Friday, July 15, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ July 11, 2016 
July 17, 2016
in IDAHO ~

How do these Spring and Summer months 
zoom by so quickly?!
Happy Fourth of July

July 7th 125 years since my 

Grandfather Huffaker born

July 24th - Happy Pioneer Day

July 11, 2016 - Monday
The Family of BenJoe and Delena Markland
in San Salvador, El Salvador
They blessed their twins--Mateo and Dixie on
August 4, 2013 at our Campestre Ward in San Salvador.
Brother Markland was called as the Stake President
of our Los Heroes El Salvador Stake in
October 2014.

We learned that our friends from San Salvador, El Salvador--who are in Utah for a family reunion--had a huge tree fall on the tent their family was sleeping in.  

The Natural Disaster in the Provo RV Park
BenJoe was able to lay across his 3-year-old twins when he heard the tree cracking. The full force of the tree fell directly on his two oldest sons--Joseph 9, and Dallin 7 at 4:30 a.m.

Extended family and other campers at the Provo RV Park by Utah Lake came running and helped lift the tree off the boys just enough to pull them out.

The boys were rushed to a hospital in Provo via ambulance. Then they were taken to the Primary Childrens' Hospital. Joseph has a lacerated liver and injuries to his eye socket.
Dallin has a broken femur.

Fast forward to Sunday, July 17....
After being treated throughout the week at the Primary Children's Hospital -- Joseph and Dallin are able to go to church with BenJoe's parents in Ogden.  They are thankful for the miracles of this week.

Monday afternoon --  Marge Green brought us some wonderful fresh vegetables from her garden--new red potatoes, beets, cucumbers, and a zuchinni.  Can't believe at age 89 she's out there still gardening.  Verl is 90 and it's hard for him to get around.  They are good friends from our Seventh Ward days.
(My camera card wasn't working so I didn't get a photo.)

July 12, 2016 - Tuesday 
We spent a lot of our time today trying to get some computer glitches worked out to enter an online account. So frustrating,
Walt said to the on-line helper after about 30 minutes or more helping us work through it all: "You get the award for having the patience of Job!"
Walt said she really laughed.

We watched an old 1954 movie with Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster, and Kirk Doublas about the Revolutionary War time that I had recorded on July 4th.

July 13, 2016 - Wednesday

We drove to Twin Falls early to do sealings at 11:00 with our Burley 3rd Ward High Priests' Quorum.  There were 9 from our ward: Don and Ardyth Green, Dan and LaRae Crane, Ken and Bonnie Fronk, Dan Black, Dan Green, Gary McCall and us.  Grant Starley was the sealer.  The three Dan's brought several family names to be sealed.  Brother Starley said we had made a lot of couples happy today who became "eternal sweethearts."

Walt and I changed from our white clothes to go have lunch (we got "Happy Meals" at McDonald's and that was just right for us), then we dashed in to Target and got a new ironing board. My camera card stopped working last Sunday, so I got a new 16GB one and it is working great.

At 1:40 I had an appointment with Dr. Kurtis Reed to take out the stitches from the Mohs surgery of July 5th.  One of his nurses took out the several stitches. 
Walt thinks there were about 7 stitches....actually 1 on each end and 5 continuous stitches in the middle of those.
Then we rendezvoused with Dale and Connie at the temple to do a three o'clock sesson.
This week marks 44 Sessions we have done with Dale and Connie since we began doing sessions together in May 2015.
It marks 52 total sessions we have done since May 2015.  Dale and Connie have also done more sessions on different days when they have been out of town on our Wednesday temple days.   It's a great tradition.  Walt would like to do even more sessions.
It was my turn to choose the restaurant, which was The Mandarin House.  But Dale said the last two times they have eaten there they didn't like the food, so my second choice was Mexican food at LaCasita's.  
It's across the singing bridge that doesn't sing any more on the south side of Twin.  Walt and I ordered a taco and an enchilada with rice and beans.  

We took Highway 30 back to Burley and enjoyed seeing all the crops.  I wish I'd had Walt get a photo.
We got home about 7:30 and saw some of the news coverage of the horrible terror attack in Nice.  What is our world coming to??

July 14, 2016 - Thursday

The only photo I took today was of the new red potatoes and peas that I put together in homemade white sauce. Marge Green brought us some wonderful fresh vegetables from her garden on Monday.

I got a haircut today then followed up from my Monday Dr.'s appointment to calibrate our wrist blood pressure cuff.  Dr. Lindquist had me get a blood test.

July 15, 2016 - Friday
Kathleen came this morning to help us with family history.  She found another ancestor of Nellie Katie Olson Petersen.  She has three ancestors now on "reserve" for Walt to have their temple work done.
Around four o'clock Julie came with Rigon.  They are here for the Bricki which is "The Brent and Vicki Peterson Family Reunion."  Max, their darling dog will be staying with us till Sunday.  
Mostly he lies by the front door waiting for Julie to come back.  He did like to be by Walt to get some left-over cooked hamburger patties.
July 16, 2016 - Saturday

Janice, my sister, and her daughter Vickie, stopped by to see us. We watched a DVD that Connie had made from some of Daddy's old home movies.  Then we had lunch together.
I reheated the peas 'n potatoes in the white sauce, had just cooked the beets. 
Janice commented: "There's nothing like fresh veggies from the garden!"

Then they were on their way back to Utah--Midvale and Orem.  They had driven up to Gooding on Friday to buy a block of rodeo tickets for 25 of Janice and her kids' and grandkids' Family Reunion in Gooding on the Saturday of the County Fair on August 20. 
What a great reunion for them coming up.
Walt and I always enjoy being with my sister and her family.
July 17, 2016 - Sunday 

We drove out to the View Ward to hear Kent and Marilyn Searle speak about their three years serving as the Mission President and wife of the Colombia Barranquilla Mission.
(I couldn't get the current photo that they had in The Voice this week.  And I forgot to take my camera this morning after I had put the newly-charged battery back in.)
From View we drove over to the Unity Ward where Derlin and Nancy Taylor were speaking about their three years as Mission President and wife over the newly created (in 2013) Washington Vancouver Mission.
   I didn't get a photo of them. {Gina, will you please send us a photo of them from their Mission Report Day? Thanks.}
Here's President and Sister Taylor with one of their missionaries--Elder King.
Here's a photo that Elder King showed and said that of all the Senior Couples serving in the Washington Vancouver Mission, Elder Lambert was his favorite.  
Sister Taylor told today that this Elder Lambert passed away within a month of him and his wife finishing their mission. Elder Lambert is the son of Joe Lambert of Burley who had his 100th Birthday Open House on May 28 this year.  Elder Lambert and his wife were at his Dad's Open House, then passed away soon after that.
Now here are some photos that our daughter, Jennifer Petersen Brewer, took (remember I forgot my camera) today at the luncheon after the Mission Report of President Derlin and Sister Nancy Taylor recently home from their three-year calling as Mission President and Wife of the Washington Vancouver Mission.
They estimated that about 230 returned missionaries came.
These missionaries sang the missionary song in Sacrament Meeting, which was a combination of [I think the first one was] "Let Us All Press On,"  then "Called to Serve."  It was sung with much gusto and enthusiasm.  A very spiritual feeling was felt by these great missionaries.
They fed all these returned missionaries, friends, and family.
Of, course, Ross and Karen Taylor drove up from Riverton, south of Salt Lake City.  When Derlin started his talk with: "I am overwhelmed, to say the least, with all these family, friends, returned missionaes, and mentors who have come today.  He has told both Ross and Walt that they are among his "mentors" and he doesn't know where he would be without them.
Here's a little brighter photo of Ross and Walt.
They had to get right back to Salt Lake -- Heidi is here from Italy with their son Ethan who enters the MTC Wednesday for his Utah Provo Mission.
Today is their son Aaron's 50th Birthday!
So we say: "Happy Birthday, Aaron!
Our son Steve, knows all about that as he will be facing that birthay in December.  These "kids" think they are getting old.
They are still y-o-u-n-g!
They don't really know what "old" is! 
Walt was happy to greet Jen's good friend from her high school class of 1992--Gina Granata Taylor, who married Derlin and Nancy's son, Brian Taylor.
The Granata's were our neighbors by Burton Avenue and we were close friends.  Walt has a nickname for most everyone he likes a lot, and hers was "Gina Gina Lola-lola-bridget-ta."
Here's a photo of Gina and Brian and their family the night before the Mission Report.
Of course, it was a true SERENDIPITY to have our daughter JEN BREWER surprise us as she came into the Sacrament Meeting unexpectedly.  She flew to Salt Lake City from Rochester, Minnesota last night (after their family made that 19 1/2-hour drive back from Utah just a week ago Friday) She drove up to Burley this morning.  She has been asked to speak on nutrition at two sessions tomorrow at the Rexburg Hospital.  Then on Tuesday she has been asked to speak at a Girls' Camp session like an EFY on the Utah State Campus.
She will fly back to Minnesota Tuesday evening.
Jen likes surprises.
I found this photo of Derlin and Nancy with two of their returned missionaries that come to their Mission Report.
We gave our thanks and goodbyes.  Walt and I were able to give Derlin a hug and talk with him a minute outside the chapel doors as we entered Sacrament Meeting.  
He said to Walt: "I don't know how to thank you for all you did for me when you were my bishop."
I said: "You already have by serving this mission."
All too soon, Jen was on her way to Rexburg.
I said: "Jen, we need a photo of you by Dad so we can
prove you were actually here for 6 hours today.
As the shadows begin to fall, we hope you have had a
restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
We share our testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored in these latter days to never be taken again from the earth.
Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us.
Jesus Christ is His first-born spirit and His Only Begotten Son in the flesh.
He was sent to earth to become our Savior and Redeemer.
Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Great Restoration.
Thomas S. Monson is the Living Prophet of the entire earth today.
The Book of Mormon is true and is 
Another Testament of Jesus Christ
as the Bible is the Testament of Jesuc Christ.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is
the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Of this we testify,
In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, Idaho, U.S.A.