Friday, December 7, 2012
Our visit was quite the adventure, starting with Zeke throwing up in the car 8 times on the 8 hour drive. I started feeling sick about lunchtime. Luckily, it was a 24 hour bug, and by Sunday afternoon we were both feeling better. Caleb spent a day in quarantine later in the visit, but MIRACULOUSLY we didn't share our fun with any of the Browns!
On the flip side, the Browns had the croup! While we were there they went to the doctor four times and even headed to the ER late one night for help breathing. Those sweet little ones really struggled to participate and have fun with the cousins.
We did get to the park a couple of times, to the zoo, to listen to a piano recital given by the two oldest, to have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner, and even to try a fabulous thing called strawberry lemon stuffed french toast. I think I had the left overs four three or four meals in a row because it was AMAZING!
Kristi and Earl just purchased a brand new home, and it was just lovely and comfortable. Thanks for hosting us and braving 5 rowdy boys, K+E!!
He also served helping those with little or no employment skills to develop ways of being self-reliant through DI for several years, as a bishop of his ward (In the church, you are asked to serve in many different ways, but we have a lay ministry, meaning no one gets paid for their service. In this role of leading a congregation, it wouldn't be uncommon to spend 20+ hours a week on service to the congregation!), and in the temple for many years.
He wanted us to know that he loved us and thought we were doing wonderfully and had his support. He knew his passing was coming. He told us he wouldn't make it to his anniversary, but we were sure that he would. His last messages to us were faith, love, and support.
I sure love them both and am grateful for their legacy of love and faith.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
First day of school in descending age order. :)
#1 (with sousaphone) in the first fundraiser of the year--the Marchathon through our neighborhood
So I'm doing some serious back-tracking here. Good thing sending out a Christmas letter keeps me committed to blogging! :)