Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Birthday Boys and Canyons

We finally made it home this past Sunday after driving over 6,000 miles on the great American interstates, highways, and tiny winding roads for 5 full weeks. As beautiful as all the sights were it has been so sweet to be back in Texas.... in our home, the place where God has called our family for this season. Texas, I completely heart you!!

Our trip was such an incredible journey for our family. We had an amazing time and made so many fun memories along the way. After our first stop in the Palo Duro Canyon, where we celebrated Joseph's 10th birthday, we headed to the big daddy...The Grand Canyon. We got to celebrate John's 4th birthday there. Two birthday boys, two different canyons! :)

These two godly young men are such a strength and blessing to our family. They make our life hilariously fun and certainly more adventurous. It was really special to be able to celebrate their birthdays on our trip!

The Grand Canyon was so incredible that I actually got a little teary eyed when I first saw it. It is overwhelming and is such a "small" picture of the glory and greatness of God. I took so many pictures of it but was really never able to capture its grandeur...much like trying to find the words to describe the attributes of God. He is just too much!!!!
Here is my feeble attempt to show off His work:

Our life would be so dull without this guy! He is the one who talked me into hiking down a bit into the canyon despite my many reasons on why we should not take 5 kids down onto the narrow, winding trail....
Notice the drop off not too far behind them :)
The big kids got to hike down even further on a REALLY narrow path.
I wish I could've captured the depth of the canyon, right beyond the rock they were sitting on!
My sleepy birthday boy after a big day

God's Word overlooking His creation
Psalm 104:24 (The Message)
What a wildly wonderful world, God!
You made it all, with Wisdom at your side,
made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.

Job 5:9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.

Exodus 15:11 Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ?
Who is like you—
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
working wonders?