Showing posts from October, 2008

Just in case...

Most of you have probably already seen this, or at least heard about it the past few days....but in case you have not, I wanted to make sure you did not miss out.

Do you remember an earlier post I did about the Nielson family? Stephanie and Christian Nielson were in a plane crash last August. He is in rehab now trying to recover from a broken back and burns over 30% of his body. She is still in the hospital with burns over 83% of her body. I am certain they are the most popular family now in the blogging world because they have been such an inspiration to so many, many people.

I begin each day reading excerpts that are posted each morning from Stephanie's blog. She was filled with such gratitude for her life, for her husband and her children, and they are a joy to read.

This was taken about a month before the plane crash.
I think I have seen this picture on more blogs than any other. And if you would like to read an update on what is going on now, go here.

But this is what I wa…


Ten years ago today Dennis' daughter Kim and her husband Ryan had their sweet little Emily.
When I had first started writing to Dennis, he told me his daughter Kim was expecting a baby any day. He said when she arrived he might need to go to Utah to help her. I thought it was odd that a Dad would be the caretaker. But I didn't know Dennis very well yet. Now it completely makes sense.When Emily was just 2 years old (was she less than 2...Kim do you know?) she was visiting here with her cousin Katelyn who was even younger. Katie kept touching the TV buttons and Emily was trying to "mother" her and get her to stop. She told her no, and then Emily said to Katie, "Look at me when I talk to you. I said no."
She was only 2 years old, saying that!

Emily with her beautiful Mom. Cousin Jessica, Grandpa Dennis, and Emily

Dennis asked me to put this picture of Emily out every Memorial Day. Instead, we have just kept it framed and in our family room since the da…

1 in 65,000

Often, when there is BYU football on TV, Dennis will look intently into the crowd for my sons, McKay and Tyler...who often attend the games. He will sometimes call the boys during the game and ask where they are sitting. I guess it's all part of the male bonding. I will often say to him, "Well if McKay and Tyler show up on that screen, come and get me." But with 65,000 in the audience I didn't ever expect that to happen.

So last Saturday, you guessed it. Den was watching BYU play UNLV with his friend Mondel. I was in the laundry room folding clothes, when I heard Den shouting, "HURRY JILL, COME QUICK." I ran in there to find McKay right there in the center of the screen. He looked good. He looks happy. Does my heart good!

We were so excited. Dennis reached for the phone to call McKay, but he stopped himself, "I can't call him! I don't want to know who wins." Den was watching it on delay being we had been gone all morning. (…

Jon and Kate plus 8

I'm not much of a TV person, but I do love Jon and Kate Plus Eight.

So naturally when I heard Kate Gosselin wrote a book I pre-ordered a copy. Apparently Dennis ordered one for me also, because 2 books arrived the same day in 2 separate packages. After they arrived I looked at the books and thought...wait a minute, do I really want to read this? What could they say that I don't already know about them? I don't think I've missed one of their programs.

The book was not only entertainment, but it was quite spiritual. I love any story that is about real home life. Real happy home life. I was also intrigued about Kate's parents and Jon's mother...neither of them mentioned on their program. The book however does talk about them, and now I have a better understanding, or at least my own little opinion of what is going on in their family. I read between the lines.

There is just something captivating...relaxing (in that I don't have to live their life, I just…

Oldest convert

Found this in the Church News. Possibly our oldest convert. She was 103 and was out driving on an Easter Sunday and came upon one of our meeting houses. She went inside and apparently when she realized it was the same church as her favorite TV channel, BYU-TV, she was interested, and later baptized.

Now she is 104, and still lives alone.
How I would love the chance to sit down and talk to this woman. Something tells me she has lived a most interesting life. She was the featured speaker in a stake center in Arkansas prior to our recent Relief Society broadcast last month. How I would have loved to have heard her!

If you would like to read this article, just click it and it will become larger.

Going Back in Time

These are my grandparents in 1917, Romeo and Leonie Rozier.
Grandma Leonie died when my dad was only 6, so I never knew her.
Grandpa Romeo died in 1959 when I was just 5.

On the way home from our little anniversary celebration today, we took a trip down memory lane. Well my memory lane, anyway. Since we would be going right by this neighborhood on our drive home, we took a picture of the house my Grandpa Romeo use to live in.

I had to hurry and snap the picture while some people
in this neighborhood were watching.
Then I said, "Hurry Den, get me outta here."
I was worried that someone would think we were casing the house.
4734 El Monte Way

We decided to also go see my childhood home.
I lived here till I was 7. Again, not the best picture because I took it in such fast motion.
4476 E. Madison

Does it look anything like it did back in 1957, below?
The world was sure gentler back then.
L to R: John, me, Mom, and Richard

Michael Cardoza use to live here, across the street from u…

Juror #7

Dennis finally finished with his 3 1/2 week as a juror on a trial. Of course I did not have any idea what the trial was all about till he got home yesterday, because only then could he finally talk about it. He was so excited to serve on a jury! He had never been chosen before. We were all shocked he was chosen this time considering his history in law enforcement. And not only that, but he also got chosen by the other jurors to be the foreman.

So hearing what the trial was about, stirred some emotion in me. First I'll let Dennis describe the trial. Yep, I have a guest blogger. Sorry it is long, I told him to keep it short but he thinks this is short. It is written like a cop making a report. Here he is:

"The story started one evening when a husband and wife went out to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They went dancing at a nightclub and, according to her, he had "a couple of beers." She said that they got into an argument and he drove away in the car…

Looks like we're moving

But we aren't.
JCPenneys came today and took away the couch and love seat we recently purchased from them. I noticed one day, about 3 weeks after it was delivered, that it had 4 tiny rips in the love seat. Of course it took weeks for the tech to come and take a look. But a few days after that, I received a call from Penneys saying they would pick up the furniture and return our money in full.

THAT is why in the past 30 years plus, I often buy from JCPenneys. Things happen, and nothing is perfect, but they always stand behind their merchandise. So don't be afraid to buy from them. I just thought they deserved the praise today.

PS... For those of you who have been worried about us, we had a new water heater put in this morning!! Thank you SO MUCH for the hot shower offers!

Video of Baby Moving Before Birth

Glimpses of the week

On Monday, Den and I took Laurynn out to dinner to celebrate her 9th birthday. It was so fun to have this little person in the back seat of our car talking nearly non stop to us. She is so excited about her Mom having twins, but also was concerned that they might be "stuck together" We assured her that if the twins were going to be stuck together, it would have already happened.

My niece, Natalie, surprised us with a visit last Saturday, straight from Pismo Beach, where she lives. Turns out we were just on our way to go out to dinner with my Dad and Susan so we asked her to come with us. She is like a ray of sunshine. We so enjoy her, and she keeps us laughing! I wanted to get a picture of the little dog she keeps in her purse, but my battery died right after this picture.

Last Tuesday while Elora and I were playing "Chinese Checkers"'s not the board game we use to play, it involves dancing around the room. (hey, I just take my instruction from her) …

Vote your conscience

Although I am not Catholic, I am very impressed by this message. I feel if there was ever time that we need all come together concerning these moral issues, regardless of our religious beliefs, it's now. I had seen this video several weeks ago, and just in case you haven't, here it is.

Explained simply

I found this video on another blog. Shows just how it will be.

One of those angels...

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston
A very kind hearted woman, Michelle, who my brother, Chris,
use to work with, put this notice in their break room: My dad received 2 beautiful cards from them...

and...this stunning palm tree to remind him of Thailand, the land Chris loved:
And that's not all...

She also sent a box filled with "trees" for all of us to plant in Chris's memory!
Here are just 2 of the trees in the box that arrived. She put little memory cards, like the one above, attached to each of the boxes. I can't even describe how kind this woman is to do this for our family, especially considering she does not know any of us. But she arranged this and carried it all out, just from the compassion in her heart.

I have been reminded by her loving actions, that we truly are all brothers and sisters living on this earth together. Thank you Michelle. We will plant our trees and not only remember Chris, but we will remember you t…

Our wedding day

When Dennis and I were dating and talking about getting married, of course we needed to talk about where we would actually live. I told him flat out that I could not live in Corona, where he was from, or anywhere in the LA area because of my fear of earthquakes.

I did however, agree, to marry him in the Los Angeles LDS temple.

So my oldest son Brock drove me, McKay and Tyler to Corona the night before our wedding. (We missed Logan who was in the Philippines in the middle of his 2 year mission for our church.) After visiting with Dennis and his daughters, who had also arrived for our wedding, the boys and I checked into our hotel for the night.

My sons fell asleep around midnight but it took me till about 1am to doze off, finally. At 2:46am guess what happened? AN EARTHQUAKE. Found out later it was a 7.1 coming from Hector which is located about 90 miles from Corona. The whole place shook terribly. I screamed. The boys woke up, from my screaming I think, not the earth shaking. I went …

Elora's prayer

We went to church last Sunday with Brock and the girls so we could see Elora in her Primary program. (Erin had to go out of town, although she did get to see the practice!) On the way home Elora said she had something to tell me so I asked if I could film it and she said I could. I never know what she is going to say. So on went my camera.

Oh, and she got the sucker at church since this is her birthday month.

BTW, Keep in mind that going to a birthday party is EVERYTHING to Elora. It was a real crisis I'm sure when Brock didn't know the way to this little boy's house for the party.

While Elora is at the age where reality and fantasy are often intertwined, Brock verified that this one was true.

My Dream

I had a dream Friday night that I was pregnant with twins.

Could it be because I looked at these 2 pictures before I went to sleep??

Here I am in 1965 with my sister and brother, Heidi and Scott
And yes, my forehead was way too high to wear my hair like that.
1966 with Scott and Heidi

In the dream I told the doctor, "This pregnancy is great. I don't feel a thing!"

I woke up at 3:30am thinking:
'That's because I'm the GRANDMA and not the MOM.'

Isn't this a wonderful way to bring children into this world???

(Written by Grandma Honey who sometimes gets confused in her sleep
about just who is having the twins.)

McKay McKay

I've always liked saying his name twice. I said it so much like this when he was little that he really thought his name was McKay McKay.

And NO, it's not his birthday.

Look what he can do. He's the one in the white shirt. The other guy tried to get McKay to dress goofy too, but he refused. Good, McKay, I like you in your white shirt.


First time I saw this, a few days ago, I was so excited to see him again! Oh, I miss him! I wish I could get Tyler to send me a video too (hint hint). But I get to see Tyler and his girlfriend at Thanksgiving so I can take my own video!!

I don't know who the other guy is, McKay hardly knows him either.
Look for McKay's wink at the beginning.
If you don't want to be patient, just go to 1:10 into it, and then you will see McKay's main performance.

I guess if McKay's math career does not work out, he could always do this on a street corner somewhere...

Happy Birthday LAURYNN!!

Logan and Amy with Laurynn on her baptism day last year.

The first time I met this precious little girl, Laurynn, was about 4 years ago. She was so shy she would not even look at me. She would just bury her face into her mother's blouseSeveral months after that meeting, her mom Amy married my son Logan. Laurynn slowly began to feel comfortable with me.

Today is Laurynn's birthday!!!!
Let me tell you about her through my eyes:
She is very sensitive. Charming. Obedient. Wants to know just what the rules are and why, and she wants to follow them to the letter. Beautiful. When she is with me people invariably comment on her eyes, or how pretty she is. She loves babies and little animals.

She is a worrier, like her new grandma (me :) She pleaded with her mom to buy her some Purell so she could have her own little bottle to keep with her.
The first time I took care of her was about 3 years ago, when Laurynn was 5. I had her for most of the day. She told me straight out, that …

Where did Dennis come from?

10 years ago today, (and 2 years after my first husband passed away), I received in my inbox from LDS Singles Online a paragraph of introduction. Just a paragraph, but I could tell he was different, and I was intrigued.

This man could write in complete sentences and he had perfect grammar, spelling and punctuation. Not that I judge people on how they write...I certainly make tons of mistakes in this department, and for the most part I don't even care.

But quite frankly, while I "met" many men online (although not in person) this was the only one who seemed immediately intelligent. Most men are intelligent, I don't mean to imply they aren't...but most online just do not take the time with their emails.

So I was interested. I wrote back. He wrote back. Good, this was fun.

Then less than 2 weeks into this daily exchange, he asked me for my phone number.
Hey, wait a minute...I only "knew" him for 2 weeks. I wanted a lengthy relationship online befor…