Monday, January 15, 2018

State of the State

On Wednesday night I was in Jefferson City and attended the State of the State address giving by the governor and attended by the Court and all legislators.

Happy Sabbath!

Sunday morning began very early. Jeremiah's first meeting began at 5:30. I came along to help him with some technology setup for his talk at 6am. At 6:30, we made waffles for the mission prep class. Happy Sabbath!

Goodbye Hugh

He’s been gone 2 hours and I miss him already! We ❤️ him so much!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Skype with Hermana Morgan

Christmas 2017

Missing our sweet Hermana Morgan in Honduras, but we had a wonderful Christmas with lots of great time spent with family and friends.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Breakfast for dinner and Christmas movies.

Christmas Eve Gift Delivery

On Christmas Eve, we delivered gifts to friends and neighbors.  While Jeremiah and I were out of the car delivering a gift, Addie and JJ decided to take over the front seats.  So, Jeremiah and I sat in the back seat and picked fights with each other ... "He's sitting to close to me." "She's breathing my air".  Good times.

Grandpa's Sidekick

Stake Presidency Christmas Dinner

Each year we celebrate the anniversary of the calling of the stake presidency on November 9, 2009.  This year, we are a little late on the draw and got together for Christmas instead.  We love these wonderful people and are so grateful to serve with such faithful, dedicated friends.

Christmas Play Time

Nutcracker 2017

Extreme Cuteness

Making Cookies with Grandma

12 Days of Christmas

This is one woman who knows how to #lighttheworld. Tonight she brought out the 12 days of Christmas and we all laughed so hard our stomachs hurt. We love our dear friend Sue Allred.

23 Years

23 years ago this morning, my fiancé mysteriously disappeared on the morning of our wedding. He reappeared an hour later with a bouquet of beautiful white flowers. I am blessed more than I deserve by his love.

Piano Recital

I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream

Good grandparenting right here.

Day 11: I was a stranger and ye took me in

These are all going to support refugees resettling in the KC area. I can't imagine the horrors these people have experienced and how hard it must be to leave everything behind and start a new life. God does not forget his children. Nor should we.

Lights in Newport Harbor

I was in Orange County for work in the middle of December.  One night for a team building activity, we rented duffy boats and went out in the harbor where the city of Newport Beach did fireworks and a lighted boat parade.  It was amazing!

Day 10: Search the scriptures

Last week I found myself in Las Vegas, a city full of lights.

This morning as I'm studying the scriptures, I'm thinking about lights of a different kind. First, it strikes me as interesting that nothing man can make can compare to the light that emanates from our Father in Heaven. The Prophet Joseph described it as "above the brightness of the sun" when he saw God. The Prophet Lehi makes a very similar description. Remember when we had to wear the special sun glasses for the eclipse? It's hard to imagine something brighter than the sun.

Then we are told that we are to be a light. We reflect His light when we do His work. What is #lighttheworld all about? Reflecting His light, that's what.

Day 6: Judge not that ye be not judged

Webster's Dictionary defines "judge" as: 1: to form an authoritative opinion about 2: to hear and determine 3: condemn . . .

Now this is a topic I know a little about - to judge. After all, I work with judges every day. And I have seen many judgments.

Jesus Christ taught the powerful principle "judge not, that ye be not judged." While we certainly make some necessary judgments every day, the world unquestionably needs fewer critics, and more ennoblers. And what is an "ennobler?" Someone that makes others better. Now that is what I want to be, for my wife, my children, my family and friends, my acquaintances - in short, for everyone.

Day 5: Honor thy father and thy mother

These kids knocked it out of the park. They purchased this jar and are writing a note and putting it in the jar every time they appreciate something we have done for them. We love them so much!

Day 5: honor thy father and thy mother

Today I did scouts after school because my mom asked

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Light the World Day 3

Light the World Day 3: “Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.”
This morning began with 5:30 and 6:00am meetings for Jeremiah and I. Addie and I went visiting teaching in the morning and these boys are writing thank you notes and working on scouts.

Boy Clothes

Don’t anyone ever tell me that girls wear more clothes than boys. 2 boys. 6 days. Enough said.

Captain Righteous

I have always wanted to be a captain . . .
Today I was asked to play "captain righteous" for our primary in Smithville Lake. I don't normally dress up and carry around a sword, especially on the Sabbath day. But as the scriptures say, "it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days." Love these primary kids and worth dressing up for. Let us all put on the whole armor of God.

Nixon Run

I was thirsty and you gave me drink . . .
This morning hundreds of runners came out to honor a longtime high school cross-country coach - Tim Nixon - who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly this past Sunday. It was an inspiring tribute.
JJ and I went and ran (well, I was more like slow jogging) and brought Gatorade to share. 

We just bought a goat . . .

Yes, yes I know what your thinking - where will we put it or is that even permitted by your home owner's association. Or - most importantly - how did you convince Rebecca to get a pet, much less one that eats everything in sight.
Well, there is a great organization for Syrian refugees in Jordan that will take your contributions and purchase a goat that will produce daily milk, cheese, and butter for families. The organization is directly serving refugees and is called Lifting Hands International - You too can buy a goat!!

City Council Chaplain Invocation

God bless our city, state, and country . . .
I have had the distinct privilege to serve as the chaplain of the month for the great city of Kansas City, Missouri and to offer the invocation for City Council. A great blessing.

Eagle Court of Honor

JJ has a wonderful Eagle Court of Honor.  So many family and friends attended as well as our State Hour Rep Noell Shull.  Wonderful to celebrate this significant accomplishment in JJ's life.  So proud of him!

November 28, 2017