"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Friday, June 28, 2013

photo shoot with these two

My eyes are burning from a perfect day of salt water ocean swimming. I'm beat and it's time I finished up this wedding photo shoot I was asked to do right before children finished up school and our summer whirlwind began.

This young woman is beautifully stunning inside and out. She's faced a life of enormous challenge and risen above with grace. It was my absolute pleasure to be asked to practice my budding skills on her big day.

My best wishes to both of you for all the happiness life has to offer.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

girl's camp

I already have a pretty extensive responsibility at church in the stake primary presidency working with the children and their leaders. 

I have little littles so I've loved being with the littlest folks for such a long time.

But when I was asked to double up and serve as ward girl's camp director for our young women, I jumped at the chance.

Sometimes it feels like my older kids are passing me by. Having one foot in each world was the best of both worlds, if only for a minute.

We dropped Christian off for scout high adventure the same morning as our departure for camp.

Man oh man, there's a whole lot of planning put into that thing! The spiritual insights, the bonding fun, the unabashed hilarity ... are all worth it. 

Getting outside of the usual perameters of life, these girls let loose with those personalities.

And we all got a little crazy ...

Fun to see my own girls in a different light.

And you know what? As an adult .. and a leader no less ... they don't/won't/can't send you home for doing all of those things you wanted to do back when you were a young woman ;)

Stuff like ... starting water fights, dive bombing girls with shaving cream, instigating glitter wars at the craft tent, one bite watermelon eating contests, dish rag battles over after-dinner table washing, and never to be forgotten ...

Sneaking around outside of bathrooms and tents in the dark of night in a Ghillie suit. Priceless.

I may never be invited back, but they won't soon forget I was there. And treasuring the moments spent and memories made with such amazing young women and leaders, neither will I.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

eliza is 4

We are off and away on vacation. The summer has been a whirlwind of activity.

Following our last adventures, a week at girl's camp I have yet to post about, a week road tripping across country with kids, meeting up with Newel at the beach in South Carolina ...

We look about like this.

But today is our delightful Eliza's fourth birthday. We've done our best to make her feel special because she has waited and waited for this day. And we waited and waited for her to be a part of our family.

She is easy to please.

We are so glad to have her as part of our family. She brings so much sunshine. And we are loving having some time to cuddle up and enjoy every single minute of it.

Eliza, you brighten our days always.