There's this special little place tucked away in central Fresno that
our Cami attended often when she was a bit younger.
Whenever I would go there, literally as soon as the doors opened
and I would step inside, I could feel the sacredness of it.
I felt I was in the presence of angels....both in the tiny children and
families it helped, but also in the teachers and aids who attended to
This video was recently shown at a recent EPU (Exceptional
Parents Unlimited) fundraiser.
Immediately after showing this video, EPU was able to raise
$10,000. in just 30 minutes.
This was filmed in Brock and Erin's home,
even Elora was interviewed.
(It was shown on Facebook recently but not everyone has FB)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
I see wonders everyday if I just pay attention.
Here are a few of my latest.....
1. After all these years I finally learned a way to keep bananas
from going too ripe too soon. Tape over the ends. It seems to keep
them at the perfect stage for eating for about 2-3 days longer.
2. I came upon one of my Mom's passport picture recently. I don't
ever remember her expression quite like that. I guess she just saved
it for her passport photos. And isn't her hair so cute? I miss her!
in Maine where all 37 of them are staying this week. Also, her
parents rented out that entire bowling alley for a few hours.
My people are the ones in RED.
4. Chandler has been on his mission 8 months in South Carolina,
but they just got his plaque. He's doing so well! He ends every
letter with "love one another."
5. Notice the saying on the wall of this little boys' bedroom.
(from a blog I follow)
6. Last night after tucking the grand twins in to their beds, saying
prayers with them, and putting on Mister Rogers, we said
goodnight and left the room.
About an hour later I went to check on them and found them sound
asleep like this.
The man above, Gordon B Hinckley, is the grandfather of the mom who put that sign in her boy's room (see #5). And he is the great Grandpa to Theodore and Harold....the 2 little boys who occupy that room.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
When you're 6 years old and you lose your very first tooth it's a
pretty big deal, right?
Violet felt the need to write about it...even though she is still in
kindergarten and only knows how to spell phonetically.
She loves her tooth fairy story so much
she brought it to Grandma Honey's house.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Yesterday we got to travel the hour to Visalia to see my brother John and his wife Suzanne
give their farewell talks.....
His oxygen level is only 88 and I know it took great effort to be there yesterday.
were teaching him and my mom about the gospel in their home.
He would blow smoke rings into the eyes of the elders to show they
were in his home and he was in charge.
my brothers and sisters, and our 2nd mother Susan, we say
"Dad this is all your fault. And thank you for it."
Saturday, May 13, 2017
While unpacking from our move last August, I came across a talk my Mom had written. Across the
top of it she had written: "Myrla's Support Group." Not sure if she belonged to that support group,
or if she was just asked to come speak at it.
She wrote this in Nov of 1982. 35 years ago.
Instead of putting her entire talk on here, I will just share with you her key points. But I won't change
any of her words. So it's all from her, not me.
So here she is:
"Did you see the article on the new law school dean here in Fresno?
She sounds like a lovely woman who has the best of both
worlds....career and family. She describes herself as a feminist who
believes That neither women nor men should be kept from
doing what makes them happy just because it deviates from the
My philosophy is that Neither men or women should be kept
from doing what makes them happy just because it is the
cultural norm. In other words I feel happy and blessed to be able
to stay home and take care of my own children, and I would like to
tell you a little bit about us.
31 years ago I graduated from FSU and got married in the same
week. I worked for less than a year as a social worker for the
county welfare and then for a period of 15 years---from 1952 until
1967 we had 8 children, including twins. I might add right here that
my husband made the statement once that the nearest he ever came
to being a mother was when we had twins. He was also good with
the children but at that time I really needed his help---especially at
night. When we went to bed we would each choose a baby and be
responsible for getting up with it all that night. I always tried to
pick the good one but it was unpredictable.
To get back to my story. In 1955 when we had two children ages 1
and 3 we joined the Mormon church and that definitely influenced
our decision to have a large family. Also during the 1950s and 60s a
lot of people were having large families and it was a natural thing
to do. I am so glad I wasn't being told on every side that in order to
be happy and fulfilled I had to have a career. Instead for 26 years I
have heard at least weekly:
Families can be together forever
and No other success can compensate for failure in the home
and that The most important work I will ever do in this world
will be within the walls of our home.
I know it is true that families can be together forever, and a happy
family on earth is but an earlier heaven.
I love being a mother. There is nothing I would rather be. It gets
easier and more rewarding every year. I'm not saying my kids are
perfect or even that they will follow my example---it's just that I
enjoy being involved with them.
Everyone likes an impressive title and "The Mom" is mine. And
one of my cherished trophies is a gem written by Chris when he
was 12. He has given it to me for Mother's Day for two or three
years. Not because it's true but because it saves him money.
Anyway, I'll share it with you:
Here is a gift I hope you won't miss
A Happy Mother's Day poem to you from Chris.
There have been many days since I was born
And you've always been there when I've been torn.
There is really one thing I want you to hear.
The best mother in the world is Mrs. Rozier.
I guess what I am trying to say is that when all is said and done in
this life, it is the RELATIONSHIPS that are most important and
most lasting. When we leave this world all we take with us is our
character and the relationships we have formed.
I agree with the last secretary general of the UN, Dag
Hammarskjold. He once observed:
"It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual
than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses." Or you
could change that to a few individuals---your children.
It is also harder.
A wise man once said, "Those who do not feel pain are not
capable either of feeling joy."
Maybe that is why there is so much joy in motherhood because
there is also great pain, misery and growth...because joy always
involves overcoming. It was planned that way from the beginning.
This life is the training ground and the next life will be an extension
of this one....
Every mother's motto should be: "Out of small things proceedeth
that which is great." All the little seemingly unimportant things
we do each day like teaching, listening, guiding, cooking, cleaning
up after, rocking, reading to, on and on are really very, very
important. It is evident in children who grow up without this love
I would say to them, and to you, and to me, Make your mark on
the world---in the hearts of your children. You will be eternally
blessed if you do. " Gaynor Rozier
Friday, May 12, 2017
I got both my Dad's and my DNA results back.
Took longer than the 6-8 weeks they said.
Okay first my Dad's results:
42% Spanish (Iberian Peninsula)
26% Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales)
1% Europe West
His early relatives settled first in:
Southeastern Massachusetts and New York
And is what I am made up of:
21% Europe West (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein)
7% Great Britain
My early relatives settled first in:
Ohio River Valley
My Dad has always been dark skinned so I shouldn't be surprised
he is 42% Spanish, but I was.
January. The company lost his test so he had to repeat it.
so I'm curious to learn where the connection is.
Back to my Dad...
I want to show one more picture of his Spanish mother.
Never called her that before, but if I'm 20% Spanish, and my Dad is
42% Spanish she may be near 80-100%?
Not sure how genetics work exactly.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
I couldn't find this book I was looking for...
so I texted my sister in law Wendy
to ask if she possibly knew where it was.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
So a few days ago I got this text from Karen:
And then a response from Tyler:
I don't think they ever miss scripture study as a family.
Even when Tyler went to Boston a few weeks ago,
they still did it as a family through FaceTime.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
I read this quote several days ago and I'm still thinking about it....
"As we earnestly strive to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, these
characteristics will be interwoven, added upon, and interactively
strengthened in us. There will be no disparity between the
kindness we show our enemies and the kindness we bestow
on our friends..."
quote by Elder Robert D Hales
I guess we are suppose to be nicer than I thought.
I live with a man who lives this way every moment of his life. He is good to everyone all of the time.
No matter what.
He has faults like everyone else, but not when it comes to being kind.