Last night at our activity for Young Women at church, Elle unveiled the slide show she's been working on for a Personal Progress project.
It was to capture Girls' Camp and share those memories with the girls.
Yes, Girl's Camp was back in June, but with everyone being out of town for the summer and then all the beginning-of-school hoopla we haven't had an opportunity to reminisce together until now.
I haven't figured out a good way to sum up all the emotions and beauty of that place on this blog until I sat tearing up watching all these pictures with the girls last night.
What an amazing opportunity we had to bond together and be so spiritually uplifted in such a gorgeous place.
I LOVED the camp theme: "Seek His Light and Shine."
I love the word "seek," especially when it relates to all things spiritually. Having that "light" of Christ in our lives takes some effort on our part and when we seek it diligently not only are our own lives lit up in the beautiful glow of the spirit, but we can spread that light to others as we shine.
Some things not captured in the slideshow pictures:
--sleeping on a top bunk with no ladder
--hearing/watching the girls freak out about spiders
--trying to get girls to go to sleep at 2:30 in the morning
--trying to drag the girls out of bed at 6:00 for the morning devotionals/breakfast, etc.
--having the chance to get to know the girls and the leaders on such a deeper level
--the crispness in the air that is so welcome when you live in the desert
--comforting girls going through some tough times...feeling my heart stretching that much wider to encompass them and admire all they are doing to become stronger in the face of adversity
--observing the kindness of girls reaching out to each other
--the awe I felt for the stake camp leaders and all the work they put into making the week such a beautiful event
--the swell of the camp songs that brought in the spirit so tangibly that you couldn't help but feel it engulfing you on all sides
--how that engulfing feeling followed us into our testimony meeting on the last night...the heartfelt words everyone shared
--how Dave laughed at me when he came to pick us up when we got home...I was in such a complete stupor of tired-ness I hardly knew which way was up. I've never, ever been so tired before. But the spiritual high sure made up for it.
I just feel so grateful for how those few days enriched the lives of so many of us and for the depth and strength and guidance religion gives us in our lives. I'm so grateful that all these girls have that bump of direction in a sometimes confusing world. But mostly I'm grateful for that Light from above. And for the knowledge that we all have part of it in us.
And last but not least, I was so grateful I got to be with my girl.