Sunday, June 28, 2009

Serendipity in Sacramento

Cousin Megan and Mindy

Stepping out of the car into the Sacramento air last Thursday took me back to my childhood.  I spent summers with my cousins there, running through the warm and musky groves of Oak Trees.  I especially looked forward to playing with Megan, the only girl cousin my age.  I returned to find that time had transformed her into a stunningly gorgeous woman and mother of three. 

Last month, when a stranger called to ask if I would come to Sacramento and sing for Girls' Camp, it didn't take long for me to think about it.  In addition to relishing the opportunity to connect with adolescents (seriously), it so happens that my parents live there AND it also happened that my dashing cousin, Chad, was getting married in the Sacramento LDS Temple that weekend (of which my parents are the President and Matron).  Serendipity.

Camp Director and new friend, Heidi Fudhim

Such lovely young ladies

Noni and Buck (Mom and Dad).  They still got it!

SooOOOOooooOOO, long story short: new friendships were formed in the remote California woods.  Long lost family members were found and loved as if we never skipped a beat.  I fell in love with my mom and dad all over again.  And fell in love with the idea of falling in love all over again.  Missed the Glediator.  And missed him some more.

Congratulations to Jenn and Chad!


  1. Can I just tell you that I wanted to cry when I saw the pic of the girls camp? That is Camp Ritchie, the girls camp I went to for all my years in YW. I haven't been back, since I moved away from Cali. Isn't the view beautiful? Did you sit out on Testimony Rock? Oh! Ok. Enough.

  2. Mindy! It was SO fun to see you and get to spend some time together. You are too beautiful and lovely! Until September...I am looking forward to your jamming concert!

  3. This is so fun to read about you and your adventures. I am happy to see your parents on here too. I really miss them and their wonderful spirits. How I've longed to talk to them over the last few years. I hope all is well for you and your family. Besitos. - Shantel Bernabeu