Friday, June 27, 2008

Robert Coffin Kelly

My dear father-in-law died this evening. It has been a long struggle for him and we are so glad he is free. We will miss him so much. This will be a huge transition for mom from full time caregiver to mom and grandma and...herself.

Dad was a newspaper salesman as a boy; he met mom at BYU on a bus trip to SLC to the geneology library. They had seven children including Susan Grace who died shortly after her birth. Dad served a mission in the southwest and learned Spanish. He continued to use his Spanish as a stake missionary for decades.

He taught chemistry for many years at Ventura College, then served another mission with mom to Michigan. He LOVED to travel. He visited Europe many times to see his daughter and her family. He also loved traveling through the United States in their Winnebago.

Dad loved geneology. He loved the mystery of it and the stories and lessons learned from his ancestors.

Dad loved to read. He studied chemistry, politics, the scriptures, history and many other subjects.

Dad loved his computer. It was a wonderful tool for him in geneology.

He also loved to play games. He had a wonderful mind and a competitive spirit.

The last years have been hard on Dad. He was already dealing with Parkinson's and cancer when he fell and broke his neck. He bravely faced the loss of full use of his legs, but the loss of his hands was a struggle. Last year when an infection turned particularly bad and Dad was told he had "heart goobers" (the dr's description). He was given hours, days, or weeks to live. Dad's competitive spirit supported him through another 16 months. He died on the 164th anniversary of the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Tami, Chris and Mom were with Dad when he died.

I love my father-in-law.

I know this is already long...this morning I read in "Tramp for the Lord," by Corrie Ten Boom, about her experience when her good friend Connie died. She talked about the 23rd Psalm "yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..." In the 91st Psalm it talks about being in the Lord's death we are so close to the Lord we are in His shadow. That is such a wonderful comfort and a beautiful image. This afternoon Mom and Tami asked Dad to blink if he had seen his parents..he blinked. He blinked that he had seen Mom's parents and Susan Grace. What a wonderful celebration that must be...Dad can hug again.

Monday, June 9, 2008

30 years ago

Thirty years ago, Spencer W. Kimball was prophet. There was an official declaration allowing all worth men to have the priesthood. What a wonderful, wonderful day. I don't pretend to understand how it felt before that time, or the difference that one declaration. I do remember a talk by Darius Grey relating the Parable of the Laborers in Matthew 20 to the LONG wait to receive the Priesthood.

I didn't have to wait. I was blessed to be born a member so I didn't have to find the truth, just become converted to it.

Yesterday as I was thinking about that wonderful day I was reminded of how long that day had been prayed for. I have had the experience of praying long for something. I guess there againlong is relative and that is what I have been thinking about. How am I changed when I have to pray and continue to pray for something? How are some blessings contingent on prayer? How amazingly powerful is prayer. How can I better pray and live so that when blessings come I am grateful.

This video is long, but I highly recommend it.

"And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; neverthless, I do not know the meaning of all things."

Thursday, June 5, 2008

We're moving

Abi's is moving anyway. The rest of us will wait until it feels more real and the whole under contract thing is a bit more final. Well at least Abi is ready to move! Here she is grabbing her toes. I love when they do that!

Then shazaam she's up on all fours, in downward dog and attempting to crawl!