The plan started in February and this week those plans became reality. My baby sister is here. In Colorado. And we get to play. The boys are at summer camp this week and haven’t laid eyes on her yet and we’re taking this week to spend some “sister time” together. This involves sleeping in, catching up, eating, catching up, site seeing, catching up, and more eating.
On day 1 of our “sister time” we drove to Colorado Springs and visited Compassion International, which is where Warren works. Click on Compassion to find out more about what they do.
When you turn around and look at the mountains, this is the view (and they own the land and the building too.)
There is a statue of Jesus and children in the foyer of the building. The statue is life size and was designed for kids to climb “into the lap of Jesus”. I had Warren take this photo – the angle is strange, and I have Jesus looking at me in a creepy way. I also noticed that my smile goes down at the corners while my sister’s goes up. Not sure why that is. Maybe it shows I’m a pessimist and she’s an optimist.
Right across the highway is the Air Force Academy. The main feature for tourists is the chapel. Its gorgeous.
It houses 3 worship centers – Protestant on the upper level, and Catholic, and Jewish with a Buddhist room behind the 2 main worship centers.
The Protestant chapel’s 17 tetrahedrons form the walls with ribbons of stained glass between them.
The stained glass ribbons progress from dark to light as they reach the altar.
A 46-foot aluminum cross is suspended over the altar.
The pew ends were sculpted to resemble WWI airplane propellers. Stunning.
On the lover level is the Catholic and Jewish worship areas. The Catholic altar has a glass mosaic mural with 10-foot-tall marble figures of Mary and the Archangel Gabriel.
Stained glass windows let in the light and along each section are pictures from the Stations of the Cross (Jesus’ crucifixion) carved in marble.
The figures were created from the marble in the same quarries where Michelangelo got his stone for his masterpieces.
The Jewish worship area is behind the Catholic one and it is circular. The walls are made from Israeli cypress separated by glass and are meant to be ‘transparent’ to suggest a tent-like structure. The floor is paved with Jerusalem brownstone, donated by the Israeli Defense Forces.
Just outside the entrance to the worship area is a Torah which was saved from the Nazis during WWII. It was found in a warehouse in Poland and was donated to the AFA in 1990.
On the way out, we stopped by the B-52 bomber. Huge and spectacular.
That’s me photobombing my sister’s photo. He he.
I count 208 bombs on the side of this plane.
The next stop was the Garden of the Gods, or as my Dad calls it, “God’s Garden”.
And it’s plain to see why my Dad calls it that.
The balancing rock was inundated with people posing against and under it. It is listed as one of the 10 Famous Balancing Rocks in the world. We finished the day off with ice cream before heading home. A great day in Colorado Springs.