I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Arizona last week. I’ve only been in the Mesa/Phoenix area a few times in my life and I thoroughly loved it.
1. The funeral of my dear friend, Paula Kraemer, was peaceful and joyous. Funerals in our church are a celebration of life and while there are a few tears, there is a happy feeling in knowing we will see them again. I always leave feeling so uplifted and so grateful for good people in my life. Paula was such a go-getter and always concerned for those around her. She will sorely be missed by so many including the Bearnson family. It was neat to see so many former coworkers a the funeral (two are Paula’s boys):
And I always enjoy my time with Becky Higgins:
Becky thinks of the coolest things to take photos of. She took a pic of this map in the foyer of the church. It depicts all the places Paula has traveled to in her life. Most of it was in the name of scrapbooking!
2. For years I’ve heard amazing things about the Mesa Easter Pageant and I’ve always wanted to go. Lucky me that performances were happening while I was there! My mouth is still to the ground on what I witnessed. It was so inspiriting and spiritual–the perfect way to begin my Easter weekend. Around 500 performers depict the life of Christ in 65 minutes on a four-story stage! I tried to take photos but of course they didn’t turn out. Here’s one taken off the Mesa Pageant’s web site:
You can go here for more information and to see a short video about the pageant. Also, a friend shared this video with me yesterday and it’s a MUST SEE! It’s called “Because of Him” and has such a wonderful message!
3. WOW! Arizona is simply rustic and beautiful. I walked thought the Desert Botanical Gardens with good friends (met through scrapbooking) and WOW–this is what I saw:
Find Joy in the Journey!