Joseph was over at Becca's house a week ago Saturday, and they found this picture. Joseph said jokingly, "Look, that's probably me refereeing." And then he said, "Wait, I think that's Josh!" So fun!
Josh, Joseph, Becca, Santi and Peter
On Monday we loaded Mom's Mexican Furniture, the white couches that our neighbors gave us years ago, the rocking chair, the green rocking chair, the table from the ER, an end table and some other stuff, all into Greg and Rachelle's old Uhaul truck, and took off for Rexburg. Joseph, Mary and two other girls that they picked up went in Frankie, Joseph's car. (Joseph names his cars. What a hoot).
And in the UHaul, Peter and I were in front, and Josh and Santi were in back, lounging on the couches! When we got to Mountain Home, Peter went in back too and we picked up Cara and Karen, friends of Santi, who needed a ride back to school. I told Bishop I could handily drive the UHaul, having driven the loaded 26 foot long UHaul with Mom and Dad's stuff across the state a few years ago, But what I didn't know was that this was an old Diesel stick shift! Oh wow! It was quite an experience driving that thing. Peter actually helped a lot, and he ended up driving most of the way home on Tuesday afternoon. He rocked it! I was really proud of myself for gaining a new skill! I tried to channel my sister Julie - she would have no problems with that!
Halfway up the hill outside of Mountain Home, I heard some banging from the back, and I just thought it was Peter telling me when to shift down, but in a moment, Josh called Kara and told her they needed me to pull over. Apparently the strap had broken that was keeping the truck door a little open for air, and they were trying to keep all the furniture from falling out as we went up the hill! It was a little adventure for them, but everyone survived and no one was hurt, so it was all good! :) What I was really impressed about was Kara and Karen - the two returned missionaries that rode with me in the front. They were such good sports, just enjoying the adventure of it all as we bounced down the road! Thank goodness for them.
We had our hardwood floors redone this week! It looks so nice!
Another factor that I haven't mentioned yet is that even when we wanted to pay someone to do this, we couldn't get anyone to come. There is a huge influx of building going on in our valley right now and the subcontractors are so busy they can't even fill the demand for their most trusted general contractors, so to do a little side job like ours was totally off the radar. Se literally we had to buckle down and do it ourselves. But what seemed like a totally insurmountable problem 3 weeks ago, has opened up and we are DOING IT! And it's turning out great. Peter and Libby are gaining a skill they didn't have before, which is even better. I really am so pleased with what is happening, even though it is a TON of work, and we still have a lot to go! The other funny thing - Jaylen forgot he had father and sons, so he couldn't come anyway. But we had it figured out, so it was OK.
Before and after shots. (This is embarassing, but that's really what it looked like!) Upstairs hallway.
This morning I had a profound experience reading Elder F. Enzio Busche's talk from October 1993 General Conference. It's a long story how I got there, but it was the answer to what I had been searching for all week, and I used it as the basis for my lesson today is Relief Society. I just love teaching Relief Society, can I say?