TRUTH: Learn it, Live it, Love it.
The C. fam. really knows how to put on a reunion! This year's wins the award for:
- Most devotionals (6)
- Hottest days of the year
- Least hours of sleep (that would be the night of camping)
- Best group of people to be around.
It's true! If you can wear them out with fun and heat and everyone's still smiling and getting along beautifully than you know you've got a crowd of winners!
What's the secret to that you may ask? Have 6 devotionals--Morning, afternoon, evening, we were getting spiritual boosts all day long. This year each family was to come prepared with a memorized scripture about the theme, TRUTH, to present to the family. (Ours was James 1;5)
We had an adult discussion one afternoon where everyone could share their combined knowledge and life experiences. I really enjoyed that. And of course with all that upliftment there was some wholesome recreating and a lot of food.
How do I sum it up? I think we kind of accomplished that in the car on the drive home when we asked for everyone's 3 favorite things:
- Adrie: camping * playing with Olivia at her house * singing Happy Birthday to Grandma.
- Brynn: hiking and catching a lizard * camping *Jumpin' Jacks
- Kate: camping * Jumpin' Jacks * minute to win it games at the church--specifically the one where you have a rope tied to your waist and you have to swing it around and try to knock the cups off the chairs....dizzying...
Notice the favorite theme here: camping??... I guess some things we do for the kids' sake.
Dad said his favorite was beating me on the obstacle course at Jumpin' Jacks. Isn't he so competitive ;)
My favorite was listening being up in the canyon, overlooking the valley, and listening to Uncle Brad tell about how he went from having long hair and smoking 3 packs a day to joining the LDS Church. Wish I could insert video here so you could feel the power of it yourself. Awesome. After that we all felt like shouting the gospel from the mountain tops so that's what we did --in a way-- we sang around the campfire with guitar and fiddles.
Oh yeah, and I can't forget my other favorite. That would be peeling off the sticky clothes and taking a cold shower after camping. Oh how I love 21st century commodities!
We painted truth rocks, played water games, watched Shrek 3 on a projection screen outside, ate lots of food, paddled around the reservoir and played on the beach area, had a firework show.