Memorial Day in Logan

This morning I woke up early and, remembering it is Memorial Day, decided to go visit the graves of Grandma and Grandpa Brown in the Logan cemetery. It was a beautiful, cool morning and the cemetery looked very nice with all sorts of flowers, American flags, and other grave decorations. I was there early enough that there were not very many other people (living ones anyway) in the cemetery, so it was quite peaceful and calm. Here are a few photos of the grave markers from this morning.

 

Brown Grave Markers 5

Brown Grave Markers 2

Brown Grave Markers 1

Brown Grave Markers 4

Both Grandma and Grandpa Brown were good people and I am so grateful for the love they shared with me and their examples of gospel living. Being Memorial Day, I am particularly mindful of the service that Grandpa Brown gave for the country during the Korean War. I know it wasn’t an easy thing for him, but he did it anyways.

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Meadowlarks Abound

For some reason, this year we’ve noticed a lot of meadowlarks around the farm. Mom is the one who spotted them first, and now we are seeing them quite frequently. I haven’t actually tried to go out and and capture photos of them, but here’s a couple pictures from my office window. And also a shot from Wikipedia to so you can see what a beauty these birds are! 🙂

2016.05.16 Meadowlark
Here’s a meadowlark, as seen through my office window. Notice the beautiful yellow on its breast.
If I took a few hours and used John's nice camera, I might have been able to capture a photo like this! Attribution: This image was originally posted to Flickr by USFWS Mountain Prairie at https://flickr.com/photos/51986662@N05/25404358384. It was reviewed on 5 April 2016 by the FlickreviewR robot and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.
If I took a few hours and used John’s nice camera, I might have been able to capture a photo like this! Attribution: This image was originally posted to Flickr by USFWS Mountain Prairie at https://flickr.com/photos/51986662@N05/25404358384. It was reviewed on 5 April 2016 by the FlickreviewR robot and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.
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Coordinating Council with New Area Authority Seventy

Our Area Authority Seventy was released in April’s General Conference, and a new one was sustained. So at our first meeting with Elder Brian L. Rawson, we took a photo for historical purposes. This is a great group of men, and I’m both honored and humbled to be among them.

Independence Missouri Coordinating Council, 22 May 2016. Standing: President Michael Ortiz (Kansas City Missouri Stake), President Darren Boyack (Olathe Kansas Stake), President Michael Call (Far West Missouri Stake), President Ted Thomas (Platte City Missouri Stake), President Chad Heath (Warrensburg Missouri Stake); Seated: President Jeremiah Morgan (Liberty Missouri Stake), President Bruce Priday (Lenexa Kansas Stake), Elder Brian Rawson (Sixth Quorum of the Seventy), President Randy Vest (Missouri Independence Mission), President Dennis Cato (Independence Missouri Stake).
Independence Missouri Coordinating Council, 22 May 2016. Standing: President Michael Ortiz (Kansas City Missouri Stake), President Darren Boyack (Olathe Kansas Stake), President Michael Call (Far West Missouri Stake), President Ted Thomas (Platte City Missouri Stake), President Chad Heath (Warrensburg Missouri Stake); Seated: President Jeremiah Morgan (Liberty Missouri Stake), President Bruce Priday (Lenexa Kansas Stake), Elder Brian Rawson (Sixth Quorum of the Seventy), President Randy Vest (Missouri Independence Mission), President Dennis Cato (Independence Missouri Stake).
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Morning Fog

As I was heading to an early-morning meeting at the Independence Visitor’s Center last Sunday, I just had to stop and take this picture. It doesn’t quite do the scene justice, but it gives an idea of how peaceful and beautiful the scene was. We just love living where we do!

Morning fog rising over a pond at about 6 a.m. If you enlarge the photo, you'll be able to see the reflection of the trees in the pond. We just loving living here!
Morning fog rising over a pond at about 6 a.m. If you enlarge the photo, you’ll be able to see the reflection of the trees in the pond. We just loving living here!
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Baby Bunny Growing Up

We’ve had a baby bunny in our yard the past several weeks, so I finally took a picture of it through my office window. Such a precious little animal!

Even though I was inside the house, I had to keep very still not to scare this little creature off
Even though I was inside the house, I had to keep very still not to scare this little creature off
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Wonderful Mother’s Day

We had such a great Mother’s Day this year, thanks to all the kids! 🙂

It started off a few days early, when Mom received a wonderful surprise. . .a beautiful bouquet from Rachel and Anthony! She was so surprised and it brought smiles to her face and happiness to her heart. Thank you, Rach and Anthony!

Beautiful tulips from Rachel and Anthony
Beautiful tulips from Rachel and Anthony

Then, on the Friday before Mother’s Day, Bob flew home for a few days. What a wonderful delight that was! He told us all about the latest at work and school–and we are so proud of him for working so hard to complete his first year of his masters program. It’s been a difficult endeavor, but he’s stuck with it and proven once again how capable he is.

On Mother’s Day, Rebecca made the most delicious dinner ever! She tried new recipes to make rosemary pork and a yummy zucchini dish. She also made the most delectable desert!

Rebecca's Rosemary Pork
Rebecca’s Rosemary Pork
And her delicious desert!
And her delicious desert!
I think Rebecca should have her own show on the Food Network!
I think Rebecca should have her own show on the Food Network!

And, to end the day on a great note, we were able to talk with John! We did a Google Hangout that night, with Rachel and Anthony joining in. We used three–then two–of our computers here at the house so that everyone could be a bit closer to the cameras for John to see. He is looking and sounding great. . .and is as funny as ever!

Elder Call telling us of some of his adventures and misadventures in the Idaho Boise Mission
Elder Call telling us of some of his adventures and misadventures in the Idaho Boise Mission

It was a terrific weekend!

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When Planning Your Trip to Meetings, Remember Where You Live

So, the other day I was heading up to Kearney for interviews. Left the house just barely in time to make it to the church on time. But I failed to calculate the likelihood of getting stuck behind a farm vehicle for several miles. Ah, the peace and serenity of living in the northwestern Missouri countryside!

We love living in the country. . . :-)
We love living in the country. . . 🙂
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