Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Funeral, A Wedding, and A New Calling

Well, this has been an unbelievably crazy week. My mom came up on Monday to help us out...thank goodness!!! Not only did Bart appreciate her keeping him busy while I was at work, but she helped us put up the rest of our lights, put decorative molding around our windows (which looks incredible), and clean the house after we had left for the funeral. Thank you so much mom. Your visit was such a blessing to us. We can't explain how grateful we are to you!

On Friday was Zeke's Funeral. It was an amazing experience. The speakers were wonderful. Two were friends of Zeke, and one was his Brother in Law. They did a great job in honoring him. They spoke of his legacy of service in the community, the wonderful family he raised, his funny quirks, and assured everyone that he is alive and serving on the other side of the veil now.
It was wonderful. All the kids got up and sang a song. Since we were sitting in the front row, when I got up there, I was startled to see that not only was the chapel full, but also that the cultural hall had been opened and was now nearly full. I heard someone say over 700 people were there. I don't know if that was correct, but it wouldn't surprise me. There were so many people whose lives Zeke touched. It was so wonderful to see the whole community come to honor his life.

It was also wonderful seeing so much family at one time. As Maralee put it, "We have made so many wonderful memories today there is no way that we can look back on this day and be sad." It is so true. It was a wonderful experience.

Bart & I left Moab early Saturday morning. After a stop just long enough to grab wedding clothes from our house, we headed up to Salt Lake for Bart's Best Friend's Wedding. It was a beautiful wedding. They have been dating for a long time. I'm so glad they got married. They are so great together.
Bart got to see a ton of friends from High School that he hadn't seen in years, so he loved that. Addison loved the stairs. We were there for five hours and I SWEAR we went up and down them at least every five minuets...and they were big steps...I'm sore! Addison, on the other hand, seems fine! That little girl is amazing! :o)
Finally, I got a new calling today. I am the first councilor in the Young Women's Presidency. I'm really excited for this calling. Last Sunday I was informed that our Primary presidency was being released, but that I would still be the secretary, so I started organizing everything so that the new presidency would be as up to date as possible for the two weeks I was gone. Then on Wednesday I was informed that I would end up being released, and get this new calling, so I spent the rest of the week...well, what time I could find...getting everything ready for someone else to take over. SO CRAZY!!! I am sad that I am getting called and then leaving the girls for two weeks. I hope they won't feel like I have abandoned them. But I'm excited to get back and get into everything!


the Ricks said...

I'm so glad the funeral was such a wonderful experience for you. Call me crazy, but I love funerals. I mean, all these people get together and talk about the most wonderful qualities that the person they are honoring has. You get to see them through such loving, Christ-like eyes. So beautiful! I hope healing comes quickly for Bart. We're still praying for you!

Ashley said...

I am glad that the funeral went well also. I think I would agree about everyone getting together and honoring that special person!!!

Also congrats on your new calling Becky! You will be a fantastic first councilor. Good Luck in your call. Love you all, and I love the picture of Addison, I can't believe how big she's gotten. She is adorable!!!

Amy Collyer said...

Rebecca, congrats about the new calling. I love you!

Mark and Aubrey said...

Congrats on the new calling, you will do great with the young women. I'm sorry for yours and Bart's loss but it is definately reassuring to see how many lives he touched and to know he is continuing his work on the other side.

Christa Jeanne said...

I'm just catching up on blogs and am so, so sorry to hear about Zeke! I'll keep you guys in my prayers.

In other news - those young women are so lucky! You've got such the perfect personality for that calling. Just think - you get to be the cool young mom in the YW like Beverly was, back in the day!!! Wow, we're getting old, haha.