Sunday, February 22, 2009

some other Hodgpeople

We had Stake Conference at church this weekend and so my hubby "big J" has been busy with that extra thing on his plate this past week. He also had a major time sucker at work in that they were finished up with a trial, evaluating the outcome, then raising money, then laying off, all within the past 10 days. 
In the middle of it all we traveled to Utah for the celebration from my last post, our daughter made a big decision about her college life and is not going to play volleyball anymore, &  our other daughter looked for, found an apartment, and has decided to move out of our house.
I feel like even though I'm not the real busy one, I do pick up some of the slack and sometimes (poorly) keep things together around the house. 
Let me explain some of these things.

Stake Conference.  This is a half yearly (they call it semi-annual) meeting that is held in each individual stake. Our stake, for which J is the President, had an evening at the Temple in Oakland last Tuesday, then had a Saturday night session where he gave a well prepared talk about being faithful & steadfast in following the commandments of God.  "Crossing our own River Jordan" was what he called it and he gave a story about when he was on his mission in Tennessee 33 years ago. In the darkness of night he had to find a difficult path home.
He and his companion literally crossed a creek using railroad ties and headlights from the little Ford Pinto they were assigned to drive.  This, because they had gotten off the correct path and didn't know where to look for the small bridge. 
I definitely can get off the path without knowing it and I'm sure most people can relate to that. Just guess I have to keep evaluating where I am and if I'm headed in the right direction.

This morning we had the main Sunday session of our conference. It was unusual in that 68 other "Stakes" throughout Northern CA all met and heard the same message from general church authorities. Most of the men who talked were from California and were now residing in Salt Lake City where they work full time doing the Lords work for the worldwide church.
They all gave good incite and it did give J a break from preparing another talk.

He did have to replace one of his trusted counselors.  Pres. Walton and his wife are going to serve a mission in Portugal and so he had to be replaced in the Stake Presidency. I'm sure that was stressful to J the last month or so as he found and requested a replacement. Now he has to replace a Bishop from one of the wards (congregations) because he called the old Bishop to be the new counselor.  Gets kinda complicated sometimes. 

On to our kids.
Our little Stepher had a hard week deciding whether or not to continue playing volleyball in college. She has thoroughly enjoyed the team and they have had some great seasons.  She is used as a back up defensive player and it has been fun watching and keeping up with the top 20 team.  However, she has a back that has developed chronic pain and arthritis issues so she is in pain much of the time from throwing herself onto the court and repetitively landing over and over (just to retrieve a lousy ball).  She practices hard but doesn't always get in the game, so she decided it just wasn't worth the pain any longer. I think she will miss it, but know she will find other things to fill her time. She is a bright side looker and will enjoy her "new" life. She really will have a new life. If you have ever seen a schedule of a Division I NCAA sport, you will know that I am talking about. They do weights for 2 hours at 5:30am to start their day. Then after a full class load they return at 1:00 - 2:00 for another 3 -4 hours of practice. They travel about 4 days every other week in season missing all their academic classes and it is intense.

Katz and her little family have been living in our outside pool house for the past 8 months and have decided it's time to move out. Her hubby has decided to pursue his masters education in his field of work, so they will live in the area for a couple years. We are very excited they will be close for longer than they had planned, but it won't nearly be as close as going outside and knocking on their door to see that cute little baby. They will move in a couple of weeks.  I am helping her reupholster their dining chairs, and I'm sure we will do some planning this week for their move.

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