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It's the little things that make big things

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I've been thinking lots about a talk I heard last Saturday night stake conference
by Elder Gregory Sshwitzer….

Some key points I want to remember….


"We can keep a moth inside the house by shutting all the doors and closing the windows. 
Or we can just light a candle."  The speaker then went on to compare this to our homes. "Light
a candle in our homes so those that will wander will want to stay."   In other words, it is all the every day little things we do in our homes that make the biggest 
difference. The quotes on our fridge door (he said the fridge door is an altar for teenage boys,
especially, and we should take advantage of this fact)…put things on there we want our kids and
grandkids to see. It's the sweet messages, or spiritual pictures or uplifting messages we put on our walls.... The
speaker suggested we think of strategic places….where these up lifting messages will have 
the most impact. 
Made me think of this sign in my brother John and Suzanne…

If you don't believe me…..

I have proof.
His doctor said this would never happen. 
His physical therapist said they could no longer help him.

But they didn't know who they were talking to…..

This is a man who has run over 30 marathons.
This is a man who never gives up.


And they said this would never happen! from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.

Thank you to his excellent care giver, Tom!


Grandpa came home with this

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Téa played catcher yesterday……

So tell me….what do you think?? Are you impressed?


6 year old catcher! from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.



4 questions to get your kids to talk

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I read somewhere a few months ago, that if we would  like to know what our children are about,  we should regularly ask these questions:
1)  What are you most excited about in life right now? 2)  What are you most worried about?
So I thought I would start with the first question last week  while Elora was here for a few days. 
She's 12…but she has always had lots to say since she was 2 …. so I was anxious to try my question out on her. 
Instead of asking her what she was excited about, I upped it one  and asked, "What are you most passionate about lately?" She asked back, "Like how do you mean?"


"Well," I said, "what do you think about the most? 


"What do you get most excited about?"

"What are you obsessed with?" "What do you wish you could do every day?"

"I finally paused, waiting for her answer." She looked up from her Youtube tutorial  and gave me her quick one word answer:
"Hair!"
Why didn't I see that answer…

My ear and my shoes

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Last Sunday during singing time with the 8-11 year olds, the 
chorister was teaching the kids different ways to sing familiar 
songs. Just after she announced, "Now this next song I want you 
to sing as loud as you can, without yelling." ….the little 8 year 
old boy sitting next to me said, "I think you might want to cover 
your ears because it's going to be very loud in here."  

I do have a bad ear so I said, "Okay, I'm going to go step out into 
the hallway. You take care of the class for me while I'm gone."
And out I went. 

After it was over I came back to sit by that same boy and I said to 
him, "That was so kind of you to give me that warning. But how 
did you know I had a bad ear?"

He sat up straighter and seemed so proud as he told me, "I know 
because all old people have problems with their ears!" 

So serious he was.

This reminded me of just 4 days earlier when I was giving a lesson 
to fourteen girls ages 8-11. We were all sitting…

A sweet unforgettable day

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I hope you will excuse this self centered post as I tell you about my birthday last week.

First I woke up to this from Washington:
(I love it when Richie asks me if I have any kids!

Thank you Karen, Tyler, Rich, and Leo!




Then we got to celebrate the life of this very unforgettable lady, Betty Freeman Clinton.
 I knew her from my childhood. I've known her son Terry since he was in the stroller.
And Terry's wife, Debbie, since she was only 4 years old. Lots of history.


My mom would bring us 4 girls, plus sometimes Grandma too, for hair cuts at Betty's salon. It was an
all day event. We would bring our lunch and often swim in her pool before returning home!
I remember Betty's kindness. I didn't like the way she chopped all my hair off (my Mom told her to)
….so one time she gave me a gold crown in to wear in my hair, and it did cheer me up.

I often wondered why my busy Mom would drive us 30 minutes from our house so Betty could cut our
hair. I learned later in life that …

This magic of a nap

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I guess I thought since Cinderella started at 10:55am, 
it was early enough not to interfere with Violet's nap.

But after all the previews, etc…
the movie got started later than I thought! Not good. 

She LOVED the movie….but right smack in the middle 
of it nap time struck and she was DONE. 
Cami on the other hand was loving it all…. especially dancing with Grandpa as the credits were going up.
However, shortly after that, Violet said she "needed to be 
closer"….and took off running all the way up to the screen.  Elora followed her.
Elora is SO good with both her sisters! She LOVES them, and continually is there trying to help them.





Violet was not happy on the way home either.

She sobbed and sobbed and I felt even worse when she said,  "I am really trying! But I can't control myself!"

(I was stunned by her ability to label her feelings!)

I said, "I'm so sorry. I know what that feels like!" (because it's exactly how I feel when I'm over tired. Just as…

Grant, Scarlett, Rich, and Leo

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McKenna just sent this to me from Washington…..

Easter morning…….
or watching Conference on TV
while keeping the kids entertained at the same time.

Happy Blessed Easter!

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We had a family Easter gathering earlier today  at my sister Peggy and Jeff's home….
but this time we invited our new relatives… the ones I found on Familysearch.com. The ones we didn't know we had. Sarah, Anthony, and Monique with my Dad.  (Anthony was ready for a meeting right after the party.)
My great Grandfather, Robert Wiley Rozier is the brother  to Monique's Dad's great Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Rozier.
So we are family.
Lots of good food to share.
Isn't this an interesting way to make a fruit salad with bananas all around the edges?  The sad part of today….
our new relatives had to leave before I remembered  that desserts were waiting for us all inside!

I was able to capture a picture right after the Easter Egg Hunt. Jude, Téa, Trevor, Calvary, Zion, Hosanna, Sarah, Rivka, and Mara.  (Mara looks incredibly like Grandma Peggy at that age….most of these are her grandchildren!)

The other little one, Harvey, was inside.

At 7 months old, I guess he's thinking he will w…

The simplest way to be happy

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My Dad asked me tonight if I noticed  anything different on their shelf…

At first I thought….no….and then thought to myself…. ….uh what am I suppose to be looking at?
Then I saw it….
Or I think he gave me a hint when he said, 
"Do you see that sign?"
Yes! I do love this! 
Apparently my Dad saw this sign at Robin's house  and asked if she would write it down for him. 
Instead, she gave him his own copy. 
These two live by that saying.
And not sure if you noticed or not, but there is a picture I 
especially love on the shelf underneath that sign.  My Dad and I, with Richard. 
Living the good life back in 1956.