Sunday, June 29, 2008

Megan's Special Day

Megan Elise Dollar came into this world eight years ago on June 21st. I can’t believe I have an eight year old. Well the time had come for Megan to make a decision as to whether she would be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She decided that this is what she wanted to do. June 21, 2008 was the day she decided that would happen. What a wonderful day! We arrived at the church at about 10 AM and got dressed in our white clothes. My heart was so full of gratitude at the wonderful sweet little girl Megan is becoming. I have been a part of a number of baptisms but none of them compare to that of your own child. As we entered the water I couldn’t help but think of that day when she came into our lives and the spirit of love we as new parents felt for her. I’m happy to say that that love is still as strong today as it was then. The support that Megan had at her baptism was AMAZING! We had to open the curtains in order for everyone to be able to be seated. We had nearly 70 people there. I felt overwhelmed by the love and support we as a family have been shown by our friends and family members. Thanks to all who were there. A special thanks to Grandpa & Grandma Dollar for flying out to be here for a few days to share in this wonderful day with us.

Well that part of the day was over and we needed to celebrate Megan’s birthday so we went to our friend’s house to enjoy what has come to be known as the “Redneck Water Slide.” They have a huge hill on the side of their house that we were able to put a piece of plastic (10 feet wide by 100 feet long) down and enjoy the slide. The kids had a blast. I would like to add that we were all kids that day as you can see by the picture below. Yes that is my wife racing against some of our friends. Even the old peeps (Sorry Grandma) had a blast. We did piƱata, presents, cake, and meatball sandwiches but mostly we did the water slide.

A special day this was and thanks goes out to ALL who helped to make this one of the best days of our lives.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Our Journey to the West

The last two weeks were really fun. We were able to go spend some time in Utah with my family. We flew in on Sunday May 25th at 10:30 AM and were able to get there in time to hear my brother Robert give his farewell address at 1:00 PM. That was cutting it a little close. Robert is going to serve a mission for our church in Mexico for the next two years. He was so ready to get on with his mission life. We were also able to see him off in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) a week and a half later. He will be there until August some time learning Spanish and what it takes to be an effective missionary.

Some of the other things we did while we were in Utah were played with cousins (A LOT), golf (I had to just drive the cart cause of my knee), I went to work for a few days, we saw my siblings dance concert, went to our family property in Nephi, played a lot of card games, and we went to see Kung Fu Panda before we went home. I would recommend this movie to ALL. It was great!

The highlight for me of this trip was the night Robert was set apart as a missionary. The entire family was present to witness this wonderful event. After he was set apart we all gathered for a last family memory building experience. It’s a tradition that whenever a family member goes into the mission field all those that who have served a mission share a missionary moment and the feelings of what it was like to serve. This was such a great experience. We all shared in the spirit and tears together. Even my little sweet Megan wanted to say something to Robert. The words she spoke were the following: “Robert, I love you and I know that you will be able to teach the spirit to the people of Mexico.” After she was done saying that and telling Robert that she would miss him she was just sobbing. It was such a sweet moment. Megan has the softest little heart and her emotions are very close to the surface.

I hated to see all these wonderful experiences come to an end but it is said that ALL good things MUST come to an end sooner or later. A fun time was had by all but most importantly memories were made that will last forever.