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An odd good twist to Chandler's story

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Last Friday night while our grandson Chandler was getting his  eagle and standing next to his best friend John..... Neither of them had a clue that just 4 days later they would find out  that John's mission call is the same as Chandler's!  They are both going to the South Carolina Columbia mission.
The very next morning after John's mission call opening,  Chandler left for his mission (John joins him in November) Logan, Amy, Chandler, Macie, Laurynn, and Austin bright and very early yesterday morning.
But wait, there's more! Our granddaughter Jessica left for her mission too... yesterday, the very same day as Chandler!
Her Dad saying goodbye to his baby girl.
So Chandler and Jessica are both at the Missionary Training Center  together, arriving the same day! I'm sure they will hook up and have a picture taken together.

Had to show these pictures of Jessica and Chandler from 2008.... Jess is #2 from the left, Chandler is #6  Emily, Jessica, Elora, Kylie, Laurynn, Chandler, Kately…

Hard to find words

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Isaac's mom had one of her visiting teachers read her words from the pulpit yesterday.
"Perhaps there's a chance, that had I done this, or hadn't done that,  he may still be here to hold. So many if onlys..."
And then she went on to quote parts of this hymn,  which had never quite registered in my head like this before:
"God moves in a mysterious way  His wonders to perform, He plants his footsteps in the sea  And rides upon the storm.
Ye fearful Saints, fresh courage take;  The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy and shall break In blessings on your head..."
Afterwards, Terry Freeman, from the stake presidency spoke. He is not one to share personal things, but he did yesterday.
He said it was 26 years ago this week that his 3 month old, Casey Jay, suddenly passed away. I still remember the shock and utter sadness I felt for this family  when I first heard about it the day it happened all those years ago.
He acknowledged the profound grief, but he also sa…

Oh... the baby shower.....

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A night of mixed emotions.

Such a happy event though....a new baby about ready to venture in 
this world in just a week or 2 or 3.

Our grandson Austin and his wife Brooke about to have a baby.
Brooke's mom, Kim, barely got off the plane from Ohio 
in time for the baby shower. 
This was the first time she got to see her daughter pregnant. 

They both worked very hard getting ready for everything. 
And Amy too. Oh my goodness Amy too. 
Not even sure I got any pictures of her. 
She was all over the place all evening, running the show.


Good to have the sisters together, Téa, Laurynn, Macie, and Kylie  plus their new sister Brooke.

Lots attended!
Beautiful food Katie, Robin, Heidi

Cooperative guests
Drawing babies on their heads


Austin, the Dad to be, was not planning to come until the very end. But when he heard that his dearly loved Nana was going to be  there, he came and sat with his arm around her most of the evening. 
Amy as so happy to be with her as well.

Wonders from this past week #5

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I'm still learning my way around this house. For example.....
1. The first day we moved in 2 weeks ago, I turned this stove on and I could smell my Grandma  Lella! She had a little gas stove in her tiny mobile home back in the 1960s-70s. 
They say our sense of smell is our strongest and longest memory. 
But gas is different than electric. Low is never low enough so food cooked very long, burns.

I've learned through google that I needed to buy one of these and it helps so much.  Now I am back to making pilaf.
2.These OXO toilet bowl brushes are the best ones ever. 

 I just pop the brush right out of the container, and it pops right back in place.  I don't ever have to touch the container at all. So clean, and easy to use
(and there are hole vents on the bottom so water does not collect in the container like the last ones I had)
I never wanted 3 bathrooms to clean, but these make it easier.


3. And just in case you are dealing with wasps...
From the house we just moved out of...…