(I miss this!)
…just not that many of Kevin, dang it!
Oh wait, I did get on-the-ball enough to grab one right before we headed to bed that night after some games and discussions.
We got to the airport and realized it was another hour delayed.
Thankfully we did get there in time for the open house at their house and it was such a fun reunion for all these cousins.
We have since listened to their recorded talks and oh boy those boys are pretty awesome.
We had “pies and ties” which has become a tradition as we have sent cousins out into the world of missionary work. Here’s Smith with some of his new spiffiness.
The other thing I came to town for was a really special blessing Max received that afternoon. It made all the waiting around for flights worth it a hundred times over to hear that wonderful blessing for our boy just as he gets ready to leave the nest.
It was a special afternoon that the three of us got to bask in and will never forget.
Elle’s friends were quick to come welcome her home after we got home from the open house. She had been gone from home for two whole months (didn’t come home between London and Bear Lake), so she was pretty happy to be reunited and to sleep in her own bed that night.
I got some things situated, slept for just over two hours and then headed back to the airport to take Grace to EFY and get back up to my little girls at the lake.
I got to tag along with these cuties on the flight and take them to meet Grace so we could sign them all in down at BYU.
Their excitement was palpable…so fun to get to be with them and all their anticipation for such a fun week that awaited them.
It was a 5:30am flight so we got to watch a gorgeous sunrise.
…and quickly got reunited with Grace who had come down to SLC from Bear Lake with my sister’s family.
Had to fill them up with a good breakfast before check-in…
So fun to spend the morning with those girls I adore.
That Grace has some great friends, I tell you!
As they walked away, stomachs filled with waffles and hearts pitter-pattering with anticipation, my own heart swelled up with awe and wonder and gratitude that that Grace of mine got to have that experience.
I drove away (after leaving a little piece of my heart with her) with a sweet assurance that she was going to have a good week.
And boy oh boy she sure did.
Then back up to the lake to give my little girls big hugs.
They survived just fine while I was gone 🙂