Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Call and The Letter

As Saturdays go, today was a pretty eventful one. First off, my wife had to take a test to qualify to become a Honolulu police officer. She wanted to join the police force long ago, but could not because at that time there was a minimum height requirement (she's an inch shy of 5 feet tall). Now, there is no height restriction, so if she passes the test and negotiates the other steps along the way, she'll be donning a badge, toting a firearm, and doing work to protect the community.

While she was in test-taking mode, I went for a 90-minute hike up the Bowman trail in Kalihi Valley. I got a good sweat from this trail romp; plus I got the old ticker pumping at some higher than usual rpms, so that was good, too.

When we got home in the afternoon, we had a phone message from Bert Oshiro, a member of the stake high council who said he wanted to meet my wife and I early tomorrow before church. I didn't think that there was anything to fret about regarding the meeting but my wife was worried, so she called Brother Oshiro back and asked if we were in any sort of trouble. She was assured that we were not , but now I'm curious what this meeting will be about. A new calling? We'll see.

What we probably won't be on hand to see is the marriage of Michael Healy to Lyndsey Garlick (see pic of the couple above left) in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 2008. In our mail today was an invitation to their wedding. Michael, who we came to know as Elder Healy, served as a missionary in our ward for a six-month stretch last year. Elder Healy did great work here in the Kaneohe 1st ward, including, among many other things, helping to paint the Turner family home.
Even if we can't make it to SLC for the wedding, we will be there in spirit. Congrats to Michael and Lyndsey.

1 comment:

DeweyOlsen said...

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