Time With Jill
It was an eventful and gratifying day! Jill and I attended Carley William’s baptism in Salt Lake City and then toured the Festival of Trees in Sandy. It was just the two of us, and we had a splendid time together.
We began our day by driving to Salt Lake City to attend the baptism of a former teacher I taught with for a number of years. I have known Carley for about five or six years and have become good friends with her. I was joyful when she sent a text inviting me to her baptism. She has a good heart, is refreshing to talk to, has a keen insight into people and is unique in her perspective of life… I love her and as such will always be her friend.
The baptism went off without a hitch, and I enjoyed the talks that were given. Amy Hughes and her family were there to support Carley; as well as some teachers from the school where I teach; Katie Sano, Candice Mikesell, and Andrea Seminario. After the event, we visited with new friends and some of my current and former students.
I wish Carley the best of luck with her new journey, in the church and the gospel, and pray that she will weather the storms ahead and learn to trust in God when there is no one else or nowhere else to turn.
After Carley’s baptism, Jill and I went to lunch and then to the Festival of Trees in Sandy. The Festival of Trees is held every year to raise money for Primary Children’s Hospital. I took some pics while we were there and have included them at the end of this post.
Festival of Trees
As we were enjoying all of the Christmas related works of art–Christmas Trees, gingerbread houses, quilts and other items–I ran into Holly Willard, our school counselor. She said that she volunteers her time to this event every year and wanted us to buy something to support the cause. Well, we really didn’t need or want anything at the time. However, Holly was very persistent and talked me into buying a quilt. I told her she ought to be in sales because she was so effective in talking me into making a purchase and very few people can do that when I don’t want to buy something. That’s OK, it was for a good cause and now we have a lovely quilt and a good tax write-off!
After the Festival of Trees, we stopped at Scheels, a sporting goods store, to buy Jill some running shoes. After that, we came home for some rest only to find a house full of kids and grandkids. Oh well, I should sleep sound tonight!
I just want to thank God again for all the bounteous blessing I have so graciously been blessed with and acknowledge those blessings as coming from Him… and for a new sister accepting the gospel and Jesus Christ into her life.