A Girl and the Sea

We arrived in Naples last Wednesday to find that we hadn’t really escaped the rain after all. It seemed to have followed us all the way from Minnesota. Despite the thickest humidity i’ve ever encountered and sporadic monsoon rains, we managed to get our share of the Florida sunshine, and even have some pretty impressive tan lines to prove it. 
When I spotted the ocean on the first day, my inner child was set free and I just stood there for the longest time while the waves crashed over my feet. The ocean truly does fuel me, and I’m so thankful that my mama and I could spend a few days by the sparkling blue water. I gotta hand it to you, Floridians. Somehow you manage to thrive in the Florida weather year-round. I’ll stick to short doses of your state’s goodness.

Life lately: in Black + White

Hi y’all!
I’m so thankful to be spending some much needed time with my family in Vail this weekend. My brother is recovering from knee surgery, and my mom has not left his side since he got hurt a few weeks ago in Sweden. I’m looking forward to exploring this beautiful ski town and getting mama Deb out of the hotel room a bit. My brother is the strongest person I know, and with a little hard work he’ll be back at it in no time.
Earlier this week I got to see the progress on my parent’s home, which has me all kinds of excited for this summer. I can’t wait to have the beautiful river at our disposal, and I think my yellow dog is pretty dang excited as well. As long as there’s swampy water and room to roam, he’s all in. 
Thank you to those who have been praying for my family– God is good, even through hard times.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Let it Go.

Somewhere over South Dakota…

Over the past week, I’ve experienced more delays and frustrating scenarios due to airplanes than I thought humanly possible. What should have been a simple flight from Aspen to Minneapolis last week ended up being a two-day ordeal. We had flights delayed due to frozen bathrooms, lightening strikes and anything else you could think of. Oddly enough, as I write this I am stranded in a small South Dakota airport that doesn’t even have a decent gift shop. You can’t make this stuff up!

This has all left me with a lot of time on my hands.

On my flight to South Dakota, I was taken aback by the beauty around me. The sun was setting, and I found myself thanking God for his beautiful creation.

I wondered how on Earth pilots who see mountains and seas everyday could ever deny the existence of the God who created it all.
I prayed for the Moore family, who recently lost their son way too soon in a Snowmobiling accident. Though we don’t understand why, we know he is worshipping the King of Kings in a place more beautiful than we could ever dream.
And most of all, I reflected on the overwhelming importance of turning everything over to God — letting go and giving Him everything. 
Things happen that make us question God. I don’t understand his timing, his motives or reasoning for doing so many things in my life. I’m in a season where I honestly feel lost most of the time, and wonder what God is going to make of me.  But who I am to question Him? I am learning that often times, we are placed in situations for our betterment, even though it rarely appears that anything good will come out of it.

I am learning to trust in Him with everything. My Jesus Calling devotion this morning could not have been more spot on:

“The remedy is simple: Fix your eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. Verbalize your trust in Me, the living one who sees you always.”

Lord, help me trust you with everything I am.

Winter X-Games 13

Carlson Motorsports traveled to Aspen this weekend for the Winter X-Games in support of our Swedish rider, Johan Lidman.  I fall in love with the mountain town a little bit more every time we go, and have given serious thought to packing up and moving there after graduation. Although Johan didn’t medal, he rode like a champion and made us all proud! I can’t wait for the day I get to cheer on my brother on the biggest stage our sport knows. For the next few months, we’ll be crazy busy traveling to the remaining races of the season. 
Action sports are dangerous; something that my family knows all too well. A fellow snowmobiler attempting a trick over the weekend was seriously hurt and is fighting for his life. Please lift up Caleb Moore and his family in prayer! Sometimes it takes something like this to remind us just how fragile life is.