December 21, 2008
A group of men who have known each other for most of thier lives. Several,
since childhood. Many years have passed and they have all taken different paths,
and those paths don't cross too often for some of them. One of the friends
is suffering from an illness that will take his life. He has a wonderful son
who has somewhat given up his youth to help care for his family. And so one
friend suggests they all meet, and why not meet at the National Finals Rodeo
in Las Vegas.
And so the plan is set in motion. The friends all come from different directions
to meet. The drive is long, but worth it for everyone.
Lots of laughs, lots of memories.
Lots of eating. Friendships renewed. A son (of the ill friend) more grateful
than words could express (although he repeated his gratitude over and over).
This is what friendship looks like!
p.s. They all enjoyed the rodeo too!
December 9, 2008
Over the next several days I am going to post a few of my favorite Christmas things.
Mostly for my personal documentation. Traditions are a wonderful thing, and it seems
that Christmas is full of the. I love advent calendars! Love them! Here are some darling
and creative ways to countdown for Christmas.
This is from my ever creative sister-in-law Kim. She always has the best ideas.
This is from Kim's friend....I love it!
I love this one most of all! Perfectly wrapped little presents. How fun to
open each one!
And finally....Our family Advent Calendar. This was made for me by a dear
friend. We have enjoyed it since the kids were very little. They look forward to
turning each number over, as if they didn't know what it will say when completed;)
Chirstmas just wouldn't be the same for us if we didn't have this calendar out!
December 5, 2008
I LOVE enchiladas! Don't know what I am feeling so strongly about that right now, well.....actually I do, I had them for breakfast;) but seriously, they have to be the best food on planet earth.
Cheer tryouts are OVER!! Thankfully!!! And thanks to some dear friends for helping me out yesterday as judges. And P.S. my dear friends, when the Mother's start to call, I will be sure to tell them that it was all the "judges" decision and I had nothing at all to do with the outcome! Did I say...Thanks again for your help??;)
December 3, 2008
I am such a fan of garland! I have it around my windows, around my door, around my entertainment center and if i can find anyhere else to put it...I will! I thought this garland, above, was just beautiful.
November 28, 2008
Okay....so I am having a thing with dried corn right now....I think it is amazlingly beautiful! So would I miss this photo opportunity....Noooooooooooooo! The Rooster was free from school today...and yes that is just how he felt...FREE! And what would he like to do most of all on this day of FREEDOM????? Well, ride on the combine while the men are thrashing the corn, of course. I mean really....what else is there to do??!!
The Rooster in his personal "Field of Dreams."
Yes, I worried, and I repeatedly asked The Farmer to please get The Rooster off the combine, or at the very least, inside the combine...but...Nooooooooooooo, said The Farmer, "this is an experience that all young boys should have." Spoken like a true Farmer, don't you think? "He will be fine...he will be just fine." And he was....just fine. Did I mention that it was just beautiful to watch? It really was.
A wonderful Fall afternoon!
November 28, 2008
November 20, 2008
*thanks Rachelle...this is darling!
by: c jane
When first I was called to serve I had but two goals in mind:
1.) Get baptisms.
2.) Don’t gain weight.
And the Lord sent me to Canada to first reside in a suburb of the uber-euro town
which is Quebec City.
And the Lord sent me a first companion who was
(warning! hyperbole rampage!)
in the whole-wide mission.
And the Lord gave us a twenty-something investigator named Denis.
(Except in French you pronounce it “Denny”)
(which happened to be my family’s nickname for special body parts.)
(I’d blush a little when we’d go over to teach the discussions.)
On one very hot day,
outside his very hot apartment,
Denis accepted our invitation to be baptized.
And as we walked home,
I encountered my first run-in with public nudity,
(or shall I say I saw an un-welcomed denny?)
But that Sunday at church Denis shyly handed my companion a letter,
(which had a picture of faded red roses in the background)
rolled up with ribbon.
On the car ride home,
she had me sl-ow-ly translate.
Denis could no longer continue the discussions with us.
Because he was in love.
So it was that we “passed-off” our Denis to the Elders.
And consoled ourselves in an ice cream shop (called “Bunny.”)
Which is when I decided that it would be ok to gain weight.
I let the Lord make me over.
Less blushy, more serious.
(Maybe my first goal was possible . . .
. . . if I let go of the second.)
So it was that I put on the Ugly Mantle.
And stopped sending pictures home.
Because of this: “Are you feeling okay? You look . . . sick? Should I call your Mission President?”
I was transfered.
A year passed and I found myself back in Quebec City.
Where I ran into Denis
(with newly bleach-tipped hair.)
He didn’t really recognize me.
(I was heavy with mission.)
And he was baptized.
The only one I ever taught
November 19, 2008
PreShie will miss her "sister" I think more than all of us combined! They have shared
alot in the last few months. Beth has set a great example for all of us, and for that
we are very grateful!
November 11, 2008
November 11, 2008
Ring, Ring, Ring....
Farmer: Hi Hon, what are you doing?
Me: I am trimming the roses, cutting back plants....it's that time
Farmer: Oh great! So how do you feel about Palm trees?
Me: What do you mean?
Farmer: Like, where would you like them planted?
Me: Are you kidding me? I am not a fan of the palm.
Farmer: I found this guy selling some great trees,.....AND....I am thinking
about where we could plant them.
Farmer: So how many do you want?
Me: Did you hear the part where I said I am not a fan of the Palm?
Farmer: I was thinking a few would be good.
Me: Do we have a lovely swimming pool that I am not aware of?
Farmer: Pool....yea...so how many?
Me: Go ahead and get as many as you would like, I am not sure how they will
work into our landscape, but whatever.
Farmer: Hey! Thanks! That is all I needed....your permission.