What I really wanted to label this was "My dogs are barkin' my eyes are droopin' and I am SOOO grateful to live in the comfort of a home!"
Back in November Jeremy and I were asked to be a Ma and Pa for a Handcart Trek. We would be the Trek parents to a group of 10 teenagers ages 14-18. I was totally stoked, we quickly got a sitter lined up to trade our 6 kids so we could have 10 teenagers. We would get to dress up as pioneers in the 1800's ...
and pull a handcart.
Let me introduce my "family" and tell you what I think of them.
Mormon Batallion. He was the first to return to our "family" and the girls were so thrilled, they gave him a big hug. His face lit up, I don't think because it was the girls but that he was appreciated. He is a faithful young man and will make an amazing missionary!
I'll Follow you into the dark" while playing the guitar. Oh how I wish I had batteries in my camera, it died at the end of day one. It was beautiful. This day in particular we talked a lot about death. Husbands who started the day pulling their carts and by the end the wife was burying him, or the new mom who had to bury her baby, or even a husband who had to bury his wife and child. It was devastating. This girl is very talented!
On the right is Ashley. She is spunky and fun. I doubt anyone can tell her what to do. She has high standards, and is extremely social. I think I heard "Build me up buttercup" a fair number of times, I think it was an inside joke I was never in on, but none the less I enjoyed that she was always having fun and singing...I love listening to music, even when it is from the backside of a handcart. One of my first impressions is when we were waiting to start the trek. A song was being sung and she stated that it was inappropriate for this, she then said she did like the song, but that this wasn't the place to sing it. I admired that she stood up for her beliefs. It made it easier for me to speak up when something wasn't appropriate. I am grateful for that example.
Secretly I think it was because our last name is Jacobs so she could call us Team Jacob!
Nate is an athlete as well. For his senior year he recently got elected as ASB President. He seems like a nice all american guy! I would say if Caroline was the all american girl, he is the all american boy. I don't think I ever heard him complain. He was very helpful. He is an athlete as well (Yes all our guys were athletic...and the girls too...except Cybelle, who said she only played street hockey when she was younger.) Nate was very easy to talk to, I am glad I got to know him.
Todd and Nate are very similar but are very different. Todd is very confident. He seems to be laid back, but definitely competitive. I heard through the grapevine that he was captain of the football team. I am not sure that it is true, but it wouldn't surprise me. He is athletic and a leader, I would say that he is another one that you probably couldn't get him to do something unless he wants to, yet he still did everything we asked. I wish trek was about one day longer, because he opened up a little more as the days wore on.
I was so pleased with this group, but sad that we missed out on getting to know our other two family members. I have served in the primary and in all honesty teenagers scare me. (remember I am a self proclaimed wimp!) This group was easy going but they worked hard. I told them they were all rockstars on multiple occasions. The proved to me that there are great teenagers in this world, which give me hope for my children's future. I have a love for these kids and am so impressed by their personalities. They varied so much but shared a common quality, they are all great youth! I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of this experience with them and that they accepted me as their "Ma" shich yes they even called me "ma" which was a little disturbing because it made me feel so old.
In my next post I will share a little more about my experience, but definitely wanted to document my feelings for this awesome family!