Years from now when I look back over our time on Guam, there will be many weeks that stand out in my mind. Of all of them, few will compare to this one in which Peyt's Island transformed into a magical place called Peyt Sis Land. This past week my slightly older sister Courtney managed to finagle a week off work to visit us all the way out here from California. We had blocked off a set of dates for her to come, but as of our trip to Palau, there was no news of a plane ticket, so I came back expecting to hunt down another set of dates since these were fast approaching. Oh no... Court had booked her flight and would be on her way out the very next week!!
Goofing off at Magellan's Landing
Carabao ride - One of 5 things you can only do on Guam
Spanish Fort... ahoy
Jeff's for gifts and yummies
Caves at Dadi Beach
Guam's ridiculous sunsets
Someone is happy to be on vacation!
So, yeah, that was the first day.
The next few days we spent exploring...
snorkeling at Fish Eye
And Gab Gab
(thanks Mr. Baracuda for blocking my face)
And gorgeous Gun Beach
Inside Pagat Caves
The other side of the Pacific Ocean
And introducing her to the Philippine Sea
Hiking through Waterfall Valley
Making time for nature
Hunting down rainbows
Searching for Starfish (and avoiding spiders!)
Sampling local flavors
Summitting Lam Lam
And singing at the tops of our lungs.
Creating these carefree new memories and showing Court our slice of paradise unquestionably made for an unforgettable week. But technically, any one of you can come to Guam and have any or all of these awesome experiences (I am thrilled that a few of you yet are going to do just that!). But few of you... dare I say none of you... can come to Guam, do everything in these fabulous photographs, and in a week's time turn this boring, ugly, giant wall:
into a masterpiece:
Yes... my amazing sister led the painting of this entire mural, which we started on Monday and finished on Friday of the week she was here. This incredible piece of art on the wall facing our church sanctuary is a story of its own. But now, perhaps, you can see why this particular visit was so extraordinary... because this particular visitor is so extraordinary. Yes, this is my sister, who travels across the world armed with with a doodle pad and Dr. Seuss sticky notes, who always has a song to sing, who creates paintings and parties and possibilities that make our world a more fun, colorful, and beautiful place.
So grateful to spend this week with my sister, merging the one thing I love to do most -- exploring -- with the one thing she loves to do most -- creating! Together, we managed to conquer the entire world... in just one week. One seriously amazing week :)