Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dad

Well, after years of talking about back surgery, Jim finally did it. He has been trying to find a neurosurgeon that would do it. Three doctors have refused. The last time he was told the doctor wouldn't do it, he said that he went back into the car in the parking lot and sat in the car and cried. That's how badly his back has been hurting. We finally found a new neurosurgeon that has opened practice in Payson, right next to Dr. Wallentine. I saw him concerning the sore spot on my spine and was impressed with his attitude and willingness to refer me back to a different doctor once the MRI confirmed there was no growth. He didn't ever promise Jim that he could fix all of his back but could help with a portion of it. We felt good about him and decided to trust him.

Friday morning we showed up to the hospital about 9:30 a.m. I said my goodbyes to Jim about 10:30 a.m. and didn't hear anything from a nurse until after 1:30 p.m. She told me they didn't actually take Jim into surgery until 1:00 p.m.  At 4:00 the nurse came and told me Jim would not be done for about another hour and a half. I hadn't eaten breakfast or lunch so I went home, ate something and then took Ammon back with me. We went to the assigned room where Jim would be and waited. He didn't get into his room until 7:00 p.m. He was pretty groggy. We stayed until about 8:30 and then came home. Yesterday much of the day was spent trying to balance medications and drugs. He didn't do well on Percocet. His blood sugars were very high and his kidney function was poor. Today they figured things out and finally got him off Percocet and on to Toradol, which is the drug I used with my knee that doesn't seem to have so many side affects. We went over to see him after church today and Jim was sitting in a chair (carefully). His color was much better. He was lucid even though he was still tired. The catheter has been removed but bowel function is still not working which is Jim's biggest concern. Hopefully that will be figured out by tomorrow as well. His kidney functions are better today but still not where they should be.

The doctor put rods along two vertebrae that had slipped to align them better. He was only able to get them about 75% aligned but the doctor had warned us that with age muscles and tissues get more rigid and he may not be able to get them perfectly aligned. The doctor was pleased with how much he was able to move them. When Jim had surgery on his back in the 1990s, Dr. Gaufain did not fuse it. That disc had disintegrated and there was bone-on-bone in that section and Jim also had a herniated disc so those two places were repaired and all three were fused. It was a lot of work and there will be a lot of pain and recovery, but we are optimistic that it will be a lot better than it was before the surgery.

We appreciate all your phone calls and prayers. Jim has really been touched that his kids have called him and expressed their concern and well-wishes. That has meant a lot to him.   I'm tired - bone tired. I am going to work tomorrow but will take most of the week off to help Jim once he is home. It's onward and upward now!

Last night was the Salem Hills High School Senior Dinner/Dance, catered by Tucanos. It was a stag dance. Ammon doesn't normally like stag dances but he really wanted to go to this dance. He kept talking about it with the other priests. One of the priests, Dallin Toews said, "I really didn't want to go to the dance. I wasn't planning to go but Ammon was so excited about it so some of us thought it would be great to take him." So Ryan May came over and officially asked Ammon if he would like to go to the dance with him, Dallin and Chance Lane. It was a masquerade ball. Debbie May even picked up a mask for Ammon. All the boys said the dance was a blast! Ammon said it was the funnest night he's ever had. (He has a lot of those these days.) I really appreciated the boys taking Ammon under their wing. They rotated who would stay with Ammon while he finished eating and then they all took pictures, danced and partied.




 Four awesome, handsome guys! Dallin, Chance, and Ryan with Ammon in the front. You couldn't guess who Ammon was, huh! :)


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Busy Weeks

We have been so busy for so long I can't remember what a long, relaxing day is like. Ammon keeps us really busy and last week was especially crazy. He has been rehearsing to perform with the Lifehouse Dance Academy for their religious fireside which was done last Wednesday night at the Covey Center in Provo. After many weeks of practice, it was finally here. The performance by everyone was amazing! The video segment of Ammon's interview was touching and left many touched and in tears. The message of the fireside was profound and left me with many ideas and thoughts to mull over and inspiration to do better.

On Friday night Ammon went to a birthday party for Chance Lane at Nickelmania in Springville. He had a good time there. This week is going to be just as busy. On Wednesday I have a doctor's appointment and then we go to Ammon's final IEP at Salem High School. I have also started taking a financial/retirement class at BYU which is every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 for 6 weeks. Friday Jim will have back surgery.

I finally found a few moments to get outside and take a few photos of the winter wonderland up on the mountains east of BYU.




 This is the coolest store front ever!  I love it! Pioneer Book downtown Provo.

 Thanks to gift cards from Chelsey and Brent for Christmas, we were finally able to find a rug we like. We got it last night at Home Fabric in Orem.
 (Just pretend we don't have a green plaid couch and then you can see how well it fits into the room.)
 Pretty, pretty!
We also found a perfect kitchen table and chairs but won't get that for a couple of weeks.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Holidays


I did not have any current photos of Adam & Amy's kids so we took a few last Sunday before church. I have some I can now print off and hang on the wall.

 Henry has probably grown in maturity the most. He is a bright young boy. It was fun to see his eyes light up as he explained something to me. He was the nicest big brother! One day I saw him walk over to George, rub his head and then give him a little kiss. For no reason. Just because. Henry was very helpful and was respectful and kind. He's going to be an outstanding man one day.
 Melt-your-heart George. His dimples get to me. He is one of the most pleasant babies I've ever been around. He talks to himself. You can't understand what he says, but he's jabbering away. He gives you the "stink-eye" until he gets to know you. He's so funny and sweet.
 Ella is truly beautiful. She, too, is a great big sister. She was tolerant of a younger sister, Gracie that wanted to play everything Ella played and wanted to be next to Ella most of the time. Ella is very athletic. I joked with Adam that she would be the next great Mormon female bobsledder. She had all the right moves to make the disc go exactly where she wanted it to go while flying down the hill. She played outside for hours!
 Gracie is very enthusiastic! She wants and needs your attention a lot and when she gets it, she lights up with a grin all over her face. She loves to be interactive with anybody and everybody. She has already picked out her husband (one day when she's old enough). She will probably have to fight off several men in her lifetime before she actually gets that "one."
 Sam is so fun it's unbelievable! He is not afraid of anything. He spent hours outside, too. Adam built two sled runs - one big one and the other one for smaller kids. Sam had no interest in the little run. He got to the top of the big one and said, "I'm ready!" with a huge smile on his face. He loves hugs and he loves people. He is simply adorable.
 I normally don't post pictures of myself but Ella took this one and was insistent that she get a picture of me, so here it is, Ella. She asked me to send it to her. That was sweet.
Thanks for coming, Adam and Amy. It meant a lot and added more meaning to Christmas this year.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Home

We're home. We left Utah at about 2 pm yesterday (Friday) and got home around 1:30 am Pacific time. The kids were great and our new van helped with making the trip work, as we now have a working DVD player in it and a rack on top, which allowed us to carry the many extra stuff we had gotten for Christmas, etc back with us.

Considering how my (Adam) health was at the time, we feel very grateful we were able to travel so safely and comfortably home. The kids were great and the roads were clear. I just kept rotating the Tylenol and Ibuprofen until we got home. We stopped at the rest stop just before Wendover, in Elko for Gas and 2 Redbox movies to supplement the ones we already had (great idea, by the way), in Winnemucca for dinner, then Auburn (CA) for our last gas and potty break. Smooth riding all the way. I was very blessed to have no headaches or major fevers on the way home and only needed a very small amount of caffeine to help keep me alert on the roads. It was a good trip.

Our trip to Utah was fun and we enjoyed seeing everyone. We were talking on the way home, however, how little we got to see everyone, in reality. Between schedules, distances, holiday plans, and sicknesses, it's hard to get it all in and done. The sicknesses really got in the way for me, too. I was sick when we arrived in Utah (with a cold), but within a few days I felt great and we were out digging in the snow and having a blast. But then on this past Tuesday night, I came in and began to feel slightly feverish and like my cold was coming back. By Wednesday morning, I was in full flu mode and could not get it better. 

Thursday morning at about 4:30 am, I woke up and for 2 hours struggled to get my temperature under control. I could not get warm and my chest was hurting from coughing and shivering. Finally I woke up Mom and Dad and had Dad give me a blessing and take me to the hospital in Payson. We left the hospital with a diagnosis of "influenza A" and a prescription for Percocet. During the night I had felt prayed to know what to do to help since I needed to get better to drive home by Friday, etc. I kept feeling to go to the hospital, but put it off for a while until I knew for sure that was what I should do. 

Going was the right decision. I'm not sure why, but for some reason, the Percocet was able to help my body calm down. When we had gotten to the hospital, by blood pressure was somewhere near 175/100 and my heartbeat at some points during the night had been near 120. I couldn't sleep and I couldn't get my temperature regulated. The Percocet seemed to calm my body down enough that allowed my blood pressure to go down, my heart to slow, and my temperature to get back to manageable. It also helped me sleep, which was a nice blessing.

Anyway, unfortunately, my sickness meant that we had to stay away from everyone the most of this week and it wasn't so fun for any of us. We really wish we had been able to spend more quality time with each of you. We are thinking of changing up when we come to a Summer time visit to make it simpler for us, etc and plan it ahead better. This was our first visit back since moving, so we are not so great at it yet.

Thanks to you all who came down to see us and/or let us see you, let us borrow stuff of yours, and said prayers on our behalf. It wasn't a perfect visit, but it was nice and we're glad we went. 

We're glad to be home. We are still recovering. My symptoms are more like a sinus infection and a little bit of lingering flu now, but George and Sam are both feeling down and Henry and Amy too a bit. We'll be hiding out for a few days until we get everyone better here.

We love you all and appreciate your support and love thanks for spending time, effort, money, and patience on us.

Love you all.

Adam.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Years

Happy New Year, everybody!

As most of you know, I don't really believe in making resolutions on New Years. I believe I should try to better myself every day. One day doesn't make it magic. However, this year I decided to write a few resolutions just to say I did it. Here they are:

1. Wake up every morning.,
2.  Get to work in one piece without any accidents.
3.  Figure out how to get rid of nose hairs.
4.  Keep from gaining another 10 pounds.
5.  Stay married.
6.  Celebrate Ammon's high school graduation.
7.  Define fun and then do something fun.
8.  Learn one new thing with my camera. (Like how to turn it on.)
9.  Keep taking pictures.
10. Burn my black slacks. Replace them.
11. Buy a shirt long enough to cover the rubber things on the butt of one of my other black pants.        (I like those pants.)
12. Go a whole month without offending one of my kids (or their spouses).
13. Nah, be myself and don't worry about offending everybody. (It's never done intentionally anyway.)
14. Don't replace my second knee.
15. Don't amputate my first knee.
16. Do something nice for somebody else on one of these 365 days.
17. Don't tell anybody you've done something nice.
18. Don't listen to Christmas music again until November, 2015.
19. Keep my mouth shut at church so I don't get excommunicated.
20. Keep my mouth shut, period.
21. Become a doormat. (Not really, but it might make somebody happy.)
22. Go to the dentist -- at least once in a year. Ask for Valium first.
23. Don't get fired. Just retire.
24. Be more positive than negative.
25. Buy rose-colored glasses.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Jim's Birthday

Christmas late afternoon Adam went outside with kids in tow to build another sled run. Many years ago he built a small one for Henry when he was just a little boy. Mike built one last year and we had enough snow to build another one this year. This run is similar to the one Mike & Adrianne built, banking around the tree. It's too bad it wasn't done while all the kids were here yesterday but it hadn't stopped snowing. Adam spent nearly two hours outside into the dark building this run. Henry and Ella helped. We got another inch or so of snow overnight so they went out again today with sleds and discs and they have had a great time. We have lots of wet clothes, wet gloves, cold toes but lots of laughter. Ella doesn't give up. She goes upside down, backwards and in a little ball.




 Ella tried the big run but it frightened her so Adam made her a little run of her own.

 Henry is a daredevil, too.

 Sam stood at the top and announced, "I'm ready!" with a huge smile on his face. He wasn't afraid of anything.



Now to celebrate Jim's birthday.

Christmas Day

Christmas morning, 2014 greeted us with a white day. We got about 14" of snow. It as definitely beautiful if you didn't have to drive in the stuff.


 Everyone came up in the afternoon to hang out, exchange gifts and have some food. It was loud, crowded and fun. I was so happy everyone was able to make it up here and that they made it back home safely.






 At the end of the day after everything was put away.
 I ordered this from Mike & Adrianne. It is spectacular!  I am so in love with it.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Update on this weekend

Rather if you have seen it on my facebook or if mom and dad told you, or someone else in family, most of you probably saw that Chad and Kathrynne were in a car accident on Saturday. Every one is okay, including the guy in the other car, but I will tell you what happened.

I asked Chad to talk Kathrynne with him to the store so I could have some uninterrupted time to clean and get ready for the day. He was on his way home from Target and was going down 4800 N (or Foothill Dr) down by the Riverwoods. He got a green light and started across the intersection at University Ave when a guy ran the red light. He basically t-boned our car. His car hit ours right behind the front passengers wheel well. Our axle is bent pretty bad and it was leaking transmission fluid. The other car was worse. The scary part is that if Chad was hit a few feet farther back, it would have hit Kathrynne.

Our car got towed and will be transferred to Martin's Collision today. We have awesome car insurance from State Farm and our rental will be covered by them. What isn't covered (20% of the cost) we will be taking it to the other drivers insurance. Martin's Collision is a certified place by State Farm so we won't have to get an adjuster to go out and look at the car. From there we will find out if it is totaled or not. 

The other driver admitted out loud to Chad, and the officer heard him say this as well, that it was all his fault. Let's just say that this has not been the best weekend. I am just extremely thankful that both Chad and Kathrynne are okay. I am thankful for my friend Emily picked me up and stayed with us and took us home. I will thank my lucky stars every day for the safety the Lord had given our family. 

Sunday, December 07, 2014

We're Cooooming....

Hey ya'll. Well, this post is mostly for the Utah folks (sorry everyone else). As you know, we are coming to Utah for Christmas this year. Here are the dates we have planned at the moment:

We will be arriving in Utah on Dec. 20. We are not sure what time. This will depend on when we leave. There is a chance we leave on Friday night, but that has not been settled yet.

We will be staying in Utah until Saturday, Jan. 3rd.

We are looking forward to being there and spending time with anyone and everyone who wants to see us. We don't have many plans settled on yet, in terms of set dates and times, so if you want to schedule something, feel free. Or we can improvise as we go. Either way.

Our kids talk about it a lot these days and we are all excited to see you all.

See you there!

Adam

Thursday, December 04, 2014

2014 Christmas Gift Exchange

For reference, here is the "assignments" for each of us in the 2014 Christmas family gift exchange.

Jason & Michelle: Gillian & Kevin
Adam & Amy: Chad & Kaitlin
Brent & Chelsey: Ammon
Jess & Jen: Jason & Michelle
Mike & Adrianne: Adam & Amy
Lindsey & Hans: Brent & Chelsey
Lance & Nancy: Jess & Jen
Dave & Tana: Adrianne & Mike
Gillian & Kevin:Lindsey & Hans
Chad & Kaitlin: Lance & Nancy
Ammon: Dave & Tana


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mother Did You Know?

This morning Ammon had one of his favorite carols playing on his computer. It was the rendition of Mary Did You Know by Pentatonix. It is a very beautiful piece of music.

A thought  immediately came to my head that I want to share with everyone. Yes, Mary had an the most amazing baby ever born into this world. But the thing that made him amazing was that he provided a way for every child to become like him and his Heavenly Parents.

That means that those babies that Chris and I have held and nurtured, and those children that you kids love and teach and serve are in the end as special as that baby that Mary held in her arms. Chris told me this morning how she used to tell the boys that if they lived good lives they could grow up to be worthy to become prophets. She was right, but had way underestimated the real possibilities.

So, Mothers, did you know?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day and I Am Thankful

I am thinking about this holiday with my heart tonight. I have been watching a movie about the Christ and his mother, Mary. That leads me to acknowledge that for which I am most thankful: a knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Chris in its true form. My life has been full of the teachings of Christ since I was a child. My faith in it has become very strong. I am willing to do whatever God would have me do for his gospel and its workings on earth. I say that in great weakness, but am the first to say that God is forgiving, patient, and long-suffering, and will accept my humble offerings.

The second thing that I am most grateful for is the privilege of having Chris as my wife for time and all eternity. This blessing to my life is actually the same as the first thing I have mentioned. The essence of the Gospel is my love for her and all that it has meant and will entail for all eternity. There is nothing more important than the opportunity be a part of sharing the gospel to my family. If His work is to bring to pass the immortality and Eternal life of man, then my humble part in that work is itself eternal in nature. With such a woman by my side as Chris is, and with the Gospel that Jesus has provided, even my own self and my family will go on for ever.

There are lots of other things for which I am thankful, but they all are part of the first two things. May my gratitude never end!

Jim Clark

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Payson Temple

The Payson Temple is nearing completion. The landscape is done but fences are still all around it so we can't get too near. I'm so excited to see the finished product. The stone is more the color of the bottom picture - just depends on the light. The top picture is the front view, 2nd picture is from the southeast and the bottom is from the northwest.




Monday, November 17, 2014

Final Day of Ammon's Week



Final Day of Ammon’s Week

Words fail me. The only words that come to mind that would describe the week-long event honoring Ammon can’t quite convey the feelings Ammon, Jim and I experienced. Overwhelming, deeply touching, gratitude, spectacular, fantastic, awesome, humbling. Those words combined might convey some of the emotions that went through our minds and hearts over the past week. Every event showed that much thought and work was expended on behalf of Ammon. Students stepped up to the plate. The student council had to be beyond tired at the end of the week. They were the first at the school and the last to leave. I wondered how they had time to sleep, let alone study and attend classes. Their parents must have invested in pretty large batteries to plug their kids in at night – just to energize them to go another day. I looked at so many of the administration and faculty members that brought their families to events so they would have a little time with them. They don’t get paid for after school hours. We saw the personal sacrifice of so many that it truly was humbling.

The students at Salem Hills High School shattered the perception of a self-centered world. They showed our part of the world that service is alive and well and that youth can do great things.

Although we had sent food to school for the Skyhawk Gorge in previous years, we ourselves had not attended and had no idea what to expect. I have never seen so much food at any event before! Almost every school club and organization and some local businesses had tables filled with samples of every kind imaginable. There were goldfish, brownies, bars and cookies. There was every kind of candy, trail mix, banana splits, hot chocolate and rootbeer floats. There was snake jerky and wonderfully spicy meatballs. Mac and Cheese sold out very quickly. We looked for something other than sweets. We found strawberries and grapes, hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones. The tables lined every single hall on the main floor – all hallways were filled with food, people and students serving. The cafeteria was also filled. Hundreds and hundreds of people flocked to this event. The school sold “Ammon Productions” shirts and dog tags saying, “Make Ammon’s dream come true.” All kinds of people were wearing their shirts, showing that they had purchased them to support this event.
The going was slow as we worked our way down the hallways. People stopped to talk to Ammon. He hugged everybody. He is definitely a hugger. He ate what he could. He smiled until I thought his face would crack. We saw old friends and made new ones. It’s amazing to go anywhere with Ammon. He knows everybody and everybody knows him!! They become instant friends when he is with us.

All the while the food was going, entertainment was going on in the auditorium with people that signed up. Guitar playing, small groups performing, soloists, etc. It was a lot of fun.

I am not sure what the monetary goal was. I think in years past they have raised anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000.00. There was a poster by Ammon’s special ed classroom that showed the progress of money raised, filling the cup. I didn’t see the poster but Ammon had been watching it. The event was last Monday night. When Ammon came home on Tuesday afternoon he said the cup had been filled and they reached their goal. That’s such wonderful news!!!

I’m impressed when any organization does something like this. I’m even more impressed that student council members could pull this off with a little help from the administration.

Ammon didn’t slow down. A week ago (Saturday morning following the week-long event), a videographer came to our house to interview and film Ammon. He is going to be in a dance with some young girls at the religious fireside Lifehouse Dance Academy puts on every year. This year it’s about connections. They want to use Ammon as the focal point and being a spokesperson for the need to feel connected.
I thought they would only be at our house for maybe a half hour to an hour. Two and a half hours later, they finally left. I think they kept asking him questions because they weren’t actually getting what they thought they should get.

Here are some of the questions and Ammon’s honest answers. I kept totally quiet. These were his feelings. I didn’t try to hurry him or re-phrase. This was simply Ammon.

Q:  Do you feel broken in any way?
A:  No, not at all.

Q:  Why do you think God gave you this body? Others can walk and have normal bodies. Have you thought why you have this one?
A:  Well, Christ came to the earth to pay for all our sins as long as we repent. None of us are perfect so I guess this is my thing. That’s why I have this body.

Q:  Do you ever feel invisible?
A:  No – only at stag dances. I don’t like to go to those because it’s dark in the room and it’s loud. My voice is so quiet that no one can hear me and they can’t see me, either. So I won’t go to stag dances any more.

Q:  Do you think it’s difficult to take care of you?
A:  Are you kidding?!? No! Oh, they have to help me get dressed and stuff like that but I’m not hard to take care of.  

Q:  Do you think you have a purpose on this earth and what it would be?
A:  We’re going to sing “Have I Done Any Good in the World Today” in ward choir on Sunday so I’ll say, “Have I done any good in the world today? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed.” I guess that’s my purpose.

There were many other probing questions and the answers Ammon gave were all very simple and straightforward. I thought, “Why do we make life so complex? Why can’t we have simple, powerful answers like this?” 

When they didn’t get the “poor is me,” “feel sorry for me” answers, then they turned to me to get reality. The reality is that Ammon is the way he says he is. He doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He has been blessed with a purity and humility that compensates for his physical difficulties. He doesn’t take offense easily. He has never said a single bad word about anyone in his life. He chooses to see the good in others. He would never think someone was purposely mean to him. In his innocence, that spectrum of his thinking doesn’t exist. We try to help him stay that way with positive things to say and do. The reality is that he is left out often by peers – not purposely but due to inconvenience. The reality is it is hard to take care of his physical needs. He was referring to the typical teenage troubles that worry parents. He doesn’t talk back. He doesn’t show any rebellion at all. He is always (!) grateful for everything we do for him. He tells us a hundred times a day that he loves us and expects us to say it back. What kind of teenager is like that?! No, he isn’t difficult to care for and he recognizes that.

Last week Ammon sang a solo at the special education talent show held in Spanish Fork. He didn’t lip sync – he sang it with two other girls singing the girl part. He sang, "Don't Give Up." He loves this song. It epitomizes his life. He isn’t afraid to try something new. He doesn’t care what others think because he only thinks the best of everybody else so why wouldn’t they think the same about him? What a philosophy. 

I continue to be amazed by this young man.

Monday, November 10, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JASON AND JEN!!

 
I hope this day is wonderful for both of you.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Sleep Paralysis Anyone?

I'm curious to know if anyone else in the family has or does experience what is called, Sleep Paralysis. I do on a recurring basis. Thankfully not too frequently, but it does reoccur every few months or so for me. Anyone else experience this?

Adam

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Ammon's Week

Ammon posted some of the things that happened today at Salem Hills High School in his honor. It was one very nice assembly that touched all of us. The school selects someone every year to sponsor for a Make-A-Wish dream. They do a large, week-long fundraiser to help make those dreams come true. Only one student was unable to have her dream fulfilled. She wanted to go to the birthplace of Jane Austen. The student passed away before she was able to go to England. I believe Ammon is the 6th person to be honored. Make-A-Wish would not accept Ammon two years ago so we told the student council members to find someone else but they would not accept a no from us. They persisted - two or three different times until we remembered The Dream Factory that Adrianne had told us about a few years ago. Two of the women that run this local chapter went to school with Adrianne. We contacted them and the rest is history. They are still very involved with this project.

Since Ammon's dream has already been granted and paid for, the money that is raised during this following week will be given back to the Dream Factory to give to another deserving child. We are so happy to be part of this experience and to hopefully help someone else feel the joy we have felt.

The assembly was organized by the student council. They did a whole lot of work to get this to come about. We were totally impressed!

Top photo was the schools jazz band. They were really good. I thought a lot about Adam's band and how much fun it was to follow him around and here their performances.

 This young man is now a missionary in Finland named Steven Goodsell. They were able to get an audio clip of him talking to Ammon and congratulating him on this honor. They were in choir together and Elder Goodsell was always very kind to Ammon. His younger brother is now on the student council.
 Here is the SHHS student council. Most of you know Devin Minson, top left in bright peach/orange shirt. The boy on the bottom right next to Ammon is Kenny VanAusdel and he was the persistent kid that got us to agree to do this.
 This is just a group of boys that are friends with Ammon. The boy on the right next to Ammon packed Ammon up into the football stands last week when they had senior pictures and held him.
During the assembly we all went up on stage at one point and talked a little about Ammon and what we like about him or how he has affected us. Even little Austin took the mike and said, "I love Ammon." It was the cutest thing ever!  Lauren and Abby at first didn't want to say anything but when the mike came around to them, they each told something they liked about Ammon. I was so proud of them.
 Devin and Parry -- two cool guys.
Despite all the things Ammon hasn't been able to do in the past, he sure is making up for it this year as a senior. He's wearing us out! He could barely contain his excitement last night before he went to bed and was just as excited today! I am so grateful for the wonderful experiences that he has been able to have throughout his life. I believe, besides meeting Elder Holland, this topped all of them.
It was really nice to have so many family members come and attend. Thanks!