Sunday, February 19, 2017

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark, et al,

Good evening as I'm typing, but a hearty good morning to your reading.

It appears that the unrest in your area is finished. Can I offer a hearty "Yeah!"? "Police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo reached an accord to return to work after they were threatened with criminal charges of rebellion over a week-long strike. The strike had caused a security vacuum which ignited a wave of violence in which more than 120 people died. The protest was led by police families who blocked barracks demanding higher pay. The police will return to work on Saturday.
Brazil's military police, who carry out street patrols, are barred by law from going on strike. On Friday, the state government had said it was charging over 700 police officers with rebellion over their protest.

The biggest news of the week is your sister, first, losing her second front tooth. She leads her kindergarten class with most teeth lost: three. And second, turning six. Her birthday endured the whole week. She wanted corn dogs for her dinner, so that was Thursday. She went to school on Friday, the day before her birthday, with a new dress, new socks, and new tennis shoes. Dad brought her class cupcakes after lunch, and she came home proudly wearing her paper crown, carrying a paper balloon, and leftover cupcakes. We weren't going to be together a lot on Saturday so she opened the rest of her presents Friday evening. And most of it was pink. We shared her cake with the missionaries on Saturday. She had requested an ice cream cake, and she got one, one that I made using my heart shaped pans. It was multi layered with a white cake, strawberry ice cream, whipping cream, and a strawberry syrup. Yum.

Aunt Becky got a late night phone call from Hermana Orton's Mission President letting her know that she and her companion were evacuated from their area due to the threat of the Oroville Dam giving way. (The tallest dam in the U.S.) The traffic was awful as you could imagine due to the mandatory evacuation of many towns. It took her six hours to get where they were going.

Miller was digging for wood to carve, in the empty lot next door, and developed a raging case of poison oak. We eventually ended up using leftover steroids to stop the spread. Then, he wore the same winter coat, and developed a new case on his face. He looks like you with all his rash.

Miller had his first all star basketball tournament, drawing a draw until Saturday. He played three games yesterday, winning his first, and losing the next two. His face was purple for a long time.

Sawyer began track and field this week. They were testing for field positions, and of course he was up for pole vaulting. He came home very excited, as he felt like he was a natural. He made the cut. He had me bring him back to the field Saturday afternoon so he could practice more. He woke up this morning with aching arm muscles. But he is determined, and has spent many hours already watching videos and talking with Dad.

Sawyer competed in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition in three categories on Friday: Maps, Charts and Graphs; Number sense (mental math), and Mathematics. He found out later that evening he received second place in number sense and first in mathematics. What a smartie!

Cooper went on his first date. He texted a girl int he stake and invited her to the barbecue restaurant in Weatherford. Dad was his driver, and had to wait in his car for two hours! What we do for our kids! He had a great dinner, hopefully a fine time, enough to think about doing it again next month.

He spent Saturday with his friend making skateboards. Really. He had me at Home Depot at 6:59 a.m., again, what we do for our children. He picked out one piece of birth plywood, was able to have it cut in nine 10" segments, and went to work. Sometimes his creativity blows me away.

The most I could get out of Porter is that he's the newly crowned leg wrestling champion of Budge Hall. I found him eagerly sitting in the lobby waiting for Sunday evening visiting hours to begin. He does love to socialize and gets along so well with members of the opposite sex.

My first substitute teaching position was for a middle school English teacher. Going to a school where you know no procedure, or building layout, or technology is intimidating! Finding no lesson plan is frustrating! Having students not interested in learning discouraging. And I loved it. Once you get rid of the mechanics of the job, you're left with children and their needs. I know how to do that. My second job was also for a (different) middle school, this time for a science class. The students were much easier overall, and I knew the teacher I was working for, so left him in a great place when he returns by grading all his papers and quizzes.

I guess it was also Valentine's Day week. The day of love, the week of love, the month of love. Breyer's current favorite holiday. Her sweet love notes, "I love you so much" were left every where.This month's visiting teaching message, entitled "Christ’s Atonement Is Evidence of God’s Love" was month appropriate.  Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President, says, “Christ has “graven [us] upon the palms of [His] hands” (Isaiah 49:16). That supreme act of love ought to send each of us to our knees in humble prayer to thank our Heavenly Father for loving us enough that He sent His Only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer for our sins, our heartaches, and all that seems unfair in our own individual lives.”

I am grateful for this reminder. I'm grateful for this gift. I'm grateful for you.



1 comment:

The Renaissance Man said...

Pretty sure I did some of those same competitions as Sawyer in Texas:)