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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Week With the Kids, YEA!

Andy's Baptism
On Saturday September 8, 2008 Andy our friend from Qingdao China was baptised in Vancover WA. It was a wonderful service. Andy greeted all the guests and expressed thanks for their coming. Bro. Marc Turley baptised him and Jim Ely confirmed him a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Andy bore his testimony of the Gospel at the service. He will be a great leader of the Church in China someday. Congratulations Andy, we love you.

Joseph and Dad at BYU vs UCLA
Thanks to a wonderful neighbor and friend Warren Brunson, Tim and Joseph had the great experience of attending the BYU footbal game with UCLA on Saturday the 13th. The weather was perfect and the game was sensational. Our tickets were for the 2nd row on the 10 yard line. The wheelchair seating was only a few rows up, what a view. We had visits with Brian Olsen, dad's companion in the Australian missionfield twice almost 40 years ago, and Sarah (Hartshorn) Mendenhall and her husband Matthew, one of our wonderful missionary sisters from England Bristol Mission. It was a great day and on top of all that BYU unloaded on UCLA 59-0.

A Week with the Kids

On Friday the 12th Elizabeth and Denny brought the children down and got ready to leave for a week's adventure. Denny's Dad and Grandparents had planned this for months. The guys went to Alaska fishing and the girls on a Caribbean cruise. We got the kids! They were awesome. Dad took the week off work (well he didn't go in to the office anyway) and Grandma and Grandma set a goal of spoiling the kids rotten before their parents came back.

Dinosaur Park
Monday was the adventure to the George S Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden. None of us had been before but it was awesome. There is a museum and gift shop and a gigantic outdoor park with life-sized dinosaurs scattered through the beautiful trees and trails, ponds and playgrounds. The kids loved it and Dad loved taking photos.


On Friday we all went to the The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy. Joseph the kids and Tim and Gloria all enjoyed it. Joseph is so great with his nephews and niece. They mind him when he tells them to do something (or more often stop) and they love him. We had a great time looking at the fish. There is a extensive future plan for a large aquarium in the valley, this is the introductory phase.

Joseph the Research Subject

After the visit to the Aquarium Tim and Joseph left for the University of Utah for the Physical Therapy building where three students defended their senior projects which featured the study of Joseph and his Stem-cell therapy in association with Physical Therapy. Brian Smith and Tyler Snow did one presentation then Rebekah Lund did a second. It was a very positive experience. (They passed too).


Blogger Stacy said...

Interesting! I didn't realize that Tim served his mission in Austrailia. Court's Dad is about the same age and also served there. I wonder how many missions there were back then. Anyway, Tim do you know Jeff Chivers?

Sep 22, 2008, 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Maria A. said...

My brother served in Ozzie Land, probably a few years after you did, though. I'd be interested in hearing the results of the stem-cell study. Do you feel like it has made any difference in your range of motion?

Sep 24, 2008, 6:05:00 AM  

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