Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 7

Today is a short day...

It's amazing to me the patience the Lord has with His people. After all the fighting, killing and wickedness, when they repented, they were spared. Interesting how he didn't say they were forgiven, just spared.

I wonder if that was done on purpose. What do you think?

Monday, October 29, 2012

The week at the Boyacks - Week 20

It is almost Halloween.  Time for pumpkin carving.  :)  I was teaching all Monday afternoon and evening (as I usually do on Mondays) so Kimber and Ray Packed up Case, Lillian, Hannah and Chad and headed for a pumpkin patch.  Kimber's "young married" friends were having a FHE activity gathering pumpkins and carving them.  They were planning on doing the dirty deed at my house because my dining area is bigger than everyone else's kitchen areas.

One small problem... they got a late start.  The pumpkin patch was closed.  so they packed back into the Suburban and headed for the next best place... Roth's Pumpkin Patch!  LOL.  If you ask me it is the best of all worlds.  Decent prices on pumpkins... no mud... They provide "wagons" to cart things in... and to have rides on...

Everyone was happy.  They were able to get a pumpkin for everyone. 
They could even "ride" the farm animals... LOLOLOL!
Back at my house they started making a mess.Ray and Kimber's friends helped Lillian guy her pumpkin.  Ray carved a pumpkin.  Kimber carved two pumpkins - one for Ben and one for herself.  All their friends carved pumpkins.  No one else cared to carve one this year.  Poor Lillian.  She is going to have a deprived life.  No one else wants to do things like pumpkin carving and trick or treating and such.

I fed Ben and he fed Charlie.  I think that is funny.  It reminds me of the movie "Marley and Me"  I wonder if Ben will grow up thinking Charlie is half his dog.  LOL.  Actually, I think Charlie thinks he is Lillian's dog.  Kirby definitely thinks he is Lillian's dog.

Ben crawled around on the floor.  He patted pumpkins.  He ate trash off the floor (ewww).  Perhaps he feels the same.  Look at that face!

Lillian and I pulled the rest of the tomatoes and peppers from the garden.  The tomatoes didn't do as well this year.  That is a bummer because I didn't get to can salsa or spaghetti sauce.  I did get to make a good amount of Roasted Tomato and Pepper soup.
At the grocery store I found a Dragon Fruit.  I brought it home for the kids to try.  I have to say they weren't that impressed.  I thought it was like a white kiwi with a pink outer ring.  We were finishing a unit on dragons and dinosaurs so I got dino bite (chicken nuggets) for lunch too.  They liked those. Kids.

This week was the first choir concert of the year.  I only helped with the high school concert.  I let them fend for themselves for the junior high and band concerts.  Lillian is interested in learning about sound and stuff.  She helped me do the sound check before the concert started.

Hannah had her first concert as an accompanist.  She played one song for Chad's jazz choir.  She did a great job.  Usually, she pushes the tempo.  However, she was able to control herself and to follow Mr. Witt.  I loved watching her play because the "dances" as she plays. :)

I only had my camera phone and I was clear at the top of the auditorium doing sound, so my pictures are lousy.  This is Hannah's first choir concert as a high school student.  Her choir is fairly simple.  I don't believe it is very challenging for her.  I wish she could move up to the more advanced choirs.  The excuse is that freshmen need to pay their dues and stay down in the lower choir.  Still... boys that are freshmen are in the jazz choir... and an 8th grade boy is in the jazz choir.  It is disappointing.  Oh well.  She has friends in the class and is having fun most of the time.

Chad's choir struggled a little.  They have some tough pieces.  Sure hope they get better before competition.  It is a relief that they have 6 months to get better.  Chad is also getting up early this year and going to choir at 7am.  That is a miracle!  Even if he is late by a couple minutes every day.

Meanwhile, Lillian sat by me and asked a billion questions about the sound board and why we do what we need to do to get great sound.  We had to solve a little feed back and turn the mics on and off occasionally.  I let her push the buttons.  I think I will have a great little techie in a couple of years.

We also had a couple of hours spent at the dentist office this week.  Lagi, Case and I sat in the lobby.  Case and Lagi decided to play checkers...  Well... Lagi called it "tea potty".  They made "sandwiches" and "oreos", and "cracker cheese" out of the checker pieces and "ate them".  They are a crack up.

Meanwhile, Lillian had her teeth cleaned.  It was a decent visit.  She passed with a clean bill of health!  They did make note that she has very large teeth in a very small space and will need braces when all her adult teeth come into her face.  Poor little thing.

In addition... Hannah got her top braces on.  Good thing we had all those tomatoes and peppers to make a giant pot of soup.  Soup is all that she could eat for a few days.  Her mouth aches.  She has 2 years of braces ahead of her.
Friday was the last home game at Central.  Chad and Hannah went.  Chad is a Super Fan.  He jumps out and does a push up for every point scored.  This last game was a major blow out.  We will just have to say, Chad did a lot of push ups.
Chad's choir also sang the National Anthem.  I tried to hire them to sing Happy Birthday to Ray at the game.  The administration wouldn't allow it.  The bums.  Oh well.  I tried.
The big event of the week was Chad's last x-country race.  The day was crappy.  Rain... wind... cold.  We all packed into cars and went to Turner.  My mom and Dad also drove over from Bend to watch.  The Jessops came to cheer too.  I got great pictures because a family friend, Lonnie and Anthony Thurston drove over to the race to take pictures with their fancy cameras.  Chad did great!  He was a few seconds off from his PR, but I am convinced that if the weather had been better he may have reached his goal of finishing the season with a 20 minute 10k.  He isn't doing a winter sport.  I believe he wants to start P90X.  He is making a plan for college now.  At this point I think he wants a degree from OSU in exercise Science and then to be a personal trainer or better yet, a strength and conditioning coach.  One thing is for sure.  Chad has proven that he can do anything he puts is mind to.  He will make a great personal trainer or conditioning coach!

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 6

In Ether 6, the Jaredites finally board the 8 small ships and make the 344 day journey to the promised land.

Verse 2- "...the Lord prepared the stones which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount..."

Teamwork. The brother of Jared and the Lord worked together. I love when I feel I am truly working in concert with the Lord. I wish I felt like that more often.

I think sometimes it's easy to think of God and Jesus Christ as just hanging out in heaven, watching everything go by. But, they are actively, and physically, working for us. They want to help us, to guide us, and to work side by side with us as we achieve our shared goal: our eternal life. I also think it is me that distances myself from them. If only I took more advantage of the Lord’s desire to help me. LOL.

While the Lord is working on His side, he fully expects us to be working on our side: always actively engaged in a good cause, bettering ourselves and helping others, prioritizing our time and fulfilling our duties, and seeking Him for guidance. Our work and efforts, if righteous, will be consecrated for our good. So… there’s my problem. LOL.

This chapter is awesome. There is much symbolism in this chapter between their journey to the promised land and our journey to The Promised Land (celestial glory and exaltation).

Jaredite Journey:

Ether 6:4 - The Brother of Jared and his people did all they could do to prepare for their journey to the promised land. Their efforts qualified them to receive help from the Lord.

Our Journey:

2 Nephi 24:23- “It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”

Jaredite Journey:

Ether 6:5 - Jaredites were moved through the waters by the power of God.

Our Journey:

We cannot gain heaven by ourselves; we must have the power of God to help move us along our journey.

Jaredtie Journey:

Ether 6:5-6- The Jaredites had to pass through the water to reach the promised land.

Our Journey:

2 Nephi 9:23 - we must pass through the waters of baptism to attain celestial glory.

Jaredite journey:

Ether 6:9 - The Jaredites did sing and praise God continually.

Our Journey:

D&C 59:21 - One very important character trait that we must possess is that of gratitude to God. It is a fact that gratitude not only makes our journey bearable, but also enjoyable.

Jaredite Journey:

Ether 3:6- Jaredites needed light provided by the lord to complete their journey safely.

Our Journey:

We must have the “light” of Christ in our life if we are to safely and successfully complete our journey.

This journey is not easy. Ask Jared and his family, as they were tossed in the deep of the sea.

But, they had eternal perspective.

When we are thrashed about in the waves of life, can we do that, too? Can I?

I hope so.

So… here is the challenge… find joy and express gratitude today for whatever this day will bring - let the light of the gospel guide your path today; strengthen your testimony of the Book of Mormon by sharing it today with someone.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 5

Chapters 4 and 5 are so short I decided to read and comment on both today.

Isn't it wonderful that the Lord gives us inspiration, but also the testimony of others around us. We can received strength from the inside and the outside.

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 4

I just realised something!

The story of the brother of Jared was sealed up until men walked the earth once again that had faith as he did. We have the record, so that tells us there are men- and women- that have exceeding great faith.

Holy Cow!  Isn't that great?!

It's exciting. It's exciting to me because I believe in the concept that faith preceded the miracle. If there are men and women of faith, then there are miracles.

The Book of Mormon is a miracle in and of itself. But there are others miracles all around. I've seen them and felt them in my life. And, even though the wickedness is getting worse in the days, righteousness and faith are growing stronger too. And miracles will continue to happen.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 3

What an amazing experience, to see the Lord face to face and talk with Him. I thought it interesting that the brother of Jared wasn't 100% righteous, but his faith was strong. The brother of Jared saw the Savior because of that faith- not because he was so righteous and didn't make mistakes.

I wonder if I could do that?

I think sometimes we look at our mistakes and think they define us. True, as we become more like our Savior, we make better choices on the whole, but we will never be perfect in this life. But- we can have amazing faith, even when we are imperfect. Well.... I'd like to believe that.  In fact, it's because we are imperfect that we need to have faith, for that's the only way we can use the power of the Atonement in our lives.

It all comes to faith.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cleaning the Mirror and Spreading the Light.

In my journey to better health I've decided to further explore the benefits of yoga.

This week I found this great quote, "Yoga lifestyle is a life of balance between "cleaning the mirror" and "spreading the Light".


This is a principle I've always known but haven't applied it in this manner.

Once a young lady (cheesy grin) wanted to know the meaning of life and a higher purpose. She searched high and low; she took classes and read books; but still, she could not quite grasp it.

One day, she went to hear a Master speak. (ok... she was reading her scriptures).  At the end of the lecture, the young lady asked: "Could you please explain the meaning of life and tell me why I can't achieve what I seek to achieve?"

The audience (I'm imagining angels here) chuckled at the eternal question. The Master replied: "That's a very good question. I have the answer right here in my bag." He took out a small mirror, captured a ray of light with it, and directed the light to the young lady's face.

"Can you all see how I am catching the light and directing it to your face?" he asked. "Yes." "The meaning of life," the Master explained, "is to gather Light and to take it where it's needed the most. Your purpose is to capture some Light and take it to some dark place in the world."

AH!!!  I get it!

I took some liberties with a yoga story, but I finally see the Light!  This really is God's message to me.
It is all about two actions: "cleaning the mirror" and "spreading the Light".

The mirror is the mind and body... it is the heart. We are to come to the Lord with a pure heart and clean hands.  They have to be clean and pure to catch the light in the first place. Forgiveness, repentance, faith, trust, service are all a part of the "cleaning the mirror" process.  With a pure heart and a clean mind we can reflect the light of Christ, effectively giving Light not only to our own journey but to journey of others.  What a perfect gospel centered thought.  It' makes me smile.

Yoga lifestyle is about purifying the mind and keeping the body healthy.

Funny how so many "Christians" worry that yoga is an un-Christian practice.

Seems like it follow gospel principles to me.  :)

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 2

“In many ways the Book of Ether could be considered a mini book of Mormon”

Ether 2:7–12 fits the pattern of a covenant, with God promising specific blessings if the people do certain things.

God’s Promises to the People

• He will give them the land as a land of promise (see Ether 2:7, 9; see also 2 Nephi 1:5–7).
• They will be free from the bondage and captivity of all other nations (see Ether 2:12).

God’s Expectations for the People

• They must repent of their iniquity (see Ether 2:11).
• They must serve Jesus Christ, “the God of the land” (Ether 2:12; see vv.8–12).
The pattern is so recognizable…a people that were lead away from a wicked society; lead to a promised land; crossed the ocean in a ship which was built by a special design revealed by God; in the promised land they multiplied and broke into a righteous group and a wicked group; they had prophets and righteous leaders; both had a period of peace for about 225 years, then a time of constant warfare and secret combinations; a nation finally was destroyed; the experiences are a testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ, his mercies and his Atonement

“Moroni must have felt a strong kinship with the prophet Ether. Both were the lone righteous survivors of the civilization. Both had been rejected and hunted by their people. Neither knew what would become of them, however, each bore an unshakable testimony that at last he would triumph over his current circumstances, as will all true followers of the Lord Jesus Christ”

I learn so much from this pattern and the example of the brother of Jared and his people.

The Lord is here to guide us and help us, but He does, at times, take a step back. Sometimes we can really feel, and some might even get upset. Some might forget to rely on Him as much (as the brother of Jared did. vs. 14) The Lord gives us training wheels, but sometimes He has to take them off and let us ride on our own. If He didn't, we would never really know where we are, and how much we can really do.

His goal isn't to carry us through life. It is to PREPARE us so we can make it; to help us to become strong, and intelligent, and spiritual. We are to become like Him. Not just to depend on Him- but to BECOME like Him.

My favorite verse is 25. The Lord is talking to them about their impending journey. They must have been nervous- maybe even afraid. He said, "And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the seas, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come..."

The key word is PREPARE. The Lord prepares us for the hard times. I guess He had the power to just clap His hands and somehow zap them over to the Americas, but they would have lost the opportunity to test themselves and grow.

I need to remember all that the Lord has done for me in preparing me. As I cross my 'deep seas', I need to trust that He wouldn't have sent me out if He didn't think I could safely navigate my way to the promised destination. I need to have faith that, not only did He prepare me, but that He has prepared the way for me.

I need to remember that, sometimes, I am somewhat on my own, because He wants me to see what I can do, and how much I have grown.

We know that Mahonri was a man of great spiritual stature who had great faith in the Lord- why would he suddenly stop praying? Maybe Mahonri had not fully implemented the counsels of the Lord previously received, maybe in the relative comfort of the seashore Mahonri allowed his prayers to become less fervent, more casual and routine; he may have been calling on the Lord in word, but not in faith and deed- verse 13 might suggest this- maybe four years upon the seashore was too long a time for their preparations… been there. Done that.

I need to remember that calling on the Lord is much more than merely “saying our prayers”. “Calling on the Lord” requires not only frequency and fervency of prayer, but also action - commitment to promptly do what the Lord command. We can learn that there might be danger in pausing too long in one place in our spiritual lives when we need to be moving onward, forward, and upward.

“What is doctrinally important about these verses is not so much the instructions concerning the shape of the barges, or the oxygen or lighting concerns, but rather the process whereby Mahonri came to acquire this important information.”

2:23 - the Lord gives us personal responsibilities and offers assistance for our problems
2:23 - The Lord helped clarify the problem
2:25 - The Lord clarified the objective
2:23-25 - the Lord helped Mahonri focus on realities and identify alternatives
2:25 - The Lord gave full responsibility to Mahonri
3:1-6 - Mahonri worked out a solution to his problem
3:6-28 - the Lord blessed and commended him

(taken from “Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families- The Book of Mormon” by Dennis H. Leavitt , Richard O. Christensen, p 338)

Quote: Elder Henry B. Eyring: “If you want to get revelation, do your homework…The good works that really matter require the help of heaven. And the help of heaven requires working past the point of fatigue so fat that only the meek and lowly will keep going long enough. The Lord doesn’t put us through this test just to give us a grade; he does it because the process will change us.” (To Draw Closer to God, pp. 94-95)

This prayer is very simple. He has a problem. He asks for the solution. He is probably looking for a straight set of instructions like he had received on the “how to build a barge” question. But the Lord doesn’t follow the previous pattern of “ask for a solution, receive a commandment”. Instead He starts a dialogue, adds some insights, and asks for input from the brother of Jared.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “Clearly the brother of Jared was being tested. God had done his part. Unique, resolutely seaworthy ships for crossing the ocean had been provided. The brilliant engineering had been done. The hard part of the construction project was over. Now the Lord wanted to know what the brother of Jared would do about incidentals” (Christ and the New Covenant, 16).

Anyway, I could go on and on. I could talk about how we need to be humble and listen as we are being taught and prepared, or how we should have faith when we don't see Him that He is really there, and so on, but I’ve already posted a little much today! LOL

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 1

I do love the story of Jared, his brother and their people!

It is interesting to note that the Lord didn't just hand over all the answers. He didn't just snap his fingers and POOF they awoke in the promised land. To obtain the blessings the Lord did provide, it took work on their part.

First,both Jared and the brother of Jared worked at being men highly favored of the Lord. We can assume that meant they were aware of the gospel and was obedient to the commandments. WE can assume that Jared followed and trusted his priesthood leaders.  We can also assume that prayer was a part of their daily lives, since Jared knew the his brother would be able to inquire of the Lord and get an answer. The brother of Jared put in work to become that way.  Jared put in work to believe.

Next, when the brother of Jared wanted something, he didn't put for a half-hearted effort to mutter a prayer under his breath during his commute to work or something. No, he 'did cry unto the Lord.' He put forth great effort and emotion into every word.  Jared and the brother of Jared were willing to do and go where ever the Lord inspired and directed them to go.

Then, they didn't go the Lord just one time. Every time they had a new inquiry, the brother of Jared went back to the Lord and cried unto him with great faith. So much so that the Lord had compassion on him every time he prayed.

The answer the brother of Jared received was in the form of more work. Go and gather a bunch of animals and seeds and get all your family together. Then go all the way out of town to the valley up north.

The obtaining of blessings require effort on our part.  Faith without works is dead.

My most favorite part of the chapter is in verse 42. After the Lord gives the brother of Jared his list of to-dos, the Lord says, "And there will I meet thee, and I will go before thee...and I will bless thee and they seed..."

The Lord expects us to do our part. We need to work for our blessings. But, when we receive them, He doesn't just drop them down from heaven. No, He brings them to us. He meets us at the place where our obedience extends beyond our faith, and He leads the way.

How does that look in our day?

See, I'm really good at extrapolating doctrine and truths from what I read. Ir may seem easy for me to see the hand of the Lord and the purpose in all things. But, it's quite a bit harder when to apply them into my personal, everyday life.  sigh....

Lately, I have been feeling tired and lack the energy I need to take care of my many responsibilities and activities.  There are days that the expectations and responsibilities that are large and important-  are the ingredients for the Perfect Storm of ME feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. I just want to shut my blinds, eat some chocolate and make it all go away.

Nothing terrible is happening. But, it's the Gulliver's Travels effect. I feel like I am tied down by a million little strings of expectations, obligations, needs and responsibilities. And sometimes I just get tired.  You know... strings like lack of health... lack of motivation... teaching... children's choices... VT.... the suffering of others... laundry... gardens... family history... seminary study... personal study.... exercise... healthy food.... self control...

I have a lot of work to do in my life. But, the one thing I have been missing lately is putting the sincere effort to cry unto my Lord for mercy, strength and guidance. I've always struggled with prayer.  I'm just not good at it!  sigh... I know that if I can do this, He will have compassion on me and answer my plea. But, I need to put in the effort to do that.

I also know that the Lord will not take away all my burdens, but He will most likely ask more of me- more effort and time BUT in a different direction that I am headed now, and in doing some different things that I am doing now. The answer won't be to stop working because I'm tired. It's to work differently.

I'd like to think I will do whatever He asks. Even if it's hard, or doesn't make sense.

Remember... it's when my obedience surpasses my faith that He meets me. And I hope He does. I hope, when I pray, He'll say, Well, Wendy, I want you to read scriptures more, or focus on your visiting teaching route more or whatever He would have me do. Then I hope He'll say And when you're done with that, there I will meet thee, and I will go before thee...and there will I bless thee.

It all starts with me and the amount of effort and work I put into it.

Reading and learning from the scriptures is all well and good- but unless I apply what I learn in my life- then it really does me no good.   I better get to work.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Week at the Boyack's - Week 19

This week is more about events than about day to day activities.  By far, the high light of my week was my surprise "Day Off" on Thursday.  I came home from Seminary and started entering my attendance in the computer.  I noticed I had a Facebook message.  It was John.  He declared it my day off.  My response was to Facebook him back (yes, he was just in the other room, but he started it) that I had many responsibilities and couldn't possibly do "nothing" for the day.  However, I decided to play along.  It turns out that he had arranged for Kimber to hang out with all the little people.  I contacted students and rescheduled.  He had even called Jeff Witt and arranged for me to be a little late to the Little Mermaid performance.  We went in search of a Trader Joe's and didn't find one until we got to the Portland area.  All the way I was think, "please don't let it be something lame."

Let's face it, John and I don't always think the same activities sound fun.  We got some "everything" free lunch at Trader Joe's.  Let me tell you.  It is hard to find food on the go that is GF, sugar free, dairy free and soy free.  We did see the best product title ever!  We had to buy it.  Reduced Guilty potato chips.  LOL.  As if!  They were pretty tasty... but we still felt a little guilt.  We also stopped at Deseret Book and cased the place for Christmas ideas.  Then we headed to downtown Portland.  I still had no idea where I was spending the day.  As we turned a corner I saw the huge posters....

I WAS GOING TO SWEENEY TODD!!!  I love that show!  Sure.  It's a little gross.  It's a bit goth.  But the music is superb!  The lyrics are witty.  I've always wanted to see the show live.  I've see the Angela Lansbury Broadway production on PBS, but I had never seen it live.  I had memorised the songs many years ago and it was so exciting to know that I was now going to see the pictures to go with the music.  I'm writing a different blog about Sweeney, so be sure to check back later.

The other big event of the week was Little Mermaid.  The production was huge!Most of the audiences reach 400 people.  A couple even got to 500.  That is incredible!  I guess CHS won't lose money on this show.  They actually made money.  Now that is a change.  It looks like I have a decent budget design the next show with.  :)

After every show we would open the curtain and leave on stage lights so people could take pictures with the cast.  The "Evils", as I like to call them were busy, but not as busy as Ariel.

Originally, Hannah was cast as one of these guys... the Mer-sisters.  Although, most of these girls are Hannah's age and her friends, and I know she would have had fun as a Mer-sister, I know she had a great time being a sneaky eel.

Getting Hannah's hair into that Mohawk was long and tedious process.  First, she got better results after she got her hair trimmed.  first, Kimber and Katie french braided Hannah's hair upside down.  Hannah would sqweell and complain the whole time.  I guess she has a VERY sensitive head.
Then Katie would do this twist pinning thing and start the process of making the "tail" into a thin spin along Hannah's head.  Meanwhile, Hannah continued to complain.

Then Kimber would slather Hannah's hair with hair glue and hairspray and they would blow dry the mess until it stood up and was stiff.  Then Hannah headed to the scene shop so that she could be spray painted with black, orange and silver strips.  Then she would come back to the make-up room and start painting her face.  Kimber help design the whole look and was nice enough to come to every performance to help Hannah and Chloe (the other evil eel) pull off this great look.

Saturday afternoon was a matinee.  My parents surprised us and came to see the show.  They work at the Portland temple once a month on a Friday/Saturday morning shift.  They stopped by on the way home to drop off more dresses for McKay's wedding.  Kimber's dress is so cute!  It fits very nicely.  Grandma also finished McKay's friend, and her new sister-in-law dresses.  I sure hope they fit everyone.  There will be little time to fix it if they don't.

My parents sat up by me.  I could hear my dad laughing at all the "punny" jokes.  This is a good thing because my dad doesn't hear very well.  This was a great compliment because it meant that I was getting those sound kids to do the right thing so that even deaf guys could hear.  Hannah was excited to have family come and see her perform.  I think Grandma and Grandpa were impressed.  Who wouldn't be?  Hannah was easily heard, and even competed with those who wore mic... and she DIDN'T even have one. :)

Now Hannah has time to spend with friends.... at least for the next couple of weeks.  The next show auditions in two weeks.  Hannah studying up on Once Upon a Mattress in the hope that she can have a decent part.  She sure likes to perform.  She is talented (I know, I am biased), but she is also humble and has a great attitude when she doesn't get the part she wants.  Her biggest hurdles are her mom (we don't to look like we are playing favoritism) and that she is a freshman.  Hopefully, there will be many roles in her future.

The other big news is that Chad's coach gave him an award for being inspirational.  He got a certificate for any pair of running shoes at a local running store.  He could spend up to $200!  He is pretty inspirational.  A few days later he ran his last regular race.  He did great!  He cut a whole minute off his 5k time.  This qualified him to run Districts this weekend.  None of us were able to go to the last race because it was so far away, but we won't be missing the next race!

Sunday was nice and relaxing.  After a crazy, busy week, it was nice to just have a relaxing day and family dinner.  Ray and Kimber came for dinner.  Hannah made comfort food.  John, Lillian and I even got in a short little stroll in the fall mist/rain.

The final big news of the week is that Ben may be finally getting his first tooth.  All of Sunday dinner Chad tried to get Ben to show him the tooth.  Ben would just stick his tongue out.  I don't think it's pushed all the way through, but that little tooth is making an appearance!  This week is a little calmer, but we do have concerts, and braces, and pumpkin carving, and Chad's big race to look forward to.