So, for Christmas, Annie and Nick gave me and Dad tickets to ride the Mr. Hood Railroad for an Elvis show Valentine’s treat! We went yesterday and it was a lot of fun! Well, the train was fun. The dinner was excellent. Elvis was, well….creepy! But I, along with every other woman in the car got a kiss and an Elvis satin scarf right off of his neck! Eeeewww! Okay. I survived it. The rest of the event was fun!
Dad did the repair to the car that he hoped would fix the transmission problem, but it was to no avail. The car is still broken. Instead of the $300 “easy” fix, we are going to need a rebuilt transmission for $2000-ish. It was worth a try, I guess. Well anyway, since we don’t have $2000 right now, we just have to drive the Explorer unless it won’t drive. We took it out to Hood River for the train ride and it made it there okay. It has trouble shifting (especially into reverse), but it’s been okay. On the way home, it didn’t appreciate the Sylvan hill and decided not to shift out of second or third and Dad had to limp it the rest of the way home. We will now only take it to work, church, school and back. Hopefully, Dad can finish our taxes and they will come up with enough to get the car fixed! Oh, and that is if the tires don’t go flat again in the process! We need new tires too. Oh, the life.
Bishop Wendell came up to us in church this morning and we were making small talk. Then he showed us his hands. If you remember, he has a nail biting habit. Well, he decided to knock that nasty habit off. He showed us his beautiful nails and we had to take a picture for you guys to show them off for him!
This is Bishop saying, “why do you want a picture of my face?”
And in Sports news…..
Aloha's Brayden Kearsley commits to Brigham Young University
Mike Richman, OregonLive.com, January 23, 2013 3:19 p.m.
Aloha's Brayden Kearsley has committed to BYU - (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)
Aloha High School senior lineman Brayden Kearsley announced Wednesday that he has recommitted to the Brigham Young University football program. Kearsley initially committed to BYU in September 2011, but re-opened his recruitment and considered Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington, and Arkansas before deciding to recommit to the Cougars.
Kearsley, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior, is rated a four-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was a first-team all-state selection as a senior, after earning second-team honors in his junior season. As a sophomore, Kearsley helped Aloha to the Class 6A state championship and earned second-team all-state honors.
Although he had visited the campus multiple times during his recruitment, Kearsley took an official visit to Provo over the weekend and reaffirmed his committment after meeting with offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Robert Anae.
At Brigham Young, Kearsley will join three other Oregon high school football players from the Class of 2013. Central Catholic defensive back Dallin Leavitt committed to BYU in September 2011, while Tanner Shipley and Johnny Ragin of Wilsonville gave commitments during the 2012 season. BYU has received more commitments from Oregon athletes from the Class of 2013 than any other FBS school.
BYU went 8-5 in 2012, capped with a 23-6 win over San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Here are a couple of quotes I’ve enjoyed today from President Gordon B. Hinckley. You might remember him!
“This is my prayer for all of us—'Lord, increase our faith.' Increase our faith to bridge the chasms of uncertainty and doubt. . . . Grant us faith to look beyond the problems of the moment to the miracles of the future. . . . Give us faith to do what is right and let the consequence follow.” Ensign, Nov. 1987, 52-53.
“This cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass.” Ensign, Nov. 1997, 68.
I hope you have had and will have a couple of really great weeks!