Vail, Colorado

Our mom is an amazing woman. She is an adventurer, though I’m sure she would probably never actually say that about herself. She’s always up for trying new things, getting out of the house to explore, and loves to be on the go. If you were to ask her what she loves most in life, she would say Jesus and her family. With having to think about all of us kids/grandkids leaving later this summer, she’s had a hard last few months so it was time to get out and get some fresh mountain air!

Mom and I have gone to Vail every summer since 2008. We love it there. It’s beautiful, the summer prices are affordable, the weather is usually fantastic, it’s so peaceful, and we walk our socks off. It was nothing different this time around. We usually go more towards July/August but this year we found a wonderful deal at the Austria Haus for the end of May for 3 nights. It was legitimately the “off season” – almost ghost town-ish but it was fantastic. We window shopped, ate tremendous food, and our FitBits said we walked close to 30 miles for the trip.

As exciting as it is to be starting a new chapter in life overseas, I never imagined in a million years that I would live so far away for an extended amount of time with no official return date. My mom is an integral part of my life. She’s always the first person I want to share any story with and she’s always been my faithful travel buddy. To be honest, we had a couple of teary-eyed conversations this past week as we talked about the future and what’s to come. Definitely told her for the 1 millionth time how much I love and treasure her and how I can’t imagine not seeing her every day like we do now. She’s amazing because as hard as this on her, she still encourages us to move forward and follow our hearts and the Lord on this wild adventure.

So this post is for my mom. To honor the beautiful woman she is. To thank her for the way she loves her kids/grandkids. For her adventurous spirit and drive. It’s not the end Mom, it’s the beginning of new memories in some amazing new places and even though we won’t get to see you every day in person, there won’t be a day that passes that we won’t wish you were there with us every step of the way – though we know you will be in your heart and our’s. We love you and can’t wait for you to join us as often as you can.

-haven x

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