Monday, August 8, 2016

Happy Birthday to Josh!

Josh and Joseph flew out to Virginia this week to work with their friend Jeremy.  They are contracting with a power company to install energy saving things in people's homes.

The morning they left, we had a an early birthday celebration for Josh.  Andrew and Russ were here and we had a French Toast breakfast.  Josh is 24 years old!  It really doesn't seem like I'm old enough to have a son that old.  Jesse gave this picture to her ward mission leader to send to Josh.  Happy Birthday son!

Thankfully we will get to see them briefly in a few weeks when they fly home for Mary's wedding!

I snapped a random photo of this "sibling hangout".  Things like this add to the joy of life.

We had Peter's 16th Birthday party this week.  He and his friends ate pizza, played lots of games, including Dwarves, Knights and Wizards - a favorite family game, and then ate cake and ice cream.  They ended up with a game of fugitive, sardines, and who knows what else.  It was a great group of kids to have over at our house.

Mary & Kevin made their first major purchase in buying a washer and dryer this week!

Jill got married to Justin!  We went to their reception on Saturday night and had fun there. (Sorry this picture is so blurry.)

We went to visit our former next door neighbors in their new house.  Sharon designed the home herself, so it was fun to see her design mind at work.  They built a masonry fireplace right in the middle of a great room, and it will heat their whole house in the winter.  It was awesome - we are really interested in doing something like that.  When we went into Tori's room, Sharon pointed out this picture frame on Tori's shelf:

Of course that made me cry!

Today we went over to Jay and Leah's while the house was being shown, and had ice cream with fresh peaches, raspberries and blackberries.  Wow - so yummy!  We sang lots of songs around their piano and visited and talked.  Jay, Leah, Bruce and I went out for a walk on the dirt road behind their house to see the new little calf.  We got to see the sun setting across those beautiful fields, and smell the fresh scent of the country.  Oh, how I love that.

I taught Relief Society today.  It was all about seeking to love the Lord and feel his love for us, instead of the cheap substitute of trying to have our "self" take care of "our self", and loving our self. Not that we shouldn't love ourselves, we should, but instead of seeking to "love ourselves", it comes much easier as a byproduct of first loving the Lord and letting His love fill our hearts.  And we retain this love by staying in meekness and lowliness of heart through the day, recognizing our nothingness before the Lord.  He said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches:  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

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