Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Last Weekend in California

This is the last weekend we have in California before we leave on Tuesday for North Carolina.

On Friday, Jason and I had a "Toy Story 3" party with some of our friends who hadn't seen it before. It was fun, and it was great to be able to hang out with those friends before we leave. Then Jason and I stayed up late (very late) (really, very late) getting organized for our garage sale the next morning.

After going to bed really late, we got up really early to set the garage sale up. It went from 7 to about 11, and was a success! We had a lot of people come by, and they bought a lot of stuff. What people didn't buy, we donated afterwards. We were able to get rid of a lot of stuff that we now do not need to move across the country.

Ellie, when she came out, was funny. She was putting stuffed animals everywhere. Then she got a book, sat in the animals, and "read."
Our friend Sara came by and painted Ellie's face and arms. Ellie was very excited about it. She liked naming all of Sara's paint colors.
Sparkly strawberry!
That afternoon, Jason's mom threw a going-away party for us. Some more of our friends were able to come, and we got to hang out with them for a little while and say goodbye.

Isn't this cake awesome? It's sunshine, lollipops, and a rainbow.

Today we went to church at Jason's parents' ward (congregation) (we're staying at their house this week, and it's easier than going to our own), which was really good because we were able to say goodbye to the people there, too. The closing hymn of sacrament meeting was totally appropriate. It was "God Be with You Till We Meet Again." It goes:

God be with you till we meet again; By his counsels guide, uphold you; 
With his sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; When life's perils thick confound you, 
Put his arms unfailing round you. God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Keep love's banner floating o'er you; 
Smite death's threat'ning wave before you. God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet, Till we meet at Jesus' feet, Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again. 

As we were singing it, I kept thinking about all of our family and friends who we'll be leaving here in California. This song was perfect. It was very comforting because I know that God will be watching over them when we're gone.

This afternoon after church I drove to my grandparents' house and went through pictures with them. Afterwards I came home and we had dinner with Jason's family, but Ellie wasn't feeling well. When I was gone they had taken her temperature and she was 101 degrees. She was sad and not her normal self. :( After I got home Jason and his brothers and dad gave her a priesthood blessing, and afterwards it was like a light switch had been flipped. She started acting more normal almost immediately, and has been getting better and better ever since. She's a different little girl right now than she was this afternoon. I love the priesthood. :)

Tonight Jason and I are going to go clean the apartment, and then tomorrow morning we pick up the truck to load. So that's what's up next!

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