We met Cherie Ordway, the general manager of the hotel, this morning. She had a photo session set up for us and Kerry from the Jack and Jill Foundation said she was going to collect all of our photos from the trip to make a keepsake book. What an amazing gift? They coordinate things so well and think of the smallest details. We have been so impressed.
We could have gone to another park today but we told Kerry when we first started planning this trip that we would not want to plan anything for Sunday. I explained to her that we have raised our children to understand the principle that Sunday is the Lord’s day and that we would be resting from activities and attending church. She was suprised but completely understood and asked if we could possibly just take pictures that morning before church. We said that would be ok.
The general manager was so sweet and came with us to the pier and stayed with us for the photo shoot. The photographer was super nice too.
We then had a nap and headed to church. I love that church feels the same no matter where we go in the world. The meetings were so uplifting. I really loved Sunday school. The teacher was talking about Moroni and how he felt he was weak in writing and how the Lord said he wouldn’t let his weaknesses be used against him. The teacher asked if anyone had a similar experience. Amos talked about when he was called to be bishop and felt inadequate for so many reasons. Since then he has learned that he wasn’t left alone and that his weaknesses have truly been made strengths not just despite his physical weaknesses but partially through them.
Today felt even a little more special because of some cool things that happened. Several months ago we got a message from a songwriter in San Diego who had heard Evelyn’s voice on YouTube and wanted her to record a song. Her name is Julia Warren and her song is called “My Savior, My Friend.” It was a precious song so I responded right away to tell her Evelyn would love to record it. Evie’s friend, Sara Arkell (The Piano Gal) recorded the piano part and Evie recorded the vocals. It turned out beautifully and we all fell in love with Julia and Chris and their adorable children even though we had never met them in real life. We saw an opportunity on this trip to get to see our new friends so we asked if we could go to church with them. The stars aligned for Evie and Julia to be able to perform Julia’s song for her sacrament meeting today. We then spent the evening with their wonderful family and it was the highlight of our trip. Today was beautiful and our joy is full.
On the drive from the Warren’s back to the hotel, Amos was trying to use the voice commands on the car to call his mom. Each time he pushed the button the car would respond with, “Please say a command or say help.” Porter couldn’t keep himself from quietly screeching help after each prompt. This made everyone laugh. He attempted to call grandma 8 or 9 times before we could all contain ourselves long enough for the “call Mom Dance” command to work. Sometimes we have way too much fun – even on Sundays.