Ouray, CO: #nopermitneeded2015
"Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:1-2
#nopermitneeded: (v) 1. to welcome; to invite; to embrace...to never turn away.
#nopermitneeded: (adj) 1. generally believed to be part of "what's going on."
So welcome to #nopermitneeded! All is welcomed! If you want in...we want you in. I would like to think that our attitude is the opposite of those guides. So for those interested...please join us. We are a varied bunch...with different backgrounds...and different outlooks. If you happen to know any of us...and you thought to yourself, "Man, that may look like fun..." You are invited. We want you to join in on the fun. If you happen to see any of us in the gym, or in the community, or you want to send me a PM online...don't hesitate, we are an open bunch and love our growing network of PEACE, LOVE, and HIPPINESS (see what I did there).
mmm...Yeah...maybe...sometimes. Maybe more than I like to admit. How many people have I turned away...both intentionally or not? I'm afraid to know...especially since so many people have welcomed me in their lives. I am not deserving of the people who love me...they are a blessing to me...they don't even know how much so. I don't even think I know how much so...
But I do know this...when I'm with my people, I feel great. I feel loved. Everything is in place...there is no question that I am accepted, approved, and better yet...wanted. That's a pretty dang good feelin'. And it all started with an invitation at some point...With some it started back in high school, with others out of college, and others even more recently. But at some point, we were all strangers...with a choice to make. Do I entertain this stranger? Will I let this person in my life? Will this person let me be a part of theirs? There's a lot to consider. But looking back...the people I have today are all products of having a #nopermitneeded heart. There are no rules or regulations governing our "walls"...just acceptance and approval. There's nothing I do to "earn" their relationship...they simply have never turned me away. They are there...and they want me to be a part of "what's going on!" We have continued loving each other...and that how it works. #nopermitneeded
Who: Gilbert Girls, Happy Hendrix's, Lost and Confused Reyes-Ortiz's, Hellish Hardins, Pasquels, with appearances from the Bradley's, Lauren and Joe.
What: Annual Family Vacation Outdoors
Where: Ouray/Ridgway Colorado
When: July 1-July 6
On the trip, we climbed...we hiked...we ate...we drank...we napped...we laughed...we ate some more...and climbed some more...and laughed...and swam...and rested...and enjoyed views...and napped... and 4th of July'ed...and drank...and you get the point...I'll let the pics tell the rest of the story:
If your reading this...and this looks like something you want for you or your family. You are welcomed. We have a place for you. For the #nopermitneeded group, I thank you friends for making more memorable moments for the Pasquels. I know my girls will remember these days forever. And Sarah and I will grow old with these beautiful memories...I smile and my heart is warm. Thank you and I love you all.
p.s. I would like to forget Jeremy's awful moments on the side of the mountain...Its not the mountain that almost killed me that day. Terrible...just terrible.