ice time: changing on the fly

over the past year, my family has gotten really into ice hockey! we've become huge fans of a local college team, the Colorado College Tigers. they are national title holders and really fun to watch.

one thing i love about hockey is that the season is really long. that means that i have lots of time to continue learning more about hockey. this Christmas i asked for Hockey for Dummies-ha!

i'll be posting some answers to questions i've had about hockey along the way starting with: why do the skaters switch out so often and how do they know when to switch?

the official term is "changing on the fly" and the substituted skater can leave the bench when the other skater is within 5' of it. if they leave too early, they get penalized for having too many skaters on the ice. this switch out happens every 45 seconds in order to keep up a high level of intensity throughout the game.

the visiting team always has the chance, when play stops, to switch out their team first but the home team has the final substitution slots before play resumes allowing them to create good match ups for offense and defense.



i've come across so many beautiful staircases lately! a staircase is a strong architectural statement in a space; here are some of my favorites!

you can't go wrong with turquoise!
i absolutely love the worn wall behind, the side windows with light streaming in and the matching stiarcases.
this reminds me of old hollywood glam!
the floor and wall decor only accentuate the sweeping lines of the staircase.
subtle curve, dark banister top and floors
i found this in an Anthropologie ad.
it seems that all the cool, colorful building exteriors are coming out of Montreal right now.
this staircase kinda snakes...interesting!

righteousness: right living.

"In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met.
For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose.
I choose love...no occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I choose joy...I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical..the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I choose peace...I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I choose patience...I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I choose kindness...I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I choose goodness...I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. i will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.
I choose faithfulness...Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.
I choose gentleness...Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I choose self-control...I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only Christ. I choose self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest."
-Max Lucado from The Glory of Christmas


holiday cheer.

scandanavian holiday! i especially love the boxing gloves :)

red berries are always my favorite at Christmas...the wrapping is so simple but elegant.

*SWOON* i want to be on that porch with a loved one. absolutely divine!

what an amazing pop of color!

vintage love.

quaint little winter cottage. i've never seen window boxes with evergreen in them...i like that idea!

a lovely snowy walk.

this is a really fun craft. you could easily create any style with this (i.e. red/white for Scandanavian, turquoise/red for American Indian, etc...). this would be a great kids craft too...just let them paint on FREE sticks and put it all together!

the soul felt its worth.

relationship with Jesus Christ is everything. it is everything.

this morning at church, we sang a song that included these lyrics: "in the glory of your presence, i find rest for my soul." this next section is from the traditional Christmas hymn, O holy night: "long lay the world, in sin and error pining, till he appeared and the soul felt its worth." these have struck me profoundly this year.

to be quite honest, i have hardly had any Christmas spirit. no doubt, a combination of my current work environment and the manic state that things reach this time of year, in addition to a lack of discipline to be in the Word preparing my heart throughout this Advent season. yet as that glorious day approaches in just a week, its starting to sink in, just like these lyrics have over the last few days, that it would be devastating to be ill-prepared in my heart; my soul.

it has less to do with the fact that this comes once a year (we can truly celebrate the gift of Christ daily as we see His mercies afresh), and more to do with the fact that our hearts can so quickly become hardened to the things of God. all it takes is a busy season, a trial, some pain in our lives or even, illogically, a blessing to draw our eyes away from the Lord.

we must be humble to remember that without Him, our soul was nothing. we had no rest in the very deepest part of who we are-until He came offering His life in exchange for the death we deserved. we had no worth to the very deepest part of who we are-until He came to call us His own should we choose a life with Him.

i am trying to swallow down a large lump in my throat thinking about how messed up i am in sin. everyday, i fight it. we all do and yet the perfect and brilliant cloak of Christ's righteousness covers us when we become His child; His blood was enough for all the ugly i get tangled up in each day. that is all the Lord sees when He looks at us-Christ's righteousness on our behalf. in my mind, it is so easy to try to find ways to earn our position beneath that covering: giving to charity, exercising self-control, serving in the church, helping a friend, etc...its so easy to think that if we spend 'x' amount of time in the Bible each day, pray for our unsaved friends/relatives, or deny ourselves something every once in a while that we can, at the very least by good intentions, increase our position in God's sight.

it is not true. no matter who you are, where you come from, or how well you do/don't know the Bible...we have absolutely no contribution to the gift of salvation. we choose to receive this free gift and the rest happens as we learn to more quickly be face down on the ground before the Throne of Grace believing in His power, mercy and grace to renew our hearts. the old has passed. the new has come. you can't go back. once you've been with Jesus, you can't go back. you are changed beyond anything you can imagine. its truly a miracle.

so as Christmas comes this year, i want the deepest part of my soul to resoundingly glorify the arrival of that wee Child who so humbly changed everything for me.  "A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! o hear, the angel voices! o night divine, o night, when Christ was born!" {O Holy Night}


friday night.

tonight sister and i had a date night! it was so much fun :) we picked a fun chick flick to go see, swung by the theatre to buy tickets early (it is a friday night after all), and headed to Colorado Mountain Brewery for some appetizers.

we laughed and cried though the movie, listened to the not-so-endearing "awww"'s of the young girls behind us at every hint of a sentimental moment throughout and then headed home.

last minute, sister suggested we go see the neighbors lights/music display. every year we go to see this because it's just around the corner. he has his own radio channel for the music and 3 songs to his set list...it's pretty amazing what he's done with it all. here's videos of 2 of the 3 songs! enjoy!

i had such a fun night with sister! :)


CC Tigers hockey game!

 we have become big CC Tigers hockey fans! sister and i started going to the games and then we roped mom and pa into it. :) it is such a fun family event and we now officially feel like fans because we all have sweatshirts sporting our loyalty-it makes it so much more festive!  

there are several things i love about going to hockey games: fast paced game, fights :), white hot chocolate from the Pikes Perk coffee stand, Prowler (the mascot), waving the yellow towel, people-watching, little kids skating in between periods (see pic below-SO STINKIN' CUTE!), all the little kids dancing on camera, hearing the entire stadium cheer "go tigers!".

i love having loyalty to a local team, especially a national championship winning team! :))