Sunday, October 28, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018
My brother Seth, not only DM's Dungeons & Dragons groups but he also Paints the mini figures. He's very talented and it's very calming for his depression. He's been very nice and we've been painting them together. Ada's loving it. I'm too much of a perfectionist to be able to paint them very quickly. But Ada loves to paint all the little people.
On Tuesday we went to pack meeting. It was a very busy day but I felt like it was important to go. Sam received his wolf and 5 bear belt loops. He was very proud of himself and I am very happy for him. After I watched him receive those I had to leave and as I walked out the door our neighbor and her two daughters were there receiving their baptismal interviews for their baptism on Saturday. My friend Jenny was talking to her and I realize that she was explaining about doubts and fear. She called me over and we explained about feeling the Holy Ghost and that we're always progressing. We also told her that if she needed more time before her baptism that we could help her prepare for a later date. She went into her interview and came out smiling. I'm going to her and her daughter's baptism today. I'm very happy for her I'm very proud that she's listening to the Holy Ghost.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
On a more temporal level, we were able to get their whole family's ITIN numbers, file their taxes and got them studying for their drivers tests. They're getting so close to being independent I can taste it. The next big hurdle is finding a good apartment for them. Everywhere that we've tried has had some requirement they couldn't meet... like having a credit card or a current drivers license. She very much wants to be a family unit with no one else running their life. I try to stay back and let them figure things out, but occasionally they call me for help on an application or questions like how to get a license or file taxes.
Sam has been in a Chinese club. He LOVES it. Unfortunately he can't do it again until after Christmas. The club likes to rotate who attends. We downloaded Duolingo and he's been practicing on it, but I think he likes better having a human teacher. I want to see how we can keep him going.
Marg and her kids made a surprise Fall Break visit. It was fun to see them and play games. I really just like to chat and miss all my dear Sister in laws often.
Sharon came down on Friday and we got to take the kids to the All Around Playground. Sam's friend Martin was there too, so he was ecstatic. (Right after this we took them to see the Tarkingtons... we didn't tell them they were coming and Sam was especially surprised.) Her new pregnancy is going very well and I couldn't be happier for her.
My lesson today went fairly well. We talked about living in a spirit of gratitude instead of just giving thanks for things. The YW that was going to team teach with me thought it was next week... Opps. I guess we'll teach again next week. I love being in YW's. It makes me happy to see these girls turn into women and learning the gospel as they go.
Thursday was very busy. My brother, Seth, came to Evelyn's class in the morning. They're learning how to address people with handshakes, use their names and look them in the eye. The teacher has been having people come in and teach them greetings in different languages and then they practice them all throughout the day as they talk to each other. I taught them ASL and Swahili. Seth taught them in Arabic, Turkish, and the Pakistani dialect that he speaks. They practiced all of them and decided to use Turkish for the day. It was adorable and Evelyn had to hang on to Seth everywhere he went. After that, Seth went to bed for the day and Sam, baby Seth and I went on Sam's fieldtrip to the UofU Natural History Museum. It was amazing! It's a fun museum and my Mom used to live right up close to it. She and her siblings would wander the museum. I thought that was a fun connection. Thursday night, my brother Seth came to our house and we painted the mini figures that he gave them for Christmas for their D&D game. Ada got really into painting them. I on the other hand had a tiny Seth jumping up and down on me so I didn't paint well or very much.
This week, they had the soccer game make ups for the ones cancelled because of the smoke. They didn't tell us until Monday and we had two games on Tuesday. I almost decided not to take them, but we did anyways. It was soooo cold, but the kids did great and I got to talk to all the soccer moms on the sideline. No matter how busy I get, when I get to talk with women it always makes me happier.
Yesterday was my parent's 40th anniversary. That's quite the fun marker to remember. I love how my mom told it in her email. They met 52 years ago in the 2nd grade and they are happier more and more.