Most of these children are in his 4th grade class. The boy in the front in the striped blue shirt is Dane's good friend Jason.
This is the other side of the risers with his good friend in the white shirt Meagan. She is in his class at church.
Before the concert began.
Stephen came over to spend the night and finish their pinewood derby cars. The Youth are having an activity where they will race their cars.
This is Jennifer and her two daughters. They live in the other ward. Jennifer has just finished her rounds of chemo for the second time having breast cancer. They have a boy just younger than Dane and they played on the same baseball team last year. Here we are at the tryouts for the boys to get picked for the Minor league.
Dane is out practicing catching and throwing before the actual tryout. Dane is the only kid in our family that has told us he really wants to play a specific sport. He really enjoys baseball and was able to hit everything pitched by the pitching machine. His dumb mother was embarrassing him by yelling to him about batting left handed, when he was doing it right in the first place! I got confused. We went shopping and got him some new baseball pants, batting gloves, under armor stuff to keep him warm and a bat. His silly mother just about bought him a softball bat! Thank goodness I didn't embarass him further by making sure I read the labels and bought him a BASEBALL bat. He was very excited to show the family all of his equipment.
Last week was something every night. Dane had his final basketball game on Monday. He was able to make a couple of baskets with the whole family watching for Family Home Evening. Then Tuesday was the basketball party, Wednesday the concert, Thursday Visiting Teaching and Friday and Saturday were filled with the aerating and thatching fund raiser for our ward. The young women and scouts go out with the leaders and make the money they need for camp by doing lawns. It is alot of hard work in one day but a little longer and harder for Todd because he has everything on his computer to set up etc. They did meet their goal in even in these tough economic times.
We try to stay busy and not miss Noble too much. His first letter was devoured and he is doing well. He is maintaining his sense of humor and his love of the language and gospel. If you would like to see how he is doing, I have set up a blog for him. http://noblesmission.blogspot.com/
We have found out 2 methods that might help with Devree's paralysis on her face. I took pictures to send to a doctor in North Carolina. He wanted pictures of at rest, smiling etc. Devree chose this one to put on the blog. This doctor is actually on our list of providers! We find that a miracle. Then when I was telling the story at church, our high councilman actually told us of success he personally had with a woman that had paralysis for 40 years! So we are excited to start these procedures. I am so amazed at the miracles we are still finding in our lives. We hope you are finding the miracles too!