And speaking from keeling over with exhaustion, I am never doing that drive again!!! I know I say that every time, but I mean it!!! It was awwwwfuuuul! There were some neat meteors and some rocket that crashed back to earth (we read about it online since it was spectacular), and Dal's hilarious shadow singing puppet, but other than that... Then for the trip home, right on cue, the kids got sick, like on every trip home. On our last day, Dallas woke up with pink eye and an ear infection, of all things! I don't think he's ever had either those! He wasn't able to swim and enjoy the trip as much because he had a sore throat the whole time. But when it got really bad that last day, I had to take him to urgent care in Sacramento to get him some meds.
We listened to this whole book on audio tape. This is an excellent book Every kid going into fifth to seventh grade should read it. It's about a deformed boy and his experiencing school for the first time in 5th grade (which is middle school in New York?), and how people reacted to him, teaching lessons in true kindness and success.
Tarantula skin. Yuck!
I asked my nephew Isaac to take this photo of us at the temple! I wish I could accurately describe my feelings this day. Light and dark clear to see. I could feel the magnitude of what Casey and Beth had accomplished; all those we couldn't see with our physical eyes who were there. Both the ancestors, and Beth and Casey's future posterity. How much it meant to choose to make a covenant with God, and to choose Him over other things. The joy of all those we couldn't see was almost palpable. There is no greater joy as the joy of putting God first, and that was crystal clear to me this day.
I'm still waiting for Pat to load some more picture, so I'll continue this post later!