all the way from Portland to Clovis.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
all the way from Portland to Clovis.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Sunday morning just before going to church I decided to check
email real quick. I found this nice little one from my friend in Utah:
"Just wanted to wish you guys a happy anniversary!...I hope you
enjoy your day 😍"
I'm sure I said out loud to myself, "What?? What's today? The
16th?? What? I forgot??"
I looked around the house. No card propped up against a vase of
flowers. Nothing. No signs of anyone having an anniversary.
We both forgot?? Both of us?
Dennis had already been to church for nearly 2 hours. He probably
remembered after he got there, and feels terrible right about now.
So I get to church just before it begins and find Dennis saving a
chair for me as usual. I keep trying to decide how to approach this.
He turns to look at me and compliments me on my skirt. "It's new,
isn't it?" I said no, I've had this a long time.
He really doesn't know does he?
So then I sit there staring at him and smiling. Trying to figure me
out, he looks right into my eyes, and that's when I say to him,
I take the church bulletin and point to the date at the top: "Oct 16,
2016." He looks like he's going to be sick.
I feel sorry for him. For the panic look on his face. Remembering
specials dates is HUGE to him. He prides himself on being a good
husband. Good husbands, according to him in the past, never forget
So I say back to him, "It's okay! I forgot too! We don't even have
calendars up in our house yet. We basically haven't known what
day it's been since we moved in!"
"Oh you forgot too?"
"Yes! Yes I did. I love it. We forgot together."
By now it's the opening song. We start to sing. He takes my hand
and kisses it and tells me it's been the best 17 years of his life.
Some of those imperfect moments of life are my favorite.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Not always. But sometimes.
Like a week or so ago when 3 of my nieces came
to visit. (Robin and Dave's girls)
I forgot to take even one picture of them, so I had to snag a few off
from Provo, and McKenzie is still in high school here.
happened to mention that we were having someone come out to fix
our stove since the 2 front burners don't work.
The sellers of our house graciously bought us a year warranty on the house....
so any repair is just $65.
hovered over it. Then suddenly one of them said, "There I fixed it."
Apparently I just had the burner plates upside down!
Dennis does not like the silver ware container on the door.
and then put it in the dishwasher like this:
You mean I could have done that 7 weeks ago
when we moved in here?
showing the girls how I was upset the gardner wacked off too much
of this bush I like.
So McKenzie gets close to the bush and tells me it's a Rosemary
bush! Really, I had no idea. I LOVE rosemary.
She said I could just come out and get
some when I'm making dinner.
Here's all their siblings together plus Ashley's 2 children.
Sarah, McKenzie, Lauren, Brooke, Ashley, Ben, Davy
Thursday, October 13, 2016
So the latest election debate Sunday evening, while entertaining, was horrible.
It felt like a dark cloud over our lives.
Two days later I woke up (I had woken up before that, but you know what I mean)
and didn't think much of it as I sang these words Tuesday morning:
"Fear not though the enemy deride
It takes courage for the Lord is on our side
We will heed not what the wicked may say
For the Lord, the Lord we will obey."
They may not be the exact words of the hymn but they were the words I was singing.
It's how I remember it...this song I've known since childhood.
It was odd to me, that I wasn't even thinking about this song. Like it wasn't even in my head, I just
started singing the words. And at first I wasn't paying attention to what the words were saying.
Suddenly after several times going over these words while vacuuming and doing laundry, I stopped
and thought....where is this coming from? And what hymn is this?
Then another verse came to me:
"If we do what's right we have no need to fear
For the Lord our helper will ever be near
In the days of trial his Saints he will cheer
And prosper the cause of truth."
So I then went down the hall where Den was working and sang a few lines to him. "What is the name
of this hymn? Do you know? I can't place it."
He didn't know at first but then he began singing another verse:
"Let us all press on in the work of the Lord....."
"That's it. Let Us All Press On."!!
So then I went looking for it on youtube. And played it over and over while I did more chores. It
brings me such comfort. The words. In a way I'd never really heard them quite like this before.
To me, it's like it was written for this very election. But actually, I discovered both the text and music
were written by Even Stephens, and he died in 1930!
Then my mind started wandering to my Mom and the things she use to tell me. I thought back to that
one particular evening when I was a young teenager. We were having some sort of crisis in the world
at the time, and my little brother Scott was crying about it and afraid to go to bed. I was in the other
room but I heard Mom say to him, "Our greatest protection in this life is keeping the
commandments. If we do that we will be just fine."
I don't know...but maybe my Mom put this hymn in my head Tuesday morning. Whatever, I need it.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
I think I've given Dennis too many projects to do.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
I was listening to a podcast by a Dr Leonard Sax last week
and I've been pondering 2 of his sentences since then:
"The problem with a lot of good parents today is they don't
preach what they practice. So the parents believe in virtue and
honesty and decency, but they don't talk about it."
I had to wonder, why don't they talk about it? Too busy? Kids too distracted by their phones? The
parents beliefs aren't politically correct anymore? Not sure what it is exactly.
Then yesterday morning while watching General Conference, that podcast was brought back again to
me, when Robert D Hales said,
"Parents and grandparents, we tend to bemoan the state of the
world...that schools are not teaching moral character, but there is
much we can do. We can take advantage of the teaching moments
in our own families. That means now. Don't them slip by. When
an opportunity comes to share your thoughts about the gospel
and the lessons of life, stop everything, sit down, and talk to your
children and grandchildren."