Saturday, December 13, 2008
Under beautiful blue skies. Glorious.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Southeast Texas is beautiful in the fall. The weather is perfect and the trees have begun to change. In the Big Thicket there are maples that turn a brilliant red. The tupelos (black gum) also turn red. American holly is putting on bright red berries for the winter. And, of course, the pines and magnolias are just the same. We went walking this morning in some light ground fog and enjoyed the chill in the air. Moose escaped shortly after we got home, so he is out in front of the house now annoying the neighbors.
I have to post this picture to prove that I sometimes have to perch on the edge of the bed. I was having one of those sleepless nights and had to take a picture. Janet never stirred - in spite of the brilliant flash. The picture doesn't do justice to positioning - which was basically right down the middle.
Following is a montage of pictures taken at Cassidy's 10th birthday.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I found out yesterday that I will likely have a new work assignment effective December 1. I have no idea what that may be. The guy who is responsible for my "career" is in Virginia, and he assures me that it is something that he thinks I will like. What a tease. How about just talking it over with me? Oh well. I have learned to live with uncertainty and with the company bureaucracy. Silly as it sometimes seems, this is the way things are generally done.
We are marking time waiting for December and the opportunity to see all of the family in Mesa. I know a couple of the kids may not be able to come for financial reasons, but being with Brad and Shirley and all of their family and most of ours is going to be awesome. And we can't wait to welcome Kristi into our family circle.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
At last night's General Relief Society broadcase, Elder Dieter Uchtdorf - a counselor in the First Presidency of the church - encouraged all women to develop their talents. Mom has this burgeoning talent and interest in flower arranging. Here are two fall arrangements she put together for our church chapel. They are beautiful and just right for the chapel. One is on a table on the stand and the other is suspended in an alcove at the front of the chapel above the stand.
As a result of Hurricane Gustav, we were "forced" to spend an extra day with Dave and Mimi and family on our way home from Utah. We took the opportunity to capture a few pictures of the grandkids.
Aren't they great? And mom got this great picture of Katherine, Caroline and a neighbor girl playing on Erin's new living room floor. Put your tongue in, will you?
Finally, here are a few pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. These are local to us, and there were communities that were devastated by tidal surge and flooding. Bridge City has 3400 homes. After the storm, there were only 15-16 that were considered habitable. They will be a long time recovering.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The Red Brick Store contained an office that Joseph used and was the site for the creation of the Female Relief Society in 1842. The Community of Christ operates a gift shop on the first floor that is very nice - they sell really good cold root beer and other nice things.
Friday evening we sat in the Outdoor Theater to watch "Sunset by the Mississippi," a variety show put on by senior and young performing missionaries - a little corny, but a lot of fun. Great to see these elderly people singing and dancing and really having a good time. The EFY kids were all there for the show, so we got to see Jessi. The variety show was followed by Vocal Point, the BYU Men's Accapella chorus (9 guys). They put on a great show.
We drove home through Missouri and stopped for the night in North Little Rock, Arkansas. When I was putting luggage in the car this morning, I held the door for a lady, and it was Judy Roberson. We have known her, Ray, and their family for years. They were on their way to Indiana and just happened to stay the night in the same hotel. Is that amazing?
We got home about 7PM tonight, and it is good to be home where we can sleep in our own bed. I'm off to Houston Tuesday for one night, and have a lot to do this week. Then we are headed to Provo next Sunday afternoon after our stake conference. Wow, this feels like a busy month.
Meticulously researched and an interesting window into the past of frontier American justice and the travails of the latter-day saint community that led to their migration westward.
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Friday, August 15, 2008
After clean up and a light breakfast, we toured more of the sites in Historic Nauvoo, including the Riser Boot Shop where we saw a demonstration of shoemaking (soles held to the shoe with small wooden pegs). We enjoyed the demonstration at the Webb Blacksmith Shop and came away with a ring made from a horseshoe nail (everyone gets one). We also visited the brickyard, but for some reason we didn't take any pictures. This was a shame, because the missionary actually took us into the kiln building and the elder there walked us through the process they use today to make the small souvenir bricks that are given to each family. The industry required of those early residents or Nauvoo was amazing. There were 350 brick buildings when the saints left, and only 49 remain from that period. They made as many as 4 million bricks in a season. And the walks of the homes and other buildings were generally made only of brick stacked three deep - lumber was scarce for framing. Anyway, the three layers of brick made for fairly tornado proof homes.
The Seventies Hall is on Parley Street and it was used for training missionaries who left from here to take the gospel to many countries. It's a beautifully restored building, and we particularly warmed to the older sister who was our tour guide. I got to stand at the podium for a moment, and imagined being there to hear men like Brigham Young, Parley Pratt, or Joseph Smith.
Down Parley Street are placques which record the comments of saints who were involved in the exodus from Nauvoo to the west. At one point in February, 1846, there were 4,000 wagons lined up on Parley waiting to cross the ice choked Mississippi to Montrose, Iowa.
We stopped for a visit with Gabe and Gary, the two oxen, and rode the wagon around the grove. At the end of Parley is a monument to the exodus - Joseph Smith and Brigham Young gazing west across the river, holding a roughly drawn map in hand.
We drove to Carthage and visited the jail where Joseph and Hyrum were assassinated. This is a very sobering experience and leaves one feeling a little melancholy.
We love you. The last few pictures are of an old stone bridge that was built just after the saints left Nauvoo and cross a drainage that was constructed by the saints to rid the swamps or water and make the land habitable.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
After a stop at home, we all went to the local water park and stayed about 4 hours. We came home, made pizzas out of English muffins (good, by the way), and then drove downtown. We went to Grandpa's office and sat at a floor-to-ceiling window in a small conference room on the 9th floor to watch the fireworks show. After we got home, everyone had a popsicle, brushed their teeth, and went to bed. Grandpa is reading "The Whipping Boy" to our campsters, and they wanted more and more Thursday night, but Friday night one chapter was all they could handle before they were headed to dreamland. Here's a montage of our first day activities - mostly at the water park. I'm still learning how to use OneTrueMedia, so there are some glitches, but it is pretty good.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
David did have a consolation prize. Caroline finally warmed up to him. He had to coax her, but she did finally agree to sit by him so that he could tell her about his new bicycle.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
At 18, she is mature and childlike all at once. Mature in her understanding of the gospel and relationships, childlike in her humility and her playfulness. She is an affectionate and obedient child, willing to work and anxious to please. How will we live in a home empty of this shining light?
We will live proud and content, happy and full of expectation as we watch her life unfold. As we have with all of you. Each of you are a joy to us. We just bask in the beauty of the lives you have created for yourselves and continue to be in awe of all you are. Thank you for the gifts you have given us in your spouses and children. This Mother's Day, I want to pay tribute to the power you have had to make my experience as a mother such a satisfying, fulifilling and wonderful one. I truly have delighted in motherhood and will continue to do so for all eternity. Because of you.
Thank you thank you thank you