I am feeling my dear mother’s pain with summer schedule coordination this summer.
She is always coordinating and situating and trying to figure out the details when we meet up together in the summers, and it takes a lot of work with a family of nine kids! So each summer as my family grows and moves around and we try to coordinate schedules I appreciate the work she does even more than ever!
I have half the kids she has and only two married but boy howdy. We have all been going different directions spread far and wide. I haven’t been able to keep up with the recording here on the blog, but I do so want to get to it, so here’s an overview then I’ll get to the details in posts coming up.
The biggest thing is that CLAIRE IS IN THE NETHERLANDS for her summer internship.
It took some work to get my heart ready for that send-off last week, but every time we have talked to this amazing family who is hosting her in preparation for her trip I have had such an overwhelming feeling of peace and love and gratitude.
So much more about that whole deal soon, but for now I’ll just share this picture that came in at 1:00am our time when she was landing in that gorgeous place where she gets to live for a month:
Oh! That was good for my mama-heart.
Especially since it even had an exclamation point of excitement. Funny I know, but there was some nervousness going into this (of course), and for some reason that simple exclamation mark made me so calm:)
In other exciting-but-not-quite-so-exciting-news, I got to go to California with some college girlfriends, Lucy had her first all-alone flight to spend some time with her cousins in Utah (my heart was all in a bunch about that too, but she did beautifully), Dave and I celebrated our anniversary, Max and Lucy drove down from Utah and I drove from California to all meet up in Las Vegas for Claire’s Nationals: the big cumulation of SO MUCH VOLLEYBALL…the crown, the glory. (ha!) Max, Lu and I stayed to watch for a day and a half, then we took Max’s car all the way down to Coronado to meet up with that crowd there, and Abby flew in to meet us (had to work those two days, a little fiasco trying to figure out a cars but that all worked out…until her connecting flight to California was cancelled…luckily Dave was there in Las Vegas and could pick her up at midnight and send her off again at 4:30 the next morning, yikes!)
It was tough to pull ourselves away from Nationals but Dave and Claire had a pretty grand dad/daughter experience there, (more soon), then drove down to meet us in California on the night of the 4th after it all wrapped up. We went from Coronado to Newport, one day with Max and Abby there, as well as with two of Dave’s sisters, then we sent Claire off to The Netherlands from there! SO MANY THOUGHTS ABOUT THAT! As soon as I can get to them. Max and Abby drove back to Provo, Lucy and I came up to Utah to get her to Grammie Camp in time and to meet up with Elle who is flew in that day just in time for my nephew’s wedding (the grand kick-off to the reunion this year). Carson ended up coming as well since his brother is getting sealed in the temple this next week (he wasn’t planning on coming but then things were more available for some tests from online and we were so happy to get him!). Dave drove up to meet us in time for the ceremony to begin on that big green lawn overlooking the most beautiful lake in the whole wide world (according to me:): BEAR LAKE. And what a joyous reunion after covid closed down so much last year and I haven’t seen my European siblings for two years.
So many little details intermixed into all those moving parts but I am just so grateful for it all and I’ll be back soon with more to report.
Sending love on over to wherever your summer plans are taking you, and sending out so much gratitude that Covid is slowly releasing it’s grasp on life.