Our oldest son is starting medical school, and he invited us to attend his white coat ceremony. We are so happy that he is able to pursue his goal of being a doctor. We had a great weekend with our son, daughter-in-law, and her parents. After the ceremony, we all went out for lunch, walked around the California State Capitol building, and enjoyed the most delicious, upscale shave ice dessert at a little shop called Vampire Penguin.
|Photo: John and I pose with our oldest son (who wears his new white coat and holds a bouquet of pink roses) after his induction ceremony into medical school
|Photo: The white, ornate, California State Capitol building, with its dome and flagpole, stands in contrast to the deep blue sky and green trees.
|Photo: The Dulce de Leche: a tower of vanilla shave "snow," surrounded by a circle of sliced bananas, drizzled with caramel, and topped with whipped cream and flan.
|Photo: The Bonneville Salt Flats look like a large expanse of snow. Mountains appear in the background.
|Photo: Yellow traffic sign says, "Undulations"
|Photo: A yellow traffic sign is marked "Speed Lumps"
We arrived back home to Utah the day before the eclipse. We did not see a total eclipse at our location. I was impressed just how light it remained at 91% totality. Just a little bit of light makes a big difference--and that is something to remember when I think that my small efforts might not make a difference.
|Photo: John stands in the backyard and points upward, while wearing his eclipse glasses. Yellow lab, Drexel, photobombs in the foreground.
|Photo: The light filtered through the trees and shining on the sidewalk shows the progress of the eclipse
Monday brought not only the eclipse, but also the start of Brigham Young University's Education Week. BYU Ed Week is an annual event, where thousands of people from all over the world gather to attend classes on a variety of topics. I always come away from Ed Week renewed, re-energized, and full of new insights. One of the presenters, Connie Sokol, stated, "Gratitude and joy go hand in hand." I have to agree!
|Photo: A screen in an auditorium at BYU displays the BYU Education Week theme for 2017: "He that receiveth light and continueth in God, receiveth more light."
Next to BYU is the MTC, or Missionary Training Center. There are several MTCs around the world, where men and women go for a short time (days or weeks) before beginning their missions. The Provo MTC recently expanded, and I was able to tour the new buildings. They are light and beautiful, and humming with the excitement of the newly-called missionaries. Missionaries dedicate 18-24 months of their time, at their expense, going wherever they are assigned, learning whatever language is required. They come away from their missions with a deep love for the people and area where they served, and for the gospel of Jesus Christ. They learn, and love, to serve. Have a question? Ask the missionaries! They can help you! (Or chat with them on comeuntoChrist.org .)
|Photo: Some of the many world flags that fly outside the Provo MTC
I continue to find beauty here in Utah.
|Photo: The Provo City Center Temple, a brick, spired building, stands with the Wasatch Mountains in the background
|Photo: The Provo Temple, a white building with one spire, sits at the base of the Wasatch Mountains
|Photo: A flower bed outside the BYU library. Mounds of greenery are in the foreground, with purple salvia (?) and yellow Black-eyed Susan behind. A tree spreads its limbs in the background.
I also continue to enjoy the various birds. Quail frequent my yard, as do jays, magpies, and hummingbirds. I've observed golden eagles on my hikes, and yesterday, while we were driving around, we found a bunch of wild turkeys.
|Photo: A flock of wild turkeys walks among some trees in the background.
While we are enjoying the beauty here in Utah, we are particularly thankful that our home in California is now in escrow! While we loved that house, we know it is time to move on, and we are so thankful that we will be able to hand it over to another family soon.
As always, I am thankful for John. Life is busy, never dull, and lots of fun--even when he's swamped at work, or I'm overwhelmed about one thing or another, or life is just a bit crazy. Yesterday, we were able to Rise and Shout for our Cougars as we attended a football game. It wasn't the prettiest of games, nor the coolest of weather, but we had fun together.
|Photo: The score board at Lavell Edwards Stadium, and lots of blue and white balloons floating into the sky after the first touchdown. (The balloons are extremely difficult to see against the blue sky and white clouds.)
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