Finding Things…and Taking Pictures!

We recently moved.

We lived in our old home for 18 years. That means we collected a lot of stuff.

Most of it…we do not need! They are things. However, I am one of those sentimental people who collects things with memories and have a hard time letting them go.

“I can’t get rid of that_____(fill in blank), it was my_____(fill in blank, again).

I love them!”

or

“This _____(fill in blank) belonged to my great_____(fill in blank). It has got to be worth something.” So back in the box, closet, bag, or something else it goes, until next time you decide to clean out the box, closet, bag, or whatever.

Well, not this time. I mean it! We don’t have room to keep everything we had in our old house.

One of the ways I have found to ease the pain of parting with things is…pictures.

If I take a picture, it means the memory doesn’t have to fade, because I can still see it.

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This darling little puppet was made in elementary school by Alex my “Most Quoted” son.

He was such a cute little boy!

In class he created his puppet using garbage type items. The stick poking out the bottom moves up and down making the monster “Mo” go in and out of the box, which is an old bandage box.

Can you stand it? How creative is he!

Well, I now have a picture, and a blog post, and I will never forget the creative, darling monster “Mo” that Flexy made in elementary school.

And I get to share all of that with you!

Memories.

photo (26)We had to leave our measuring wall in our old home, but I couldn’t help but share the picture we took before we left.

I’m sure every family has one of these.

Our family is quite short, so it has been fun to see others pass us by as opportunities to measure have come and gone. The kids have one cousin who is 6’6″…of course he’s at the top.

One of my favorite marks on the wall is a mark that says “Taz”. He is our sweet, beloved family pet who passed away about 5 years ago. One of our kids must have put Taz up next to the wall and made the mark. How sweet.

We took several pictures of the marks before we left for the last time.

Home, and memories of home are the best!

We will make new memories at our new home, in fact we already have.

Sunday Best!

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“Our Father knew exactly what He was doing when He created us. He made us enough alike to love each other but enough different that we would need to unite our strengths and stewardships to create a whole. Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage … is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives … work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other’s strengths.” -Sheri Dew

Hope your Sunday is the Best! Love, Joy

We Did It.

It all started with a lunch date with my little brother the week of Christmas.

We talked about goals and retirement. We talked about life and money. After we left that lunch date, my darlin and I talked and thought, and prayed and went to the Temple. After all of that, we decided to put our home up for sale, and down size to a smaller home.

After 4 weeks, we had an offer on our home and within a month of that, we moved to our new home!

It was amazing!

I have felt like it was the right thing to do, because things just fell into place. The home we sold is twice as big as the one we just moved in to, and the payment is less. We are in a much better position to retire (hopefully) someday, and do good things with our time then.

If you wonder about the kids. Our First born, and his wife Janet are new home owners! And our second son is a homeowner, too!

Life has a way of surprising you! I feel so grateful to Father in Heaven for His guidance in our lives, and or all blessings!

Here is a picture of our home as we drove away for the last time!

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Sunday Best!

Happy Easter!!!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter!

I am so grateful to my Savior. He lives! He is my light!

We have been enjoying LDS General Coference today. You can watch too, if you’d like! Just go here…

or click play!

Hope your Sunday is the Best! Love, Joy