In my last post I shared the end of one era of life…
Today I share the beginning of another.
Grace has just completed her first year of college and as part of that transition she now attends church down in Pittsburgh with other 18-30 year old young adults. She has loved it and has found a great group of friends in the process.
Last weekend we were able to finally meet some of these friends in the flesh… friends that Grace has spoken of with fondness…when the YSA ward had an activity at our home.
A few months ago Gracie shared that her and two friends were throwing around the idea of a group campout. After getting the ok from their bishop they began planning. The first order of business was finding a location for their campout. Grace asked if we could host the event and planning began.
In the week leading up to the activity the family pitched in to prepare Patchwork Farm for the onslaught of visitors…
Mulching was completed…(Happy Mother’s Day to me!)
The bus was cleaned out in preparation for overnight visitors and moved to a more accessible location in the yard.
In the process of charging the battery Toby discovered this nursery under the hood:
The grass was mowed and the volleyball net was erected,
And before we knew it Friday had arrived!
Gracie’s friends began showing up around 6:00, with Olivia arriving early to set up her family’s two tents that she graciously shared with the group.
Food for the event arrived soon after that and cutting and dicing for dinner began while Rusty and Tyler got the fire going in preparation for foil dinners.
By 6:30 the driveway was filling up with vehicles.
Friends continued to file in as dinner was served and games commenced.
Following dinner there was a spiritual devotional offered fireside…
And then the remainder of the night was spent singing around the fire (accompanied by guitar) and playing night games.
The next morning a “create your own” oatmeal bar was laid out on the picnic table and everyone got a warm and filling breakfast in their bellies before they headed out for their hike.
Per Gracie’s suggestion, they headed to Buttermilk Falls for their hike.
This little gem is only minutes from our house but is awesome to experience. Everyone had a good time exploring the waterfall and the climbing rocks that makes this park one of our favorite places to visit.
When I start to feel sad about a chapter of life coming to a close it is nice to be reminded that new chapters await and they can be equally blessed.
So grateful Gracie has found this group of friends!