I love this time of year for two reasons. One, everything is blooming and turning green...it's like nature is coming alive again! Two, and more importantly, I love this time of year because we pay special attention to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I love my Savior so much. I'm grateful for the life that he lived, and for the example that he has set for us. I know that he truly did live and die for us, and that he was resurrected. He is what makes it possible for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father and loved ones again after this life!
This week we are spending some time at The Lucky Leaf Beach House with some of my family. We have 5 family members out of 7 here- Just missing my sister and her family (from Cali) , and of course my parents (who are in Chile). Kyler doesn't have any cousins that live by us (yet) so it's been an extra fun week for him.
At the fish market with cousin's Rome and Carmella from Texas
Kyler met his newest cousin- baby Gemma! She's a doll. Kyler is obsessed with babies, and keeps asking to hold her, put binkies in her mouth, and cover her with blankets-
He also has been sharing his toys with her. This boy is going to make a stellar big bro someday (not an announcement- just had to clarify that).
The ocean is still freezing, but the kids don't seem to notice/mind. A few of the grownups braved up and went out in wetsuits.
Yesterday was a cool, foggy day, but still fun...
....and today we've been hit with the stomach flu. So far it's hit 5 adults and 3 kids (including me, Jared, and Ky).
Not the most exciting way to end a vacation, but hey, at least we got a few days of fun and family in!
Today, several friends asked me how parents are doing, and I know there are probably many others wondering...so I thought I'd share their experience up here on the blog:
If you haven't already heard, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Chile last night, which then triggered landslides, and generated a tsunami (news link). My parents, who are serving a 2 year church mission, live right on the coast of Chile. We (my siblings and I) tried getting ahold of them last night, but weren't able to reach them. We finally heard from them this morning via email!
They said something along the lines of:
Around 9:00 last night the towns alarms went off, and the police drove around with loud speakers telling everyone to evacuate because of the threat of a tsunami. They were shocked! They jumped into their truck, and helped others get situated to higher ground too.
They earthquake happened way further north than where they were, so they didn't even feel it, and it was such a calm night that they could hardly believe there was a threat of a tsunami. It was surprising to not find from tv/internet but from sirens and neighbors!
They had to stay on top of a hill until about 2:00AM before they were permitted to go back to their home by the ocean- the waves didn't get very big where they were, thank goodness- and they are safe and doing well! Thank you for all of the prayers/phone calls!
Here are a few pictures of them from the past few months:
I miss my parents so much, but am proud of them for leaving all they knew behind to serve others and teach about Christ. I've heard about miracles they have witnessed, and I have experienced many blessings because of their willingness to serve. I just love my parents-