Dave and I got to head to the frozen tundra of Rexburg, Idaho with the majority of his family to hear his Dad give the BYU-Idaho devotional.
Have I mentioned how gorgeous that place is in the summer? Oh and the temple makes is just so beautiful:
But I will tell you what, it is FREEZING in the winter. Us desert people had a rough time getting our bones to warm up.
But our hearts were warm the whole time (cheeseball I know). It is SO awesome to be with family. I adore Dave’s. Check them out:
Check out this pic. from the next day!
My friend, Christine Gilbert and her husband are the ones behind the scenes at BYU-Idaho these days and we adore them.
Clark and Dave knew each other at BYU and Christine and I have gotten to know each other through our Motherhood Retreats through the years (the latest one is back HERE…well the latest one I got to go to, the one this year was the weekend before Max left so I couldn’t make it 🙁 ).
Now that is a power couple I tell you! They are amazing. They have eight kids and it was so fun to see them in action up there in Idaho.
Christine and I have become closer since Max got his mission call and I realized her son is in his mission (just started in June). It’s been so fun talking to her trying to get tips on what extra things Max would need over in Taiwan, etc. She invited us over to their house the morning before the devotional. It was so fun to be there and catch up and Christine is so gracious!
After we visited there for a little while we headed over to campus all together.
…and then headed in for the luncheon before the devotional began.
It was such a beautiful hour we spent in that room. The spirit filled it up with love as everyone went around and told a little about themselves and gave a few thoughts.
Dave’s parents served a mission at BYU-Idaho for over five years. They were a huge part of some pretty amazing programs they instigated up there. It was so fun to hear more details about the things they have done there.
I couldn’t help but feel so incredibly overwhelmed with love for that family I get to be married into.
And for the families I get to interact with through our Motherhood retreats.
And for how Christine’s family is leading the students up at BYU-Idaho so beautifully.
Once again, how amazing it is to be “enshrouded in a family.”
I’ll be honest, the day before when it was so dang cold and we hadn’t been on campus yet I wondered how in the world anyone could live in that place. But this day, with the lunch and then heading over to the conference center all together and interacting with the students I realized what an exceptional place that is. What an amazing place to go to school!
This awesome lady runs the devotionals (a huge job) and took care of us in the “Green Room” and showed us where we’d be sitting on the stand:
I was pretty amazed at the magnitude of that place and the crowd when we walked out on the stand.
Love this picture Dave’s brother took (thx Paul!):
Dave’s Dad did such a wonderful job. He talked about the legacy of a family. And check out that great family of his:
(Missed you Bob and Laurel!…and all the spouses!)
I love this quote they took from the talk:
Isn’t that the best? Bob told stories of his heritage and how tough decisions and hard work changed the whole trajectory of his family.
How grateful I am that whether we are born into functional families or not, WE can decide “where our devotion will lie and to whom to look for guidance.” Yes, some have to work so much harder than others, but change can be made. And that change ripples to affect generations of families.
So grateful for this guy and that we get to make those decisions together for our own family.
And I’m so grateful that God is there to help and direct when we need Him (always).
We drove back to the airport through the frozen tundra so grateful for all we had learned and that we got to be together up there in that wonderful spot.