Sunday, March 22, 2015

Missionary Cousins.

Something I have noticed over the years is that when a blogger is absent for a long period of time and then comes back with an entry that says something like " I know I haven't written much lately but I am recommitting to blogging a lot more," it's usually the kiss of death. 

I will not be saying that. :)

And so, a little about last weekend in Washington.

One of the fun parts of Elijah living there, is that I get to see him do things that he would never do here. For example, that little video of the dance festival rehearsal...and last Sunday,  he sang in a youth choir in Sacrament meeting. Beth was astounded that I would take a picture in sacrament meeting but I couldn't help myself --(that  pretty much makes her a hypocrite but that's another story for another day).

The reason that we made this whirlwind trip 
is because this cousin returned from her mission in Georgia...

...and this young man is leaving for his in Honduras.

They spoke together in Sacrament meeting.
You'll be relieved to know that I did not take any more pictures.

It's such an amazing thing to see and feel 
the transformation that a mission brings 
to these young missionaries' lives.
Even though Lindsey was an incredible young woman before, the depth of her testimony and change to her countenance is just undeniable.

 Lindsey and a few of her siblings....

 Proud mom and dad....

And take a gander at all them cousins...just a small fraction of them to be truthful.

I hope my kids know how blessed they are to have such a great group of awesome cousins that offer such positive and righteous peer pressure. 

We love every single one of them.

And great big hugs to these cousins still serving:

 Elder Paynter (on the left)

 Elder Backus (second from the left)

and Elder Neeley (on the left)

Happiness times three. :)

Shabbat Shalom. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Return of the Princesses.

Oh yes. One of the perks of hanging out with little people 
is that princesses adorn the fridge once again.

Here's to aspiring artists...  :)