Sunday, September 11, 2011

Summer in SLC

Well, I survived a summer without central a/c. Thank goodness fall is coming!

To update my visitors, I have seen: Diane Horsley (without Doug), Beverly Olson (& family), Becky Douglas and her missionary daughter (serving at Temple Square), Joye Woodruff, Hope Lane, Robin & Kara Seabrook, Laura & Stevie Kaiser, and Bob & Ruth Morton. It is always great to see old friends.

Living in downtown has been a real change from the Grayson suburbs - alot of things going on, and just walking to everything.

I've seen the Tabernacle Choir on several occasions, attended concerts at the Assembly Building, visited the Children's Museum (with Nic & girls), watched the Pioneer Day Parade, went up to Cache Valley and saw the Martin Harris Pageant, and spent alot of time with the Woods when they came to the states and stayed up in Farmington with Jon's parents.

Pictures from the July 24th Pioneer Day Parade. President Monson is riding in the car, couldn't really see him, though.

We celebrated Maggie's 3rd birthday on August 7 at the home of Jon's sister. It was a Princess Party in case you can't tell. Maggie did really well, no melt downs.

Notice two different cakes... AJ is getting really cute and turning into a "Big Girl".

And then the "big announcement"....................It's a Boy!!!

This is the little tour bus that goes over to the Humanitarian Center and Welfare Square. I took the tour over and saw Welfare Square. The grainery in the picture holds like 16 million pounds of wheat.

This is the main place I like to go for walking. It is Liberty Park. In 1860 Brigham Young purchased the land and planted all the trees.

In August I went up to Cache Valley. This is a picture of the newly constructed Brigham City Temple.

This is Jon & Pam Cook and Linda Stewart in front of the Martin Harris gravestone.

Every other year the people up here put on an outdoor musical about Martin Harris. He was one of the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon. He moved here in his later years and died here.

The biggest event of the summer was the engagement of Anna and Cameron. Cameron had me get them up to Temple Square. He also had a photographer (as seen in picture) on hand. I was strategically hiding to witness the event. This is right in front of the Reflecting Pool on the east side of the Temple. Anna knew the proposal was coming, but she thought it was going to be late September. She was totally surprised!

And finally a thought I heard while attending Music & the Spoken Work on August 21, 2011.

"Life, in this world, can be hard on anyone. We hear and see things that are discouraging, even disheartening, and at times we may feel dismayed about the state of the world and the condition of our own lives. Yes, life can be hard.

"But within us, deep down in our heart of hearts, resides a sense of robust hope and sweet expectation that can lift us out of life's fog to see clearly who we are and our capacities. We lift the fog every time we count our blessings, every time we are kind toward others, every time we seriously ponder life's purposes. We lift life's fog as we pause to listen to our heart..."

Until next time........


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