Friday morning Greg and Susan watched our kids so we could go parasailing with Adam's youngest brother, Bryan.
|Adam going up!|
|Diamond Head as seen from the boat|
Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous at all before going up, and as it turns out, there was absolutely nothing to be nervous about, anyway. Parasailing was much less of a thrill ride than I expected it would be. It was sort of like being on a playground swing, just several hundred feet in the air. It was really calm up there, though, not fast or crazy like I expected it would be. But the view, as expected, was phenomenal. I'm really glad we went; it's something I can check off my life to-do list, but I probably wouldn't pay to do it again.
Later that afternoon, we saw a beautiful rainbow over the ocean. Again, photos can just never do it justice.
Friday night Doug and Heather, along with two girls who are students at BYU-H, came to the house and babysat all sixteen kids so all the adults could attend a temple session together. Talk about a great way to end a trip to Hawaii. Wow. It was pretty special to be in the temple with Adam's parents, all of his brothers, and all of their spouses. Adam and I don't go to the temple too often together at home--we take turns so we don't have to get a babysitter for the kids. So it was great to have that time together, particularly in the Celestial Room where we were able to discuss specific spiritual promptings we had received.
I also absolutely loved sitting together with my mother-in-law and my four sisters-in-law, all dressed in white. I am so grateful for them and the women and mothers that they are. One of the things I miss the very most about living in Utah is the time after Sunday night dinner at G&G Marchant's home, sitting in the living room and chatting with all the Marchant women. I love Adam's brothers--they are collectively among the best men I have ever known--and they are all matched by amazing women. It was a wonderful privilege to be with them in the temple. It was the pinnacle of a most memorable week.
I had hoped to get a picture of all of us together at the temple, but it didn't happen. :( We were in a hurry on our way in (getting out of a house filled with our collective 16 children on time is much easier said than done!), and after our session some of us stayed for a sealing session, while others went home. So we didn't get a photo. But, regardless, I will always remember what a special night we had.