Saturday, June 24, 2006

Wow! It has been way too long since I last got on here. I am sorry for such a delay! We are doing really well. Life keeps us very busy, but we love it!

Kevin is still working away! He truly enjoys he free time though. Every extra moment he has he is usually playing his video games. He is just like a big kid! That is fun! Kevin is really wanting to take a vacation this summer. We are just trying to figure out when we can escape.

Sam moved out this week. He found a great studio apartment! He was ready for a change and a little more freedom! Apparently it is not cool to live in your sisters basement. Who knew?! It will be a good change for him. We miss having him here at the house, but he promised to come over every sunday for family dinner. I am looking forward to that!

I just got back from Manti, Utah. It is located smack-dab in the middle of the state. Every summer they host a pageant, telling the history of our church. I love this pageant. We used to go there every summer when I was growing up. My young womens group went there for a retreat. We stayed in the dorms at Snow College, located in Ephraim, about 7 miles from Manti. 3 of our 7 girls were able to go and then we "adopted" a girl from another ward that came by herself. It was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun! The apartment that we stayed in at Snow was a 3 bedroom! Perfect for the two of us leaders and the 4 girls! Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep that night. Only 2 hours actually! Oh well, I would do it all over again- given the chance. Just give me a couple of days to recoup from this trip before I try it again!

We learned so much about each other, our testimonies of Christ, and ourselves. It was a great experience. The morning after the pageant, we had one of the most incredible devotionals given by a man who lives in Manti, Evan Bingham. He is the kind of teacher that has you laughing one minute and crying the next. The spirit was so incredible strong, I know that each girl was touched.

I did have the opportunity to visit with Bernie. I had not seen him in over 14 years. It was a short visit, but I am glad that I did. He seems to be doing well.

Overall, this was truly one of the greatest trips I have ever taken. It was an amazing experience and I am forever grateful that I was able to go. I want to give a huge thanks to Barbi, Whitney, Rachel, Ashlee and Charlotte. My experience would not have been the same without each of you. I heart you each!