30 July 2012

happy pioneer day!

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i super love pioneer day. even though i wasn’t in utah this july the 24, i couldn’t let the day pass without some true celebration of something so worth celebrating. i have a soft spot for the legacy of the mormon pioneers. in church on sunday, i was leading the congregation in singing hymns, and i got all teary in front of the crowd as we sang “come, come ye saints” together. i am truly, truly grateful for the sacrifices of the pioneers and the lessons i have learned and can apply to my own life from their incredible faith, diligence and resilience.

so, to honor, commemorate and revel, brittany and i hosted a little neighborhood party in our friends’ backyard. we made four pies to share: apple (recipe handed down all the way from brittany’s pioneer ancestors), strawberry rhubarb, peach raspberry and banoffee (an english dessert that we both adore).

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i have to say all the pies turned out amazingly well – they were delicious! our guests enjoyed while bluegrass hymns filled the night air and laughter filled the yard.

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we lit up some sparklers and waved them in celebration of the pioneers reaching the salt lake valley 165 summers ago.

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we gathered to share some pioneer stories of faith and miracles.

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and encouraged everyone to a second helping of pie!

celebration is good for the soul.

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4 comments :

  1. Dang! Where are you when we need you? We did have a chuck wagon breakfast at the pavilion but no homemade pies in sight! Looks fabulous!

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  2. I'm sure NO ONE could have hosted a better celebration of the pioneer's arriving in Zion better than you Charity darling! It looks wonderful, such a perfect way to celebrate! Pies, hymns, and stories!

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  3. Hi Charity, I am a new reader. I love your blog. A friend shared yours with me because I am relocating (with my little family) to the Bay Area. LOVE your recommendations about fun things to do in and around San Fran. I am curious about the Bluegrass Hymns you mentioned listening to. Please share what/who/ or where I could go to listen to those myself. Thanks!!

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