Sunday, March 16, 2014

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner,

What a week! Did you have one of those? We have been scurrying, hiding, jumping, screaming, giggling, and doing the rodent 'riggle. It's that time of the year, and the weird weather has made them somewhat of a plague. So yesterday, in beautiful early spring weather, we had to empty the washroom / food room of all its contents and repair, relocate, refurbish, and refresh. Took most of the day. On the plus side, we have a really clean room just in time for spring cleaning! Having Ranger not around to help us has only worsened the problem.

And more exciting news from home? The black VW Jetta has died an untimely death. Probably back in December when the engine was overheating, and the mechanics took a long time to repair it, the engine block was cracked. The only way we'll know is if we agree to have a new oil pump put in, and we're still waiting for an estimate. Most likely, the loud engine knocks, rattles and shakes are from having no oil pressure, and therefore no oil. With only 140K miles, this feels like an early passing! Most times we have purchased our Toyotas with that many miles! Transportation issues have been minimal, especially if I don't need the car during the day, as your father has begun coaching the high school track team, and comes home from work in time to pick up the kids, and return to the school. He was given the long jump, pole vault, and high jump. The middle school coaches come sneaking over for assistance, and he's happy to help them as well. He's already got caps for the poles ordered, something that hasn't been done in a LONG time! He is happy to help since Porter's on the team.

Hunter's after-school-sport is golf. He was able to purchase a three month spring membership for $200 and goes a couple of times a week. It definitely is his therapy. He wrote an essay for a golf scholarship, that I'll share when he's finished. I learned a lot about him reading it, and why he loves golfing so much.

Cooper isn't interested in middle school golf or track, and has no baseball until summer, so I give him extra chores to help when his brothers are gone, and he plays basketball a couple of times a week, and runs the loop as well. Dad's trying to get him interested in kicking, to have him come out while he coaches track.

Some exciting new news from BYU for you: "President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, dropped in this week at BYU's devotional que to announce the university will be getting a new president. Effective May 1, Kevin J Worthen, the former dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and current BYU advancement vice president, will take the helm Cecil O. Samuelson the President's successor. Worthen will be the 13th president of BYU. With tears in their eyes, President Samuelson and his wife, Sharon, received a standing ovation for their 11 years of service to BYU." Changes are afoot! How fun for you! (We'll celebrate by sharing this old selfie I found on my camera card ;-)

And exciting news coming from your Connecticut clan: "Six-foot-four center Hannah Hutchins finished with 21 points for the No. 4-seeded Ledyard girls Monday night (your grandparents got to go as well). Ledyard (22-3) will take on top-seeded and unbeaten Hartford Capital in the semifinals at a site and time to be announced Monday. Hutchins, headed to play for Division I Utah State next year, finished with three three-point plays, what Klinikowski said, "Seemed more like "20. It's insane." The box-outs, and the-ones. We can run high-lows together. Hutch I love having on the team. We could not win a lot of games without her."

And here in Dragon land there is exciting news as well! It must have been one of THOSE weeks! The Fairland girls basketball team made it to the final four in the state basketball tournament. School was cancelled on Friday so everyone could travel to Columbus for the game. They lost 67-60, but made Fairland history in the process. We invited Sawyer's friend that was baptized to spend the day with us, and celebrated some more Sawyer birthday by going to the LEGO movie...they're excited to show it to you when you return. I don't have any pictures, but I did catch Sawyer indexing today, working on 1960 birth records from the Philippines!

 Tonight Wiley is passing through, a mid-Atlantic snowstorm, which has already dumped five to seven inches of snow since church. Until now, the roads have remained clear. Just when they were starting too cool off, after yesterday's beautiful spring weather, the school called and put us on a two-hour delay. We're predicting no school. The weather won't warm up enough to clear the roads! The #15th day of school off due to inclement weather. (Even when we go back to school this week, I won't have to teach seminary, as the kids in Cabell are on spring break.) (Porter's picture of our womping willow tree in the backyard ;-)

We received your email confirmation for your flight in July. Of interest was this little ** note that said, "Vaccine against yellow fever is mandatory 10 days before the trip, with the validated International Certificate of Vaccination." Is this something you've known about as you help with missionaries departing, or is this requirement fairly new? Make sure you get that vaccine! We want you home!

I forgot to mention in last week's letter that Hunter has invited his friends from school to the Tri-Stake Mormon Prom night next week. I think two of his friends are going and they all three have dates. I also think Porter will be tagging along dateless. The only reason he's going is because they asked him to say a few words on what makes a young women beautiful. (He'd appreciate any suggestions you have, but is afraid your remarks will arrive to late ;-) Their dates, the girls, had to sign the modesty form, agreeing to the dress standards. One of the girl's sent Porter a funny note on Facebook, and said that she can't find anything to wear, and if she does, she'll look like this:

Very funny! I do feel for them. It's hard to find modern dresses any where! I wonder what these girls think agreeing to find a dress that's probably foreign from anything they've worn before! Good for them, I think! The gym has been closed all week and this upcoming week for decorating. It will be beautiful. But your brothers are disappointed they can't play basketball. Hunter was asked to speak in our Stake Conference next month, and plans on inviting the boys to listen, in addition to his old golf coach, and maybe our neighbors..

The week in a wrap-up? The usual. Cub scouts got to have Miss Geology come and talk rocks, hand out rocks, and help her heft rocks back to her car. She's great. Miller and Sawyer haven't gotten registered for baseball yet. I keep missing the sign-ups. And because of the girls and their final four showing the try outs were moved to today - Sunday! So we didn't go to those. And yet they were both drafted quickly, with the coaches calling to confirm our intentions for registering. They love your brothers! Practices begin this week. Hopefully the snow is gone! We fed the sister missionaries Thursday and yesterday, and Dad lunched with the elders on Friday. Hunter's going out with them tomorrow night. That's about all the news from the Ohio river valley that's worth printing! We love your letters, and pictures! We're excited to see if all your efforts paid off this week. (And a weekly wrap-up would not be complete without seeing your sister! In all her overstuffed glory, while eating, or while wearing her birthday dress - again ;-)

In seminary we've been studying Captain Moroni all week. What a champ. My girls told me they use this verses as a guide to their future husbands, which is fabulous: "And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed. Yea, he was a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people. Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ. If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." They've set the bar high! But I love Moroni for how he continuously helped his people be prepared, "Preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God." You are a wonderful example to us of how to be faithful. Keep up the great work. We love you! We're awaiting your news!


Mom and Dad


Wholly Duncan said...

These girls here love that verse also! Have fun at the tri-stake prom. We will be seeing you the week before Easter!

MarieC said...

D'oh! I can't believe I forgot to tell Eldon about the new BYU president. That is already written on my list for next week.

I also can't believe they cancelled school for the basketball game when you have already missed so much school!

Where did you see the part about the yellow fever shot? I did not see that in either of the travel emails we received. 4 months from TODAY! Woo hoo!

Bachland :) said...

I just love reading the blog each day! It brings sunshine to our lives.

shirlgirl said...

Loved reading your letter--so full of information. Sorry you have little rodents running around. I have baits in the cellar which are checked every three months. They show no activity which means no mice. Yay!