Another week in the books, so to speak. What was most memorable your last seven days? For me I'd have to say eating Cooper's cake celebrating the soon-to-be end of the school year: A delicious lemony cake with fresh raspberry filling and a buttery frosting. Yum! And he always lets Breyer help. Then he made a cheesecake. Why bother showing up any more? I'll be out of a job if any more of you guys take to cooking. Cooper specializes in desserts, Porter in meat and bread, Hunter in pies, muffins, and dinners. Now Tanner's getting back into his cooking groove, since living in Kansas City, and his wing-man missing from his kitchen.
Cooper and Sawyer had a court of honor last week, and received a few awards and rank advancements. But what made the event letter worthy is the fact Cooper came right home, sat in a big stuffy chair, and sewed on all his merit badges and patches himself. I think I'll hire him, a rent-a-scout, to clean up my sewing basket, including his four other brothers' scout patches.
Porter was pegged as next year's pole vaulter with respectable status, and told to spend the leftover track budget on new poles for next year. So Dad took him up to Tyler to see his sister and your cousins, and he has a 2:30 p.m. appointment tomorrow to get measured and fitted for new poles. Sawyer and Breyer went along for fun.
Cooper, Miller and I went to one of our lakes and drove the speed boats around until the batteries were dead. Then they wanted to fish off the city dock, which turned into a quick swim in the city beach. After having rain all week, and the sun finally making a late evening appearance, the weather became beautiful. I love the soft breeze of spring, and the warm sun on my face.
I attended my first emergency response team meeting, and the first emergency preparedness meeting for the county, and enjoyed myself immensely. I'll write more on that later.
I taught my lesson today and loved President Uchtdorf's thoughts on receiving a testimony. He said we must "consider, ponder, fearlessly strive to believe," We talked a lot about what fearlessly striving to believe means. For sure it's not a passive approach.
That would be my hope for you this week, catch the vision, again, and grab life and the blessings of all the gospel has to offer with both hands.
"We are created as much from the dust of eternity as we are from the dust of the earth. Every one of us has potential we can scarcely imagine." Joseph B. Wirthlin
“We write to taste life twice once in the moment and retrospect.” Anias Nin
Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
When we are filled with Love, we can make a profound difference. It's what we came to do. Ardeth G. Kapp
Men are what their mothers made them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860
In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance. Let us open our eyes and see the heavy hearts, notice the loneliness and despair; let us feel the silent prayers of others around us, and let us be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to answer those prayers. Dieter F. Utchdorf
I want to be the kind of Mom that would remember to get the broken Wheezy off of the shelf, fix his squeaker, and put him back in the toy box, having hope that my boys will still want to play.
11 out of 12 original astronaut corps (89%) who have walked on the moon have been an Eagle Scout