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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.