For the past little while the city has been celebrating the summer with it's annual Springville Days. Art shows, concerts, breakfast at the firestation, carnivals, quilt shows, rodeo, fireworks and of course a big parade. Even though we weren't able to attend this year, all of the city activities affect me in a way I'm not sure how to explain. I just love it!
I feel like I'm a part of something- it sounds silly, but I really love this city. There are old stores on Main Street, which was closed off half the day to accommodate the parade floats, there are grassy fields with horses that play and run around... We can walk to our church building, and pass a beautiful park with a stream, and neighbors who have llamas, a duck pond, sheep, and some animals I've never seen before, but they look friendly! Beautiful mountains surround us and there's a train that passes through and blows its horn. Some people...ie. my sweet husband, would rather there not be a train, but I enjoy it each time it passes by.
I feel like we live in a modern world, but still somehow the city reminds me of the olden days. I feel safe walking outside and its quiet and peaceful. Garrett and I were at a local pizza place the other day and the owner was so kind to us. We were able to make so many interesting connections as we spoke, he encouraged us to enjoy our married years without children, handed us our order, shook our hands, exchanged names and smiles, and we went home. I just felt so happy!
The city so far has been just what I've wanted! We have a beautiful home, and it's been so wonderful to live so peacefully here.