Bryan was released as the Branch president of our congregation yesterday. We've been grinning for well over a week about this event. We've been so overwhelmed the past year with both the houses and Bry's career frustrations and he has been so concerned that he do a good job of ministering to the people we love so much in our Branch - it truly has been a heavy burden for him. His posture and his face have changed remarkably since last Friday when we learned that he was to be released and given a new assignment. I won't say anything about that yet except that it probably won't be as demanding and might even be a bit more fun. (For all you jokesters in the branch - No. He is NOT replacing President Jones in the Mission Presidency.) The transition in the Branch will be smooth since one of Bry's counselors, Ben Pykles, has been called as the new Branch president and he is keeping Rich Tenace, Bry's other counselor on board. Jeff Francom, the new second counselor, is a fairly recent transplant to Potsdam, but he and his family are awesome - we've got a great team to lead us.
This is NOT good.
Elsewhere spring is coming a few days early and speeding up each year but this year, we're about 3 weeks ahead.
I worry a lot about weather and rainfall here in my Native North Country lately.
In the midst of all this ecological and spiritual activity, I've been making my own blossoms.
I have some tiny apple blossoms in pink and green.