Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
So we have this tradition now of going to Visalia for Christmas
Eve. My brother John and his wife Suzanne host a very Rozier-ish
homey dinner and program.
shepherds. (I didn't even catch on at first….I just kept
thinking….'and why are they in costume?')
of who started all these Roziers.
Friday, December 26, 2014
year, here it is. For those of you who don't know our Uncle Don, he
is soon to be 90 and my mother's only living sibling. He worked at
the Fresno Bee while still a teenager and retired after having been
their managing editor for many years.
Below this letter, is an old home movie from 1957. I think
Uncle Don is one of the few I labeled by name, so you will see
him. He looks pretty much the same all these years later.
"Christmas Letter XXIIPublished annually since 1993Greetings from Don & DonnaOn October 20th, Donna fell onto an end table, broke five ribs and cracked a bone in her spine. On November 20th, she was home, having spent the interval in hospital and nursing home and, happy to report, was treated well at both. Pain pills and walker no longer required, Donna has resumed life as it had been.Her accident had another consequence, as did the fact that my next birthday will have a zero in it. It got us thinking about the unthinkable — living in an old folks’ home. That’s not what they call themselves; they are “retirement communities.” They come with hefty buy-ins but they’re not called that, either — they are “community fees.” Moreover, there’s a parking lot instead of a garage, one must hike to the dining hall, and not in pajamas or bathrobe. The rent is steep and there is no guarantee the food will be as tasty as advertised. For sure, everyone present will be old.Despite it all, we put down a deposit and got on a waiting list. On the upside, help would be available when needed and the cook would be someone other than myself. We chose the home that seemed to offer the fewest negatives and were told the average wait for an apartment (they’re called “cottages”) was nine months. Two weeks later, however, a vacancy turned up. Did we want it? No, we said, we weren’t ready just yet. We had a case of cold feet, although we have begun to think about shedding stuff and notified our landlady of what we had in mind.Will something nudge us to act or will we ask for our deposit back? Donna seems well. Her blood pressure is normal, as is mine with the aid of the pharmaceutical industry. At the supermarket, I’m more secure with a shopping cart in hand, but in general (and although I hate the word), I am spry.On Christmas Eve, my four children and four of six granddaughters will be in Fresno for dinner. Julie, Donna’s missionary daughter, and her family will be celebrating a day ahead of us in faraway Japan. Whatever your time zone, we hope your Christmas is merry and that the New Year treats you gently. "
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
and Karen have matching jammas too.
(As these grandkids get just a little older, and they will be talking about the
Christmas Campout all year long…I just know it!)
After Dennis heard about the Christmas campout in Washington,
he wanted to start our own tradition.
but you're going to be sleeping this one out by yourself.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
And no, he does not clean as he goes. But that is his only flaw.
For lots of different reasons, but mostly because we are feeling so very grateful for
our family and friends, and our health, and so many blessings.
Movies that focus on the real meaning of Christmas.
It's on 188 on our Dish TV. Google to find where it is in your area.
Check UP channel out HERE.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
She is new in our ward. She and her husband have 5 children. I had never even met her, I still haven't.
But I think I will remember her talk during Sacrament meeting this morning, for a long while.
She talked about her own father. He grew up with an alcoholic Dad and a very depressed Mom, and
lots of abuse. Her Dad grew up never having a birthday gift, never having a Christmas gift. This
surprised me as I have known of many dysfunctional, even abusive families through the years, but all
that I knew of at least celebrated birthdays and Christmas in some way.
When her Dad was 7, his Dad took him to Disneyland. This little 7 year old arrived "bright eyed and
excited." When they got to the gate his Dad asked where he could buy a beer. He was told, "We don't
sell alcohol at Disneyland." So they turned around and left.
If the story wasn't already bad enough, the Disneyland story about did me in.
Yet, her Dad somehow knew there was a better way...Somewhere a long the way he learned about
Jesus Christ. Christ became his model to live by. This one man was able to turn the cycle of abuse in
this family around. It stopped with him. He referred to Christ to teach him how to live.
She said her Dad still struggles every day trying to control his temper, among other struggles. But he
was able to stay focused enough to pattern his life after Christ's and gave his children a much better
life than he had. His daughter, who gave the talk, has enormous respect for him.
After our ward was over, Den and I were able to attend another service, and hear Amy
speak. She also talked about patterning our lives after Christ's. She so eloquently and sweetly said: "He
lived to show us the way."
I think one of my favorite parts of her talk was when she turned around and thanked the bishopric for
giving her 2 weeks to prepare. I don't think I've ever seen that before.
Amy referred to this very sweet and short video in her talk. If you have not seen it, I promise it's worth
the 2 1/2 minutes of your time.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
There isn't room to go around them, and you can't back up because there is a car behind you.
adjust things, turn on her ignition and finally pull out.
It was a good 2-3 minutes.
Long enough for me to write this post in my head, and take a picture.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
My Mom's parents on center right, and the rest of the adults are my aunts and uncles.
See me with my doll sitting next to Richard?
Just a few here of over 30.
Oscarson, who was quoting President Hinckley, who was quoting the original person: ET Sullivan:
Saturday, December 6, 2014
But first, let's go back nearly 60 years!
I wanted someone to rescue me too back in 1955.
And that Santa….does he look bored or what?