Elder Matt

Matt leaves today. He's flying to Provo this evening to enter the MTC tomorrow.  Is the Arkansas Little Rock mission ready for him? Is he ready for his mission? I don't know. But he's going. 

I don't know yet if I'll do a mission blog. I sort of forgot about that until recently.

It took me long enough

I've finally finished a quilt top. My mom tried to get me to sew a quilt when I was a teenager. She bought fabric that I chose, she encouraged me to sit and cut pieces, she offered moral support and education on the art of quilt making. She quilted and wanted me to get the same enjoyment out of it that she got (She also tried to get me into playing the organ, but it didn't happen until later in life when I was forced into it at church. Not that I mind), and I really did try, but I didn't catch the quilting bug. She made my sister and I hand quilt some of her quilts and it was OK, but I just didn't find a passion for it. (My sister did and she has made dozens of quilts, including 3 for me)
I tried here and there over the years to piece a quilt top, but interest waned after a bit. I saved jeans to make a denim quilt, I saved corduroy for a corduroy nine patch, and even sewed a bunch of blocks. I tried a scrap quilt. I never got very far. 
This year, I finally decided I …

Some kids came to visit picture dump

Paul and Bethany came for a week, and Hayley came for a slightly different week, but they overlapped.

Jay Cooke and Banning

Two more state parks checked off the list as visited.

First thing that comes to mind re Jay Cooke: Swinging bridge
First thing for Banning: Quarry on river

Hike in Jay Cooke: first half--gorgeous, rocky, rooty, packed dirt, shady, river view. Second half: grassy (at times very long), swampy, buggy, did I mention grassy? Very grassy.
Hike in Banning: buggy, lots of off-shoots to the river, ruins of the quarry, dark places, mostly flat and packed dirt.

Down in the Arkansas

My baby is going to serve a mission. The letter came surprisingly on a Monday. 
Katie of made the cake in just a few hours (I frosted it, which is why the ocean part looks like an amateur job)
And he's going to Little Rock, Arkansas! The bestest thing in my mind is that my sister lives in this mission! If Matt serves in Memphis, Jenni might be able to see him! 
We don't know much about Arkansas, but Jim has been looking up pictures and it seems to be a scenic state with several national parks and many state parks. We like that kind of thing. 
It may get really hot (which Matt did not want) but at least there will be winters to cool him off. He'll get good food and friendly people. And he won't have to struggle through learning a language. We can send him packages without worrying if he will get them or if they will take forever to get to him. 
I can't believe this kid is old enough! He will leave just days after his 20th birt…

Hike up to Magnetic Rock

In planning for this trip, Jim and I looked at places to hike. We chose several, and ended up doing none of them. We did do this 3 miler (round trip) up to Magnetic Rock.