Thursday, July 26, 2018

home.

We arrived home from Bear Lake night before last. 

We whisked over the freeway, just my two little girls, Bo and I in our duct-taped car (trying to hold onto the bumper after getting rear-ended), cutting through mountains tilted sideways, lines of sediments that have their own stories to tell, past slowly chugging trucks and wide vistas stretching out as far as my eye could see.  Our world is a beautiful place.  Fought sleepiness by telling my girls all about the plight of immigrants and the countries trying to take them in as the temperature kept rising outside, hitting us like a wall of fire every time we opened the doors, our faces all scrunched up trying to brace ourselves to join it.

Our family has been stretched far and wide over the summer.  Dave had come back and forth from Bear Lake for work, Elle has been at the Sea of Galilee as part of her Jerusalem study for the last two weeks (eerily so similar to Bear Lake, loved having those parallel lake experiences even though we missed her sorely at the reunion), Grace was with us for the reunion but took off the day after for an adventure in the Dominican Republic (she will be missing the first couple days of school...a week from today school starts(!)...and we miss her like crazy), Lucy, Max and I took a little side trip to New York, and we got to see that boy each time we passed through Provo...as well as at the reunion.  He is working, doing online school, and is coaching the BYU volleyball camps for the next two weeks which he loves.

And now we're Home.  Bo scampering in all-out glee to see Dave, the girls and I emptying out suitcases filled with all kinds of mementos: Broadway programs, a bike map of Central Park, some Bear Lake sand spilling from shoes and shorts…and as our bags were being emptied our house was being filled…friends spilling in, reunited after summer adventures.

I’m not ready for real life, but it still feels so good to be home, stretched out in our own bed whispering with Dave until I think I fell asleep mid sentence.

This was our height of family-togetherness over the summer...
...missed Elle but we'll take what we can get...missed Grace last summer.  Gosh, young mothers, cherish those days when you have everyone under one roof.

And although there are still a couple families soaking in the last moments at the lake, I think maybe that gorgeous place might get lonely without this crowd gawking at it's beauty as we ate dinner each night:



8 comments:

  1. I hope you're going to do another post about Bear Lake, I love seeing about your reunion :)

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  2. Yes, cherish having everyone under one roof. I only have one left here at home. She will be 18 in a couple months. I am having a heck of a time with the adjustment! It's hard to believe school starts in a week for your kids.

    Looking forward to the Bear Lake post.

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  3. Coming home always feels so good! Looking forward to reading about Bear Lake - always some of my favorite posts. xo

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  4. All three of my littles sleep in one room together and I will miss this when it changes.

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  5. My two younger kids ( 10&12) have been gone on camps and it’s the longest they’ve been away from me ( 5 days) and I said to my hubby “ is this what sending them to college will feel like, because I don’t like it one bit”, it felt like something was missing all week!
    I was thinking just as I read this, but do you plan on living in AZ forever, or would you consider moving to a different state since Dave can work anywhere, or is your heart In AZ?

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    1. My heart is here...at least for now! Life is long so you never know, but I love having this place as a home base...especially if we get a chance to live in other places for short stints here and there :)

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  6. Any chance you could tell me where you got your round dining table? I've been looking everywhere for a large round with a smooth surface and it's hard to find!!

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    1. We had that table made by a local guy here. That probably doesn't help much, but try to find a wood worker in your area who may be able to build one for you.

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