Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The journey continues!

We write to you from Amarillo, Texas!

After visiting the breathtaking Grand Canyon on Sunday, we stayed the night near the park and drove 8 hours yesterday to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then continued from Albuquerque to Amarillo today. We soaked in the incomparable and majestic Southwestern landscape along the way.

Somewhere along I-40 in Arizona

Earlier this afternoon, we took a dip in our Amarillo hotel's pool and no less than 10 minutes after we got out, the skies opened up with lightning, thunder, and literally sheets of rain which continued for over two hours! Amarillo probably got more rain in that 2 hours than Bakersfield gets in two years! (And God gave us a free car wash, much-needed after 1,200+ miles logged thus far...even the bugs that hit your windshield are bigger in Texas!)

Tomorrow, we continue on to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where we'll stay for two nights and plan to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial. We'll also experience the Omniplex, a hands-on interactive museum for kids and kids-at-heart. We pray for dry skies and safe roads. God continues to bless us so richly on this trip!

As promised, though a bit out of the order of our actual trip, we did want to include some photos from our visit to Disneyland and California Adventure last week. We all had a lot of fun! It was Hannah and Elizabeth's first time meeting Mickey Mouse and experiencing the Magic Kingdom in person!

Jill, Christopher, Stacye, Hannah,
Elizabeth (in stroller), & Don at Disneyland

"Unca Dave" (Don's SoCal brother), Don, Hannah, Elizabeth,
& Stacye awaiting the beginning of Fantasmic! at Disneyland

A picture is worth a thousand words!


  1. Hello Ray Family! It is good to hear that you are settled into your new home. It is nice to see the pictures of the girls and all the places you saw on your big trip. My favorite is Hannah with Mickey Mouse. You all looked like you had a great time. You are living in a beautiful place and that zoo is awesome!! Too bad we don't have one of those around here. Well I justed wanted to say hello and read about your adventures! Tell Hannah Ms. Jamie says hello and tell her way to go on licking the puddles! :-) Give both girls big hugs from me and I send my prayers to your family. In Christ's Love- Ms. Jamie

  2. Hannah (as dictated to/typed by daddy):

    "I want to tell Ms. Jamie about the carousel at the zoo. I rode on the tiger; it had stripes and orange on it. I want to tell her about the monkeys. A monkey swinged in a tree and on a swing; there was, like, 1-2-3-4-5 monkeys...oh, did you ever meet that big, long one at the zoo? It was a big daddy one! The daddy, and the mommy, and the baby. I love you, Ms. Jamie!"

    hannah (signed/typed by her)