Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Arizona Road Trip

Last month we hit the road for a 10-day, 2,695-mile road trip!

Before we headed out, I set up the tri-pod and conducted an impromptu photo shoot in the driveway. I've had this idea in mind ever since I used a piece of junk mail with a similar photo on my FUN vision board back in 2014. I love how this photo shows us all ready to go . . . and the fact that no one will ever mistake me for a "light pack-er."



The first couple of days of our trip took us out of Dallas and all the way to the western tip of Texas. From El Paso, we drove through the southern part of New Mexico and into Arizona, where we most of the trip. We stopped for a couple of days in New Mexico on the way home.

Along the way we had lots of adventures (and some misadventures), which I'll be sharing over the next few weeks as I process the 1,735 photos we took (using our small digital camera, the DSLR and both our iPhones). One of the best things about digital photography is how we can take lots of photos, then choose the ones we want to keep to share and scrapbook. We can take photos just for FUN or INSPIRATION, too!

Some of you may remember in one of my INSPIRATION posts last year that I mentioned how we can find color INSPIRATION in hotel hall carpeting. So, of course, now (when I remember) I snap photos of hallways, too!


I hope you'll join me over the next few weeks as I relive the memories from this trip. I'll be sharing about the two items I checked off my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list, the delicious food, the unique accommodations, the interesting attractions, and lots more!

6 comments:

Karen said...

The last hotel we stayed in on our way home from Chicago had the UGLIEST carpet ever! It was so loud and so bright that I wondered every time I saw it who chose it and why! Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

Becky said...

Looking forward to hearing about your trip. Love the photo shoot at the beginning!

Barbara Eads said...

Sounds like a fun trip. Can't wait to see which items you checked off the bucket list. I've made the list, but haven't done much about actually doing the items on it!!

Sian said...

This post has given me a much needed smile on a very wet and dark morning here. Thank you

Susanne said...

Fab FUN photo shoot - that needs to be on a layout for sure. I cannot wait to hear more about the trip - it sounds like a great break for you both between Robbie's old and new jobs. I have photographed a hotel carpet or two myself, but more often it is tile-work that inspires me.

Sandra said...

I'm so looking forward to hearing all about your trip xx