I'm back from Lake Powell and WOW--what a week! If you ever want the vacation of a lifetime that will be enjoyed by every family member (any age), you really should consider renting a house boat on Lake Powell. The scenery is spectacular--the water warm and clear--and there's more shore line than in all of California.
Before I tell you what you seriously won't believe, I had to show off my little Sage. We decided to try her on water skis this year. We told her to lean back on her life jacket, bend her knees, keep the ski tips up and keep her arms straight. We didn't tell her to close her eyes but it must have worked--she got up on her first try!
Also, check out the scenery behind Collin--it totally looks like something out of a movie. Really--the prettiest place on earth!
Now for the experience that you won't believe. Several families from our neighborhood came with us including the Butters who have five children. We dry dock our house boat at a place called Off Shore Marina near Bullfrog. We got to the dry marina Thursday night and were looking forward to getting right on the water and finding our perfect place to park the boat. Instead we found out that the generator on the boat was completely gone--it had stopped working during the previous owner's week. We stayed the night on the house boat on dry land (about 20 minutes from the lake). (The house boats are on huge steel pyramids.) The older children slept on top while the adults slept in rooms on the boat. There were probably 50 other boats around us full of eager boaters also waiting to be launched the next day. In the morning, 11-year-old Allie Butters and her pillow were mysteriously missing off the top deck. We searched every square inch of the boat, then began asking other boaters. We searched at the restaurant, the gas station, the boat repair and rental shop, up the road, in the desert among the sage brush. We looked on other boats--and soon everyone at the marina was looking and praying. After what seemed like an eternity (at least an hour), we called the police. We continued to look and began feeling very scared. Suddenly one of the employees yelled "I found her, I found her!" She was sound asleep in the empty house boat just next door. She had walked in her sleep all the way to the ground (down some very steep steps). She had then gotten disoriented, crawled up the steel pyramid and over the gate on the wrong boat, was confused why everyone was gone, so went and crawled in the room she thought her parents were sleeping in not realizing it was the wrong boat. WHAT A RELIEF! Our prayers were answered! Needless to say her parents didn't let Allie sleep on the top the rest of the trip--they kept her under lock and key.
Now for the really amazing part. We were kinda bummed there was a generator problem and that we weren't able to get on the lake Thursday night. What a blessing in disguise. If we would have been on the lake with Allie sleepwalking the way she did, who knows what would have happened.
I can't quit thinking about this experience. Sometimes trials come that we all wish we didn't have. The important thing to remember is God always sees the big picture and knows what's best for our lives.
On a sad note, one of my dear scrapbooking friends, Lezley Laudenbacher, unexpectedly passed away early this morning. I met Lezley in her home in Zanesville, Ohio where she was crowned "Queen of the Crop" for the day. I showed up with tons of goodies and she provided lots of yummy food and chocolate galore. We became instant friends and she came to several CKUs and QVC live studio audiences. I talked her and her mother, Virginia, into coming to Utah two years ago--it was a first time on a plane for both of them. We had such a delightful time and had a blast at CKU-Provo. (Lezley is on the right.)
I am so lucky to have known Lezley and my heart is heavy tonight--I will miss my wonderful friend. I am so honored to have the opportunity to speak at her funeral.
Please say a prayer for the Laudenbacher family.