Showing posts from May, 2011

The long days of mothering

I am drawn to a few blogs for various reasons. 

One such blog is written by a young mom with 3 very small children, actually ages 2, 1, and 2 weeks old. 
I am in awe over her honesty, her determination, her exhaustion, her faith. And I don't even know her.

Really, how does one care for basically 3 babies of varying ages and needs??

I have been thinking since yesterday of the post she wrote which begins with "The worst Sunday of my Life."

(Be sure and watch the video link within that post, also. Or just go here.You will realize how blessed your children are to have YOU.)

Her post reminded me of the excellent talk Julie Beck gave last month at the BYU Women's conference that I was able to watch recently. So I watched it again today, and I'd like to share this quote from it:

Julie Beck speaking:
"Not long ago I visited with a young mother who recently had her 8th child. That's difficult to accomplish in these days. It is always wonderful when you can find a woman w…

Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Nelson

Two days ago my niece Lindsay married Gard Nelson in the Salt Lake Temple. Hailey, I'm sure, made the perfect flower girl. We get to celebrate in Clovis next Saturday night! (June 11th)

Mother Teresa

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other" Mother Teresa

Sunday Crockpot Beef Stew

I found a stew recipe without the cream soups, or the tomato flavor. And it tastes better.

This little packet makes all the difference, thanks to my niece Julie.
I make this about once a month, and always on a Sunday,
because it's great to come home to dinner all ready.
Very simple. I sort of follow the directions on back of the envelope which includes coating the stew meat in flour and browning on all sides.

Then I throw that in the crock pot along with the 3 c water and the 5 cups of vegetables, and the packet of seasonings.
 Although I should admit here I use way less meat than the recipe calls for and more vegetables, but that's just me. Make it how you like. 
Now isn't this beautiful? carrots, potatoes, onion, celery
 If I make it right before church, I will set it on high for 4 hours. If I'm starting early in the morning and we're not eating till 4 or 5, I would set it on low. 
I regret I forgot to take a picture of it before we ate it. Sorry. Like my niece Julie say…

Almost live from Provo

Karen has the pregnancy glow!
So pretty.
McKenna and McKay dancing through the first year of marriage? In just 2 days the McKs will have been married a WHOLE YEAR!
I'm pretty sure I've seen better pictures of Tyler,
but he's showing off the cards he had made up from the ultrasound picture! The game really is called "Hand and Foot"...I think it's a Montana tradition. Or better yet, here's a close up.
Such a devoted father, already. Looks like a very serious game to me. McKenna with Katie Kennington I'm sure McKenna has the pregnancy glow too, but I can't see it in this picture because of the lighting. So even though we can't see McKenna's baby bump in this post, it's wonderful to see everyone.
Well except cousin Jake, but I know he was there.

Do you think this is true? I hope not.

The inside look of our church in Joplin after the tornado

Everything in this church looks familiar to me...our churches are pretty universal.
But this one's a total shambles...and the story is incredible. 

All while getting ready for a Relief Society meeting!

Video Courtesy of

The letter we got back from Hampton Inn

I took my brother Richard's advice and sent a copy of my blog post to Hampton Inn and this was their reply back:

Hello Mr.and Mrs. Shelley,
Please let me apologize for your recent stay. I understand that you were unhappy due to the HVAC unit having a sensor shut off. I understand that can be a nuisance when the unit shuts down. I am very sorry that my front desk staff was not able to walk you through the override so that the unit would stay on for you. We have had some staff changes and I was not aware that the night staff was not trained in the override. I have already gotten with my staff to go over the procedure so we don’t run into this issue again. I am so sorry I hadn’t realized the issue before. I have taken the liberty to issue a 100% Hampton Guarantee on your behalf. So you should see a credit issued back on to your Credit Card. I do hope that you give us another chance in the future We Love Having You Here,
Jennifer Marshall General Manager Hampton Inn and Suites Bakersfield …

Green Smoothie Girl

Yep, this is why we went to Bakersfield last watch the Green Smoothie Girl in action. I had been following her blog for a few years and when I read she would be in California, only 2 hours away, I couldn't resist. 

Plus Kim and Kris attended her presentation in Utah a few months back and they loved it.

Robyn Openshaw aka The Green Smoothie Girl, claims that drinking a large glass of raw vegetables and fruit can have MASSIVE affects on your health. She drinks one quart a day and gives a pint to each of her 4 children. Since the years doing this, they have had no strep throat, no infections, needed no antibiotics.

Her story that lead her to this way of life is very interesting, and well worth reading.

What I like about her too, is she does not talk about changing all your eating habits. She just focuses on the Green Smoothie, claiming if that is all you do, you will be getting 12-15 servings of fruits and vegetable a day "going into every cell in your body."

I also …

Update on Miss Violet Nicole

Miss Violet is 3 months old now  and too cute for words!
Thank you to Erin, for letting me borrow her pictures.
I've taken several lately, but Erin does a much better job.

My review of Hampton Inn ...and it's not all good...

Disclaimer: I know with all the problems in the world right now, and worries in my own life, this is not even on the list...Still, having said that, here this is...I'd really like to know if you have heard of this...maybe it's common place right now...maybe it's not.

10 years ago Dennis and I stayed in a Hampton Inn in West Covina. We thought it was okay until the next day when I asked for an extra hour of stay. Den was late getting back from working there (back in the days when he was still with LAPD) They said no, check out was noon, no exceptions. I even asked to let me pay for an extra hour. Still no. They said the best they could do was let me take my luggage and wait in the lobby for him.

We checked Hampton Inn off our list. 

Then last night we decided when the Marriott was full in Bakersfield, we would give Hampton Inn another try. After all, it had been 10 years. Surely they had gotten better. Or so we thought.

Walking in I was encouraged by this sign mounted into the…

These boots are made for walkin

It's tough being 2. 
Trying to make sense of the world, and trying to get her boots on.
Good thing Téa has spunkiness...she will need it later on in this crazy world.

UPdate: This was filmed several weeks ago. Téa can now put both her shoes and socks on all by herself.

BYU Women's Conference FYI

(and unrelated blog link at the end)

For those who love BYU Women's Conference as much as I do... and if you get the BYU channel on cable, here is the broadcast schedule this week. 

I've set my DVR so I can watch these talks in little increments of time.  (Unfortunately, this morning's talks have already passed, but if you use the titles below,  you can find them as they come up later on this channel.)

2011 BYU Women’s Conference delayed broadcastFollowing is the schedule:(Utah Time)
May 16, 2011 (8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT)
“By Small and Simple Things”
Virginia H. Pearce

“Ideals Are Stars to Steer By: They Are Not a Stick to Beat Ourselves With”
Barbara Thompson
President Cecil O. Samuelson

“The Best Measure of True Greatness Is How Christlike We Are”
Kathy K. Clayton
Elaine S. Dalton

Friday Morning (April 29) Opening Session
Julie B. Beck

May 17, 2011 (8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT)

“We Are Going to Do Something Extraordinary”
Elaine L. Jack, Bonnie D. Parkin,
Mary Ellen Smoot, Barbara Wind…

Are we prepared?

This video is not short, but I think it's excellent. 
I believe it's worth the 10 minutes to watch it.

We are all hearing about upcoming food shortages, 
and how we need to be better prepared. 
Here is what one stake (in Irvine, Ca) is doing about it. 

It was sort of a creepy day.

I know it's Saturday and not many are reading blogs, but I want to remember this.

Yesterday Dennis and I thought we were on our way to the Walmart in Sanger. It's bigger and cleaner than the one closer to us. But on the way out there (about a 30 minutes from our house) we drove by the hospital I gave birth to Logan in 1979. I've always felt nostalgic about that place. It's very small, and unlike the hospitals around here that I seem to visit often throughout the years, the only memory I have of Sanger hospital is giving birth in it 32 years ago.

I knew it had closed down in 2004, but yesterday as we were driving by I told Dennis I thought I saw the front door open. He wearily said, "I guess this means you want to stop." (We go through a similar conversation whenever we are in Sanger.) As we were getting out of the car I heard him say to himself, "the things you get me into." Poor guy.

So we walk up to the large open door and could not see a soul aro…

What goes around comes around

While I was making dinner a few days ago,  my 8 year old granddaughter must have picked up the Reader's Digest. because she just started reading to me from it. She even got the grown up humor.

Such as this one:

For some reason this was her favorite: She laughed and laughed.
We've had many good memories through the years on this same kitchen counter. Elora with cousin Macie over 4 years ago.
And so the generations continue that started with my sons on these counters 20 years ago. Logan, Brock, Tyler, and McKay

The Dancing Family

Logan and Amy and their children have a song for you!

Actually it was for McKenna's birthday. McKay put together quite a video of personal messages from the family to her. I thought it best I take out all the personal messages...actually Dennis thought it would be what we have left is 1 and 1/2 minutes of entertainment!

Take a look and tell me what you think, okay?

My new way of organizing a talk

The past week I had been consumed with writing my talk for Mother's Day yesterday. Of all the weeks I could have been asked to speak at church, Mother's Day was not high on my list. It scared me. So many women have a hard time with that day, for various reasons, and I was just so worried I would add to their pain.

So it was a struggle putting it all together last week.

As I usually do while preparing talks, I go to the computer and just type things out as they come to me throughout the week. I do lots of reading, talking to others and trying to retrieve memories from my past on the subject.

Then after it's all compiled I have to decide how to put it all together. I was having such a hard time because I would put a paragraph from page 2 to page 8...then I would think, okay now page 2 doesn't make sense. Then I would notice that page 4 doesn't flow into page 5. Then I would realize nothing was flowing together!

So I did something differently this time that really worked…

Look what she got for Mother's Day!

Where Brock found time to draw this without Erin knowing,  I have no clue. But isn't it great?! I love it! Elora, Cami, Erin, Violet and Brock And I love them.

All that I am or hope to be, I owe to these 2 women.

Lella LeMaster Slinkard and Gaynor Lea Slinkard Rozier
My Grandma and My Mom in September of 1948. My mom only 19, and my Grandma was 51, younger than I am now.
My Grandma was determinedto give her children a better childhood than she had. Instead of following her parents' example,  Grandma remembered all the bad experiences in her life,  and vowed to do better. Grandma studied other families and read books, on how she would do things differently. And because of her, and the sweet, gentle, and kind mother she raised for us,  generations and generations to come, will be blessed.
One woman can change generations, and she did.

What about my other grandmother, you ask?
I never got to meet her in this life.
Here she is with my Grandpa Romeo.

Romeo and Leonie Rozier
She died at the age of 42, when my Dad was only 6 years old. 
I've wondered what she was like. Often.
She must have been special, if she is anything like my Dad.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

...and that choice has changed me forever

Thank you Krista Gage for sharing this.
I had to pass it on!

An ENGAGEMENT and Baked French Toast

In case you haven't heard...while making baked French Toast on Easter, my niece's dearly loved boyfriend, proposed. They are getting married this October 29th in Shell Beach!!

Do they look happy or what? Brian, Natalie, and Brian's Dad

They are actually using Brian's grandparent's wedding rings from 1940 (from his father's side).  As Natalie explained, the rings will have more meaning this way.  I think it will help link the generations together.  Sort of a "love that has been before" feeling. 
I did the same with my grandmother's rings.

I think we ought to all try the Baked French Toast Recipe.

Natalie said she used 2 week old cinnamon raisin bread that she couldn't bear to throw away, 
and she said it was incredible.
Something tells me their marriage will be too.

I also think Natalie & Brian look you see it?
My Mom use to say that's a good sign. 
She would be happy for them.

btw, Nat, what's his last name?