Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I voted today! It was my first time ever in the 11 years since I've been 18. Judge all you want. If you did judge, here is the talk for you: Laborers in the Vineyard. And if you didn't judge you should read the talk anyway, it's super great!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I didn't even mention that I had crazy camp glasses, but I did and here they are...along with my Crazy Camp Melissa :) We do not even look like we've already hiked 12 miles! But believe it! But, I had to leave camp right after testimony and balloon launch on Wednesday so that on Thursday Eric and I could wake up early and drive.
|Ok, technically we didn't drive straight here, we drove to a stake center in Moab and were spiritually fed all day...then we drove here :)|
|Our destination was something epic that could not be avoided.|
|As much as Eric pondered, he knew one day we would have to make the trek.|
Because for 8 years our car has totted this little guy on it and we had never even been.
|Image from here|
But not any more my friends, not any more!!!
|I give you, The Delicate Arch, a la license plate. The resemblance is striking, no?|
|It was one of those spectacular moments in nature that leave you with an assurance that there is a God and that he is good.|
|Look how huge it is!! That really is us under there...even though we look like ants!!|
|We loved seeing all the people there. It made it so much more of a fabulous event. Hundreds come to see this unique artform straight form heaven.|
|One amazing thing about the arch is now intentional it is. It is surrounded by these huge bowls and stands so singular to all around it.|
|We came at just the right time of day too. (I'm totally the one in the white shirt there)|
|The hike was quite splendid too. In my mind I had envisioned short dirt trail lined with fences. But no, we got to scramble up rock and find our way.|
|And this is just to remind me that Heavenly Father answers prayers. Always.|
|There was cool petroglyphs too...seriously, it was so crazy to think about how it got there and who made it.|
|Put it on the record...you ain't an official Utahn unless you've kissed under Delicate Arch!!!|
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Girls camp was amazing beyond amazing. Every single second was filled with joy and the spirit and miracles and triumphs and laughter and growth and friendship and everything perfect that a girls camp should be filled with. I wish I could record every single amazing thing here but it is impossible. The theme was "There's no place like home" and it was perfect. The ultimate event was our 15 mile hike to the Manti temple. It was so amazing. I can't even know where to begin. So I'll just say when the mormon message video comes out some time next year on it (seriously awesome to have a church camera crew follow us around) you can watch that and feel of the spirit that we felt! And before I go any further I must give a special thanks to my mom for coming to watch the kiddos and to Eric for the past 6 months of sacrificing his wife so that we could prepare such an epic camp!!
|When we got to camp we glittered everything we could get our hands on! Our symbol from wizard of oz was the ruby red slippers and our value was virtue, so we were the Virtuettes!|
|Here's all our girls! They were such gems all week. We asked them to do a lot of hard things and they did them all with smiles. It was unbelievable and wonderful and I love them all so much.|
|One miracle we saw at camp was 250 girls surviving on 4 toilets! Thanks to Bro. Thornock for handling that situation!|
|Tuesday morning was our 15 mile hike. We left super early!!|
|We went about 7 miles down Ephraim canyon on the dirt road (yes, we had the 7 page permit for that)|
|Then we went the other 8 on the ATV trail along the highway. You can just see the temple at the end of our pink line in this picture.|
|There's the temple in the upper left corner...it's getting closer!!|
|We all cooled off with ward spa time when we got back :)|
|The next morning we all thought we would be too sore to survive the ropes course, but we made it! It was SOOOOOOO fun!!!! We problem solved together and supported one another.|
|We held this pole so girls could climb up it.|
|And once they got to the top...|
|As I mentioned the girls were all so good, we signed pillowcases for each other as a wrap up activity.|
|There's me! I was really at camp!!|
|We released them into the sky at the same time and it was BEAUTIFUL. And the shooting star Heavenly Father sent was an added bonus!!!|
Girls camp was splendid beyond splendid and such neat special experiences happened there. I hope that those touched and changed can remember that and hold onto it!! I was certainly blessed by being asked to help with this wonderful testimony building event!!!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Thank you for coming to visit Willis clan we loved it so much!!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
In a few short months I will have lived in Monroe longer consecutively than anywhere else in my life. Woa. And in those 4 years that we have been here I have had an aching desire to be on Monroe Mountain. Everyone else is...so I should be too! We've dabbled on its base (beautiful and grand no doubt) and once took our little minivan a couple miles up but I've never felt like I had the true Monroe mountain experience. Luckily my husband is a fabulous speaker and testifier and was asked by 5th ward to be a guest speaker at their combined activity up the mountain at a cabin--family invited!! It was absolutely everything I had imagined and hoped for. Part of the activity included a two-mile hike to the cabin. It was wonderful and the girls did SO good because it was not an easy hike.We had to jump over or crawl under lots of downed trees and every time Viana would say, "I think a first grader can handle this." And she did!
The cabin was just how I imagined a mountain cabin would be. It is owned by Lynn Parsons who is a Utah legend. He was also gracious enough to go up early and cook dutch oven dinner!
|Did you know CharlyAnn is a balla? She is. This hoop was perfect for her.|
|Viana and Brooke balance beamed on this wall. Ram toddling to the snow in the background.|
|And he found the snow. And fell waist deep into it eventually :)|
|I think it looks like Ram is on an airplane in this picture. We were only about 500 meters vertically from the top of the whole mountain.|
And just for kicks here is a video of the drive up. Viana said, "This is like our bumpy road, but bumpier and longer!" Proof:
So there you have it, Monrovian Bliss!!!