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As I write this, I’m sitting in Rangely, Colorado in a school bus. I sit in school buses a lot, and today, I’m waiting for a middle school wrestling meet to conclude. That ought to be about three hours from now — just enough time for me to type a “quick” post.

Years ago it dawned on me that no one’s life ever turns out how they planned it. In 53 years, I have not met one person who was able to pull that off. Perhaps I’ve just been running with the wrong crowd, but I suspect if those people do exist, they must be bored out of their minds. When I started my life as an adult, I never dreamed I would be living in rural Colorado as a pastor’s wife and certainly didn’t plan on being a school bus driver. But more than once I’ve been driving along the side of a mountain in treacherous weather, and I’ve asked myself, “If I had all the money in the world, what would I be doing?” The answer looks something very similar to this. I say ‘similar,’ because I could never have conceived this nor how my perspective was going to be continually altered for the better.

On Monday I went to renew my driver’s license. It had been four years, and I had forgotten the procedure. When the woman behind the counter asked, “Would you like to be a tissue and organ donor?” I was startled. Until last year it had never occurred to me to be a donor because quite frankly, I didn’t know enough about it, and it wasn’t personal. As I thought of how oblivious I have been to others’ needs, my mind yelled, “How could I not?!” and I answered the clerk, “Yes!” She looked a little startled herself, but I just smiled, took my piece of paper and left.

March is National Kidney Month. If you don’t know what is involved in donating organs, check it out here.

Now for a view of Rangely where the snow has gone unusually early, but given that quite a few Texans are reading this and would like to see the snow, here are photos taken a couple of years ago on another bus trip.

This is Kenney Reservoir in the winter:

Rangely is surrounded by Mesas or Flat Tops as they’re called around here:

Talk about covering bases? Santa on the front and Jesus and the Wisemen on the back:
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Doug needs a kidney transplant. He was recently added to the deceased donor list and has a wait of up to five years. But he has been advised a living donor kidney is best. So I come with this blog to make others aware and to encourage him. For more info, please see the “Kidney Donation” page.

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