The invitation for a family reunion came last summer. It would be held in Idaho where Brook’s Dad and siblings were raised and where many of them still reside. To say the least we were excited and planned to go. Well life happened and the time grew closer. Realistically there would be no way we could go, but with
some alot of convincing from one particular cousin..eh hem…we just had to be there. Thanks Desi for the “encouragement.” We are so glad we went. We came back with a new appreciation for what matters most in life.
The girls did better than we thought on the plane and in a new place. They met 2nd cousins for the first time and we reunited with family from afar. The Stutzman’s sure do hospitality right! I think someone counted 70 in attendence and each meal was prepped and planned by the local aunts, uncles and cousins. The fun included a mud pit, a tire mountain, a trampoline, sand, camp fire, and lots of water. Our bellies were full, hearts happy, and the kids entertained.
I know one thing for certain… our girls grew up on this trip. Their eyes have seen the majestic mountains that God has made with His mighty hands. They ran wild and free. And to think we almost said no to this opportunity! We were once told that the memories made are not for them so much as they are for us, as we witness them taking in the new experiences. They may remember some of it, but we will remember it in a different way. I don’t remember a time when Grace was as quiet as she was when we made our way up to the mountains. She was in awe of the river and mountains. Priceless!
After three days with extended family we headed north to spend much needed time with Brook’s parents and siblings. Distance separates our families so it is rare to have the opportunity to all be together. We spent time visiting Gram and Grandpa’s new property, camping, fishing, soaking in hot springs, swimming, sight seeing, and just being together!