003/365 (January 3) – July 8, 2011
The day was July 8, 2011, and we began one of our most memorable days as a family in Fruita, Colorado, with our friends Les and Tyina (brother and sister; my dad worked with Tyina at the hospital). We traveled via the Million Dollar Highway to an old mining town, Silverton, where we saw a horse-drawn carriage traipse across the small town and the famous Durango-Silverton train come to a graceful stop just feet away.
Tyina and Les asked if there was a place my mom wanted to shop (as if!!), and she mentioned a place that sold old Indian jewelry a friend had told her about. She was beginning to leave the store after her purchase when she asked about the symbols on her ring, which the shop-owner had said was a sign for water. Right then, she got the call from my brother, Josh, wondering what it was like for Mom when her water broke. As has was telling her what Sheri was going through, Mom told them to head to the hospital because little Zoe, my niece, was on her way!
As you can imagine, we were all so excited and emotional when we heard the news. I had a good feeling that our little one would be born later that day. Being over 500 miles away was difficult because I wanted to be at least somewhat close when (who I now call) my little Zopapilla came into the world.
As we finished the day out, waiting to hear further news, we traveled to Animas Forks, where my dad caught up with my mom’s friends from Okeene’s daughter, Robin (tough to keep straight, but stay with me!) – what are the chances!?! Animas Forks is a beautiful ghost town situated in the San Juan Mountains; it is truly one of the most beautiful places I have visited. The flowers perked up for us and everything was in bloom and full of lush greens. As we left Silverton and Animas, we got a text from Josh, “Labor is a go. Your granddaughter will be here soon. :)” I was so excited, I could barely stand it!
After Animas, we took a photo op at the beautiful Molas Pass area, smiles beaming brightly on our faces. Just minutes later, we saw a double rainbow near our favorite town of Ridgway and got the call that our Zoe was born. Mom starting tearing up, of course, and it was a special moment to share it with some of our best friends.
What a special day!!!