Mexico pictures

My dad got these pictures when he served his LDS mission in Mexico. He hung them in the house for years. Every time I see them it makes me smile. He gave them to me quite a while ago, and we finally hung them on the wall hall. This one is my favorite.

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Raven’s wedding

It’s hard to believe we have reached this point, but we traveled to Utah for Raven’s wedding. This is us before Raven took out her endowments at the Draper Temple.

Outside the Salt Lake Temple on the west side.

Goofballs.

I was asked to choose the father/daughter dance song. I chose It Won’t Be Like This For Long by Darius Rucker. It has always reminded me of how fast Raven has grown up. We are excited and relieved that Raven found a great guy in Bryon. And she has great in-laws. It was fun to get to know them.

This trip was also a time to see old friends and spend time with family. It gave us time to reflect and evaluate what we need to change individually and as a family. This week was full of many great memories.

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Fishin’ with Gavin and Sidnee

Gavin took me and Sidnee to the Umpqua River for free fishing weekend. This is looking downriver, about 102 miles from the coast. We went upriver to try for salmon, but the water was too shallow.

We went downriver and switched poles to try and catch shad. Sidnee was the first to catch a fish.

Sidnee ended up with four fish.

I think this was my second and biggest fish.

This was my last fish.  It wasn’t the biggest, but it put up the biggest fight.   It was fun to try fishing from a drift boat. We expected more boats on the river, so we were pleasantly surprised. We ended up with eight fish and at least that many that got off the hook. It was a great fishing day.

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Yachats- part 2

The sea lions at Newport were a big hit. Some of them had a big bubble, so they didn’t like others trying to take up dock space.

This was one of the ships that was visiting several cities along the Oregon coast.

We spent time at the Hatfield Science Museum in Newport. It was definitely worth the visit. We had a great time with Steve and Amy and the new locations and adventures. We are all looking forward to the next trip.

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Yachats- part 1

We spent the weekend at Yachats with Steve, Amy and their three kids.  This is us after we were attacked by waves getting down from a big rock at Smelt Sands.  We spent hours looking for agates.  This beach yielded the best results.

Most of these were green, so this pink one caught my eye.

This is Bob Meyer, a glass blower in Waldsport. We had a great time watching my make glass balls and vases.

I found the Bat Cave.

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Blackjack

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That’s my mom

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Ordained a Teacher

Mason turned 14 a few days ago. Today I ordained him a Teacher in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I remember when my dad ordained me at 14. I’ve put on a lot of miles since then. The older I get the more I just want to spend time with my family. I have a lot of flaws, but I’ve always tried to be a good example to my kids of doing the right thing and helping people, just like my dad did for me.  I go to Church every week because I know that is what God wants me to do.  He created the hills behind us, the trees, clouds and birds.  He created us in His image.  We are His children, and He has a plan for each of us.

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Paul’s obituary

Paul Rolland Smith passed away at home unexpectedly on March 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife Debbie of almost 45 years, daughter’s Angie Toland (Scott) of Livermore, Stacey Taimani of Martinez, Sarah Smith of Martinez and son Aaron (Rachel) of Pittsburg. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kiulani Taimani, Austin, Ian and Connor Toland, and Kianna, Alyssa and Nalia Smith. His mother and father in law Tom and Carol Rogers of Rossmoor and his five siblings: Dave, Rod, Ben, Sue Craig and Julie Asregadoo. He is pre-deceased by his parents Marilynn Jacobs Smith and Robert Smith.

Paul was born on September 30, 1949 in Oakland, California to Marilynn Jacobs Smith and Robert Smith as the second of six children, and was raised in Pleasant Hill, California. From the time he was little, he loved to play practical jokes and this would be a theme that would carry through the rest of his life. Whether it was hiding from his wife at night while she turned out lights in the house to scare her, or getting his employees to do promotional videos for non-existent products (unbeknownst to them), no one was safe.

Paul graduated from College Park high school in 1967, and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Eastern States (NY, NJ and CT) from 1969-1971. He met the love of his life the day he came home, shopping at the mall in Concord for new clothes. He always swore she chased him around and that she was the one who proposed to him, but we all knew better. Paul and Debbie were married in the Oakland LDS Temple on October 21, 1972.

He was a general contractor for 36 years, owning his own business. He also worked at Diablo Valley College from 1999-2014. In retirement, he got his dog Maddie, which he always referred to as the “gold standard” of dogs. Last year he went through the process of having her certified as a therapy & hospice dog and together they did volunteer work through Tony LaRussa’s ARF Foundation in Walnut Creek, which was inspired by his grandson Ian Toland. He was an avid reader who loved history, was interested in genealogy and researching stories of his ancestors. He took pride in and spent a lot of time landscaping his yards and woodworking.

He was fiercely dedicated to his family and lived for his grandchildren. He never missed a game, school talent show, or church event, and was always so proud to see them excel and watch them grow up and develop their own interests which he encouraged and supported. They were his pride and joy and he had a special relationship with each one of them. He even learned how to text so he could communicate with them as they became teenagers.

He will forever be remembered for being loyal to his family, extremely hard working, quietly giving service to anyone who needed it, and could always be counted on to make you laugh as his quick wit and sense of humor was legendary.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 555 Boyd Rd. in Pleasant Hill. Private burial at Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, CA.

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Pauls’ funeral

My uncle Paul died on March 9th, so I headed down to California for the services. This is Paul and Debbie at Cari’s wedding in Utah in October.

Paul was buried at the Oakmont Cemetery. It was a warm sunny day.

We think this was the first time the 24 cousins have been together. We think Jacob wasn’t born the last time we were together.

Jacob and I are the bookend cousins. This was at the family lunch after the memorial service on Saturday.

Shalene and I drove down together from Oregon to California. We had a great time. This is at Russ and Sue’s house after the burial on Friday night.

We found a little time to hang out and be Smith boys.

We spent some time at the rope swing in Pleasant Hill being awesome. It was a sad occasion, but it was a great opportunity to see family.

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