Saturday, November 29, 2008
While wild and crazy things were going in the football game, this sweet little group were gathered together at the children's play area with Darcey Perkins, 15 yrs, leading them in different games and activities they could enjoy.
Thank you, Darcey, for being such a good friend and mentor to your much younger cousins.
Dallin Funk, 16 yrs, in the forground, certainly belongs in the game going on between the dad's and their sons and nephews. Dallin is a member of the Mountain View Football Team which is scheduled to play in the State 5A semi-finals against Brophy Dec 6.
But who is that behind Dallin, taking part in this all-male sports activity? Well, of course, its our daughter Rebecca. If is a competion she wants to be part of the action!
Of course, when this group gets together the grandsons and some of the dad's always have a ball and make a game of it, together. Here is Rathen Ricedorff, 16 yrs, looking over his possible receivers, while Brock, Randy, John and Gary in the distance, are intent on spoiling his day.
It was great to see our White Mountain families. Here is Kelly and Brock saying "Hi" to the mother of this family.
Kelly's 3rd daughter, Darcey Perkins is seated behind them. It was so good to see her again. She continues to attend school here in the Valley. She is an outstanding student. At this gathering she devoted her time to organizing play activities with her younger cousins. She is a most caring and unselfish young woman. We are proud of you Darcey!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thanksgiving morning, Russell (in forground) and his oldest son, Scott, who plays on the Highland Varsity football team (not shown in this picture) participated in their Ward's annual Turkey Bowl game.
It was the young men against the older men. Age and experience against speed and energy - yeah, you are right, Scott and the young guys took it! Everyone had fun.
Thanksgiving Day dawned with a light rain, cool fresh breezes and then broken clouds, cool temperatures and sunshine. A perfectly beautiful Fall day here in Arizona!
A great many people were out early for traditional activities like football and running.
This is our daughter Elizabeth Dalton and a good friend, running the track at Highland High School in Gilbert. They started at 7 a.m. and ran until 9, a total of 41 laps - over 10 miles! Way to go Elizabeth! We are proud of you.
Two nights ago, long after dark, I went out to the back yard, here at the LeSueur home, and what do I find? Garrett and his little sister, Kacey both swimming in the pool! They would go get in the warm hot tub on the east side of the yard and then jump out and run over and dive into the swimming pool!
I felt the water. It had to be in the 50 degree range! Cooold! Kids! Can you believe it?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
When someone we love departs this life, we are reminded again of the blessing and importance of every member of our family.
When our dear grandpa Glenn Chapman died at age 92, it brought us together for a few precious moments.
We can give thanks for the great blessing of our family ties, which, if we remain faithful to our covenants, will bind us to one another for eternity. We love our family!
We took this picture during our visit to the jail in Carthage, Illinois in October. Here is where the Prophet Joseph Smith and his devoted brother Hyrum were slain by an angry mob on June 27, 1844.
We can give thanks for the restoration of the Church and Kingdom of God once more to the earth and that we are privilaged to live during this last and greatest of all dispensations of time in the earth's history.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday, Nov 17, after several pre-op visits and consultations, etc, with her doctor, Ron Burton, MD, of Mesa, Linda underwent bladder repair surgery at the Banner Desert Hospital. They kept her in the hospital overnight. She came through the operation just fine. The recovery should take about 6 weeks. She expects to be ready for travel to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah by January 3, 2009 for the preliminary training before our missionary assignment in the West Virginia Charleston Mission.
During our stay at the hopsital, she was visited by a woman Chaplian; a very nice lady, who is serving others as a part of her committment to an inter-faith ministry. She goes from patient to patient in the hospital, offering comfort, prayer and her expressions of faith and love.
We had a nice visit together and we told her of our service as senior missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and our call to a second mission, beginning in January. She congratulated us on our mission call and spoke of her positive experiences with Mormon Priesthood leaders and Home Teachers who she is often in contact with as a result of her chapliancy here in Mesa. While Linda was temporarily out of the room the Chaplian remarked that she could tell that Linda was a woman of great faith because of her quiet and cheerful demeanor and her lovely smile. She said, "Your wife's faith can be seen in her eyes."
I believe that to be true. We are all praying that Linda will continue to make a successful and complete recovery from her surgery and that she will be blessed with all that she needs to go forward in fulfillment of her sacred missionary calling. This is the sincere desire of our heart, that we can continue to go forward in our committment to fulfill our missionary call, overcoming any health or other difficulties that may beset us from time to time.
Melissa began employment last week as a new dental assistant for Dr. Larry Adams, DDS, of Mesa. Dr. Adams has been our family dentist for a good many years and we are happy that Melissa has found work with such a good guy and a good office staff.
There she was to greet us at the dentist's office when Linda went in this morning for a follow-up appointment!
Life is never dull when you are involved with this family!
Doesn't she look cute in her "scrubs?"
Saturday, Nov 22, we were in our upstairs bedroom at Melissa and Russell's, visiting with Melissa and we start getting bombarded with marshmallows, incoming through the open bedroom window which looks out upon the front yard of the home.
We look out and who do we see? Garrett and another grandson Rhett Ricedorff, firing at us with their homemade marshmallow guns! Kids!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Here is one flight of 6 Canadian geese that swept out of the south, over the Riparian Park, headed north and flying low, right over me. I managed to snap this photo.
They are fast and not easy to photograph, at least not with my simple little point and shoot camera, so I was very pleased to get this picture of these birds I so much enjoy seeing!
This photo confirms what I discovered a few days ago, to my great surprise and enjoyment; Canadian geese can be found in Arizona!
We told our Colorado friends, when we served in the Denver area on our Mission, that we had never seen Canadian geese in the wild in Arizona. Wrong!!
Before my walk was completed I observed 5-6 different flights of geese come over this park area, always flying south to north. I could not tell where they were going. They are wonderful flyers!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
To our surprise, what did we also find at the football game Saturday night? But, our two granddaughters, Catelyn and Elsie, on the field, helping the team as "Water Girls." Surely the prettiest water girls in Arizona!
The Show Low Cougar football team won the State Class 3A championship last year. It was Randy's first year as football coach for Show Low High. It was a great season.
This year they have a much younger team. Randy and Rebecca's son Rathen is only a sophmore but has had to step up as the team's quarterback. He has done well. We are so proud of him and of what they accomplished this year in a very tough mountain league. They made the play-offs and stunned Fountain Hills in the First Quarter of this play-off game, going up quickly 10-0. But, give Fountain Hills credit, they finally woke up to the fact they had a serious fight on their hands and they came back and managed a very tough fought, hard hitting win.
Show Low should be very good the next couple of years with the boys they have now and the ones coming up from JV and Freshman teams. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU, RANDY!. CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER GREAT SEASON!!
This shot was taken just as the game ended. Coach Ricedorff is the one with his arm around one of his players (#21). We know Randy to not only be an especially fine football coach but a wonderful role model and mentor for young people. He and Rebecca are making a positive impact on their community in the White Mountains.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Later, after we were at the Park we were joined by two more cousins, Drew, older brother to Paige, and Beau, older brother to Gracie. Drew had just come from participation in an organized team soccor game where he scored a goal! Beau, the older cousin had come down with his sister and mother, our daugher Ann, from Linden, for the day.
When Paige Carol came to join the other three, we went over to the nearby park and they played for hours together. These little cousins really do love to be together. Kacey loves all her cousins, both the boys and the girls.
Unstructured play is really important for children. They develop important social skills from their imagintive play together.
This is Kacey, dressed in her red, white and blue for school on the day they are to participate in a Veteran's Day program for their parents and family.
We sure are enjoying our opportunity to be back with members of our family here in Arizona!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Garrett with other members of his scout troop that received awards and advancements at the Court of Honor.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here are two of Kelly's daughters, Catelyn and Elsie. Catelyn (on the right) said if I took this picture I would have to put it on the blog. So, here it is! Two perfect charmers, these granddaughters!
It was so fun to be with our White Mountain families once again!