Grand Canyon: Our first real vacation as a family of 9:)

David has wanted our children to see the majestic 
Grand Canyon.
For years he waited as our family grew-
and grew
and grew.
Over the last few months, each time we became available to accept another treasured child into our family,
the door has closed.
It feels unfamiliar to not be in pre-adoption mode.
Yet in this place our strength is being renewed and 
our hearts overflow with gratefulness…
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-14238C" data-link="(C)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
 he refreshes my soul.
Here is our first vacation as a family of 9:
The Grand Canyon Railway:

Planning the day:
Waiting to board:
Mohale was NOT appreciating the size nor sounds of something this large:)
Upstairs viewing seats!
Squished together for random pic.

Through a tunnel


Beautiful view from the dome seats
Mission accomplished- 
majestic, startling, breathtaking beauty 
which cannot be captured in photographs:

Too much energy to sit for a pic:)

Only Liam:
pulling his loose tooth out-
he threw it into the Grand Canyon.

Waiting for the return trip:
“Really Mom?  You want me to stand on the tracks for a pic?!”
Something about Converse and railroad tracks.  Thanks for humoring me, Leora:)
Tired little boys:
Two-year-old having a REAALLLLY LOUD tantrum.  Sweet boy was DONE.
What a gift it is to just enjoy this season.
Each child is such a gift and they are growing up crazy fast.
Grateful for each hour.
WOW WOW WOW, what a gift it was to just get away for a couple of days and play.
GRATEFUL.
For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
  Is 43:19

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