My Sam got his mission call to serve for 2 years for our church. He'll become one of those endearing Mormon missionaries in his shirt, tie and nametag, and he'll be serving in...
We arranged a conference call and he opened the envelope on his own in his room, then came out and told the crowd of roommates and family that were gathered in his apartment while we on the phone listened. It was a thrilling moment as the news washed over us all and we began to imagine his experiences and challenges while trying to spread the best parts of the Christian faith to any in that part of California who might be looking.
So, the next time you see a young missionary of any faith, remember that they're not brainwashed (in fact I sort of think it would be impossible to brainwash a kid this age) or crazy or going to force their ideas upon you. They're just good-hearted, normal young people like my son, choosing on their own to give up pretty much everything for a time in order to try and bring a little light and hope into the world. Maybe you could even invite them in for a cool drink and give them a minute or two of your time. You'll feel better for it, I promise.
And now some photos. The day I left Colorado, my wonderful sister-in-law and my two amazing nephews took me to a favorite local park for a nature walk. We found sticks and ice and trees and of course a heart-shaped rock or two. It was really fun to be with this wonderful family of my blood and enjoy these cute boys' personalities.
As for digital vs. film, I think I might have to vote for digital right now. I took two rolls of film on this trip, both while snowshoeing and on this walk, and because I apparently loaded the camera wrong (in spite of following the instructions in the manual to the letter), not a single image was recorded. That makes me genuinely sad because I saw some lovely things. So, until my skills improve, I am grateful for the immediacy and ease of digital images. Hopefully as this class proceeds and I get reacquainted with the slower pace and more careful decision-making of film, I'll feel differently.
|Mom and her oldest|
|A grove of trees waits for spring|
|Two boys, a stick and a small |
body of water: a perfect combo
|The ice moves!|
|It looks heart-shaped to me. This one was huge, |
so it did not come home with me.
|We grownups were pretty pleased|
with this impromptu portrait. It
captures the current tendencies
and personalities of both boys.
|The high desert in late winter-a million shades of subtle color|
|Running down the path!|
|My goodbye from California. This was the view out the|
window as I took the elevator down to catch my taxi to