I think this weekend can be classified as one of the best of all time. First of all, we got to go "home" to Oxnard. We stayed with our FABULOUS friends, the Thunells, and we got a heart-full of love! Through some of the Lord's tender mercies, we were able to see some of the dearest people in the world. I love those blessings!
First we were able to go to Rowe McMullin's memorial service. Through coincidence (or maybe not) we found out when we first moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 that a couple in our ward knew Larry's grandparents in Barnwell. Now, since Barnwell only has around 500 people (or so I've been told), that is quite a small world! It was a wonderful service, paying tribute to a true cowboy. Ruth is still one of the most caring, energetic, amazing women I've ever known. She took such good care of us when we lived in Santa Barbara. WE LOVE YOU, RUTH!!!
Next we went to Karin and Wayne's wedding. She was a breathtaking bride, just as I always knew she would be. The ceremony was so sweet, and I think everyone could feel the joy as they took their first steps together as husband and wife. Now we get to look forward to their sealing in the temple next spring!!! :)
Sunday was full of church and WE LOVED IT!!! We were able to see our friends in both of our Oxnard wards, and we totally wished we were still there. We lived in Oxnard for the majority of our married life, and we had put down serious roots. We felt so loved and welcomed and missed. Its great to feel that you are important to wonderful people.
So, we went home and now I'm back to my new home in the mountains. I hope I learn to love it as much as I did my home by the sea.