Sunday, February 26, 2017

2/26/17 Friends are the siblings God never gave us!

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 Friend, Marili Potts and her brand new grand daughter Ivy Jean Potts

 Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. 
Ann Landers
 Andrew, Matthew, Ian, Alan and Beckett Potts
 The Potts Family together in Boise to celebrate Ivy's blessing
 Missionary transfers are on March 1st. 
As a result it's crunch time to move missionaries to better locations, close down old homes, open up new homes and perform housing inspections.
 Hailey, Idaho


 com·pan·ion and we add "friends"
a person or animal with whom one spends a lot of time 

one of a pair of things intended to complement or match each other.

These companions made our day recently. Their housing inspection was scheduled and we were not looking forward to it. Their apartment was notorious for being messy, a catch all for departing missionary stuff. When they answered the door they pretended to be surprised at our arrival. After a brief moment of supposed confusion they welcomed us in warmly and then proceeded to knock our socks off. They had cleaned their apartment until it literally shined!!!

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 the Meridian Linder Stake held their very first 
Women's Conference

 They had a class on Family History...

 Making the most of Grandma time, depress the stress, food preparation, sugar facts, coming out of hibernation and even a class on how to make scripture study a part of every season of your life.
 Following the classes they had a delicious lunch and a special program with Eve, Esther and Emma Smith sharing their stories.
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On the Home front
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After a few short days of nice weather and a promise of spring, it's snowing again!
             Kahlen, the explorer                                                             Lily, the sleepyhead
We wish you enough...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 28, 2017 Choose to Find Joy

"Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom".
1 Kings 10:8
Sorry for the delay in blog posts...we've been busy :) 
We had the opportunity to travel to Sacramento recently to celebrate the birth of grand daughter, Lily Echo Bacchus, and the Aaronic Priesthood ordination of grandson, Mason Scott Gibson.
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 A proud Grandpa and Grandma. It really doesn't get much better than this!

Welcome Lily Echo Bacchus
 The Saturday we were in California Grandpa took the crew to Apple Hill for apple donuts while Grandma stayed behind with daughter, Tracy, to help give Lily her first bath.
 Thomas and William buried Grandpa underneath every pillow that they could find. Fortunately he escaped unharmed and they had to help wash the truck.

 On Sunday, February 5, 2017 Mason Scott Gibson received the Aaronic Priesthood and was ordained a Deacon by his Grandpa Busath.
 Grandpa Busath, Mason, Grandpa Ray Chance and Dad, Joshua Chance.
Mason and Grandpa
 Grandpa's girls!
 The Gibson Chance Family
Haylee, Lucas, Mason, Katie, Joshua, Jill and Jackson
 When we returned we had three missionary homes to close 
and two sets of missionaries to relocate. 
Thank goodness for these Elders who are always willing and able to lend a hand!
 The Elders in Wendell found a new home!

Valentine's Day
 Sienna and Shelby                                     Kahlen and her Daddy
 On the road again...
Last Friday, we stopped to drop off furniture in Wendell, fixed a dryer in Burley, and then purchased essentials for the Wendell Elders new home.  The next day we moved the Raft River Elders to Malta, the Malta Elders to Albion and stopped by Wendell to drop off their essentials.

 What is it about "have your stuff packed and the place clean before we arrive"
 that they don't seem to understand?
 On Monday we moved the Wendell Elders, thanks to these Super Heroes.
A new home for the Sister Missionaries in Meridian and a load to take to Deseret Industries that we had accumulated from all of our moves.
It's been another crazy week at the Mission and we don't see it slowing down anytime soon. Transfers are March 1st and housing still has to be found and missionaries moved.
A special shout out and Congratulations to Patrick, my nephew, 
his beautiful wife and their two sweet little daughter's! 
Word on the grapevine was that he and his wife were recently married and my daughter, Tracy, discovered it on Facebook.
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"We all know people who seem to"roll with the punches", who are pleasant and cheerful through almost any challenge. Generally these are the people with who we like to spend our time, for they make us feel better about circumstances and about our selves.  It seems that good things gravitate to them, for they don't let less than ideal circumstances stand in their way.  They choose to find joy everywhere and to leave it behind them when they go."

Thomas S. Monson

Our goal is to become one of "those roll with the punches people". 
To choose to be happy, to find joy, and not let the small stuff get us down. 
It's a choice and we know can do hard things!

Make it a great week!