Sunday, June 5, 2011

Treking it...

I had the awesome privilege to be apart of the Trek as an adult child. I had been asked by LaChelle Crandell to take her place, but the day before the trek I got a call saying they didn't need me to go anymore cause they had more big sisters than they knew what to do with. Well when I got out there Thursday do help Jami with the Taffy Pull, Shawna came up to me saying their big sister went home the night before and asked if I would stay and be there female adult child. I of course said yes!! Even though I didn't get to be apart of the first day, I still had a blast being able to finish out the last 3 days with them.

What an experience a Trek is! My attitude was slightly different this time than the first trek I went on 14 years ago! Back then I was an 18 year old with a nasty attitude and didn't want to go at all. It was great to be able to do it again with a different attitude and being a little bit more mature:) Both Treks have been life altering. Some of my experiences are too sacred to share and I will write down in my personal journal. It was amazing to see how stalwart our youth are! We have amazing leaders who are truly inspired. I gained a greater appreciation for President Whipple, and learned why the kids absolutely love him! What a huge example he is to our youth!

A BIG thanks to everyone who made it all happen!! And a BIG BIG thanks to Bruce and Shawna for allowing me to be apart of their Trek Family! We really did have the best family out there:) I hope the youth got as much out of it as I did!!

Brandon and I out at the Taffy Pull

Macky and Maryssa...two of the cutest pioneers ever!

Jami and Tim...the Taffy Pull goobers!

Beautiful Emma cleaning her feet with a wipey!

The girls in our family hitching a ride in the handcart!

Dave Godfrey, Shawna Ma, Brucie Pa, me and Travis Parham

Shawna Ma, Emily Cheney, and Casey Palmer pushing the handcart

The women in our family...Casey, Emily, Brooklyn, Adeline, Sam, Brittany, Shayna, Me and Shawna Ma

The Men in our family...Mike, Trey, Hayden, Chance, Travis, Jayden, Brad, Dave, and Brucie Pa

Shawna Ma, Me, and Brucie Pa

The whole Fam Damily

Hayden Farr hanging out in his tarp made hammock!

Braiding Shayna's hair!

Ma and Pa McLaws doing the chicken dance!

President and Sister Farr doing their own version of the square dance:)

Hey Travis baby...if you love Jayden...please smile!!! (you had to be there:)

Had to catch this moment...These 4 people have had the biggest influence on my life! My own parents and Ma & Pa Farr!!

My dad was the guest speaker out there at our Sunday meetings. He of course did an amazing job!!!

President Pa, me and Ma Farr...these were my trek Ma & Pa 14 years ago!
I really wonder if these two have any idea of how they changed my life...and still do! I was raised with my dad being the Stake President. I know how many hours he spent doing his calling and how many hours my mom spent alone!! THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of your hard work and service! I promise it doesn't go unnoticed!!


tenney_fam said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Love the pic with Brandon, he looks like he should have been born in that era! Love ya hope to see you soon.

Dawna Greer said...

Its so awesome that you got to be a part of the trek. I'm sure you added lots of spark and fun to the mix. You're right, you do have to be there to understand. I got to be a part of two and they are great memories. I love all the pictures.


can you send me a list of things you guys did on the trek...My friends out here are in charge of one next year and need ideas...They weren't even planning on doing the whole clothing thing, I asked her how they were gonna put the kids in the pioneers places if they didn't... It would be greatly appreciated, I thought i kept my lists and everything from when we went 14 yrs ago, but I haven't found email is or home address is 65170 McDermott Rd, Deer Island OR 97054.
I really would love to go on another trek!!!!!

ashley b said...

how awesome that you guys were able to go! that is something i would LOVE to do in the future. i would definitely have to say that the treks i went on in high school were two of the best, hardest and most spiritual experiences of my life. i'm so glad that people are willing to sacrifice their time and energy into making it happen for the youth!

cturley said...

Glad you got to go, thanks for sharing the pictures!! I was telling Robin that you had a cute picture of Jaden on here :) Toooooo funny.

Shawna said...

Thanks for coming and bailing us out. It was tons of fun to share that experience with you. I love the Shawna Ma and Brucie Pa. Thanks for all your help and everything. I love the pictures too - might have to take some. Love ya!

Kristal said...

I can't believe the trek we went on was 14 years ago! It's so crazy how fast time flies. Do you remember you and I were both in the Farr family? Best family by farr wasn't it;) I'm sorry to hear about your dad. He's been in our prayers.

Brit and Summer said...

Love it Tiff! Glad you got to go and have the experiences that you did. I remember our Trecking experience what a humbling experience it was. Miss ya!

Winter Shanai said...

Looks like you had plenty of fun! Love the pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Nicole said...

That's awesome! I want to go as an adult daughter here next year! I bet everyone loved having you there:)