I mentioned back HERE how my Mother seeped a love of art into our bones, (and took readers on a little tour of the SF MOMA), and I also talked about how my Dad seeped a love of nature into their marrow.
Both were appreciated in full-scale-glory on this trip.
That last post is all about the man-made art that we saw:
…and this one is more about the God-made art that surrounded us on every side.
(Charity’s and Kristi’s)
And the conversations we had in our little airbnb had a little of God’s beauty mixed into them as well in my opinion.
We happened to luck out that it was pure tulip season when we were there, and these suckers were blooming madly everywhere you looked.
Tulips are my favorite flower in the world.
The other flowers were pretty spectacular as well.
Everything was pretty much drenched in flowers and blooms in those acres of gardens.
My sister Charity was in town from London for a wedding (hence the timing of this whole gathering, we gotta take advantage of being close when we can since we’re spread so far and wide across the world these days!). But my sis-in-law Anita, who lives in Switzerland couldn’t make it. We missed her! But I loved this day because she joined us walking through those gardens via FaceTime and it felt like she was right there with us.
We got to take a tour inside as well.
So interesting to think about how these people lived.
And she also had a sick baby.
Poor Moses was the sweetest but just kept not getting better so one afternoon she and my mom took him to the doctor to figure out what was going on, even though she had taken him a few days before with no conclusive results. They just wanted to be sure all was well before they took off on their flight back to London. And Kristi was ready to give her sweet baby Faith a good nap.
So the rest of us went to visit Muir Woods while they were gone.
We stopped by the GGB en route back to our little house:
…and a beach at sunset…
…daydreaming about the houses that have this view:
En route home we fount out poor baby Moses had pneumonia and an ear infection.
So glad to get some good medicine for him and see him getting a little stronger the last day there.
Where we went to Saydi’s church and helped teach a lesson in Relief Society about “the Joy of Repentance” and came back to snuggle up all these kids before we all headed out.
Moses was starting to smile again which was pretty great.
Saydi has her own mini version of Muir Woods right over the little river next to their house.
So much beauty in that spot!
I had to experiment with my iPhone to see what kind of shots I could get with it:
Saydi is a wonder at all the balls she’s juggling there on the farm. Home-schooling and planting and cooking and organizing and loving it all up like an expert. Her blog with lots more details is HERE.
Dave held down the fort with these girls pretty wonderfully back at home.
So grateful for him to help make this MFME dealio happen.
I came back to real life, that included this:
…and a suitcase full of good momentos to remind me of all that beauty.