Sunday, September 17, 2023

 Dear Kids,

Book club is this afternoon at 5:00, and we’re talking about Frindle.  I have some good questions prepared, and I’ll be throwing out candy.  Then, if it isn’t too windy, we’ll build a fire out in our fire pit and make S’mores.   Our beautiful fall weather isn’t going to last too much longer, so we have to make the most of it.

Two weeks from now is October conference.  I’ll call around and see if you guys want to do the soup and bread dinner Saturday night, and then watch the evening session here.  Your kids can run around outside, if it isn’t too cold by then.  Or they can walk up the street and play football in the little park.  We’ll see what everybody wants to do.

At the end of this week, Allen, Monica, Donna, Nora, and Vanessa are doing the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim.  I think Nora and Monica are doing a modified version and camping out in the bottom.  Everybody’s  starting on Thursday, according to Allen, and spreading it over three days, so it won’t be the monster marathon like when Vanessa and her friends did it in one day.  I wish I could do it.  It’s hard to have my best days over with.  (Physically.  Otherwise, my best days are right now.)

I have an appointment with the radiation doctor this Thursday, to talk about when and how they’ll do the radiation on my lungs.  Right now I’m in the middle of a block of chemo, so I’m guessing they’ll wait until that’s over with.  Just guessing. I’ve met this doctor before–it was five years ago when I first had my colon cancer, and he radiated that area.  Now I have sores there that won’t heal, but hopefully it will go better this time.

I talked to Vanessa and asked her how Sarah’s doing.  She flew to the Mexico City MTC on a flight with about 50 other missionaries, and she’s doing great there.  It’s a very secure facility with eight-foot high concrete block walls and lots of chain link.  Sarah will stay there about 5 weeks, till October 20, when she’ll leave for Chile.  I’m sure she’ll have a wonderful mission there.   Aaron will start his MTC work on October 2.  After a week at home, he’ll go to Provo, and then, after a couple more weeks, to Iowa.  I’m so proud of our missionaries! 

Things are good!  I love you all!  Mom