Monday, September 21, 2009

News of Bradley's Mission Farewell

For those of you who couldn’t make Brad’s Missionary Farewell yesterday I thought I’d give you a little look at some of the events of the day.

I’m sure Brad worked on his talk for days and days, maybe even months. He was very well prepared and had much of his talk memorized…almost all of the scriptures (many of them being seminary scripture mastery scriptures) were memorized and he had a great command of what he spoke and even more importantly there was a nice spirit about him.

Brad’s topic was on Adversity. He taught us from the scriptures and he shared a couple family stories that I thought you might like to hear…

Brad talked about the family living in El Paso (before he was born) and about some of the adversity the family faced as it sacrificed so that John and Christine could attend medical school. They were considered “poor in things, but very rich in love”, a regular comment from Christine, even today. They lived in a double wide mobile home…all six of them. It was not very often that they even had a spare quarter for “Pickles and Popcorn Day” at school. Every once in awhile they would each be given a dime to spend at the local drug store and that was a huge treat. There was adversity at times but it was a good thing for all of them because they learned, grew and showed their willingness to sacrifice.

Jake remembers this from Brad’s talk—Brad asked his mom “Why can’t everyone be healthy and happy?” Christine taught a gospel principle about recognizing the good from bad and then went on to give this analogy—one that Brad (and Jake) could easily relate to: “It’s like a piece of pie. How do you know if it’s a good pie if you haven’t tasted a bad pie.” Sometimes we are given adversity in our lives so that we might know and appreciate all that is good.

Another experience that Brad shared was his desire to receive a strong witness of the truthfulness of what he was preparing to do. He said that he went to his private sanctuary (the pitcher’s mound on the baseball field) all alone, late one evening. He spent quite a while there asking, pleading, praying for a witness that he should go on a mission. He said he went home quite disappointed because he felt nothing. A couple of days later he said that a quiet peace came over him with a soft but very direct answer to his question—the thought was that “Brad, you’ve known all along that you should serve a mission!” What a great reminder for all of us. The Church is true, prophets are inspired (including in their calls for young men to serve missions) and isn’t it great that we don’t need mighty miracles to know that.

I was impressed with Brad’s ability to remember so many that influenced his life both in the past and today. His Young Men leaders, his Scout leaders. His love for his family is deep. He named all of his nieces and nephews starting with Madelyn and ending with Jonathan…he did not forget one. I know each one of them knew of his love for them not only because he said it at the pulpit but because he shows it whenever he’s with them…I’ve witnessed it many times.

Brad loves his Mom. He said that he couldn’t think of anyone more loving than his mom. I’ve always loved the story of young Brad calling for “the good doctor” whenever he had a wound. Brad loves his Dad. He said that he looked up to his dad the most. Made my heart swell when I heard that because I know by looking and watching Brad that it is true. Many hours of early morning scripture study with John and Christine, lots of baseball games with Christine yelling “Go Bad Brad!”, many family get-togethers with sisters, brothers, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws have helped Brad to be who he is. A good, worthy man willing to serve the Lord.

After Sacrament meeting we went over to Gunnison Valley High School for a little luncheon. I guess Christine thought that would be the best place for the large crowd of family that came. I thought it was a great idea! The kids did too. They had previously prepared the cafeteria of the school to be a Mexican Fiesta…because Brad was called to the Spanish speaking part of the Oregon mission. Christine and probably many others spent hours previous to the big day making homemade enchiladas, beans and rice, salsa and chips and a “Chocolate Factory” (as John referred to it). We enjoyed the company, ate well, and kept the chocolate factory going most of the afternoon!

After the meal we all pitched in and had the high school cafeteria put back together again for business on Monday. We were then ushered outside for family pictures. Those Jacksons sure know how to corral the bunch for fabulous photos. Christine said that she hoped that at least one of the pictures would be Christmas card worthy for this year.

Well you’d think that the festivities would be over at about this time. Nope it’s that time of the year…the time all kids (and some adults) fear…flu shot time! I guess whenever the Jackson family gets together in the early fall the docs break out the flu vaccines for the entire family. The Chatfields were happy to be in on it this year. Right there in the High School lobby—one by one—every man, woman and child was poked in the arm or the leg by the nurses from John and Christine’s clinic. Some family members made lots of noise and other just grinned as their turn was over. The nurses were amazing, I could hardly feel the little pinch. They even rewarded us with a sucker. What a healthy bunch we’ll be!

It was a nice day and could have only been nicer with All of our loved ones there. We love our family and love being with you.

Brad will enter the MTC on September 30, 2009 before 12:00 noon…after his free IHOP breakfast. We look forward to hearing about Brad’s mission news via John and Christine. Hopefully the email service between Jerusalem and Oregon is reliable and swift.

Love you all…and thanks for giving me the opportunity to write a little…it’s good for my family history!

Bradley's Mission Farewell Sept. 2009

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jake and Wally Joyner

While working Friday morning Wally Joyner happened to come in with his dogs to see Dr. D….Jake has been waiting for this opportunity for awhile, knowing that Wally Joyner’s dogs are regulars at the animal clinic. Jake has had a ball waiting to be signed for 6 months now.

When Wally came in Dr. D. told him that there was a young boy named Jake that was looking forward to meeting him. Wally was kind and said he had just the thing for Jake. He ran out to his car and brought back a signed picture/postcard—the inscription said:
Hope to see you in “The Big Leagues”!
Wally Joyner

On the back of the post card it gives his number #22-1st base for the Padres. Then a description—Cheerful Wally Joyner, an extraordinary hitter and exceptional fielder, exhibits more self-control than perhaps any other major leaguer. The product of Brigham Young University plays baseball as hard as anyone, but does not smoke, drink alcohol, or use foul language. “It’s easy to do those things; it’s much more of a challenge to avoid them. That’s what I choose to do,” says the man who’s an All-Star, on and off the field.

I read the description of Wally to Jake and he smiled a big smile. “I really like him,” says Jake. So do I.

High Adventure in Springville

The Buggy Ride
This weekend we participated in a good ole fashioned buggy ride and a little chicken wrangling! Good times here in Springville!

Dr. D (our local veterinarian and family friend), invited us over to the animal clinic to learn how to drive and ride in a buggy or surrey, absent the fringe on top. A couple of months ago Dr. D. purchased an Amish trained work horse from Pennsylvania. Joy (the name of the horse) was shipped here to Utah and has since been in several parades including the SLC 24th of July parade. The Amish work their horses hard for many years and when they start to get a bit older they retire and sell them. I’m not sure if Joy wanted to retire to Utah but she’s got a pretty good life here with Dr. D.

Joy and Banjo (the other horse) just eat and hang out together. Dr. D. decided it best to divide the horse corral/stall in half due to Joy eating more than her fair share of the hay. After a month of living and eating together Banjo was losing bulk and we noticed that Joy was moving (not too gently) Banjo aside when it was chow time. Now they are co-existing peacefully with a divider between them. Kinda reminds me of John and Dave’s room in the good old days!

As I drove up the road to the animal clinic to drop off Bianca and Jake at work I noticed Joy clip-clopping down the road and Dr. D and Dad with big smiles on their faces riding behind on the buggy. Dr. D. was teaching Dad how to “drive” the buggy. Dad of course learned quickly and soon everyone wanted a ride, including me.

When you sit behind Joy you realize just how large and strong she is. She had no problem taking all for a ride. We even took her up on the 5-lane overpass being constructed above the clinic. Motor Vehicles are not allowed yet but we felt our mode of transportation was ok. It was fun being the only one on the road...the construction guys were a little surprised to see some action alongside them.

Dad mentioned that it would be fun to take Mom out for a little ride. Dr. D. said maybe he’d get a little top for the buggy...but “no fringe, cause that’s a little too girly”. Sounds like a nice afternoon…maybe we’ll throw in a picnic basket and make it a date!

I’m not sure there was much work done at the animal clinic that afternoon but Bianca, Jake, Kate, Cierra, Grandpa and I sure had a fun time. Thanks Dr. D and Joy!

The Chicken Wranglers
The Sunday after our buggy ride we had another adventure. A little chicken wrangling!!

Every Sunday after our church meetings the kids and I go over to the animal clinic to feed the horses and chickens...yep, they need to eat on Sunday too!
Jake normally takes care of the chickens because they are his mission money makers...he sells the eggs to friends, neighbors and hometeachers—they’re so good to Jake...but today Bianca said she would feed them. I guess she wasn’t aware that if you’re not careful and don’t latch the chicken coop door the chickens like to bust out of their prison.

Well that’s what happened. One of the chickens saw the opening and made a mad dash for it...and escaped! We all let out a wild yell and Jake came a’runnin. We looked at each other and I guess because Bianca felt responsible for the escape she took control and started chasing the chicken. If you’ve chased a chicken before (especially in a dress and heels) you’ll know they normally out run you...they are quick little buggers.

The chickens have been making friends with a wild hen for the last couple of weeks. The wild hen hangs out longingly peering (from the outside) through the chicken wire at our hens eating their cracked corn mash and drinking (kinda) fresh water on a daily basis. I think the wild hen wants the cage life and our hens want to try life on the outside. I guess one of them got their wish because she immediately hopped the fence and raced over to the wild one!

Bianca hopped the fence as well. She wasn’t quite as agile as the chicken but she managed to get over the barbed wire fence with only a few scratches and tares to her was quite comical for those of us watching...although no one dared to crack a smile for fear that Bianca would back out of her commitment and we’d have to take her place.

After about 30 minutes of chasing the chicken from one end of the “barnyard” to another we decided we needed a plan.

The plan was to drive the chicken into a corner and then scoop her up and plop her back into the coop. Jake and Bianca were great at guiding her into the corner but when they got close enough to touch her neither would reach down and grab her. I think they were remembering the roosters we had that would charge us if we dared to get too close...they ended up taking a long car ride.

At the point I decided I was going to have to get my hands dirty too. The chicken realized that if she jumped into the horse corral with all the muck in it that she was a little safer than being out in the grass. She jumped in the corral and just stood there and looked at us. I negotiated with Jake and Bianca and said if they would chase her out of the corral and into the feeding area I would grab her and plop her in the coup. Easy as that? Well…no, but it was a good plan because it worked.

Jake and Bianca donned work boots, jumped in the corral, chased through the muck and wrangled the cute little chicken over to the hay bales where I could reach down and grab her fat little body, yelling “open the door, FAST!”

Kate our animal lover was quite disturbed with the whole situation. She kept tearing up and whimpering. All along I thought it was because she was afraid for our welfare...nope...she was fearing animal cruelty.

I haven’t heard but I’m thinking that our cute little chicken’s laying capabilities were a little hampered that Sunday. I’m also hoping that she’ll think twice about trying another escape in the near future! We know that Bianca is well aware of the need to make sure the chicken coop door is fully latched from now on!

On the way home the kids discussed the possibility of trying to catch the wild hen. They think it might be good fun and kind of easy now that they are experienced chicken chasers.

Like I mentioned before…good times here in Springville!

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Our little chicken friends

A Little Buggy Ride

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Chatfield Chatter entry August 2009

Dear Chatter, (Kelsey's family newsletter)
First of all, we request a moment of silence and a Scout salute toward Springville, where Kels has finally retired his old Explorer uniform. It’s the same one that Dad and Mom bought for him so that he could have a decent Scout shirt at his Eagle court of honor over 30 years ago. Somewhere along the line he pulled the youth badges off of it; he updated it when we moved so that it had the correct troop number and council patch; and a few years after the Church stopped sponsoring Explorer units, people started asking what the deal was with the dark green color for a Scout uniform. Recently one of the sleeves started coming off, and the cloth is paper thin, so we thought it best to get him a current uniform. Some people at mid-life get a sports car or a trophy spouse, but since Kels started with a trophy wife and never drives anywhere, he is good with a new Scout uniform.

Kellie’s year as PTA president at the local grade school really seemed over once the kids got back to school. She has helped with a few things for teachers, but only as a mom and a committee member. It’s nice not to be the one in charge anymore. Her new hobby is finding a way to get to the Holy Land. Her brother John and his wife Christine had their youngest leave on a mission to Portland (Spanish speaking), then they in turn were called to serve at the BYU Jerusalem Center. Since Kellie has always wanted to visit Galilee and Jerusalem, she immediately wanted to plan a trip. Kels still has nightmares about the long, long flights to Moscow (three different times) and fears the same would be true for an Israel trip. He figures laying on a beach in Mexico would be more relaxing, and a Spain (where he served his mission) trip would be educational. We’ll probably end up going to Disneyland and calling it good. (Kellie inserts…oh no we won’t!)

Bianca started ninth grade a few days ago, which in Sacramento would mean high school. Here in Springville it means being condemned to one more year of junior high. But soccer season just started, so she has something to look forward to, at least for a couple of months. She scored the only goal in the team’s first game. So are you supposed to be happy or sad when your team loses but you shine? Bianca has the next SpringChats birthday, but that still means two full months until she turns 14, and Kels keeps threatening to show up at Church dances and show his best moves to all her friends. It’s tough to be excited about anything when you’re this age.

Football season makes Jake smile, win or lose. Flag football in a city league? He’s in. Touch football during recess? Glad to be back in school. Pro games starting in a few weeks? Time to tune up the fantasy team and convince Kellie to DVR a few games. Jake just wishes his folks cared enough about football to have BYU season tickets. But Grandpa Jackson is back in town, maybe he can find a way to a game or two this year. Jake watched the X Games to check out the skateboarders, and he wears out the deck of his board grinding it on everything in sight. He’s nice when he’s asleep, which isn’t at bedtime but is at get-up-for-school time. His prayers were answered when he got the fifth grade teacher that is known for not assigning much homework. Jake’s parents hope this bright boy learns enough to be able to sign the (insert sport currently being played) pro contract that will inevitably be offered to him as soon as he’s 18.

So that leaves Kate, who was saddened not to be old enough to go with the other kids to the Oquirrh Mountain temple dedication today, but who was thrilled to be able to stay home with Kellie and have some girl time. Second grade is cool because she has a fun teacher that also taught Jake in second grade. Kate loves practicing the piano, and is always trying to pick out favorite songs by ear. We hope that she gets good enough to support her parents in their old age, but we can fall back on her promise that she’ll always live with us. I guess we can’t hold a seven year old to that promise forever, but it feels nice anyway. Kate will be the last kid in our ward to turn eight, so we look forward to her baptism in early Jan 2010. She says you’re all invited.

Kate writes—I love pink! And I love 2nd grade. My teacher says that I get to do “fun math”. I really like to read books like The Magic Treehouse and Junie B. Jones. Ewww…I love Junie B. Jones. I like to do homework but my teacher doesn’t give me very much. I love flamingos…cause they are pink, but my teacher won’t let me bring any into class. Soon I get to be “Queen for a Day” and that will be fun. I get to show my friends all the things about my life. I also get to be first in line and be a big helper. We had a fire drill today and it was exciting, but I kinda jumped when the bell went off. Well I’m going to call a friend now to play. Bye.

Bianca writes—Hi! I started ninth grade and I love it! Seminary is my favorite class, but I’m still getting used to singing hymns and praying during school, it’s still kind of different. I just started soccer and it is so fun! We have a great team and a great coach so I hope we will start winning our games. I’m taking geometry and my teacher is great but it’s getting harder and harder! I still love Young Womens but I’m ready to move onto being a Mia Maid plus when I turn 14 I get to go to dances! Wahoo! I’m really excited for those! See ya!

Hey People, I’m Jake. My school year has been fun so far. In class right now we are learning about WWII. After we’re done with WWII we are going to learn about the Great Depression. I was the only one in my class that knew that after the war the hippie-peace thing started. I like to skateboard, play football, basketball and baseball. I also like to have air soft wars with my air soft gun. My favorite Wii game is Super Smash Bros. Brawl. See ya!

As you can see life has plenty to offer at the Chatfield home. Drop by for some fun if you’d like. Love to all of you.
Kels, Kellie, Bianca, Jake and Kate

Back to School Blues 2009

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Bianca's Girls Camp 2009

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Jake's Sports Show 2009

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Northern California Vacation 2009

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chatfields are famous at the Hutchings Museum in Lehi

Jake in the Lehi City jail

Kate's Mosquito bite face

Kate's Fat Lip Story

Chatfield update 5/28/09

Kate tells me we have 2 more days of school! Can you believe it! School’s (almost) OUT for Summer!

The day after school is out we are heading to Disneyland to meet lots of fun characters and I’m not talking about Mickey or Minnie. Warenskis, Chongs, Holtrys and probably many more Utah children will be visiting the Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matterhorn, Space Mountain, Raiders of the Lost Ark and we can’t forget It’s a Small World. Oh, and we’ll take some time for the beach too. We can’t wait!

Before the Summer fun begins I thought I might catch up our Chatfield family journal with a few tidbits from the winter months. We’re not sad that the cold has left us for a time but grateful that we will have plenty of water for the next little while. Spring is beautiful in Utah and I believe that Utahans are extra grateful for Spring and flowers.

Kelsey continues his staggering schedule. The average person (like me) probably couldn’t handle it but Kels seems to thrive on being busy and challenged. We’re grateful for that and very grateful that his job allows him to work from home so that we can see him once in awhile.

Kels and I, and sometimes the kids have had some interesting experiences with Kelsey’s calling as bishop. We’ve had a couple of dates that included a brief visit to the local jail, a couple of family nights at the state psychiatric hospital, lots of late night phone calls and visits and a huge desire to follow our stake president’s counsel to plan lots of little get-a-ways. With all of these new and interesting experiences comes tremendous blessings of understanding and growth. We’re grateful for those blessings and thankful that there are patient people all around us.

Last Sunday as Kelsey left for his early morning meetings it was drizzling a bit. Kels likes to walk to church because the rest of the day he sits a lot so he decided even though it was raining he would walk with an umbrella in hand. When he arrived at the church, tucked inside the overhang of the building he saw a little bundle of bags and blankets and then noticed some boots peeking out of them. As he got closer he saw some movement and was greeted by a sleepy eyed woman. Kels said good morning and then mentioned that in just a few short minutes people would be arriving for church. The woman quickly jumped up and started gathering her things. As she was about to leave Kels noticed it was still raining and asked the woman if she had something to keep the rain off. She said no and Kels quickly offered her his umbrella. Kels said that she looked grateful and accepted his offer and left. After hearing the story Kate said she was glad that Dad was a sharer and asked me if it was ok that Dad gave my umbrella away. I assured Kate that it was a good thing to do and we hoped that other people would share with her as well. We’re glad that the church building could provide a little safety and shelter for her that night.

Kels continues to do well in school. He looks forward to this time next year when he will be able to throw that graduation hat in the air for good…we think?

Bianca is also doing well in school and after a few catch up sessions and lots of help from Grandma Jackson in her sewing class she will now have all A’s on her report card. Whew! It’s been a crazy month of catch up for her and we are grateful that there are those around us to help encourage and support success. Bianca came home last Friday with awards from her school—Exemplary Peer Award and 8th Grade Honor Roll Student. At her parents request she is now trying to come up with some fun summer activities that don’t include hours and hours of hanging out at the mall. Parents are such party poops!

Jake will also have an excellent report card. He’s not too crazy about homework but when encouraged with baseball, karate, golf and fishing as his reward he seems to be motivated.

Jake and I recently went on a 4th grade field trip to the Hutchings Museum in Lehi. The Chatfields are famous there…or at least we saw the Chatfield name on the walls in several places. Jake was quite proud to point out the names of Arthur Kelsey Chatfield Jr. and Spencer K. Chatfield to all his school buddies. (Pictures on the Chatfield blog). Jake was also impressed with Butch Cassidy stories and guns. While there each student was given a warrant of arrest for things like “Pulling Teeth without any Training”, “Swearing and Cursing when Ladies were Present”, “Smooching Porter Rockwell’s Daughter Behind The Tithing Barn”, and Jake’s warrant was for “Tricking a New Comer Into Sitting on Jack Slade’s Chair”. Jack Slade was a colorful character and Jake thought that was pretty cool. Once the arrests were made the guide threw them all in the city jail and put the key in his pocket and walked away. Kind of freaked out the kids for a minute but then they were relieved to see the tour guide’s sly smile. It was a fun field trip and would make a great little afternoon summer outing.

Speaking of family history we took a little trip out to Vernal a couple of weekends ago. My niece Michelle and Steve blessed their sweet little Sarah and we thought it would be fun to be there for it. While there we visited all the fun sights of Vernal, Roosevelt and the other small towns around there. We took a trip out to the Dinosaur Quarry, hiked up some rather muddy terrains, and then went back to the hotel for an evening swim. We enjoyed our little get-a-way to Vernal and decided that we needed to visit again…maybe next time little Sarah will be awake for most of our visit. She is a beautiful little baby that can sleep through almost anything.

Last night was Jake’s baseball game. He completed a diving triple play, struck out some batters, hit a few line drives and scored the winning run. When he sees action on the field it’s fun to watch that little jump of excitement and a big smile appear on his face. Oh, the little things in life are great! We have a deal that he gets to visit the local S.O.S. drug store ice cream parlor for a cone with a single, double, triple or home run scoop depending on how he does up to bat. He’s motivated and has already had a couple of home runs this season. The rest of us tag along for our cheering-crowd scoop of ice cream. You’re all invited!

Our cute Kate is as happy as ever. She’s had a few minor incidents with a boy’s head and a nasty mosquito. The mosquito “sucked her blood” while on a fishing trip to Spring Creek. I’ve attached her story about her “big fat lip” and the mosquito bite face…all worth reading and looking at. These will also be on our family blog

It being the end of the school year we’ve been invited to attend lots of “final performances.” Bianca played beautifully at her final piano performance and will take the summer off so she can be fresh and excited to get back at it in the fall. After Jake’s final Spring 2009 piano performance he gave a great big smile in place of his bow. That smile motivated me to continue my long hours of encouraging him to practice and continue with piano. If he only knew!

Kate will continue her summer piano lessons, because she wants to! How wonderful is that! We will take advantage of her enthusiastic attitude as long as she offers it. She will be taking a break from her ballet classes and she’s happy about that. Her ballet company has been working extra hard to prepare for the upcoming performance of “Cinderella”. This is what Kate works for all year long…the chance to dance on the “big stage.”

As for me…well my last PTA activity concluded yesterday. Just a few reports, a few reimbursements and a big thank you to everyone involved and I’ve completed my responsibilities for another year. It’s a good feeling.

Now I’m off to do a little Disneyland packing!
Happy summer!
The Springville Chatfields