Monday, September 1, 2008

There's no place like home...

Home means a lot of things to me. For the past year and a half, home is anywhere where Adam is. And of course, we now live in Oregon, so that's home, too. Home will also always be in Wisconsin (in the same way that my mom calls Massachusetts "home", even though she's lived in WI for 35 years or so). But I also felt completely at home in Cedar City, UT last week when Adam and I visited my sisters and with my parents. It was so great to be there with my family, and I already miss them terribly. It really makes me thankful for eternal families, and though it's so hard to be away from them now, I know I can be with them forever.

While we were in Cedar, there was a tragic plane crash outside of Moab--a medical crew flew from Cedar to Moab to provide outreach medical services/cancer screenings. Everyone on board died; all were from Cedar City. It was amazing how many people in Cedar were touched by those 10 people who died. My sister, Erin, had just visited one of the doctors a few months before. One of my sister's neighbors had just proposed to one of the girls that died in the crash the night before the accident. It seems like everyone knew or had met at least one of the people. Adam and I left Cedar on different days--he had to be back to work, so he flew back on Monday, but I stayed until Thursday. It made me terrified to travel without him--and him without me!. All I could think about was getting home to my sweet husband safe and sound. I am so thankful that we can be together, and that we are sealed in the Temple, so if something so terrible as a sudden accident were to happen, I would (hopefully!) be able to reflect on the eternal perspective of things. Sorry for the somewhat morbid seems like I've thought more about those kinds of things since I've been pregnant. At least Adam isn't a worrier like I am! Okay, back to the trip...

Here were two of my favorite things about this trip:

and Rori, who we got to meet for the first time! You know who else LOVED Rori?

Her Uncle Adam! He couldn't get enough of her! One day, after I'd been holding her for about 20 minutes or so, he actually accused me of "hogging her". Whenever she was set down anywhere, he was by her side in minutes. He'll be a good papa, I'm pretty sure. And I think spending so much time with Rori just makes him want Claire to come sooner!

Beth and Mike were kind enough to hold off Rori's blessing until we could all be there. Here's a picture of the cute family:

And three generations of Hensel girls (yes, I am as big as a house!)

We got to see some cool things too. In all the 3 years of my time living in Cedar City, I never drove up to Parowan to see the petroglyphs, so Erin and Dad drove Adam and I out there for a peek. Pretty cool stuff!

Erin also took us on a cool hike one night up Parowan Canyon.

Mikey just loved sitting up so high on Adam's shoulders:

At the end destination of the hike, we had to climb some boulders and get accross this:
to get to the waterfall at the end. Okay, so it's not very big, but this is southern Utah at the end of summer, so the fact that there's water at all is a good thing.

I'm so glad we got to do so many fun things while Adam was still with us!


grandma GiGI said...

We loved seeing your pictures and hearing your account of time spent with family. Living in St. George, your pictures of Kolob were very familiar. We are going to St. Geo, in Sept, for a couple of weeks.
Your account of the plane crash hit home. One of the 3 survivors is a boy who grew up in our neighborhood. His father was Glenn's counselor in the Stake Pres. Dan lives in Clearfield and has 5 children. We are so greatful that he survived although so sorrowful for the others. His father is a doctor and his brother is a orthopedic surgeon. They both few down to see how he was doing in a Guatamala hosp.

laurel said...

I am so glad you were able to see your family. You look so good too. From those pictures of Adam, you can tell he will be on heck of a daddy

Glenda said...

What a fun trip and a special time to be together. It is nice to know that my little baby will have such nice cousins to play with.

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