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Saturday, September 29, 2012

The girls have their hair done as a star for
Independence Day!


ANOTHER GREAT
4TH OF JULY!

Had an interesting 4th of July this year.  We broke from tradition and didn't go to the parade, and I forgot to take pictures. So it's as though we had an imaginary 4th. Ha ha.  Paige made the kids shirts and they were awesome, and fixed the girls hair.  They were so darn cute.  I didn't even think about shirts until the night before and I ran to Old Navy to get Reese a shirt. Paige asked if I'd pick her one up and I got the Navy Blue stripe version of the shirt pictured.I feel way bad that we forgot to take pictures at the breakfast and of the kids cute outfits.  I'll see if I can add some later.  Instead if fighting the crowds at the parade we chose to go to Cherry Hill and play in the water.  Everyone had such a good time.  Grandpa felt a challenge to bring something new so he brought the SunOven and baked us up a batch of Orange rolls. Oh so tasty, and we did have the traditional KFC in honor of Grandma Reese. In the evening we wanted to go to the fireworks show. Paige didn't want a crowd so we went over to the Heritage Church.  We set off our fireworks and it was really a blast. Wish we had more cash to get more.  The kids really seemed to enjoy the fireworks and the freedom of running around.  I brought more goodies than and army could eat.  Grandpa bless is heart took a few pictures of the fireworks time.  So we do have a few pictures but the kids are in PJ's by this time.
Scott and Emy playing Frisbee.

Paige made her men
Captain America Shirts

 Grandpa was a little jealous that he didn't get a Captain America shirt.
Grandma lays out the snacks and The kids set up their chairs, blanket and they get their glow sticks out. It isn't very long before it gets dark and we set off our fireworks.
We are in a great place to watch Layton's fireworks but we are also in a place where we can see Kaysville's but the best was that everywhere we turned families were sending up aerials.  It was fun!



Reese in his new shirt.

Look at those over there!

Emy can't get enough freedom.
Scott as Captain America


Emy and Kaz
Reese was in a lot of pain
but he is a trooper.


I'm Going To Admit It

I know I've been fighting the aging thing for a long time. But I'm ready to cry "UNCLE". Age is a funny thing. Every facet of life is different.  Sometimes your spirit ages, or better yet matures. Sometimes you body ages, not so fun. And sometimes your emotions age. Age is undulating complete with high tides and low tides.  I feel a low tide today.  For sometime I've been dealing with back pain. (Can someone explain why we have to be given a weak back? and don't tell me my core muscles are weak because all the working out at the gym should count for something) But pain makes you feel old. And I think that technology is getting faster, definitely not that I'm getting slower or is it? I tried to make a few changes to my blog and wow I so realized I was going to need to call someone for help. Bah! But now that I've vented my spleen, I feel better.  I will endure to the end. I will be the best better. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.....

Sunday, August 19, 2012

My notes from BYU Education week on The Powerful Role of Charity


Church Humanitarian Service and the Powerful Role of Charity in Blessing the Poor while Protecting Covenant People against Pride
Glen T. Evans
 Elder Uchtdorf - Providing in the Lord's way." a seminal talk.
The two great commandments-- to love God and our neighbor -- are a joining of the temporal and the spiritual. It is important to note that these two commandments are called "great" because every other commandment hangs upon them. In other words, our personal, family, and Church priorities must begin here. All other goals and actions should spring from the fountain of these two great commandments--from our love for God and for our neighbor.
Moroni 7:46-48 Cleave unto charity. Because charity NEVER faileth. Because Charity is a protector. Who so is possessed with it at the last day shall be well with it.
 Last year 110 emergency events. These are reactive events but the bulk of charity given is proactive with wheelchairs, water, and other projects.  LDScharities.org
In prior years we shipped but now we are locally providing. ie Japan earthquake there was no shipping.
Sometimes when we try to do good we only make them a victim.
"We understand you have a need to serve, but the need for your service.  Please, identify the need for  your service first, then tailor your service to meet that need." - humanitarian staffer Bill Reynalds
"Pride is a deadly cancer. It is a gateway sin that leads to a host of other human weaknesses. In fact, it could be said that every other sin is, in essence, a manifestation of pride." Pres Uchtdorf Oct, 2010(Pride and the Priesthood)
Pride cycle.  pridepridepridedeadly

Material comforts, excess, greed, pride, wickedness, and collapse of morality, calamities repentance and humility, righteousness, prosperity, material comforts, excess, giving charity, and gratitude, humility and repentance, righteousness, and prosperity and then material comforts.
Matt 7:13
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
 Mosiah 4:26,
And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you--that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God--I would that ye should impart of you substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.


"God will have a humble people....'Blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble.' Alma 32:16
"et us choose to be humble. We can do it . I know we can."
Pride and the priesthood talk by President Uchtdorf

Charity kills pride it is an inoculator
Charity kills pride, but it can be kind of "messy" "We don't discover humility by thinking less of ourselves.... The moment we stop obsessing with ourselves and lose ourselves in service, our pride diminishes and begins to die."
There is a little nudge(spirit) that we need to solve problems right around us.  Don't wait for someone else to fix it.
Elder Oaks
"The reason charity never fails and the reason charity is greater than even the most significant acts of goodness, her cited is that charity, "the pure love of Christ: (Moro.7:47),is not an act but a condition or state of begin.  Charity is attained through a succession of acts that result in a conversion. Charity is something one becomes. Thus, as Moroni declared, :except men shall have charity they cannot inherit: the place prepared for them in the mansions of the Father (Ether 12:34:)
Might a disability or limitation enable someone to uniquely serve another?
"Life seems to be orchestrated in such a manner that even our weaknesses, inabilities, limitations, and disabilities enable us to touch the lives of those around us in ways that only we can.  Because of their impact on us, our problems force us to redefine ourselves. In essence, they are our portals of discovery." pg 61 Becometh as a Child, Lowell Oswald
Henry B Eyring, "As you serve others for Him, He lets you feel His love. And in time, feelings of charity become part of your very nature.  And you will receive the assurance...in your heart as you persist in serving others in life, all will be well with you."
"In the end you must do in your area what disciples of Christ have done in every dispensation: counsel together, use all resources available, seek the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, ask the Lord for His confirmation, and then roll up your sleeves and go to work.
I give you a promise: if you will follow this pattern,  you will receive specific guidance as to the who, what when and where of providing the Lord's way."
Deiter F. Uchtorf
Promises
"for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail-- Moroni 7:46

"Charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever, and whoso is found possessed of it, at the last day, it shall be well with him. --Moroni 7:47
"Pray unto the father with all the energy of heart that ye maybe filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are the true followers of his son, Jesus Christ..."7:48.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The girls have their hair done as a star for
Independence Day!

ANOTHER GREAT
4TH OF JULY!
Had an interesting 4th of July this year.  We broke from tradition and didn't go to the parade, and I forgot to take pictures. So it's as though we had an imaginary 4th. Haha.  Paige made the kids shirts and they were awesome, and fixed the girls hair.  They were so darn cute.  I didn't even think about shirts until the night before and I ran to Old Navy to get Reese a shirt. Paige asked if I'd pick her one up and I got the Navy Blue stripe version of the shirt pictured.I feel way bad that we forgot to take pictures at the breakfast and of the kids cute outfits.  I'll see if I can add some later.  Instead if fighting the crowds at the parade we chose to go to Cherry Hill and play in the water.  Everyone had such a good time.  Grandpa felt a challenge to bring something new so he brought the SunOven and baked us up a batch of Orange rolls. Oh so tasty, and we did have the traditional KFC in honor of Grandma Reese. In the evening we wanted to go to the fireworks show. Paige didn't want a crowd so we went over to the Heritage Church.  We set off our fireworks and it was really a blast. Wish we had more cash to get more.  The kids really seemed to enjoy the fireworks and the freedom of running around.  I brought more goodies than and army could eat.  Grandpa bless is heart took a few pictures of the fireworks time.  So we do have a few pictures but the kids are in PJ's by this time.
Scott and Emy playing frisbee.
Paige made her men
Captain America Shirts

 Grandpa was a little jealous that he didn't get a Captain America shirt.














Monday, April 2, 2012

General Conference was so awesome it I hated it to end.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Our First Disney Cruise.....What a BLAST!!!

Romeo and Stepe' our servers
Kathleen and Jack


We took our first Disney Cruise last year at the end of January first of February.  It was so fun!  We'd been on a cruise before and wasn't looking forward to dodging the offense drinker, the gambling mid ship and the "adult" crudeness that seems so prevalent. That is the main reason we chose Disney.  We weren't going with any children and people thought we were nuts.  You're paying more money to go Disney and you don't have any kids.  "Won't you get annoyed with all the children?" "What things can an adult do?"  Believe me there was plenty to do.  We wanted this vacation as a restful one. One reason a cruise rather than a destination trip.  But we were plenty busy.  Leave it to Disney not to miss any of the details that make your traveling a pleasure.  We were met at the airport were we left our luggage in competent hands. We boarded buses with entertainment to take us from the airport to the port.  There we were ushered up to the boat and welcomed aboard.  We could have gone swimming or watched a movie or do just what we did - explore the ship.  The only places closed off were the cabins themselves as they were being cleaned for our departure.
   We were on the top deck when the ships party began. Everyone that wanted one was given streamer pon poms to wave as we danced to the music and waved to the people on the shoreline.  As the horns were about to blare there was a warning to cover our ears.  And then the horns blared out. "When you wish upon a star". (Just prior to leaving Brian and I both confessed that life had been so hectic that we weren't in the mood to travel we were a little surly.) but those horns started. Magic came into our hearts.  The feelings were there that we could relax and have the greatest of adventures. We partied like all the other people happy to be on the way and waving good bye.
    We got to our room our luggage there and looked at the schedule for the rest of the evening. We had early dinner in Luminar's cafe.  It was fun and we sat at a table with Jack and Kathleen, a couple that during the week we looked so forward to meeting at dinner so that we could talk about our day. Our server Romeo and Stepe' were awesome.  They got to know us well and would offer us just what they knew we'd like.  The thing about a Disney cruise is that you don't stay in the same dinning room every night, you rotate through 3 dinning areas and your servers rotate with you. The food was heavenly and I thought just the right amount. I always ate desert and usually the sampler platter.
   After dinner we would go to the large theatre for an evening show.  It was always a Disney character show but for us that was thrilling.  The show was awesome and streamers and confetti were shot into the theatre and we were showered with fun! Then off to our cabin for a goodnights rest.
   Since we were in the cheapest room possible we didn't have a window so in the morning it was still pitch black we soon learned to turn on the TV and watch the outside and see the shining sun.  We were up and about to play. Off to eat a great breakfast, tour the ship, exercise in the gym, take a class and of course watch a great movie, and then lay on the deck and read a good book. The vacation had really begun. The first two days were at sea and that is just fine for me.  I love the book gliding along or even rolling in windy weather.
Water taxi

Brian on the truck up to the top of the island.

Me (Sally) looking at the pouring rain over the rain forrest and wondering if I would drowned.

The rain in the rain forest.

St. Martin

The trail head and our guide.

Tropical but not too dense.

Steeper than it looks

Listening to the history from our guide

Mid way down a little sweaty but in good shape.

Old plantations

The island is divided between French and Dutch



   On the 3rd day we landed at St. Martins. We went to the top of the island and did a 4 hour hike through the rain forest. It was a fun way to learn of the land, and see the sights.
   When we got back we were tired and sweaty, we cleaned up for a wonderful dinner Parrot's Cay.