Friends: Sydney


         Sydney & her daughter Rachael!!

I have a friend. She is amazing.

She is one of the people that I know I can call at a moments notice and she will be at my side helping me with…whatever. Her opinion is valued. Her taste is impeccable. Her friendship is the best!

About a year ago, when me and the girls were doing a baby shower for Janet, we invited a lot of people one of which was Sydney to come to the shower. She knew when the party was, and I knew she was coming to it. The morning of the party I realized I was not going to get all the things done that I needed to in time. Knowing that my friend Sydney is someone you can count on I texted her one word: “HELP!”

Within 5 minutes she was calling, “What can I do?” Within 10 minutes she was at my house helping me finish up the last few things.

She’s almost like a super hero!!!

Since we decided to sell our home, she has been over multiple times to help and see how things are going. I love her!

Thanks Sydney for being my super hero friend!!!

“Hamilton” The Velveteen Bear!

“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’ ‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’ ‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” 
― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
Meet my velveteen friend, Hamilton!
photo (15)When I was just 5 years old my maternal grandparents gave me Hamilton.
He didn’t have a name then.
He was very large and furry. He had two black eyes, and a realistic nose. His red tongue, made of felt, hung out of his mouth like he was ready to lick some honey.
I was in love!!!
We played for hours and hours.
He was my friend when I felt like no one else was. He loved me no matter what.
I’ve kept him all these years
-48 to be exact-
I didn’t know I was making him “Real” by loving him so much.
Recently we have been cleaning out closets and rooms. Throwing things away and sending things to the thrift store. I came across Hamilton in the back of my closet. I thought maybe its time. I said to my darlin, should I get rid of him? He told me it was up to me and suggested that I take a picture of him. I took the picture above, and then
burst into tears. I cried so hard. I called my momma for advice. She told me, “You don’t have to get rid of him. Get rid of something that isn’t so sentimental.”
I agreed. I can’t do it, I’m not ready. I may never be ready.
And now I feel much better.
Maybe someday I can tell my grandkids about Hamilton and how “Real” he is to me.

13 Things I’ve Learned From Posting 1000 Posts!!!!!!!!!

I have reached a milestone!!! Today I’m posting my

1000th post!

Here are 13 things I’ve learned from posting 1000 posts!!!!!

1-It’s ok to be yourself. 

I have learned that even though I’m not perfect, I am lovable.


2-It’s a great way to tell your story. 

I love to read over my stories and relive my experiences.

3-I love to talk about my family, and their history.

I have wonderful children! My grand baby is adorable! My ancestors are the bomb! We are all basically pretty great people!!!


4-It’s actually very fun to have a blog.

It’s a happy, fun, exciting place to share my life!

5-I have lots of heroes, friends, and memories.

My heroes are the good examples in my life. I try to emulate their lives. My friends are golden and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Well, my memory may go, but I’ll still have my blog.

6-Funny things happen in life.

Laughter really is the best medicine. I wrote a post once about laughing at inappropriate times, and yes I have been known to do that. I just innocently try to live my life and funny stuff just happens. I start to giggle and it’s all over. Next thing you know I have a stomach cramp, and tears are streaming down my face. I am thankful that I laugh easily. Life is too short to not laugh hysterically when the opportunity presents it’s self.

7-There are some wonderful movies and TV shows out there.

Dory: “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming….what do we do we swim, swim!”

I need that reminder a lot.

8-Sometimes I don’t Have anything to say, believe it or not. And that’s ok.

I have been amazed at the lack of things to say, or when I can’t think of anything to post. I never thought I’d see the day. I am very social, I can talk to anyone, but I do like to be by myself and just sit still and read or relax sometimes.

9-Life is busy!

Life is busier than ever before. We’re all busy. It makes living adventurous! Sometimes finding time to do a blog post is very difficult, but I’m always glad when I do.

10-I really love Sunday’s the Best!


Peaceful, inspirational, and spiritual! Spending the day thinking about God and His precious gifts, and looking for ways to bless others lives!

11-The world is full of Beautiful Places!


Always focus on the beauty in this world. We are so blessed by Father above to live in such a beautiful place. Look for the beauty!

12-I have learned lot’s of lesson’s. 

I’m so glad I’ve written them down. I love to learn and I’m glad that challenges are not wasted by having to repeat difficult times. I so appreciate the lessons!

13-It takes a long time to write 1000 posts. 

Who knew it would take almost 5 years of blogging to reach 1000 posts, but I did it!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!

Friends: Julie

My dear friend Julie recently had a birthday.

It was one of those significant birthdays. Like the ones you aren’t really looking forward to…the first number is a 5 and the second number is a 0. We have been best friends for 32 years, and friends for longer. She is a wonderful gal, and love her.

We had a fun day.

We rode Front Runner, shopped at the City Creek Center mall, we ate lunch at The Garden Restaurant. It was very nice. We sat in a nice spot with a view of the Salt Lake Temple. Then when I told them it was Julie’s birthday, they had her come to the middle of the restaurant and we all sang, and she released a balloon through the glass ceiling. How fun!

My favorite things about Julie are: We have a plethora of memories that are hysterically funny, we have made scary choices that we lived through, she is incredibly true and loyal, she loves me and I can tell she does, she plays a mean game of “Hand and Foot”, she’s my favorite friend to ride with at Lagoon, our children are all best friends, she shares with me, she’s fun to yard sale with, she loves the Lord and His gospel, and lives an honest life full of integrity. She is awesome! I am so blessed to have her in my life.

I love you, friend!

City Creek Center!

We rode the Frontrunner down to the new City Creek Center Mall.

It was Kathryn’s Birthday!

Emily, LaRae, Kathryn, Nancy, Melanie, Sydney, and Me!

It was packed with people! This was Saturday, and the Grand Opening was Thursday.

It is so beautiful!

I love how they made the Creek look so fun!

There were several fountains!

Fun ladies!

Lunch at The Garden restaurant on the top floor of the Joseph Smith Building.

Very yummy!It was such a fun day!

The City Creek Center is beautiful.

I think my favorite thing about this new mall, is that they will be closed on Sunday’s. Keeping the Sabbath day holy! Very nice.

Friends: Karen


I recently heard the news that a friend from my high school years, has passed away. It is always a surprise when someone my age passes on. I have been thinking about her for days, remembering her kindness and love. When it seemed no one else cared, she was there, always building me up, and telling me how wonderful I was.

I still have a little book she gave me, called

“Golden Days-Favorite Moments To Cherish and Share” by Edward Cunningham

Inside the cover this is what she wrote, “Joy, I hope you like this book. When I saw the title, ‘Golden Days’, I thought about you and how you make my days so much better. I hope our friendship will last forever. I love you so much. And please, stay that sweet person you are. Love Always, Karen”

I can’t imagine my teen years without her. She was what I wanted to be, kind, loving, a good friend, honest, accomplished. She worked hard at whatever she did. Her example was a light to me. She got married the summer after graduation, and moved away. We lost touch. I know I haven’t seen her for years, but I am missing her so much. I will not be able to talk to her now, or reconnect, at least not in this life. But just thinking about her I realized, I am a better person because of her.

I know she knew I loved her, and admired her. I feel so happy and blessed to have known her in my life. In my little book she gave me, it says, “Many things are golden, and each in its own way can help to brighten up your world and make a golden day.”

She was a “Golden” friend. She made my days, so much better.