Random weekend thoughts...
- Saturday, Doug woke up feeling chilled and feverish. He spent most of the day in bed. I was grateful for the trailer load of boxes that he and Quayd had taken to the storage unit on Friday. We spent Friday boxing things and getting them to the storage unit. We're getting to the point that it looks like home until you open a closet or cupboard! I'll save the kitchen and bedroom closets until the end and they'll go directly to the new house.
- Doug and I decided that we are going to move into the garage of the new home for the first week or two. We will be getting all new floor coverings and have to peel miles of wallpaper and paint a whole lot of walls before we want the new floors laid... hence... we'll be roughing it for a bit. I've never done this before! Normally, the house looks like we've lived there for years on day two! I can't rest till it's done. However... this time... I've got a foot issue and we have a lot of work to see done. I'll be lining up sheetrockers, electricians, all sorts of people over the next short while. Seriously... our home will be getting a complete makeover! And yes, I'll be taking photos galore along the way!
- On Saturday, since Doug was under the weather, he napped off and on until evening, then we watched Dances with Wolves and Dave and headed to bed early. Thankfully, Sunday morning, he woke up feeling better because he had a lesson to teach in Primary. Doug doesn't get sick often. But, when he does... ugh.
- Doug brought home 23 more moving boxes from the liquor store for me to pack. I'm amazed at how much "stuff" we have! Oh, how I love styrofoam plates!!! They've made my dish packing so so much more simple! I've gone through 300 of these babies in the last week! I've decided that we will keep the storage unit for an extra month and then take our time bringing things into the new home... organizing and dejunking even more things as we go.
- Saturday morning, Quayd came into the gallery and asked for help with his Sacrament Meeting talk. I act as scribe. He tells me what he wants to say, I type it and print it out, then he practices all day long until it's time to give the talk. This talk was different, however. Quayd knew what he wanted to say before he even came to me. He didn't need my help, other than typing. (The boy does not know the meaning of punctuation!) While typing, I got a phone call. When I came back, he had finished typing most of the talk himself. He practiced a dozen or more times. When he stood to speak, I whispered to Doug, "Where's his talk? Where's his talk?" He began to speak, almost fully from memory. He pulled the folded talk from his pocket, glanced at the last paragraph and continued without reading a word. He bore his testimony, thanking our wonderful ward members for their part in his life, his Young Mens leaders and Bishops. Doug leaned over and said, "Wow." We both had tears.
- We were both very grateful that Quayd represented the family in giving thanks for the part that the members of this ward have had in our lives. We've been here almost seventeen years. The ward family has been our babes' examples, teachers, leaders, friends for their whole lives. As we left Sacrament Meeting, many members said their farewells and offered good wishes. Doug and I were in tears several times. As we drove from the church to our new home for a short visit, Doug thanked Quayd for expressing his gratitude and love to the ward. This has really hit us hard... we are leaving some very good people who've blessed our lives for all these years and we will miss them immensely.
- I taught my last lesson today in the Family Relations class. I will be released next week. Several poignant comments were made regarding parents loving their children. One class member, in particular, touched my heart immensely. This young man is our son, Dale's age and was his friend in high school. He knows both Dale and Kelly. He had taken "a different path" for years. Recently, he has returned to the gospel. His comment today made me want to just stop teaching and hug him. (We did have a good conversation and hug after the class.) I shared at the end of my lesson that for all of the 14 years that I served in the Relief Society Presidency, everytime we had an available teaching position in Relief Society, I'd volunteer! It was my dream calling! I finally had that opportunity a few years ago and loved every second of it. BUT. This class... with these members... has most definitely been my most wonderful experience yet of teaching the gospel! The class members have taught me immensely! I truly will miss this teaching opportunity more than any calling I have ever had!
- On Saturday, Doug's sister called. At some point in the conversation, I accepted/volunteered to be Doug's Mom's wedding planner. Mom has met a sweet, kind man, Norman, and they will be getting married next month! Right smack in the middle of all of our other crazy chaos! Doug was standing there when I said, "I'll do it, but I'm going to keep it simple." Oh my. His face. It said, "WHAT?!!?!? ARE YOU CRAZY!?!?!?!? and THANK YOU, I think?" all in one. I laughed. I am planning on keeping things simple. We stopped by to visit Mom tonight on our way home from the new house. She's recovering well from her new knee surgery and is looking forward to her new life with Norm. Mom is such a beautiful woman, inside and out, that this came as no surprise to any of us! Norm is a lucky man!
- This week will be full of more paperwork and faxing and planning! So much to do! TOO MUCH TIME TO WAIT!
- Life is good! Live it joyfully!
Let all that you do be done in love.