Here I was thinking that I would be a dedicated blogger during the summer months, and the truth of the matter is the summer is almost over and my blog has been left desolate. Life has been busy....but it hasn't been THAT busy.
So forgive me while I try to go back into time to recount some of the summer festivities.
Our 4th of July festivities were rather tame this year (especially when compared to last year when we almost died on the treacherous "floating" of the Provo River). The afternoon was spent with some family at the pool. Bobby and Heidi as well as Ben and Olivia came over to enjoy a cool swim in the warm July sun. We later went to get shaved ice with Ben and Olivia. And the highlight of the day was when I taught Charlotte how to balance a spoon on her nose. We ended up going to the West Jordan Rec Center park to see the fireworks. They were wonderful, but I fell asleep before the ended.
And that was the end of our patriotic celebration.
The Beach House
Our week in Newport was incredibly relaxing and fun. It is the perfect vacation where people can do whatever they need to throughout the day. We had a tent set up by the water all day, a volleyball net hung in the evening. delicious food, bike rides the the pier, ferry ride to Balboa Island,
Some highlights from the week include:
Girl's Camp in Heber
Girl's Camp is the last big summer activity I need to report on. This year our stake was able to have camp at the Heber Valley Girl's Camp. It is a camp especially dedicated to serve the young women of the church. There are missionary couples up there who manage the various camp sites, and they told us multiple times how this was a sacred mountain that fulfilled President Hinkley's vision of a special space especially for the young women.
I was grateful for the opportunity to go to camp. I felt like it was a strengthening experience for me as well as for the young women in my ward. Getting up early to start the day with a devotional and personal scripture reading was really refreshing. It brought the spirit into my day right from the start. Then throughout the day we were able to participate in a myriad of activities to strengthen us both physically as well as spiritually. We made crafts, suffered together on hikes, found nature-related scriptures, rowed in canoes on a lake, sang songs together, participated in team-building ropes course games, made and presented skits, learned survival techniques in certification classes, cooked and ate together, roasted marshmallows by a campfire, and shared our thoughts and feelings during a testimony meeting. It was a great week and I felt so privileged to get to know many of the girls in our stake. They are some choice young women. I was rejuvenated by the spirit I felt at camp, and I hope to live so that I can keep that spirit in my life.
So that's that, a quick overview of our summer. Hopefully this blogger wont go MIA once the craziness of school starts in just a few short weeks.
Andrew and Maichael
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