Saturday, May 31, 2014

Temple and Graduation

We had a really full and enjoyable day today.  This morning John and I headed over to Monticello to go through the temple with one of our favorite young ladies. Our friend Elli heading on a mission to WashDC and went though the temple for the first time today.  We have known her and her family for lots of years and we are just so proud of what good choices this little lady has made. There was another young man from Moab going through for the first time with his family and we learned that he and Elli will be going to the same mission, reporting on the same day. So fun!

 After heading home, we had the pleasure of attending Seminary Graduation tonight. Another terrific young lady graduated from Seminary. Delanie (as well as Staysha, not pictured) graduated from all 4 years of Early Morning Seminary.  Quite a feat! I am so glad I get to rub shoulders with such great youth!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Planting Grandma Kristine's Tree

After checking all of our local nurseries, I found what I think is the perfect tree to plant for Grandma Kristine.  It is a thornless Black Locust.  It is a tree that is quite rugged and drought tolerant. It has delicate leaves that throw a dappled shade and (my favorite attribute) it flowers in the month of June here in Durango-which just happens to be the month of Kristine's birthday and Temple sealing.  The blossoms are a purplelish pink and have a wonderful, strong scent.

Elise walked the track hoe over and dug the hole.  We carefully put the tree in place from off the trailer.  We had originally planned to plant the tree nest to Jack's tall cottonwood tree.  But John, after much thought and discussion, decided it would be better to plant it near the 'kiddy pool' part of the pond.  There is could provide shade for our youngest pond users.  I loved the placement.

Seth arrived after we were done placing it, but he helped us to get the dirt back in place and get it watered in well. Our whole family really misses having Grandma Kristine around and anything we do to help remember her seems to feel really good.  I look forward to lots of blossoms and shade from this tree in the years to come.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Last Day of Seminary '14

This morning was our last day of Seminary so of course we had to go to breakfast at Denny's! :) What a great class I had this year.  They are all such great kids and going through the Book of Mormon has been a pleasure. Sis Francom is a great co-teacher and I am almost afraid to admit how pleasant it is to only teach every other week, because I don't want to jinx it!

Most kids were there, but we were missing Clay and Gabe (who is still in UT).