a monthly photo of our family
Jensen: Finished the second semester of his program, placed his first soil probe in a local pasture, and got the first chigger bites of the season. He continues to serve in the Elders Quorum Presidency, which takes up a lot of his time out of school and the lab, so it was quite a feat that he finished reading a book for fun! He also received a couple of rejection letters for grants and travel funds, which he shall begin to wallpaper our walls with. Ally's favorite moment: He said, while we listened to Symphony No. 9 in D Minor by Beethoven, "There are few things as good in this world as a well-timed timpani."
Ally: Felt like she should apply to a graduate program, and after searching from sustainable textiles to public health, she has found "the one": a Master's in Educational Psychology here at Texas A&M. Her degree will have an emphasis in Cognition, Creativity, Instruction, and Development. But first, she must apply! She'll do so, and take the GRE, next month. In other news, she continues to work with the Young Women, and feels inspired by their spiritual strength. Jensen's favorite moment: seeing alligators in the wild for the first time!
Both: Celebrated two years of marriage by visiting a local State Park and taking our inflatable kayaks out on their maiden voyage. We saw five alligators! And lived to tell the tale. We also added a few more plants to our growing collection: a white Pentas for Mothers' Day, and sage, mint, and lemon thyme for a little herb garden. Our shared ground garden is growing as well; the tomatoes are thriving, the peppers popping out, but the squash and zucchini have introduced us to Southwestern squash vine borers. They've taken out two of the three squash plants, the one and only zucchini plant, and have begun to destroy the heirloom squash. Oh the joys of learning the garden maladies of a new area. We'll persevere!