The Grand Canyon

We woke up early Wednesday morning so that we could get started on our way to the Grand Canyon. The night before, John had noticed a notch in one of Uriah’s tires, and Dad felt since it was quite deep, we should have it looked at somewhere to see if we needed a new one. As we were approaching Flagstaff, Dad was able to call a tire place, that had been referred to him by a mechanic. We found the tire shop, the man looked at the tire, and he recommended that we replace both tag tires due to the “injury” and that fact that both were eight years old. The guy told Dad he was lucky (we know otherwise :-)) because they were the only warehouse in northern Arizona that had those tires, and since it was a cold day, he had men that could do it right then. We had our family Bible time while the tires were being changed. We knew if the process took too long, we wouldn’t be able to go to the Grand Canyon. But, around noon, we were on our way, and arrived at the Grand Canyon around 1:30.

It was an exciting feeling to walk to the edge of the South Rim and gaze at God’s amazing creation. The brochure said the Grand Canyon took millions of years to form, and yet even Jesse (13) could wonder why all or most rivers aren’t in canyons that deep. Christopher mentioned as a side note, scientists were not able to study the actual forming of the Grand Canyon, but they have been able to study the Little Grand Canyon at Mt. St. Helens which is 1/40th the size of the Grand Canyon and was formed in one day.

We spent some time taking in the scene and admiring it, before we walked along the trail. There were icy spots on the trail, but it was not windy, so we had a pleasant time together as we walked. It seemed the more you looked at the Grand Canyon, the more you could see. We marveled at all the different trails that could be hiked way down in the Canyon. We are very grateful that the Lord gave us those few hours; what a blessing.

We are now in Anaheim, California. Again, we felt the Lord’s hand driving here yesterday afternoon and evening. In spite of all the traffic, we didn’t “experience” even one slow down, which was wonderful. We are praying for this weekend’s conference and look forward to seeing some of you!

Serving Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

The Grand Canyon

The beautiful Grand Canyon!


Most of the family looking out over the GC.




Dad and Mom

Dad and Mom

Joseph taking a picture

Joseph taking a picture of Christopher.

The Family

We asked someone to take this family picture.

SAM Sisters (Sarah, Anna, Mary)

14 thoughts on “The Grand Canyon”

  1. So thankful for how the Lord is taking care of your family! 🙂 Thanks for the updates — they’re fun to see and to also know how to be praying for you all as you make this trip across so many miles. And, I was thinking how great of a job John seems to be doing at ‘catching’ things on Uriah that could potentially be major issues. Good job, John! 🙂

  2. Beautiful pictures! How great that you are able to view some of God’s awesome and most beautiful creation together. As I read about how God is saving you from all of these troubles, I think of Psalm 34. We are memorizing this passage in our home school. How awesome and true is The Word of God. Psalm 34:7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is Good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.Praise the Lord for your safety! You are not lucky you are blessed! May God continue to bless your family as you serve him. I enjoy reading your family blog. Sarah’s books are a blessing to our family and many others that I know. Teri’s book “Homeschooling with a meek and quiet spirit” is a must read for every homeschooling mom. I have read it several times and use it to help me through God’s Word when I am struggling . We also enjoy your mom and dad’s corners. There are profitable.
    Thank you. Diana K.

  3. Oh, Wow! How beautiful! thank you so much for sharing these pictures. We have never been to the Grand canyon, so these pictures are a thrill to see!!!

    Praying for your trip, and for you as you minister,

    Sarah, for the E. family

  4. Praise the Lord!! We are so excited that you were able to make it to the Canyon. It seems that the scenery changes every minute. It is so amazing. God bless you on your Anaheim and other conferences in California. By the way, the girls picture looks absolutely beautiful.

  5. Isn’t the Grand Canyon amazing?! Your family has been so blessed, the Lord is really watching out for you.

    We are getting ready to leave for tonights conference in Anaheim. I can’t wait to see you all in person.

  6. I can imagine there is frustration in the continual upkeep on “Uriah,” but your patient working through of each situation encourages me. It reminds me of “Hinds Feet on High Places” when the little flower appears in the desert called “Acceptance-with-Joy.” God bless you.

  7. Beautiful Pictures. I am glad you got the tire fixed and was still able to see the Grand Canyon. The pictures are GREAT!!!

  8. The scenery and photographs are beautiful. Isn’t God amazing!!!
    Praying that you find refreshment as you all refresh so many others.

  9. Wonderful pictures! Keeping you in our prayers for a safe trip. This is such a special time for your family. I was wondering how you balance the homeschooling on a lengthy trip? I’m sure the trip itself is a big learning experience!


    Our first extended trip we made the mistake of taking all of their subjects and tubs of books. Ugh. We since learned that they can bring 2 or 3 subjects and work ahead on those. They actually do a lot of school work on the trip.

    God bless,

     In Christ Jesus,


  10. What a blessing to be able to spend a few hours marveling the wonderful creation from God. May the Lord continue to keep you safe and bless you as you minister to others. It was great to see you in Texas.

    In Christ,
    Mrs. Team S

  11. Such a pleasure to see the lovely photos from your trip out West, and glad that all of the problems with “Uriah” have been fixable.

    It is so amazing to see how the younger children have grown over the years. My own son is now 4-1/2 years old. Time flies so very quickly.

    Julie in Ohio (formerly BluegrassJewel)

  12. Your photos are beautiful. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog about your trip, and I’m glad you’ve been able to fix your bus whenever something goes wrong.

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