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Thursday, December 24, 2009

More than a Million

December 23, 2009 was a very exciting day for the Indexers and Arbitrators of the Pleasant View South Stake. We passed our Million-Name Goal which we started on July 1st. Over one million names were indexed and arbitrated by about 200 people in our stake in six months. I feel so blessed and lucky to have been a part of the great effort and the one who kept everyone posted on our progress.

I will always remember 2009 and the adventure of working together in a great effort which will affect so many people for good. It will be another adventure to see what the next challenge will be with this stake calling.

We will continue to count and report the numbers of names indexed through the end of the year. It will be great fun to see how far beyond the million we can get by December 31, 2009!

They Are Here!

Dani and Kelly are home for Christmas! What sweet words to type! They've been gone so long and even though we talk on the phone, write emails and each keep a blog; I've just missed them so much. It felt so good to hug them at the airport early this morning when, after four hours of weather-related delays, they finally arrived!

We are going to have such a memorable Christmas having our family all together this year. Here's wishing you a marvelous holiday season and the love of family in your life, the warmth of love in your home and the gift of the Spirit of Christ in your heart.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Winter Woes-Year Three

The first eight winters we lived in Pleasant View were pretty mild and seemed relatively snowless compared to our years in Bountiful. Well, the last three winters have more than changed my mind about snowfall totals and low temperatures in Northern Utah.

This week has just been cold that Simba has been living in the laundry room. Our garage cat is only allowed into the house during the nights it gets below 20 degrees, but we haven't even been getting above 20 degrees in the daytime, so he sticks pretty close to his 'kitty cushion' on the laundryroom floor and we have to use him like a Swiffer Sweeper to get him out for a litterbox break and to eat/drink a little.

So it finally warmed up to freezing yesterday (it felt absolutely balmy) but that was because it was snowing. It snowed ALL DAY yesterday and through the night and currently it is snowing really hard. We were supposed to be at Elder Jordan Hanks' mission report this morning, but we decided the roads are too snowpacked and scary to make the trip to Bountiful.

Every December to March for the last three years I've wondered why I live in Utah, home of the 'Greatest Snow on Earth'? We proudly advertise that on our license plates, but this morning I'm thinking Arizona, Southern California or Florida wouldn't be a bad place to winter. I must be getting old or turning into a goose.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

And Go!

The mission call finally, finally, finally came!

It was an exciting day. For a change the mail actually came early...around 1:30 this afternoon. That made the last few hours at work pure torture and we made poor Bryan wait until we were home from work, so he felt tortured too. We promised him we'd be there by 6:00 p.m. and both Rob and I made it home with time to spare so it was just before 6:00 p.m. when he finally got to rip the envelope open the rest of the way (he had torn about 1" open and was trying to peek in when we got home.) Luckily, Larissa was there and kept him from opening it all the way before the official moment. Thank you, Larissa!

Here is a video clip of Elder Crouch opening and reading his letter:

So there you have it...Budapest, Hungary is the place Bryan will spend the next two years. He enters the MTC on March 10, 2010 and we are all very excited for him.

Let the next adventure begin!