Sunday, May 7, 2023

 Dear Kids,

We had the wonderful experience of going to the temple with Ben yesterday.  It was nice seeing so many of you there!  It was the Bountiful temple, and it’s been a very long time since Dad and I had been there.  John met us in the parking lot, and I was remembering back to 1995 when he and Heather were married.  So many good memories!

And Scout never did come home.  We miss him terribly.  Sonia’s getting used to being the only cat now, and I think she likes it.  Dad and I are still very sad.

A week from today is book club, here at out house, at 5 pm.  We’re reading Socks by Beverly Cleary.  I know I mention book club every week, but it’s that important to me.  And I think it’s wonderful that so many of you are reading together at home.  More and more evidence is showing that families who read together accomplish amazing things.

Two weeks from today is Ben’s farewell in Nora’s ward at noon.  The after-party will be at her house, and you can call her for a food assignment.  Ben actually starts his mission a few days before that, but since he’s not leaving town (at least not yet) his farewell can be any time.  I’m sure it will be a great event.  And then, the week after that is Super Sunday at Donna’s.  I don’t know yet if we’ll meet at her house or in a park.  Does anybody think our family gets together too often?  I don’t.  I’m just glad that so many of you live close enough that we can see each other a lot.

On Friday afternoon Dad and I drove to Lehi to visit Jana McGettigan.  She’s been fighting off her cancer for 22 years, but now it’s settled in her brain, so her time is short.  (Weeks, they told her.)  We’ve been friends for almost 30 years, and I’m going to miss her terribly, but I know where she’s going, and it will be wonderful for her.  We’re going to try to see her again in a couple of weeks, depending on how fast things move.  Ah, mortality!  Why do we have to be separated.  (Even though it’s only temporary.)

We’re planning a cabin work party some Saturday in June to spread gravel on the driveway and parking lot.  I’ll give you more details when it gets closer.  If a lot of us work together, it probably won’t take very long.  And everybody who works gets treated to lunch by us at the Kamas Food Town deli.

Summer is coming on fast.  I love it.  Mom