Monday, October 5, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Boys,

Well, Hunter, this is it. You're leaving for Tempe, AZ and soon thereafter, Brazil. Your training will be complete, and you're off to work. Have fun! On the other hand, your brother is embarking on a different journey this week, and will be married before the next Sabbath day. And we couldn't be prouder of you both. You two are the big news in our lives this week, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

There was another shooting in Oregon this week, Hunter. Did you hear about this? The latest shooting took place at Umpqua Community College in the state of Oregon, where nine people were killed and seven more wounded by a single gunman.  Since December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been at least 986 mass shootings, with shooters killing at least 1,234 people and wounding 3,565 more. 264 mass shootings that have occurred in America this year.

I mention this as I've thought all week about why your mission is so important, Hunter. People need to know how to find peace, and where peace can be found. That's your job for the next two years. And Tempe is right in the middle of those awful statistics and your backyard.

What else caught my attention? I knew you'd find it interesting that GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he's running to be House speaker.

Because of your father, the fact that Tulane's Aaron Golub got to make history when he took the field in the fourth quarter Saturday, caught my eye. He's a walk-on long snapper and is legally blind. He snapped on Tulane's final extra point of the Green Wave's 45-17 win over Central Florida, and is the first legally blind player to play in an NCAA college football game.

And just in from Charleston, SC, persistent torrential rainfall caused dangerous flooding in South Carolina's main cities and prompted hundreds of rescues through shoulder-deep waters across the southeastern U.S. state due to a weather system that dropped more than 18 inches (45 cm) of rain in one part of South Carolina., and closed seventy miles of freeway.

Thursday my cub scouts and I picked up trash at the hosting church for our service project. The property was very well kept so there wasn't much to collect, but a sock and a #10 can were the finds of the night.

Sawyer pitched again yesterday, did well, but couldn't keep up with their bats. Another loss, but he's getting good. Miller played third and short, no pitching. He's so fast once he gets on base. He stole his way home very quickly. He had a great out at third base, catching a wildly thrown ball and tagging the runner just as he slid too far off the base.Cooper's tennis matches were both losses, but he didn't feel bad as not win was found on the varsity or j.v. teams. Aledo is a large school. Dad went to Porter's away game. Driving an hour each way is a sacrifice, but Porter comes home feeling loved. His basket of goodies from his grid iron girl doesn't hurt either ;-)

Speaking of Porter, he had some ACT results come in this week. He got a 36 in English (surprise!), a 30 in math (no calculator) and a 33 in science, overall 33. He'll be taking it again in two weeks with a calculator. He was told at school that a 33 composite is the highest score they've had in fifteen years. Wait until he uses a calculator ;-)

Porter made homemade pretzels last Sunday, which really could have been bagels. They were yummy! He is getting good with bread dough. He boiled it to make them! Today he made a loaf of bread, pizza dough, pizzas, and then apple pie. He's currently working on the crust portion. And, he's getting slightly better about cleaning up.

Tomorrow all the kids are home from school. I don't know why, and really don't care. I do know we'll be packing for the trip to Las Vegas. They're very excited. Breyer's dress arrived in the mail and she didn't like it. It wasn't pink. It's cream. I think it's growing on her. I hope. I'll be on the phone first thing in the morning confirming the caterers, car, hotel rooms, etc.

Did you love General Conference? We did. We saw all sessions, had to catch the Saturday afternoon session this morning, early, because of yesterday's baseball games. Right? That's the one we really wanted to see live! I love, love, love Elder Holland and he didn't disappoint. Loved President Nelson's The influence of women in the church will be magnified in an unprecedented way, and Elder Foster's Today's parents must be engaged in intentional parenting. Sister Marriott, even with the death of her daughter before she could back from her mission in Brazil, Have faith, it will work out. was fabulous. And Elder Bednar's concluding talk was amazing. "When you cannot do what you've always done, then you do what matters most. Are we going to "ponderize?" We're pondering on that ;-) The music was wonderful, loved the solos.

We're thankful we can hear from you while you're waiting at the airport. Call back, call often, use all of that card before you stop!

Love, love, love,



The Renaissance Man said...

Go Porter!!! It's your birthday, gotta party, like its your birthday!!! The first time I took it I only got a 32 so you just broke the family record for highest first score!!!!! ***** :) :) Now let's see if you can crack that second time record... ;) LOVE YOU KID!

Left my phone at AnneMarie's so have to call you tomorrow!

shirlgirl said...

Am I not surprised that Porter did so well? Your children are brilliant and have two awesome parents to thank for that. I'm sure you are all very proud of his accomplishments. Have fun at the wedding. You'll be in my thoughts.