Family History Friday: Photos and Memories!

“Keep me. Protect me. Share me.”

Taking care of photos, and stories, so that others can enjoy them, too!

This is an ongoing struggle for me. How to keep, organize, and share my photos. There are many options. If you have a favorite way please comment and share what works for you.

I’m still trying to move my VHS family movies to digital. I have many photo albums and scrapbooks that have paper pictures in them. It is so important to organize them.

The stories are important too. My dad has very few pictures compared to those some people his age have, but he has written down so many stories, it’s not all that necessary to have pictures. I can picture in my mind exactly what he is talking about in each story.

“Listen! The pictures are talking! Keep me. Protect me. Share me. And I will live forever.”

One place you can keep your pictures is on Family Search. You can upload your families most precious pictures and stories for all to see and read! Maybe you can enjoy what others have shared on Family Search!

Happy Family History Friday! Love, Joy

 

So Much Fun!!!

I am having so much fun at my new job!

It really is a dream job for me. I have worked at many jobs in my life. All have been useful in one way or another. I’ve learned a lot at each job. Some things I’ve learned are things I’d rather not experience, and some have been helpful time and time again in other life experiences. 

This job is a gift!

I feel blessed to have a fun place to work with wonderful people who I love. 

My favorite things about my job are these:

1-I am using the creative talents I have been blessed with to make something that will make someone else smile when they receive it.

2-My days are so enjoyable that the day is over before I realize it, and I haven’t missed being home doing things there. This has been a problem with other jobs, because I usually want to be home getting things done there instead of working.

3-Flowers are my favorite! I love all of God’s creations. I am in awe daily when I see all we have been given in this beautiful world. Flowers are such a sweet and delicate reminder that our Father in Heaven loves us, that our Savior and creator of the world would take the time to create the most tiny flowers. Some with heart shaped petals to show us- all of creation is important. If He cares about something so small, He cares about us, and the details of our lives.

4-I am so happy that what I do for my job is a blessing to others. I make a small contribution to making a funeral beautiful by delivering flowers for the casket. I get to see the smile on someones face when I show up at their door with flowers from someone who loves them. I get to create beautiful arrangements like the one pictured above that are lovely and brings happiness to others. What more could you ask for?

5-I get paid to do something I love, with people I love, and I get to bless and love others as a result of my work. 

I am so grateful for my new job! I will Bloom at my new job, and Plant in my heart and hopefully those I share my time with a love for beautiful flowers!!!

Missionary Monday: Sister H. in North Carolina!

Dear Family,  I am doing really good!!! My first area is North Carolina.
Sister S. my trainer, is awesome, she is from Utah, she plays basketball and lacrosse, she has been out 10 months and this is her second time training. She is pure awesome.

The landscape here… there is no horizon because the mountains our view is mostly always trees. There are a lot of winding back roads, but it is beautiful! the leaves are starting to change colors. The people are mostly nice, even if they don’t want to talk to you. I have already had a good experience with rejection on the door step.

We are teaching some cute kids right now, they are a part member family. They are 8 and 9, and super cute. Their baptism date is planned for oct 22nd, so hopefully that will happen.

Tracting here is so different, the houses are not close to each other. Most of the time we drive to the bottom of a hill, hike to the top where there are three houses, hike back down then drive to another hill and hike up it to three or so houses, hike back down and continue the routine. We mostly get to the top and are kindly told they are baptist and not interested. Then we head off the hill and I make up some song about just wanting to give out a Book of Mormon or trying to get into houses.

The work is good 🙂

I AM HAPPY

LOVE YOU!

***Sister H.

He’s a One Year Old!

This sweet little guy is a one year old!!! We have had so much fun with him this last year. What a wonderful soul he is! He is the happiest baby I’ve ever known. He had a blast eating and playing with his cake.He had this look of contemplation on his face.

Maybe he was thinking about how fast the first year of his life has gone? Or how much he’s learned? or maybe how much he loves being here on earth? 

He for sure knows he is loved immensely by his family!

This is what pure joy looks like. I love him so much! Happy Birthday sweet Adrian!

 

Sunday Best!


Doctrine & Covenants 130

18 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.

19 And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.

Our Relief Society lesson today was about continuing to learn as we go through our lives. Comments were made that the older we get, the harder it is to recall what we have learned in the past. Not only that, but as our lives get busier our minds are filled with so much, we forget things.

I feel very confident in putting the effort into learning and gaining ore knowledge if I know that it will be something I can eventually have readily available in my memory.

When I am resurrected I will have a perfect body. My spirit and body with be reunited forever. Because of our Savior and His resurrection, we will all be resurrected.

What a blessing to know these things.

Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy

Keep Talking

For some reason I just keep talking.

In elementary school my teachers would say, “Stop talking!” My parents would come to parent teacher conferences and the teachers would say, “She talks a lot. She might get more work done, if she didn’t talk so much.”

I remember having the hardest time doing my work, and not talking. I didn’t do it very well.

I didn’t do it very well for many years, like 13 years.

I’ve learned that talking is a gift I have been given. I’m glad I decided to keep talking. I don’t think my teachers in school would mind me talking now.

When I meet new people, I talk to them and it is so fun! I believe it helps them to feel comfortable.

When I am with my family and friends, I talk to them and ask them how they are doing. I tell them I love them, and that they are so important to me. 

When I see people at the store, on the street, or anywhere, I talk to them. I love people. I love to hear about their lives, their jobs, their families, and more.

I am so grateful that I have a gift for talking, and that I never stopped talking. I will

keep talking

for the rest of my life. I will try to bless others by helping them feel comfortable around me, and by showing an interest in their lives.  

 

Sunday Best!

“May the real meaning of the gospel distill into our hearts that we may realize that our lives, given us by God our Father, are to be used in the service of others.

If we will give such service, our days will be filled with joy and gladness. More important, they will be consecrated to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to the blessing of all whose lives we touch.”-Gordon B. Hinckley

Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy

It’s a Landmark!

My cute daddy used to be a bricklayer in his younger years. He was also a genius at doing rock work. In the yard of the homes I grew up in, there were always rock walls, pathways, and fire pits. My dad is amazing!

I always wanted to have some of this rock work around the home I now live in with my sweetheart, so we have been looking for something we could do.

One thing I wanted was to get a new mailbox. The one that came with our home was not very nice looking.So we decided that was it! The project would be our mailbox!

Well, daddy is 83 years old. We can’t ask him to do this for us. We can’t even ask him to help, really, but we can ask him to supervise! So we picked a day and had him come over to supervise and help us start the rock mailbox project!

He put my little darlin to work, digging, mixing cement and preparing the sight for rocks. Next step is deciding which rocks to start with. Here is the mailbox about 1/3 of the way done. We had to leave the old mailbox on till we got to the spot where the new mailbox was going to be so the mailman would have a place to put our mail. We also decided to keep the post the same since it was in place and very secure. We have been working on it for over a month. We mix up a bag of mortar and work at it till the mortar is gone, wait a day or two, until we have time to do it again. Slow and steady! Looking good!Almost done!

We’ll finish in a day or so, but I love it! And now when I look at our mailbox I’ll think of daddy, and his awesome talent, and always be so glad to have a reminder of him at our home. It is a landmark, our landmark. It represents, gifts from God, love of family, building things, and beauty.

Sunday Best!

“What does it mean to be of good cheer? It means having hope, not getting discouraged, not losing faith, and living life joyfully. “Men are, that they might have joy.” It means facing life with confidence. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives us the strength and the eternal perspective to face what is coming with good cheer.” -Adhemar Damiani

We cannot always control what happens in our life, but we can always do our best to be hopeful, and have faith that our loving Father in Heaven is aware of us and will help us and bless us as we go through our life.

Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy