Wow. It’s been waaay too long since I wrote here…too much to write about now. I’ll just hit the highlights:
Terrific, wonderful, awesome day. We got to hear Kavi give his homecoming talk. We sang a special number (all 20 of us), “I Am a Child of God,” with all the grandchildren and Kirah singing the first verse alone. My dad talked. And Kirah got to get baptized!
For years she’s wanted to and been told no by church leaders. With her Downs Syndrome, they had to be careful that she could fully understand the covenant she was making and the responsibility to be accountable she was taking upon herself. Last week in church the bishop received a strong impression that she was ready, so the missionaries quickly taught her the 6 discussions, very much simplified (since she’s over the age of 8), and Kavi baptized her Sunday after church. It was so neat. Kirah cried for at least 5 minutes after it was over because she was so touched by the Spirit.
Monday John and the kids and I drove to Minoqua to check out the boardwalk stores, then came back and we all went swimming for several hours at Sugar Camp Lake. It was so much fun! No one wanted to get out. John even came in and played “Monkey in the middle” with a football with all of us.
Today Kaatia and the kids and I spent the morning in Eagle River visiting the cool touristy shops (we spent money, naughty us, and only made it to two shops), then met everyone except Mama at Pizza Hut for a lunch buffet. (Yum, and what a good deal…a little over $5 for each adult and every kid ten and under was free!) After that, Kaatia and John and I and the kids, and Kimi and Olivier’s family, went back into town to check out the rest of the shops. We spent way too much money and got Eagle River T-shirts, caps for John and Bran, sandals, jewelry, and other touristy things. We all had a blast. Just wait till you all see John’s shirt. Especially you DataMark people. 🙂
My dad has had a cell phone for a year and yesterday he drove to Appleton when he was picking up his new computer and spent several hours in a Sprint store, signing Kavi, me, Kaatia, and Kaari up on a family plan with him. It’s only $10 a month per phone, plus a few dollars for our minutes, taxes, insurance, and unlimited text messaging. I can’t believe John got me a cell phone! I never thought I’d have one. We charged them all day today and tonight there was quite a hilarious scene as Kaari, Kaatia, and Kavi figured out their phone features and ran around snapping pictures of each other for the caller ID feature, entering in numbers, and trying out various ring tones. (I didn’t get my phone till later because it needed to charge more.) Every minute or so, someone’s phone would go off, and they’d sit there for a little while trying to figure out how to answer it and read the text message or talk or whatever. Even John said watching them with their phones was “pretty amusing.” I finally got mine and spent all my spare time during several games of Mafia (Mama and Daddy played with us…cute!) trying to figure it out.
Unfortunately the dude at the Sprint store did something wrong because my number isn’t working, so hopefully we can get that straightened out in the morning. It’s way cool to have a phone, though. I especially like the changeable covers. 🙂
Our friend Patti also came over tonight to visit. She is SO hilarious!! Our old and dear friend Charles is coming over tomorrow and that will be so awesome to see him again. Tomorrow we also have to do tons of laundry, clean the RV and dump garbage and waste, and pack everything up again. I think we’ve pretty well decided that instead of leaving from here on Friday morning we’ll go up to Lake Superior Thursday morning, spend the day there and at Lake of the Clouds and Bond Falls, then say our sad goodbyes and start heading west early that evening. This way we’ll still get to party at Lake Superior all day, but also have enough time to take it slower on the drive home, stop for a motel if the girls want to, and let the kids run around every few hours. We can even get some sightseeing in! I really don’t want to think about leaving, though…if I could I’d move here. I really don’t know how I could have ever left these trees.