Dad told me this week was Carnival in Brazil. How is the party? Is there one? We read a one line sentence in a news article that stated Carnival in the state of Espiritu Santo was cancelled due to lack of funds or security. Good. I want you safe.
Speaking of safe, your father's middle name. He goes to great lengths to ensure our safety, the safety of his family. We appreciate him for his diligence often at the lack of thought on my part.
For example, Cooper had a three day tournament down in College Station for tennis. I just check with him on packing, see if he needs any money, and gift him with hugs and kisses. And let him go. Your father is asking, two days later, if I knew where Cooper is, how long he'll be gone, and how to contact him. Of course all my answers are vague. I let him fly from the nest. Cooper thinks his team finished 4th, out of 32 schools. He was 2 out of 5., and was playing singles.
I was working as an aide this week, in a middle school, meaning I was working with students in a one-on-one basis in the classroom in addition to the teacher. Loved it. Helping without being in charge. The teacher had to step out of the classroom for a moment, and asked me to keep an eye on the kids. At one point I asked the girl I was assisting, the name of a student that needed to be told to sit down and get back to work. She said, "Lion." She really meant "Lyin'," and she and the class got a good chuckle over my fall. I had to high five her when offered.
One of my substitute jobs this week was at Miller and Breyer's elementary school, the first time I've not done middle school. It was for a third grade class, two doors down from Miller. Wow. I think I got off my feet two times. We were very busy, but knowing I was leaving with a handful of love notes will be bringing me back.
Sawyer's been sore all week as his body acclimates to using those new pole vaulting muscles. Still very eager to grab your father whenever he can, and go to his middle school for extra practice. Even Miller joined them one day, and is now eager to develop this skill. Both boys have baseball try outs this week.
Breyer began soccer again this week. She's in love. And we keep finding the cute little cleats in her size I saved from all you boys. She gets to be on the same team, with the same coach, and jumped right back into the routine, except this time she got to use her new pink soccer ball from Christmas. Joy. She came home from school this week with her fourth tooth gone. She wanted to be in the lead, and yanked hard to move to the top of the list. And, she still refuses to be gifted by the tooth fairy, and has a fourth for her tooth collection.
Dad and Sawyer took Porter's large, round magnet, probably a foot in diameter, that he brought home from some broken speaker at the high school, and went dipping for lures. They would heave the magnet in the lake, let it hit the bottom, and then pull it up. Their only find was a lure that they had lost, one Sawyer had gifted Dad earlier in the year. Crazy.
Dad and Sawyer also went to Tarleton together to see a contestant from American Ninja Warrier who lives in Texas.
Your friend Allicia sent us pictures of you today, what a blessing. I love to see you! And I'm sure your letter will explain some of what we're already seeing.
In closing, I found a few words by Elder Rasband, entitled "Lest Thou Forget" that I love.
"Always "remember the spiritual foundations you have built.
"First strengthen ourselves spiritually and then strengthen those around us.
"Ponder the scriptures regularly, and remember the thoughts and feelings you experience as you read them
"No matter what mistakes we have made or how imperfect we feel we are, we can always bless and lift others. Reaching out to them in Christlike service can help us feel the love of God deep within our hearts.
"Keep the covenants you have made, regardless of the actions of those around you.
"Be diligent [in] strengthen[ing] loved ones with personal testimony and who share spiritual experiences.
"Remain faithful and steadfast, even if storms of doubt invade your lives through the actions of others.
"Seek that which will edify and fortify you spiritually.
"Do not forget your divine heritage as a son or daughter of God or your eternal destiny to one day return to live with Him, which will surpass anything the world has to offer."
Have a wonderful week. We love you. We're glad you're safe.