BC: Made by Kelsey Price
FC: Beyond August 2008
1: Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them. | Psalm 69: 34
2: Ferry crossing from Horseshoe Bay
3: Hiking a trail near Egmont the day before.
5: A rainy start to the trip
8: Warming up my feet
9: Carl | Colin and Stacy | Alicia and Sarah | Kelsey
10: One of two black bear cubs we saw.
13: Having fun at the campsite
14: For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Christ our Lord to you we raise this our sacrifice of praise.
15: For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Christ our Lord to you we raise this our sacrifice of praise.
21: Dear Colin, By now it should be February and months have passed since your time on the Beyond trip. You have finished one trimester of your third year and are approaching the close of a second. As I write this school seems a long way away. There is abundant tranquility in these secluded inlets. It has been easy this week to forget that there are people outside the seven of us. I hope you have remembered these time of stillness in your soul and sought after them whenever you can. This was a challenging week for both you and Kelsey, but I hope you have internalized the lessons you both learned. For you, this week taught you how to have greater patience and understanding for your wife. To face trials and difficulties that arise with a focus on restoring right relationship rather than simply forgiving. That to have greater capacity for love, love must be challenged. I know that things are difficult at home sometimes, but in these time of absolute stillness you can hear God and know that He is there. Seek out those times. Life is probably pretty busy with work, the masters program, and track, but take time for yourself to reflect on the truths God has revealed to you. You cannot do it all on your own- the marriage, your program, coaching, maintaining relationships with your family- all of it you need to trust that God will help you. A God who can craft the beautiful magnificence that surrounds me surely does not want my life to lack significance. Pursue the destiny you know you were given, but grant God the time to reveal it to you. I hope that you look back on this time fondly. I hope the year is going well for you. I hope your marriage remains strong and that Kelsey has found herself again. May these words be an encouragement to you as you read them now. I don't know what the future holds but I pray that this is what you need to hear. You are a good man- a loving husbands, a skilled teacher, and the right person to lead your household. God Bless, Colin, August 2008
23: Dear Me, Well, overall, the week ended positively and I can say I'm glad we came. I have mixed feelings about the trip. There were parts of it that I hated and parts of it that I enjoyed. I don't think you'll want to do it again. It was extremely beautiful and the company was awesome, but it wasn't fun for you on the day-to-day basis of paddling. Maybe part of that was due to the weather, but not all of it. You'd rather paddle on the lake with just Colin on your own schedule. But, it's not all negative. You learned new skills with how to kayak and really "rough it". You made some new friends and enjoyed all your time with them. Andrew made you laugh like you haven't laughed in months. The views were spectacular and grand, as mentioned before, and you got to see a new part of God's creation. It was also a great time for you and Colin. The first days were rough as you struggled and he tired to help you. But it lead to good conversation between you guys and a renewed fun together for the last two days. You are very lucky to have such an amazing man as your husband. I hope you find a renewed passion and love after this. Again, it was a beneficial trip overall. Although going to Jamaica could've been more fun, this offered a lot of personal introspect and testing. It showed you your weaknesses that you need to work on and have more faith/trust/respect in God, as well as your husband. Perhaps it would've been more fun if the sun had shined every day instead of just the last, but God probably has His reasons. Love, Yourself, August 2008 Things to Remember: Ricky addiction, endless rain, nights huddled in the fly, Japan, Hideout, Tsoomi, Viking funerals, "Trust Pee", memory games, little crabs, one pot dinners.
24: Pre Beyond Trip A stop in Seattle
25: Post Beyond Trip A stop in Leavenworth