Just as we got home from church today we got such wonderful news from Boise - our second daughter Julie and her husband Matt had their baby girl! She is a week-and-a-half early and the birth was pretty fast. Julie said, "She is so small" but I said, "no, she's just normal size, not 11 pounds like your last one." Baby girl weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and was born at 10:06 this morning. What a blessing, and we were able to see Julie, Matt, and baby on Skype or FaceTime or something just a few hours later. Congratulations to the beautiful Thueson family.
So that is our big news. We also realized what a miracle our flat tire Monday morning was. We had heard a few odd noises as we went to Moorefield, then beyond with a couple of our missionaries for a dinner appointment and other visit Sunday evening. Evidently the tire had serious problems and could have gone flat while we were going 70 mph down the freeway or on an isolated country road with the freezing wind and snow swirling around. So it was a miracle that it held together and didn't go flat until it was parked in front of our apartment. We did have to get two new tires and have them all aligned or something, but we are grateful it was as easy as it was to fix. (Easy for me, I just watched from the warm apartment...
We took some more pictures of our meetinghouse to use on the cover of our ward bulletin. I'll try to add them here too.
In our studies this week we are supposed to be studying the Christlike Attribute of Patience. "Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God's will and accept His timing.When you are patient, you hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully. President Monson said, 'Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.'" Okay, this topic was just for me, I'm working on it. You can tell I'm not doing too well, as I express my frustration at the weather and plans that don't work out as "I" expected. I'm sure I'll get much more practice at working on this attribute.
Happy Birthday last week to Matt and Kaleb Thueson. And next Friday to Sara. Thanks to the Acors for the card you sent Dad and for the great little adhesive calendar for my van. It was perfect. Please remember Uncle Don Jensen in your prayers this week. We love you all.