Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Trip to Utah and Idaho

December 8, 2012 we went to Salt Lake City to see the lights on Temple Square and to visit some friends.  We then drove to Meridian, Idaho to vistit friends, the Pollmanns and our family in Idaho, the Esslingers.  We then drove to Rexburg, Idaho for Jake and Sam's graduation from BYUI.  We then packed up a trailer and pulled their stuff home to Sacramento in a snow storm.  Sam and Jake are moving to San Diego, the first of the year, for a job and to continue their education.  We got home on December 15, 2012. 
 Kathi at Temple Square in Salt Lake City
 Kathi and Stephen Temple Square
 Our friends the Galligan.  They lived in California now in Utah
 Kathi and Stephen, Sylvia and Gary Johnson.  Gary and Stephen were missionary friends in 1972 in the Eastern States Mission.  We served together on Staten Island, New York.  They live in Utah.
 Then off to Idaho to visit Jett, Cale and Dax Esslinger
 Brian and Andi Esslinger at Jake and Sam's Graduation Lunch
 Stephen, Kathi, Sam, Brian, Andi at Sam's Graduation from BYUI
 Stephen, Sam, Jake, Kathi
Jake and Sam's Graduation.  They walked across the stage together.
We are very proud of them.

We received our mission call.  We were called to serve in the Florida Orlando Mission.  We are to report to the Missionary Training Center, March 4, 2012, in Provo, Utah.  We will be there for about one week and then drive our car to Florida, where we will be serving for one year.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Retirement Party!

One of first acts of business that needed to happen before we leave on our mission is for Kathi to retire.  One of her friends from work was kind enjoy to organize a celebration for her at a favorite pizza place of theirs.  All of the agents that she has been working with came, even the ones from the bay area. 

 Family that was able to attend.

The delicious cake!
 Friends, co-workers and bosses.

 It was a great day and the whole family was so appreciative of all the love and gratitude that we felt from the people that Kathi has worked with during her time with the state.  Thank you to all who were able to come and celebrate with us.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Our Missionary Picture
Our mission papers were sent to the Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City on Saturday night, November 17, 2012.  Now the waiting game begins.  On Monday we received a call from a nurse with the Senior Couple Missionary Section.  They had a few medical questions to ask.  We answered them.  At least we know that the mission papers made it through cyberspace and  made it to where they are support to go.