Sunday, March 27, 2011

karla and brianna


Karla has been so sad ever since she found out about our mission to Argentina. Brianna has been busy this year, as all high school girls seem to be, with schoolwork and various extra-curricular activities. However, they scheduled the last three days of spring break to hang out together. They chatted and went to a block party on Friday night, met up with GG and Aunt Jennifer and her girls and went out on a pontoon on Saturday and went to church together on Sunday. Karla holds a special place in all of our hearts.PICT0023

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

serious workers


The big trees in the yard haven’t been trimmed back for a few years.  Of course, we want everything at the house to be prepared to last while we are away. A small group of guys from church came over this morning and set to work. Here they are pausing for lunch. I think it is the only time they stopped all day. We are so grateful for Ray, Peter, Sam, Duck and Benny. Those  guys are awesome!

Friday, March 25, 2011

property managers

There are many things to think about and prepare for as we get ready for our mission. It is a huge blessing to have trustworthy friends.DSC00316

Thank you Melody and Chris!

We enjoyed the beautiful weather and a great meal together this evening.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

youth temple trip


Doug and I went with the youth tonight to the Orlando Temple. I witnessed Brianna being confirmed by Doug for deceased ancestors. She is beautiful, and it was a wonderful beautiful experience.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

12 new eagles in the nest

It was a night for honoring twelve Eagle Scout recipients.DSC00296

It was a night for recognizing five Duty to God recipients.DSC00299

It was night for remembering an amazing adventure at Philmont last summer, DSC00307

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It was a good night for my dear husband, who has put his heart and soul into the lives of these young men and others like them for the the past ten years.

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Happy Birthday dear Blog 


Friday, March 18, 2011

a revelatory experience





President Hall invited Doug and I to join with the Orlando Mission for a conference today with Elder Bednar.




DSC00282The missionaries gathered in the cultural hall before the meeting began to have pictures taken in the zone groups with Elder Bednar. Then he shook the hand of each and every missionary.

We feel so blessed to have been in the presence of an apostle as he helped us to increase our faith and capacity for learning. Elder Bednar facilitated a beautiful experience for me personally today.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

service rendered

and very much appreciated!

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It really was amazing what this group of kids from the ward accomplished tonight as they helped us with yard debris.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

three little kittens

Doug discovered these brand new babies under the chatting tube in the garage today.


When he showed them to Brianna and I, Mama was taking note.





She moved them all the next morning.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

cheering carter













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floor exercise





high bar


Carter received the highest mark of any Level IV 8-9 year olds on the high bar. The judge even congratulated him on his excellent routine. This is his fourth meet and his first State Championship. He finished 3rd overall!       (and he is still 8)

He was also honored for his academic achievements -- being an athlete with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.      (and his is higher)



We are so pleased that we had the opportunity to watch and celebrate his accomplishments. He is amazing!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

quick trip

         We zipped up to North Carolina for the weekend. It’s not really a zippy trip to make, but we made the most of it.

mall shopping

backyard playing


birthday acknowledging


marshmallow roasting


byu basketball watching


restaurant dining


Sunday worshiping


slumber partying

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and lots of quality  time in the car together     

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

dinner with friends

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Tomas, Sabrina, and Ilene Rey from Argentina



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John and Susan Haines

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