Exploring the Land of the Midnight Sun

This past week I vacationed in Alaska with my husband, my parents, my brother, my sister-in-law, my three nieces, and my nephew.

Here’s a photo of the squad.

This trip has been in the works for almost two years! My mom traveled to Alaska two summers ago with a group of her friends, and she had the absolute time of her life. When she came home, she couldn’t stop talking about the adventures she’d had and her desire for all of us to make the same trip.

(Here’s just a glimpse of the beauty we witnessed in AK)

But you and I know vacations are never as glamorous as they appear in the photos we capture, and this trip was no different. Traveling with ten humans is no joke. Some of us are introverts; others are extroverts. Some of us like to sleep in; others like to stay up late. You have shower schedules and people with varying appetites. Not everyone likes mustard on their sandwiches.

We also came to realize that even though we’re blood, we’re not always the best communicators.

Still, this trip was special. Being a long distance Auntie, it really meant a lot to be with my kiddos, to ride with them in the bed of a truck, to play cards with them on a ferry, to cheer them on as they reeled in fish, and to listen to their riddles.

Here they are, from oldest to youngest!



They each have wildly different personalities and from each of these precious young humans I gleaned something special this week.

In no particular order, here are some of the bits of wisdom I collected from these kids.

  1. Don’t be afraid to somersault when everyone else is walking
  2. Never give up, even if you continually reel in seaweed
  3. Share your talents, even among strangers
  4. Make friends wherever you go

There ya have it. In keeping with my Gratitude Series, this week I’m most thankful for the opportunity to vacation with my family, even if we are a crazy bunch.

What are you most grateful for this week?


T. Shaw

14 thoughts on “Exploring the Land of the Midnight Sun”

    1. That’s awesome. I once met a young woman who was traveling the world alone, and she told me that it wasn’t about the sites or sounds, but it was the people she met along the way that really made the trip beautiful. I’ll never forget that.
      Thanks for your comment. 🙂


  1. It is a weird thing but our former Prime Minister is going to jail along with his daughter and son-in-law for corruption. So I am thankful that for the first time courts in Pakistan have given an independent decision.

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  2. What beautiful pictures!! Yes, Alaska is breathtaking and I’m so filled with gratitude that dad paid for my initial airline ticket and practically escorted me onto the plane for my first Alaska experience in 2016! Now, I can say my cup overflows with joy that each of you trusted and followed me back to Alaska for this extraordinary family Adventure we All experienced together! You’re so Right these pictures do not reveal Alaska’s real beauty nor do they reveal an accurate account of our family! Lol Still, each of us and our unique personalities and quirks, mine included are like a puzzle! All differently shaped and yet they all fit perfectly together as a whole!! That’s us!! Jesus hand picked each one of us and called it good!! Amen! I’m completely blessed by my family and for all the little quirks that exist too! Love you bunches, mom ⭕️❌

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