Last evening in the family chat, Bryan suggested that I post my journal entries here. I tho’t that was a good idea. So i will do that. Here is the one for last week.
July 3, 2017
This past week has been a very busy and eventful week. Sunday was Stake Conference. It was very good. The speakers were excellent. A young woman told us about her mission in Zimbabwe and a man told us of his family moving from Florida to Idaho. Until they came to Idaho they had never heard of our church. They were fellowshipped into the church and just recently went to the temple to be sealed as a family. They were both inspirational talks.
Monday, I went to Apple Athletic Club for the first time in 969 days. They is 2 2/3 years! It was good to be back. I do the 1:00 water exercise class. Marsha, the teacher remembered my name! I was impressed. I could only walk in the water for 10 minutes before my left sciatic nerve stated really bothering me. I leaned against the wall to stretch it out and then continued on with the exercises. I tried to ignore it but soon was feeling nauseated. Some fellows asked Marsha for a noodle so I did too. I went down to the deep end and just hung there for a while, opposing the water with just my arms. The pain completely went away after a short time of just hanging there. I was so thankful for that. I tho’t I would be exhausted after class but we went to Perkins to eat and then to Avon for some eyebrow pencils and lip gloss. Karen Peterson was there. We first met at EIRMC many years ago. We ate lunch together and as we talked about our families, we discovered that her oldest son and my youngest son had very much in common. We got them together. The Petersons live in Shelley. So it took some traveling…a little. They stayed at each other’s houses a few times. They did enjoy each other. We caught up on each others families. It was good seeing her. She said to tell Richard hello but I don’t think I have done that yet. I did sleep very well that night.
The next day, Tuesday, we went to the temple. We did five initiatories, an endowment session and a sealing session. I have had an urgency to get the Jensen family sealed since I found the documentation and sources for their family. I had to do the work for the mother, the initiatory and endowment. Since Bryan had finished the work on the father the Saturday before we were ready to seal the three children who had all died within 2 ½ weeks of each other plus two more children. Two other children had been reserved by someone else and the work isn’t completed so we were unable to seal them. We ate there after the sealing session. We were in the temple six hours all together. It was a wonderful experience. I even got emotional as we sealed the children. The parents had already been sealed. I told my sweetheart that if my tears ran down my cheeks instead of out my nose, I would have had tears rolling down my cheeks as we sealed them.
Wednesday we went to Apple Athletic Club again. I was able to last a little longer before I needed the noodle. I have decided that after the FSL opens again, I need to keep going at least once a week. I can tell I am really out of shape. We ate out at the New Hong Kong afterwards. I don’t think we had been there since I had been to AAC the last few times.
Thursday, we both stayed home all day long. We cleaned out our freezer. It was an all day job. There was at least four inches of ice in it. I looked on my phone and discovered that that would probably be the coolest day until next September or October so it would be a good day to do it. It surely looks nice again after it is all cleaned out and put back together.
Friday, as I checked my phone that morning, I noticed a text from Kim stating they were up here at Gay’s. They had come up for his 30th class reunion. I told him we needed to leave by 12:30 for AAC and the 3:45 for Blackfoot then onto Pocatello so could the come see us about 10:00. He texted back and wanted to know if that included breakfast. I told his yes. We treated them to a Burger King breakfast. We visited with them for about an hour and a half. It was good to see them. It had been awhile. We got caught up on their family. We went to AAC. I was out and ready to go by 2:30 but my sweetheart wasn’t ready for 15 more minutes. I wanted to get our clothes washed and hung out before we left. We got to Karen’s about 4:50 or so. We got to Pocatello about 5:20 or so. We went down to see Cheanna, Emma and Elena perform in their theater camp program. They had been up here since the 24th and had been taking classes all week long. They did a really good job. They memorized amny songs and did a few skits. They were fun to watch. They all three had hats, and they were the only ones who did so they were very easy to pick out. It was good to see Don and Cathleen too. Don treated us at Arctic Circle afterwards. We got home after dark. My sweetheart decided to go in the back yard on the west side and pull some thistles. He didn’t tell anyone where he was going and we spent 10-15 minutes looking for him. He doesn’t wear a watch so wasn’t aware or thinking about the time. That’s why we didn’t get home until after dark.
Saturday, we just took it easy for most of the day. Then we went to Chloe’s birthday party for her 4th birthday. Kylie and Gearen and children were there because Kylie is now back to work after Jayda’s birth and she was working. Brittany was there with Olivia and Graeme. Karen & Kent sere there and also Paul & Marie Chugg. It was a very nice party. We were glad we went.
Sunday was a nice day. We had good inspirational meetings. I bore my testimony about family history and our experience in the temple Tuesday. We had family chat with Bryan, Michael Téa and me. It was short but sweet. All in all it was a good day and a good week.