Mandy Valora (a family friend who lived across the street from me when I lived in Orem--she's the second girl from the right) just happened to be in the singles ward where we've been called. I've had a lot of fun hanging out with her and her roommates!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Darin has had a great time serving as a counselor in the bishopric of a BYU singles ward. (Yeah, after only being married for seven months we were back in a singles ward!) We've really enjoyed getting to know the members of the ward and have learned a lot from their dedicated service to each other and others in the community. Time and time again, they surprise us with incredible attendence to FHE and ward activities. Recently the ward put on a formal dinner at a Barn in Mapleton. Despite the tricky location of the barn and the first big snowstorm, we managed to have such a turn-out that we didn't have enough tables and chairs to seat everyone. One of the highlights of the evening was when a set of chimes was dispersed and everyone tried to play Christmas songs by watching for their note to play which was written on a poster board in front of the group. We laughed so hard...watch the video!
Last year we were pretty lame when it came to holidays. We were just trying to keep up with planning a wedding, moving into a place of our own and keeping up with school. Halloween came and went and decorating for Christmas was not a high priority! But this year was different. We were very excited to have our first Christmas tree and outdoor decorations! Our little 5' tree with white lights and homemade ornaments really lit up the place this holiday season. I really looked forward to coming home each day and completing my homework in our cozy home lit only by the lights on the tree. We even got to hang garland and tie red bows on the railing of our porch! I still feel like I'm playing house, but I love it! We love Christmas in Wymount!