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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)

TITLE: A Day of Many Colors
By Esther Phillips


My brothers and I were so excited on that rare summer day when our family was going to make a trip to the Rocky Mountains. We had to get our farm work done first. Mom and one brother were out milking the black and white Holstein cows. We had a grade “A” dairy so milking was one of our livelihoods.

Another brother was feeding the white leghorn chickens. After that he hauled food to the pigs. The Mama pigs were red, but the little baby ones were still pink. My dad was dumping feed to the red Hereford cows that we had in the feedlot. Afterwards he dumped a few bails of green hay to the horses in the pasture across the road. My job was to get little brothers fed and clean up the kitchen.

Finally, we were ready and piled into the car. The Rocky Mountains are less than 100 miles away from the farm. As we went West, we played car games and looked out every once in awhile to see and ask “Are we there, yet?”

Dad pulled into a grocery store, at the foothills of the Rockies, to pick up some things for our lunch. I always thought this was so wonderful because he “bought” bread. At home, we only had Mom’s “homemade” bread. Years later, I learned that “homemade” was the best. Dad also got luncheon meats, bananas, and candy bars (all special treats). We left there and started our ascent into the Rocky Mountains.

Dad finally found a place on the side of a mountain that was suitable for us to picnic, and it had a lake close by. As we ate, the red squirrels walked up closer to grab scraps and run away. They scampered around the rocks and after they ate, they climbed nearby green trees. We watched as they flew through the air jumping from one tree to the next.

We finished eating and walked down to the lake. We brought fishing poles and tried doing a little fishing. Although we saw the blue fish jumping out of the water, we were not successful in catching them.

We climbed up these red Rocky Mountains. We found wildflowers of all kinds of colors and descriptions. We were told it was against the law to pick them. I don’t know if that was true, but we left them alone so they might bless someone else coming along behind us.

The day was a beautiful one, and we needed to make our way toward home to do the evening chores. As Dad was driving down through the mountains, black clouds formed and a rain storm came up. When the rain stopped and the clouds started lifting, we saw the most unusual sight. It was a triple rainbow. Each rainbow started high and dipped down into the canyon of the mountains. Each one was perfect from one end to the other. They took our breath away.

While the day was a beautiful and fun one, I will never forget it because of the many colors God provided that day and put His stamp of approval at the end. It is recorded about the significance of the rainbow in the Bible. “And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-13, NIV)

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Mildred Sheldon12/15/09
Kudos to you for your lovely story about the Rockies. They truly are majestic to see from a distance but once surrounded by them they take your breath away. I loved your colorful description of the rainbows. Thank you for sharing. God bless and have a Merry Christmas.
Sunny Loomis 12/16/09
A good day trip story. Good job.
Sarah Elisabeth 12/24/09
I'm a little late, but congrats on placing 8th in Level 2 with your entry! The highest rankings are posted on the FaithWriters boards here:


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