The McKs and their 3 littles arrived in Massachusetts two days ago.
McKay said so far it looks similar to the Portland/Vancouver area
they came from with all the lush green.
I just had to share this video taken today at McKenna's sister's home.
Grant is obviously loving it there. Not so sure about the chickens.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
The McKs and their 3 littles arrived in Massachusetts two days ago.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
McKay was offered another actuarial job, and
because he wishes to become more diverse in his
field, he's making the switch.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
So last night after having gone out to dinner and then to visit my Dad and Susan, we were just driving
into our cul-de-sac at 7:30 when we noticed our garage door was wide open. We both felt panic. Or
maybe it was just me.
And at least one of us said, "How could it be open? We would never drive away knowing the
garage was open!!"
So Den pulled into the driveway and went inside the house to check things out while I stayed outside.
While I'm standing out there, up comes this cute little girl riding her bike. I had never seen her before.
She stops right next to me, and shyly and softly says, "I've been meaning to tell you, uh...did you
know your garage door was opened all the time you were gone?"
"No, we didn't know that. Do you know who opened it?"
"You left it open."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes I saw you drive away and it was open."
That was a relief. Glad it was us, and not someone else.
As we were talking, I found out this sweet little girl is only 7, she lives in the house at the end of our
street, and her name is Hannah.
"So Hannah, how long had you been outside tonight?"
"I stayed out here the whole time you were gone and I watched your house."
"The whole time Hannah?! You were out here in front of our house for TWO hours?"
About this time her Dad shows up. He said when we first left, Hannah came running up to him
saying, "They left, and their garage is open!" He told her that maybe one of us were still in the
house. But little Hannah insisted, "No, I saw them both in the car."
Her Dad said she was worried about us and wanted to make sure our house was safe.
So after thanking little Hannah, Den and I left to buy her a small gift. We wanted to help Hannah
remember last night. Not so she will remember us. But so she will remember her kindness.
I'm hoping when she is older, she will remember what a good person she was even at age 7.
I do believe goodness begets goodness.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
I still have this picture in my mind....
I could hardly wait to see my Mom again after a long day at school. And there she was surrounded by
toddlers and toys, with one leg draped over the back of the couch eating her candy bar while reading
her Good Housekeeping magazine.
She would see me, look up, and smile. She'd put down her magazine, but not her candy bar, and just
listen to me go on and on about my day at school. I had to get every detail out. And she listened like
what I had to say was the best thing ever.
I grew up with heaven in my home. If I could tell her one thing right now, that would be it.
PS My Mom did NOT like Mother's Day. I don't even know what to say to that. She just didn't.
She was continually telling us the virtues of other Moms we knew like she didn't measure up to them.
She didn't read to us, or sing to us. She didn't decorate our birthday cakes or make our clothes.
But she was the kindest woman I ever knew. And we got to see examples of that on a daily basis as
she not only took care of all of us, the neighbors, her friends, and anyone else along the way. If
someone was hurting or had a need, and she knew about it, she was there.
She never even remotely pretended to be perfect.
Here is an excerpt from a lesson she gave in Relief Society on raising children:
Saturday, April 30, 2016
They called me just before my appointment and said
trauma for 10 years. This is my speciality. I know what I'm talking about."
"It shows no break."
"Here it is right here! Your middle toe is broken. Can you see it? It's broken right where the toe
meets the foot. See I told you. I knew from the beginning."
He was happy to be right.
And I was happy it was my toe this time and not my foot.
He said I should heal in 3 weeks.
Okay, so here's what I learned:
To fix broken toes just tape the broken one to the toe next to it.
That's all this Dr needed to do for me.
I wish I had known this a million years ago when I broke my toe as a young kid.
I just limped and hurt for weeks and weeks. Maybe months.
Also I learned this....
Many foot accidents happen in the middle of the night when people get up in the dark.
Even though I ran into the chair in daylight....I had left the chair out a few inches from the night
before. Our brains don't compensate for a few inches, and then our feet pay the price.
The sad part is I missed church last Sunday. It was stake conference and too far to walk in,
and then too much sitting for my fresh break of a foot.
So I stayed home and listened to this great talk my sister had told me about:
(The speaker was captivating, but not her personality. Perhaps she was nervous.
About an accident involving her 4 year old and how it changed their lives.
How life does not always go as we had planned.)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Something about driving makes me sneeze. Or I need to wipe my lipstick off or something.
Or one of the grandkids in the back seat says suddenly, "I need a tissue."
I either I have to lean over to the other side and grab the box of tissues off the floor....or I have to
reach over to the passenger seat and reach for tissue out of my purse.
Now, I just keep one of these in the extra cup holder.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
My Day at Church last Sunday.
"sitting in the trenches of life"....in other words, lots of very busy parents and little kids. My favorite
place to be. Sometimes I think it can be as noisy as the bird cage at Roeding Park, but I still love it. I
try to imagine the sacrifice these families go through every Sunday morning just to get there
guy. A new baby to me is witnessing God's miracle. I feel it every time.
living on the military base. Her family's living quarters were amongst several floors. One night Teri
could hear the water turned on two floors above her...where her young daughter was sleeping. As a
mom she waited for the water to go off. It didn't. She waited again.
heard her young daughter answer back, "Mom! Come quick!" Teri bolted up there to find Keri's
desk in flames. Little Keri had been going back and forth to the bathroom filling up water in her
cupped hands and then throwing that water on the flames. Obviously this wasn't enough. So Teri
emptied the bathroom trash can onto the floor, and filled that with water and was able to put the fire
out. Teri pointed out to us that a Mom can be in tune with her children with help from the Holy
Ghost. That parenting is a partnership with our Heavenly Father.
gave an excellent talk on trying to always remember Christ.
I especially loved his last quote he shared from Jeffrey R Holland:
improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don't always
succeed. Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is
cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."
town (who I knew, but the Primary President I don't think did) were asked to come up front so we
could all sing the HELLO song to them. The older of the 2 brothers walked up there like one would
expect. But his 9 year old brother squatted close to the ground and waddled up there like a penguin.
He stayed in that position for the entire HELLO song, making him about half the size of his
brother, and then waddled back to his seat in that same manner.
went right into this penguin routine. He didn't laugh, just waddled up there close to the ground like it
was perfectly normal of him.
But here's the part I love best....I kept thinking the Pres would correct him by saying something
like,"okay, you need to stand up straight if you are going to be my helper today." That's what I would
have done. But she didn't! She didn't say a word about his antics. She just instead got down to his
level....which was practically on the floor, as they did the lesson together. Maybe she thought he had
some kind of disability and couldn't straighten up. I don't know what she was thinking. But she loves
everyone and is sweet and positive and non judgmental. She only assumes the best about people.
That was a lesson to me in itself.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
(who has MS) pushing her visiting friend in her wheel chair. That was a moment. A sweet one in awe
2. Lauren S, who is just 13, played the piano for all the hymns today. Never have I seen someone so
young do this in Sacrament meeting.
3. We have testimony meeting once a month where who ever would like to, may share their testimony
of the Savior and how He influences their life. MF said, "Families would not bring as much joy to
us if we just got to have them for a short period of time." (as in not forever)
4. RH said this in his testimony: "I have seen many miracles in my family through fasting and
5. As one of our missionaries gave his testimony talking about how grateful he is for Heavenly
Father's love, I couldn't help but think of the missionaries who brought the gospel to my parents back
in 1955, and changed generations in our family.
6. Jonas and Téa (their parents were out of town) were with me and sitting so quietly. They waited
until after the Sacrament before they brought out their coloring books. Then kneeling at their chairs
and using those as their desks, they colored pictures of Jesus.
7. KF in her testimony talked about how grateful she is to be the stake historian because she gets to
see the Lord's hands in the different activities in all the wards.
8. RN, an older gentlemen, said, "I love the Lord, and I know He loves me."
9. TF, a single mom who has put herself through school and now has a job, said, "The prayers of
many is what has helped us get through so much."
10. JP said in his testimony, "I am thankful for all those who have taught my children the
gospel." Oh my, do I ever agree! One of my biggest regrets is that I did not express my thanks to
every teacher my sons had through the years. I could NOT have done this all by myself.
11. The twins kept saying they did not want to stay for Primary. I told them they would be fine. I
thought they were just feeling a little shy since our ward is not their regular attended ward. Finally
they admitted that they were afraid of the HELLO song that the kids always sing to visitors. I told
them we would wait out in the hallway until if was over. Finally the HELLO song was over so I
walked them inside. As soon as they got seated the chorister said, "Oh here are the Heasley twins.
Let's sing the HELLO song again." And so they did! And we all happily survived.
12. JP in her Sunday School lesson talked about this quote that changed her daughter's life (from a
seminary teacher) : "The Lord will have a humble people, and if they are not humble, the Lord will
13. KS made a comment in Relief Society (our women's meeting) about how there is this one person
in her life who is causing her so much grief. She says she does not have a hard time apologizing for
anything but is realizing that she needs to forgive in order to be forgiven. So she is working on
forgiving this person. She is trying to love them. So far she can't say she loves them, but she's trying.
14. On the way home from church with the twins in the back seat, on came the choir singing, "I'm
Trying to Be Like Jesus." ...it struck me differently this time. I'm now hearing, "I'm trying to love
my neighbor." I'm trying. The song does not say, "I love my neighbor" or "I live as He did." but
instead it says, "I'm trying to live as He did." Maybe there's hope for me yet.