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The Organ Needle

November 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I am a sore man this morning.  Day two after hiking to the top of the Organ Needle sure feels good :)  We had a great time, and Michael has made history being the first of this generation of Giles to make it to the top (along with his cousins Megan and Brooke!).  There is a ton going on in life right now – about to move across the world, away from our friends and family to China.  It was a great experience to share with my dad, one of my brothers (Monte), and my oldest son Michael.  It took me back to my previous experiences hiking to the top of the Organ Needle, the last of which was the week before I entered the MTC as a missionary some 14 years ago (as far as I can remember).  The time and effort it takes to hike to the top of the Organ Needle and back down (basically a day) helps cement it in your life’s experiences, somewhat of an anchor if you allow it to be one.

Upon returning home tomorrow the next several weeks are going to be a whirlwind of activity, cleaning, repairing, packing, filing, signing papers, buying plane tickets, sending our belongings on boats (not to be seen again for two months), renting out our home, selling our cars, selling our furniture, selling our … , saying goodbye to friends, saying goodbye to family, spending Christmas and New Years with family before boarding our airplane to Beijing the first of January.  And in reality, the whirlwind then really begins to whirl…

Our family is in for an adventure that will change each of us, and the path our lives may take us.  We know we are doing what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, and because of that we are filled with peace throughout all that is involved in making this move.  Even so, I look forward to the next time I’ll be able to be with those closest to me, father, brothers, children, on top of the world through hiking to the top of the Organ Needle.  I’m grateful to have had this experience at this time in my life, to be an anchor to what matters most to me before heading out on this new adventure across the world in China.

Game On!  :)

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  1. April 10th, 2012 at 01:46 | #1

    Just thinking…you should have probably let alllll your followers know that there was a continuation from this last post. http://china.gileszone.com :)

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