Andrew and I especially loved this statue.
Some people call SVU the BYU of the east because it has similar standards and teaching methods. But it's A LOT smaller. Well, every year they host an education conference and invite awesome Mormon speakers.
How have we not heard about this for the last ten years???
When we DID hear about it, Andrew and I really wanted to figure out a way to get there. OK, I really wanted to get there and I hoped Andrew would come along. Things like this are NOT easy to swing when your nearest immediate family member lives two thousand miles away. So....that's when you turn to friends. I was able to work out a kid-swap for the weekend with Chris and Tiffany. Woo hoo! It was close to our anniversary, so we decided to call it an anniversary getaway.
Andrew and I celebrated our 16 years of wedded bliss...
in a dorm room.
With twin beds.
Sooooo romantic. :)
The first couple speakers were a total infomercial to convince us to send our kids, grandkids, and neighbor's kids to SVU. I was beginning to wonder what I'd gotten us into. After that, the rest of the conference was wonderful. We were spiritually fed. We heard from Julie Beck, Marlin Jensen, Ron Bartholomew (Andrew's seminary teacher in jr. high) and others. We listened to beautiful performances on the piano and violin as well as vocalists.