Friday, September 06, 2013
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Sunday, August 18, 2013
While I was on my mission I guess I never made the connection that each of the missionaries I came in contact with had concerned parents at home praying for them. I don't know why I didn't make the connection but NOW, I definitely see a connection. Why, you might ask? My oldest son Coby, as many of you already know, has been called to serve a mission in the Tijuana Mexico Mission. You can read his letters here on this blog that I have created. Anyway, I have found myself praying that he would have good companions. I'm haven't just prayed that he would have a good companion in the MTC, but I'm also praying that his first companion in Mexico will be good for him. Trainers in the mission field are very important. They help shape how a missionary will obey, teach, learn and grow in the mission. I am praying that Coby has a good trainer to get him started in the mission field. Now that I'm praying for this, I think back on the times when I was in the mission field and how I acted and trained missionaries. Sadly, in some situations, I wished I had had a different perspective. I wished I would have thought about the concerned parent back home praying for good companions for their son. I wished I had done a better job as a trainer.
As Coby goes through the mission experience, I can't help but think about my mission. Floods of memories come back to me as I think about what Coby is doing and will be doing over the next 2 years. My kids are probably sick of my pulling out my mission memorabilia and don't was to see that stuff anymore but for me, it brings back fond memories.
Anyway, I thought I would post this little piece of my life out there for all to see. All two of you.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013
Just this weekend a cousin of mine mentioned to me that she reads my blog posts. I was surprised by this announcement because it is hard to tell when a blog post has been read. Maybe blogs should be more like facebook so we can get the validation we need to post more stuff about our lives.
Well, that is all I have for today. I should probably post something more important next time.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The envelope finally arrived so we hurried and organized as many family members as we could to come over and watch him open up his mission call. Below is the video of him opening his call.
Coby was called to serve in the Tijuana Mexico Mission. He enters the Provo MTC July 10th 2013 and will be teaching the gospel in the Spanish language. We are very excited for him and we are anxious for him to get started. He has a few months where he can work and earn a little bit of money to help pay for his mission.
Once we had everything in place, we had to find someone crazy enough to start dancing while everyone else was just sitting there. I opened up the floor to volunteers. No one volunteered. In fact, they all said that I would have to do the dancing since it was my idea. I was ok with that but they would all have to live with the consequences.
Andy found the music and we started the video camera. I didn't know what I was going to do once the music started playing but I knew it had to be big and bold. So, the music started, I started tossing my arms around and ended up punching the air. After that, we stopped the video, put on crazy clothes, turned the music back on, and then went crazy for about 30 seconds.
We took two shots of the second half and then I combined it with the music and uploaded it to YouTube. It was a huge hit will all of our family and friends. Enjoy our "Harlem Shake" Video below.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Unfortunately the snow day did not automatically translate into a day off of work for me. I still had to work and still had to travel. I spent most of the day in the office but managed to get a little work done too.
When I got home, Katie begged me to go sledding since she had already tested out the hill. I wasn't up for sledding that day because I had "worked" all day, but I considered going on Saturday.
Saturday came around so I waited until just before the sun went down so I could hit the warmest part of the day to go sledding. It still was not warm outside but I bundled up and went over to the small hill by the city pool to get in a few sledding runs before it was too dark.
Below are just a few videos of our experiences.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
We took Coby off to college at the end of August. Coby bought a car from his grandpa at the end of the summer so we loaded up everything we could think of into the Lumina and headed for Logan. We arrived at his apartment complex and checked in. We wondered around a little bit trying to find Coby's exact apartment. The apartment was on the second floor of a large apartment complex at the bottom of the hill close to USU Campus. When you drop off of the hill, way down below the temple, the area is called "The Island". Anyway, we found his place and started to unload his car and our Suburban. After looking through the apartment, we realized that we had packed way to much stuff. His room was very small. Not only was it small but he had to share that room with another person. So, he had to stuff a bunch of his belongings over into a closet close to his bed. I think the other kids in the family were a little shocked with how little room was.
Below are some pictures of us moving Coby into his new apartment in Logan Utah.
We then took him up to campus and went shopping for some books for his classes. Yikes, the prices were high so we looked online for a few of them to try and save some bucks. After making the book purchases we decided to go and buy some food. We went over to Walmart to stock him up on some food.
After getting back from the grocery store, we took the food into his kitchen and discovered we had bought way too much food. We had taken up almost all of the room in the kitchen with just Coby's food. Oops. Anyway, I guess he could share if there wasn't any more room.
We then said goodbye and headed back to Twin Falls. Mom and the girls shed a few tears as we left our oldest son in a city several hours away from home. We knew that things would never be the same, but we also knew it was time for Coby to start his life on his own.
Since then, Coby has worked hard at college. He had a job that ended just before Thanksgiving and probably won't start up again until March or April. He has learned what it takes to get good grades in college. He has learned the importance of studying and how much he needs to use the computer lab. On one of his computer programming finals he worked and studied and was able to get a 100%. We hope he continues to learn and grow as he gets closer to leaving to go on a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.