5.24.2011

Road Trip!!!

My family is about to enjoy some SERIOUS, real-life beauty hunting...the kind that takes your breath away...the kind that's impossible to pin down or fully capture. {But you better believe I'll try!}

{The Grand Canyon}

On Thursday morning at the crack of dawn, my husband, my girls, my parents and I are piling into a rented RV {looks more like a bus} for a two-week adventure to the Grand Canyon. I've never been. Have you?

My husband loves to drive and has been talking about this idea for years. My mom loves adventure and said, "count me in." And my dad, well...let's just say he's not a roadtrip kind of guy, so he hunted down the biggest, best looking RV he could find to make it a little extra special. {Fine by me...I'm my daddy's girl!} And my girls...they are beside themselves! At 8 and 10, they are the perfect ages for this kind of trip.

So over a great bottle of wine {while my mom was out of town and oblivious to what these men were doing in my kitchen}, the trip was planned. {Good thing my mom loves adventure!} My dad with his books, my husband with his maps...

{These guys were like two little kids!}

Things fell into place within 48 hours...RV rental, places we wanted to stop, park reservations {we got the last spot at one of the RV parks}. It felt meant to be from the start. My mom and I have some serious grocery shopping to do {we'll eat as naturally as possible on the road}, and I still have loads of laundry to tackle and lots of clothes to pack. What in the world will the weather be like?

But I did manage to find a few fun things for the girls:

{All from Whole Earth Provision}

{American Girl quiz books + all natural gum and mints}


{Just discovered these all natural picnic lunches
at World Market. Bought a few for the girls.}

I'm also working on a road trip mix...some songs for singing out loud {like Rolling in the Deep, Lay 'Em Down and some oldies but goodies like Everyday, Sweet Caroline and of course, On The Road Again}. And then some songs for my personal, quiet heart pondering {like Garden and Gratitude}. What are some of your favorite songs?

And books. Always books. Any last minute recommendations? I love everything from the classics...


{I love the covers of these Penguin Classics.}

...to historical fiction
{like the Josephine B series},
to well-written but light-hearted fun...


...to the spiritually challenging...


{my bedside pile}

...and finally...
 
...brain candy!

And of course I'll pack my journal and my camera...my beauty hunting companions. This beauty hunting is why I journal, why I blog, why I photograph even the simplest of things. It's all a part of what we were designed to do: to take in all the glory our hearts can hold...in the little moments and in the big...until we explode with joy and thanksgiving! Worship in its purest, most genuine form.

I've never stood on the canyon's edge, but I'm told that no matter how many images you've seen, nothing compares to the real life view. I don't know if I'll even be able to stand. Not from dizziness or fear of heights, but from total awe of what God has made. I may just fall to my knees in quiet, misty-eyed worship. I Can Only Imagine.

Grand Canyon {and Marfa, White Sands, Hoover Dam, Sedona, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Santa Fe and Fredricksburg}...here we come! I'll look forward to sharing my beauty hunt with you when I'm back, Sweet Friends!

 Joyfully,

P.S. We'll gladly take your road trip prayers...safety, health, good bonding time, growth in our love of the Lord and one another. You know...the basics!

P.P.S. I'm seriously considering re-reading this book on the trip. It's that good!

17 comments:

  1. Wow! Sounds like so much fun!!! I can't wait to see the pictures! Thank you for continuing to post so much goodness about your food choices and eating habits! You are steadily helping me as I begin the life of cleaner eating!!! Have a great trip!!!

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  2. I'm so excited for you all!!!! We are planning a Grand Canyon trip ourselves (hopefully next summer)but we are going to see it via raft! I love road trips too and have driven to Utah the past two summers...the beauty of the Moab area is astonishing. Can't wait to hear all about your trip. Enjoy!!!!! And definitely will be sending "Road Trip" prayers your way.

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  3. Rafting would be amazing, Lisa! I'll look forward to a tea time when I'm back! Thanks for the prayers!

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  4. I love those book covers too and want them all!

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  5. looks like so much fun! i actually just saw those picnic boxes in the airport last weekend and thought they looked so clever. I'll be anxious to hear about everything!

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  6. We have been RVing for many years and absolutely love it! Your house on wheels!! The majesty of the Canyon is beyond words! Have safe travels and cherish your time together!
    Blessings!!

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  7. Love this on numerous levels. Safe travels.

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  8. Safe travels, Linsey!!! Have the best time!! Lots of love and prayers!

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  9. Blessings on your trip! And the new House Beautiful just arrived at my home too...perfect for your road trip! Have a wonderful time with your family!!

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  10. Oh, you are THE BEST!!! Thank you for posting that big, gorgeous image of Get Lucky!! And your trip sounds so dreamy. I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I can't wait to hear how it goes. Have a fantastic time, if I don't see you before then! xo!!

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  11. You are going to have a great trip!! Love the treats you picked for the girls, I'm sure they're thrilled. Take lots of pics and I'll see you in a few weeks.
    xo~
    T

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  12. sounds like a great big beauty hunting adventure. I agree, I don't think you could capture that in a photograph. Praying you see God's handiwork everywhere you go and that your hearts will be knitted more deeply together while you make memories that will last a lifetime. May His arms wrap themselves around you all as you travel...and I will be waiting for beauty photos upon your return. Be safe and enjoy every moment
    a big hug:)
    xo

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  13. Have a great trip - its sounds amazing! One of my favorite family trips ever as a child was in a rented RV headed to Disney World. The girls are going to love it! Safe travels and happy beauty hunting!

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  14. Have a wonderful time!!!! Can't wait to see photos :)

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  15. have a wonderful trip!! i've never been. should be amazing!! love those picnics in a box - haven't seen those!! i've been a bad blogger lately, not reading, not commenting, not posting, but it was lovely to "visit" with you this morning and catch up!!! gratitude - one of my all time favorite songs! always makes me cry. much love, tess

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  16. Oh planning is still the funnest part! Blessings for a really fantastic time. I have the Grand Canyon on my families "to- do" list, too. One-of-these-days!

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  17. Oh my goodness!! What an amazing opportunity! I find it so funny that a couple of hours ago I was telling my friend how I have always dreamed of us taking the girls on an RV trip across the US and that the perfect ages would be 8 and 10. Here I am reading about you doing exactly that. I cannot wait to hear all about it and all the beauty you find and experience. I really enjoy reading your blog and how passionate you are about life.

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