Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Birthday to Mary!

The evening of May 5th, Bruce and I were talking (this is a miracle in itself - that we were talking at night) and discussing the house and property.  After many years the way finally opened up for us to make the decision to put our house on the market.  We have wanted to do this for a long time, but it never felt right until that night.  The next morning we prayed about it and felt light and happy.  We told our children on Mother's Day, the 8th, and ever since then, we have been moving full steam ahead.

On Monday the 9th, we started out working in the big garage, and boy, did we clean out!  We filled the small black trailer with stuff for the dump.
These two have worked extra hard!
Look how beautiful the Lupines are this year!
On Tuesday night, Peter and Becca had their final year-end concert.  We loved it!
Peter sang with the Middletones and the MadBoys.
 The Choir Director for the high school invited the 8th Grade Honor Choir to come and sing with the high school choir for one number, so Libby got to sing with them too!

The three girls in the purple shirts - Elizabeth, Ellie and Libby are best friends, especially in choir! 

Becca is in the middle here lined up with all the seniors.
On Wednesday, Bruce went in for a surgery on two skin cancer spots - one on his head and one on his ear.  The surgery took most of the day because they were very careful to check the skin cells around it on a microscope slide to make sure that they got all the cancer cells.  It was a basal cell cancer, so he needs no further treatment.  The bandages looked pretty crazy, but he is doing better and the incisions are healing well.

Josh and Joseph went on a hike to Palisades Lake with their FHE group.  Fun!

This cute girl tried out for the all-girls audition choir and the FX Show Choir.
And Peter tried out for Madrigals and FX Show Choir.  This is a BIG DEAL at our high school, so it took a lot of courage, but they both did a great job.  They find out the results this morning!

 A week ago Saturday we walked through the house with our realtor, Shelly, and she helped us define what really needed to be done for the house to sell.  By the end of that, I was overwhelmed, to say the least.  Bruce had to "hold me up" through that, so to speak.  That afternoon and evening, Bruce, Peter, Libby and I worked on cleaning the living room.  It took us hours, but by the end we could look in it and feel peaceful.  It was a great feeling!

On Sunday, the Holy Ghost told me that what I needed to repent of that week was my doubt and fear. It was a good lesson for me!  I did repent of that, and have been very careful since then to be clear in my faith and to recognize fear, acknowledge it, and then let it go, choosing faith.  I choose faith!  What a wonderful blessing it is to know in Whom I have faith in.  As Paul says, He is faithful who promised.

On Monday the 16th, Peter went and got his Driver's License!  He passed the skills test with ZERO mistakes.  The lady at the counter said, "Wow - that almost never happens."  Peter is a great driver!  I posted these two pictures on FB with the comment, "My youngest two children just drove off in a car by themselves!"  I got all sorts of funny comments like, "Their just driving around the block, right?", etc.  What a strange feeling, though!  One of those parenting moments...

On Wednesday, Mary had her 19th birthday!  Crunkle Craig, as he is affectionately known in our family (a combination of Uncle and Cousin) and Aunt Jenette had her over for a birthday dinner.  How we love and appreciate all that they do for our college-age children!  Mary Berry Cherry has been a delight to have as a daughter.  Oh, how we love her!  She is beautiful, talented, skilled, determined, and has a wonderful understanding of the true principles of the gospel.  I have see her make huge strides forward this year in her understanding of healthy relationships.

 Kaylee took Mary shopping.  It has been fun to be roommates with her.  Mary said they went to get sushi with a bunch of people and then got to laughing about our family and the extended family (on Dad's side), of which Kaylee is a cousin, and that they had a great time.  Happy Birthday, Mary!!
Friday the kids had school off, so we hit it hard on Friday and Saturday.  Although, that makes it sound like we hadn't been working the other days, and we had!  Every day has been focused on only the essentials aside from packing, throwing away, and cleaning.  This is Friday night after working in the kitchen all day.  Peter and Bruce even gave up the Father & Sons outing to work - that's how exacting the schedule is in order to put the house on the market while the market is hot.

On Sunday, Rachelle and the kids came over and we relaxed and played with them in the afternoon.  Rachelle taught me a pattern for a headband, and I made headbands for Mayzie and I!  :) How we love this family!
 I saw this going on, and couldn't help but have a flashback to a few years ago when Josh used to carry around Lincoln.  Wow!

See that room behind Peter?!  That's what we spent Saturday doing - cleaning out that room!

Jesse would LOVE to be here while we're doing this.  It's probably a good thing she is in California, because she would probably throw out everything we own!  Ha ha ha!  No, seriously though, she would be proud to see how much we are cleaning and decluttering.  It feels SO GOOD.

Well, that is all the time I have this morning.  Yesterday morning, my Mom called and told me that my Dad has stopped drinking water all together.  He still eats some things, but no water.  She is doing well, although she still needs some support in words from time to time.  The Hospice is helping her with Dad's physical needs.  That is a miracle.  I am grateful for the love and guidance that is offered to me and all of God's children through prayer.  I am upheld!

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