Monday, 3 August 2009


I'm unable to upload a bunch of pictures at once right now, so that will have to wait but this waterfall that we hiked/walked to will suffice for now.
We did a myriad of fun things at Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado, but the biggest event by far was family. It was a reunion so that is to be expected, but it was also a time of great celebration, encouragement, reconnecting, and loving.
We had a Silver anniversary (huge surprise party complete with decorations), a ceremony of manhood for my cousin Zach who also turned 18 (which included blessings, prayer, being welcomed by the other men and given a sword. It was unique, beautiful, and meaningful), and a surprise graduation party for me. It was very nice but I winced when I saw the cake with my face sugar-printed onto it! It wasn't too bad though - I'm very happy with my senior pictures. The evening was such a blessing, and everyone's words and notes are things to cherish.

When speaking to Zach, my Uncle Tim publicly affirmed Great Uncle John as a patriarch. And this he is, not using the term lightly. He takes seriously his calling to pass on his faith to generations to come, and is faithfully doing this; teaching and leading his children and grandchildren. I had never even thought about it and we have a remarkable heritage. Would that more would carry it on and appreciate it!

We're about to have a family celebration of all the August birthdays so I'll leave you with that, but hopefully I'll have more faces and skies for you in future photos!



LeAnna said...

Congrats on the birthday, AND the new camera (that in itself calls for a cake *grin*) - very neat about the family tradition of patriarchs. Heritage is such a beautiful thing!

Sara said...

sounds like so much fun! I love how the way you love your family shows through your post. It shines through; how you feel and that is a great thing!!

Jessica Cangiano said...

How deeply special. Your account of this day was moving and so very enduring. It is so fortunate that you come from a large, close-knit family. I do not have this myself, but feel so much joy for those who do.

Love & hugs,
♥ Jessica

Sprinkle M. said...

Happy belated 18th, darling. :) Does it feel good to be older, my fellow Snow White? :)
Thank you for complimenting me on my style, that was so sweet. You are the best!
xoxo Sprinkle

danilouwho said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful post and what lovely celebrations!
A ceremony of manhood sounds so neat - I haven't heard of it before.