We took off on our own, directed by T and A for our second day in Switzerland. We drove up through Julier Pass, through little mountain towns, all the way to snow! In July! My kids though it was the best to have a snow fight in shorts and t-shirts. Least the scenery deceive you, this day was not totally beautiful. We probably had to stop 15 times (no exaggeration) during the first hour to give time outs on the side of the road. Not sure why those kids were so mad at each other, fighting non-stop when they were surrounded by so much beauty! Must have been the mid-trip grumpies. They were just grumpy and not fun to be stuck in a small car with. We nearly gave up and turned back, it really felt like torture. But we pushed through, and now we have this vague memory of how hard that was, but mostly we have these beautiful pictures and the kids just remember the snow in July. Like my sister-in-law says, you sometimes just have to push through and “live in anticipation of the memory.”The air was so clean and we felt the thrill that only mountains and fresh air can give you. You’d never guess from this shot that these two were wanting to kill each other 20 min earlier. Oh, I love photography. We stopped at an old fort and climbed up the mountain to the ruins. You’ll notice that a few kids aren’t with us. They were too upset and stayed at the bottom. But those who went got the thrill of the view. And peter fought imaginary dragons the whole way up. I’m SOOO thankful for those imaginary dragons. They’ve gotten us up such great heights.
Emmeline: little miss crazy. Peter, Dragon Slayer. Loved the cloud shadows. We came home to Tal and Anita and had another great dinner with them and swam in their pool. Hazel is obsessed with anything Anita cooked. She is a great cook, and the ingredients there seemed so whole and real, with so much more taste than our food.After dinner and getting the kids down Jeff stayed with them so that we could take a hike/walk up behind T and A’s house . We just kept walking up and up, for like two hours. Just when my mouth was parched from all that uphill walking we walked past cherry trees with the most deliciously ripe black cherries that were for the taking. Oh, yum. That after dinner hike was enough to make me want to move right in. Can you believe this is behind their house?? Look at that view. We walked up through this forest where the sun was peeking through the trees like fire. This sunset was happening around 10:30pm! And I loved being surrounded by the happiness of Tal an Anita. They were just bursting with the kind of satisfaction that you have when you’re turning dreams into reality. Such a beautiful ending to kind of a challenging day. But one full of breath taking majesty. God is an incredible artist.