it through. I will never forget one special moment of the Colorado adventure. I will always remember the laughter, the tears, the peace, the beauty, the togetherness that was our family vacation.

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Hello everyone. My name is Cindy Hester. I have a lot on my heart to share, much of which has already been posted on my cinderellascornersimplertime.com site. I hope you will enjoy visiting that site as well as the blog info I share on WordPress. I have much life experience to share. I was reared in the loving home of an Aggie Baptist preacher and his beautiful bride, Gracie. I married at a young age to my high school sweetheart. As the result of an unhealthy, abusive relationship, I found myself to be a divorced mother of three teen and pre-teen children at the ripe old age of 35. I re-married four years later to a good man who was rearing his two children. I have been through the challenge of combining families, losing a precious father, and coming to grips with real issues of real children from divorced families. My faith has been tested and has not always come out on top at the moment. I have learned, however, there is a God who loves, cares, and understands all that I face, and He is not afraid to stand by my side in the midst of the storm. I love reminiscing about the past…a past that my children will never have access to due to the major swing in technological and social advances. I hope you enjoy these writings, and I pray you will find my subject matter worthwhile enough to purchase in books someday. Thank you for taking the time to hear what is on my mind. I hope it blesses you in some special way. Cindy Hester (aka Mom, Mommerella, Cinderella, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Friend, Co-Worker…)

5 thoughts on “Family Time in Colorado

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your dad and your family. I know Paul, Mary and the kids had a great time. They needed that time for some relaxation and I know it was a blessing to spend it with the family. Your dad was one of my favorite people and I love your mom as well. It is good to have your family as our extended family.Eddie Booth

  2. I am so glad you were able to go and I am still amazed that you did so soon after your surgery – God surely had to have been in that!! Beautiful pictures!

  3. Yes ma'am, I do believe He had to have been. I was a little worried the day we left. Even though I had almost a week's recovery time, I was still a little shaky feeling, and quite swollen. As soon as we hit the road, though, I turned on my seat heaters, kicked back the seat, propped up on pillows and slept most of the way. I did have a melt-down about the third day we were there. I went in the bedroom and cried because my body was exhausted, but my mind wanted to keep going. I went to bed early that night, though, and woke up feeling great the next morning. It is a testament to how prayer and a stress-free environment speeds the healing process. Did your scars ever completely heal? Mine are still touchy.

  4. Cindy, I so love your blog and reading about your family. Your dad and mom were so much a part of our lives. By reading this blog, it keeps his memory alive for the rest of us as well. Your mom is such a precious soul. Cherish her. I lost my mom last year and I think of her daily and miss her more than I ever thought I would. You will treasure these memories in years to come. Thank you for sharing with us.

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