Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hard to find words


Isaac's mom had one of her visiting teachers read her words from the pulpit yesterday.

"Perhaps there's a chance, that had I done this, or hadn't done that, 
he may still be here to hold. So many if onlys..."

And then she went on to quote parts of this hymn, 
which had never quite registered in my head like this before:

"God moves in a mysterious way 
His wonders to perform,
He plants his footsteps in the sea 
And rides upon the storm.

Ye fearful Saints, fresh courage take; 
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head..."

Afterwards, Terry Freeman, from the stake presidency spoke.
He is not one to share personal things, but he did yesterday.

He said it was 26 years ago this week that his 3 month old, Casey Jay, suddenly passed away.
I still remember the shock and utter sadness I felt for this family 
when I first heard about it the day it happened all those years ago.

He acknowledged the profound grief, but he also said, this has in time blessed their family.
He said Casey has been their guardian angel all of these years.
And they have strived as a family to be worthy to raise him again someday.

I hope that gave some comfort to Isaac's parents and his 4 older brothers.  





Friday, September 9, 2016

Oh... the baby shower.....

A night of mixed emotions.

Such a happy event though....a new baby about ready to venture in 
this world in just a week or 2 or 3.

Our grandson Austin and his wife Brooke about to have a baby.

Brooke's mom, Kim, barely got off the plane from Ohio 
in time for the baby shower. 
This was the first time she got to see her daughter pregnant. 


They both worked very hard getting ready for everything. 
And Amy too. Oh my goodness Amy too. 
Not even sure I got any pictures of her. 
She was all over the place all evening, running the show.



Good to have the sisters together, Téa, Laurynn, Macie, and Kylie 
plus their new sister Brooke.


Lots attended!

Beautiful food
Katie, Robin, Heidi


Cooperative guests

Drawing babies on their heads



Austin, the Dad to be, was not planning to come until the very end.
But when he heard that his dearly loved Nana was going to be 
there, he came and sat with his arm around her most of the evening. 

Amy as so happy to be with her as well.



The Dad to be, along with the soon to be uncles, 
Chandler and Jonas.


Hard to believe Kylie has been married a whole year now!


Such great friends came to celebrate.



Still through all the wonderful celebration for such a happy event, I could tell something was wrong. 
But I didn't know what. 

I just kept seeing a few women at a time disappear into the bedrooms. 
They would be gone for awhile, then come back to the party. 
Then some time would go by and there would be a few more slip away for awhile. 
I could see pain on their faces. 

I could have asked someone but I didn't. I think I was afraid to know. 
And someone would tell me soon enough. 

Then my sister told me. A baby from their ward, and one I know too, 
died from a drowning a few hours earlier. 17 months old. 

These women were grieving. Most of them are young moms. So this hit them way close to home. 
They were also plotting and planning on how they can help this family. 
That's what good women do. 

About 8:45 many started to say their goodbyes and leave. About 10:15,  we were about ready to go to 
bed, when I heard some talking coming from one of our bedrooms. We hadn't realized we still had 
some guests here. But they needed to talk to each other.

On the very day that some are celebrating and happy, others are sad and grieving. 
And last night some were doing both at the same time. 

I went to bed thinking of the suffering. Thinking of all the pain and incredible sadness of the family 
having their baby gone. Thinking of all the good women here last night who have it in their 
hearts to help. I also went to bed thinking of this hymn that I've loved for years.

"....The errand of angels is given to women. 
And this is a gift as sisters we claim.
To do whatsoever is gentle and human
To cheer and to bless in humanity's name...."

The joys and the sorrows.
And sometimes they come together. 

Where would we all be without each other. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

4 Wonders from this past week...

I'm still learning my way around this house.
For example.....

1. The first day we moved in 2 weeks ago, I turned this stove on and I could smell my Grandma 
Lella! She had a little gas stove in her tiny mobile home back in the 1960s-70s. 

They say our sense of smell is our strongest and longest memory. 

But gas is different than electric. Low is never low enough so food cooked very long, burns.


I've learned through google that I needed to buy one of these and it helps so much. 
Now I am back to making pilaf.

2. These OXO toilet bowl brushes are the best ones ever. 


 I just pop the brush right out of the container, and it pops right back in place.
 I don't ever have to touch the container at all. So clean, and easy to use
(and there are hole vents on the bottom so water does not collect in the container like the last ones I had)

I never wanted 3 bathrooms to clean, but these make it easier.



3. And just in case you are dealing with wasps...
From the house we just moved out of.....
See that odd shaped thing in the upper left hand corner of this picture?
I wrote an email to the new owners last week telling them what that is.

It's a fake wasp nest so the other wasps will go away, and it works!
(apparently wasps don't like to share territory) 

4. Our bookclub host last night needed to go to Vegas to help with her new grand baby,
so we met at my house. And I took this picture for her.


No one read the book, again, but we have the best time just talking for 2 hours. 
My sister Peggy is sitting next me, and my sister Robin (in white) was our surprise visitor!

How rude I am sitting there with my phone. 
But I just never know when more grand pictures will be sent and I don't want miss out.

Like this one that came during our discussion....
He's probably the tallest in his class, but he only turned 5 a few weeks ago!
Already hitting the big world out there. 

5. During book club I announced that Peggy has a new grandson
 and one of the ladies said in a surprised voice, 
"You're a Grandma Peggy??!"

She was even more surprised when we said it was her NINTH grandchild!

Baby Rockwell Dean with her son in law Brian.
I must add that Rockwell is 9 lbs, 6 oz!

That's it for now.
Actually it's not, but I need to go to bed.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

I was worried they had outgrown me.

It's been sad to me because lately when Amy and Logan have asked 
if I would keep the twins overnight, they haven't wanted to come 
"unless Violet is there too." 

Well cousin Violet is a busy girl and can't always make it. 

So then it got me to thinking that perhaps they have outgrown my 
Grandma Honeyness ways. 


Perhaps I need to change my game plan some.
A new home, a new beginning.

So they found a box of games in the garage
and were happy to go through that for awhile.

Then they started settling in. 

Jonas decided he wanted this chair from another bedroom....
so they hauled it in to theirs.



"Just in case we go somewhere really special tonight, I brought 
my best shirt," Jonas said as he was putting it on to show me. 


Téa prepared in a different way.
When I hurt my finger she went right to the contents of her 
overnight bag and found me the ONE bandaid she had packed! 
I thought it was the sweetest thing packing her own little bandaid!


But before I put the bandaid on I said I didn't know where my 
little scissors were to trim my fingernail.

She said, "Your scissors are in your bathroom drawer."

"How do you know that?" I asked.

"Because I looked in all the drawers in your house."

Then I remembered earlier, indeed they did!


But thankfully to me they still have some little in them... 
because they requested dinner on the man face plates!



And breakfast the next morning on the Dinner Winner plates. 

So happy they made me!


So after the twins left I was surprised to see 
they had actually made their beds! 
What?! Are they becoming like grown-up people now?


Then I peeled down the bedspreads.

Nope, not quite.
And that's a good thing.




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sometimes assumptions are a good thing...

A text from my sister a few nights ago...









I read her text and thought...wow, I was on her kids' emergency 
cards for 25 years and didn't even know it!

 Then suddenly I thought....wait a sec, 
I put her on my sons' emergency cards all those years too!



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

6 wonders of the past week

Things happen everyday that I either learn or notice, 
and I wish to remember....
so here are some from this past week:

1. At one point in our packing I came to the realization that we own 8 hole punchers. 
How does this even happen?
I told Den I'll get rid of all but 2, and he said, 
"No, don't get rid of them. 
You never know when we will need to punch lots of holes all at the same time."



2. Maybe he was understanding since he has a thing for keeping old cell phones. 

I asked him WHY he kept them all.
He said he didn't know.
Even kept his old Palm Pilot. Any one have a clue what we should do with them?





3. I opened a make up bag tucked away in our garage that I hadn't seen in years, 
and found this souvenir from our honeymoon....

Before Dennis and I got married he asked me if I would be willing to move to LA.
I said no, because I don't like earthquakes. 
So he agreed we would live in Clovis, and I agreed to getting married in LA. 

At 2:46 the morning of our wedding, 
my hotel room shook terribly and continued with after shocks until morning.

I came so close to calling Dennis in the middle of that night 
but I didn't want him to know he was marrying a wimp that day. He learned soon enough.



4. "Fredy and his friends" were off the charts amazing.
We hired them to move us on Monday. The one on the far left is Fredy

They wrapped all our furniture up in heavy blankets and were SO organized.
$90. an hour ($30. for each guy) Took them 7 1/2 hours but only charged us for 7.
So of course we gave them a tip. 
Money WELL spent!!!!



5. One day Den, Tyler and I just so happened to be driving by our church as the steeple was being
delivered. We stopped and watch it go up. Found these pictures while packing.
I'm guessing this was about 15 years ago?
Historic day for our church building but as you can see, not many got to watch it happen.


6. Found this in McKay's old bedroom closet. I'm guessing he must have been about 10 or 11?  
Not sure. (He's 32 now)`
And no, he never got his rat. I'm not that fun of a mother.
But the part that makes me laugh now is....IF we did give him a RAT,
 did he really need to ask for a cage?

Monday, August 15, 2016

I didn't see this coming

One day in October of 2014, I was visiting a new friend from church. We are each assigned women to
look after in our ward. A monthly visit or call to see how they are doing and make sure they are okay.


So on that October afternoon as I was leaving this woman's home I noticed she had just put in some
new plants. I was impressed and asked her the names of her plants, and even took a quick picture of
them. I was thinking of perhaps planting them in my own yard. Here is that picture from Oct 2014.

Fast forward 19 months later and this same house goes up for sale. 
We jumped on it (not just because of the plants) and bought it. 

Today we moved in. 
And my have these plants grown!

I just had no idea back then, no clue whatsoever, that one day this home would be ours. 

Life is so interesting and full of surprises. That's one thing we can count on.

Not the easiest day of my life, but as far as moves go, not too bad.


Friday, August 12, 2016

The necessity invention dinner

When I got married the first time back in 1974 I was worried about our ability to live on just $400. a
month.  I remember my Dad saying to me, "Necessity is the mother of invention." 

I've heard his words many times in my head throughout the past 42 years, and again yesterday
afternoon. With most of our pots and pans and utensils packed, I was determined to make dinner.



I found this stray disposable pan in the garage. I washed it out and then took what I had in the fridge
and began layering....


2 red potatoes cut up
some fresh green beans
half yellow onion sliced
some frozen peas
some frozen chicken thighs
1/8-1/4 c water over all

I salted everything, but mostly the chicken.

Then I mixed up a simple sauce and poured it over all but mostly on the chicken:
1/4 olive oil
1 t oregano 
1 t salt
several shakes of pepper
3 cloves garlic (my garlic press was packed so I just sliced it thin)

I covered it with foil and baked it for a long while @ 350' (about an hour I think)
It would have gone quicker had the chicken been thawed so adjust for that.
Then I removed the foil and turned up the oven to 400' for another 20 minutes
I broiled it for the last 2-3 minutes so it would look a bit crispy and brown on top.



Cut up some fresh cantelope, toasted some bread, and there was dinner. 
I must say it had a very good flavor, and I will make this again even after the move is over.

I just worked with what I had. 
I think you could put any vegetables in this. 


PS  Today I took the leftovers and put them in some chicken broth and it made a delicious soup.
I didn't have to season it at all since the leftovers still had plenty.
Dennis has been sick lately, so this hit the spot just right.