So we left San Francisco Saturday night, driving 3.5 hours to Redding. We were both so tired, but we wanted to make it to our destination so we wouldn’t have a long drive in the morning. And we made it! We found a
scary motel and fell into bed.
We actually overslept on Sunday morning, which was no surprise, considering how tired we were. We went to the early church service at Bethel, arriving halfway through. After the service, we were honored to talk with Bill & Beni Johnson. They played a big part in our pregnancy journey with Elana (more on that story at a later time), and it was so rewarding to show them pictures of our miracle baby and thank them in person for their part. We stayed for the second service too, and were so blessed by the people and their heart for God!
After lunch, finding a new motel, and some much-needed naps, we met some new friends at the coffee shop, and then had a wonderful evening of celebrating people getting baptized. This was a baptism like I have never seen before…celebrating and honoring and rejoicing with those who were making a public declaration to follow our Jesus!
And those new friends we made? Well, after the service we enjoyed more fellowship & food with them 🙂 I just love it, because when God puts people together, there is an instant connection of relationships that defy the length of time. The neat part was that this couple was from our area…we just had to travel to the west coast to meet!
Monday was a beautiful day, perfect for our plans. We drove up to Whiskeytown Lake and hiked up to the falls.
It was absolutely beautiful! The weather was perfect for hiking, the scenery was gorgeous and the trail not too difficult to make us ache the next day.
Tuesday and Wednesday we sat in on some classes at the Bethel school, relaxed, spent some time at the Prayer House, relaxed, ate amazing food (thanks to a friends recommendations), relaxed, did laundry, relaxed…Can you tell we had a relaxing time together? 🙂
Wednesday afternoon, after school, we joined a friend in her Revival Group. We had an amazing time of worship and remembering God’s goodness in our past. Kenton was even able to share briefly of our journey and how God proved Himself faithful. The leader of the group felt led to pray over Kenton, speaking life and blessing and prophecy over him. It was so beautiful & God-ordained! How else can you explain a complete stranger being able to speak into Kenton’s life about a heart-dream, except to give all credit to God?
It was the perfect way to end our time in Redding. We still are in awe at all that God had planned for us that week and the many ways that proved He is the ultimate Travel Agent.
Thursday morning we headed south, taking the scenic route to Napa and the Valley. Beautiful, beautiful country! We wound our way through the mountains, stopping often to take pictures and stand in awe at God’s handiwork. I especially, was thankful for the open windows and fresh air…it helped ease the rolling of my stomach as we rode the ups & downs & arounds of the mountains!
We wound our way over to Sonoma (where we stopped for a picnic lunch), up through Santa Rosa, and on to Guerneville. We stopped at the Armstrong Redwoods State Park and walked through the forest for a bit, marveling again at the what God created. Our plan was to spend the night in Guerneville, but someone (uh,me.) wanted to keep driving, thinking that surely there would be towns along the coast and we could find a motel for the night.
We ended up driving down to San Francisco that night yet, and woke up on Friday with two goals for the day: walk the Golden Gate Bridge & get on an airplane.
We parked as close as could to the bridge, but still walked more than a mile to get to the bridge. We weren’t rushed for time, so we were able to enjoy the scenery and San Francisco for one last time.
We are on the bridge!
We knew the Golden Gate Bridge was big, but when we got up close and personal, we realized just how BIG it really is!
We made it to the airport with hours to spare and then we jetted across the country, reuniting with our girlies the next day. The trip was so much more and did so much more for us than I could ever explain, even in person. We were so blessed on this trip and will forever carry the memory of it and all that God did, in our hearts.