Friday, April 14, 2017

Life Goes On!

Life is busy!  I don't know how to stay on top of everything.  We are doing well and just trying to keep our heads above water with full time jobs, and church responsibilities, and wildlife fundraising responsibilities.  John's banquet season has been going for the last several months, so every weekend we have been gone attending one or another.  I am so impressed that John does so much for the things he is passionate about like hunting, and wildlife management. He will be done with his term on the Utah State Wildlife Board in June.  He has served as the chairman of the board for the last couple of years, and has had to be a part of some pretty controversial issues.  I wish I could be more like him in so many ways!

I am just going to post several pics with captions to summarize the last few months.  I can in no way share all that we've done, but here are some highlights anyway.
With Elder Redd in West Long Beach.  A member sent us this pic.

John was able to appear on Fox 13 News during the WHCE.  He even auctioned off a date with Carrie Kronk, a newscaster

Jace, Katie, Kevin Jensen (Great family friend) and I ran in a 5k during the expo in February.  Pretty much all uphill!

John and I during the WHCE

Friday and Saturday auctions and banquets at the WHCE are the best!  A good time to dress up.

In March, our youth in the ward had an etiquette night.  I got to help plan this, but unfortunately, there were not enough boys.  Luckily for us, Dad was around to be Emma's etiquette date.

LeGrande was absolutely thrilled to get Elder Quintana as his companion.  They are currently serving in Cypress, California.  The members have been so awesome!  They are always posting and sending pics of my little dude....not so little anymore.

During Spring Break John had an auction in Bryce Canyon.  Although the weather was horrible, we did actually get a small hike in,-Red Canyon.  Even brough Milo.  Emma enjoyed her new camera and took some really cool pictures.

I did some remodeling/Painting during the break.  From bright red to grey.  I even sewed my own valances.  Everyone knows I am NOT domestic.  But I did try!  Turned out better than I had hoped for.

I guess this would be an after and before pic!

Elder Bair and Elder Quintana preachin!  I received this pic on my birthday.  It was the BEST present EVER.

John received a prestigious award for his service on the Utah State Wildlife Board.  He has been chairman for the last couple of years.  His term of six years will end in June.  I can't believe it!  

John and Emma at the recognition dinner for John.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Katie and Jace Visit Cuba

Katie and Jace had the rare opportunity to visit Cuba this last December. One thing I admire about them is that they will do what is necessary to see the world!

I received a text from Katie today with a screen shot of one of my blog posts.  Since it is evident that I am not as diligent as some of my friends who I aspire to be like, I have not kept up on it like I should.  It helped to know that someone read the post.

So a family update.  Katie and Jace have had quite an interesting time of it.  They just recently took a trip to Cuba.  Jace and Katie have done quite a bit of videography, but I think they are wanting to branch out and really document their travels.  The name of their company is A.I.M Productions (Adventure In Motion).  They had some incredible experiences in Cuba that they will cherish I am sure.  I will include some of their pictures and maybe a video.

LeGrande, or Elder Bair, I should say, has started his SEVENTH month in the mission field.  I can't believe it.  I wouldn't say the time has flown by any means, but I can't believe this many months have passed.  We think about him every day, and talk about him EVERY DAY!  We were fortunate enough to talk to him on Christmas.  Jace and Katie came over and we spend about an hour with him.  It was difficult for him to hear us for some reason, so we were yelling so that he could hear US.  It was such a treat to hear him talk about his experiences in the mission field.  He has grown and matured in so many ways.  He is still in the Long Beach West zone.  His trainer, Elder Ho Ching finished his mission and returned to Utah.  He's from Samoa I think, but will be going to UVU here shortly.  We were able to go to his homecoming and meet him and talk with him a little.  He seems like he would have been such a great missionary and full of knowledge about the Gospel.

LeGrande had his companion Elder Sharek, from Idaho, after Elder HoChing.  He is now companions with Elder Redd from Spanish Fork. I just learned that Katie and Jace are in his parents ward!  What a small world.

We were able to talk to LeGrande on Christmas for about an hour.  It was so good to see his face and know that he is doing well.  He seems like he is very focused on the mission, and sharing the Gospel. He has met so many great people in the process.  There is a cute young couple that LeGrande worked with who were baptized.  Ana Clara and Rodrigo.  We have come to know them a little through Facebook, and have grown to love them as well!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Family Photos and Elder Bair Update

So I am a work in progress and am learning with this whole blog thing.  I don't write in a journal anymore, so this is it!

Before LeGrande left on his mission, my very talented sister-in-law, Maria Wood, took our family photos.  I am finally updating our family profile picture.

I can't believe that Elder Bair has been out for about 2.5 months now.  He is loving the mission, but I can't get him to send any photos.  It is really frustrating that way because I want to see his face.  I keep having to remember that his focus shouldn't be on worrying if I get my pics, but that he is doing the work.  (I would still like to get some pictures though).  He seems to be really happy and is enjoying learning the Samoan language even though he was not called Samoan speaking.  He relates some interesting stories about his investigators.  I would love to meet the people he is teaching!  Elder HoChing, his trainer, is renowned through the mission as one of the best trainers, so we feel very blessed to have him be LeGrande's trainer.  It has become very evident that LeGrande is growing and learning so much about the Gospel and about himself.  I am so grateful that he could serve.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Missing LeGrande

It has only been 21 days since LeGrande went into the MTC.  I never realized how difficult it would be for us to live without him, but then again, there is no place that I would rather he be than serving as a missionary.  John and I constantly talk about how good this will be for him, and for us.  Already we are seeing the blessings that have come from his willingness to serve.

I know that it wasn't an easy decision for him to make.  Just a few months ago, he met with an army recruiter trying to decide between military and mission.  I think after talking to several people, including a brother in our ward, Austin LeFevre, he decided that maybe he could do a mission and then go into the military.  He also talked with our son-in-law, Jace about having to make a decision. Once he decided, it was only a few weeks until he had his paperwork done and sent in.

When LeGrande got his call, he was so excited.  Long Beach, California.  I was worried at first because I knew he wanted to go foreign and learn a new language, but he was the one that pointed out that this was where the Lord wanted him to be.  It only helped things to know that his mission president is a long time friend/acquaintance of John, would be his president and would leave about the same time as LeGrande.  We know that he and his wife will look out after our son.

LeGrande flew out to Long Beach yesterday, and the mission president's wife sent an email with pictures.  I will include them below.  This is the letter from Sister Patterson:

"We are so thankful Elder Bair has safely arrived in the California Long Beach Mission! President Patterson told me he felt so impressed after his interview with Elder Bair.  He is humble and teachable, two attributes a successful missionary must have in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. How we love the entire Bair family.  Elder Bair will serve in the Long Beach West Area with Elder Ho Ching.  

Sister Patterson"

Friday, July 1, 2016

So obviously it has been a VERY LONG TIME since I have posted.  Since it has been so long, I will not attempt to cover all that has gone on, and will just try to give a brief update as to our family.  John and I still live in Springville.  Jace Kelly, who we love and adore, married our daughter Katie, on January 16, 2014.  We are so grateful for what he has brought to our family.  LeGrande graduated from Springville High School on May 24th of this year, and is actually currently serving a mission.  He is in the missionary training center, but will leave for his mission in Long Beach California in just a couple of weeks.  Words can't express how excited we are for him.  Emma finished her eighth grade year at Springville Junior High School, and will begin ninth grade serving in the student council.  The latest addition to our family, aside from Jace, is Milo.  He is our adorable little miniature schnauzer whom we love and adore.  I am attaching some photos of the last goodbyes for LeGrande.