Wednesday, May 24, 2017

17 Pictures for the 17th day of May of 2017

Ty:  I became a flight commander today.
This is a corner of my new office.

Michelle: I didn't get a picture of myself on this crazy day
(see Kathryn's picture for one of many examples why),
but this picture is about how I felt. And not just at the end of the day.

Afton: Just some light reading before bed

Eliza: I've decided not to sleep during nap time anymore,
even though I'm usually asleep by the time
Mom or Dad leave the room at night.

Kathryn: Today Mom learned that shaving cream is
the best method for getting nail polish out of carpet.
Abe: Our house is officially on the market.

Grace: At Mc D's while people look at our house!

Henry:  Getting out of the house while a potential buyer visits

Hazel:  Playing at the park with dad.

Joe: Ande is leaving for mutual.
Clothes are optional while we watch a movie.

Ande: Our theme for camp is Be of Good Courage.
We chose this (something I drew a couple years ago
for a lesson on the armor of God) to be our ward flag.

Zeph: waiting for mom's help with Legos.

Ezra: playing with Winnie through the window.

Winnie:  She can officially crawl and is now aware of just how many
toys she didn't have access to before she became mobile.

Jane:  Reminding my students they must not only know (head) and feel (heart)
the truth of the Doctrine of Christ, but also apply it or do something with it (feet).

Calvin:  Anchoring Jane's Mother's Day present
so it won't blow over in the wind.

Another month of family living has come and gone and I recognize that so much of what I have is because of the efforts of others.  I'm grateful to my family today and the family that came before me for giving me so many opportunities and people to love.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Meet Henry.

Henry is Abe and Grace's oldest son.  He is three-years-old.  Grace wrote this fitting description of Henry:

"Henry is one of the happiest and most pleasant little boys you'll ever come to know. He's extremely smart, observant, and loves to learn about everything. He is very macho and is a boy in every way. His favorite colors are blue and brown. When he grows up he wants to be a monster truck driver or a police man. He loves one on one time and loves snuggling with anyone who will take the time to do so. He's very clean and tidy. He'll stop eating when his hands get dirty and he eats most things with a fork...including toast. Henry is extremely obedient and sensitive. He wants nothing more than to please his mom and dad. He loves his little sister, Hazel, and refers to her as his "little sweetie." He also is very attached to Brucey, his beloved teddy bear. Henry's sweetness is enough to make our hearts break everyday. He wants nothing more than to please and does it in the sweetest way."

Henry loves to come to our house and one of the main reasons is he thinks his cousins live here. If he comes alone or with just his family, he anxiously wonders where the cousins are.  Henry makes a great third wheel because he adapts to anyone and everyone very easily.

Henry loves his family intensely; he also loves chocolate.  One day when they were visiting, Abe and Grace left Henry to go to the temple.  Henry was happily riding scooters in the yard until they pulled out of the driveway.  He began to wail. I went to soothe and distract him by offering candy.  He cried, "I just need some chocolate."  And that was all it took.  He gave up his parents for chocolate.

I'm so grateful for families, obedience, chocolate . . . and Henry Calvin.