Monday, February 16, 2015

Messages From The Chalkboard....

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sis. Precious Overload!

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 Sis. Precious overload! 
She is amazing! 
 She is now training a new Sister!
 I can't believe we are going on 8 months!! Yippee!!! She is a perfect joy!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Muddy Adventures...

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One thing we know for sure, is that The Rooster loves to have alot of fun! 
He has great friends and they love a good adventure together. 
A few weeks back, The Rooster gathered his dear friends and they set out for a day 
of 4 wheeler riding. He asked if he might "borrow" the UTV The Farmer gave to 
me for Christmas. We agreed...they gathered some snacks and sodas and took off. 
Not too long after they were gone, one of the girls in the group 
posted this picture on Facebook...
where I saw it....;)

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 And there it is! STUCK!!! 
I didn't call The Rooster...I just prayed that he would figure it out without 
damaging the vehicle. Well...they tried...and tried... and failed and failed. 
 They didn't ask for help...but returned to our home to get a truck in hopes of 
pulling the UTV out. And then more time passes. Until now it is dark. 
 The friends had built a fire to stay warm. 
 Finally I said to The Farmer... "don't you think we should call to see if they need help...?" 
and he said "No...let them figure it out."
 Finally more time passed...it got later and later and The Farmer gave in. 
 He called The Rooster, figured out their location and headed to pull them out. 
 Now stuck...the UTV, a 4 wheeler, and The Rooster's truck.

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 The Farmer wasn't gone too long. 
 Turns out...he was able to pull them all out pretty quickly. 
 After he returned I ask him how it all went and this was his reply... 
"There wasn't one functioning brain in the whole group!"
 That was his summary. The kids???..
.They had a fantastic time! In fact...they all gathered to have dinner together,
 even though they were covered with mud. 
It was an experience that won't soon be forgotten!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dear Chelsea...

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 Dear Chelsea, 
 I couldn't tell you all these things in person, it would have been a tear fest!
 So for that reason, I decided to write you this "letter."
 First of all...you know that I love you! You have been such a joy to me!
 I feel like you are my girl... I feel like you are a part of my family...one of my kids.
 You and I have shared some long talks together, and we have shed tears together. 
 What a pleasure it has been for me to watch you grow into a beautiful, kind, thoughtful, 
God loving, woman. Never did I doubt that you would be anything else. 
 I love your testimony! 
 I love your love for those around you!
 I love that you have allowed me to be a part of your life. 
 What a beautiful experience it was for us to join with your special family to welcome
 you home from your mission. There really is nothing better in the whole world
 than that of welcoming home a missionary who has served faithfully. 
 It was a very special day!

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 Chelsea, 
I am not sure that I have ever thanked you sufficiently for the beautiful gift 
you brought to me all the way from your mission. You know that my father served his
 mission to Peru. I heard about it all through my life. I saw pictures, listened to stories.
 I knew that he loved Peru and had a great desire to return there some day.
 I don't think he knew how he would go back...he just knew that it was #1 on his bucket list ;) 
 He never got that chance. 
 When he passed away in October that was one of the thoughts that made me 
really sad, that he had never returned to his beloved Peru. I never told anyone how I felt.
 I just kept it in my heart. And then you arrived at my house with a pretty gift bag...
 As I opened the gift, I quickly realized what you had brought for me...
a beautiful Peruvian Nativity.
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The moment I saw it, I wanted to burst into tears...
but I held it together so I didn't look like a crazy lady! 
Chelsea, I knew in that moment that the nativity not only represented you 
and your faithful service in Peru...It represented my Dad. 
 He knew that I love and collect nativity sets, 
it was his way of letting me know that he was close by. 
 And he was able to do that though you. 
 After you left, I sat down and cried. I said a little prayer of gratitude for you. 
 That you could be an instrument to help me feel close to my Dad at such a sad time for me.
 I have enjoyed that nativity set more than you will even know! 
Even now I have it where I can see it everyday. It has brought me so much peace and joy. 
It continues to be a reminder of a beautiful young lady that I love very much,
 but also a reminder of a father, who wanted to let his daughter know... 
he wasn't really that far away!
 I love you Chelsea!
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Because I Am Smitten....

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Messages From The Chalkboard...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sis. Precious...

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 She is doing so well! 
She has been moved to South Sacramento...
 It's a different area completely, than the one she just left..
 and She LOVES it!