So much growth has come to Hunter in the last two weeks since Megan's death. I wanted to share a couple of poems she's written...
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
So much growth has come to Hunter in the last two weeks since Megan's death. I wanted to share a couple of poems she's written...
Top 10 Reasons Why I Don't Have My Food Storage.
10. My neighbors have a TWO year supply! No, they don't. They don't have any food. Did you know that 85% of the members of the church don't have any food storage at all? If your idea of food storage is to eat someone else’s food………..this is a really bad plan.
9. I've paid tithing for 20 years...the church can give me a little food. Many members believe that when the times get hard, the church is going to come through like Joseph in Egypt. Absolutely not true. All the church storehouses and welfare farms across the country would only feed 4% of the members of the church. The church has been asking YOU to store food for 75 years. They're NOT storing food for you. Thus, another bad plan.
8. I'm moving in with my children / parents! Really....that’s just a bad plan all by itself. But it points out that most members don't have a year's supply because they're PLANNING on eating someone else's food! Of course, since no one HAS any food, we have yet another bad plan.
7. I have a year's supply...and the bullets to go with it! I've heard time and again, "How dumb is that to go to all the time and expense of getting food...just to have some guy with a gun come and shoot my family to take it away?" Here's a better question. Are you afraid of the guy with the gun? Or are you more afraid of BECOMING the guy with the gun? What would you do if your children were starving to death? Would you lie? Cheat? Steal? Would you shoot your neighbor for his food? I guarantee....if you were watching your child starving to death, you would do anything you had to to keep them alive. If you don't have your year's supply, you are putting yourself in danger of losing not only your temporal salvation, but your spiritual salvation as well.So far, all the reasons we don't have our food storage involve eating someone else's food. Please, don't put your family's temporal salvation in other people's hands. No one is storing food for you. Not your neighbors, not the government...not even the church.
6. The boat and the 4 wheelers are taking up all my storage space! (priorities!)
5. 3 letters....Y2K. Ok, that's 2 letters and a number....but they're always making way too much out of everything! This is never going to happen!” (Every prophecy that has ever been given WILL happen.)
4. If anything DOES happen, the government will be here within hours! (insert laughter) Did you know the government has been telling us that we need to have food storage? They're actually CALLING it food storage! We now have the government telling us to store food, water, medicines...whatever we will need to be able to stay in our homes for several months.
3. I can't afford scrap booking AND food storage. The average food storage can cost as little as a dollar a day. We live in the richest society in the history of the world, and while there are cases where money may be a problem, most of the time it is a matter of priorities. We have chosen bigger homes, nicer cars, more tv's, computers, vacations ...everything is more important than our food storage. If I asked, "Who has a cell phone?" most of you would say yes. You pay at least $30 a month to have a cell phone....that's about a dollar a day...the cost of one year's supply of food for your child. Is your cell phone really more important than your child's temporal salvation? You have to make food storage a priority.
2. I'm waiting for the cannery to sell Papa John's dehydrated pizza! Food storage has always had a stigma attached to it. If it's not wheat, beans and powdered milk, it's not food storage. With the system I use, food storage can be sweet and sour chicken, tamale pie, chile and cornbread, beef stew, shepherd's pie, minestrone...even chocolate chip cookies! Your imagination (and your pocketbook) are the only limitations you have.
And the #1 reason why I don't have my year's supply of food? A year?? I thought it was 72 hours!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Nothing that a diet coke and advil can't fix.
Be ready to hear of me on the news tonight as I'll probably go postal.
Friday, December 26, 2008
1. Bleached Yule
2. Castaneous-colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration
3. Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors
4. Righteous Darkness
5. Arrival Time: 2400 hrs - Weather: Cloudless
6. Loyal Followers Advance
7. Far Off in a Feeder
8. Array the Corridor
9. Bantam Male Percussionist
10. Monarchial Triad
11. Nocturnal Noiselessness
12. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers
13. Red Man En Route to Borough
14. Frozen Precipitation Commence
15. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle
16. The Quadruped with the Vermillion Probiscis
17. Query Regarding Identity of Descendant
18. Delight for this Planet
19. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings
20. The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals
1. White Christmas
2. Chestnuts Roasting over an Open Fire
3. All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
4. O Holy Night
5. He came upon a Midnight Clear
6. O Come All Ye Faithful
7. Away in a Manger
8. Deck the Halls
9. The Little Drummer Boy
10. We Three Kings
11. Silent Night
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
13. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
14. Let it Snow
15. Go Tell it on the Mountain
16. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
17. What Child is This
18. Joy to the World
19. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
20. The Twelve Days of Christmas
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Wishing that snacks had no calories....my bad.
Wishing for Santa to have a safe journey....
Love you all.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I can't think of a better day...spending time in temple with loved ones, yummy homemade food and coming out of the restaurant to a crystal blue sky.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Once again, my testimony of the gospel and of our Lord served me well. It is such a sweet reassurance to know the Plan, to know where my loved ones are and to know that we will be reunited again.Truly, I was more sad for my Mom and her siblings. To lose a parent, no matter their age or the circumstances is difficult. Mom gave the eulogy and she did a great job. I was so proud of her and I know Grandpa was too, he had asked her to do that.
The next morning was a public viewing and the funeral. It was held in the original Centerville 1st ward meetinghouse. It is the same building where my Great Grandpa Adams mowed the lawn weekly for many years. Located on the property is a pioneer log cabin, wherein are photos hanging of my ancestors who were a part of establishing Centerville. I am amazed out how generous the Bishop and members are there. They opened their beautiful building up to us, they provided comfort and a wonderful luncheon after the graveside service. Us Mormons are handy people....as Val would say.
This is my sweet Great Aunt Louise, Grandpa's sister. I haven't seen her in a few years and in that short time, she has lost much of her memory. When she saw me she said, "I recognize that sweet smile but I've lost my memory and can't remember who you are, could you tell me?" Once I explained who I was, she remembered. She adored her baby brother.The adventure part of the day was at the graveside. The hearse couldn't make it up the slippery hill in the cemetery so the pallbearers had to carry Grandpa's casket up the hill and across the cemetery a ways...in a blizzard...
It was then, that I had the most difficult time. Eating of the bread that Grandpa had made himself....as if he had taken care of the food for his own funeral. This bread has been used for the sacraments of his wards for many years. Every member at some point has been a recipient of one of the treasured loaves. It reminded me of the sacrament, when we eat in remembrance of the Lord....the same Lord whose sacrifice makes all this possible. I'm so grateful for the knowledge I have, for the sacrifice of the Son and for the power of eternal families. Thank you Grandpa, for your legacy. Reunions are sweet.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This is the office building at Thanksgiving Point.While he had meetings...I recollected.
After living in Montana for many years we moved to American Fork, Utah where we would live in two houses and Chloe would go to three different schools (Greenwood, Shelley, & Legacy Elementary) in 2 years. The first home we moved into was leased with an option to buy. It was a lovely older home. It had been fixed up and had the most amazing landscaping and playhouse in the backyard. After living there for 6 months, we knew it wasn't the best set up for us. The house had 5 bedrooms and was roomy but it didn't have a garage, was infested with mice and come to find out, it's location was not desirable...as in...lots of meth houses around.
So, recollections are just one of the many blessings of this quick trip to Utah.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I can't believe how much has happened in the last week. And I can't believe that I can sit here in SLC and update my blog by phone. I wish my phone had the power to get me home quicker.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
It's interesting how life circumstances change your perspective and wishes.
I wish I'd been a better Mom this morning and had a prayer with my girls before we went to their friend's funeral. As I heard the Bishop announce their names to sing, I instantly felt terrible for not giving helping them with the calming influences of the Spirit by praying with them. We rushed from our home this morning and drove as quickly as we could on icy roads to be on time. In spite of my failure, they did a wonderul job and I'm so proud of them.
I wish for "safe" weather. I learned long ago that I can't necessarily ask for good weather, because "good" weather is different for everyone and may not be the weather we need. But, I would love to have safe weather at this time so that all those I love will be safe in traveling this week.
I wish I had the gift of speaking eloquently. I generally say the wrong things at the wrong times. I wish I had the gift of words. No really...I had some doozies this week.
I wish I could blink my eyes and my office and closets would magically be cleaned and organized. Maybe I should be wishing for a fairy or robot.
I wish my wish from last week hadn't come true....Christopher Elbow chocolates. Yes, that wish actually came true and I ate the entire box, now I'm wishing I hadn't wished for that!
I wish I could turn back the clock a bit. I haven't done my Christmas shopping. I know many people say that isn't a big deal, but the reality is...I'm going to be out of town until late saturday night. Sunday shopping is a no no and so I'm running out of time. I don't think many are comprehending what I'm saying....I haven't shopped yet. I'm talking na da. Nothing for anyone. Everyone keeps telling me not to worry and that that isn't what Christmas is all about. Right. Ask yourself if you could truly not buy a single present for anyone for Christmas and not feel terrible about that. Truly, I know what is important but I don't think people can comprehend what it feels like to not having purchased any gifts for Christmas, with no idea of how, when or what will happen. It's helpless.
I wish that everyone I know...knows I love them.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
From the letter I received last monday from Grandpa:
"This is just a note to let you know that I love you. Each day in my prayers I thank the Lord for my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I feel so blessed for having the privilege of giving blessings to Chloe and Hunter. Thank you so much for holding them so close to the gospel."
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I wonder when my kids will stop crying. I wonder how Hunter and Chloe will be able to sing at a funeral without breaking down. I wonder when we'll be able to go an entire day with our make-up still on our face. I wonder what I should say and do for my friends to help comfort them. I wonder when or if I become a burden by dropping in on them. I wonder if my home will ever be back to normal. I wonder when I'll stop envisioning a chevy blazer rolling on a country road every time I close my eyes. I wonder when I'll ever feel like letting my kids out of my sight again with out completely panicking. I wonder when I'll stop regretting. I wonder how to comfort two young men. I wonder if the Spirit will help me say what I need to say to my seminary class tomorrow. I wonder when I will hear again "Sis. K., I know..right?"
Some things I know and need not wonder about... I know where Megan is. I know she is alive. I know we will see her again. I know she is in a state of happiness and paradise. I know Janelle welcomed her with "Hello Dear". I know she was laughing yesterday at the cute Elders observing us during baptisms at the temple. I know families are forever. I know all can find peace through our loving Father and His Son. He suffered that he might succor even at this time. I know that I never want to take for granted the opportunity to show love to someone. I know that there is a plan and I know, wonder and marvel at the matchless love we've been given. I know there are many people praying and united in faith at this time.
I know that He can help me with my wonders.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
That's right...they are in the trash. In order to save time this year, I ordered my cards online instead of making them. They came quickly but they look like dog doo. The picture is fuzzy and microscopic and the overall look is cheesy. They were dirt cheap and now I know, you get what you pay for. Now, I'm not that big of a perfectionist but I'm telling you, these cards are trash. So, I've ordered new ones...with a delivery date of the 19th..and by gosh they will be out before Christmas!!
This is what I get for trying to save time.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It couldn't possibly be because you never come at the same time or the time promised on your little reminder sheet of paper. It couldn't be because you ring the door bell and literally run away so fast that by the time I've hoofed it from the other end of the house, all I can see are the flames from your tail pipe as you race away as fast as you can. It couldn't possibly be that I never asked for Amazon to send my package and only deliver with a signature.
I'll bet it's because gas prices are soooo low that UPS just wants to drive around and burn as much fuel as they can. Yep, I bet that's why.
So because it's not your fault and I'm not blaming you...I'm not angry. Could you please just leave my package on the front porch? I'll take my chances with it being stolen.
Thank you and know there's no hard feelings, yet.
From, The crazy lady with the eagle in her front yard.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Because time is running on out my senior's last year at home. I'm struggling with that. I wish I could make it last longer.What I really wish for is to take all my girls away to somewhere warm and sunny....on a desert island where there are no boys.
Here's to Wishful Thinking on Wednesday.