We went down to BYU and sprang Ryan from Chinese Camp for a couple of hours yesterday. It was SO good to see him! Grace has been having a really hard time being without him...Friday night about 10 minutes after we tucked her in, we heard her sobbing. She was missing him. So we called him on the phone, but she was crying too hard to talk to him. We held the phone to her ear and he talked and talked trying to get her to snap out of it, but it didn't work. It was tragic : ) So we told her that we would go visit him on Sunday, and it helped having that to look forward to. She picked peas from their garden and filled a gallon bag to take to him...he loves them so. He took her up to see his room so she has a better idea of where he is. I think it'll help. I think I've taken his sweetness with her for granted. I don't think any of us realized just how much time he spends making up games for her, hanging with her and just being there for her. The Slurpee Incident sums it up: a few weeks ago the kids got slurpees. Grace took hers upstairs to my BED to watch tv. A few minutes later we hear her panicked voice SCREAM out "RYAN!!!" The rest of us were busily going about our stuff...it didn't occur to me that the hysteria in her voice could be Slurpee-related. It sounded kind of "I see a spider" freaked out to me. But I see Ry casually going into their bathroom..."hmmm hmmm...just getting a towel..." Yeah. Slurpee coated bed. The point is, her first instinct was to yell "RYAN!!!"....And his first instinct was to RUN to her as fast as he could! Ry will fix it, reach it, clean it, make it, cook it, pour it; make everything good for her. He's her go-to guy. Now his absence is making this glaringly apparent! We spent 2 hours with him. It was amazing to hear about his experiences in the short week he's been there! They've packed so much education in 7 days. He's aced all of his assignments and tests. He says that he's learned more Chinese in this week than in 2 years of school. I love him so much. He is amazing. This was such a scary thing to do, but he went, and conquered.
The Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering? Pinky: I think so Brain, but burlap chafes me so.
Quote of the Day
"Faith in something greater than ourselves enables us to do what we have said we'll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain." -Gordon B. Hinckley
Word of the Day
fillip \FIL-uhp\ , noun: 1. A snap of the finger forced suddenly from the thumb; a smart blow.
flummox \FLUM-uhks\, transitive verb: To confuse; to perplex.