Sunday, September 21, 2008

Soups of the Day

Last night (Sat) our ward had a Fall Harvest Party. Everyone was asked to bring a crock-pot soup or a dessert made with fall fruit like apples or peaches. Mom made her famous "Senate Bean Soup," and some applesauce bread with chocolate drizzled on the top.

When we arrived at the party, we found out that they were serving the soup in bread bowls. They had a mountain of them! Mom and I each tried a couple of different soups, and of course some desserts. All of the food was very good. The turnout was pretty good, but they had purchased so many large rolls for bread bowls that they had boxes and boxes left over. We took a whole box home! We kept some and gave the rest to Doug and Marnie.

Tonight we had-your guessed it- soup again, and it was even better, because it had a lot of time for the flavors to blend in well.

I really hope that all is well with all of our family members, and that you too are able to have fun times with your ward families. We really do appreciate being here in Rexburg, making many new friends, working in the Temple and just enjoying life!

We really enjoy your blogs, and read them often. Keep up the good work!

Love, Dad and Mom

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Catch-up Time

I see that it has been a good while since our last blog! We must do better. A great deal of water has run under the bridge since our last communication, so we have much to tell all of you.

During the latter part of July Dad was very busy being in charge of security at the Junior High School for the Idaho Folk Dance and Music Festival. There were ten countries using the classrooms to store their costumes and musical instruments, and to change for performances. He spent over 40 hours there in one week! The countries represented included Belgium, China, Greece, Israel, India, Mexico, Russia Cossacks, Russia Siberia, France and USA. The Festival was a great asset for the community, and the dancers and musicians really enjoyed their visit to Southeast Idaho.

The first part of August we traveled with Mary Jane to Canada to visit Ralph and Fran and friends in Cardston. We were able to attend the Temple, visit Waterton, go to Lethbridge, and spend several days enjoying the quiet beauty of the Salt Ranch. Graham and Jennifer, along with their two daughters, Gabriel and Addison, came to the Ranch, and we had a good time visiting with them. When Mom and I went to Waterton, we did it as part of our celebration of our 42nd Wedding Anniversary. We even went to the home where we spent our honeymoon and had our picture taken. We also spent time at Cameron Lake. What a beautiful spot!

Each day Mom and Mary Jane would go for a walk up our down the road out at the Ranch. I would also walk the road, but usually a different direction or earlier in the morning. We all had to be careful and watch for bears, because there had been sightings. It was interesting to walk and constantly keep and eye out for large furry critters. It took a little of the fun out of it.

When we returned home, it was back to work as usual at the Temple, however things were a little slower, because most of the college students were gone.

Recently we received a letter from our Grandson, Elder Scott Boivie, and he was really excited about the great investigators they had found. Then we heard from his parents that all of a sudden, the investigators were missing appointments and not showing up for church. He was really upset and frustrated. Grandpa wrote him a letter that contains some good food for thought for all of us, so I am including some of his comments. "It literally breaks your heart when good people decide not to investigate or continue to investigate the Gospel. One thing I have learned is that a missionary's first responsibility is to warn the people. You are doing that. Don't lose sight of this important truth. Heavenly Father will determine your faithfulness, not by baptisms, but by how hard you work, how obedient you are and how courageous you are at bearing testimony of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are some Scriptures to help with this thought: D&C 88: 81-82 and D&C 84: 87-88."

With the above thought in mind, we want to encourage all of our loved ones to be diligent in all of your endeavors, whatever they may be. Something worth doing is worth doing right. Make sure you spend the proper amount of time and effort, so that you will be pleased with the end result, and have few, if any regrets. Give top priority to those things that affect your family, yourself and your spiritual well-being. You can always count on our support and help, and our daily prayers on your behalf.

Love, Mom and Dad

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Celebrating Family

Hi Everyone!

Mom and I have had a busy and exciting couple of weeks. On July 13 Elder Scott Cameron Boivie spoke in Sacrament meeting, in preparation for departure on his Mission. He did a really good job with his talk, showing that he had prepared well, and was really ready to be a missionary. Krista, Scott and Garret were here. Also, Mary Jane and Stan, and Marnie's Mom and Dad, her sister Cammie, and her sister Becky and her family. After church was over, we had lunch for friends and family in the Rec Room of our complex. There were 30 or more people there. The food was good, the company better, and the friendship best of all.

The following Tuesday morning Krista and I left for Santa Rosa, California to be with Grandpa and Kay. A meeting of family members on my Dad's side was planned for Wednesday afternoon and evening. Krista and I wanted to gather as much Family History information as we could, because most of my Dad's family are quite old and some are in poor health. Also Bobby, Larry and Shari, my brothers and sister, were also invited. My Aunt Betty and Shari were not able to attend. I did talk to Aunt Betty and length on the phone, and will be getting information from here, and Krista and I spent time with Shari on Thursday. During the family gathering Krista scanned photos, and interviewed all family members using a video camera. We also wrote down lots of addresses and phone numbers. It proved to be a fairly productive trip. It was wonderful visiting with Aunts and Uncles, cousins and the rest of my family. Krista and I arrived back in Rexburg Friday night.

The next week, on Tuesday morning, Doug, Marnie, Scott and Taylor left for Utah. Scott needed to be at the MTC on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday Mary Jane and her Daughter, Stephanie came to visit and spend time with Krista. Stephanie also brought her great kids, Isaiah, Khamia and Sophie. We went to the Splash Park, ate pizza, ice cream and cake, and had a great time. That evening Doug came over, after his trip back from Utah. Marnie and Taylor had left for Girl's Camp. We all visited for quite a while. Krista headed home on Friday, with Doug taking her to the airport, because Mom and I had our shift at the Temple.

It is a wonderful thing to have a loving fun family, and to be able to celebrate special occasions together, and to share experiences and family information that helps bind us together in love, appreciation and understanding.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

July 4th in Rexburg

While Grandma sat with Marnie and Taylor, Grandpa was busy helping with the International Folk Dance and Music Festival entry in the 4th of July Parade. He helped carry the banner advertising the event which takes place the end of July. As a former BYU International Folk Dancer, Grandpa has had a great deal of interest in this Festival. Last year he helped as a Volunteer Usher, and this year he is on the Executive Board in charge of the locker rooms for all of the 12 countries that will be represented. It was a very warm day, and fortunately the wind came up and helped keep things cooler than expected. The only bad part, is that is was much more difficult to carry the banner, because it acted like a sail in the wind. Grandpa and his partner, Kirstin, spend most of the tame pulling the banner through the wind.

The other two pictures deal with the float that was in front of Grandpa. It was done by the Paul Mitchell Hair Academy, where grandma gets her hair cut. The theme this year was about freedom, and you can see the float had people depicting things relating to our freedom, i.e. the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln, etc. The other picture is of the young lady dressed up as the Bald Eagle. She actually sat in a nest on the float, and that is why she is not made up like a bird from the waist down. They really put a lot of work into that float!

There was a great turnout for the parade, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Grandpa's back was hurting (it actually was hurting before the parade, so he wore his back brace), so he was sore when he got home.

We hope you all had a great 4th of July, and like us, took time to appreciate all the wonderful freedoms we have in this goodly land. We love you all very much.


Grandma and Grandpa Boivie

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It's tough being electronically challenged!

Well, here I am hoping that what I am writing will actually get posted to our blog. I really don't have a clue about what I am doing, sure, go ahead and laugh.

Mom and I really want to begin using our blog to keep everyone updated at the same time.

Tonight we are going to a concert at the Rexburg Tabernacle. A couple from our ward, who both sing opera, will be performing. Monday night we went to a home here in our complex for Family Home Evening, and were treated to an hour and a half classical violin and piano duet. It was great! So you can see that there are lots of neat things going on around here.

Sunday we are fasting for Taylor. She wants to make a decision about whether to go in the Navy or the Air Force upon graduation next year. If she signs up soon, she will be able to lock in the special benefits that are offered. As you can imagine, the upcoming election could change the benefits. We are really proud of her. She is taking this very seriously, and wants to do only what is right and best. She could get up to $70,000 for college.

I have really been working hard. I am the President of the Townhouse Association, and I have been working with the residents, insurance company and the contractors to get repairs done to the buildings.

Mom is really making progress on her book. She has a goal of being finished with the first draft by the end of Summer. I am really excited for her, and look forward to being able to read her book!

We are both working hard at the temple. Fridays we are in the Baptistry, and on Tuesday evening I work as a substitute upstairs.

We have planted a garden out at Doug and Marnie's, and we will have to start weeding soon. We should have a lot of really good vegetables this Summer. We planted, tomatoes, strawberries, squash, beans, peas, and several other things.

We are very excited about having family here with us for Young Scott's missionary talk on July 13. Two days later, Krista and I go to California to do Family History work. We will stay with Dad and Kay, but we will be visiting with many family members while we are there collecting information. Krista is talking her computer and scanner.

We want all of you to know how much we love you. We pray for you all the time, and wish only the best for you. We are proud of how you are doing, and the growth that you are all making in our lives.

Love, Dad