Sunday, July 19, 2009

Beating the Vegas Heat

Summer is in full swing here and we have been feeling the heat. Our last free day before going back to school we spent with cousins beating the heat at a local splash park.
I love how quickly these parks cool you off. We brought a bunch of cups and let the kids put the cups over the sprayers. When the water fountain turned the sprayer on the cups would go flying. It makes for great fun for everyone.

But eventually some of us got cold from the water and tired from playing. Here is Lauren above snuggled in her bunny towel and warming herself in the sun.

When we went to leave I realized I had locked my keys in the car. So we laid the towels all out in a row and warmed up in the sun while we waited for my sister to come with the extra set of keys.

While we were at this splash park I couldn't help remembering coming here a year ago with my two sister in laws and their kids. It was the first time after Camille's death that I felt joy again. I was so desperate to feel joy again. I wondered if I would ever laugh again. That day I did laugh and I did feel joy. It was like enjoying a cool breeze after spending weeks in unbearably oppressive heat.

I do not have to work so hard to find joy in my life now. It is no longer the struggle to breath and eat that it was back then. The burden of the grief is still on my shoulders, and there are times that I struggle under its weight. But it is so much more bearable than it was then. For that and for the return of joy to my life I am grateful.


Rach said...

What a FUN place to play. I desperately wish we had a splash pad around here.

I know exactly what you mean about fearing you would never feel joy again. God is good, isn't He?

Good luck this first day back to school! HUGS! :o)

Jacylann Nix said...

looks like a blast! we love our splash pad!!
& good luck with your first day orf school! <3

Chelsa said...

our splash park isn't nearly that large or nice, but we still like it, sometimes it is nice to switch it up from the pool at home!

Lauren said...

This post made me smile. I'm glad you are beating the heat!! Nevada weather is crazy.. its raining today!

The Stells! said...

wow i was visiting my mom this past weekend in Las Vegas and we went there too before we flew out! Its a WAY fun park!

Mimi's Toes said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling Joy again. We don't have splash pads around where I live. Looks like a very fun time for the kids.

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