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with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Umpqua Camping Trip Part VI

Well, here we are, this is the last part of our camping trip and we are at the last set of rapids on the beautiful Umpqua River. These are called the Smith Ferry rapids and they are Class IV rapids.
As we did with the Bradford rapids, we all got out of the boats as they went down the rapids, except for the captains. Here's Mackenzie and Brittany watching the show.
Cameron. He's so tired of the paparazzi always trying to get his picture! Haha!
Eric already took a boat through and I failed to get pictures, but now here comes Grayson coming through on his pontoon. Oh my goodness, I was a bundle of nerves watching him! Can you see Eric standing there on the right watching Grayson and holding an oar on his shoulder? I love my man! :0)
Oh Lord, please protect him!
He's doing fine!
Look at that treacherous water!
Uh oh, he got turned around!
He went through the lower portion backwards!
He finally gets her turned around! Later he told me that this was so much fun!
There's Garrett and he got turned around too!
Okay, here comes Eric. Look at those scary rapids!
The boat is almost engulfed in the waves.
But it pops back up.

This is so nerve wracking!
I'm so proud of my capable husband!
Whew, he made it! Thank you Lord for watching over him. Now he just needs to bring down the other two boats!
While we were waiting for the rest of the boats to come down the boys put on their life jackets and rode the rapids.
Then we all pulled the boats over to shore and stopped for lunch and a swim!
This is an amazing swimming hole! These rocks are perfect to jump off of and the water below is soooo deep!
There goes Cameron! What a nice dive!
Grayson's doing a neat backwards flip!
Hayden's "free styling" :0)
And Mackenzie is doing the "Buddha Drop" Hahaha!
My four handsome sons...from left to right, Hayden, Cameron, Grayson and Mackenzie.
Me! I'm so happy to be through all those scary rapids.
Captain Eric! We tied all the ropes together again to get through the miles of frog water to get to the boat ramp.
Blondie's exhausted!
It was quiet and peaceful on the way home. Lots of time to ponder our weekend and to be thankful to God for watching over our family.
What a site we must have been to onlookers!
Finally, we're at the boat ramp!
We kept it busy with our ten boats!
What a hub-bub of activity!
We had lots of unloading and reloading to do!
The boats are stacked back up and we're almost ready to head for home sweet home.
Here's the whole gang toether. Despite our scary boat accident, we had a great time. I am so thankful for our neat family and great friends and especially to God for His divine protection. This is truly the life!!!!

"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them." Psalm 34:7

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, July 30, 2010

Umpqua Camping Trip Part V

Good morning! It's a new dawn, it's a new day!
It was so nice to wake up this morning to the smell of bacon cooking! This morning it was Chris and Nicole's turn to cook breakfast.
Let's go check on the kids, they're still sleeping!
There's Mackenzie and Brittany sleeping sweetly.
There's Cameron dreaming away.
There's Hayden and Dustin sound asleep.
And there's Grayson, he wanted to sleep under the stars! Time to get up kids! It's breakfast!!!
Good morning everyone!
Mmmm! What a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs and pancakes!
Well, it's time to pack up and get back on the river! Mackenzie is feeling so much better, so he's at the oars this morning.
Here's Cameron, Hayden and Dustin.
And here's Grayson and Garrett in their pontoons.
Day three of camping hair...time for braids. The hat is NOT optional today!
Today we are so much more relaxed and having fun. This is nice!
The only thing about today is that we have to get through two sets of dangerous rapids! This is the first set and they're called Bradford Rapids and they are class III rapids.
First we pulled over and everyone got out of the boats to access the situation. Most of the family members walked along the edge as the men took the boats through.
There's Eric getting ready to go through them. Oh Lord, please be with him!
So far, so good!
This is so scary for me to watch. Believe me, it is much more treacherous than these pictures show.
Whew, he made it!
Now he just needs to get our other two boats through!
Blondie again!
Mackenzie and Brittany!
This was scary to watch, this is the boat that flipped and was under the water for hours. You can see the dent in the side there. I was concerned about how it would go through the rapids, but it did just fine! My husband really is a skilled boats man and we also know that the Lord was watching over him!
Okay, we got all the boats through, lets get back in and continue the float!
Fishing in the sun!
Everyone just chill'n and relaxing!
The fishing is so good up here!
Eric doing his favorite thing in the world!
My favorite thing in the world is being with my family and sitting in the sun!
Grayson and Garrett. They kept saying that they were self sufficient, especially when us moms would fuss over them and ask questions like, do you have your life jacket. But it was really funny because they both came to us several times wanting things like snacks, drinks, sunscreen etc. It was an ongoing joke, we would tease them and say "We would love to help you out, but you said you were self-sufficient!"
Happy Eric!
Nothing to do but fish!
Now this is the life!
Eric is multitasking! He's fishing and running the motor! haha!
He's trying to make waves to splash Grayson and Garrett!
And apparently Cameron!
Now the boys want a tow! Now that's the life!!!

Okay, we've traveled half the river, we need to get through the next set of rapids, which are the scariest, and then get through a long stretch of frog water and we'll be done with our trip. Come back tomorrow for our final day on the river!

"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways." Psalm 91:11

Hugs, Sharon
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