Paul’s just finishing year 11 at Microsoft. After some changes at work, over the summer, Paul is now the Director over the Beta Group and a Technical Training Group. He’s also had some changes in church responsibilities, as of a few weeks ago. He is now on the Stake High Council. It’s pretty much a shift from one frying pan to another and should prove to be a welcome change and challenge – he’ll do just fine! Paul has gotten himself into tiptop physical shape again and now adds training for triathlons to his schedule (did one in June). He had a great time skiing, at Whistler, with Steve again and he and the kids spent many Fridays skiing at Stevens Pass. While, there were no BIG Mountain climbs, for Paul, this year, he did take the youth on three amazing, albeit challenging, hikes around Mt. Rainier at our Ward Youth Conference. (Note to others: when the National Geographic Hike book says, “Easy” – DO NOT believe it!)
Aaron is 9, in the 5th grade and the last one at Machias Elementary. It was bittersweet to have the “old” school torn down in June. Machias is using the Freshman Campus, in town, for a year and a half, during construction of the new building. Aaron’s having a great year in Mrs. Chlebowski’s 4/5/6 class. He knows the routine now and has some good friends that he pals around with. He’s a good student and an avid reader. Aaron continues to LOVE cub scouts and had just as much fun at day camp, in July, as he did last year. A new thing, he enjoys, is observing and taking care of wild birds. What started out as MY hobby has turned into HIS. He fills the feeders and can tell you all about the different birds that visit our deck. Aaron got 5th place again, in the Great Pumpkin Race and just completed another successful soccer season. He’s also looking forward to the new ski season – let’s go for NO toboggan rides down the mountain this year, OK?!?!?!
I increase my interest and study of the Constitution and Founding Fathers and am continually watching the state of things. While we enjoy more freedom than anyone else, at any time in human history, I watch as these freedoms are being threatened on all fronts. I am prompted, daily, to study and share what our Founding Fathers fought so hard to establish. President Ezra Taft Benson once said, “I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval on the Constitution of this land. I testify that the God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government, and He has sent other choice spirits to preserve it.” I’ve enlisted in this preservation. LET FREEDOM RING!