Monthly Archives: July 2014

Second Annual Temple to Temple 5K

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Utah celebrates the day that the Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24th. They call it Utah Day or Pioneer Day and it’s a big deal around here. Last year someone thought of doing a 5K from the old Provo Temple to the new Provo City Center Temple. We participated last year with the Kelley family and Megan and I did it again this year too. We super-duper missed the Kelleys…especially Josh, but we still had a great time. I signed us all up but really only planned on having Megan and I do it while Adam stayed with the babies. But the morning of, Jane really wanted to do it so she came with Megan and me. Then last-minute she decided she didn’t want to do it after all so Adam hurried and got her and Megan and I were off.

There were over 10,000 participants!

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The night before I realized neither Megan nor I had good running shoes. I had just thrown mine out and Megan just didn’t have any. We ran in Vans and Converse and we both had sore feet before long but Megan was a trooper!

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A little water break.

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Megan was pretty worn out toward the end…and both our feet hurt. This was right before my friend Elizabeth pulled up beside us and let Megan hop on to her double stroller. I was SO GLAD to see Elizabeth!

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We made it! It was great.

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Adam and the rest of the crew met us as the end.

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We hit Seven Peaks waterpark right after. It was the perfect way to cool off and relax.

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Priesthood

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Earlier this year, there was a lot in the news about a woman who started a movement and organization opposing the LDS Church’s policy that only men are ordained to serve in priesthood offices. The woman gained quite a following, and much of the internet, social media, and news was splashed with stories and arguments about why she was right or wrong. I won’t go into too much detail, since all the stories and information is so readily available to those who are interested, but I will say that this woman asked the church leaders over and over again to allow women to be ordained to serve in priesthood offices and she was told again and again that the answer was no. In June, the woman who started the movement was excommunicated from the LDS Church for “openly, repeatedly and deliberately acting in public opposition to the church and its leaders after having been counseled not to do so”.

Around this same time, on a quiet Sunday morning, my husband came home to tell me that our Bishop had told him that he was recommending Adam be ordained to the highest office of the priesthood, a high priest. Usually a man is ordained a high priest when a calling necessitates it, or when men are at a “mature” age. But in Adam’s case, our bishop just felt like it was “time” for Adam, and “the right thing.”

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Adam was ordained a High Priest by his Father on July 20th, 2014

 

You know, throughout our married life, Adam has accomplished so much and has garnered much praise and admiration from those around him. Academic advisors, peers, colleagues, church leaders, friends, family…none can ever say enough good things about Adam. He is a few months away from having a Doctorate in Astrophysics, and his research has taken him from one corner of the globe to another. He is so well spoken and quick-witted and honest and loving and kind. I am told repeatedly how wonderful and amazing he is. And while I wholeheartedly agree, I sometimes wonder “what do I have to offer? Where’s my grandeur? Adam is off to Washington D.C. and Australia and here I am, going on day four without a shower.”

I know it’s just the natural man and the tired exhausted mother in me that feels that way, because I know for sure that my work and worth as a mother is no less than Adam’s as the provider and patriarch of our home. I know it’s just pride and the eyes and admiration of others that has me longing to be viewed as Adam is viewed. When Adam walked in the door that bright and beautiful Sunday morning and told me that he would soon be interviewing with the Stake President to become a high priest, there wasn’t even an ounce of me that thought, “what about me?! Where is my glory and grandeur in the eyes of the church and the eyes of God?” I’ve never once questioned or felt like my worth in the eyes of God or my ability to do good is related at all to my gender or to the church doctrine that only males are to hold the Priesthood of God. I believe the church leaders when they teach that the priesthood is a great blessing from God to all of His children, and that I don’t need to be ordained with the priesthood in order to be able to utilize its power and have it bless my own life and the life of my family.

I am so grateful to be married to Adam. He does not seek glory or recognition or the approval of his fellowmen. He did not seek to be ordained a high priest. He just lives his life in such a way that he is worthy of admiration from God and those around him. I will never forget the day he was ordained a high priest and how much I admire him and want to be more like him.

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Our family following Adam’s ordination

 

Minecraft and Day Camp and a Neat Little Bookstore

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This summer Megan started taking a Minecraft class at our library once a week. She LOVES it.

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Brother and Sister waiting for Megan to finish her class

Brother and Sister waiting for Megan to finish her class

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The activity days girls were invited to attend the boys scout camp for a day camp. I was so nervous for Megan to be gone all day but she did great and had a great time. Adam was able to meet up with her at lunch and he said she hardly had a second for him because she was so involved. We have great church leaders who take good care of our children.

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We also discovered this bookstore in the middle of downtown Provo. Megan LOVED it!

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Jane Gets a New Grill

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On July 15th, about 10 weeks after her accident, Jane finally received her false teeth retainer. I was so excited! For a couple days after she knocked out her teeth, Jane kept saying she didn’t want new teeth. Then she saw Adam and I eating cupcakes, which she couldn’t eat until her mouth healed, and she decided she really really REALLY wanted new teeth.

A few weeks before we went and had the molds made for her retainer.
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The teeth are ready! Before heading out to the dentist.
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Her dentist really is so wonderful. A retainer for this kind of accident isn’t totally necessary, so our insurance company wasn’t wanting to pay for it. A lot of people choose not to get a retainer in accidents like these, just because they can be expensive and they aren’t really needed. I wanted one for Jane for sure. I think a child getting a couple front baby teeth knocked out isn’t incredibly rare, but to get 4 knocked out is less common, and at such a young age…she would have been without 4 front teeth for several years. People kept saying she looked so cute with her gaping smile, but most also mentioned how it made her look older and I didn’t want my three year old to look older! She also never really got used to eating without those four teeth. And have I mentioned on my blog that Jane has to wear an eye patch on her good eye all day to make her weak eye stronger? Yeah, so I really wanted the retainer. Our dentist worked with us and the insurance company to get the cost down as much as possible. I don’t remember for sure, but I want to say that when all was said and done, it was less than $300. I would have paid much more ;).

Getting the retainer in place.
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I was so happy with the result. She looked beautiful before and after, but I was glad to have a little inkling of my old Jane back.

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What the retainer looks like inside her mouth. It really is just aesthetic and she does have to be careful what she eats and bites with those front teeth.

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Jane has been such a trooper throughout this entire thing. She doesn’t complain much and goes to every dental appointment with a smile. I sure love this girl; eye patch and false teeth and all!
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Megan’s Baptism Day

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We spent the Fourth of July holiday down in Las Vegas. We had such a great time with both of our families, but most important, Megan was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 5th. It was truly one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.

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Megan’s baptism program was very special and went very well. She asked her Grandma Johanson to be the pianist and her Aunt Sarah to conduct the music. Her Aunt Sonya gave a sweet and perfect talk about Baptism and her Grandma Marshall gave a wonderful and sincere talk about the Holy Ghost. Prayers were offered by her cousins Bradley and Coulson, and her daddy performed both the baptism and the confirmation. Megan ended the program by singing a sweet and reverent rendition of “I Stand All Amazed.” Everything went so wonderful and smooth.

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Part of Megan’s Asperger’s is an inability to make decisions. She really struggles to choose things because she is worried she will make a wrong choice or that what she chooses will not be available. Her anxiety is very real and a big trial for her. I thought that she might face some anxiety in making the decision to get baptized and also on the actual baptism day. I couldn’t have been more wrong. She had no problem deciding to be baptized. She has told me that she knows that what the Lord has said about baptism is true and she believes the promises He has made to her for choosing to be baptized. She was also so calm and collected on her actual baptism day. It really was so wonderful.

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I felt so privileged to be her mother as I dried her off and dressed her after her baptism. She was so sweet and happy. I am just crazy about this girl of mine.

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After the baptism we went swimming at Brother Joe’s and had a barbeque. It was such a wonderful and fun time.

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The next day, we attended Megan’s grandparent’s ward. Our little nephew Leo was being blessed which was also a wonderful experience. It was fast Sunday and Megan asked if she could bear her testimony for the first time. She gave the most beautiful testimony I had ever heard. She talked about how wonderful her baptism was and how happy it made her. She said it was one of the greatest experiences of her life. I cried through the entire thing! She is seriously one of the sweetest most precious children ever.

We are so grateful to all the family and friends who came from far and near to be a part of her special day. As always I am grateful to my sister Sarah and brother-in-law for opening their house to us and being so very helpful in so many ways.

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Megan is truly a special little girl. I am so proud of her in a million little ways and especially after her baptism weekend for her decision to be baptized and her desire to be clean and righteous. I love that girl more than I could ever say.

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Fourth of July Vacation

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We had such a fun Fourth of July holiday in Las Vegas. It was SO HOT. I am sure it hit at least 120 while we were there and the weather service put out excessive heat warnings several days in a row. We spent much of the weekend in the pool, either at Brother Joe’s house or Grandma and Grandpa Johanson’s.

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We also got to meet our newest nephew, Leo Johanson (son of Adam’s brother Josh and his wife Alyssa.) He is so cute! I tricked everyone into going swimming while I sat out with the new baby. I LOVE babies.

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One day I took a few children and snuck away to the Discovery Children’s Museum. The children all love the museum. Big thanks to Sarah for letting us use her pass.

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Tad took a few groups out the lake to enjoy his boat. Megan and Adam had a great time.

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We had quite a large group for fourth of July fireworks. It was a great show out in front of Sarah and Anthony’s house.

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The biggest and best part of fourth of july weekend was Megan’s baptism. I wrote a separate post about that special event: here.

We were also able to attend Leo’s baby blessing before heading back to Utah. It was so sweet and we were so glad to be there. He is such a sweetheart.

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Unfortunately Alec was sick pretty much the entire weekend. Which meant I didn’t get much sleep and we were both exhausted. We had a great holiday, however, and as always we are so thankful to all the family members who go out of there way to show us a good time.