Saturday, August 12, 2017

Week of August 6 - 12, 2017


Sacrament meeting was very inspiring. We heard testimony from Audrey who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and begins 16 weeks of chemotherapy this week. We also heard from the mother of our Young Women's President who was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago and is home recovering from intensive chemotherapy and a recent stem cell transplant. They both have a long way to go to return to health, but both testified of the power and strength they receive as a result of the prayers being offered by so many people. Prayer is a truly wonderful blessing for us. We had a lesson in Relief Society about "certain women". It was very uplifting.

My Sunday evening was absolutely wonderful. We visited via FaceTime with Nathan, Jess and Annalee. Grace texted me and sent me video greetings as well as a Happy Birthday song she sang and played on the piano. I spoke with Doran and Amber via FaceTime and talked to Kooper and briefly to Kelsie (busy getting ready for school the next day). I had been blessed late the night before to talk to Kaylee on the phone as she shared her camping adventures and her fish she caught. Thank you all so much for taking time to share your sweet lives with me.

Attended a Tuesday morning session at the Phoenix Temple, and dad attended in the evening. We also performed sealing ordinances on Thursday evening.

My visiting teachers came and visited on Wednesday morning.

I am in Mosiah 7 in my Book of Mormon reading.

I have indexed 24747 records so far this year.


The Wilkins Family
Adam attended orientation for his high school.

Grace texted me on Wednesday and told me all that was going on and all that she was doing.
Same dressed as NinJago

Grace's New Glasses
Allison posted this on FaceBook Saturday
with the notation
"For those days when you can't decide if you are a ninja, Superman, a ballerina, a Star Wars guy or Maui (the marker on his arm is a Maui tattoo"

The Ethan Rice Family
I got pics late Saturday night from this family and their weekend camping trip to    
Kaylee had a great first day of Pre K on Monday.

She called me that night and said she liked seeing all her friends again.

Wade is a very healthy eater. He likes food, which is so much better than a more picky eater.

The Doran Rice Family
Kelsie started back to school last week, mid week, so this was her first full week. She said the worst part of school is all the classes. Not good news, since that IS what school is. I am sure it will get better though. This family was very busy last week with Amber's company grand opening of their new archery range. I got to see a video of Kooper manning the phone desk handling calls. It was funny. That boy loves his trucks, especially the earth moving kind. And when you play with him, he has to select the truck you are permitted to play with. (it's usually the least real or defective one) He was given a set of yellow construction toy trucks that he loved. He did check them out thoroughly though, and discovered the bull dozer was equipped with wheels rather than treads, so that is the one he lets others play with. He's so funny! He is talking a whole lot more too! I know he will just let loose one day, and Doran and Amber will miss these quieter times.

They were on tv with the pups the foster on Saturday morning.

Dad took Morgan to stay with Doran and Amber on Sunday. He was trying to find transportation to and from work, the last we heard. He sent us a thank you for the fishing reel he purchased with his birthday money. We have all his things stored here in the playroom: clothing, tent, fan, toiletries, jack, fishing stuff, etc.

Kayty went to Costco with me on Monday...hauled my water and heavy stuff to the car. She is amazing! Work the rest of the week.

Two major saves with seizures this week.

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica had a good Sunday. Annalee enjoyed returning to her nursery and making new friends. Nathan started up working on Monday and Jessica kept Anna entertained while getting re moved into their apartment. We were glad to be able to FaceTime with them a few times. Anna decided to try to climb out of her crib and got her foot stuck...twice. So, they swiftly converted her crib to a toddler bed and she is adjusting to that and doing well. By the end of the week, they had replaced blinds hung and a microwave oven all repaired. The spent Saturday finishing up preparing for Elisabeth by hitting some yard sales.

Dad's Garden
He ate a couple dates and loved them. He also picked up a trailer full of compost from our goat milk friend.

Year of the House Part 2
Dad learned via YouTube how the shower drain should be done. He began the process of drilling concrete to make the drain in the best position. After consulting with Nathan, he may choose to saw the concrete first to make later attempts to remove more simple. I am trying to avoid concrete dust at all costs!

Other Highlights
Monday morning jog was the best! It was a cooler 82 degrees. The sky was clear...and I saw Orion's Belt for the first time in a long time!! Orion lets me know Fall will be coming soon and then I saw a shooting star. It was amazing!!

Good shopping Thursday with Nano this week. She continues to have memory struggles, but has a better and better list of things she needs. We went to WalMart and I was able to find some fabric I thought I would have to order.

Dad substitute taught on Friday. It was 7th and 8th grade math, but they were just doing pre testing for the year.

Wonderful rain on Saturday morning. I thought it was going to miss us, but we had a great downpour.

Not So Highlights
Dad had to turn in his smart phone for a flip phone. It has strangled his work. One other SDE called him on Friday from a site and needed access to their bosses phone number. Dad could not do anything since he had no access to the Global Directory without a smart phone. He is teased by all the suppliers for his flip phone, and now even the 7th and 8th graders were mocking him. Part of his "stay in school" message involves how great it is to be a professional rather than work at McDonalds as a career. Well, that phone does nothing to reinforce that, since these low income kids all have phones better than his. Nothing we can do, though.

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