Monday, July 7, 2014

Jumping June!

I titled this blog post Jumping June, because we literally hopped around from one fun thing to the next.  It started off in Akumal, México, and I am going to post all about that trip soon, once our friends share their pictures with us.

I got to teach a Foot Zone class to four lovely ladies over two days time.  I love teaching this class!

Bruce's brother Gary and his wife Heidi were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mount Timpanogos Temple, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It was wonderful to be there!  I felt so much peace and joy in that sacred ceremony, and I'm very happy for Gary and Heidi!  We had the privilege of sitting by Aunt Leah in the sealing room.
Aunt Leah is the only surviving sibling of Bruce's mother, LuJeanne.  Leah looks and talks so much like LuJeanne that it really tugged at our hearts to be with her.  Bruce especially felt that tug!
 And here is Grandma Deloris with cute little Harper, Josh and Rachel's daughter.  We sure love having both of them around!
The next day we were privileged to go to Brianna and Jon's wedding in the Salt Lake Temple!
I loved watching Brianna through this whole day.  Her brilliant smile reflected her inner beauty and joy.  We are so thankful she found someone as good as Jon to share her life with!
One of the most fun things of being down in Utah that week  was that we got to see the newest returned missionary in our family - Derek!  Here is a picture of Derek and Jesse.
The joy of summer days in Idaho are depicted here with Peter and his friends jumping off a cliff at an undisclosed location.  (We have our secret places, you know!)  Well, actually Peter was the only one to jump off from that height. 
Here he is doing a gainer!

We brought Jesse home with us from Brianna's wedding.  She got sick the first day home, though, and was sick for 3-4 days.  Doesn't that happen to all college students when they get home?  She had started focusing on eating gluten/dairy free about a week earlier, so I think her body was trying to detox as well as recovering from many months of tremendous stress.

But Jesse is not one to lounge around, so Mary and I took her down to school at BYU in Provo on our way to the Young Living Convention.  We got to meet her roommate and see where she is staying for this Summer Term, and then Fall and Winter also.  The first week of school have been great and Jesse is LOVING the summer term at BYU!  She has already met a ton of new friends.  Go Jesse! 

Mary and I went to the Young Living Convention in Utah at the Salt Palace.
  With over 9,000 people attending, it was an energetic gathering!

 It was a ton of fun to be with these ladies!

As part of the convention, the pop group Train came and performed at the Salt Palace.  What a party that was!  Lead singer Patrick Monahan was awesome!
Mary even got to go up on stage and dance.  At one point, he grabbed Mary by the hand a twirled her around a few times.
 She even got a selfie with him up on the stage!
To top off the week we went down to Farm Day, at the Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah.  This is one of my favorite moments of that day.  We just planted a Lavender start, and then we got to go in the Lavender field and enjoy the beauty of the mountains and valley.  I took a panoramic view to try to get it all in.
Mary sat and talked and petted this Percheron horse for 20 minutes or so.  It was incredibly gentle and loved Mary's touch.
 And here's me, nestled in among the Lavender!
Oh, and I have to end up with this lovely field of Einkorn grain that is being grown at the Farm. 
The most ancient strain of wheat for which seed can be found, Einkorn only has 14 chromosomes, compared to the 42 chromosomes that modern-day hybrid wheat has.  Easily digested, this strain of wheat has very little gluten and tastes delicious!  Young Living will be growing more and more of this wonderful grain, and is already selling pankcake mix and spaghetti made from it.

Jumping June was awesome!

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