Yep, Elle got those finals done, packed up all that she owns in Hawaii, found a place to store everything while she’s gone (she’s doing an internship in the mainland this summer) and flew on over to meet us here:
Where time slows down.
Which we welcomed with open arms.
It was chilly so we bundled up with every warm thing we brought to go cook our tinfoil dinners on the beach in the yellow glow of the sunset.
We nestled close to the fire and through tears I read my sister’s talk (that I posted HERE) to everyone to bring in the Easter spirit (thank you Sayds, It was so beautiful!) Trudged back through the sand, sticky from melted marshmallows and drenched in smoke but so worth it to feel that family togetherness backlit by the orange sky.
The Easter Bunny still found us with those traditional gobs of string leading to the Easter baskets:
I felt the magnitude of this big day, wanting so much to honor what we celebrate.
I feel like we are good at studying the Holy week, and celebrating too, some years more than others, but I found myself wondering at church even more at the deep beauty of it all and hoping my children felt it, which made me poke them to sing the songs at church and take away phones, etc… but the bottom line is that that desire really needs to come from them and I know that. I do love that they have that desire. I just need to let it blossom.
We find what we’re looking for.
It was a great sacrament meeting filled with beautiful messages lined (at least to me) with how we are all God’s children, and all have such different journeys and how much we can learn from one another, especially through Christ’s example. One of the musical numbers had me teary. I loved a great story that a lady a row behind us shared with me after church was over and everyone was filtering out. It was a story about her husband’s journey which was pretty fascinating.
I love human connection and how much we can learn from one another.
But perhaps my favorite part of the day was when Dave led a little discussion over brunch after church.
He talked about repentance and how we should be practicing that great gift every day. I love how our girls listen up when Dave talks, makes my heart heavy with happiness.
In other weekend happenings, we went paddle boarding, all six of us, Lucy balanced on the front of my board and then Elle’s.
We paddle boarded down to where one of my good high school friends and his family were staying, and it was fun to catch up with them:
We took a little boat ride out into the sunset….with cards of course:
Lu is convinced she’ll beat me some day 🙂
We did Lucy’s favorite:
And we soaked in some beauty sunsets.
It was a good Easter weekend switch-up-slow-down.