Well, I have been quite the slacker on the blog lately. I can honestly say that life is giving me a boat load of wonderful busyness and blessings.
Our sweet “Bonus Baby” Emily is busily getting ready for her LDS Mission.
I was given a wonderful and busy calling of Primary President in our new LDS Ward. (We didn’t move, our LDS Stake was reorganized.)
And our “First Born” son Riley, just got engaged to his sweetheart, Janet.
They say things come in 3’s. I don’t know who they are, but they nailed it here. I am not at all complaining. I feel so blessed to have exciting things to look forward to. I have always done my best, and been my best self, when a lot is expected of me. I do have a bit of a scatter brain sometimes though. I’ll give you an example of what happened last Friday.
Our darling Emily needs a background check to go on her mission. It’s not for the church, it’s for the countries she is going to be serving in. In order to accomplish this we: Had to get her fingerprinted at the jail in the county that we live. Take the finger prints, an application for a background check, a cover letter explaining what we want, and when we want it, to the FBI, and a cashiers check for $18.00. I went to the post office and paid for two express mail envelopes; one to send everything in, and one for them to send the back ground check back to us. So, I get everything together and head to the bank for a cashiers check, then off to the post office. I got to the post office, and waited in line for about 15 minutes. I got the envelopes and stepped aside to write the addresses on them and then filled them and the postal worker took them. I headed for home. As I parked in the garage, I suddenly realized I forgot to put the check in the envelope. I was sooo frustrated. The thought came to me, “Go back right now and see if you can get the check put in the envelope.” So I backed out and went straight to the post office…again. I waited in line for the same worker. I came up and said, “Do you remember me?” The postal worker said, “Express mail? Right?” I said, “Yes, I forgot to put the check in the envelope 🙁” The worker said, “I can open it up for you.” I said, “YES! Thank you so much!” I went out into the car and just cried. Then I said a prayer of thanks. I had spent a lot of money to send the things in the envelope, if they didn’t get the check, I’d have to start all over. I am so thankful that worked out!!
“Near the end of his life, one father looked back on how he had spent his time on earth. An acclaimed, respected author of numerous scholarly works, he said, ‘I wish I had written one less book and taken my children fishing more often.’ Time passes quickly. Many parents say that it seems like yesterday that their children were born. Now those children are grown, perhaps with children of their own. ‘Where did the years go?’ they ask. We cannot call back time that is past, we cannot stop time that now is, and we cannot experience the future in our present state. Time is a gift, a treasure not to be put aside for the future but to be used wisely in the present.”
Emily received her mission call this past Thursday, Valentines Day. We were all so excited for her to open it! We called family and friends to come and watch her open her call. We probably had 40-50 people at our house. We had cell phones on speaker, so others could hear too. Then she open it.
“You are here by called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the West Indies Mission.”
Now you know why she has that look on her face!! Wow, we are all so excited! She will leave in May. Of course I will be posting what she writes home weekly, so if you would like to see how she is doing, you can check on Mondays.
We are so proud of Emily. She is in so many ways a “Bonus Baby”. She has been a blessing to me from the start. What a sweetheart!
My cute little Emily and her friend Sam had a great idea for Valentines Day.
They decided since they don’t have a sweetheart to give a Valentine to this year that they didn’t want to let it get them down. So they decorated sugar cookies and delivered them to friends and left an anonymous note telling them they were loved.
When they got home from delivering their treats they were just smiling and laughing and talking about how much fun it was to drop off the treat and run for the get away car. I think Emily even slipped on some ice once and “bought the farm”. What darling girls they are!!
Tomorrow is Valentines Day. I have always felt like it’s not just about my sweetheart, it’s about all of the ones I love. My favorite tradition for Valentines Day it to have a candle lite dinner with my whole family. When the kids were little, they thought it was so neat to eat dinner by candle lite. So that’s what we’ll be doing on Valentines Day.
Also, my “Bonus Baby” Emily is waiting for a mission call right now. It should come tomorrow!! So hopefully, we’ll have our candle lite dinner, then a mission call opening party with friends and family! I sure hope it comes, it should.
I hope you have someone, or lots of someones to love tomorrow. If not deliver some love to someone who needs it, you’ll feel better I promise!
God knows our gifts. My challenge to you and to me is to pray to know the gifts we have been given, to know how to develop them, and to recognize the opportunities to serve others that God provides us. But most of all, I pray that you will be inspired to help others discover their special gifts from God to serve.
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My husbands Aunt Geri passed away this last week. She is my father-in-law’s older sister. My father-in-law has a younger sister too. We had such a fun time visiting with Margo. We don’t get to see her much. She lives across the country from where we live. For the first time, I met Margo’s daughter Kelly, and granddaughter, Quincy. It was like we had known each other for years. I had a ball spending time with them, talking and sharing all about our lives to each other. How fun! I love them!
What a blessing to have wonderful people come into our lives.
I am so grateful for family.
I love that God in His infinite wisdom blessed us with families. People to go through life with. People to share ourselves with, and people who we can look to for love and examples of great living.
So a really good thing happened because a great lady passed away. Family connected who hadn’t seen each other for years. I was able to meet family I had never met before. Plans were made to do better in the future, at being a part of each others lives. And I have new friends that I will treasure.
My husband’s aunt passed away. She had been ill for quite some time, and although she will be greatly missed it really was a blessing in so many ways. First, she was a wonderful person and lived a great life. Second, her husband has been in heaven for a long time. Third, because she has been ill for so long, she will now rest.
We traveled to see her at the viewing and to pay our respects to the family. We had a wonderful time. Some of the family I knew and haven’t seen for years. Others I have never met. We visited and talked and laughed and cried. It was so fun. It was so nice.
Why does it take someone passing on to get us back together? I don’t know, maybe because we don’t know how to start talking to each other if we don’t have something to talk about. Maybe that’s number Four. The Fourth reason it was a blessing that Geri passed away is because we got together and remembered that we love each other and that we don’t want to wait so long to see each other again.