The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and rightfully so as its sheer magnitude will take your breath away. Although my husband and I have both visited the Grand Canyon before it still took our breath away. It was also really amazing to experience our son’s reaction as we walked up to Yavapai Point. His joy and wonder was a breath of fresh air and really made the trip special.

I don’t think you can visit the Grand Canyon without being in awe of what God has created. Looking out over the canyon I am thankful for His love and that nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:39). How amazing is that?

We spent the afternoon walking from Yavapai Point to Mather Point with our pups Ginger and Teddy. James was able to earn his Junior Ranger badge and learn more about the Grand Canyon through the free Activity Book we picked up at one the Visitor Center.

I am so thankful for this time we have had as a family and am grateful for the amazing memories that were made. We will definitely be back!

The Grand Canyon National Park


Roadtrippin to California

A few weeks ago we were presented with an opportunity to travel with my husband to California where he is currently working. With no strings keeping us in Texas for the next couple of weeks we jumped on it and in less than a week we were on our way.

We headed west via I-10 with the goal of making it from outside of San Antonio, TX to Flagstaff, AZ on the first day. In hindsight it was quite ambitious to think we could easily make it more than 1000 miles in a day. Did I mention we were traveling with our son and two dogs? We did it and with a few stops along the way it only took us about 20 hours! (hint of sarcasm here).

White Sands National Park
The first stop on our road trip was the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. About twelve years ago my husband was stationed nearby so we spent some time reminiscing about old times and showing our son around. Although it was HOT, we were able to do a little exploring and get in some sand sledding.

White Sands National Park

McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch
No trip through New Mexico is complete without a stop at McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch! They have the best pistachios, jellies, snacks, candy, wine, and more. Our favorite flavor is Lemon Lime and it pairs well with cold beer! We didn’t make it to their big store Pistachio Land this time but if you get a chance their main location has the world’s largest pistachio and daily tours of the ranch.

Pistachio Land