I Stand in Awe

The Redwoods ~

are big trees

crazy big trees

soooooooooo big

you can drive through it  =)

Soooo  big

when you are 4 foot 8 inches

or 4 foot 4 inches

you have to jump really high in the air to touch the top

of the bottom of the tree!  =)

I live in Washington

We have trees

thousands of trees

but these are seriously BIG trees!  =)

you can go in them

IN them

and look up a couple hundred feet

and see a hole made by lightening

that caused the inside of the tree to burn away

yet there is plenty of tree left to make a cool room in it

that you could host a small dinner party in if you wanted to!

it even has a door in it!


and this tree

has a giant growth on it

I forget what these giant growths are called ~ anyone???

aren’t they creepy weird?

the base on this tree alone is massive

never mind the giant mass!


I asked my 6 foot tall man to stand next to this creepy huge mass

on this massive tree trunk

to add perspective

then I tested him

and asked him to touch the creepy mass!

because I am weird that way!  =)

it seriously creeped me out ~ ew!

but it did fascinate me too!

and Look at THIS tree …

that fell to the ground once upon a time

(I would not have wanted to be around when THIS tree feel to the ground!~)

remember my man is about 6 feet tall!

Look at the base of this obscenely large tree!!

just lying around in the middle of the Redwood forest

here are my almost 5 feet tall kids

more than 6 feet high up

standing in the center of the root base of this tree!!


and it isn’t even the worlds largest tree!!

Here is my family standing on the crumbled trunk of what used to be the worlds tallest tree ~ 370 some odd feet high ~ before it fell in 1991.

Can you imagine the sound?

The rumble?


this is a shot about half way down the 370 foot tree

the kids walked the entire length of the tree

can you see them??  =)

Are you tired of looking at these amazing trees yet?

I can not tell you how many massive trees we stood in like this

in a crack

in the trunk

of an obscenely large tree

I started saying “yeah yeah… you’ve seen one giant tree you’ve seen them all”  =)

but I didn’t mean it ~

They really make you stand in awe

complete and utter amazement

that they grew from a seed once upon a time!

The scary trees that blow in the wind in my back yard

pale in comparison!

Each massive tree made me feel so tiny.

Each massive tree gave me the feeling of total AWE.

Awe:  the overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration; a mixed feeling of reverence, fear and wonder caused by something majestic!

They were just trees.


Trees made by the same God who created me.

The same God who cares about my every breath.

The same God who loves me unconditionally.

The God whom I stand in Awe of ~ all He is and Does and has done and will do ~

in my little life.

Nature always brings my heart into a place of  awe with God.

Just think … Even when the Giant trees fall…

They give back to the earth and to the animals.

The fallen tree has a purpose.

In the same way my life has a purpose.

Even when I feel like that fallen tree.

or the hollowed out tree.

or the giant tree with a massive growth on it.

or the giant tree still standing in all its wonder.

They are all uniquely made by God ~

and they all have made millions stand in awe ~

of their beauty and wonder and mystery

uniquely their own.

I know God can and does use us more than He uses those amazing trees ~

to bless those around us.

to feed the earth.  =)

If we feel hollowed out, fallen or lumpy ~ God can and will use those things or times in our life to reveal Himself to  others ~ in his perfect beautiful plan ~ just as we are!

Those trees have no idea how beautiful they make the world ~

they are just trees.    =)

xo Jenn


Yesterdays post was photographed on the  Southern Oregon Coast and Crescent City California!  =)

21 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Dina @ 4 Lettre Words yazmış:

    Absolutely amazing! We’ve said many times that we will take the boys to see them when they are older.

  • 2 Lori@ Teacher Turned Mommy yazmış:

    that is just way too cool. it is amazing the test of time these trees have withstood and keep going

  • 3 stacey yazmış:

    Wow, those are huge! I would love to see those! I love how you turned this post into a lesson about God!

  • 4 liz yazmış:

    I have yet to see the Redwoods! I liked the photos of your kids peering through the heart-shaped cut-outs!

  • 5 Debby Pucci yazmış:

    What a beautiful post. We have done the Redwoods in California and I stand in awe of them too. Someday you may want to see the Bristlecone Pine Forest where the trees are still alive/living since the day Jesus walked our earth.

    Thanks for stopping over today. If I put in M&M’s the gumball machine would always be empty!!

  • 6 Heather yazmış:

    Hi Jenn,
    Those are amazing trees… we tried to get to the Redwoods last summer on our whirlwind road trip, but they just took us too far out of the way… we had a deadline in CO~ hub’s parents 50th:) I am so glad you shared them here.

    Have you ever been up to the Hoh Rainforest? We went on our honeymoon… serious big tree there as well. His creation is awe inspiring. I love it when I have to just take a moment to appreciate and wonder the beauty.

    Thanks for visiting myeverydaygraces… I do hope you come back:) Blessings!

  • 7 Julianne yazmış:

    such beautiful pictures, esp of the kiddos in the tree cutouts–priceless! glad you enjoyed your trip!

  • 8 patti yazmış:

    What a great post!!

  • 9 Bringing Pretty Back yazmış:

    I would just LOVE to see these trees!!! How cool ! I would love to go inside that chimney tree!
    Thanks for sharing these photo’s!

  • 10 blueviolet yazmış:

    Those are absolutely humongous. I went there as a child, but I’ve forgotten it so it was like seeing it for the first time in your post. I can’t believe you can drive through one!

  • 11 He & Me + 3 yazmış:

    I have never been…wow those were amazing and huge. Beautiful photos.

  • 12 naomig yazmış:

    Beautiful post, the pictures and the words. 🙂

  • 13 Heather yazmış:

    i want to go see the redwoods soooo badly! it just looks awesome and astounding.

    have a happy night!

  • 14 dysfunctional mom yazmış:

    I have always wanted to see those trees!
    I find so many things in nature awe-inspiring. Our God is amazing!
    Love this post.

  • 15 Genn yazmış:

    Wow! I would love to see those trees. How can you not stand in awe? So beautiful. It was neat to see your family next to the trees to really get an idea of how big they are. What fun. I want to see the redwood trees!

  • 16 JDaniel4's Mom yazmış:

    This is a place I would like to visit. Your pictures make is looks so amazing and big. Stopping from SITS

  • 17 Jen Gacek yazmış:

    I love the Redwood forest…it is amazing. Love your pictures, they really give us great perspective. I also love your thoughts at the end…it is true, even the fallen trees are still “living”.

  • 18 Jules yazmış:

    I’ve never seen anything like that! I guess we don’t grow them that big here in Wisconsin. That’s crazy. Thanks for sharing.

  • 19 Becky @ Farmgirl Paints yazmış:

    I really hope to get there with the fam someday. Those were amazing pics! Such fun:)

  • 20 Cindy yazmış:

    Never been…but really want to…especially NOW!! 🙂
    Great amazing photos
    Enjoy the night

  • 21 Alexandra yazmış:

    Wow. Would my kids love a trip like this! We studied redwoods earlier in the school year and whole forests can grow in the upper branches of these amazing trees!!!!!!!!!!!!