Yep, tomorrow is their big day!!
friends that they don't even know yet in their new ward at church!
It's like having a ready made family wherever they go.
Yep, tomorrow is their big day!!
Just as Den and I were coming to the grand check out last week at Costco….I think every line was
open and long... I looked at all the people surrounding us and I said a little bit kidding but mostly serious, "See all these people? We are responsible for them all. We need to watch and listen so we will know if they need anything." (I was referring to a quote from conference: "We must remember those we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere. All that portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve…")
Not even 2 minutes later a lady came up to us and said, "Will you watch my cart for me? I forgot
something and I need to go get it." It felt so bizarre, like she reading my mind. "Why SURE. YES
we can do this for you."
So she went off on her way as it registered with me that she also left her 4-5 year old in the cart with
her groceries! Really? She left her little boy with perfect strangers? The poor little guy looked scared to
death so I reassured him that SHE (his grandma? his mom? not sure) would be right back.
Then I said very quietly under my breath to Den, "She doesn't even know us at all and she left her child with us?? What kind of woman would do a thing like this?" He said he noticed before she asked us that she was checking us out. I guess we looked trustworthy and passed her test.
That's when Dennis said (very oddly to me), "Well it's a good thing we didn't agree to care for her
child because in case she never comes back we don't have to wait forever. We have things to do."
I thought, now there's a statement without any thought behind it! (Just in case you don't know him, he
WAS kidding. :)
I, on the other hand, said to him, "I don't care if that woman is gone all day and half the night. I'm
not going anywhere until she gets back." But I'm a woman and a Mom and that's how we are.
About every minute I assured the boy again that he was just fine and "She will be right back." Since I
was the stranger I didn't want to touch him or pat him on the back or anything like that. How confusing
this must have been to him.
I'm not sure how long this woman was gone, at least a good 5 minutes, maybe longer. When she
returned she thanked us plenty. We were happy to do this little tiny act of service, as odd as it all
seemed at the time.
Which is really just my introduction to this little video clip of Gretchen Rubin I saw on her blog this week….about helping strangers. I love this story she tells, especially the two things she learned from it.
So many times when I'm out and about I notice good things people do but I rarely tell them about it.
After watching this, I'm going to be more of a cheerleader for the helpers in this world. There are
always helpers. Don't miss watching this one. It's good!
Sometimes the role of the little sister is being on the outside looking in.
I wish we could have been with all our family this day. Since that can't happen the 2nd best thing is
watching for their pictures to come in. So far this is what we have, in the order they came. If we should
be so lucky to get more, I will add them later.
Autism awareness month continues. I talked for 1 1/2 hours yesterday to a woman whose first child
was diagnosed with severe autism @ age 3. He is now 18 and getting ready to graduate with high
honors from a high school that specializes in math, science, and engineering. He was also awarded a
scholarship to Weber State in Utah.
How did he come from severe autism to doing well at age 18? About 15 years ago during a very
discouraging week, this lady prayed and then felt prompted to call the Autism Research Institute. It just
so happened the founder of this organization, Bernard Rimland, answered the phone himself. He told
her about the gluten and casein free diet. From there she was able to find a DAN (Defeat Autism Now)
Someone sent me this video recently (and I'm sorry but I can't even remember who it was now). The
woman in the video is not the Mom I talked to yesterday, but I think they both went down similar paths.
As the video progresses it talks about other things than diet. I'm not sure if the Mom I talked to
yesterday did these other ideas, but I know she follows the diet religiously for her son.
I find this all so very interesting and encouraging. I've heard some main stream doctors are beginning to
recommend the diet also.
I admit I have an out of norm curiosity about what people eat. If there is one question I could ask
strangers that would be it. I watch what others buy at the grocery store too but try not to be obvious
about it. But I am even more wanting to know what they are going to do with that food once they bring
So when someone sent me this video showing what people eat for breakfast across the world, well…
this is my kind of entertainment.
I've decided I like Mexico's breakfast the best…although I've never had that particular combination…
yet. And since I love my oatmeal every morning, I'd like to try Mexico's breakfast for dinner sometime.
I would starve if I had to wake up in Italy. Nothing but carbs.
Lately I'm being haunted by my mother's very large stack of journals. I've made it a goal to choose the
best parts of them, and make a book for her posterity. If we don't have journals left behind with our
own words….then someone else will be our spokesperson for who we were after we are gone. I would
not want to trust anyone with that, would you?
She DID keep many years of journals. So I need to do her justice and let HER WORDS speak to all
her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all the many yet to be born.
It's a long process, but today I found this little gem I wanted to share written by her, 34 years ago when
she was 52. (the capitals are all hers)
"May 22, 1982
HAPPINESS ISN'T ALWAYS DOING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
IT'S DOING WHAT YOU DON'T WANT TO DO AND
BEING GLAD YOU DID IT."
Jesse Evans Smith
Read the above in Relief Society bulletin today and IT IS SO
TRUE---- except I guess as you get older you can anticipate the
results more. So it isn't so hard to do ----whatever!
…..This old age stuff ain't half bad."
Thanks Mom. I agree!
(I was SO tired last night that I pressed publish when I meant to press save. So if you were here earlier this was all jumbled up and half done. Such is the life of a tired but happy Grandma.)
Now that our kids don't join us at our home for conference since they are developing their own family
traditions….I figured out that Dennis and I watch General Conference better if we are in two separate
We talk too much when we watch it together. We get excited to share ideas we have learned and then
we end up missing several paragraphs ahead.
I also learned that I take better notes if I just type quickly directly into my online journal. So I will need
to go back and rewatch Saturday's sessions since I took those notes the old fashioned way.
Here are just a few of my favorite notes from yesterday: