Claire happened to have a tournament in California starting a couple days after Grace returned from her mission.
So we got to all go watch her together.
So fun for Grace to see the level of play and to get in on some of this volleyball action before we reach “the end.”
Love that we got to have Max and Abby with us too.
(We were SO CLOSE, yet so far, trying to have the WHOLE family together…Elle and Carson came with us for Spring Break and Max and Abby couldn’t, and visa versa with this trip. SOME DAY we’ll get everyone together…until then, we have just realized we gotta take what we can get!)
I think it was a good place for Grace to kind of debrief from her mission:
To soak in these two:
To get Grace’s phone set up finally:
To spend some quality time at the beach:
Watch volleyball on the court and also streamed where we were staying:
Sometimes just Dave and I went to the games:
(These tournaments are no joke…three straight days of volleyball.)
…and the kids hung out together:
…while Claire hung out with these teammates she adores:
They are the kind of team everyone wants to be part of, always building each other up and so much support and love, no drama. Pretty incredible I have to say.
On Sunday we had the best church there in Newport.
Did you know you can find a church meetinghouse anytime, anywhere online?
(Just in case anyone has a hankering to go to church in a far-off spot:)
I love going to other church congregations because they’re so much the same yet so beautifully different too.
I loved that they invited all the women to stand up in front (if they so desired) to join in singing “As Sisters in Zion.”
It’s the anniversary of the beginning of the Relief Society in March and I thought this was such a grand idea.
Abby, Grace and I went up and joined all the other women and as we sang these words we were so overcome with the power of womanhood:
Love these strong women I get by my side:
Love that Claire got to join us the rest of the day:
She always makes it a party.
After that evening in the slanted Newport sun, we dropped off Max to head back to work, Dave and Lu to head off in the other direction for work and school, and these three and I hung tight for one night and a day of some girl-time:
Oh it’s never enough, but we sure had fun.
A morning bike ride to get our favorite Banzai Bowls, then a COLD swim in the ocean:
Followed by some shopping…
…with a lost wallet and brunch on a sunny porch mixed in.
Then we sent Abby on her way back to Utah and the girls and I headed back to the desert, filled up with volleyball and late night conversations and memories…and a good old cold sore as a great souvenir.
I’d take it any time for time like that though.