Friday, June 24, 2011

Trek 2011

 when I was asked to be a Ma at trek I said yes with no hesitation!!!  Trek you say? you hate to camp and get dirty... I know I know but it is the most life changing  thing I've done for myself.  I loved going 7 years ago and I loved it again!!!

 We learned how to square dance and yes that's me and Tanner and the sister missionaries (so cute)  we were so tired at night we just fell right to sleep, and yet I still took a sleeping pill just in case.

 This is our family we had 6 boys and 4 girls.  Kristi was truly  inspired by the Lord to put this group together.  Even in one of the testimonies one of the boys said he need thees kids to help him to change.  They all had such great attitudes not one of them slacked off they all loved each other and had such a great time together.  I miss them.
 Whitney and Jordan and me hanging out by the fire waiting for dinner.
 Each family had a 15lb baby that had to be carried not thrown in the handcart.  Tanner loved his family baby and Austin wouldn't let any one near his family's baby it was funny, they were teasing me that we should have another one... I said NO!
 We ate bugs...
We played pioneer games..
 We got tatted up. (we were the Mormon Mafia) 

 We had a sun set and a  moon rise at the same time  so cool.
 We crossed the river about 6 times getting muddier and wetter by  each crossing..
 Bridgette was the cook and let me tell you I gained 3 pounds. It was so divine, Dutch oven cobblers peppered beef stir fry and breakfast sandwiches  YUMM!
 Crossing the muddy water AGAIN...
 and AGAIN!
 and AGAIN!!!
 Bry looks a little board OK they all do but we were hot and it was so windy we could hardly keep our eyes open.
 Our darling family.  I don't know how the pioneers did it, cold and hungry and losing child after child or husband or friend  so many died how could they bear it?  I know in my heart they were trying to get to Heaven first and Zion second  cause how else could they do it?  how could they lose everything for the church???  They did it for heaven for that I'm convinced!
 Martins cove was so spiritual it is holy ground the Savior has been there and you can feel the spirit, to see 18 year old boys cry along with the girls as we walked in silence thinking of the stories we just heard was worth all the wind and dirt!!  These kids were so strong the girls pushed on the women's pull we also did rocky ridge with just the girls  we were so strong!  I feel like we can do any thing this life throws at us because we walked and pushed for 17 miles we sludged through mud and buried a baby along the trail. I'm a better person for knowing my pioneer past I have a deeper love for this church and deeper love for life and the ones who share it with me.

and yes that is snow behind us....
All is well, all is well.


Jennifer said...

That looks like....okay, I can't say it looks like fun, because it doesn' looks like work and torture. I bet it was a great learning experience though.

jerseygirl said...

wow< i bet you were the best trek ma! what a great experience. I'm with Jennifer, looks hard, but i'm sure worth it! loved the pics, you are so pretty!!