Sunday, October 31, 2010

Good Works Project

Last night I finally finished my cookbook! Okay, maybe it's not exactly "my" cookbook because none of the recipes are my own creations. Rather, it's a compilation of pages printed off the internet and torn out of magazines.

I started it over a year ago, just trying to organize things. You can imagine how excited I was to learn that one of the Good Works projects for Personal Progress is to collect recipes and prepare meals for your family. That extra motivation was exactly what I needed to finish, even if it still took five months to get it done.

Now, the plan is to cook each and every recipe in the book and determine if it really is tasty and worthy of keeping. I'm making good progress -- I've completed four recipes just this week. This is a Young Women's project Dave is actually enjoying!

(Thanks to Megan for providing the cute scrapbook pages!)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dr. Dave's Halloween Treat

We're handing out TOOTHBRUSHES at our house on Saturday. If you can't make it this weekend print off the coupon below to use at Dr. Dave's office.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Month in Review

This month of October has been so busy. Hence the severe lack of posts.

It started with General Conference, followed immediately by the Military Chaplains Seminar. Then came a week of rehearsals and concerts for the Suzuki Celebration (check out the Deseret News article here). By the time that event finished up I had worked five 6-day weeks in a row, only having Sundays free.

On top of everything going on at work we've had Wednesday mutual activities and Thursday volleyball each week in October. Needless to say, I haven't seen much of my husband this month, let alone my blog.

Gratefully, I was able to use all my exchange days at once and had four heavenly days off work last week. Unfortunately for the blog, those days were filled with catching up on housework, shopping, spending time with my mother, and going to doctor's appointments. Busy.

Next month doesn't look any quieter what with El Salvador del Mundo, Savior of the World, Temple Square Performances Christmas Concerts, the Thanksgiving holiday, etc. I should apologize in advance if you don't hear from me again soon. That's just life right now.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Look Who I Saw at General Conference

Elder Ryan Hinckley!

I have been so anxious for General Conference ever since I learned that the MTC Elders were coming to sing at the Priesthood Session and that Ryan would be part of the Choir.

We had several chances to chat during breaks in their rehearsal. Poor kid is getting over a cold but other than that he is doing really well. He is loving the MTC and can hardly wait until his visa comes through so he can finally be on his way to Brazil. I met his companion, Elder McCann, and Elder Embree who is the same district at the MTC.

The Elders performed beautifully and powerfully. What a wonderful experience for them!

After the session ended I had to return a confiscated item to one of the elders (nothing bad, it was just a cup of candy bars) in the choir loft. By the time the item was returned I realized Ryan had already left and I might miss saying goodbye to him. I hurried as fast as I could past the mass of elders, down the long hallway that would lead back to their buses, and there he was, waiting for me.

I gave Ryan a big hug, told him I loved him and wished him a good mission. Then he turned and was gone. It was all I could do to hold back the tears. I wanted so badly to run away and sob. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to see him and talk with him but it was so hard to say goodbye...again.

I know he is going to be a wonderful missionary. He has such a strong testimony and has been looking forward to this time of his life since he was small. We'll be praying for him and we'll see him again, in two years.