Dear Elder Schenewark,
Just over three weeks, and you're home! Count down will continue here on Mondays until you're home. We just realized I'll have two weeks off, then the letter writing continues.
The most exciting news of the week is what your brother will have arriving near, on, or just after November 23rd, and she will be wrapped in pink. We're all so very, very excited for Schenewark Baby #1. So far so good, mother and daughter both doing well, and nice and healthy. The growing family is in Las Vegas, headed to southern California for a maternal family reunion. Baby Clara is the favorite so far.
The second most newsworthy event this week was Saturday on a rainy morning after basketball when Porter and the van went hydroplaning, sliding, slipping, swerving, spinning. You get the idea. We're so grateful he wasn't hurt, no other people or vehicles were involved, and he was able to drive home with a little pull from some teammates. He believes the integrity of the structure and engine were maintained. Cooper's excited to work some of his creative magic and has already begun drafting drawings.
This week we'll be thinking of you on your birthday, but celebrating when you come home. I still remember the nurse being so annoyed you did not have a more patriotic name, and laughing because your father wanted me to cross my ankles around 11 p.m. July 3rd, since the 4th was quickly approaching. You were my largest, at 10.8, wearing the most beautiful black hair.
We came up to your Tyler cousins today, for a quick July 4th visit. One of my all time favorite things to watch is your brother Porter and cousin Luke together. Two peas in a pod, and both extremely entertaining. We love their swimming pool, and will enjoy relaxing by the pool, heading home early Tuesday morning to enjoy the fireworks that have made Granbury famous. We so enjoyed singing patriotic hymns in church today. We need to do that more.
While on our drive up here, we realized next week Uncle Roger and Mason arrive, the following week the Bachs; then you; then Porter leaves, then school begins. Our summer is gone!
I loved your thought you shared last week that their are angels preparing people to hear the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Bishop is the person who has the keys of the ministering of angels. That is your father. Today I was pondering on the atonement and the healing power, which essentially is the sealing power that binds families together forever. I'd love to see all you boys together in the temple one time and am thinking straight from the airport while we're up in Dallas. Think on that this week, and how much I love you.