Sweet Family Moments

Hello, my sweet and lovely friends!
Two weeks ago my hubby, son, and I enjoyed a little getaway.
We took in a Rockies game
and enjoyed a train ride up Pikes Peak.
I thought I would share some photos with you from our time away.

While I have lived in Colorado for many, many years
I have never been to the top of Pikes Peak until now.
My, what a view!

We rode the Cog train up to the top
and if you ever have the opportunity to visit Pikes Peak
I would recommend riding the train.
It adds so much more to the trip.

The view up to the top was simply beautiful.
Forgive the glare in the photos 
as the pictures were taken through glass. 

As you can see from the next photo
we are above timberline and almost to the top.

We stepped outside of the train and the view took my breath away.
Everything was so beautiful and clear.

The clouds were right there. . .
so close you could almost touch them.

The day we went was the first day in almost a week
that the train made it to the top.
Being so high up means there are often severe weather conditions
that include snow, low clouds, and wind.
We were blessed with a clear and beautiful day.

At the top of Pikes Peak
is a monument for "America the Beautiful"
written by Katharine Lee Bates.
While riding the train up to the top the conductor was very informative
and along the way she pointed out "Inspiration Point"
which was the view Katharine saw 
and where she was inspired to write the lovely lyrics to "America the Beautiful."

O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea!
- Katharine Lee Bates -

At the top of Pikes Peaks there is a sweet little gift shop
and inside you will find hot coffee and donuts. . .
extremely tasty donuts that they make above 14,000 feet.

Of course we sampled some :)

After wondering around and exploring the mountain top
we boarded the train and made our way back to the bottom.

We also attended a Rockies baseball game.
We saw them play the Dodgers
and I'm happy to say the Rockies won {{smiles}}

Tomorrow my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage.
10 blessed years!
I can't believe how quickly the years have gone by
and I am happy to say that each year only gets sweet and better.
I am ever so thankful for my wonderful husband.

Before I sign off, my friends,
I thought I would let you know that some new handmade delights
have been added to my Etsy Shop.

And of course I have to share a few photos of the kittens :)

Here we have Duke. . .
previously known as "Chubs."
We called him Chubs because he was the biggest out of the three,
but since we are keeping him we thought he needed a different
more masculine name :)

And here is Stripester. . .
The name "Willow" didn't stick with my son
since he was the one to originally name Stripester.

And sweet Melly Belle.

Have a fabulous day, friends,
and thank you for visiting!

Love and hugs to you.


Elizabethd said...

Your photos reminded me of Switzerland, travelling up the mountain by little train and then enjoying superb views. You had a very nice getaway.

Simply Linda said...

Oh my, Stephanie, has your son grown, smiles. Y'all are just too plum cute, my friend. smiles.

Have a beautiful day friend.

camp and cottage living said...

What a beautiful view. You have a lovely little family!

Sarah said...

Your trip looks fantastic! The views were amazing, and it must have been fun to ride the train up the mountain.

The kittens are growing so fast! They are adorable. : )


cucki said...

Your trip is looking so wonderful ..
Beautiful photos and you all looking so sweet.
I love yummy doughnut and the kitty is so pretty
Big hugs x

LV said...

Thank you for another wonderful trip to the top of Pikes Peak. Was there many, many years ago and we rode the tram. It was truly an awesome sight, but I do not do well at heights. Best wishes for many more blessed years of marriage. Get ready for this, my sister and her husband just had their 67th.

Mary Hutchins said...

So nice that you shared your trip with us! It's so beautiful up there, I can certainly understand the inspiration for that great song. Happy Anniversary!!

Kerin said...

That looks like a wonderful adventure! Love those views, and those clouds are amazing!

How wonderful for you to have a great adventure and getaway with your darling family... so happy for you!

Wishing you a wonderful anniversary!!


Regine Karpel said...


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Beautiful photos dear Stephanie!!!

Happy Anniversary to you and your dear husband.


Anonymous said...

Oh I love the pictures of everything! Pikes Peak is beautiful! I will have to show my husband these pictures. Although he was there (with his family in his teens)he got sick because of the high altitude. Like Elizabeth said, it reminds her of Switzerland! I must agree, too! I was there back in 1990 in Mission work. I want to go back someday.

Have a great Anniversary tomorrow!

Henny Penny said...

I love this post! Your pictures are breathtaking so I can imagine how actually being there would take your breath away. Your son is such a handsome boy. That is a very good picture of you three. Congratulations on your anniversary! Oh, the kittens! They are so sweet and adorable.

My thrift store addiction said...

Hello Stephanie! What beautiful photos! Thank you for taking us along on your special journey! Blessings, Cecilia

Creations By Cindy said...

Happy Anniversary! What a precious wedding picture of you two. I loved all the pictures. It looks like you did indeed have some sweet family moments dear lady. WOW.those mountains look breath taking! You sound like a friend of mine Stephanie...she lives about 35 miles from the beach and has for the last 8 years and finally went to the beach about a year ago. LOL! I hope you have a wonderful day and a SWEET anniversary. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Chris Lally said...

Wow! What a great post! Thank you for sharing your personal photos. You have a lovely family (kitties included), Stephanie. God bless you guys!

Yes, God has shed His grace on our beautiful country. I pray that our citizens remember that.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, what a wonderful tour up the mountain. Your photos are amazing and seeing you and your sweet little family is precious.
The kitties are growing and so sweet. Wishing you and your beloved a very Happy Anniversary. God Bless you with many more wonderful years of health, happiness and lots of love.

Melanie said...

What a lovely view from the top! I think my daughter and SIL have made this trip too. Happy Anniversary early. Have a blessed day.

Karen said...

Pike's Peak for your tenth anniversary! Beautiful photos.

Anonymous said...

Anniversary Blessings to you and your husband. Today is our forty-second. The mountain views are truly majestic. I am four hours away from the Canadian Rockies and manage to go once a year. There is definitely something very clear about the wonder of creation when we encounter the mountains that is beautiful and humbling. Enjoyed your sharing. Jacqueline

Sue said...

Beautiful absolutely beautiful! I can only imagine how beautiful heaven is! Wishing you a very blessed and Happy Anniversary!
Thank you for sharing this special time of making memories!
p.s. I am slowly trying to get back to blogging!~smile~

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

What beautiful pictures! YEARS ago I drove up to Pikes Peak with relatives and we hiked around a bit. I was stunned by all of the snow up there when it was so nice and warm down below. Your new things added to your shop are like candy -- all look so sweet and tempting! Congratulations on ten years -- time does fly when you're with the one you love!

Consider It All Joy said...

13 of my family members, myself included, are going to spend several days in Silverton in June. It will be my first 'adult' trip to Colorado and I am looking forward to enjoying some beautiful country and great weather! Your trip looked amazing and has excited my heart about going! Many blessings to you dear one! Cindy xo

Sandy said...

What a beautiful family and gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. Happy Anniversary my sweet friend!
Those kittens are adorable - would love to have the black one!! But they are all so sweet.
Sandy xx

Debbie Harris said...

Aww this was nice to read and then to see your gorgeous photos, thank you!
That doughnut looks mighty plump for 14,000 feet up.
Happy Anniversary Blessings! I love that photo of you two. :-)
Love you~

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Stephanie, what a JOY to read your post today and to see the photos of just a bit of God's amazing creation! The trip must have been breathtaking (in more ways than one), and I did not know that Pikes Peak was what inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the lyrics to "America the Beautiful." I always tear up when I hear it played or sung. And how dear are those kitties! So precious and so much fun! And what a great way to enjoy the top with donuts and also to enjoy the baseball game (and to have your team win!). What beautiful new items you've made. You certainly have been gifted by the Lord in so many ways, and I count it all joy to know you as friend! Love and hugs! xoxo

magnoliasntea said...

What a wonderful trip to Pikes Peak. It's great they have the train to reach the top or few would see those glorious views. Thank you for sharing the photos.
Happy Anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie, Congrats to you and your husband on your upcoming anniversary. I enjoyed your photos with your husband and son. You are truly blessed. So happy you rode the train to Pike's Peak. Some 40 years ago, my dad traveled to Colorado for work and shared his experience to Pike's Peak with us when he returned. I know your son loved attending the game and so happy you guys won!
I love viewing your sweet treasures in your shop. Have a blessed evening. xoxo

Kim said...

Oh, what a truly majestic place to visit and to behold. The scenery is truly breathtaking! Love that cute, red train. Love the photos of you and your little family. My goodness, your son is growing tall. I can just imagine sitting in that little gift shop, drinking coffee and enjoying delicious donuts whilst drinking in the scenery before you. Sweet, sweet litle kitties. Beautiful wedding photo of you and your husband. Happy 10 year anniversary, sweet Stephanie.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have heard of Pike's Peak but hadn't known there was a train that went to the top - the views are spectacular!! And to be rewarded with doughnuts at the top has to be a definite bonus. I enjoyed reading about how the view there inspired the lyrics for the song. And of course - the cuteness all wrapped up in kitties - so jealous!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a beautiful post full of gorgeous pictures and so much sweetness! How exciting to be on the top of the world with such a view. The kittens are growing so fast, as they always do, and they are just precious. Love your wedding picture....Happy Anniversary!!

Vee said...

Happy Anniversary! If any couple can achieve ten years, they are in for the long haul. ☺️

What a beautiful excursion to Pike's Peak. Stunningly beautiful!

Joyful said...

Wow! simply stunning scenery. How cool to have a train atop a mountain like that. Happy 10th Anniversary. Many more wonderful years to come. xx

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, congratulations on your wedding anniversary. Such a beautiful wedding photograph. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Lovely photographs!

Debby Ray said...

Oh my, what a fabulous trip that had to have been...breathtakingly gorgeous views all around! I would LOVE to ride that train but I may have to do it alone....my hubster is not keen on heights. Happy Anniversary to you both! I love that wedding photo of you both...just storybook beautiful!

krishna said...

Hi My sweet friend, congratulations on your 10th Anniversary... stay blessed always..

beautiful pictures from Pikes Peak..

Once again Wish you a very, very happy anniversary.. A big hug..


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful getaway for such a sweet family! I didn't know that the song, "America the Beautiful" was inspired by the lookout from Pike's Peak. Having a donut and a drink at the top would've been my kind of treat for sure. Thank you for sharing your great photos of your trip, and also your lovely wedding pic. Happy 10th Anniversary to both of you, and I hope you have many, many more! xxoo

Anonymous said...

p.s. I forgot to say how much I love the kitten pictures and their names. They are simply adorable.

Mari said...

What a wonderful post! We visited Colorado about 8 years ago when our son was stationed there. We visited Pikes Peak, and drove to the top. It was a scary drive, the train would be better! Beautiful views though!
Happy Anniversary! A loving, Christian spouse is a huge blessing.
I love the kittens - they are adorable!

Ang Smith said...

Looks like you all had a fun trip. I would be a little nervous being that high, ha, ha. But it looked rather interesting!

Lea said...

I probably could not breathe if I went that high but it is just beautiful. And, 10 years of marriage. Goodness, we're about to celebrate 46 in June. The kittens are so cute and lovable!

Margie said...

What a fun family outing. The photos you took were breath-taking! Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Does your hubby know that the modern gift for this milestone is diamond jewelry? Hee!

elizabeth mary said...

Happy Wednesday, dear Stephanie!

My, what stunning pictures of a stunning place! The majesty of the Lord ♥ It looks like you all had a spectacular time {{smiles}}

Oh, wow! The sweet kitties have gotten so big and grown up. I love the names you all have chosen and am so happy that you decided to add them to your family as permanent members. It is a strong belief in our home that a house is not a home until there are cats (note- more than one!!) running around. How they make life so much more fun and happy! Your Duke looks just like our Duncan did at that age. He is now almost 10 months old!

I hope you are having a delightful week, and I'm so glad that I got to stop by for a little visit. I must share that the Bible you wrote about on Sunday is a true beauty. I received one myself for review and wow! It is gorgeous, and in so many ways {{smiles}}

Many blessings to you,

Cindy said...

Those views are spectacular!!

Daniela said...

What amazing views, my darling Stephanie, and tell me, is there something more special than the time we live together with our family ?

Happy Belated Anniversary to you both, Dearie,
you're such a wonderful couple !

Wishing you so many blessed years together,
I'm sending all my love to you


sarah said...

Happy anniversary! What a beautiful wedding photo that is :-) And what an amazing place to visit!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello little kitties!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a view you have up there in your neck of the woods! I hope you are well sweet Stephanie; do you have a garden? Ours has become so green thanks to all the rain we are getting. God's nature makes me so happy.

Many blessings for you and your family for summer fun!

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. wow.... what a glorious view from the top of the mountain..

I love the cog train.. and the coffee and donuts ...

Congratulations on your 10 years of marriage.. xxxx

I so love your gorgeous kittens ...
... Barb xxxx

KimM said...

What a beautiful trip - I didn't realize there was a monument to honor the composer of America the Beautiful....what a great story - and congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for taking us to the top of Pike's Peak. When I visited Colorado Springs (and stayed at the beautiful Broadmoor!) a few years ago, my biggest regret was that my altitude sickness prevented me from doing Pike's Peak.

Anna said...

Congrats to the lovely couple in the beautiful pictures !!!!!
Have a great day !

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Wow the mountain is so beautiful and what a nice trip. Thanks for sharing the photos of the mountain.
Congrats on being married for 10 years and wishing you many more years of happiness.
The kittens are so cute and i love their names.
Enjoy the weekend.
Julie xo

Tamago said...

Wow, what a magnificent view! Your photos from Pike's Peak are breathtaking. How lucky you were to get to reach the top on such a clear day! I'd love to visit there some day, enjoy the view, and of course have some donuts :-)
Happy 10 year anniversary to you and your husband! You are such a wonderful couple. Wish you many more years to celebrate!

Anne Payne said...

Happy 10th Anniversary!!! What a spectacularly breathtaking view!!! God sure does know how to create, huh? Love and hugs for a happy weekend, my friend!

hobbyloes said...

What an amazing adventure, the mountains and the clouds are so beautiful. We live here in a flat country, we have no mountains at all.
Happy anniversary, you have a prescious little family, nice pictures.

Linda said...

Love all the photos! Beautiful! A nice post to commemorate Memorial Day. Alas, we haven't celebrated it for several years being in Canada right now. Maybe next year we'll be back in the States. Praying for that to happen!


Paige said...

Wow, that is so beautiful and amazing! :D It's fun to see pictures of you and your sweet family too!

mamasmercantile said...

Congratulations and many sweet wishes for your wedding anniversary. Looks like a great break away, such beauty. A joy to visit.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

What a view indeed! Lovely!

Debbie said...

congratulations on 10 happy years!! this looks like a wonderful trip to an amazing place. i would love to visit and see that view!!! your pictures are beautiful!!!!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Such gorgeous pictures! What a wonderful place to go and take your son with you! Happy Anniversary too! I love your "Love Story" posts on your blog! Now that I know where you live, I can understand why you got snow the other day.. and I also love the monument memorializing the song America The Beautiful. This new subscriber is thoroughly enjoying your posts and getting to know you! Marilyn from Oregon

Conniecrafter said...

So wonderful it was such a nice day for you to make it to the top. We went many years ago when we were living in Texas we went up there for our anniversary, we drove up but didn't make it to the top because of snow and that was in October, would be great to go back and take the train ride, I am sure you could enjoy it so much more that way.
So cool your team won the game, that always makes for a fun day at the ball park :)

Congrats you two on 10 years and may God bless you with many more wonderful years together!!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Stephanie, your photos are lovely at the top of Pike's Peak! How exciting it must have been to take the train. It's nice to know the back story of America the Beautiful! Happy Anniversary! I love the sweet photos of you and your husband and of your cute son. The weather certainly cooperated to allow such a beautiful day. Have a wonderful weekend. ♥

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Ohh Stephanie! How my heart soared with yours as I read of your exciting visit to Pike's Peak! I know how it can be, to live so close to amazing local attractions, and yet never find the time to visit them. What joy to be able to ride the train all the way to the top, after other days not going so well for the train. Oh the views were spectacular! Reaching out to touch the clouds, wow! Those doughnuts sure looked delicious, quite a feat to make them at such an altitude, how long would it take to even get the oil to boil to cook them?!!

And those sweet kitties! I love their new names... sometimes it takes a while to figure out their personalities and how to name them! You will have a full house of love and silliness with all of them together :)

I hope you have a wonderful and very special Memorial Day weekend, celebrating both your anniversary and your husband's birthday! Our weekend plans include lots of work. We camped last weekend, which I just blogged about, and so this weekend we must get back to work around our place - planting, house maintenance, and the never-ending tree mess we are clearing up. But, we are thankful for warm and sunny skies!

Hugs to you today dear friend, such a blessing your posts always are :)

Cheryl said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! May God grant you many, many more happy years together!! Your little boy is getting so big! They grow up way too fast. It was SO neat to read of the exact spot where that beautiful song was composed. I can only imagine what was going through her mind. So thankful you could experience that. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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Lowcarb team member said...

Oh my dear Stephanie - what a joyous and wonderful post.
Your photo's are all amazing.
So lovely to see you, your husband and your sons happy smiling faces.

My good wishes as you celebrate your anniversary, your wedding picture is just lovely.

I wish you an amazing weekend, and send my good wishes

All the best Jan

Kris said...

What a wonderful post!, my sweet friend! I lived in the shadow of Pikes Peak for over 25 years and NEVER got to the top - or anywhere near the top for that matter!! Thank you for the fabulous pictures!! And so happy you had the perfect day to go up to the top!! And YAY, so glad the Rockies won, especially against the Dodgers (my little brother's team)!! GO ROCKIES!! Congratulations on 10 years, you are a darling couple!! And what a handsome son!! The kitties are sooo cute and growing like weeds!! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

Red Rose Alley said...

What a beautiful view of Pikes Peak. There was an episode on Dr. Quinn when all the pioneer gals hiked to the top of Pikes Peak. It's one of my favorite episodes, and your post reminded me of that. Colorado is so pretty, Stephanie, and my best friend just moved from Colorado back home to Calif. The gift shop sounds delightful, and the coffee and doughnut looks Yummy. How fun to ride the train up to the top, and it looks as if the clouds were right there with you.

Happy Anniversary, sweet friend. May you have many more years of happiness.

Have a nice Memorial Day weekend.

love, ~Sheri

Mary E. Stephens said...

It looks like you had a great vacation. :-) The cloud photos are amazing! What a great experience and excursion.
Happy anniversary to you both, and many blessed returns.
You must be having a lot of fun with three kittens in the house!

Poppy said...

Happy Anniversary, Stephanie and hubby! What a beautiful couple!

Your excursion to Pikes Peak must have felt like you were on top of the world! The breathtaking views, the snow, the clouds, the fresh mountain air, all so invigorating, I am sure. We have many similar peaks in our neck of the woods, which we visit in the winter, although I can still spot snow capped mountain peaks from our flowery meadows, below.

Happy Sunday and Memorial Day, tomorrow!


Rose L said...

My best friend is going to be in Colorado in end of July and take the train to Pike's Peak! I was there many, many years ago. The fur babies are so cute.

Sheryl S. said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos and breathtaking views of Pikes Peak. A precious trip to remember. Gorgeous little kittens and happy belated wedding anniversary wishes.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Happy Anniversary!!
Thank you for sharing your Pike Peaks trip! I love seeing your part of the country, it's beautiful! I didn't know there was a train to take you to the top. What a treat to have donuts while you visit :)

living from glory to glory said...

Happy Anniversary!!
Loved the photos you sent me, and how special to share the day with both your guys (sweet)
Kitties are just way to cute....
Happy June it's almost here
Hugs, Roxy

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary...a bit late...but well, my heart is filled with joy for you in celebrating 10 years! wow :0)
What beautiful photos Stephanie. One day I'll make it to the Rockies :D mari

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a wonderful view! Thanks for sharing. And I'm sorry to be that late to congratulate you on your ten year anniversary!

Kelly-Anne said...

Dearest Stephanie...

I enjoyed our lovely pictures of Pikes Peek last week and never had a chance to leave you a note! {{smiles}} What a beautiful view...how incredible it must have been to see these sights and take in the beautiful surroundings...I am so glad you could share them with us! {{smiles}} And the sprinkling of snow certainly adds to the magic of the pictures! You live in a truly gorgeous part of the world!
And congratulations on your tenth wedding anniversary, Stephanie! Oh, what a special celebration it must have been! I love these photographs of you and your husband...and the one taken on your wedding day! May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen your marriage! Thinking of you...sending love and smiles your way!

Kelly-Anne said...

P.S. I am just thrilled to hear you are keeping your precious kitties... A home is simply more ''homey'' with a cat! {{smiles}} Our Oscar is such a delight and keeps us entertained with his antics...I am sure yours do too! Enjoy them, dear Stephanie! Love the names!

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