One of the things at the top of my wish-list for life right now is for people to build houses on the empty lots next to us, and for someone to move into the house across the street that has been vacant since before we moved in. I have some amazing friends in my neighborhood, but I've been longing to have some great people right here to help me feel more settled I guess.
Well, Saturday we noticed that a family was finally moving into the vacant house across the street! SOOO excited! :) When I noticed them moving in, I asked Darrell if he was ready to head across the street. :) We roped his brother, Brad, into going to help them, and my sister, myself and the kids went over to introduce ourselves. Turns out the new neighbors have 4 lovely daughters (6 year-old twins, a 3 year old, and a seven-month old). Steven had a BALL playing with the girls while the boys helped move stuff in.
Come to find out, our new neighbors were getting baptized that evening! The missionaries invited us to come to the baptism, and I'm so glad we did. It was an amazingly spiritual experience, and it was so neat to see the gospel in such a new, fresh light in Phil and Amie's lives. They were so excited, and I haven't felt the spirit that strong in a really long time. I'm grateful that they let us share that special evening with them.
Sunday in church they received the Holy Ghost, and it was evident the spirit was again strong in the meeting. I think it touched many people in the audience.
At a time where we live in the day-to-day things of trying to do our best and trying to live the gospel to the fullest, it was just refreshing and wonderful for me to see this amazing family just starting out on a journey I've known for so long. The reminder of wanting to feel that spirit all the time was delightful, and I'm going to cherish this weekend for a while.
On an unrelated note - I was a guest blogger today for a friend - Elise. It does include a giveaway so go check er' out if you want!!