We got exciting news at Christmas. We were blessed to have Raven, Bryon and Sidnee home for the holidays.
I was able to have lunch with Sidnee, Raven and Bryon before flying out Monday. It was a short trip, but very memorable. It’s hard to have her gone, but I know she is where she needs to be, and she has a great support system close at hand.
We were able to buy a house in Glide and close this week. We closed Monday and moved Tuesday and Wednesday. We have half an acre and a lot of yard work ahead of us, but we are very thankful for this blessing.
The loft needs some work, but Jaxon thinks it will be his man cave. We are very excited that we found this house in Glide. It’s close to the school, our favorite blackberry patch and the North Umpqua River. It has everything we need and many of the things we wanted.
We just returned from Utah for Kenzie’s high school graduation. It was a great trip. We had some difficulty on the way and had to replace our alternator and battery in Salt Lake City. We were fortunate that it happened in SLC and not some remote part of Oregon.
DeLana was able to play basketball a few times. We got to watch softball games and eat pizza. The time with family is never long enough, but we had a great time. We wish we had more time to see other friends, but we accomplished the family and Temple goals we had. This was a great family trip with many tender mercies.
Mason asked me to teach him how to shave. I got my shaving brush, C.O. Bigelow shaving cream and Dollar Shave Club razor. I showed him how to shave while I shaved my head. I had to think about it since I haven’t shaved my face in more than three years. How did he get so big?
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles passed away today between sessions of General Conference. It was announced on Friday that Elder Hales had been admitted to the hospital and would not be able to attend General Conference due to his health. Elder Hales served in the Quorum of the 12 since his call in April 1994.
I watched Mason baiting his hook on the rock by himself, and I knew that alone was worth the effort it took to get us here. I wanted my kids to grow up like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. We’ve never lived by a river, and we have taken advantage of the river in Roseburg.
It was fun to go crabbing and fishing this weekend, but the real reason for the trip was for Jaxon to get the Priesthood. Mom and Dad flew out from Utah to be here and support Jaxon. It was a great show of support.
Jaxon will now get to pass the Sacrament at Church, and he is very excited. The hardest part about living in Oregon is being apart from family. This weekend was a chance to be together again and try some new things. Through the sealing power we are able to be together as families beyond the grave. It is the reason we live the way we do. Death cannot keep us apart if we live true to our covenants.
Gavin took us to Diamond Lake to go fishing yesterday. We left our house at 4:30 am. That sucked, but everything else was great. I knew going with Gavin would be the only way to go. Here he is with Jaxon.