Sunday, January 29, 2017

Packed into the Week

Sometimes when it gets to Sunday night and I think back over the past week I am amazed at how much we pack in.  Too bad I didn't take more pictures to fully represent the week.  In fact, Nate had an awesome ensemble band concert and I totally forgot to bring my camera.  He really is a great french horner player!

It has been years since Chloe has taken Gymnastic's lessons.  She has been BEGGING for the past year+ to take lessons.  I finally found a more reasonable method for her to take lessons for a couple of months.  So Tuesday is probably her favorite day of the week!!! 

She really is a talented gymnast and has taught herself so much on her own.

Bars are her favorite!

Lots of strength training and sore muscles the day following her class.

Pinewood Derby Preps!!!

Cooper has been working hard on his Pinewood Derby car.  He has all sorts of ideas in his noggin' - hopefully he can be pleased with his car when he races this next week.

Coop also bought this Romanian patch and had me sew it on his new hat that Tyler gave him for Christmas.  He thinks about his big brother serving in Romania all the day!

National History Day!!!  YUCK! 
Nate has been working like a mad man on his National History Day paper.  He has been so diligent researching and working a bit on his paper every day.  His topic is Gail Halverson:  The Candy Bomber and his role is helping avoid WW III.  

Elder Randal Day's Funeral

The past two weeks have been so challenging as our family has been heartbroken for the Day family and Alex.  Alex wrote a beautiful letter about his love for the Day family and his experience upon learning Elder Day had passed away while serving in Arad.  We love Elder and Sister Day not only for their service they have been giving Romania since arriving in August but also because they have been surrogate grandparents for the young missionaries.  They have fed, entertained, mentored, taught, and loved Alex.  For that we LOVE the Days!!

MTC August 2016 - Sister and Elder Day

Alex following Elder Day's passing was able to spend the next four days comforting and supporting Sister Day as she made preparations for returning to Vancouver, WA.

It was our privilege to attend Elder Randy Day's funeral on Saturday.  Just to think Sis. Day had been hugging Elder Ditto a few days prior made this moment kind of surreal.  We were also able to watch the memorial service that was done last Saturday in Arad through a shared video file.  What a treat to see Elder Ditto conduct the music and sing in the service!  

Even though we had never met Sister Day, I felt like we were friends.  I've been reading her blog since Alex arrived in Arad and so I kind of felt like I already knew her.  We immediately embraced and both Birch and I were able to express our love for her and her husband.  

Another crazy and wonderful thing was meeting another Sister Roberts' parents.  She and her companion are serving in Arad right now and through facebook we connected this past week.  They live in Bend, OR and so they were able to come to the funeral as well.

Lastly, we are pretty sure that a package from our heart has finally been delivered to Alex.  A few weeks ago when Elder Day wrote me an email and said that Alex was having a tough time we decided to put together a package.  This package will really only be meaningful to Alex as it has a Cool Running theme.  We prayed over this package when DHL picked it up as it was super expensive to send but even more importantly because we knew Alex needed a pick-me-up.  It was sent to the Day's home in Arad and was supposed to arrive the day that Elder Day passed away.  From there I spent hours on the phone with Romania DHL trying to have the package delivered to a sweet Romanian sister that I connected with via facebook.  Due to customs regulations the package was not delivered for almost another seven days.  They day I got an email saying the package was "out for delivery" brought tears to my eyes.  As Birch said, "I feel like you prayed as it everything depended on the Lord, and worked as if everything depended on you."

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