Playing Games

With four of us at home for Christmas, we had a great time playing games. This year we played a lot of Rook, and it reminded me of when we’d stay up late playing games when the kids were young.

Nothing like having a bag of Oreos nearby when playing a game of Rook at Christmastime.
Nothing like having a bag of Oreos nearby when playing a game of Rook at Christmastime.
Hmmmmm. . .I wonder who my secret partner is. . . .
Hmmmmm. . .I wonder who my secret partner is. . . .
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Wonderful Christmas Day

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. . .we not only had Bob home, but we were able to talk with both John and Mary Ann.

Mary Ann sounded great, and the entire family was able to join in the Google Hangout. I even recorded these Hangouts for posterity's sake!
Mary Ann sounded great, and the entire family was able to join in the Google Hangout. I even recorded these Hangouts for posterity’s sake!
John was cracking us all up with his impressions of missionaries and their lingo!
John was cracking us all up with his impressions of missionaries and their lingo!
One of Rebecca's presents. . .this one from Grandmother and Grandpa Call
One of Rebecca’s presents. . .this one from Grandmother and Grandpa Call
Bob received a new shirt, among other gifts
Bob received a new shirt, among other gifts
I'm a farmer now!
I’m a farmer now!
Hmmmm. . .I wonder what's in this?
Hmmmm. . .I wonder what’s in this?
Could it really be?
Could it really be?
It is!
It is!
A set of Agatha Christie books!
A set of Agatha Christie books!
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Thanking President Morgan and President Thomas

Now that it’s been two months since the creation of the Far West Missouri Stake, we finally had a chance to present President Jeremiah Morgan of the Liberty Stake and President Ted Thomas of the Platte City Stake with specially made and engraved wood boxes containing letters of appreciation from members of our stake. Bishop Craig Reeve, former bishop of the Wood Heights Ward, made these boxes, and many, many members contributed cards and letters to be inserted into them.

We had such a hard time arranging a time to get all of us together that I finally resorted to individual meetings. On the Sunday before Christmas, Jeremiah and Rebecca Morgan joined me in the Kearney building so I could present their box to them, and later that night I drove out to Ted and Karen Thomas’ house to deliver their gift. What special men and women they all are!

With Jeremiah and Rebecca Morgan. The Trenton Branch made their own fun box and added special treats.
With Jeremiah and Rebecca Morgan. The Trenton Branch made their own fun box and added special treats.
I enjoyed meeting some of Ted and Karen Thomas' children at their house
I enjoyed meeting some of Ted and Karen Thomas’ children at their house.
We were so happy with the way these boxes turned out. Thank you, Bishop Reeve!
We were so happy with the way these boxes turned out. Thank you, Bishop Reeve!
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These Animals Have to Go

So, for the past several weeks, our cattle have developed a very bad habit. . .they’ve decided they want to get out of our pastures and go wandering–no matter what!

I have to take the blame for this. It all started because I didn’t get hay in the pasture early enough this year. With so many other things occupying my time and my mind, I just didn’t even think about it. So they went wondering for food–so I can’t really say I blame them. But then, even after we got hay inside the fence, they continued to get out–sometimes multiple times a week.

And when I say they “got out,” I mean it. They’d wander a mile or more away. But, thankfully, we had two things going for us. We have great neighbors (some of whom we don’t even know) who would stop by and tell us where the cattle were, or offer to help us round them up. And we have our most gracious and kind “next door” neighbors, the Halls, who offered up their hired hand Patrick to bring back the cattle multiple times. Without Patrick, we really wouldn’t have any of these darn animals left!

So, it didn’t take much for Mom to convince me that all the longhorns had to be sold. Even the ones that aren’t old enough. Once we got them inside the pen, I wasn’t about to let them out again, except to be sold!

The Angus-Charolais cross in the back gets to stay. The longhorns. . .not a chance of staying!
The Angus-Charolais cross in the back gets to stay. The longhorns. . .not a chance of staying!
Really, it's not you. . .it's me. But our time together has come to an end.
Really, it’s not you. . .it’s me. But our time together has come to an end.
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Stake Presidency at Far West Temple Site

At our very first stake presidency meeting back in October, President Scott Holman suggested that we take a picture of the presidency at the Far West Temple site.

In those first few weeks, we had so much to do that the idea fell from the top of our minds and just didn’t stay a priority for us. Then we couldn’t find a time that all of us could be there at the same time–at least when it wasn’t raining.

Finally, on 12 December, (almost) all of us made it out to the site, where Rebecca took our picture for us. It wasn’t the best day for photos, but at least we finally got the picture taken!

1st counselor Scott Holman, me, and 2nd counselor Tony Myers
1st counselor Scott Holman, me, and 2nd counselor Tony Myers
Assistant stake executive secretary Keith Tanner, assistant clerk Jerry Lusk, executive secretary Matt Jameson, 1st counselor Scott Holman, assistant executive secretary Dan Stuart, me, stake clerk Joe Richardson, 2nd counselor Tony Myers, assistant clerk Caleb Gorringe. Only assistant clerk Ande Johnson was not able to make it to the the site that day.
Assistant stake executive secretary Keith Tanner, assistant clerk Jerry Lusk, executive secretary Matt Jameson, 1st counselor Scott Holman, assistant executive secretary Dan Stuart, me, stake clerk Joe Richardson, 2nd counselor Tony Myers, assistant clerk Caleb Gorringe. Only assistant clerk Ande Johnson was not able to make it to the the site that day.
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