Priceless Moments from Memorial Day Weekend

Joy overflows

Entrance fee into Zion National Park? 25 dollars.

Camping fee? 16 dollars x 2 nights.

Rocks for John at the local rock store? 7 dollars.

Shower at Bike Zion? 5 dollars.


  • Listening to John and Lydia play and laugh together in the back of the car.
  • Listening to John and Lydia tantalize each other in the back of the car.
  • Hiking with Stacia and Lydia as they were wrapped together.

    Lydia and Stacia
    Lydia and Stacia
  • Waking up in the middle of the night next to my wife on a matress that had deflated.
  • Watching Lydia crawl with a small object clutched in her hand, on all fours to avoid getting dirt on her knees.
  • Watching John throw rocks into various rivers and shriek with joy.
  • Cooking my own sausage at our campfire.
  • Watching foreign tourists try to maintain their polite composure in the shuttle bus as our tired children were crying and whining.
  • Eating my wife’s chili dogs.
  • Alternating the reading of Augustine’s Confessions aloud in the car with my wife as the children slept.
  • Waking up to Lydia smilng at me from her Pack ‘n Play.
  • Marveling at flowers that grew upside-down.
    Flowers growing upside-down
    Flowers growing upside-down
  • Bustling about the camp site as my wife peacefully sat and knitted.
  • Drinking the park’s natural spring water.
  • Cheating by adding coals to the fire.
  • Being in a town where there were no fast food franchises.
  • Carrying John on my shoulders.
  • Basking in the beauty of order in God’s creation.