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Joshua, Mt. Rainier

My husband is in touch with his inner mountain goat.  He so much as glances at a mountain and he is simply not happy until he’s climbed the silly thing.  How dare it exist if not to serve as a jungle gym for him?  It’s probably a very good thing that the Army won’t station us in Nepal because I live in fear he’ll attempt Mt. Everest and if we were living in its shadow — there would be no stopping him.

Joshua and Dusty, Mt. Rainier

When Josh takes the camera, I can’t help but feel a bit anxious.  What mountain peak will it summit next?  These photos were taken on Mt. Rainier while we were stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington.  The night before the trip, Joshua turned to his buddy and said, “You want to climb to base camp with tomorrow morning?”  The friend said yes without really thinking.  Within just a few hours of that conversation, the friend found himself in the seat of Josh’s truck barreling toward Mt. Rainier with crampons on the floorboards.  My husband, Joshua, is a man of his word.

Joshua's GPS on Mt. Rainier

Admittedly, things have not always been easy for us.  We’ve struggled from the very beginning because of fertility issues, lack of family support, deployments, loss of loved ones, and financial worries.  Somehow, we’ve managed to survive and I think a huge part of it has to do with Josh’s never-say-die attitude.  He’s carried us both through so much pain and heartache with his drive to succeed in life.


I suppose all we really have in this life are mountains to climb and perspective to gain.  I like this quote:

So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for. George Leigh Mallory, 1922

When I look at the pictures Josh has taken of his climbing adventures, I see the relaxed and satisfied expression on his face as he peers into the camera with the distant peaks of other ranges behind him and I admire him that much more.  He’s a man who is unafraid to face challenges or to be aware of his own inconsequentiality and mortality.  He’s not afraid to live fully and outwardly.


The picture of Mt. St. Helen (above) sort of sums up the reasoning behind such wild and seemingly insane adventures.  Josh took the picture from Mt. Rainier after a day’s climb and had no idea if it would turn out.  He hoped it would capture a particularly incredible moment in which the clouds parted and the volcano appeared.  I think he was truly blessed that day.

Without risk, there are no rewards.  This lesson has been particularly pertinent of late.  We took such a risk with the kids and while it hasn’t worked out as we’d hoped, our struggle has not been in vain.  The adoption path is still before us and journey is far from over.  We are certain that children are in our future and that one day we will be atop our mountain and the clouds will shift to afford us a magnificent view.  If that’s not simple living, then I am apparently lost on the concept.

Climb Every Mountain

  • Rosa - Wow, I love mountains and would like to do such a hike! What a stunning shot of Mount St. Helen! Challenges are great and help us advance in life…



  • elra - Oh Gosh, I must show this to my son. He loves out door. His favorite sports, snowboarding and rock climbing. He goes to lake Tahoe every 2 weeks, can you imagine how expensive that is? But then, we only have one son, so we don’t mind it at all. Plus it’s a positive activity. Good for his mind an d body.

    Why didn’t you go with him? Oh, I forget that you have 4 little one need to be taking care of at home. How are they?

    Photographs are beautiful as always.

  • Julie at Elisharose - That song always makes me cry. I just love it. When that old nun sings it in The Sound of Music…sigh…it’s just amazing.

    You are very blessed indeed to have such a man as your Josh. After over 22 years with my man, I can say that there are times when nothing but sheer will, stubbornness, a fierce sense of commitment, and devotion to God will get you through things. If you can manage to hang on to those things, you will get through anything.

    And it doesn’t hurt that he’s so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Beautiful post Lacy! Josh sounds much like John except the mountain climbing but we do like hiking. Life is filled with peaks and valleys but the strength of one another is what gets us through. rought times.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Sorry I got cut off your copyright bar goes across the bottom of the comment box and I could not see what I was typing. Any way, I am sorry that things did not work out with the children and pray that it all works out in the long run. Enjoyed your insightful post as always. Hugs, KimReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Dear Lacy,
    Oh my Dear, you have been blessed with a kind, gentle, strong, and loving gift from God. He grows with the Lord to but Lacy he could not totally get there by himself unless he had a warm, gentle, kind, loving and understanding wife to help him be the best possible person he can and could be. I give you great credit in building your husband up but my Dear you count too. When the time is right then and only then will your wishes come true. You must learn to be patient and see the positive in all that He does. We must All remember that first and foremost it has to be His will not ours. You have been using your gifts that He has given you and Joshua. He does reward those who He feels seek Him first. We will keep praying for you and Joshua. We love you very much.
    Love Always oxoxoxoxReplyCancel

  • Dianne - Hi, Lacy!

    I loved the pictures of the beautiful Pacific Northwest mountains and your handsome husband. I first fell in love with Mt. Ranier in 1966 (a few years ago) and wrote about it in my blog here…http://mysouthernheart.blogspot.com/2008/12/summer-in-seattleconclusion.html.

    Thanks for sharing the pics and wonderful insights…


  • Tia Julie - Beautiful thoughts and pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer in OR - Gorgeous photos! I love how you put it–“his inner mountain goat.” 🙂

    You are a very brave wife! Blessings to you this week,ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Wow!! I love your story & the beautiful pictures too!! I love skiing too!!ReplyCancel

  • Kath - “Inner mountain goat”. What a hoot.

    I am disappointed for you and the “foster” care you were put into rather than the adoption you were seeking. I hope it all turns out for you and Josh in the near future. And that these kids take away a feeling of “family” to carry within their hearts for the rest of their lives.ReplyCancel

  • farm mom - What a beautiful tribute to your amazing man and your amazing love. I cannot wait to see you both, with the family you are destined to have, atop the mountain. xoxoReplyCancel

  • warren - Just my opinion…but he looks cool in the last pic…something about his hairdo!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Just beautiful! Wow- I’m glad you posted the pics, because I’m too lazy to climb a mountain to see it for myself. I can see why you’d be nervous, but I can also see why from his photos why he has this passion.

    Take Care!
    Creative and Curious Kids!ReplyCancel

  • The Cotton Wife - Someone’s gotta do it! Better him than me. I’ll just stay here on my flat, swampy land. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - He seems great! Except – that IS snow. Now I’m worried about his sanity!ReplyCancel

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