Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
"Now that it's summer, what time do you go to bed?"
She quickly answered, "How am I suppose to know? I can't even
Violet is just 6, and finished kindergarten last week.
So after arriving home, we were helping her get ready for bed when
I told her, "In the morning, if you get up before us, be sure not
to open any of the outside doors, or the alarm will go off."
She looked confused and asked, "What's an alarm?"
Grandpa was standing near by so he explained as gently as he could
that if any bad people were to try to get into our house at night we
would be safe because "the loud alarm would alert the police."
She nodded right away to that, like she totally understood, and then
she said, "I know about bad people. We have practices at
school. Our teacher turns off the lights and locks our door and
we all hide and we stay very quiet so if the bad person comes in
they won't know we are there."
Okay, so I realize that's our reality now, but it was hard to hear our
purely innocent little 6 year old granddaughter talking like this.
Yet, this is her world. This is the world our grandchildren live in.
And they have to take precautions, and I guess I'm glad they are
being taught them.
But ...what a reality check for me hearing those words from her. I
just felt so sad. I went to bed feeling sad.
But Violet, she takes it all in stride. She knows no other kind of
world. And thankfully no bad people are in her little life.
And thankfully she is made to be up for this world. I have to
remind myself of this.
Because you know what else she did? Earlier in the evening as I
was making dinner, she asked if she could eat her fruit that I had
cut up and ready for our meal. I was busy in the kitchen and I just
said, "Sure you can eat your fruit now."
She had no idea I could see her, so she definitely was not doing this
for my benefit, but as I turned around I saw her bow her little head,
fold her arms, and say a prayer of thanks and blessing on her little
cut up apples.
At that very moment, I was filled with thanks to her parents for
they are the ones who taught her this. And later that night as I was
lying in bed worrying about Violet being taught to hide from bad
people, I told myself, "But she knows how to pray! She knows who
to turn to."
And THAT is the peace and calm I am hanging on to for her.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
My Dad was in the hospital a few weeks ago.....
and he was sent him home weak and tired.
But then he heard that his care provider, Tom,
had never been on a train before.
So a few days later Dad made plans,
and away they went for Tom's first train ride to Hanford.
When I heard they were going I thought...really??!
Dad's not up to doing that!
But good for him!
Of course this Hanford trip included a stop at Superior Dairy.
The place with the SAME decor, (complete with paint chipping),
where my Dad took me as a little girl.
My Dad's always been a quiet charger through life. He doesn't talk
much about what he will do or why, he just does it.
But he did write about it back in 1976:
"1. That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has changed, but our ability to accomplish it becomes increased. (quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson from a talk by Heber J. Grant)
2. There is no such thing as a "free lunch"...somebody has to pay for it.
3. Man is that we might have joy.
4. The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath.
5. Don't take yourself too seriously.
6. Look for the weakness in other men to be the same as you have in yourself. Then you will have greater love and understanding for them and yourself.
7. The search for material riches is never ending.
8. The greatest accomplishment in my life is my family.
9. It is easy to let lust and greed be your motivating factor in your life (your gods).
10. The people I most admire are those who keep the commandments (the most righteous). They are also the most enjoyable to be around.
11. Honesty is the single most important quality a person should have.
12. Service to others brings the greatest happiness in life."
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD!!
But wait, there's more....
I know I've shared this before, but it deserves to be repeated,
especially since she wrote it for his posterity.
This is what my Mom thought of my Dad:
Friday, June 16, 2017
Some family milestones I want to remember.
I know some of these pictures have been on Facebook,
but still, I want them here.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
I hope I can explain this right.
Every Memorial day, our neighborhood, for the past 3 years of its
existence, gets together to celebrate.
...so we missed out.
But the next day I looked through our
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
There's this special little place tucked away in central Fresno that
our Cami attended often when she was a bit younger.
Whenever I would go there, literally as soon as the doors opened
and I would step inside, I could feel the sacredness of it.
I felt I was in the presence of angels....both in the tiny children and
families it helped, but also in the teachers and aids who attended to
This video was recently shown at a recent EPU (Exceptional
Parents Unlimited) fundraiser.
Immediately after showing this video, EPU was able to raise
$10,000. in just 30 minutes.
This was filmed in Brock and Erin's home,
even Elora was interviewed.
(It was shown on Facebook recently but not everyone has FB)
Friday, May 26, 2017
I see wonders everyday if I just pay attention.
Here are a few of my latest.....
1. After all these years I finally learned a way to keep bananas
from going too ripe too soon. Tape over the ends. It seems to keep
them at the perfect stage for eating for about 2-3 days longer.
2. I came upon one of my Mom's passport picture recently. I don't
ever remember her expression quite like that. I guess she just saved
it for her passport photos. And isn't her hair so cute? I miss her!
in Maine where all 37 of them are staying this week. Also, her
parents rented out that entire bowling alley for a few hours.
My people are the ones in RED.
4. Chandler has been on his mission 8 months in South Carolina,
but they just got his plaque. He's doing so well! He ends every
letter with "love one another."
5. Notice the saying on the wall of this little boys' bedroom.
(from a blog I follow)
6. Last night after tucking the grand twins in to their beds, saying
prayers with them, and putting on Mister Rogers, we said
goodnight and left the room.
About an hour later I went to check on them and found them sound
asleep like this.
The man above, Gordon B Hinckley, is the grandfather of the mom who put that sign in her boy's room (see #5). And he is the great Grandpa to Theodore and Harold....the 2 little boys who occupy that room.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
When you're 6 years old and you lose your very first tooth it's a
pretty big deal, right?
Violet felt the need to write about it...even though she is still in
kindergarten and only knows how to spell phonetically.
She loves her tooth fairy story so much
she brought it to Grandma Honey's house.