9/23/2008

Jeff was released as Bishop

It looks like we have sold our house. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes through. We were able to find a house we liked in Mesa and they have accepted our offer. Everything is in the works and set to happen in just a couple of weeks. This was our last Sunday in our ward, (because of General Conference and Stake Conference) So Jeff and his counselors were released and a new bishopric was put in.



This is our family in July 2004 when Jeff was put in as bishop of our ward.

Here we are almost 4 1/2 years later. It was a great blessing to our family to have him serve. I am really grateful for the opportunity and the things we have learned. It has been a growing experience for all of us and I wouldn't trade it. I know some of the blessings we are experiencing right now are a result of his service.
I just want to publicly thank the "basketeers" (whoever they are/were). The first Sunday Jeff was put in we heard a knock at the door. We opened it and found a basket full of suprises for the kids. With a note that said basically, leave this basket on the front porch every Sunday after church and we will fill it up for you. And they did. I don't know how they knew that would be the thing that would help me the most. Getting used to Sunday's without Jeff was hard. I was sick and pregnant in the beginning and the fun they had entertaining themselves with the gifts from the bishop's basket was a lifesaver for me. They kept it up delivering things for about two years. This really helped our family as we were adjusting to the changes of having dad be the bishop. So THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to those mysterious basketeers. We love you!

Jeff with his first counselors, Spencer and Tom. Later Spencer was released and Paul was put in.

8 comments :

Mylee said...

Wow, I can't believe how fast this all happened for you. No doubt that you and I know that things work out in mysterious ways sometimes and where we end up and how we get there can be a miracle of sorts. Good luck with everything. I hope your house stuff all works out. Keep us posted.

Amy said...

It's fun to see the photos of how your family has changed in the last 4 years. I was actually trying to picture that the other day. He's been a great bishop. I'm not going to talk about how much I'll miss you all though :(
I will mention how smokin' hot that counselor on the left in the last picture is :)

Kim said...

Congrats on all of the happenings. The basket idea is so sweet, you must have really nice neighbors! How exciting!!!

Sarah said...

what an amazing gift those basketeers gave you. someone was so thoughtful to have that ready the day Jeff was sustained. and to keep it going for 2 years? makes me want to be more like that. i'm excited to hear where your house is.

barlows said...

K. I'm crying. For me. I will miss you. But I'm really happy for you guys and echo the sentiment of blessings coming from all your family's service. I love ya!

chris jenkins said...

i remember you mentioning the basket thing back in the beginning - that is so awesome :) We will miss all of you! i am really happy things worked out for you guys. i confess i am slightly jealous as i had hoped at one time to move to arizona. it is a wonderful place and the people are so nice! you have been a blessing to our ward and i'm sure will be a blessing to your new ward in arizona.


take care~

Angie said...

I thought I had commented on this, but it must have not worked. I am always messing up those word verification things. :) Anyway, I'm sure this is a time of many mixed emotions. You have been such a blessing to your ward in Vegas and the ward in AZ will be lucky to have you! Love you guys!

Craig and Carol said...

Angie, I just happened on your blog and was so touched to see the pictures of your wonderful family and read the sweet story of the "Bishop's basket". We are so pleased and excited for your family to make this move. We love you all and know that your family will continue to be blessed as start this new chapter in your lives. Love, Aunt Carol