Monday, November 26, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Moroni 6

Last week was nuts!  I didn't find time to breathe, let alone blog scipture.  This week I repent.  LOL

Bruce R. McConkie said, "Before baptism, the seeker of salvation believes in Christ and gains a knowledge of the plan of redemption, of mercy and of repentance. He feels in his heart that through our Lords' atoning sacrifice man can be reconciled to God, and he desires through repentance, to rid himself from the grasp of justice and find mercy in the arms of the Lord."

Being forgiven every time one repents with real intent (8) is mentioned before in the scriptures. How grateful I am for that- because heaven knows (as does my family and friends!) I have need for forgiveness time and time again! OK... everyday!

But the one thing that struck me this morning was in verse 1. It says: ...and they were not baptized save they brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it."

Most of the time this verse is kind of lumped with the second one, that talks about having a broken heart and contrite spirit- but it isn't talking about that. That is a condition of that heart and spirit. The 'fruit' is a product. And the product or 'fruit' which was required before baptism was worthiness.

It was required back then - and today - that only must you have a testimony of the gospel and the Savior, and have a broken hearth and contrite spirit, and repent. All of these things are internal- reflected in our minds and souls.

But, there is an external component to it as well, and that's the fruit. We must physically change our habits, and stop those practices that deem us unworthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Only then can we receive it as a constant companion and be cleansed (4).

I think, in theory, I knew that- but I had never noticed it here in this chapter!

What did you learn?

Week at the Boyacks - Week 24 - Chapter 3

After two of the longest yet rewarding and joyous days, Wednesday was a letdown. We gathered all the items we had borrowed for the party, returned them and put them all away. Most of the day was spent cleaning… cleaning up the flood, cleaning up after the wedding stuff dumped in the house… cleaning up after having guests. It included tons of dishes, laundry, and general pick up. By late afternoon we were ready to head over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house.

We got a much later start than we had hoped. As a result, we got to drive over the pass in the dark and through a snow storm. As we dropped over the hill where the highways meet we were shocked at the chaos. Cars were parked willy-nilly to put on chains. I just threw it into 4-wheel drive and kept driving. It really wasn’t all that bad. Then again, I learned to drive in the ice and snow.

Thanksgiving morning we all packed up and went to a race – the I Love Pie Race. Anna found the race for us. The cost to race was 5 items of food and $5. It wasn’t really a competitive race. A couple thousand people were all crammed into some alley in downtown Bend near Mirror Pond. Chad was a little frustrated. He wanted to Race.

The announcer made it fairly clear – this was about having fun. “IT’S NOT ABOUT WINNING. I NEVER WIN ANYTHING,” he yelled. We laughed. “It isn’t fun unless you have fun.” It must have hurt his brain to think of such deep philosophical thought so early in the morning.

Most people started to run/walk. Grandma Mabee, Hannah, and I strolled along. We had to cross some busy roads. About at the ½ way mark we turned around. My Achilles was really hurting me because I had the wrong shoes. My good shoes were soaking wet from the flood. Anna turned the little kids around at 2k. Chad and Anna ran extra because the mark for the 5k wasn’t very clear. John was lost, but he figured out that he should turn around.

Chad was the first back to the finish line in our group. His run was 23 minutes. We really aren’t sure how far he ran. Anna was next. Then she ran back to get everyone else. We saw John walking toward the finish line. Chad yelled at him to get running. It made me smile.

After the race they served pie. It was a crack up. There was a long line and one small kid picking pie at these long tables. John just went around and got what he wanted. What a goofball. Anna brought a pie to share. She named it Idiot’s Delight. They had mixed all the fruit leftovers into their left over pie crust. It was all eaten! It always surprises me what people will eat.

I also enjoyed the hats people were wearing. There were some great ones… a shark hat, a crab hat, rainbow dreadlocks, panda bears and turkey hats. People are sure willing to make themselves look silly for a good cause.

However, I think the most memorable moments of the morning were Grandma Mabee’s driving skills. Seriously! She scares me! The night before she and Anna had complained about my dad’s driving skills going over the mountain the night before. They said they were scared. We had chatted about how hard it would be to talk to a parent about when it was time to give up driving because their reflexes were not what they used to be, or they weren’t as observant, or their minds might be wandering. It really is a serious subject. Not only do some elderly driver pose a danger to themselves, they are often a danger to others on the road. After this great conversation imagine how scary it was to be riding shot gun and have my mom blow through TWO stop signs. She didn’t even see them. She didn’t even slow down for the round-abouts and nearly hit a car. She wasn’t really sure where she was going. She cut people off in traffic. Looks like I may be having that conversation sooner than not with my parents. LOL.

Driving isn’t the only safety issue. When we drove up to the house it smelt awful! Something was burning. We all ran in. My dad carried the glowing pan to the front deck. My mom had left the stove on and cooked the turkey neck to charcoal. She’s lucky the house didn’t burn down.

This led to a funny discussion about all the different ways my parents have cooked a turkey over the years. There was the time my brother Paul convinced my mom to soak the turkey in some kind of salty water. That turkey was so salty that we all needed gallons of water to choke it down. Another time Paul convinced my mom cook the turkey at 500 for an hour. Now that was an interesting turkey. I think the all time favorite was the “Flame thrower” turkey. My dad had shot a wild turkey that year. He wanted to “deep fry” the little sucker. He got my mom’s canner and filled it with oil and put it on the BBQ. Please remember, my dad is a retired firefighter. That doesn’t stop him from making some interesting choices. I guess the oil wasn’t getting hot enough, so he got his modified flame thrower out and turned up the heat. The bird was a charcoal mess. LOL. Good thing my mom had an additional turkey in the oven.

Everyone pitched in to making dinner. I love that. No room in the kitchen because we are working on something. I worked on sweet potatoes. Anna worked on mashed potatoes. My made rolls. Sarah, Anna’s sister in-law made stuffing.  All the boys watched football.  you can't get more traditional than that!  LOL!

Eventually, we all sat down and started with the “glads”. This is a fun tradition. Most of the kids were glad for parents or for food. I even shared what McKay and Myles and Kimber and Ray were thankful for. It was weird having a holiday without all my kids. This was the first holiday without all my kids around. Me. I guess it’s time to get used to that. There will be fewer and fewer holidays with all my kids home.

It was fun to catch up with a few of my siblings and their families. Anna and John were there with their kids. John brother and his family joined us too. My sister Jana and David came. They brought Ira and his girlfriend. My grandma White came. She brought her friend Bob.

After dinner, most people took the dog for a walk. John and stayed behind and chatted with David Hyder. Jana and David are selling their house and are moving to Klamath Falls. They are very excited. They have found a cute house they are looking forward to fixing up. They will find some work there too. David was a hoot! He described the music stores there as having nothing… that they couldn’t even be a front for a drug selling racket. That made me and John laugh hard.

Friday we all went to the movies. Grandma took the little kids to see an animated movie. John and I went with Anna and John, Chad, Hannah, and Andrew to see the new James Bond movie. I really liked it. Of course, it is James Bond and I am a long time fan! Then we just hung out the rest of the day. Anna was real nice and spent hours with Chad helping him with his math. I wish she lived closer. It was the first time I’ve seen Chad calm when it came to math assignments.

Saturday we headed home. I had a production meeting for Legally Blonde around noon in Salem. John dropped me at the meeting on the way through town. After meeting the rest of the production team I enjoyed learning about my role in my next big project. Auditions are in 3 week and the performances will be in March. It sounds like fun.

After my meeting, John picked me up and we went to Home Depot. Saturday was my anniversary. Believe it or not, I wanted tools. John was so surprised! The thing is that I am building so many sets now it would be nice to have tools of my own. We picked up a cordless drill or two. I showed him a tool belt I liked and some other tools that would be helpful to own while building sets.

We also got some dinner and saw a movie. It was a new Clint Eastwood movie. I liked it… even if it was about baseball. We got home early enough to enjoy some time at home before bed.

Sunday was yet another one of my seminary students heading on a mission.  He will be leaving next week for Chile.  He gave a talk in Sacrament meeting.  Chad came to listen.  Hannah ran home to get him when we realised that it was Dean's Sunday.  Josh came to listen too.  He just got his call to Germany.  Raji goes into the MTC this week. It is so cool.  I'm so proud of these boys and the boys that are already out:  Jon, Jacob... oh and Jenny, even if she isn't a boy.  LOL. John took a picture for me of my latest missionaries.

So that was the week. It was one wild ride!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Week at the Boyack's - Week 24 - Chapter 2

Chapter 2

With only 3 hours of sleep, Tuesday morning came far too early... and we hit the ground running.

Kalisha was a doll and arrived by 7am to do make up for everyone and hair for all the bridesmaids. Myles’ sister worked on McKay's hair. Per tradition, we had ice cream for breakfast. I know. Healthy. Everyone seemed happy and cheerful despite the pouring rain and the lack of sleep.

We had hoped for a few pictures before the wedding, so Myles and McKay hopped into their car and I hopped in Sharlene's van (Sharlene did a great job taking pictures for us. Everyone should hire her) and we headed north up the freeway. Every once in a while the weather would tease us with a glimpse of blue sky. Intermittent rain and blue skies mixed with some confusion of who was getting Myles' mom and grandpa to the temple made for a few tense moments on the drive. However, we were able to lighten the mood with a few jokes and reassuring phone calls.

My favorite was a conversation between Sharlene and Leah (her daughter). Shar: Look at those geese flying in a V. Leah: Looks like flying Thanksgiving Dinner to me. That's the kind of moments that kept us all sane.

Upon arriving at the temple we decided to brave the sprinkles and take a few pictures. We didn't bother with the wedding dress because we didn't want to chance a soaked, soiled dress. Shar is a genius and got a couple great pictures. They fit the personality of McKay and Myles as well as gave a great window into the amazing day.

After pictures we went into the temple. We only had one small issue. Myles' grandpa's temple recommend wasn't signed by the Stake President or activated. John and I said a quick prayer and I followed McKay to the dressing room. Thankfully, the temple was agreeable to hunting down the Stake President and helped his grandpa get to the sealing.

We had many people joining us at this amazing occasion. Sister Teal, Sister Tharp, The Hiltons, the Jessops, the Tapasa's, Grandparents Mabee, Grandparents Boyack, the Tadlocks, the Hewitts, Sharlene, and the Dunmires, including Dean who leaves soon on his mission. It was fun to see a few family members and many who seen like family in the temple in support of McKay and Myles.

Just before the sealing was to start, a temple worker came and asked for the bride’s mom. I stood and followed her. I was led to another room. It appeared that the sealer had stepped on the back of McKay's dress and broke all the ribbons holding up and bustling the train. I didn't even have a safety pin or duct tape! I just shoved the train up McKay's backside as far as I could reach and hoped that it would stay because her dress was so tight. "Clinch your cheeks, dear," I told her. She just had to get to the end of the ceremony. It was hard to control our giggles. It's not every day that you see a lady under a bride’s dress shoving that dress where the sun don't shine.

The sealing went well. My sister Anna wrote down what she remembered for McKay and Myles. I do remember a few things. I was touched that he shared that he had been praying and pondering what he should say at this very sealing. He shared that he awoke at 3am with the answer and got up and wrote it down. A few of the tips I do remember were to center your life on the Savior; spend time studying the scriptures, pray and attend the temple to get to know Him; develop Christ-like characteristic; help your spouse become celestial; among other things.

I appreciated that Myles cried throughout the ceremony. It reminded me of my own little marshmallow. After everything was done I hugged McKay and told her that I was proud of her and that I loved that she too had picked a marshmallow… and that it was time to roast him. LOL!

Meanwhile, Chad, Hannah, and the Tapasa girls were responsible for Anna's kids and Lillian and Leah. Heather, McKay's friend and a bridesmaid asked many questions throughout the day. Hannah did a great job answering Heather's questions, especially since Hannah hasn't been through all of that the temple has to offer. Heather sat through many of the visitor center booths. It seemed like she was learning lots. Moana got Chad involved with the visitor center as well. She got him to go on a scavenger hunt around the temple grounds and to play some of their interactive games. He even beat her at the temple game earning 16000 points on the temple map remembering where temples are throughout the earth. It appears he remembers more than he is willing to admit. LOL.

After the sealing the temple workers (John called them weather people dressed in white) hurried us along. It seems the sun was out! Reverently, we all hurried out. Cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends waited outside the Bride and Groom exit. Cameras were ready and the newly married couple stepped out into the sunshine. Sadly, the Maxey family missed the grand exit. However, they were able to set up for a nice family picture before God's sense of humor unleashed a downpour. Everyone ran, or shuffled, for cover.

Alexa looked around and said, “Well, It’s a WET-ing.”

It was obvious that pictures would have to wait. Everyone was soaked. The wine colored shirts on the groomsmen looked horrible. McKay hugged Chad and stained the front of her dress. Everyone was freezing and huddled under the temple awning. We had to get everyone out of the temple entrance so that other people could come and go in temple worship. It was decided that everyone would head for Monmouth to launder the clothing and that the bride, groom, photographer and me would see so we could get a couple pictures of the bride and groom at the temple.

About 15 minutes after the group left the sun came out and we were able to get a bunch of cute shots.

We headed home after a quick stop at Deseret Book for the rest of McKay's under clothing. We were all grateful for the snacks John remembered to leave on the seat of Shar's car. It had been a long day and we were all hungry.

Once we got home Anna went to work on the wedding dress stains with the "Pickle". We hurried everyone out the door for the family dinner my sweet friend Amanda made for me. Somehow we were able to get everyone looking good and warmed up again after the soaking they all got at the temple.

Family dinner hit the spot... yummy soups, salad and wraps. Amanda even remembered that I can't have wheat. She is so thoughtful! Everyone was fed and happy. The Grandparents Boyack and the Hewitt’s were a little late for dinner, so we didn’t get to visit much. The rest of us had moved on to last minute reception preparation.

After dinner we lined people up and did all the pictures we couldn’t do at the temple. After Shar sends them to me, I will post them on the blog for all to enjoy. I think they will be amazing. We got a picture of everyone with the bride and groom. We even got a little suit for Ben and for Case to match. Case was an honorary brother for the occasion.

The reception looked amazing! I was amazed that only one vine escaped and fell over the 24 hours between set up and party. We got many comments on the ceiling. It was genius. It really was breath taking.

We had some amazing last minute helpers working in the kitchen. Monday night I learned that others had fallen through and that Amanda would be on her own. I went to the single’s ward FHE and begged for help. I had 3 takers. One guy came to help that I didn’t know and I didn’t even catch his name. Sarah J. and Katie also volunteered. Amanda recruited Raji for a couple hours and Janica D. came and did the late shift. The Tapasa girls took turns with Jo, Moana, Sai and Sina all working as servers and cleaners the whole night.

The food was amazing… cold cuts, sliced cheese, crackers, delicious cupcakes, lavender lemonade (John’s favorite) and a hot chocolate bar with flavored creamers to cool it down. Even the M&M’s on the tables seemed to be a hit.

There were fewer people than the last reception we threw, but it looked like most everyone was having a great time. I think we can blame the lack of attendees on being the Thanksgiving week and school conferences. We had a projector that flashed slideshows of McKay and Myles. Chad was assigned to refresh the password on the computer to keep things moving along. Kimber had made a great play list. The sound system at the church is lame and we couldn’t hear it well. At one point, Amanda wandered over to Chad and I and said, “this reminds me of a bad stake dance.” We couldn’t stop giggling. It was true. No one was dancing and everyone was sitting or standing on the fringes.

Many people came to celebrate with us. We had people from the ward and people from the community. There is nothing like a Mormon wedding reception to share the gospel with others. People we knew from the community that came to celebrate were the Richards (great friends from years of dance), the Schersingers (family friends from home school year and community scouting), the Takas’ (friends from lessons and scouting), the Layton, (friends from theater adventures), all of McKay’s Jamba work crew, and one of my best friends, Jeff Witt. It was an honor have them celebrate this great event with us!

My Aunt Gail (my dad’s sister) and my cousin Lori came too. I love seeing them! We didn’t get to see them often. My dad likes to tease his sister. I laughed at her reaction. She called him a “little s*@#!” Lori quickly responded with, “Mother! We are in church.” LOL. At least they feel comfortable being themselves. We even talked about putting together a family reunion for the summer. I’d like that. My dad’s side of the family doesn’t get together very often.

Long lost relatives from John’s side of the family came too. Grandpa Boyack’s cousin Loren Davis visited from Corvallis. Who knew that a relative lived so close? Even more amazing is that he knew who Paul and Gena are. Small world.

The most memorable moments of the evening had to be the couple’s first dance and the dance with dad. The music was so soft they had to make it all up as they went. Then there was the cutting of the cake. Shar had to give the newlyweds a tutorial on wilding the knife. Once the cake was cut there came a little tension in the air. Then the groom sprang into action. He later confessed that he just didn’t want her to get the upper hand, in case she was thinking about smashing it into his face. He wanted to do it first. It was quite the food fight. Cake was everywhere: all over their faces, in their hair, all over their wedding clothes. Most people thought it was hilarious. One person was not impressed. She helped to clean up a bit, but lectured John on the lack of decorum and how much she hated this new tradition. I don’t think McKay liked it much either. However, Anna came to the rescue again with the “Pickle”. She was able to clean up the bride and the dress and the bride and groom were quickly ready to mingle with the guests.

We finally reached the end of the night. The bride and groom left to change and we turned on the gym lights and started to take it all down. It all came down much faster than it went up. It always works that way. We had plenty of helpers: Susan B., the Swineharts, Janica D., the Hewitts, the Maxeys, Anna, grandparents Mabee, Kimber and Ray all pitched in to help.

We had extra cupcakes and veggies so we donated them to the Thanksgiving lunch at Central. They were greatly appreciated.

After most of the help had left we stayed late to mop and ended up chatting for an hour with Susan B. It was nice to decompress after such a long day. We finally got home around midnight. We were so tired! I think I will chalk it up to fatigue that John then prayed that MaryKay and Myles would drive safe. He is a marshmallow. Earlier he had been saying the family prayer and stated bawling like a baby when he prayed about McKay moving. This time he was mixing up names. This is a bit of a lifelong habit for him. A few days after we were married he didn’t understand why I didn’t respond to MaryJane (his sister’s name). At least he got half of McKay’s name right.

Before the bride and groom left they opened all the presents and Ray and Anna somehow got them all to fit into McKay and Myles’ little car.

Tender mercies:

The temple workers were able to find a Stake President so that Myles' grandpa could attend the sealing.

Everyone arrived safe and on time to the temple, all braving the storm.

Sister Teal invited Myles’ mom and grandpa to exchange seats so that they didn't need to sit alone.

McKay's dress stayed put through the ceremony and the nice temple ladies found safety pins for me to fix the bustle for the temple exit and pictures.

Carol gave Anna a "Pickle." Carol wasn't able to come to the wedding, but she did save the day because she gave Anna the "Pickle." The "Pickle" can get you out of any pickle. It has everything... wipes, nail trimmers, a Tide pen, needles and thread, pins, etc. I'm thinking that everyone needs a "Pickle."

Sun breaks here and there.

Missionary moments Heather... and with Chad.

Friends and angels. They are the same.

Amanda - the amazing cook and organizer.

Megan - the vision of composer and creativity.

Elizabeth - a wizard with a cake and frosting.

Kimber and Ray - model examples of patience, hard work, and creativity.

Jeff - the most generous person I know.

Jo - a gal that can get it done.

Children and angels... they are the same too.

A Happy Married Couple...

Week at the Boyacks - Week 24 - Chapter 1

This week has too many experiences that must be remembered to make just one post. No one would read it because this week is a novel. Therefore, I've decided to take on this week in Chapters.

Chapter One

Monday morning seemed like another Monday morning after staying up later than I should because we "had" to watch Galaxy Quest because Myles has never seen it. I must add that he STILL has not seen it. He was the only person smart enough to fall asleep. LOL. But don't worry. He is not out of a Boyack Family classic. I am sure that John will make sure Myles will see it someday.

I was a little blurry as I stumbled out of bed. It was going to be a busy day.

After breakfast, we headed up to the church to start preparation for the big par-tay to celebrate McKay and Myles getting married. I am not a fancy person, but McKay is, even if she doesn't admit it. Kimber and our good friend Megan had searched Pintrest for ideas and we finally had an idea that we thought we could do that would make McKay happy. I gathered all the goods... lights from friends and tulle and vines and vases from even more generous friends. Megan and I also scored with stuff often used for Prom with bird cages, fancy lighted trees, balls of flowers, and lamp posts.

Megan cracked the whip and got everyone working... John and Ray were assigned to build the canopy. They started with a hula hoop. It just wasn't working. Ray mumbled to himself that he wished he had a bike rim. John had one laying around. Go figure. He ran down the street and they were off and running. Meanwhile, MaryJane, Connor, Ethan, Hannah, Kimber, Heather, McKay, Myles and myself started to lay out vines, lights, tulle. Myles mom, sisters and brother helped for a little while but they left before lunch. When we came to a standstill we worked on setting up tables and tying bows on the bird cages, table clothes, lighting for the tables and the like.

My favorite moment of set up was when Ray was working on a wire and it snapped. Case looked up and said, "Way to go Ray." I busted a gut laughing.

Jim had gone to get Grandma and Grandpa Boyack from the airport. I ran for pizza... and the rain began to POUR. I was a soggy drown rat by the time I got back to the church with lunch. Within an hour the parking lot was beginning to fill. This is a problem. We live down stream!

Around 4 I headed home to help my friend Debrah with oils for a nasal problem. It didn't look good. I ran around the house. I needed a BOAT! Debrah was nice and drove around to the cul-de-sac behind us. We both exclaimed, "Oh my!" It was full. A raging river was flowing... rather shooting out between the houses from the farm field behind us. We were trouble.

I ran back up to the church to see how things were going. Only a few people were left helping. My friend Megan is an angel! She just kept going.

It began to rain harder. It was coming down in sheets! Sometimes it was blowing sideways off the cars!

I ran back down the street to the house. I opened the door to the garage. We had about 4 inches of water FLOWING through the garage! Chad jumped up from his video game and we began to pick up stuff off the floor. I called the church and told John I needed help. McKay, Myles, Connor, and John ran home. We put all the soaked laundry in baskets and put it on the back porch. We threw away trash... sadly including bags of wheat and rice I hadn't had time to put away higher on a shelf or in buckets, clothes I was planning on taking to Goodwill, and the recycling that had fallen out of the can. I think we nearly filled the trash trailer and the trash can. We shoveled water and pushed the water out the door. We weren't making progress. It was getting worse.

Connor was working hard, “I have to admit that this is the first time I’ve ever shoveled water.” LOL! Sadly, it is not our first time.

John even went and got a second sump pump to help the sump pump that was working it's tail off. The water level stayed the same.

I couldn't call my VT. One was working on the food for the wedding. I was watching my other VT little boy while she worked. We were shoveling water when she came to get him. My HT were not around either. One is moving to Pennsylvania and one never answered his phone. I tried to call lots of other people. No one was home. I finally called Yvonne. She got Isaac and Jacob and they went to Marr Court. Isaac waded out to the drain, around 3 feet deep, to unclog it. The water level didn't change much. They came around to our house with sandbag. We thought that we might slow things down if we stopped the water from flowing into the air vents in the foundation.

We needed more sand bags.

Jacob, Yvonne, and Chad jumped into the Jessops Excursion to get more. Jacob is learning to drive. He pulled out of the driveway but as he tried to avoid his brother's car, he took the corner too tight and wiped out the electric box that sits next to the side of the driveway. Side note. John called the City to report the damage on Wednesday. The lineman came and scolded John for not reporting the damage on Monday. But Yvonne had reported it that night. The City was even given the Jessop insurance information. I feel the City now responsible to the damage not being dealt with. The man said it was very dangerous and that someone would have died if they had touched it. This makes me so mad because we wouldn't have a problem if the City had solved the drainage problem in the first place. GAH! I sure hope they don't go after the Jessop. If so... I'll go after them.

Anyway, we eventually were able to get the water flow to stop... and the clean up began. After Thanksgiving I will have to bleach the floor to kill germs. It's just been a busy week. At least Yvonne was nice enough to take my laundry and brought it back clean and dry. :)

During the middle of all this, I got a phone call that the schools were on 2 hour delay due to flooding all around town. That meant that seminary needed to be cancelled. I couldn't get a hold of my substitute teacher or the other teacher, so I started calling all the seminary students myself. It took me awhile, but I got everyone... even the sub. And I got my classroom disassemble. Just one more thing to do on the list.

After things were under control at the house, and I had made dinner for the masses, I ran back to the church. Kimber, Ray and Megan had finished with what we had. We all felt like something was missing. Maybe we needed plants. I couldn't find anyone with nice plants... so I called one of my best friends. He is an angel and met me after 9pm. We got all the theater plants, a park bench, and then he came out with the mother load... these cool arches and iron gates. Once again, Megan showed her true colors and came back to the church to put on the finishing touches. Shar came to set up her photo area and our friend Alicen came and helped for a couple hours. We didn't leave the church until around midnight but it looked great!

HUGE thanks to Kimber, Ray, MaryJane, Megan and Witt. All credit goes to them for how awesome it looked. The bride and groom were pleasantly surprised the next day when they saw it.

I was so tired. But I wasn't done. I still needed to alter a bridesmaid dress and finish the slide show of pictures. It was a long eventual day. We set up a reception; we cancelled seminary; we survived a flood; we met the in-laws; we entertain guests from out of town; we sewed on some dresses; we made a picture slide show... oh and it was my birthday.