Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy September

Our neighbor Gracie captured Peter doing a header in his soccer game week before last.  If you click on the pictures you can see them in a larger size.

Starting to jump for the ball...
 Check out how high he is here!
 He and the keeper both go for it at the same time.
 And the poor keeper gets the raw end of the deal.
The ball went the wrong way - not into the goal - but it was an awesome header!

Bruce and I have really had fun in the month of September going to Peter and Libby's soccer games.  Unfortunately, their games are at the same exact time!  They both play the same high school on the same day, one home and one away.  So Bruce and I spend our Tuesdays and Thursday evenings watching whoever is playing the home game.  We usually end up staying for the Varsity game too, which is fun to watch.

Speaking of High School activities, Peter asked Halli to Homecoming on Saturday night!  He took a cantaloupe over to her which had a note with it that said, "Since we cant-elope, will you go to Homecoming with me?"  Hahaha  Good one Peter!

I was privileged this week to attend an Advanced Retreat (yes - another one!) for Healer's Blueprint Practitioner's.  It was wonderful to be with these amazing ladies at Bear Hollow, a beautiful location.
 Sherisse - one of the many friends I felt a special connection with here.
And within the hour from when I got home, Libby and I turned around and went to another fantastic meeting - the General Women's Session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Wow - it  was wonderful.  I especially loved Sister Carol M. Stephens talk about the Atonement and Sister Bonnie Oscarson's talk about teaching in the right way.

I am astounded to be surrounded by so many incredible women in my life.  My days are filled with the example, love and friendship of wonderful, wonderful human beings.  I hope, even in the smallest of ways, to give back even a modicum of what flows to me every day.

Monday, September 19, 2016

High School Friends Retreat

My high school friends and I got together this weekend at my friend Amy's cabin in Utah.  We had a marvelous time together!  
L to R Standing: Amy, Shauna, Michelle, Teresa, Amy, Suzanne, Karen
L to R Seated: Lorena, Jennifer, Julie

We ate well, talked a lot, and enjoyed beautiful fall colors.  This is a picture of us 12 years ago:
We went on a beautiful hike:
These five made it to the top.  (I wasn't one of them).  But I did make it far enough for my legs to be aching that night!
Lincoln Highway gave a free concert in the park.
We also went to Cascade Springs, a beautiful spot where there are natural springs.
 


I have been surrounded by good and dear friends all my life.  It is one of the wonderful blessings Heavenly Father has given me.  I hope every day I can give back and find the one person who needs a friend.

The downside of this retreat was that I had to miss Stake Conference.  :(
Bruce, Peter and Libby sang in the choir.  One of their numbers was My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, and they were accompanied by two harps and a flute.  I went to a few of the rehearsals, and the choir was amazing.  By all accounts it was a wonderful conference.

Bruce and I have been praying and fasting about the sale of our house.  We would appreciate any who could pray with us.  We feel excited about this next step in our lives, and look forward to getting things moving (literally)!

Josh and Kevin started their first week of school this week at BYU-I.  Mary is working full time in the Support Center there.  Joseph was lonely all week without Josh!  They really enjoyed their time together the last five months, being roommates at BYU-I, and then working together in Virginia.  Nic and Becca stopped by to say hi for a few minutes on Friday morning.  It was so fun to see them!

Happy September everyone!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mary & Kevin's Wedding - Candid Shots

Here's a few more candid shots at the wedding that are too good not to post!  Photo Credits: Jared Hodges and Aunt Janel.

Here's the mama - feelin' the love!  Does it get any better than this?




I love this picture of my Mom doing what she does best - genuinely caring and loving people one on one.




And so it begins...


And then these shenanigans and goings-on...
 








This little cutie wants to get in on the picture taking action!
When my high school friends see Libby they exclaim, "I'm looking at a little Lorena!"  It's true, in more ways than one.
And speaking of carbon copies...



 Cousins rock
Brotherly love (with cousin Lane getting in there)!
And, OK, we'll let Mary in for a picture...
 Father-daughter dance.





I think more than one heart (besides mine) went out to these two during all this.  Hang in there - 8 more months!