Sunday, April 29, 2012

Too Amazing For Words


Here are some snippets of the e-mails regarding my father-in-law’s progress:

Jim’s sister spoke with Jim’s dad's doctor yesterday morning, and asked why he has so little strength…He said, "Well, your dad is a legend already!  Some Boy Scouts were on a tour in the hospital, and the fire chief was telling them the story of your dad being rescued, how he'd had to dead-weight lift 'this really big guy' out of the water, hypothermia, actually dead, and then begin to resuscitate him…Your dad's had a miracle, and if he weren't such a strong man to begin with, he would not have survived.  It was too cold, too severe a shock for normal folks…He is doing better than anyone we've ever seen in his age group, and that is because he's such a powerful man… Your dad is the exception that proves a miracle.”

From Sarah: “Oh I'm so happy.  I asked for clarification…if Grandpa was actually dead and then resuscitated, and here's what (Jim’s sister) said:  "Yes. He was dead for a while, but since he'd been 'flash frozen' first, they were able to revive him. When the EMTs got to him, he had no vital signs, and a core temperature of 91 degrees.”

“A report from Jim’s sister: “Dad had a really great night last night! He slept a good 7 hours straight. His coughing was down significantly, he took two walks yesterday, and can independently roll onto his side to adjust his comfort. These are all quite positive things. He seems to be in good spirits, able to joke, ask questions, ask how each of you are.”  

Today: “Dad's doing even better today. His lungs are still crackly but clearing, strength increasing, and his spirits are high. Really remarkable progress. He walked this morning (with a walker and a PT lady) down the hall, then walked without the walker for 2 minutes. He is working on the getting in and out of bed unassisted skill set now….We are very happy to see this much progress, when at first the doctors were saying he'd be weeks in the hospital, and months healing. Still might have months of some rehab ahead.” “The doctor said he's calculated Dad was dead for about 24 of the 70+ minutes he was in the water, and shakes his head about the recovery he's watching. 

Later today: “The Dr. says he's planning on sending Dad home tomorrow. Thanks for the love and prayers coming his way. It's been an amazing week, a week of miracles. Dad says to tell each of you thank you for your prayers and support.”

This afternoon-Jim’s Mom “He had a really long walk and is doing exercise without any physical therapist."

Stay tuned… :)

God is so very, very good. I think it's OK to repeat that!

Friday, April 27, 2012

"...And Be Not Faithless, But Believing" John 20:27

Every Friday I look to see if a new Bible video has posted. This is the one that was posted today. These two scriptures immediately came to mind. We experienced our own miracle this week. My father-in-law was moved out of ICU today and Jim is on his way home.

I believe.

"And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men."
 Moroni 10:19

Thursday, April 26, 2012

God Is So Very Good

My father-in-law was taken off the ventilator this afternoon. All indications are that he will be just fine. He is breathing on his own and his speech is coherent and his thinking clear. Just yesterday Jim was saying that the doctors could not give any predictions about a time frame for healing and if or when we would know whether or not he would be "out of the woods."  They just said he had mileposts to hit and they would take those as they came. A day later, my father-in-law's condition improved so rapidly that he reached the biggest hurdle, getting off the ventilator. He said some very funny things when the tube came out that let Jim and my mother-in-law know that he was very much with us.

When I think that just two days ago, my father-in-law appeared to be dead and his condition was very grave indeed, and here we are at this point with this wonderful news. Jim and I talk many times about "God's handwriting" on the wall. We say that when we know God has blessed us in ways that only He can do. This certainly is a miracle to us. I am humbled, grateful, very happy, and still somewhat taken aback by the events that unfolded today. God is so very, very good.
 Jim's Dad

"Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee..." Psalms 31:19

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Update

The friend that saved my father-in-law came to visit him today in the ICU. He clarified the story of the accident. Apparently the boat never tipped over. A strong microburst wind came up indicating a storm so the men tried to steer the boat to safety. My father-in-law was in the back of the boat sitting on some sort of propped up chair. A weird, large wave swell kicked up by the microburst wind caused the boat to crash up over the wave. When the friend looked back after they cleared the swell, my father-in-law had been tossed out of the boat. He was not wearing a life jacket. The ice on the reservoir just melted three weeks ago so the water temperature was still extremely cold. I guess it was then that my father-in-law's frantic swimming, flailing, and succumbing to exhaustion and hypothermia ensued with the resultant unresponsiveness and near drowning. The rest of the story is accurate from there I think. Jim said the friend said he couldn't use his hands much today because of the 20 minute struggle of trying to save my father-in-law by trying to get him in the boat and tying the rope around him as mentioned in my earlier post. He did at one point get his phone and tried to call 911 but that failed. He managed to call his wife who got through to 911 who called the emergency water rescue people and the ambulance.

There's not much news to tell about my father-in-law at this point. All are waiting to see the outcome and offering prayers. Jim sounds tired.

Near Drowning

Sometimes you never know when you will receive difficult news. Early last evening, Jim's sister called to tell us that Jim's dad was in a boating accident yesterday afternoon. His dad loves to fish and once again he was in a boat with his best friend fishing when things took an unexpected turn for the worse. According to accounts from my mother-in-law, a strong microburst wind suddenly tipped the boat over and my father-in-law and his friend were tossed out into freezing water. When the friend reached my father-in-law, he said he thought he was dead. His head was under the water, he was unresponsive, he was not breathing and he was blue. The friend tried hard to get him back in the boat but couldn't. He kept slapping his face and talking to him in a firm manner telling him he couldn't die on him because he was his best friend. He found a way to secure Jim's dad with a rope under one arm with his head out of the water and somehow maneuvered the boat (or something like that) to get the attention of another boat for help. He surely helped saved my father-in-law's life. They got my father-in-law to the shore where an ambulance was waiting. He was then life flighted to the nearest trauma center. He managed to somehow sputter out some water and answer a few questions somewhat coherently as he was fighting to breathe. When he got to the hospital, his core body temperature was 91 degrees. He is currently on a ventilator in an ICU. My good husband is with him and my mother-in-law. The doctors say it will be 2-3 more days until they know if he will survive but they did have some hopeful signs this morning.

Difficulties and tragedies like this are tough. As I waited word last night and tried to coordinate communications for my children, I was grateful for prayer. Many friends said they were praying for my father-in-law and my husband and our family. Those prayers mean a lot. Seth and I knelt down to offer a prayer. I said, "Seth, you hold the Priesthood, will you please say the prayer?" He offered the sweetest, most thoughtful, most genuine prayer on his grandfather's behalf and for his grandmother and our family that I was overcome by how beautifully mature his words were. He truly understands how to seek the blessings of God and exercise faith according to God's will.

I'll update the blog as the day (days) progress and we will all wait upon the Lord and His tender mercies.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just Because

The world needs happy people and right now a happy toddler does it for me. It's a Grandma thing.
Eventually he'll need some real dance lessons though. :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Waiting

Ian anticipated a possible transfer this week but it looks like he will have to wait until the end of the week for that news.

"Dear Family,

So today we were supposed to find out about the transfers but it looks like things will be a little different this time around. This Saturday we will have a conference with the whole mission...They will bring the whole mission together for this conference and so instead of doing the transfers on Tuesday, they will do them on Saturday, so I will only find out if I am being transferred or not later on in the week...We had a great week, we had a baptism, a woman who is the neighbor of a member, we have been teaching her for about 2 weeks. We had a total of 8 baptisms in the zone this week! It was a week of success...I know that this church is true and I love you all. Have a great week!"

My heart is always tender towards my children even when they can't be considered "children" anymore...they're just grown adults living their own lives now. Mothers just always live with a feeling of tenderness drawn out to their children however, no matter how old they are.

Elisa wrote this on her blog yesterday. I read it this morning. I was deeply touched:

"Every time people ask me how I know the scriptures so well, or why I know how to lead in the church, I simply tell them, "You obviously haven't met my mother." She is a great example of dedication to the gospel and I am so grateful for the times that I have been able to learn from her or discuss the gospel with her. Abraham Lincoln once said, "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

Love you mom."


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Teaching

I've had a lot of opportunities to teach in my life. I am not a formally trained teacher but I've had years of experience teaching classes at Church. It has always been a privilege for me to be blessed with an opportunity to teach a class. I've taught children's classes, youth classes, adult classes, and women's classes. I always feel the weight of the responsibility of teaching and have tried very hard to teach in a way that the class would feel they were learning what the Lord would have them learn.

Yesterday I was asked to teach a class at a Relief Society "Super-Saturday" event. It was a four hour Relief Society social broken down to three one-hour class options and a lunch break in the middle. There were nine classes total to choose from. There was a gardening class, a flower arranging class, a wardrobe rescue class, a food storage class, a craft class, a bread making class, and a few others I can't remember right now. I was asked to teach a class on "making scripture study personal to you." I didn't think anyone would want to come to that class on a Saturday but they did. I was asked to teach it twice, once during the first hour and once during the last hour. Sixteen people showed up all together and two people asked for notes who wanted to attend but couldn't. I've taught many classes over he years but I was struck at the transformation in some of the students at the end of these classes more than my other classes in recent memory. We talked about the 'whys', 'hows', and 'whens' of scripture reading which was helpful but then I had the sisters do a hands-on activity. I asked them to break into two groups and to choose a topic about something they were struggling with or something they wanted to know the answer to. In the first class, they chose the topics "criticism" and "life after death." The second class chose "personal revelation" because someone was struggling with how to make a decision, and "joy" because someone was struggling with how to find joy in everyday life. What struck me was how each person in all four groups came away with a different answer to their question because THEY found an answer in the scriptures using a little guide I made up for them how to search. Everyone shared what they learned from their readings. Everybody shared something different even though they were reading the same things in their groups. Each person left the class with a huge smile on their face and a lilt in their voice. One person commented on how she always thought that God was too busy helping everybody else in the world and so He wouldn't take the time to bother with her. She looked like her whole world changed in just those few minutes as she found an answer personal to her in the scriptures.

I didn't do anything. I simply taught basic principles. It was a joy to see the transformations. Teaching is such a wonderful gift. I'm sure my daughters can echo the same thing.

Here's the little guide I wrote up. Maybe it will help someone else.

 Start off by choosing a topic about something you want to learn about or need an answer to:

1)      Start with a scripture you might already know about related to your question OR look in the topical guide and choose a scripture about it that seems interesting to you.  
2)      Look at footnotes related to THAT scripture and take notes as you are reading.  
3)      Also take notes about what you are learning as thoughts come to you.
      4)  Ponder as you go, especially if and when you go off tangent to a new subject. Ask yourself, "Why is God leading me there? What can I learn from this?"
      5)   What sweet nugget of inspiration came to your mind and heart or what comfort did God bless you with today because of your reading regarding your question or problem? Ponder that answer all day and feel God's love for you.
      6)  What personal answer did you get from God about the topic you were learning OR personal revelation about something in your life that you weren’t thinking about at the time?
      7) Return to the scriptures tomorrow and start again.

Friday, April 20, 2012

All Done

Emma called me a little while ago to tell me that she handed in her last paper for school. She has no more tests, no more assignments, no more classes, and no more finals. She is done!! Her graduation is in two weeks and she has already accepted a job starting in the fall to be a middle school English teacher. I am SOOOO happy for her and very proud of her as well. She's been an excellent student.

Congratulations Emma. 
We'll celebrate at your graduation!
This was a picture of Emma at a Rotary Club banquet held in honor of scholarship winners when she was a senior in high school. She was awarded a $2000 scholarship. I think the Rotary Club would be pleased to know that their vote of confidence in her was worth it.
This is the picture when she won a car in her junior year of high school. She won a "Keys to Success" program by a local car dealer. They would also be pleased to know that the truck she won saw her most of the way through five years of college until they sold it a few months ago.

Way to go Emma. :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Passing

I was so sad to learn today that the man I visited on Sunday passed away this morning. The last thing I did when I left him on Sunday was take his hand in both of my hands and tell him I loved him. He was very, very sick. He was hospitalized on Monday and was in considerable pain until his passing. We talked about significant things when I was there Sunday and I did the best I could within the limits and bounds I had to prepare him for his inevitable passing. I will miss him. He fought a valiant fight with his battle against cancer. He was a very good man. Jim and I went to visit his wife this afternoon to offer support; she is doing quite well. It was a tender meeting. She was the one who called me Sunday afternoon and told me to come right away that her husband needed me and I had a long talk with her after I said goodbye to him. I am grateful I could have been of some small service to this wonderful family. I've been teary-eyed today since learning this sad news.
 I picked these tulips and hyacinths from my yard this morning.
 The man who passed today loved planting flowers
 and his yard was full of them.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"What Are You Going To Do Without Me Mom?"

Seth seems to think I might be incapable of having a life without him. Not really, but that was the question he posed to me as I was driving him to his lifeguard class tonight. I told him he'd have to wait and see (which is a coy way of saying that I have to figure that one out myself first...)  :)

In the meantime, 
I had a delightful time with Nathan today.
 And Sarah of course.
That's a smile for a grandma.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I Found This

Seth uses my computer sometimes. I found this as a Word document the other day left on my computer. I don't know what he was writing it for. I'm not sure if it was for his seminary class or for a scout something or other. I was deeply touched however when I read it. Seth is 17. He plans on being a missionary in about a year and a half. He will spend two years of his life sharing the following testimony with those who will be willing to open their heart to him as a missionary. I am quite humbled to know that my son knows where the source of strength is for his life and that he understands it on a deep level.

"I know that Christ’s atonement is real because I have felt it work in my life. Christ’s atonement has the power not only to cleanse us from sin, but to change our natures. I have felt the atonement change my heart, so that I have no more desire to sin, but to do good continually. I could not have done that on my own; my desire for certain sins is literally gone, which is a wonderful blessing. I have felt my wrongs being washed away, and felt the joy of being clean. As I have felt these changes, I have also felt some of the love Christ has for me, and for all of Heavenly Father’s children. Feeling the love of the Savior has brought me the greatest joy and peace that I have experienced in my life. This love motivates me to keep His commandments and try to serve Him and those around me. This love motivates me to put Christ at the center of my life, and try to live as He did. I can feel this love whenever I try to draw near to Heavenly Father and Christ by being more sincere in my prayers and scripture study, and trying to obey Them and be close to the Spirit. Christ is my shepherd, He is my Savior, and He is my Redeemer. I know that He lives, that He loves us more than we can understand, and that His atonement is real. When we draw near unto Christ, we will find Him, and He can make us whole. We can become new creatures in Christ, and become men and women of God; we can become instruments in the hand of God to do good, and find joy therein."

Monday, April 16, 2012

An Old Friend

I didn't get an e-mail from Ian today. I was so bummed about it I decided to take a walk in a park I haven't been to in a long time and haven't walked in for about a year. I had just started walking when I met an old friend I hadn't seen in about ten years. We spent the next hour walking and catching up. I told her I kept something she gave me ten years ago when I was having a particularly hard time about something. Everyone once in a while I see it and it reminds me of her kindnesses to me at a tough time in my life.

"Friends are those who know the words
 to the song in your heart and sing them back
 to you when you have forgotten the words."

That's a great saying and she did that for me once. We laughed together, we cried together, and agreed that it was one of those tender mercies God sends our way sometimes just to let us know He cares about us.

Funny thing here...as I was writing this post, Ian's e-mail came into my inbox. Strangely enough the time on the e-mail heading said "6 hours ago." How weird is that? Another tender mercy. It was a long e-mail WITH a picture. :) He sounds just fine.
"Dear Family,

I will try to repent for my short emails today and write a little bit more...
This week was very busy but it was one of the best weeks that week have had so far this transfer in terms of the amount of work we got done and good investigators...I know that this Church is true and that God loves us. This is His work and we are so blessed to able to help Him with it. I know that when we live the gospel it brings us joy. I know that Christ is our Savior." 

I left most of the e-mail out because it contains people's names and I want to respect their privacy but it was a good e-mail. Happy me.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Trying Something New

It was a very busy but a very lovely Sunday. I taught a lesson in Relief Society today about the immortality of the soul. There was a lot of information to consider in that lesson. This afternoon I visited with a man in my ward who is very ill. We had a long, thoughtful discussion. He's a good man and I have grown to love him very much. He's very sick. I was happy to be of some sort of service to him and his family. I also attended a Sacrament Meeting of my daughter's best friend who recently returned from her mission to California. She gave a very nice talk and I was happy I went. This evening we went to dinner at a neighbor's home. They have three children. They have a cute four year old. He has blazing red hair and he was dressed up in his mother's boots and a Superman cape. It was reversible to be a Batman cape as well. I guess it depends on which superhero of the day he decides he wants to be. We had FABULOUS lemon cheesecake for dessert. I wished I brought my camera. I brought them a loaf of my homemade whole wheat bread.

I talked with someone today at church who does a lot of the online social media websites for our Church. He encouraged me to create a profile on mormon.org. I thought about it for a while and decided to give it a go so that's what I did tonight. I submitted my profile but I guess it takes a few days to show up, hence the new button on the right side of my blog. I suppose it will be functional in a few days.

I HOPE, HOPE, HOPE I get a longer e-mail from Ian tomorrow. Last week's e-mail was three sentences. Ugh.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bread, Jam, And Success Again...Sort Of

I went to a cooking class the other night. Our Relief Society decided to try a once a month cooking club idea to see if anyone had any interest. I've learned A LOT of things from Relief Society over the years. What a blessing it has been in my life for sure.

This class was on bread making. I've made many, many, many, many loaves of bread in my life. There was a time when my kids were small when I made bread all the time. I haven't made bread regularly for a long time now. My white bread and wheat bread recipes were really never very good, just passable really. I've wanted to try a 100% whole wheat bread recipe that tastes good that doesn't have any oil for a long time but haven't been able to come up with a decent recipe to date. One of the sisters in my Relief Society invited her Dad to come teach the class. She said he was a master baker. As it turns out, he owned a bread company for many years making about 14,000 loaves a day. I learned A LOT of very helpful stuff from this man. I listened intently and figured out that one of the major mistakes I was making was not measuring my dry ingredients accurately. I fudge a lot and he explained why that was bad. He also helped me to understand the process of gluten formation in a way that made sense.
 At any rate, SUCCESS!! 
This is hand's down, the best bread
 I have ever made and it was so simple.
I'll post the recipe and the instructions.
The recipe makes two loaves.
I was sitting on my deck reading the paper waiting for the bread to cool, when Seth brought me the camera and asked if I wanted to take pictures of him and his friends who all just happened to show up just as the bread came out of the oven. They like being on my blog.
They devoured one loaf in about five minutes and I told them I wanted to leave the other loaf for Jim and Elisa and that they should stop salivating that I'd make more soon!
They gave it a thumbs up. :)
With my new found bread making skills, 
I decided to double the recipe. 
Ooops, it was way too much for my mixer....
 but, after cleaning up a very big mess
I was rewarded with four very good, very healthy loaves of bread.
Success. :)

100% Whole Wheat Bread

Total time 2 ½ hours. Makes 2 loaves.

In the Bosch (or mixer), carefully measure and mix for a quick 10-15 seconds:
7 cups flour (Honeyville “wheat-o-life” whole wheat flour) (Other flour needs to be 13% protein or higher)
1 TBSP salt
1 TBSP plus 1 TSP SAF  instant yeast
Then add:
¾-cup honey
3 cups HOT water (mix the honey in the water and stir together then add to dry ingredients) 


Mix on speed # 2 for 8 minutes. (Dough temp should be between 90-110 degrees)

Remove dough from mixer. Divide into two equal portions; form into two firm balls, let rest covered for 15 minutes (for gluten to form).

Flatten each ball into a long rectangle-the width of the bread pan, roll dough into a tight a log and place in oiled pans.

Place covered bread in oven with oven light on to proof (raise) for 30-45 minutes or raise in a warm place.

Remove pans from oven, preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes until browned. 

One of Elisa's friends also requested a favorite recipe I've made for years from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Everybody loves this recipe. Although the recipe calls for apricot jam, any favorite jam can be used. Homemade raspberry jam is delicious in this recipe and seems to be a favorite.

Apricot-Filled Oatmeal Bars 
1  1/2 cups flour
1  1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1  cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup butter
1 cup apricot jam ( or any favorite jam) Microwave it for 30 seconds to a minute for easy spreading.

Stir together flour, oats, brown sugar,and soda. Cut in slightly softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Pat 2/3 of the mixture in the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2 baking pan. Spread on the jam. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 30.

Enjoy!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Success!

Anyone who follows this blog or talked to me in the last eight years knows the battle I have had with the deer in my yard. Last year we installed a fence and I planted a few tulip bulbs in the fall to see if the deer would indeed stay out of my yard for the winter so I could have tulips.
SUCCESS!!
I only planted a few...
and a few hyacinths.
I already had a few spring plants that the deer didn't like thankfully.
Next year I'll plant more.

Happy me.
Sorry deer...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Better

OK, so I think I deserve to post a "good hair"
 picture just to balance the score.
 This was in 2000 I think. Am I vain?
 Perhaps, but a truly vain woman would not 
have posted yesterday's picture so it's up for debate. :)

Here's a quote for today just to put things in perspective:
"There are no grades of vanity,
there are only grades of ability in concealing it."
Mark Twain

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Teenagers Today Think THEY Have It Hard!!!

I am somewhat hesitant to post this picture but my sister Bernadette asked if she could post it on Facebook and that's the end of trying not to post it! I was 13 in this picture. 13 year olds are VERY self-conscious. My grandfather had a retirement banquet we needed to attend and we were supposed to wear something formal. My Mom bought us these dresses. They are OK, no complaints there. It's the HAIR issue that I am still traumatized by to this day!! My Mom brought me to a beauty salon. DON'T ask me what she asked them to do to me. All I know is I complained non-stop about whatever they did to my hair. It was the 70's after all and that's traumatic in and of itself. I distinctly remember walking through Woolworth with her on the way to the car. I kept trying to get her to understand how much I hated my hair and to tell her that EVERYBODY was looking at me. I still remember how she stopped short, turned to me and with anger in her voice, said, "Elizabeth, the whole world does not have time to stop and look at you." I can still hear those words in my head from time to time.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people all over the world that look at this blog and those words have new meaning now! And...why did Bernadette have normal 70's hair? What's up with that? That's a New York Italian photo if I ever saw one. :)

I'm still traumatized.

And teenagers today think THEY have it hard!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Weekend

Sometimes I am a bad blogger. Sometimes I forget to blog and then people remind me that I've been slacking. Once again, my hats off to bloggers who blog for a living. I couldn't do it.

The weather here in Utah has been delightful the past few days. Like the rest of the country, we are enjoying warmer than normal temperatures. It made for a spectacular Easter weekend.
 Elisa and Jim in Memory Grove.

On Saturday afternoon, we attended the baptism of one of Seth's very good friends. The service started at our ward building.
 About 100 people then walked a short distance to
 Memory Grove where the baptism took place.
All the fonts in the buildings close to our ward were not available for one reason or another and Seth's friend had his heart set on being baptized in the the City Creek which flows right downtown. I have to say, it was as pretty a spot as one could imagine.
They say the water was cold but not too bad. 
The weather was perfect for the occasion.
People lined both banks of the creek and 
it was as nice a baptism as I can remember.
 I snapped this shot as we were walking 
back to the church to finish the service.
It was a very memorable baptism.

That made for the start of a lovely two days. Easter Sunday was a beautiful day as well although I didn't take any pictures. I've always enjoyed Easter Sunday services because of all it means for the Christian world. It's nice to take time to celebrate. The rest of my family came for dinner later that day. Nathan seems to like sitting in a high chair where he can see everyone during dinner. It was wonderful to have my whole family here to celebrate the day and each other.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

With Christians around the world, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons), recall the significance of the meaning of this day. I wonder how some people can say that we aren't Christians when the centrality of our Church and doctrine focuses squarely on the events of Jesus Christ's life, His atoning sacrifice and eternal gift of redeeming grace for us. I love Him. I am grateful to Him for that gift. Everything in my life points to my gratitude for His life and mission for me...for all of us. Easter is a tender time for me. I take time to ponder and worship and remember my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

"And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." Mosiah 3:17 (The Book of Mormon).

"Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
  John 6: 68-69 (New Testament-The Bible)





Thursday, April 5, 2012

Belated Posts

I didn't get to post Ian's e-mail this week because I was gone. He rarely sends pictures and his e-mails are extremely short these days. At this point, I'll just wait until he gets home to ask him all my questions. :) He looks good though.
This is a picture of his zone. I like one of his comments in this week's e-mail : "I know that God is working by our side for the salvation of his children. I love this Gospel." Wonderful comment.

Seth finally weighed in on his person of the day comment for Jim's birthday: "Sorry I am late guys, I love Dad because he is such a good man, and he taught me  to become who I am. I love his kindness and strength, and I try to have those things."

I love my sons. I am a blessed woman being granted the privilege of being their mother.

2010

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

UGH!

Little trips are great. Seth has been in Seattle so Jim and I went to Park City for a few days. Time away does everybody good.

Upon any return from any trip, laundry has to be done. Don't ask me how I missed the black pen that went in with my whites on hot. UGH! My favorite pink and my favorite yellow sweater was also in that wash. UGH! I separated out the clothes that were untouched by the pen and put them in the dryer BUT one hideaway shirt had a bunch of pen on it that I missed. Almost everything has some black pen remnants on it now. Some things are ruined completely. UGH! UGH! UGH!

But it was a good trip anyway.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Wonderful Weekend

It's hard to put in words how wonderful this weekend was. General Conference was so uplifting. I felt such peace watching Conference this weekend. It was just a gift.
I enjoyed having my family here very much.
 I absolutely love having Nathan around.
A Grandma moment. :)
Love him.
He discovered how to open the deck door.
He went right for the dirt.
It was snowing today after the 80 degree day yesterday.
Later he went out the downstairs door into the snow again.
 He didn't notice he was cold until he was really cold.
He needed some warming up.
But enjoyed eating his snowball regardless.

I'll share a few of the quotes from Conference that I thought were uplifting and helpful:

  • "There is nothing like this Church in all the world." Elder Hallstrom Sat. A.M. Session
  • "Act on even a twig of faith, God will grow it." Pres. Eyring Sat. A.M. Session
  • "Refusing to forgive is a grievous sin." Pres. Uchtdorf Sun. A.M.
  • "Should we not forgive others as we wish to be forgiven?" Pres. Uchtdorf Sun. A.M.
  • "In the end, it is the merciful who obtain mercy." Pres. Uchtdorf Sun. A.M.
  • "Don't float with the worldly currents of life." Pres. Monson  Sun. A.M.
  • "The most important cause of our lifetime is our family." Elder Ballard Sun. P.M.
  • "The Lord uses this Church to pull the good people of the world to the safety of the gospel."  Elder Ballard Sun. P.M. (I think I quoted that correctly.)
  • "If you have lost your way...Luke 15 parables...None of us is so lost that we can't find our way because of the atonement of Jesus Christ." Elder Ballard Sun. P.M.
  • "Believe that God can bless you with vision for your life and the courage to act." Elder Halek Sun. P.M.
  • "Wise parents prepare their children to get along without them." Elder Wilson  Sun. P.M.
  •  "Wherever you are on the road of discipleship, you are on the right road." Elder Anderson Sun. P.M
Unfortunately I did not have my notebook with me for the Sat. afternoon session.Wonderful weekend.

Saturday morning summaries

Saturday afternoon summaries

Sunday morning summaries

Sunday afternoon summaries