Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mary and Kevin Are Engaged to be Married!

Happy day!  The family of eight is about to become nine.

Saturday morning, after getting up at 4 am and driving back from Utah, I arrived in time for Mary and I to go on a little adventure!
Our first clue was to go to Wendy's and pick up some chicken nuggets and another clue.
Then we got a clue at iRepair, where Kevin works.
And then went to the English Garden at the Botanical Gardens.
And found Kevin there!  And then this is what happened!

This picture is great because it looks like Mary is wearing a tiara!  Love it!

They will be getting married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Boise Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 27, 2016, with a reception to follow from 6-9 pm.  Put on your dancin' shoes and get ready to celebrate.  We are excited for Kevin and Mary!

We laughed today when we were over at Gerard and Michelle's, as we were looking at the picture of all the cousins in 2008.

All the cousins from Nicole down to Brianna are married (except Philippe), and then you have to finish that line, loop around and go all through the next row, and loop again to get down to Mary! She's beating them all!  So Josh, Joseph, and Jesse - you don't have to feel so bad, she's beating a whole row and a half of cousins too!  :)

All good-natured ribbing aside, it's NOT a competition, and Mary and Kevin will no doubt face some challenges, as every couple does.  Every person chooses their own life experiences, and this is what Mary has chosen. The most important thing here is that Mary and Kevin are choosing to make and keep sacred covenants, and in time and eternity, there is nothing more important than that.  All good things come from the Father to those who make and keep sacred covenants.  I have had some illuminating experiences this week that have taught me just how lofty and beautiful the blessings are that the Lord has prepared for his covenant people.  It brings me deep joy to know that Kevin and Mary are willing to enter into that covenant.

Until August, Mary will be going to BYU-Idaho for the Spring Semester, along with Josh and Joseph.  Yeah!  And she is rooming with cousin Kaylee.  And Kevin is going down to Texas to sell security systems for the summer, which will give them a great head start for the Fall, where they will be living in Rexburg and going to school and starting married life.  Many things to look forward to!

Speaking of Gerard and Michelle, we had a wonderful dinner at their house and got to spend a very pleasant afternoon visiting with Michael, Natalie and Colin, who are here visiting from Switzerland, as well as the rest of the family.  Their yard, in front and in back, is magical!  One comes away feeling completely filled with the beauty and loveliness of it all.

Josh and Joseph also started the Spring Semester at BYU-I this week.  Go boys!

Jesse's old companion Maren posted this picture from back in December.  Oh, I miss this girl!

I attended a wonderful retreat in Heber, UT for the Certified Practitioner's of the Healer's Blueprint.  Thank you, wonderful friends!  I will treasure this experience for a long time!
And I also got to go over and see Steve and Teresa for an hour!  Boy, what a treat that was.  I haven't seen them since I was at their house in Indiana in 2012.  I also got to see Matt, Aubrey, Jenessa and Tyler, along with Teresa's parents Dick and Loretta.  I love them!  They are some of my favorite people to walk the earth.

Peter scored his first goal of the season!  Way to go Peter!

Libby is working on her Personal Progress this week, on the virtue Divine Nature.  She made some splendid goals on wrote them out on index cards.  I told her that if she truly succeeds in these goals, they will be life-changing for her.  I have no doubt that she can accomplish them!

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