It was a really, really good meeting (testimonies) and we were all pretty inspired by the messages shared.
We meant to get a group picture to commemorate all that beauty we were still feeling inside but this is somehow all we got:
Last year most of the college-age kids came, one couple who was about to get married and one couple who promised they were “just friends” who are now married as well:). We also had a bunch of high school seniors and they were up all night with dance parties on the roof and all kinds of energy fun.
This year we missed those big kids so much and it seemed so quiet without them but it was kind of fun to be able to chill and relax with the younger ones and marvel at how big all our kids are getting.
Lucy perfected card game after card game with any partners she could muster up.
(Two extra guys in that pic…Mike’s brother Rusty who took such great care of us when we were dropping off Elle in Hawaii along with his friend showed up and hung out with us a little bit too.)
The kids found this gigantic plastic runner they decided to turn into a water slide.
They worked their hearts out all afternoon one day to make their slide:
…and lugged water up to it in buckets and used our kitchen soap to make it slippery only to have them jump on to slide down and come to a giant halt.
Haha, didn’t work so well, but they had fun in the process so it all worked out.
Here’s my girl showing me the ropes on how to get over to the little secret look-out spot around the bend:
Thanks for being so good to us!