Sunday, September 15, 2019

Week of September 8 - 14, 2019

Highlights:

Spiritual
Church on Sunday was great. In Sacrament Meeting, we listened to a talk about raising resilient children. It was such good sound counsel for all of us, whether raising children or not. We then listened to a talk given by Seth Larson, a young man leaving this week to serve a two-year full-time mission in West Virginia. He is prepared and already has such a strong testimony of the gospel. Relief Society was wonderful as we learned from Elder Bednar's talk from the last General Conference.

We had choir practice for the first time in more than a month and it was good. Numbers were few, as some have moved away since we last met, but we have many new families in our ward and hope they will join us.

I attended a session at the temple on Tuesday morning and Dad performed ordinances and attended a session on Thursday night.

I continue to read the Book of Mormon daily and completed reading the September Ensign magazine. I also listen to a General Conference talk every morning.

I have indexed 17,076 records and reviewed 41,891 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins family had a busy week and is doing well.

The Ethan Rice Family
Last Saturday, Ethan, Cameo, Kaylee, and Wade attended a Home Depot Kids Building session. They had such a good time.









We spoke with them via FaceTime on Thursday night. Kaylee had one crazy loose tooth. We saw this on Friday...
Finally came out...at school...getting her another cool tooth necklace.

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber came over on Wednesday night to get laundry done. They headed out on Friday for a fun tent camping trip. Fishing wasn't that great...except for Kooper.
Apparently, it had been injured from a previous catch and was floating along, so he nabbed it with his net. He ended up spending time later at the doctor and being diagnosed with strep throat, but they had a fun time.

Morgan
Morgan had a busy week and is doing well.

Kayty
Kayty had a good week at work. She was very interested in the 9/11 presentations and spent a lot of time reading and watching. Sadly, our country is forgetting, so I was thankful she took an interest and was trying to learn more.

One major low that caught me by surprise on Tuesday morning. It was a quick save thankfully and she was only a few minutes late to work. One minor save on Saturday morning that two Hershey kisses and some water took care of. 

The Nathan Rice Family
We went over to visit Nathan, Jessica and the girls on Sunday night. Nathan's Log to Lumber project is well underway and the wood is nicely cut and drying for a year in their garage. They are both doing well at church and at work. I got to play with the girls and Dad read them a couple of books before they were getting tired and we headed home. During the week, he was able to acquire a chain saw with a longer blade from an online neighborhood ad, so he is all set. Dad and I went there on Saturday night to play with the girls so Mom and Dad could have a brief date night. 








We brought some of their favorites to play with and we had fun reading and coloring. 


Dad's Garden
Monday was much cooler. I spent some time during the day cleaning up sun coverings and getting some of the old plastic pulled up. Dad and I dug in the new garden beds to prepare them for compost. Dad plans on planting carrots, spinach, chard, and some tomatoes. Dad got his seeds for Chinese cabbage, collards, and chard. His date trees are still surviving and he is harvesting dates a few at a time from our older date palm. 

Other highlights
I began painting the playroom this week...the same taupe color used in both bathrooms. Furniture has been hauled out on the back porch and Dad helped replace some termite eaten molding. By the end of Saturday, all the walls and all the moldings had been painted. Now to get carpet installed. 




Saturday, September 7, 2019

Week of September 1 - 7, 2019

Highlights:

Spiritual
Sunday church was very good and we had uplifting testimonies in Sacrament Meeting and learned much in Sunday school. Dad went to visit a ministering family in the afternoon. He had prepared for hours ended up sharing with the family a fun message and challenge.

Dad attended temple sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday morning and took Kelsie to perform baptismal ordinances on Saturday afternoon. I performed initiatory ordinances on Wednesday morning.

I continue to read the Ensign magazine and completed my fifth time through listening to General Conference talks and started my sixth time. This was just a rougher week than the typical rough weeks, and I cannot tell you how much comfort I received from the words of our Apostles and Prophet. It was truly as though they knew what was happening in life and how to personally give me encouragement.

Dad helped me with cub scouts. We completed Spirit of the Water adventure and ended up completing Adventures in Coins. One of my cubs has Down's Syndrome and has become extremely difficult to work with him. He tried to take Dad's coins and gram scale and would not give them back. And then, he just gets up and leaves and it is impossible to get him back to the group. It ended up Porter took so much time that I just signed off the adventure for the other boys. We will need to work on something else next time...two weeks from now.

I have indexed 16770 records and reviewed 40392 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins Family was able to attend the Wilkins Family Reunion on Labor Day Weekend in Pinedale with many of their cousins, aunts and uncles. They had a wonderful time!!


The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan, Cameo and family had a good week. Hurricane Dorian didn't even seem to bother them and school and work went well. Saturday they harvested basil from a plant nearly taller than Cameo and then made a bunch of pesto. 

The Doran Rice Family
Kooper experienced his first time on the Annual Dove Hunt this year. He liked the few doves, shot his shotgun at a target, but didn't want to shoot doves. There weren't very many anyway.







Happy Birthday, Kelsie on Monday. They spent their morning doing laundry at our house so it wasn't that fun. They spent Friday again doing laundry while we watched the celebration of President Russell M. Nelson's 85th birthday. They finished a couple more loads of laundry on Saturday.

Morgan
Morgan is doing well. Emileigh was safe from any hurricane effects.

Kayty
Kayty had a rough Sunday night, so I was up a lot checking on her. She took an extra day of vacation on Tuesday and had a pretty good week.

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan, Jessica, and family are doing well and busy working and surviving the heat.

Other highlights
I spent quite a bit of time working out troubles with Nano's homeowner's insurance, her cardiologist leaving her insurance coverage, prescription troubles, and just memory problems. Not easy and still not solved.

Grandma and I took our annual trip to Ahwatukee to the Millie's Hallmark sale. We got a good place in line to get in the store. She found a few things. I didn't find anything I wanted or needed but it was nice to look around. 



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Week of August 25 - 31, 2019

Highlights:

Spiritual
We had a lovely Sunday. One of many new families in our ward spoke about receiving revelation in various ways: through prayer, service, scripture reading. I enjoyed a great Relief Society lesson and Dad attended Elders Quorum for the first time in many years.

Dad took time off work but it was molten lava hot outside, so he performed temple ordinances on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and Wednesday evening. I was such a sweaty hot mess that I was afraid I would not end up being well, so I stayed home those days till I could get rehydrated. We both went on Saturday morning and performed sealing ordinances.

My co-leader, Angie, has had many worsening health problems, so she is being released from her calling. Hilda, my co-leader from the other ward, is out of town all of September. So, I spent a couple of hours preparing for scouts next week and Dad will help me out.

I continue to listen to Conference talks, read the September Ensign Magazine and the Book of Mormon every day.

The church site was down on Saturday so I couldn't index or review. So far this year, I have indexed 16361 records and reviewed 39245 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Adam was a superhero and Marco Polo-ed us on Sunday. The kids are doing well and Sam gave a scripture in Primary that day. Grace seems to be loving everything as usual. It's so nice of Adam to take time to do this!

Happy Birthday to Grace on Friday!! She is now an official teenager!


The Ethan Rice Family
This family had a busy last weekend! On Friday night, they attended drag races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. When I spoke with them later in the week, all Wade could talk about was the tow truck that came out to get a crashed car. On Saturday, they attended a Cops Day event in Hampton with their friends, the Adairs. Wade loved the bounce houses there. They also spent Sunday with the Adairs playing at a park, hiking, swimming and having a great time.

















Ethan is enjoying his new position at work. He said it was really nice to NOT get called and messaged all weekend while they were with their friends. Cameo is working now from 8 am to 2 pm and it is working out well. Wade is really good playing while she works. Kaylee has another loose tooth that is nearly ready to come out. 

Kaylee lost that front tooth on Thursday at school. Yes, she went to the nurse and got one of those cool tooth necklaces to bring it home in. That item was always wanted by my kids but no one ever got one.


The Doran Rice Family
Kelsie's week began with a shopping trip with Aunt Tamara to the mall. Kooper figured out one morning that this school thing was not just temporary, and it made for a difficult school drop off for Amber. Dad ended up Substituting on Thursday at their school, so he took the kids to school, getting doughnuts on the way at QT and then stopping for a burger on the way home. We celebrated Kelsie's 12th Birthday on Saturday.













Morgan
Morgan is doing well.

Kayty
Kayty had a good week at work. She dressed up in a Georgetown Tshirt she got back in Washington DC for college day at work, got off a couple of hours early on Friday, and spent Saturday driving out to Apache Junction to buy more insulin and get a picture that inspired her to paint some of her room next week so she got a gallon of paint too.

One major save on Saturday morning. 

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan, Jessica, Anna, Ellie, and Emma visited us on Sunday evening. Anna and I played in the playroom, with Emma joining us for a bit (Ellie was asleep on Daddy's shoulder). Tuesday was Ellie's second birthday. Nathan took the day off work and they used their Wildlife World Zoo Season Passes the received from Jessica's mom and dad for a zoo trip. That night, we celebrated Ellie's birthday with family, great cake and yummy cookies.

















They had a good week since Nathan didn't have to work 12 hour days. Emma even got to participate in Sister Play Time this week.

They came by for a visit on Friday and ended up leaving all three girls with us so they could grab something to eat. The girls were great and loved sitting on Papa's lap while he read books to them, and Emma liked to talk to me. 

Dad's Garden
Palm trees are amazingly surviving the heat. 

Other highlights

Monday was Dad's work health assessment which included bloodwork. I cleaned for a bit and then took Nano to her neurologist appointment. I was NOT impressed with him at all! By the things he asked, I don't think he has much experience with Alzheimers, though Nano thinks he's a saint. Ugh.

Our new homeowner's insurance didn't like our roof lack of repair, so after being turned down by many roofers including Curtis, we had to do it ourselves. It took two hot mornings of work, but the repair was completed. 

Dad and I worked on the roof for two days and got the job done...





Just in time for a rare this year Monsoon storm full of thunder and lightning and lots of rain. Roof did fine and it was nice to get rain again.

Nano's birthday was Thursday, and Scott had made arrangements for as many of us as could to meet at Manuel's Mexican Food Restaurant and surprise Mom for dinner. She didn't seem that surprised (I don't think she even recognized Kayty or Dad) but she enjoyed herself.