humble Sunday

Why yes, I did hear that the U won on Saturday. And in case you missed the score: 24-48 was painted all over my windows and a few happy momentos left on my doorstep.

Stefan can’t believe that Roger (or maybe Mary?) would desecrate this lovely BYU t-shirt when I’ve been too cheap to buy Stef his own. Sorry kiddo, pranks are a higher priority than clothing in the family budget.

Love the annual holy war, love the rivalry, love devising evil plans to get those Utes next year…

But Sunday morning dawns, and everyone has to be nice at church– or at least civil.

Today is Hansel’s first Sabbath as a twelve year old and he leaves the 3-11 year old world of Primary for the sophisticated realm of Young Men’s, Deacon’s Quorum, Boy Scouts…(did I just put sophisticated and Boy Scouts in the same sentence?) It’s the closest we Mormon’s come to a bar mitzvah– interviews with the Primary President and the Bishop, being presented to the congregation and reciting an article of faith (Hans did the 13th cause he’s ambitious that way) and for boys, receiving the Aaronic Priesthood and being ordained as a Deacon. As a deacon he is responsible for passing the sacrament, folding chairs, cleaning the chapel, shoveling the walks, going door to door to collect fast offerings and basically doing any sort of chore the Bishop asks of him. It’s so nice to have someone besides me to boss him around.

It was also Hansie’s first time wearing a tie. I have a strict rule forbidding ties on my boys until they are twelve. They’ll be wearing those nooses for the rest of their life so I don’t allow them on my little men(though Gabe seriously covets his buddy John’s spiffy 3-piece suit and tie). Erik instructed him on the fine art of tying the knot:

over and around
under and through
check the length– oops, too short.
Erik warned him that it takes at least 3 tries until every Sunday until you turn 14.

slide through the back.

I’ve been thinking about this day, this photo, since Hansie was born. And it’s lovelier than I imagined.

Deacon, Teacher, Priest.
November 22, 2008
November 29, 2008



  1. Heather

    November 24, 2008

    I love your photos of your husband teaching your son to tie his tie. Precious. By the time I got to the last picture of you deacon, teacher, and priest, I had tears in my eyes. It makes me want to have more boys.

  2. duchess

    November 24, 2008

    That’s a handsome bunch you have there.
    Great pictures.

  3. m_and_m

    November 24, 2008

    This really was a lovely post. The pics are priceless.

  4. Jan Russell

    November 25, 2008

    handsome boys!

  5. katherine

    November 26, 2008

    Good job Hans!!!!!

  6. Claudia

    November 26, 2008

    I absolutely love your boys! They are great examples. I look forward to the day when I can take a similar picture of my three sons with the same caption underneath.


    November 27, 2008


    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Mitchell Family

    November 27, 2008

    Loved this post. And I like your tie rule. The last photo is excellent. I teared up too and as I try to put into words what I’m feeling, I burnt dinner. Ruth

  9. smart mama

    November 27, 2008

    perfect capturing i can’t wait to see my three boys at those ages

  10. Lizzy

    November 27, 2008

    Winning is the best revenge. ( like you said at the last post) Too bad you didn’t win. ha. Congratulations Hans! 🙂

  11. Ken

    November 28, 2008

    Congratulations Hans!
    You are a wonderful young man and I believe you will be a righteous Priesthood holder because you were “born of goodly parents” who taught you correct principles with love and joy.
    I love and admire you.
    Grandpa Ken

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