Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ellie Beth Hardy Arrives

I was just thinking about how I need to send a little update for the blog.  I finally have a few minutes to get on my computer while I'm not holding a baby!  HA! 
We welcomed Ellie Beth Hardy into our family on April 12, 2013.  She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.  She is growing so fast!  We can't believe she is almost 7 weeks old already.  We are adjusting to being parents slowly but surely.  Landen is working full time as a machinist and getting ready to go back to school. Aubrie is lucky enough to stay home with little Ellie.  We just bought a house in Smithfield in January and we love having our own place to call home.  Life is good! 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Trenton Gates in Hawaii

I just wanted to let you and president know that I am here in Hawaii working for Living Scriptures selling the animated DVDs on the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures. If you want to put that on the blog that would be nice.
It's hot and humid just like Florida. But unlike Florida I can sleep every night with the windows open at night and not feel like I am suffocating in my sleep. It doesn't rain as much here as it does in Florida. I got to see Josh Graham and his lovely wife. I am going to be here all summer long. Right now I am on the island of Oahu and will be here till about the middle of June, and then I don't know which island I will be going to next maybe Maui. It's been really challenging for me to be out here; a great tax on faith for sure.

Shauna and Ryan Nokes Update

Shauna (Stewart)  and Ryan Nokes have had a very busy year with a lot of changes. We are living about an hour outside DC, in northern Virginia. Last spring I started teaching piano lessons to 2 teenagers. Since that time, my number of students has grown to 16! In early November Ryan's company moved most of their operations down to South America and they gave us a choice: move to Chile (though there's no guarantee they could ever bring us back to the states), or get laid off. We opted NOT to move to Chile. As is so often the case in life, the Lord was in the details and we had started looking several months earlier at other business opportunities.
When the day of lay offs came we already had a plan and we purchased a painting franchise called Five Star Painting. We officially bought the business in December. The past 6 months have been a whirlwind of obtaining contractor licensing in VA, hiring painting crews, networking, and for me, obtaining a hands-on business education! I have left my previous employment to work with Ryan (more) full-time (still teaching piano though). It has been a bumpy ride, and we've never worked so hard. We have talked often about how so many of the principles of missionary work apply to what we are now doing. Diligence, dedication, follow-up, committing people to a timeline, talking to people about their families and lives, etc. We've even had some missionary opportunities both with customers and also with painters we employ. This has all required an immense amount of faith and trust in the Lord, but we both see the hand of the Lord in our lives daily as we've taken on this challenge of business ownership. 

Shauna & Ryan Nokes

Monday, May 20, 2013

Debbie Conover Olsen and Husband in New Hampshire

The Debbie (Conover) and Seth Olsen family live in New Hampshire where Seth is getting a joint degree in law and an MBA.  Debbie is busy caring for two little boys and preparing to welcome their third child, a girl, in September.  Opportunities for missionary work abound in New Hampshire, especially when there are two people who love to share the gospel.  That would be Debbie and Seth!  Debbie's passions at the moment are: Family, missionary work (the gospel) and health.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Derek Kirk and McKenzie Thomas to Wed

Derek Kirk and McKenzie Thomas have chosen the 18th of May, 2013 to marry in the Manti Temple.

Abby Palmer Arrives

Ryan and Tiva Palmer welcomed Abby Kristine to their family April 8th, 2013.  She weighed in at 7 bls 3 oz. In their words, "She is perfect."

Steven Miner to Marry Brittni Foskey

Steven Miner and Brittni Foskey have chosen the 24th day of May, 2013 to marry in the Atlanta, Georgia Temple.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Grover and Fisher to Marry

Colleen Grover and Thomas Fisher have chosen Mayy ll, 2013 to mary in the Logan Temple.