Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The babies are here! We got home at 3 AM from the airport yawn! And immediately everyone ran out to greet them and give hugs. Today was kind of a lazy day. I did have to go open up a bank account for Grace so we drove to Waldorf. Then we went to lunch. Tatum took a five hour nap. Everyone else took shorter naps. We played with the dogs, played with the balls, made water balloons, and ate dinner. We have some fun plans coming up, but mostly I'm just glad they are here.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
It's 7:30 AM. Only Grace and I are awake. I can look out my bedroom door and see the new first vision statue I bought for the family in Palmyra. Even though it's been several days that trip is still my first thought in the morning. We had such an amazing trip I can't even begin to say. The spirit I felt I will never forget. I went to Palmyra with a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet. And I knew that God the Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to him in that sacred Grove. I also knew that there was a lot of work for me to do, and I'd be busy, and that I would be focused on making sure that everything went well for the youth. I was so happy that my family had gone last year and that at that time I had been able to enjoy the sights and see the things that were there and hear the talks and read the plaques. I honestly did not expect a strong personal confirmation or witness. Much to my surprise I think I had the strongest spiritual confirmation that this is God true church that I have ever had. And I had that beautiful sweet special sacred witness more than one time while we were there. In the temple I knew that families could be forever together. I knew that was God's house. In the sacred Grove I knew that the gospel was restored. And that that was, it is, holy ground. In the replica home again the Spirit, the witness, the testimony I received was undeniable. During our testimony meeting I heard so many similar accounts. I heard the youth talk of coming with great doubts, some of them, and for the first time in their lives feeling the burning witness of the Holy Ghost let them know that this is the true Church. They knew that God loves them. They had a stronger resolve to do what was right. There are no words adequate to share these feelings. However I am so so grateful. Now, we just need to take this knowledge, change our lives, serve the Lord, and endure to the end. Piece of cake:)
Today Dani and Tatum and Penny Jane are coming to stay with us for two weeks!! Cannot wait!!
Poor Jenna had her wisdom teeth out on Friday. Her mouth hurts and her face is swollen. On the bright side wedding plans are coming together, I feel bad that she is so far away and left with much of the planning and doing on her own. Luckily Clayton will be back from Ohio soon and they can work together. Also luckily we will be in Utah for the week before the wedding and can help with all the last minute stuff. I am looking forward to being there with her, and to seeing my family.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday was a good day. A lot of the youth were asked to bare their testimonies about youth conference. It was, again, very moving.
Then I took a nap:)
Today we had tons of errands. I don't know how being gone a couple of days adds up to so much to do when I get back.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
900 ish miles.
185 people fed 3 meals per day
15 hours (minus lunch) spent in the temple
6 trips to Walmart
3 service projects
1 water fight
2 trips to the ER
I broken alternator
12 hours of sleep (total)
Many testimonies born
Countless laughs shared
Several sites visited
A few Youth herded back to bed in the middle of the night
Hundreds of hugs given
And now we are done and it was good.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Youth conference is here. After not much sleep last night and a 3:45 wake up call we started our drive up to Palmyra. These two great women crack me up! We had a Super fun drive. We talked about the birth of the new baby prince of England, Prince George. I laughed so hard at Tara's stories I almost drove us off the road. The countryside is beautiful and we were happy to arrive at our destination early in the evening.
Tonight we had NY pizza and a dance. Now I am on the first shift of the night watch with Becky. Why this calling calls for such a sacrifice of sleep I do not know.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
We met our friends at historic St Marys City for a wonderful night of Bach, Water music, Handel and other Baroque compositions. We had a picnic under the stars and visited with friends and listened. The kids loved the science booth and each built several rockets, played with dry ice , watched a sound wave in a tube, and played with some robots. Nice night.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Faith in God stuff on ottoman, archery gear on table (soccer ball under table), legos on decorative tub, tea party on window sill, baseball gloves on bench...art kit on stairs, books stacked in every room, snorkel and sunscreen by doors..... Etc.
Oh what do you do in the summer time? We are at the part of the summer where we are being lazy. Of course there are chores to do. No one really wants to do them but we are doing our best. It's pretty hot outside which makes even walking the dogs a sweaty chore. Grace likes to do crafts. She's been doing some painting and some crocheting. We've been reading books out loud together. Ethan has been working on merit badges, playing video games, and throwing the baseball in the backyard. Hannah dresses up and walks around the house in silly costumes. We watch too much TV. Rob goes fishing most every day. I still have a list of productive things I want to accomplish this summer. Some are getting done, some are not.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday we got the kids back. It's good to all be home together. Sunday was a very nice day. We went to church. We ate zucchini stuffed with hamburger and cornbread stuffing. In the evening our friends came over and we made chocolate waffles with ice cream, and played games.
Youth conference is coming together. Many many many hours have been spent trying to make sure that every detail is right, and that the youth will have a wonderful, testimony building, memorable experience. I'm excited to go and I just hope and pray that it will turn out the way we planned.... Or even better that the Lord will step in and make it the way he plans. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have that the Lord knows each of us, is aware of us, and wants what's best for us. It makes me happy to know that when I serve in my calling or in my family that I am serving his children.
It provides a nice balance. When I watch the news there are so many tragedies, so many atrocities, so many scary things and it can become overwhelming except for the knowledge that we have that our Heavenly Father is in charge. And that the Savior is going to come and end all of that, and that He will reign personally upon the earth. I wish that day was now.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Tonight I had a youth conference planning meeting. When I got home at 11:15 PM I found dad and Grace cleaning fish. They had caught 12 or so. Since I did not have time to eat dinner I fried them up and they were the most delicious fish ever.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Our summer, at least this week, has been a lazy one. This morning Lu spent some time painting some ceramic horses.
We spent the afternoon at the pool with friends. It was a great afternoon swimming and getting a sunburn.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Ethan and Hannah are still in Ohio. It is very strange having them gone. It's been too long.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Every day that we have been here Grandma has had a little surprise ready for Grace. Today's surprise was a bottle of foamy soap. She enjoyed showering with it this morning.