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I mentioned last week that Don and I have had a very busy month, and hadn’t spent a lot of time together. We needed to take time together.

So on Valentine’s Day, we took time off

Packed a picnic lunch.

Put Paigey in her car seat and left the house.

And oh, the beauty we saw along the way. Our California hills are very green right now, thanks to the rains we’ve had. Seeing cattle on the hills reminded me of the old song, “He owns the cattle on a thousand hills…” I thanked God for the beauty He has created in every part of His world. Different, unique, amazing everywhere we’ve gone. Even the desert sands have their own beauty as the dunes rise and fall, casting shadows before or behind.

Don and I listened to the radio, talked, held hands a bit (I usually have two hands on the wheel!), and enjoyed being out in one part of  God’s beautiful world together. Somehow, being in nature gives me hope, renews my confidence that the Creator of the universe is still in control of this crazy world.

When we neared The Pinnacles, our goal, I had to stop and take photos

  • The cow, standing silent, untouched by our presence, under a tree.
  • The rickety old barn we could see right through.
  • And our first glimpse of The Pinnacles in the distance, tall spires rising at the top of a mountain.
  • We drove through hilly (roller coaster) sections of road, “whee-ing” as we went.
  • Through a narrow road sided by beautiful, overhanging trees.

And we thanked God

As we neared The Pinnacles, we saw more definition. This wasn’t just spires rising at the top of a mountain … It was layer upon layer of enormous rock formations, one in front of the other.

My younger brother, Bob, used to rock climb here. I tried to imagine him climbing these stark rock faces and was glad he stopped doing that when his children were born.

And yet, what a delight it must have been to see the world from atop one of those stalagmite-type formations growing out of the earth!

We had dressed for the cold. But it was both cold and windy, so my hubby and I ate our picnic lunch in the car, watching the majesty displayed before us.

Don in front of The Pinnacles

Take Time to Thank God

No matter your schedule or your busy-ness, I encourage you to take some time to stop, watch whatever kind of beauty is around you

  • In your spouse
  • Your children
  • Your home
  • Your views
  • God’s provision in your life
  • His love in reaching out to draw us into relationship with Himself

And if you have a chance, take time in nature and soak in the grace and love all around you.

And take time to thank God.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.

Psalm 24:1-2, NIV



  1. Such a beautiful outing. Charles and I spent a day in the Pinnacles many years ago and it was special for us too.

    1. Carol Loewen says:

      Yes indeed! I also remember some of the special days, like at Filoli, that Don and I spent with you and Charles. Wonderful memories!

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