Friday, October 20, 2017

10 pictures I've been liking or living lately...

Just a few quick pictures that have been on my mind lately...
(in no particular order)

1. My friend in Utah served Hawaiian Haystacks 
at their women's conference.... 
I'd always wondered how they would do this for a large group. 
So here it is!

LOVE food pictures. 

2. I guess Den and I stayed a bit long recently while we were at 
Dad and Susan's. We got to see their nightly ritual of massaging 
each other's feet. 

(Some of Susan's family in the background.)

3. We got to watch Elora turn 15. Yep, FIFTEEN.

4. Annie (21 months) passed out, so spent the night in the hospital 
and then had to wear a monitor for 30 have an EEG.

Annie's tests all came back good!

(HOW did they keep a 21 month old from pulling off her monitor? 
McKenna kept telling her how pretty she looked! Don't think this would work with a toddler boy.)

5. Dennis went by to get our mail at our old house and then new 
owner showed him what they had done to our their back yard.

They extended the patio, and put in a playhouse.
I'm impressed. But I'm especially happy they love it. 

6. A text from Amy and Logan about 3 weeks ago. 
I'm just over the top happy they stuck to the Calif concert!

7. Long ago, and about a mile away, Tyler was good friends with 
Cindy and Katie who lived in the same cul-de-sac with us. 

Fast forward about 25 years...last month I got to be with Katie (left) 
and her Mom Debbie (right)
and Dee (Heidi's mother who the baby shower was for!)

The disappointment was 
not getting a good picture of pregnant Heidi!!!
My neighbors feel like family to me.

8. This next picture is a classic to me. 
Our entire stove quit working SIX HOURS 
before the warranty expired. 

I call this very good luck. 
6 hours later and it would have been our bill.

(Den always stands guard whenever we have a service call. He has caught many mistakes this way,
including one we would have never known about.)

9. We all missed President Monson at our recent General Conference,

But, we're happy he could be with his great grandchildren.
They sure look like him.
Thanks to his family for posting this great picture on FB.

10. This is probably one of my all time favorite Ensign covers. 

Family prayer on the go. But never the less, family prayer!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm glad I was there to see this

There was this moment in time yesterday, that I’m still thinking 

I was at Kaiser pharmacy ready to pick up my prescription. The 
entire pharmacy was busy and I could hear quiet chattering all 
around the room. Each line had several people waiting. Things 
were moving quickly though. Perhaps this was just a typical busy 
Monday morning. 

Soon I notice what looked like a young mom come in with her little 
daughter who I’m guessing was about 6 or 7 years old. I noticed 
them because the daughter was in front of her and the mom had her 
arms wrapped tightly around her…both facing forward, and 
walking in this way. 

This cute little girl with blonde pigtails was making continual 
screams and screeching and crying sounds. Horrible, sad, and loud 

All the while the mom was smiling as they both made their way to 
the very front of the line where a pharmacist was waiting to give 
her their prescription. No waiting in line like the rest of us. 

The mom never took her tight body hold off her daughter. And the 
daughter made no effort at all to escape that embrace. Clearly this 
was not the reason for her crying. 

I sensed this mom had special permission because of their 
circumstances to be served as soon as they entered the pharmacy 

I also sensed the mom was smiling as if to say to all of us in that 
room, “Please forgive us for making so much noise and for cutting 
in the line. This is our life and we’re doing the best we can.” 

All the other customers in that room seemed now to be quiet. I 
think just about all eyes were on this mom and her daughter. I 
wasn’t sure at first what that meant. Were they annoyed by them?

The little girl continued to wail and screech and cry. The Mom 
continued to smile. I probably was not the only one with tears in 
my eyes….thinking of this courageous mom and the suffering they 
undoubtedly go through every day. 

The little girl, I’m guessing, has autism.

I thought of all the many many families who go through similar 
situations every single day. 

I was hoping the quiet in the room was respect towards this Mom, 
although I wasn’t sure. I was a little afraid someone might say 
something mean to her. 

I continued to be in awe by the Mom. I could not get over that 
smile on the her face through all of this. 

After the mom got the meds, I watched as she turned around and 
headed towards the door. I felt this huge need to go up to her and 
tell her what a great mom she was. 

But several others did this for me. 

I watched someone give her a thumbs up. I heard someone else in 
the small crowd say to them, “God bless you.” and I heard another 
customer say, “You are such a good mom! Bless you!” 

I’m certain this is NOT the reaction this struggling Mom always 
gets. I’m sure she has received many less than loving reactions. 

Several hours later it was time for my bookclub with the 
neighborhood ladies. Our discussion ventured into Christianity and 
how “many people are turning away from God these days.” 

I thought back to earlier in the day and the goodness I got to see. I 
couldn’t help but think….whether they believe in Christ or not, 
does not change the fact that we are all made in His image. 

All the goodness in this world, comes from Him. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This is a new favorite

Oh this new Primary song the children of our church will be learning soon! 

I LOVE it and I can feel it. 


Thursday, September 14, 2017

A girl and her purse

With 8 year old Téa in the backseat of our car (minus her twin 
brother this time) we were on our way home from Cafe Rio. 

As we were driving along, Den and I were busy talking, 
while she was reading her bird watching book 
she'd had in her purse. 

I was talking to Den about a friend of mine who is 41 and 
expecting her first baby. How she and her husband, and her entire 
extended family and friends (including me!) are just in awe over 
excitement for this baby boy to arrive soon. 

I told Den, 
"Can you imagine the love that will surround this 
baby!? He will have SO much attention. Oh my goodness. 
They will probably never lay him down!!"

That's when I heard Téa come to life from the back seat. With a bit 
of accusing tone, she asked me, "Well what about you Grandma? 
What if you were to have a baby?"

"I'm too old for that."

"I know. But what if you did have a baby?"

"Uh...well...okay" (not knowing where we were going with this) 

"Would YOU lay your baby down??"she slammed right at me.

"Uh, no, I guess I wouldn't."

"Well then!!" 

Like we thought it was a bad thing to hold a baby so much. She was 
trying to stand up for them.....which I thought was SO endearing, 
and SO sweet. 

Especially since she doesn't even know the people 
we were talking about.

We have noticed that Téa has become 
more Téa since she got her first real purse.

Not only does she try to protect people she doesn't even know, 
but she's become very protective of me as well....

Like later on that evening while I was on the phone,
she was across the room, but when she heard me say to my friend, 
"Okay, I will try to remember that..." she quickly pulled out some 
sticky notes from her purse 
and waved them in front of my eyes and gently whispered to me, 
"Grandma use this to write it down!" 

Or right before eating at Cafe Rio she gave me the choice of 3 hand 
sanitizers she also had in her purse,
"Here Grandma, which one do you want to use?"

On the other hand, 
give a girl a purse and look what happens....

 If I worried that night about her suddenly growing up...

the thought disappeared when she wouldn't even consider being alone for a few minutes while I took a shower. 

Nope, she decided to take her bird book down the hall 
and hang out with Grandpa. 

And later on when her sister Laurynn came by to pick her up...

the contents of Téa's purse were all over the floor.

I found that rather comforting. 
There's still lots of little girl left in our Téa. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Not my circus, not my monkeys, but here it is anyway.

My empty nest started 12 years ago.

But my sister Robin, hers and Dave's starts this week. 
There won't be much explanation here, since it's not my story.

But I couldn't help but share some of the pictures she texted me, 
while taking their youngest, McKenzie, to Rexburg, Idaho 
for college. 

After arriving in Rexburg she heard our nephew, Ty Kennington 
being paged....and there he was! 

(our sister Peggy and Jeff's son)

Then who should she run into but our grandson Austin!

Keeping with the Rozier tradition of maps on the wall,
looks like McKenzie got her apartment room all set up. 

Must be easier leaving their baby girl in Rexburg, 
since her cousins Kaidy and Ty near by. 

Or did she move in with cousin Kaidy? I don't even know.

And then Robin and Dave went onto 
Provo to see Brooke and Davey. 

Not sure if Alpine came before or after Provo, 
but Robin and Dave also got to see our brother Richard and Wendy!

And that's all I got! 

Robin, this one's for you:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Life is not always how it sounds

Earlier this summer Den's oldest son Kevin, his wife Karina and 
their daughter Kaylee came to see us for a few days. 

One day while out to lunch Kevin told me THE best sandwich is at 
Chick-Fil-A and do you have one of those here in Clovis? I said, 
no, BUT, we are getting one very soon! 

He said, "Oh you will LOVE it!" 

Well here's our Chick-Fil-A so many of us were excited about 
getting in our neighborhood....

I heard from various store clerks near our home there would be one 
going up here, and we would watch it every few days as we'd drive 
by. Then came the day when the sign went up!

Triple A....Chick-Fil-A...what's the difference. Reminds me of 
that old telephone game we would all play in grade school. One 
little change in a sound, and the story was completely different!

And apparently this little change in sound went from clerk to clerk 
and store to store....
because I heard from several sources it would be a Chick-Fil-A. 

I guess the only way we'll get a chicken sandwich 
there is to bring our own!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Some we can't forget

Bob Ellis died. He was the DA for Bill's murder trial.

I remember something unusual.  
During the trial I would see this unknown woman sitting in the 
court room. She came in alone, and left alone. I finally asked our 
court advocate about her one day and she said, "Oh that's Bob Ellis' wife. Whenever Mr. Ellis is in court, she's here too."

After reading in his obituary this week:
"Bob was the master of home improvement projects and was 
the envy of many of his wife's friends, a great "honey-do" guy," 
I realize they are examples of 'what goes around comes around.'

She was there for him, and he was there for her.

Since the trial was 18 years ago, I don't remember any of my many 
conversations with Bob Ellis, but I do remember how kind and 
helpful he was. 

He would call me with updates on our case, and always willing to 
talk when I called him with my multitude of questions. 

Fast forward 18 years later, and I've learned he has passed from this 
world. Something tells me he will be terribly missed. 

Back in that day I hardly read any of the news articles about it. My 
visiting teacher at the time said she was saving them all for me 
should the day come that I change my mind. I remember thinking 
at the time, 'well that's very nice, but I'll never want them.' 

I still have not read them all, but I am thankful to have them should 
our posterity be interested someday. And they have my visiting 
teacher to thank for that! I just think that was such a creative act of 

Monday, August 21, 2017

SIX pictures on my mind lately

1. When McKay first sent me this picture I didn't know why. 
Then he said, "Can't you see Grant?" Then I gasped. 

2. What happened to this girl, I could only dream about. She had 
NO idea she was pregnant until she was 28 weeks along! Wow, she 
got to totally skip that first trimester, and the 2nd one too. 
(This is Kara Vukovich. Her mom, Terri Emler, grew up across the street from us.)

 3.  Just so happened, the missionary to the right here, Dylan Tanner 
Jr, lives in my sister Robin's ward here in Clovis, but he spent the 
last few months of his 2 year Boston mission in McKay and 
McKenna's ward! 

They had him over for dinner several times.

Dylan's father, I might add, was Tyler's 11 year old scout leader 
right after Tyler's Dad died 20 years ago. What a blessing that was.

4. Lunch from leftovers in the fridge:
Leftover salad, lentils, GF pasta, and chicken, 
with honey mustard dressing. SO good. 

5. I spotted this picture in Kirklands recently.
I just wish everyone believed it.

6. Surprised us, 
but this was Cafe Rio last Saturday evening from 5-6pm. 

A few families did trickle in before we left, but seriously I've 
never been there when the place was not packed. 

I even asked one of the waitresses what was going on. She said 
typically early Saturday evenings are very slow like this. I would've 
never guessed. The waitress added, "Now you know the best time 
to come here!"

And now, so do you. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

We put them to work

A friend of mine told me something years ago 
that helped me this past week.

She said when her 2 youngest kids went to Utah to visit their older 
sister and family, she asked her older daughter to give her younger 
siblings some chores to do while there.

I was curious about that at the time.

This info came in so handy this past week as my 8 year old 
grandtwins stayed with us.

I wanted to keep them busy and happy.

And I know that 
all play and no work does not a happy person make. 

I really didn't care if their beds were made, but it was good for 
them, so I asked them to. 

Only one morning did they forget.
All about keeping them busy and happy.

Grandpa taught them how to set up tables for 
our weekly vegetable club.

Sweet Tea folded laundry

Jonas wasn't real thrilled about folding his own laundry. He said, 
"My Mom does that for me at home."

But seriously I saw pride all over his face as he carried 
that same laundry down the hall and put it away.

I may have made up some of the jobs.

And don't think we didn't have plenty of time for fun. We did.

And the interesting thing is after their little jobs I would say, 
"Okay, now you get to have free play."
And they would get so excited!

I was a little concerned before taking them to the 
Primary water party yesterday morning.

What if they got hurt and their parents were called, and of course 
couldn't answer because they are climbing Mt Whitney.

So I asked them to write Grandpa's phone number 
on their arms before they left.
Jonas asked why.

I said, "If Téa breaks her arm 
they need to know who to call."

After a pause in thought, Jonas asked: 
"If Téa breaks her arm, do I have to come home early too?"

Jonas asked me to take a picture of his Dollar Store puzzle he is so proud of
The twins have only been gone an hour, 
and the house feels so empty.

Téa told me before she left, 
"If you miss us, just call us and we'll come back."

But then again, now that their 2 favorite people 
in the whole world have returned, it may be awhile.