Monday, May 04, 2020

Home Church Week 7

Yesterday we enjoyed another successful and lovely home church.
We shared our testimonies to each other of our Savior Jesus Christ, 
and His infinite love and goodness, and how we #hearhim.
We also talked about our ancestors and their lives and how we
 have been inspired and blessed by their lives and choices.

(my papa is sooooo handsome!)
We looked at photos and read memories,
I am so proud of who I am and where I came from!!
Throughout my life, I have felt certain deceased
relatives and their presence in my life,
they are my angels, my "team" supporting and cheering me on,
and I am so thankful for their influence.
I loved this quote from President James E. Faust:

"We can have exciting experiences as we learn about our vibrant, dynamic ancestors. 
They were very real, living people with problems, hopes, 
and dreams like we have today.
In many ways each of us is the sum total of what our ancestors were. 
The virtues they had may be our virtues, their strengths our strengths, 
and in a way, their challenges could be our challenges. 
Some of their traits may be our traits."

How thankful I am to my people, and that my children can be inspired
by so many wonderful family members who have gone on.
I am learning more about all of the incredible traits, strengths, and definitely
similar challenges (airplane crash!!) that I have in common with my family.
I can't wait to meet them one day!!

Other weekend moments:

Lovely weather for my first-born and my last-born to hang out
on the front lawn.
(What would I do without CLAIRE??):

Lottie zooms with her classmates every Friday and
it's so hilarious to hear these the kids 
connect, and hear the comments they make!

On a drive with Mr. Nielson, and we stumble across another amazing North Carolina
gem hidden in the trees.  That's not hard to do here, they are all over:

Claire receives her graduation cap/gown in the mail.
She's SO OVER HIGH SCHOOL that she won't even wear it.
(I even tempted her with a new dress...
so we might see her wear it after all)
But meanwhile, Lottie's loving it:

Oliver takes his FINAL driving test!  (With mask!).
Now he can take the written test to get his permit!!!! 
(Even though he takes Christian's truck every day 
in the morning to take Angus on a run).
After the test, Christian and I took him to get lunch to celebrate.
The three of us ate it in the car parked under a tree.
Then Ollie told us he left his phone in the instructor's car.
We are reminded daily that puberty is a real thing.
We love our Ollie!