Sunday, April 17, 2016

Family Celebrations in DC

photo credit: Tom Balfour
Another quick trip to the Washington DC area.
This time with the entire family in tow.
And quite the timely calendar for us!
It was school spring break for our youngest daughter Cammy.
We came to support our son-in-law Scott as he received his white coat
at the conclusion of his first year of medical school.

Such an impressive ceremony!
It was a cold, sunny and windy day in Bethesda.
Associate Dean COL Jeffrey Hutchinson MC,USA gave these words to the future doctors:
"Knowledge without caring is wasted."
It was neat hearing the students recite the Oath of Hippocrates.

Our daughter Coryn works for the Office for Student Affairs 
at the university
and helped put the ceremony together.
It was wonderful for us as her parents to see her in action,
as well as meet those she works with.


The week was also a triple celebration of sorts as both our middle daughters had birthdays.
Coryn on April 6th
Caitlyn on April 9th.
 I love Lincoln AND these girls!

 We enjoyed a lovely day visiting The Mall and the beautiful memorials.

 Shed a few tears here at the Vietnam Memorial.
The war during my childhood.

 We visited a few of our favorite Smithsonian Museums.
Too many to see in just a few short days.
Future trips must be planned.

 Familiar faces in the American History Museum.

 Coryn and Caitlyn took opportunities to practice their photo talents on each other.
(Here in the courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery.)
 We took the metro to the lovely town of Alexandria, Virginia.
Rode the trolley down to the wharf of the Potomac.

 Spent the afternoon walking the quaint streets.

(photo by Caitlyn)

And of course a visit to the exquisite Washington DC Temple.
This was Cait's first time visiting and she couldn't take enough photos.
 The blossoms were in full force and everything was stunning to see.

We stayed in Silver Spring and had fun visiting some shops like this clever
record store with vinyls gracing the floors.
A wonderful whirlwind trip.
The best part?
Spending time together as a family.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

My Youngest Goes Dancing Gatsby Style

 When your daughter heads out the door looking like Daisy
in 'The Great Gatsby'...

Cammy went to her first school dance.
The theme was The Roaring 20's.

By all accounts the evening was a lot of fun.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Weekend of Happy Weeping

 The youth from the Provo City Center Temple district have spent the past
several months rehearsing for this grand celebration.
4,500 youth to exact.
It was fantastic!

 Our daughter Cammy was part of this event
dancing in the segment "Sing, Sing, Sing" made famous in the 1940's
by the Glen Miller Orchestra.
It was Fun, Fun, Fun!

 Cammy is right in the middle (by herself) of the yellow group at the top of the photo.

Such a neat variety of numbers interspersed by a beautiful narration and multimedia photo presentation telling the history of the original tabernacle; the people who shared their own history inside it's walls, and the tragedy of the fire that destroyed it.

 The Marriott Center on the BYU campus was packed.

 Not a dry eye in the house as the finale celebrated the new temple that had literally
risen from the ashes and would be dedicated as a House of the Lord the following morning.

 Our family, having our own history and special connection to the original tabernacle,
were humbled and thrilled to be able to take part in the dedication inside the walls of 
this exquisite new temple. Cammy had to express her joy for the Spirit and the Sunshine
as we exited after the ceremony.
Holiness to the Lord.

Monday, February 1, 2016


"Enter this door as if the floor were gold;
and every wall of jewels all of wealth untold;
as if a choir in robes of fire were singing here;
no shout, nor rush, but hush,
for God is here."
~Spencer W. Kimball

We brought my mother along to attend the open house for
the glorious Provo City Center Temple.
(It was fun to watch the faces of some of the volunteers
as Grandma K. climbed every one of the steep staircases.
No complaints. No elevators for her.)
How humbled and blessed we feel to have this magnificent
House of the Lord in our midst!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Some neat things...

I enjoyed the opportunity to play my first shift at the Provo City Center Temple Openhouse
on this beautifully restored 1890 Chickering piano that was built about the same time
as the original Provo Tabernacle.
It was neat to see all the happy faces of visitors and receive some kind thank yous,
but my favorite moment was when a lovely little girl, perhaps six years old,
walked away from her family and came over and stood by me and started to quietly sing along
"A long time ago in a beautiful place children were gathered 'round Jesus..."
The new temple is magnificent.
The open house has been filled with visitors from all over.

My daughter Courtney recently illustrated a book for an author
aimed at the pre-school crowd.
It is called, 'The EloraPhant'
about a little girl who turns into an elephant.
I think her illustrations are darling.
It is available on Amazon.

And my Coryn and her husband are experiencing the great 'snowpacalypse' back East.