On Wednesday Jeremy left for Provo, UT to attend a CES Financial Conference at BYU. Tommy was hoping Daddy wouldn't notice a certain two year old hiding in his suitcase. We were all sad to see Daddy go. Tommy cried and tried to chase the car down the street as Daddy drove away. To help lift everyone's mood, I treated the kids to lunch at Wendy's. We had a lot of fun together and the kids ate all their food - which is unusual for our little ones. While we had lunch, the girls took turns taking pictures of each other. I had a good laugh after lunch seeing what they captured.
Lily is sweet and silly - as always.
Jeremy sent back a few pictures from the conference. The above photo is on campus in front of the Wilkinson Center. The road does not go through anymore. It is a roundabout. Looks nice and much safer. BYU-Idaho did something similar years ago in front of our student center and it is so nice. On Thursday night, Jeremy went bowling with some of the conference people. In the background is Jeremy's boss Shane Webster. Jeremy got three strikes and a few spares. He won the game that night. By bed time Friday night, Daddy was back home and we were so happy to see him. I'm so glad we have a Daddy like Jeremy; and I'm so glad when Daddy comes home!
Lily's kindergarten countdown is still going strong. This week we had K,L,M,N, and O themed days. On the M day, a magician came to school and did a show for the kindergarten classes. Lily was totally impressed. She talked about it nonstop. N was noodle day. The kids brought in noodles to make necklaces or art. Lily chose a necklace and made it for me. She couldn't wait to give it to me. It was really itchy, but I wore it all day for her.
We had two sad things happen this week. One of Mommy's young women leaders was recently diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. It ravaged her body much quicker than doctors had first anticipated. She passed away Friday morning. She wasn't every old - only in her fifties. It was hard for me to see someone who I remember having such vitality slowly fade over the past month. I am thankful for Kelly's service to me as a youth; and I pray her husband, children, and grandchildren will be comforted.
Also on Friday we got news that our baby nephew Nolan (Josh and Chelsea's son) was in the hospital on i.v. antibiotics for an infection in his abdomen. His connection between his umbilical cord and bladder did not close completely before he was born and has caused some infection and complications. He will be having surgery in two weeks to repair the opening. And hopefully the antibiotics will improve his health and strength before the surgery.
So we had a wonderful week but we have two families weighing heavily on our hearts right now. We hope and pray for strength and comfort for both of them.