|John and Callie exiting the temple|
|My family, how blessed I am|
|Very creative car decorations. Talk about green vehicle|
The next day I was pretty tired. There was a lot to prepare here at our home for the open house. Our dear friend and neighbor told us very firmly, I don't even want to see you out there. She arranged for all the neighbors to come and clean up the yard and set everything up. It was like an army descended on our home. We are so blessed with good neighbors.
The open house was great. I saw people who are so dear to me. I am a pretty tearful guy these days and this was a tearful night for me. A young man who I loved as if he was my own son come by with his family. What a joy to see him with his children. A dear former stake president who has prayed his heart out in my behalf. So many dear friends. You know, you can go through life collecting things, and we all do, and in the end they mean nothing for the most part. But, the relationships we develop along the journey, those really mean something. In my present situation that seems so clear to me.
Well, John and Callie got off on their honeymoon. They were nice enough to text us when they arrived at their destinations which I appreciated. What a wonderful adventure lies ahead for those two. I can't even imagine. I hope they are as happy as JoLynne and I have been. That is saying something.
|I wanted to be holy, just not this way|
In the meantime, I am working a little, not as much as I would like but as much as my energy allows. I have a wonderful associate, Mike Merkley, really a gift from heaven who is helping me to take care of my patients. JoLynne and I have moments of doubt and fear. We don't know exactly where our path will lead. We both still believe that God is going to work a miracle and that I will be healed. We have this vision of us sitting on our front porch in a double wide rocker, watching our grandchildren play on the lawn. We talk about that a lot when we get discouraged.
|Our beautiful granddaughter|