Sunday, October 12, 2014

I hope they call me on a mission...

 I love the influence that the full time Elders have on our family.  I've always loved the missionaries...I think that stems from having 7 brothers that served.  I still remember, at the age of 3, watching my brother Dave get on the plane.  It had a great effect on me back then.  I'm grateful for worthy young men who are willing to give up 2 years of their lives to share the gospel.  I feel that missionaries can have just as much influence on member families as they do nonmembers.   Through the years we've stayed in touch with many young men that served in the Heber area.  I of course have my favorites, but then again I have my favorites with everything.  

My favorite just went home on Saturday.  Thank heavens he only lives like 7 hours away so we can see him soon!! Heber was lucky enough to have Elder Johnson serve here the beginning and end of his mission.  Our Maron has been in love with him since the day we met him.  Thank you Elder Johnson for allowing us to be apart of your life and for your testimony and example!!! 
We love our Elder Johnson!!

 Ask Maron who her boyfriend is..."it's Elder Johnson!'

 Always having a good time
 Deep in thought
 Elder Johnson has always had the ability to make everyone feel special...especially his greeny struggling companions!
 Saying goodbye stinks!!

 Miss Maron still has a hard time understanding that he has gone home, and that his home is in Utah!!

It was sad saying goodbye to this funny goofy kid...Elder Byington was one of a kind!!

 We only got to have Elder Baxter here for 2 short weeks.  We instantly connected with him as well.  At first he comes off as being shy...then he opens up and he is completely the opposite.  We were sad to see him leave, but we hope he will get to come back at some point in his mission!

 And then there is Elder Strong...he is currently still serving here and we love him!  He, as well, is so good to our kids.  He's a great young man and sets a great example for others!!!

2 months later...

 I feel as if the past two months have been a whirlwind.  But then always does!!  There has been some super sad moments and super exciting moments.  Four days before hitting the 2 year mark of my Dad's passing Chester Crandell, whom was another father figure in my life, passed away.  The news was shocking.  Then on my Dad's 2 year mark Frank Greer passed away.  Death is not an easy thing to filter through ones heart and mind.  My heart still goes out to these two families!!

 Chester Crandell's funeral

Frank Greer's Funeral

We sure were grateful to get to see some of our favorite people...Jon and Mandi Crandell...we just wish it had been under different circumstances!!

We also got to go to Amanda and Kimi's baby shower.  I have been so excited for these two sisters that were having the first 2 granddaughters for Ron and Melanie!(they just had em this week which I will post pics soon)

 We have got to play in some good rain storms!!  What is better than playing in the rain with some of your best friends??...I'd have to say NOTHING!!
 Taelee, Graci, and Maron(photo bombed by Miles)
 Miles and Rudger
Zach(photo bombed by Paul)