Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bursting Into Spring - March 2018

We have had some unusual weather patterns. It can be 70 degrees and sunny and the next day windy and in the 40's. I am anxiously waiting for spring to burst. 

 This blustery month of March has flown by quickly with many activities. I started out the month with a beautiful luncheon with my High School friends. We usually try to meet monthly, but I don't always get to go so this was an extra sweet moment. These are my close friends for over 55 years. It's amazing how we still are just the same, and if you were with us, you would see that we haven't changed a bit except for age and size. 
 Our Jordan River Temple now has an open house. It started on March 17th and will go to April 28th. Here anyone can come and go through and view this beautiful sacred building. We have been serving as volunteer ushers at this open house. It has been a particular extra moment for us. 
 On Sunday, May 20th this building will be dedicated and set apart for temple ordinances and marriage sealings. This is an exceptional work that we do for our ancestors. We feel that this marvelous edifice is the Lord's house. When we enter this building after the dedication, we are walking where our Savior has walked. It is His house. You can read my thoughts on this beautiful temple here. 
On Saturday, March 10th we were assigned to provide a Stake Presidency dinner for 22 individuals. We only had a few days to get this dinner together. We had our incredible Stake Presidency and staff and their wives along with two General Authorities of our Church. This year we had an Elder Brian K. Taylor and Elder Hansen. It was a privilege to put this dinner on.  Three glitches concerned us, but overall it went very well. It was delightful to serve them dinner. 
The next day our beloved Stake Presidency was released; President Terry R. Sorenson, President Scott Beech, and President Craig Martin. Our new Stake Presidency is the following: President Timothy McCoy, 1st Councilor, President Craig Martin, 2nd Councilor,  President Glen Walbeck. 

 During this month, our Relief Society organization holds a Birthday celebration to commemorate it's beginning. We are one of the largest women's organizations in the world. Each of our ward or units holds a special dinner and program. As the Stake Relief Society Presidency, we attend as many of these programs as we can. Here are just a few photos of two of these events. Each ward chooses their own theme and decorates and has a plan around these ideas. 
 On March 21st, our son James, Amber and their two daughters; Taylor Jo and Averi came down from Idaho to spend some time with us. It was extra special because our Granddaughter Alyssa, whose family are living with us turned 14 years old. We were able to celebrate her birthday while they were here. The children all went swimming and then later on in the evening we had a Birthday dinner, presents, and cake. It was such a fun night of celebrating. 
We had an excellent visit with them all. All of the adults spent time just talking with one another. There was no technology interfering with good old fashion conversations. 

Next, on our list of fun activities, we celebrated the 1st birthday of our youngest Great Granddaughter, Katalina.  We went to her home and observed this spectacular moment with her family and their friends. Our oldest son Sean, Mary and their children; Gillian, Jackson, Joseph, Jonathan, Jeffery, and Joshua were there, also. Our little Katalina was so cute and had a great time opening presents with her mother's help and getting into the cake idea. We took tons of photos of this special event. 

On Saturday, March 31st our youngest daughter, Tiffani, Dave and their children; Michael, Sarah, Kaitlyn, and William came to stay for two weeks. I will share the details on this one in a few days. We did have an excellent April start. 
Saturday started our Easter Weekend with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 188th Semi-annual General Conference. Saturday we watched the conference proceedings from our own family room. It was a historical conference with some significant changes. We sustained a new Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson and his two councilors, President Dallen H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. We also sustained two new Apostles. Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares. It was a very spiritual moment of time, and then we were much edified by many beautiful messages from our leader. You can read more about it here. And here.
It has been a spectacular month of activities. We love all of our family get to gathers and the other events that we have been involved with. It's been a lovely start to our spring. 


Barb said...


I love seeing your blog pop up when I turn on my computer!! I often wonder why I just don't call you on the phone! I love seeing all these wonderful photos of your family, and some of mine too...they are all so beautiful!

I love that first photo of the clouds, wow, it's beautiful! I'm so ready for spring to burst as well, we have had that same kind of weather, and it's horrible. Today, it was nice enough to be outside without a winter coat, it felt great! We went to Blackfoot to bring, Clara home with us for a little overnight fun. She loves dinosaurs, and since she doesn't have school tomorrow, we decided to take her to the dinosaur museum tomorrow. I hope the weather holds out for us, but I think it's suppose to rain... :0(

Getting together with your high school friends sounds like fun! I don't think I ever even see friend from high school...except of course for Bob...he was my best friend. Can you believe we will be married 44 years on Thursday?!

Easter, and getting to watch conference was so amazing, the perfect day for conference, don't you think. We had the kids over for dinner, but we waited until after 4:00, it worked out really good. Amber and James told me how much they enjoyed that visit with you guys, they love having Jenny, Michael and the girls there!

What cute pictures of that cute little great- granddaughter! She is adorable, and it looks like you had a great time celebrating with her.

I hope spring gets here quickly, and I hope the wind stops blowing! Of course, Bob has big plans for a garden, and we are itching to get the trailer up and on the road. Wasn't that hail storm awful! I couldn't believe the damage to the kids home and trailer. We didn't even get rain!

Take care sweet friend, love you tons XOXOXO

Hugs and Love,

Marie Rayner said...

What a fabulous month you have had LeAnn! So much activity and so much family! Family times are the best of times. I sure miss my family over here. I hope it won't be too long before I am able to see some of them again! I am so excited about our new Prophet and the changes in the church. Ministering, what a wonderful word. A true "Action" word. President Nelson was just here in the UK on his World Ministering Tour and we got to listen to him and his wife and Elder Holland and his wife this past Thursday evening. It was wonderful! God bless my dear friend and thanks so much for this special spirit you share with us. Love you to bits! xoxo

Tracy said...

Sooo NICE, as always, to catch up with you, LeAnn! So lovely you are in contact with high school friends. I've long lost touch with school friends, which seems sad to me now. How BEAUTIFUL the Temple! How lovely those table settings for the Stake Presidency dinner--well done!! Such fun to see all your family doings and celebrations... how sweet the 1st birthday for Katalina!! LOVE her ruffled and decorated high chair--too cute!! Such happy days there... so glad for you all! And Hope SPRING, real spring will stay! With LOVE, in Christ--Tracy OXOX

Diane said...

It sounds like you had a very full and blessed month! Your family is beautiful.

Galen Pearl said...

My family is not as big as yours (!!) but I do love it when we are all together. I love the photos and the journal of your March life.

Debbie said...

i have several girlfriends, we have been friends since kindergarten. we all still live in the same town and get together for lunch - not as often as we should but when we do, it is such a fun time. there is something super special about girlfriends, we must have them, we must have those relationships in our lives!!!

family too, different and more important than any other relationships. you are lucky to have such a big, close, beautiful family. i love when you share all the fun and activities!!!

our spring is missing in action also, it was here one day....and then she was gone!!!

Marsha said...

Wow, LeAnn, you have really been busy with friends and wonderful. I came home from Utah a few weeks ago, but my visit was not a pleasant one. I had a very dear, high school friend pass away so I came down to attend her funeral. She, along with another high school friend have been coming to Idaho each summer and we just throw everything to the wind and have a great time. Even staying up way past our bed time, laughing and snorting, yes snorting. My husband just shakes his head. I will surely miss those days. Wishing that your next month is as joyous as this one.
Love from Idaho - Marsha

Christy Monson said...

What a wonderful journal you've written. So happy you are to the time of the temple open house. Soon you'll be back working again. I truly miss working in the temple when it's closed. I love being there. Your family looks so fun and cute. What a happy little birthday girl you have. Know I'm thinking of you and sending lots of love. Hugs all around, Christy

Susan Anderson said...

Wow, LeAnn, you are one busy lady! It all looks like lots of fun, though, so that's a good thing, right?
I posted a birthday blog about my mom today. She is failing pretty rapidly now, but we are sure grateful and happy for every moment we have with her. And how we will miss her when she's gone. We are just kind of living in the moment these days.


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