Sunday, February 28, 2016

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark,

How was your week? It seems longer than a week since we've been in touch. Perhaps because pictures have not been sent. We miss you! Today Miller was shooting darts at your cardboard form. Just for fun, nothing personal. Nobody live in the house wanted to be hit so we offered your body instead.

Speaking of Miller, he was an orphan today. Dad's on the stand; I'm on the organ; Porter's blessing the sacrament; Cooper and Sawyer are passing the sacrament; Breyer is visiting me on the organ. Poor Miller held the entire pew by himself. Very reverently. He could use your company

Dad decided to do his announcements  after the sacrament meeting is over. So today was the first day, and everybody forgot. They all got to their feet, and had to have a good sit down. But it was most impressive when he told the congregation that he would like to attend Sunday School, and that if they needed to meet with any member of the bishopric, they could do so after the third hour.Lead by example. Loved it. Then, he admonished everybody to get out and vote, exercise those rights, and have a say in our elected officials.

The boys and  your father are still fishing. They'll sneak out a  few minutes a few times a week, just before sunset, and always catch one or two. If they have birthday money, they buy lures. The spring-like weather is coming to Texas, and your brother Sawyer is lamenting your not being here to take him to golf. I need to be better about getting them on the course, especially since they're free. Or at least to the driving range where they can hit a bucket of balls.

Porter began track this week, and the first time down the pole vaulting runway he turned and sprained his ankle. The trainer diagnosed it and he came home with a boot. Today he went to church with both shoes, and the swelling is down, so perhaps he'll be able to resume his pole vaulting attempts this week.

The van was returned Wednesday afternoon, to the painful amount of $625. It was an alternator. They found a few more worn parts, so we'll have to return soon and make another investment. It's good to be mobile. Breyer and I spent a quiet first half of the week, waiting for Dad to come home for wheels.

Dad filled up my van last night. Using the Kroger discount, he paid $.82 per gallon. $23 to fill up the 30 gallon beast of a van.

Basketball tournaments for all your brothers was this week. Porter's finished. Sawyer finished with a first round loss Wednesday. His team lost by a point. It was a great game. I could have cared less who won. Miller, ranked 6th out of 7th, surprisingly won his game against the 3rd ranked team Tuesday, played the 2nd ranked team Friday evening and won - again! His Tuesday game was his best. He was 7 out of the 11 points, 5 of which were from the line. Yesterday they played in the championships against the 1st ranked team and lost by a point, 5-4. These low scores don't in any way reflect the battle that's fought on the boards. He took quite a few shots but they weren't rolling in. He only had one point from the line. Miller was invited and is choosing to play in all stars this year, first year for him in basketball. It's only two weekend tournaments.

Sawyer and Miller also tried out for baseball this week. It just so happened to be the coldest night in a long time. I sat in the cold for two hours...freezing! I was in a skirt, as I came from a Relief Society dinner beforehand. There was a little controversy over Miller's former fall ball coach "protecting" him from the draft, without asking the parents, and telling the other coaches he wasn't draft-able. When it was all sorted out, Miller was instead able to choose a team he wanted to be on as recompense.

Tanner spent the weekend in a hotel in Salt Lake, as President of BYU ISI (Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty). He's been enjoying the good life, and his #staycation.

The glass place needs to have your lens that are damaged before they can release the new lens, since they're under warranty. Unfortunately, you'll have to mail the glasses. If you want me to order your contacts, let me know. He adjusted your last prescription, and adjusted the contact lens prescription, and has a trial sample for you to try. I'll be mailing the sample to you and if you like them, we'll place an order. We can get you set with contacts before you ship your glasses, or you can keep wearing your old pair, and get your glasses shipped. Just let me know. Hopefully your old glasses aren't making you too miserable. I have a feeling perhaps your bug spray made your lens cloudy.

Today we celebrated the birthday of the Relief Society organization. It's a little early to the March actual date but this is the day that was available for us this year. And,since most women are available on Sunday, I chose to have a party in the 3rd hour. We had over ten women, elderly, in Primary, in Young Women, from all representatives of life, bear a brief testimony of the importance of Relief Society in their life. Most ladies' testimonies revolved around an especially meaningful visiting teacher. Of course there was food. The funny thing was we went long in the program, so the food began when church ended, and the whole ward ended up eating! I have such good ladies working under me. My newest additions to my board? Have I mentioned my humanitarian specialist responsible for monthly service projects? Yes? My latest will be a Relief Society publicist. I want her to write about the service projects, and the good things these women are doing.

Elder Nelson, quoting President Kimball, said, "Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world."

My dear sisters, you who are our vital associates during this winding-up scene, the day that President Kimball foresaw is today. You are the women he foresaw! Your virtue, light, love, knowledge, courage, character, faith, and righteous lives will draw good women of the world, along with their families, to the Church in unprecedented numbers!

I want Granbury to k now of these articulate, happy, righteous women, and be drawn towards them and ultimately the restored gospel.

I love working with my missionaries. I wish you could be here with me.



1 comment:

Bachland :) said...

What a wonderful letter! So much going on in Granbury.