Monday, May 30, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
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.
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: