Monday, March 7, 2016

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark,

How are you? I was thinking of you today when we read this scripture: "Now behold, Helaman and his brethren were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni; for they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance all men whosoever would hearken unto their words (Alma 48:19)." The work you do is so important, in your small vineyard. Your namesake, President Hunter, said, "Most of us will be quiet, relatively unknown folks who … do our work without fanfare. To those of you who may find that … unspectacular, I say, you are ‘no less serviceable’ than the most spectacular of your associates.”

Your extended family are in the news...they are the news! Aunt Jenny and Uncle Roger went on a two week service trip to South fun is that?

 Stevie's basketball team won the state championship...the game was against Laconia, and they squeaked out a win, 42-38. Stevie had 11 points and 9 rebounds, and finished the win with two free throws with 15 seconds left in the game. Your grandparents and Uncle Aaron were in attendance as well. That's two this year, and she has two more years to go. Holy cow!

Becky and Joe Joe made the cover of this magazine...she's the perfect face to grace the cover of their magazine.

Porter's basketball team was in the news for the entire varsity team receiving Academic All-District accolades.

Miller played in an all star basketball tournament this weekend. His team has had only two practices but plays against teams that play together the whole year. They handily beat the team on Thursday, lost a game Saturday morning by a point, and won a game that evening for third place, by three points. He was never taken out of the games on Saturday. He played his heart out, both games. I think he had about 8 points in each game, and the total points were 17 and 18.

Sawyer declined all stars, and just had two baseball practices. He's the only sixth grader on his team, because they go by birth dates, but he's holding his own, and has already been pegged as one of their pitchers. Miller also had a baseball practice.

Cooper had an all day tennis meet, here in town. He played four matches, sometimes 15 games each match. He won the first two, barely lost the third, and lost the fourth as well. He was so sore the next day, he stayed home from school to go fishing. What do you say to a kid that has straight A's, and has never missed a day of school? Good luck!

Your father is doing his bishop duties like a pro. One of his callings? Ward gardening specialist. He wants the man to teach ward members, be available for home visits, and to especially work with more needy members. How awesome is that?

I read about your beach adventures last week. Please take a picture of your sketch you had made from the beach! I'd love to see you!

The missionaries had an all day training at the stake center Saturday, and one elder in Granbury was very ill. He had a fever over 102, and needed to stay home for the day. They called asking if one of the older boys could sit with him. We opted to have him brought here instead, and made up a bed in the library on the futon. I left for Miller's game, and Jarrod, Cooper and Sawyer went to an early morning service project, so Porter stayed with him here. I asked Breyer to be his nurse. How fun for that missionary. I came home to find plastic cups full of food he might need: frozen strawberries, grape tomatoes, potato chips, a jelly sandwich she made, baby carrots...she's awesome! I do wish it could have been you convalescing here instead of him, even if you were sick! I left a stack of church movies for him to watch, and showed him the shelves full of church books.

That's about the week in review. We're expecting rain every day this week, which we need. I have so enjoyed the beautiful spring weather the past three or four weeks though.

Have a wonderful week. Know of our love for you. Your brothers pray everyday for you, and Tanner. Porter received word last week that he had been accepted into BYU. He's awaiting word if a scholarship has been bequeathed as well.




Bachland :) said...

What a fun filled letter! Great job Porter, we'll keep our fingers crossed on the scholarships.

MarieC said...

I love hearing your news, and am especially excited that Porter has officially been accepted to BYU. THAT means a visit, right?!?!?

The Renaissance Man said...

Stayed home to fish all day???!!! HAha, got a good chuckle out of that one, my little brother Tom Sawyer:)