We just returned home from a trip to Phoenix, Arizona. It was a family reunion of sorts for Steven’s family. I’d met about half of the 17 people that were going to be there. Going into this trip the only planned event as far as I knew was a Diamondbacks game. I was worried that this trip was going to turn out to be kinda boring.
So I started to do some of my own planning. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, and I hear it’s a big deal. I looked a few things up and asked around about it. I wanted to go but I underestimated two things: (1) the heat, (2) how included I would feel in this family.
1. Arizona is hot. People say it’s a “dry heat” so it’s not that bad. FALSE. 105 degrees is hot no matter what. They also say it’s much cooler in the shade there. The thing is, there aren’t any trees. No one bothers to mention that part.
2. God had other plans. God’s plans weren’t to keep me entertained but to show me that I was included in this new family. From watching The Bachelorette with Aunt Priscilla to playing homerun derby in the cul-de-sac with 15 people I felt overwhelmed at this great new family I got to be a part of. There was no point where I felt like an outsider or like I needed to cling to Steven’s side to survive.
It reminds me how God invites us into his family. He calls me his daughter and I didn’t do anything to deserve that role, he just loves me that much. It’s an amazing thing to feel so loved and accepted when all you did was show up with low expectations.
Honestly, I didn’t even think about the Grand Canyon until the plane ride home. I’ll probably get there someday, and I hope I get to experience it with my family.
Here are several sideways pictures for you:
|My father in law had on this cute little number|
|Mother in law and father in law. I get to call them mom and dad.|
|Ten-year-old Tori ready to go shopping!|
|Brother in law Josh doing impressive pool things|
|My husband doing impressive pool things.|
|Me and my new boyfriend/cousin, Baylor.|
|Luckily for me my husband and boyfriend get along well.|