Monday, August 22, 2011

The Best News

Jimmy and Meghan are going to have a baby !!! We are so excited and happy for them. It was so fun to be together as a family when they told us. Rapunzel had fun playing with Papa and Flynn was having a blast throwing the football to Uncle Jimmy and Uncle Joey. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Week of Renewal

I went to Provo, Utah last Tuesday to attend education week at BYU. To be honest at first I was having a hard time shifting gears from leaving all the busyness of home and focusing on spiritual things. I wasn't sure I should have even gone. Our crazy busy lives sometimes keep us from focusing on the most important things in this life. Just like the ten virgins in the bible who were to busy to fill their lamps with oil.  By Wednesday night I was starting to mellow. I attended a class by Brad Wilcox entitled No Other Name. The Spirit was very strong. One statement he made really stuck with me, "If Jesus had failed and not completed the atonement, we would have all been destroyed." We would no longer exist after this life. We owe everything to Him, absolutely everything! From that point on I was so excited to be there and loved every minute of it. I left Friday night with my lamp full.

I made new friends this week. Carol on the right and her husband Bill were our hosts in Utah. They shared their home with us. They have such a Christ centered home with a beautiful garden in their back yard and a back drop of beautiful Utah mountains. I wish I had taken a picture of it.  It was such a joy to be there and get to know them. I always love being with Arlene and here sister Barbara, they are very special women in my life.

Friday morning Arlene and I did a 20 mile run as part of our marathon training. We ran through Hobble Creek in Mapleton, Utah. It was one of the most challenging runs to date but cooler weather made it doable. The first 10 miles were up hill most of the way at times we had to walk up some of them. Arlene was nursing an ITB problem so for the first 6 miles she wasn't sure if she should turn back. We had been praying for her to be able to do the run. By mile 7 she was feeling better and was able to finish. The Lord blessed us both with beautiful scenery, cool weather, clouds and the ability to do it. He also blessed us with an escort for the first 4 miles named Jordan. He is 28 and was such a good sport to run with two older slower women. What a sweetheart! 
I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life!

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Beautiful Morning

We ran out at Usury this morning. When we finished we were rewarded with a beautiful sight. God's rays were shining on us. One of his tender mercies was to give us cloud cover for the whole run. What a blessing.

Change is Good

This has been a week of change in our lives. We have moved into our new building at our business. Everyone is so excited. It has been a lot of work for everyone to help with the move. 35 years of accumulated junk to go through and throw out. It is so good to clean out and organize. Our old buildings have been torn down. As of yesterday the last of the 50 year old shop was dismantled. Below is a picture of Warren cleaning out the shop. It was really hot grimy work in 105 degree weather.

The shop is gone. This is the view from the new building.

The new building. This change is definitely a good thing.