Off to college

Sidnee and I drove all night Thursday to get to Utah. This is what fishing looks like when you don’t sleep all night.

Guess who caught the only fish.

I was able to do an endowment session with Raven and Bryon in the Salt Lake Temple on Saturday.

I took Sidnee around BYU campus on Sunday and showed her around, pointing out things that may have “allegedly” happened many years ago.

Sidnee got us matching socks at Old Navy while she was applying for a job. That’s dangerous.

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.

 

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Our house

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.

This is the breezeway between our garage and house.  We are very excited for meals and relaxing outside.

We have a “studio” that will be our exercise room, with a storage area for the lawn mower and yard tools, and a covered area for the wood.

This is from the backyard overlooking our garden area.

The horseshoe pit needs some work, but we are excited to entertain since everyone I talk to loves playing horseshoes.

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.

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Utah trip

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.

I was able to ride Corner Canyon with Steve Holland.  The altitude kicked my butt this time, but it was a blast to ride Vertigo.

The kids saved their money so we could go to Tucano’s.  We embarrassed Kenzie and Sidnee for their graduations.

I was able to ride with Mike Both on Monday. We hit the old stomping grounds at Eagle Mountain.

I was able to ride Jackrabbit, Roadrunner, and Deadwood, as well as new trials like Nirvana, Given To Fly and Creed. I miss the Eagle Mountain trail system.

Shawn Peck and I were able to ride in Eagle Mountain as well. That was a lot of fun.

Jaxon wanted to go to Timpanogos and Provo City Center Temples, and we made that happen.

Mark Flickinger made it home before we left, so we were able to ride Corner Canyon. We ended on Rush, and it was a blast.

We got to spend time with Raven and Bryon and met their dog Storm. He was a cool dog.

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.

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Someone thinks he’s old enough to shave

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?

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Elder Robert D. Hales

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.

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Rock jumping on the McKenzie River with Mason

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Cousin time

DeLana, Mason and I drove to Sweet Home to see Shalene and Danny. Matt and Sean were in from Arizona, so we had cousin time. They took us to the river to fish and swim. Mason caught five fish.

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.

I love how the rivers change when the water levels change. The trees are so thick.

This is further upriver. Mason and I did a rope swing and jumped off a rock to the left of this picture.  The water was so clear.  And so cold.

Sean, Matt, Shalene and me. It was worth the drive to spend time with them. Especially in such a beautiful place. Spending time is always worth the effort.

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Ordained a Deacon

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.

Me, Jaxon and Grandpa.

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.

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Fishing at Diamond Lake

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.

Mason was tuckered out after catching so many fish.

Showing off before we started to clean the fish.

Mason pulled in the biggest fish.

Cleaning the fish at the Diamond Lake cleaning station. We limited out and left with 25 fish. It was a great way to spend the morning.

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Crabbing in Charleston

Mom and Dad came out from Utah to spend the weekend. Gavin took us to Charleston to go crabbing on Friday. We ended up with 3 Dungeness and 11 Red Rock crabs. We ate them tonight. It was great.

Proof of our success.

After crabbing we went to Bandon for seafood at the blue shack and agate time on the beach.

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