Sunday, August 22, 2010

Never. Thought. We. Would. Make. It. Seriously.


Our Annual California Beach trip was wonderful.
I feel like we had some great experiences and we had some moments where I looked around and wondered 'really, what do I think I'm doing here?   What was I thinking that I could teach these children good manners and love them and raise them and have them grow to be caring, independant, good people who have faith in Christ and make the world a better place?'   anyway...
We left Grandpa's house on friday night at 9pm.  Saying goodbye is always difficult.  It felt especially tender this time and it was hard to drive away.

We got home Saturday night at midnight.  The trip home didn't quite go the way I planned.  The stops were much more frequent and longer than anticipated.  Yet, I had to stop and ask myself along the way - are we learning things at each of these stops?  Possibly creating memories that will at some point in their lives be benifical to my children?  I believe the answer is yes.  One of our rather long stops was spent at Cove Fort.  Cove Fort is really an amazing place with rich history and so much to see.  The kids all loved looking around at the blacksmith shop, the barn, the bunkhouse, and of course the fort.  We had a wonderful couple who have 12 children guide us through the tour and walking with them was a great experience for me.  Learning more about life at Cove Fort and all the duties and chores that were done by the Ira and Adailade Hinckley family is astounding.  That 4'11'' woman was one strong woman.
I have so many more photos to share and fun memories to record.  Today I want to share a few photos from Cove Fort.




I am so thankful for the reminder I had that there are so many who have gone  before us who sacrificed so much, who toiled endlessly, who saw the big picture and believed in it with all their hearts.  I should be equal to the task, should I not?
Then why do I have days where I feel I am not?

5 comments:

  1. Man I miss you guys. It looks like a great trip. I remember when we went to cove fort as a family. It was a great memory for me. I love reading your blog and hope you guys are doing well!

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  2. glad you made it. You are doing great. We all feel unequal to the task somedays, but the key is to keep "sailing on", right? ;)

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  3. "The stops were much more frequent and longer than anticipated. Yet, I had to stop and ask myself along the way - are we learning things at each of these stops? Possibly creating memories that will at some point in their lives be benifical to my children? I believe the answer is yes."

    I need to post this on my fridge, my mirror, my forehead, everywhere.

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  4. I'm so glad you came back. I miss your sweet children on Sunday when you are gone. (Now I will really miss them ... TONS). You do such a wonderful job with Kurt in raising loving and thoughtful children. You should be proud - and I know you are! I know I would be proud to have one of your kiddos as my own.

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  5. I think that part of life is having times when we ponder the magnitude of our responsibilities as parents and tremble a little inside. I'm sure that even people like the Hinckleys had moments like that too, but they pressed on with faith, and found strength to do their duty. You are doing the same thing, and someday the cumulative effect of that will be as awesome as those whose lives we read about. You're wonderful. xo

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