Monday, November 9, 2015

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark,

We're eagerly awaiting your letter. Last week's was wonderful. Just one comment. If you send me one more picture of lettuce and / or sand, you have to be in it. Otherwise, I'm good. I really would love more pictures of you! Everyday life, street style, apartment happenings...YOU! But I did love your San Diego temple pictures!

I would say this year's trendy costume was Day of the Dead costumes, face paint and all. It's funny it's not celebrated down there.

Your huge meal recounting was funny. My stomach was hurting before I finished your meal! Reminds me of a Thanksgiving meal!

In the news this week the oldest plant ever to be regenerated has been grown from 32,000-year-old seeds—beating the previous record holder by some 30,000 years.

A Russian team discovered a seed cache of Silene stenophylla, a flowering plant native to Siberia, that had been buried by an Ice Age squirrel. Radiocarbon dating confirmed that the seeds were 32,000 years old. The seeds, which had been entirely encased in ice, were unearthed from 124 feet below the permafrost, surrounded by layers that included mammoth, bison, and woolly rhinoceros bones. The mature seeds had been damaged—perhaps by the squirrel itself, to prevent them from germinating in the burrow. But some of the immature seeds retained viable plant material. The team extracted that tissue from the frozen seeds, placed it in vials, and successfully germinated the plants

Emirates airline has released a video showing two men with jet packs flying alongside one of their jets in an 'unprecedented flight formation'. The two 'Jetmen of Dubai' are both experienced pilots. They can be seen flying alongside the largest passenger aircraft in the world, the Emirates A-380, at a top speed of 170 knots. The wings were made out of Kevlar, and each jet pack has four engines.

Tanner and AnneMarie have a newsy new blog: They did a great write up of their Cabo trip, and then an October wrap-up. Here's a cute togetherness shot:

These were their Halloween costumes:

And this is Tanner's domestic goddess making their house a home:

Your NH cousin's volleyball clenched the state title this weekend, and finished 20-0.  They have a great coach.  Seriously.  She petitioned up a division almost 10 years ago and they still are winning. They are a D-III school and play in the D-II league. She has made it to the semi-finals 20+ years in a row.  Insane. 

Even more unbelievable is that your cousin's soccer team, from the same school, won states the same day. It's too bad he graduated last year!

Tuesday was election day, just local stuff. Dad was the first one, #1, on the voting machine. This would make your grandmother proud!

This week's combined activity for the youth at church was a scavenger hunt...your father and Sawyer were a team, running around Granbury. Take a picture of yourself tipping a cow was probably the most unusual task, finding blue paper towels at a gas station proved to not be as easy as you think, and finding a police man to eat a doughnut was the yummiest.

Cooper got a lot of these glow-in-the-dark necklaces, and made a helmet and body armor. It was pretty funny when the lights went out and he began to move:

Miller, here's his cute school picture, participated in his class spelling bee, and got second place. He lost on "America," and was upset the winner won with "hallway." He's the alternate if the winner is a no-show.

Friday night was Porter's last football game. Your Texas aunt and cousin decided to drive down to see him play. They drove with Dad, Cooper and Sawyer. Another loss! But your brother (#80) looks good! (I have broken yet another camera, so she helped with photos!)


We had the missionaries scheduled for dinner, so it was crowded around the table. Your aunt also stayed overnight, with the plan of going to your brothers' baseball games, but it rained overnight and the fields were too wet. She brought me a cheesecake for my birthday, so sweet!

Since my twin wanted to hike fifty in her fiftieth, and my other sister wanted to hike her age in one month, I decided I would be unique and hike a hike on my birthday ;-) This was our first time on Granbury's bike trail, and we found unique fitness stations along the way.

We finished with a late lunch at Babe's Chicken Dinner House, one of six or seven restaurants in the Dallas area. It was a yummy dinner and the family style of serving was homey. That they leaked my birthday, put a fuzzy chicken hat on my head, gave me a beak to bite, and asked me to flap my arms is irrelevant ;-)

Dad and I finished the day at a stake high priest dinner at the stake center, too full to eat, but thoroughly enjoying the presentation on family history, highlighting some of the new features now available.

Today was a regional broadcast out of SLC. The talks were wonderful. Our favorite was probably from the President of the Seventy, Elder Clayton, who spoke on simplifying our lives. He used Joseph Smith as an example when he condensed the doctrine of the church into The Twelve Articles of Faith. How about President Hinckley when he used Dad's conversion story in General Conference to give us three things to do to retain converts: "Every one of them needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with “the good word of God.” And how did President Monson miraculously increase the missionary force? He announced that the age to serve would be lowered. How do we not become distracted by the billions of items for sale on Amazon and Ebay, or the over 900 channels we can watch, or the millions of songs we can download? He recommended we reread Elder Oaks' talk, "The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives." We know you'll choose the best. You've already chosen us.

Have a wonderful week! And be safe.



1 comment:

Bachland :) said...

Wonderful letter and we look forward to seeing All Ya'all soon!