Sunday, March 12, 2017

Two Weddings and a Funeral

This sounds like a movie title. The first weekend of March was a busy one. On Friday we went to the temple in Ogden. It is a beautiful temple - very different from the one where I helped with the open house and attended the dedication in 1972. We were asked to be the witness couple for the session.
Ogden Temple
 We decided to see what was available for homes in the Ogden area. There is a new community in Clinton called the Cranefield Estates, which we decided to see. The homes are too large, too expensive, and don't accommodate our needs (like space for a grand piano and a church organ).
Crane field Estates
We were traveling to our hotel we had reserved in Bountiful when we got a call from Rich & Ginny. They were staying in a 2-bedroom suite at the Marriot Residence Inn at the Airport and invited us to stay with them. We told them we already had a hotel with a no-refund policy. When we got to the hotel we were told that the reservation was for March 25th. After some finagling we were able to cancel the reservation without charge due to the mixup. We then called Rich & Ginny asking if they still had a place available for a homeless family. They did, so we stayed with them. When we finally arrived we went out to eat with them, which gave us a good chance to catch up on things.

Saturday morning we went to the Salt Lake Temple for the wedding of Travis Wheeler (Scott & Kim's son) to Savannah Oxborrow. It was a nice ceremony. 
Travy & Savy coming out of the temple
Bridal adoration
Is this the Tree of Life?
 We then joined them for a luncheon in a stake center in Kaysville (no steaks).
Are weddings this boring?
We then went to Pleasant Grove to attend the wedding reception for Sean Diquattro (Steve & Lisa's son) and Amanda Sherwood. They were married in the Payson Temple at the same time Travis and Savannah were being married in Salt Lake. Attending the reception gave us an opportunity to visit with Steve & Lisa for the first time since our return from Brazil.

Cutting the cake
Cutting loose on the dance floor
When we returned to Logan we found a message that my Uncle Wayne had passed away. Actually while we were in Brazil my Uncle Lee and Uncle Tom passed away and I didn't even know about it until this week. I only have two aunts remaining in the Wheeler family.

We went to Uncle Wayne's funeral in Perry, UT on Wednesday. He had moved there about a year ago. We thought he was still living in Indiana. It shows how out of touch we are, which can happen while on a mission. It was good to renew acquaintance with some of my cousins. Many of them I didn't even know. One man came up and called me by name. He looked kind of familiar, but I didn't recognize him. It ends up he is in our ward in Logan, a nephew of my cousin Susan. 
Long, lost relatives
Saying goodbye to their grandfather
We have decided we need to do a better job of keeping in contact with our extended family and not waiting for weddings and funerals to visit with them.

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