Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Be Not Like Dumb, Driven Cattle!"

(The post title is taken from the poem, Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
and no, it's not to think it's descriptive of the photos, it's to catch your attention,
and make it easier to spot in foregone days.)  ;-)

Here's our group after breakfast, listening to our
father, grandfather, great grandfather
(and great great for one! Other than he and his mom slipped out at this moment):

Lois, Stu, Jo

Alisa, Brooke, Tori, Amy, Aubrey, Rebekah, Rachel, Natalie

Amy, Rebekah, Rachel, Natalie, Jace, David, Neil, Devin
(Alan behind, and Don's behind Alan), Janeil

Neil, Devin, Alan, Janeil, Trevor, Maddie, April, Abi
(Mariah & Wren stepped out for a moment.)

Abi, Cozette, Geg, Donelle, Adam, his daughter Ellie, Gail, Noah, Ethan

The clips chosen were his reciting part of Psalm of Life and his testimony.
(Used at the reunion today, and also a clip of him singing a verse of My Task.)
The reminiscing below is of hikes taken and memories of him.
First person up is Neil (unnamed in the recording), then others.

Reminiscing 7-19-14  (20 minutes)
Courtesy of Greg Rawlinson
(If anyone tries to open this and it no longer works, I can email you the mp3.
Or Greg or Don.)

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's A Long, Long While...(as my Dad used to sing)

... from May to July:

Attended the Best of State awards program for the fifth year in a row.  Jenny, my boss, tells me we'll get to six then quit.  (Because she and I will be goners by the next one.)  Actually five suits me just fine.

Scarboroughs came up for the early July festivities and they were exhausting!  In a good way of course.  Tuesday we drove to SLC and toured City Creek and the temple grounds and treated ourselves to Farr's ice cream.

(Raygen had her mom read every scripture along the gallery of Christ's life.)

Wednesday, Jewel's birthday, we got up before the crack of dawn and took in a temple session.  We had lunch at The Pizza Factory in Lindon, and yummy Kneader's pie.  Larry's family took them out for dinner.

Thursday we went to the balloon lift which due to wind gusts got cancelled ... right ... about here ...

Which was fine by us, we got to see several launch, and then the next day when we came over for the parade we saw them all in the sky.  (I dearly appreciate Johnny who is always a great support and was kind enough to be my Mr. Fix-it with various annual chores that are in the hard to impossible range for me.)

Traditional smores Thursday evening. 

 Traditional treats-while-waiting and fireworks at the junior high Friday night.

Saturday we celebrated Raygen's birthday a day early (needing to get back home for church duties) here (and again there).  Missed seeing Hayden, who's turn it was to spend it with the other grandma and grandpa.

More festivities two weeks later!  Celebrated Donelle's marriage to Adam Bringhurst. 

(Best I could do with the glare behind them.)

View from Bella Vista in Lindon. (Yes, hot! Dry!)

We started the day with a breakfast at my house (grandpa/grandma's house).  My food assignment was muffins and Ruth gave me a great recipe!

Got all ready for it early as Lois had to spend the entire day with me Thursday for my cataract removal/lens replacement.  Alan and Stu came Friday night to put out the tables and chairs.  I got a gift out of the deal - the old wrought iron table had a loose leg I couldn't fix and it turned out another leg was on wrong, painted over, and Alan gave it a wrenching twist and voila!

Part of the event was a discussion about Neil Fugal memories, for sharing at the Niels/Viola Fugal reunion, July 26th (tomorrow).  Lois made this chart:

Neil wrote the following to his daughter, Lois, when she was in the mission field: "... each day that goes by becomes a part of our unchangeable past.  Omar Khayyam gives this verse which I have often quoted: 'The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, moves on; Nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.'  We cannot change what we did yesterday, or last month, or last year, but we can profit by the experiences we have had and use them to help us build a better tomorrow.  Not only that, but the glorious principle of repentance in the gospel of Jesus Christ together with His atoning sacrifice can remove all stains and scars of past mistakes and make us clean before God.  It's up to us to do our part.  God has done and will do everything for us that we are unable to do for ourselves, but he will not do for us those things that we of our own selves can do."

And we accessorized with:
(Lois bought this after completing her mission.)

 (The last grandchild, Jewel, not in the other pictures.
Taken in St. George when she was three weeks old.)

 (Sheet music to a song he loved and sang,
handout of the homes Neil and his siblings were born in.)

(Calligraphy by Janeil.)