When our dear friend's Paul and Rachel moved with their five children, they left a hole in our hearts. We agreed that just because they moved to California didn't mean that we wouldn't be able to see each other. A year later, we headed to the Redwoods and Crescent City to meet up with them. They came from San Francisco, which was almost halfway. We have been on one other vacation before together three years ago. It was so much fun, we knew we had to do it again!
Since it was an eight hour trip for us (without the stops), I got creative. I saw a yard sale sign the day before and stopped. I found a cute bag of Polly Pockets for the girls and a small box of Legos for the little boys. I gave the toys to them the minute we got in the van to leave. They were thrilled to play with their new toys! They played the entire time with them. I couldn't believe how peaceful it was. I also charged up their MP3 players and Marcus brought his Game Boy. In 1,14 miles we had a five minute meltdown with Lily. That was it! God really blessed us.
We decided to take the backseat out of the van, so we could have more cargo space. That made it really squishy for the kids. They are used to having space in between them. They did really good overall with being patient with one another.
The first day we drove five hours and stayed at Roseberg, OR. Lily let Jessica hold her in the water. They had such a fun time swimming in the pool and even made some new friends.
The next day, we got up early and headed to Crescent City. Wow! What a winding road the Redwoods Highway is. I'm so thankful for our kids don't normally get carsick. Most of the corners you had to take at 25 to 30 and there was a lot of them since you were following a river. Here we are at the beach waiting for Paul and Rachel's family to arrive. The kids were so happy to be out of the car!
Lily hung back with me. She is very afraid of the "pretty water". The ocean must just look too big to her.
We were in the pool when their family arrived. When they came in, we pretty much took up the pool! There were 15 of us all together. Eleven children between us. They are basically all about the same age, so there is a friend for everyone. I can also count on Paul to bring the pool toys! I am the world's lightest packer, and that man packs everything but the kitchen sink. I love it! I told you our families were meant to be good friends! LOL! It felt so good to spend time with them. No one was shy, they just started playing and having a wonderful time. Rachel and I just kept hugging each other and I couldn't stop bawling. What a treat to be able to see each other face to face.
The next day we headed to go hike the Redwoods. We found this delightful grove by a creek. The weather was warm and sunny. We managed to get them all gathered to snap this picture of all eleven children. Talk about a miracle! LOL! They may not all be looking at the camera, but all of them are in there.
Heading into the Redwoods was just amazing. They are different than anything I've ever seen. The kids were just so happy to be out of that van and running around with their friends.
We kept finding these banana slugs everywhere. We had never seen them, but apparently they are everywhere in San Francisco. They told us all kinds of facts about them. Here David (their oldest) is licking one. It makes the tongue go numb. EWWWWWWW! Elijah even put one across his face. We were all thoroughly grossed out!
We tried to get the kids to take a few pictures of us. This one was pretty good.
This was our silly picture. Paul is didn't get the memo! LOL! I love Rachel's look, though. She always makes me laugh.
More later. I don't want to overwhelm you. I played a lot with my camera and I can't wait to show you some of the shots I got.
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I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball