It's been a wonderful weekend. Perfectly wonderful! Busy, but perfectly wonderful! Weekend update....
Thursday night, I had dinner made and Denise called to say her husband was out of town, so she wanted to go out for dinner. We went to the new pizza place in town because I had a family cabin meeting here at 8. We loved the new place and had a fun visit then I raced home and with the girls help, made our favorite summer dessert with the fresh peaches. (Actually, t's my favorite dessert of all time.) The meeting went well and I stayed up to unwind until 2AM. Not smart when the kids have school so early in the morning.
On Friday, they went to school and I went back to bed! Friday afternoon, our friend, Myra dropped by to invite us for a double date. So, as soon as Doug got home from work, Todd and Myra, Doug and I went to Huhot for dinner. It was our first time at Huhot, which is a mongolian bbq, where you choose what you want to eat and take it to the large grill/wok and they cook it. We visited for over three hours (and yes, we tip accordingly!) Todd and Myra are a fascinating couple and our love of books and movies always gives us something to talk about.
Saturday was a long awaited day for us all! Our friends, Paul and Andrea had their baby girl sealed to them, which takes six months after the birth, and after the legal adoption is final. Doug was called to work at the last minute, so I attended to the temple and festivities, spending most of the time with Carol and Robert, which is always great. Robert is enjoying his time off of his cancer treatments and is doing well. I love when they are in town and we get to spend extra time together.
What a beautiful temple experience. Natalie, the baby, was wearing in the most beautiful blessing gown I have ever seen. She was a little angel as she was sealed to her parents for time and eternity. SO wonderful! Carol teased me about the fact that I cried from the moment I saw Natalie. She's a doll. But, even more tender to me, was seeing her amazing mother and father and share in their joy. They had family that had gathered from as far as Kentucky. It was a choice opportunity to be included in such a sacred experience.
I was humbled to be included. At the dinner following, Paul and I were talking about how everything had come together for them with the adoption. Paul pulled out his phone and looked on his calendar and realized that it had been one year to the day that I'd called him in the first place, to ask him a few legal questions about adoption. At that point, Paul, an attorney, was only an acquaintance. Today, Paul and Andrea are two of our favorite people! From that phone call, I introduced Paul and Andrea to the birth mother in the beginning months of her pregnancy and the rest is history! GREAT history! As we hugged inside the temple, after the sealing, Paul whispered to me, "Thanks for calling." We laughed and cried together!
The dinner was at Andrea's parents' home. I've known Andrea's parents for over 30 years and worked with her father when I was the Stake Activities Chairperson over Cultural Arts. I was in my 20s! We had a delightful time visiting in the kitchen and remembering old times and friends, while I helped with the last minute food prep. A fabulous meal and great company and lots of wind! But, thankfully, the rain held off! A perfect day, indeed!
Later that evening, the whole family headed to Carol's for more fun. Carol and I put together Hawaiaan Haystacks and Peach Pie for dinner. Doug ended up having two meetings before he arrived, so again, he missed most of the the fun. The man works and I get to play. I'm so grateful for that! While we waited for Doug, we played Scattergories and we laughed hard. That has to be my favorite game! He came in, ate leftovers, we laughed and talked some more and planned an upcoming weekend. I love the time we get together! We stayed much too late, but loved every second of it!
We had to be up Sunday morning at 7 to be at Paul and Andrea's church by 8:30 for Natalie's baby blessing. It was so much fun to share the pew with Carol and Robert and their family. It's been decades since we did that! Loved it!
We left that meeting and headed directly to our own ward for our meetings. The Bishopric gave a presentation to the adults that absolutely touched me and impressed me beyond words. For the past several weeks, that few minutes before Sacrament Meeting has been extremely irreverent and noisy. Last week was absolutely out of control and embarrassing. Our Stake President was visiting and I totally expected him to stand up and say something. Yesterday, the Bishopric gave a beautiful presentation about the sacred Sacrament ordinance, about why we have it, what it means and how it should be a sacred experience. Honestly, I was moved to tears. As I walked out of the building, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for these good men who lead our ward. Rather than standing up and chastzing us, they inspired and taught and movitivated without every saying, "YOU PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AWFUL LATELY!" Everyone went away with a desire to have a more personally meaningful experience. It was lovely. I told Doug that this is how the Savior would have handled it. Perfection!
We came home and made steaks on the grill. I checked on Pinterest for a new marinad e and found one repeatedly that said, "The ULTIMATE", the BEST..." It was the same recipe over and over, so I made it, marinated our steaks (two ribeyes and four T-bones) for about three hours. Oh. MY. WORD!!!! THE best steaks ever made on the Corbridge BBQ grill! I'll share the recipe, along with a few others tomorrow!
Last night, we had a late night at home with the kids. This morning, we were awake at 6:45 but Doug and I stayed in bed talking until 11:00!!! We spent most of the morning talking about my childhood and trying to answer some questions that I have. We discussed my grandparents at length. This is another entry for another day, but it's on my mind a lot lately. Towards the end of our late morning, we watched a few of our favorite music videos on the iPad... Thriller, Don't Worry Be Happy, Earl... They never get old. We also had fun reminicing about the summer we met and "when we knew". Several good laughs there. It was a fun morning.
We're all up now and making it a literal Labor Day. Quayd's mowing, the girls and Doug are picking green beans, I'm doing laundry and housework and getting the kitchen ready for bean canning. This afternoon, we'll celebrate our labors with something fun, but for now, we labor.
This official end of summer weekend has been celebrated with those we love the most, doing things that we love the most. I am blessed!
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