As a pastor, I don’t have normal weekends. However, I typically get Sunday afternoon through Monday evening off. It can be hard to fit an epic adventure into that short amount of time, and that certainly hasn’t gotten any easier since we’ve added a baby to the equation. However, too many weekends at home had us ready to get out of town.
It took all week for us to prepare to take the baby camping for one night. It’s amazing how much the kid needs. I think he applies more ointment in a day than I’ve used in my entire life, but I suppose he has to keep his skin looking young and fresh... :) Anyway, we checked and double checked that we had enough for him. Then Kira and I quickly threw a few things together for ourselves on Sunday morning, and we took off after church. We drove to Toroweap, on the western end of the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been there before, it’s pretty exciting. You have to drive over 50 miles on dirt roads, and there are moments of 4-weeling up mountainsides and through some muddy sections of standing water. Good Stuff!
We finally arrived to watch the sun go down over the canyon. It was amazing! We took in some wonderful hikes, and we ate some great food. Somehow, we were also able to spend over 9 hours in the car with a wild little baby, and we kept him from rolling off any cliffs! In the end, it was wonderful to let go of life’s daily distractions and focus on what matters most. I’m thankful for all our modern day luxuries, but I am also so grateful to be able to spend time with people I love in an awe inspiring place.
This week we are celebrating All Saints Day at Community. We are taking time to remember all those who have died. We are also remembering the love those people shared with us. This week, I hope you remember the people who have shown you love, and I hope you take time to enjoy this world with the people who matter most to you!
|A pretty awe inspiring place...|