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Jake Returns!

Jake Returns!

We missed Jake so much this summer while he worked in China loving and teaching at summer camps. It was a joy to have him …

 

Zion- 32/61

Zion- 32/61

32/61-Zion- Almost as soon as we had decided to take this adventure I booked our room in the lodge at zions knowing that it fills …

 

Bryce – 31/61

Bryce – 31/61

31/61-Bryce-Currently, the National Parks have a campaign called, “Find Your Park” encouraging people to get outside and find a park that they connect with. Luke …

 

Capital Reef- 30/61

Capital Reef- 30/61

30/61-Capital Reef Favorites- Camping. Early morning hike out of the campground up the mountain. The nature center program. The Gifford House at the old Mormon …

 

Rexburg Detour

Rexburg Detour

We had the most glorious two days with the Porters! I think it was the kids favorite stop of the whole trip!!! They …

 

Grand Tetons-29/61

Grand Tetons-29/61

29/61-Grand Tetons- “This is one of those parks that you can tell RIGHT AWAY why it’s a national park…..unlike Indiana Dunes”- Deep Thoughts by Luke We …

 

Yellowstone— 28/61

Yellowstone— 28/61

28/61-Yellowstone-Yellowstone is known for its crowds who come from all around the world to experience the incredible natural phenomena that occurs here in this beautiful …

 

Glacier-27/61

Glacier-27/61

We have wanted visit Glacier for a long time so even though it seemed crazy to drive 10 hours to the park with the kids, …

 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park-26/61

Theodore Roosevelt National Park-26/61

North Dakota was uncharted territory for the kids and I. It was one of the few states none of the five of us had ever …

 

The Black Hills

The Black Hills

The Black Hills are jaw droppingly gorgeous! In order to maximize our day we awoke with the sun and arrived at Jewel Cave before …

 

Badlands-24/61

Badlands-24/61

We went to church in the tiniest little branch in Chamberlain, South Dakota and then drove to the Badlands stopping at the Minute Man Missile …

 

Winter Quarters

Winter Quarters

We had one more perfectly perfect day in Nauvoo. Truly. I basked in the temple. The kids journaled at the temple. We went to vignettes …

 

Old Nauvoo

Old Nauvoo

Old Nauvoo-I had one of those moments today where everything just felt right in my world. As if I was exactly where God wanted me …

 

Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day

As a child I remember celebrating Pioneer Day by making graham cracker wagons and wearing long braids. My kids remember pioneer days in Utah with …

 

The Ultimate Sacrifice

The Ultimate Sacrifice

We awoke in Springfield still thinking on and honoring the devotion “Father Abraham” had to unifying this covenant land. What a different world we would …

 

Lincoln

Lincoln

We our big Lincoln fans. We love his simple background and his love of books and God and family. We love his ability to forgive …

 

Indiana Dunes-23/61

Indiana Dunes-23/61

We had expected Cuyahoga to be a disappointment and were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed it! We had expected the newest Nationals …

 

Ohio with the Buells

Ohio with the Buells

Devastated is to put it mildly. It was rough for us to have the Buells move to Ohio- they have been a staple in our …

 

Cuyahoga-22/61

Cuyahoga-22/61

Honestly, we had heard that Cuyahoga was not worthy of being a national park. Our expectations were low. So when we pulled up late at …

 

Kirtland

Kirtland

We loved Kirtland. We loved the peaceful feeling in the visitor center. We loved the magical feeling when walking the streets of historic Kirtland at …