Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I am so lucky to have her in my life. She is truly the filling in our family peanut butter sandwich. She is the depth, the glue, the excitement, the substance in our family. I have learned more from her about birth order, sibling interaction, and justice then I ever could have imagined. I love you Hunter! Happy 15th Birthday!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
After a yummy picnic with warm biscuits and honey butter and homemade potato salad (with or without pickles!), we stopped off at the Richmond Courthouse on the square to check out the monument to Alexander Doniphan, who in my mind is a hero. The tribute inscripted on his statue was beautiful and I think anyone would be honored to have such amazing descriptions written of them in stone.
I also had a moment of panic yesterday as I watched Chloe and Hunter with Erin and Sonja. We attended their graduation last friday and they will be leaving for BYU-I in July. I'm not exactly sure what we will do without them. They have been wonderful friends to my girls...such great examples and I always feel safe having my girls around them. I wish they were at least a year younger so we could keep them here longer. We will miss them.
We spent the rest of the afternoon at the Kissingers. They had a tasty BBQ and so much food, I literally waddled to the car to go home. The girls swam in their pool while Boyd and I chatted with the grown ups. I love my ward family and can't imagine the lonely life without them. I was really grateful for the offers to be with them. We have the tendency to sit home lately whenever there is free time and not do much so I was glad to have a reason to be out enjoying this holiday. Thanks to them, Memorial Day has a true meaning to me.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I know that there is life after our time on earth and that families can and will be united forever. I have felt the love of those who have gone before me and know that I will see them again.
I have received a witness of the Spirit that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet and the true gospel was restored through him.
I have a knowledge that we have true and living prophets on the earth today. I believe they are called by God and are the mouth piece of the Lord.
Even though I cannot comprehend it, I know that Christ lives and Atoned for our sins, that the whole plan of Salvation hinges on His sacrifice.
Seminary is finished and I have less of an opportunity to share my testimony. It's always comfortable for me to do that in my own classroom. I need to stretch myself and bear my testimony in sacrament. In the mean time, I will continue to learn from and lean on those who are willing to get up and do it!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Apparently, because of what I wrote about myself on my blog some people have commented to Boyd about being worried about me. I should probably keep personal things off of my blog from now on but I really have thought of this as my journal. I've even had my entries printed and bound in books for "future posterity". I forget that sometimes my journal can be and should be used in the present as well. I can get a little too comfortable here and need to realize that since I've made it public, that I'm sharing personal thoughts with anyone who chooses to read them. Frankly, I know that everyone has their own problems and issues so to be honest, I didn't think much about others caring much about mine. But, for all who are concerned, I am doing much better. I don't have the overwhelming tiredness that I had before...usually only once or twice a week now and I can fix that with a nice afternoon nap. I did go to the doctor and she and I have worked out a "plan" for me that seems to be helping. I do know that at least I feel better then I did and I'm leaving the house now and least trying to socialize a bit more...so it's all good. I feel like at least in that aspect of my life, I'm Defying Gravity.
Today was supposed to be Worlds of Fun Day for the kids at New Mark who didn't miss more then 2 days a semester. Bridger didn't qualify since we've pulled her out of school for two trips this year, so I kept her home with me today. Heaven forbid we actually go somewhere with our kids. If she can't go with the other kids to the amusement park why should she sit at a desk all day reading a book? So, I think it's funny that it's totally pouring and lightening and thundering out. So...no one got to go! Karma...is the word I used to explain to Bridger about coming around and going around.
I'm going to try to Defying Gravity today...I'll start by getting off the computer.
Here are some of my favorites from American Idol last night...
Congratulations David Cook...he deserves it!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Hey Lexi....I know a great photographer....
Friday, May 16, 2008
Fiesta Corn Salad
2 cans whole kernal corn; drained
1 red pepper; diced
1 green pepper; diced
1 cup Miracle Whip
1 can red kidney beans; drained and rinsed
1 can sliced black olives; drained
1 bag Chili Cheese Fritos
Mix ingredients together. If not serving immediately wait to add Fritos until prior to serving.
As always, I appreciate the hard work that goes into Enrichment. I'm always grateful for being fed both spiritually and physically.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Shauna sent this video link this morning. I don't know if I'm just exhausted or if I related well, or maybe it's a combination of both, but at 5:00, I was bawling through it.
This one is for Moms....
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Just knowing that I traveled safely 35 hours without mishap or traumatic events was a miracle. I'm tired but then I'm always tired.
The morning after we arrived, my Dad was so ill he couldn't get out of bed. We were told that my sister Tonia, who was to be baptized that evening and her husband were at the ER because they were so sick they could barely move. They were diagnosed with strep and given a penicillin shot. It wasn't looking good for the baptism to go forward. At the last minute all were able to get up and make it. No one even knew how sick they were. Everything was beautiful. It was truly a miracle to watch Tonia's husband Dan, who had been newly baptized himself, perform the baptism of my sister and her step daughter Cassandra. This gospel brings a light to people that can't be described other then to say miraculous. He did a wonderful job, in spite of the fact that the font barely had any water in it...one of many funny stories. The program for the evening was awesome. I'm so impressed with their ward and friends. One young man sang the "Spirit of God" so well, I don't know that I'll ever hear it the same way again.
I didn't bring my camera on the trip, another long story, but I did snap this photo with my phone just as the baptism was supposed to start. I can see the happiness in my sister, that I haven't seen in many years.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Mr. D, their choir teacher is in the middle with the blue shirt on. What a good and bad year it was. Choir has been a wonderful outlet for my girls and a way to make lasting true friends, it has also been where some of most difficult challenges have stemmed from. I'm just grateful to see that we made it through and hopefully we'll learn something from those challenges.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Debris everywhere, windows gone, fences down, tarps on roofs as far as you can see, emergency & disaster vehicles everywhere...for real. I can't believe we dodged the bullet on this one. So blessed.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Tree wrapped around a telephone pole.
Margaritas...local high school "Taco Tuesday" hang out. Not a very good picture of the damage, that has apparently shut the restaurant down completely for 90 days. Chloe eats there with her friends almost every tuesday night.
Business next to Margaritas. I think it was a pawn shop.
More damage...Someone's garage...
Transformer sitting in someone's yard...if you look close, you can see power lines down all around.It's hard to see but there are power lines hanging all over...a house in the background with it's roof jacked up.
The most devastating damage we couldn't even get close to as they had everything blocked off. I haven't checked out the neighborhood up here by us yet. The footage I've seen shows dozens of house completely leveled. It's just a crazy, helpless feeling. I will venture out tomorrow for some better photos. When we had the tornadoes 3 years ago I went out to take pictures and actually scared myself. There were power lines down all over and it occured to me how dangerous it was to try to get into those places. I was also disappointed in the pictures. They are just such a narrow vision of the damage that is actually there.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Tonight was the girls' choir award night, so Chloe, Hunter and I went so I could watch them get their letter awards. The choir director announces that we need to leave right away because our county is under tornado warning. We all start to leave the building and the tornado sirens are already going off so they redirect us to a recessed theater. Apparently, they think that is the safest place in the school. I couldn't stand watching half of the senior girls sobbing and scared so I went outside to check it out. The sky is green and there are crazy clouds all over. I've tried taking pictures during these storms and the photos never do the clouds any justice. It's just a surreal feeling. After checking out the sky and seeing no tornado, I deemed it safe enough to take my own family home. I'll take my chances where I can see what's going on rather then be stuck in a room with 100 other people. So, long story short, we're home safe. For some reason the older I get, the more I dislike these storms. It could be all the footage we've seen lately on the news of the destruction caused by tornadoes. Who wants that to happen to them? Apparently we are in for a long night of thunderstorms. Nice. Happy May Day!