Monday, May 20, 2019

Three Unrelated things

1. Scarlett is in kindergarten and was chosen as student of the week! Here's the poster she made to show to her class....

See all those states? Those are all the ones she has been in. 
McKenna said they didn't even include states 
they just drove through, but didn't stop!  
And she's only five!

I think she's got me beat. By about 15 states. 

2. My diagnosis after my labs came back from my gum surgery:

My periodontist told me his best guess is I got this abscess from getting my teeth cleaned the week before. 
I didn't even know that could happen!

 I was even told by the dental hygienist during that cleaning that my gums were "very healthy looking." 

How does one prevent this happening during a cleaning? 
I don't know, 
but after a month of antibiotics, pain and 6 dental visits,
I'm trying to learn! 

3. I have a friend who is a therapist 
and she had this picture posted on FB:
She said it's the story of her life and it's exhausting. 

I say, imagine if we all had such insight into others. 
No one could get mad at anyone. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Clever people and good people

My sister brought over a binder full of the old Rozier Times 
so I could look through them. 

I found lots of treasures between those pages...
and below is one of those treasures.

(I'm guessing my Mom sent this one in.)

From issue #22, December 1989.

I don't know much about Solomon Bennett Freehof, 
only that he lived from 1892-1990. 

Whoever he was,
my guess is he wrote this later in life,
because his acquired wisdom was showing.

Aww, if we could only live life backwards. 

I still like clever people though. I just like good people better. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Part of Mother's Day 2019

This morning for Mother's Day 
we got to attend Brock and Erin's ward.

AND, we got to have Cami sit right between us.

She was so good, complete with her hands folded.
Her parents tell me she LOVES church.

This was the opening song 
and I can never hear it without thinking of my Dad.

He would have us all sing this growing up 
at just about every Family Home Evening we had. 

Off key, and sounding... not good. 
But he would sing it with passion!
Annoying at the time, but sort of sweet to think back on. 

We came to hear Violet give a talk.
She's only 8, so this was a bit unusual.
Normally kids are 12 
before they are asked to speak in Sacrament meeting.

In her talk, I LOVE Violet's explanation of being a Mom.
She was spot on....

"A mother is someone that loves you. Before we are born our Moms have us in their stomachs and they go through pain just so we can be born. That's pain in our bodies. After they are born, mothers have a different kind of pain in their hearts because it's a lot of work to take care of us and they worry about us."

And right after Violet finished her talk, 
Cami clapped and cheered in her own little Cami way!
Pure JOY, I tell you. 

I also like what Sabrina 
(on the program) said about her mom:
"I wish my Mom had a pouch 
so I could be with her all the time."

Their bishop's closing remarks also spoke to this isn't an exact quote from him, but as near as I can remember, 

"The older I get the more I realize I want peace and joy in my life. But I've learned I have to cultivate it to have it.
...I pray that you will be kinder to yourself,
and kind and patient with others."

And look at this nice little gift 
the youth gave to all the women present.
Looks like a cupcake with frosting, complete with a fork. 

I have already put it in my freezer 
along with other treats I get that I can't eat.
My grandkids know exactly where they are, 
and help themselves. 
(But they always politely ask first, because that's the kind of grandkids we have.)

I grew up knowing my Grandma made brownies for me.
My grandkids, I'm guessing, 
are growing up happy I'm gluten free.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This helped get me through today.

End of March when Tyler and Karen were here, I was intrigued by all these cards Tyler was making. 

He explained that every day he packs one, along with a note, in Richie's lunch that he takes to school.

Then fast forward to today...while I was here waiting for gum surgery..
 ...Tyler texted me the pictures and notes he made for Richie this week. 

I started to tear up while reading them... and I couldn't do that just before "surgery" so I had to save them for later...

But really, they were such a very nice distraction and came just when I needed it.

 Just like Maria said in the Sound of Music...."when you're frightened, think of your favorite things." Or something like that. 

And my children and grandchildren are definitely my favorite things.

PS  When Tyler was a young boy he use to tell me that when he had kids he was going to write them notes. And here we are, all these years later. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

About this place, think again

Do you remember that old store years ago called Pic and Save?

Then years after that it became Big Lots. (And I think it was something else in between those 2 names...wish I could remember that name!)

So I tried Big Lots many years ago but it was too chaotic and messy and had a bunch of junk. So that was the end of that.

And then a few weeks ago I saw this video...a YouTuber I have watched for years. She made me curious so we checked out our Big Lots, and it looks the same as hers....what a change!

So clean and organized. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Our Easter at church

Today as Den and I sat towards the back of the congregation, I saw a young mom I know, walk into the chapel with her 3 very busy little children. Her husband is a fire fighter, so she often has to come to church without him.

I noticed from reading today's program she was scheduled to sing a solo to us all, part way through our service. 

About 20 minutes after the meeting began, I saw her with a child on each hand, scurrying quickly out of the chapel, probably a bathroom break. (There must have been someone on her bench watching her 1 year old.) 

A little while later I saw her come back, get her kids situated next to her 1 year old on their bench. 

It was time for her to sing.

I couldn't see from where we were, but I'm sure there was someone helping her with the kids, as she left her bench and quickly walked up to the podium, smoothing out her long dress on the way up there, to the microphone. 

She seemed a bit out of breath at first, obviously this wasn't a relaxing Sunday for her...but then her beautiful voice filled our chapel and we all listened closely to the words of the hymn, 
"I Heard Him Come." 

It's a song about our Savior and how he touches lives. 
How He is there for us. 

I'd heard this song before in years passed, but not until today did this last part speak so boldly to me:

"I saw his pain as they nailed him to a cross
Wish that we could understand the cause
He looked on me as he had once before
Saying, "Teach my word to all forever more."
And I'll say:

Nations fall behind him, the river crawl to find him
Mountains move just to let him through
Come and never leave him.
Just believe and never let his light go
Never let his light go
Never let your light grow dim.

I grew up in a time where it was the rare person who did not believe in God. 

Now there is an attack on Christianity. There is an attack on goodness, because that's what Christ gives to all of us. All good things come from Thee.

I'm thankful to that young busy breathless (and probably tired) mom today...that she shared her gift of joy and hope in Christ with us all this Easter Sunday. 

Christ has risen. He is alive! 

I know that she knows who Christ is. 
And her family will be all the better for it.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Two links I wanted to share.....

First this blog post by The Frugal Girl. While I don't relate to all she had to say (from back in my day of raising kids), I did relate to several things on her list. 

1. 10 Tips for Introverted Moms.

2. And, I just had to also share this link to our granddaughter Violet's commercial.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Art at home for Kids

Some of my grandkids love this....

It's on youtube regularly. A Dad and one of his kids.

The Dad shows how to draw things, and then we watch as the  child right beside him then draws the same. 

Sometimes it can be a family affair. Or almost. 
Parents often have other things they need to do.

Scarlett is 5 and Richie, 7, and they both were very interested.

You might want to check out the website for your littles, 
if they enjoy drawing. 

I just now noticed when I go to Art Hub for Kids, they want you to sign up for $4.95 a month.
But I just go to youtube and I've never had to pay anything. 
(Perhaps the main sight charges for a more detailed art class than what is on youtube? I don't know.)

This one though has always been free: