Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In just 4 short weeks . . .

Okay so I start to cry just typing. Not that I am sad. But because my heart is filled with joy. In just 4 short weeks I will be in Provo, Utah preparing to take my boy to the MTC. Of course, I am going to miss him. I am going to miss him like crazy. How I wish I could be a mouse and hide in his pocket and go along for the journey. But this is HIS journey. He has prepared his entire life for this journey and it is almost here. On Wednesday, August 11th I will drop an amazing young man off at the
Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah
and in a matter of two years he will return home a grown man. He will have not only changed the lives of those whom he comes to love in Peru. But his life will be changed by them.

Sunday afternoon Don and I were able to sit and listen as Dylan was given his Patriarchal Blessing.

“A patriarchal blessing from an ordained patriarch can give us a star to follow, which is a personal revelation from God to each individual. If we follow this star, we are less likely to stumble and be misled. Our patriarchal blessing will be an anchor to our souls, and if we are worthy, neither death nor the devil can deprive us of the blessings pronounced.
They are blessings we can enjoy now and forever.”
—President James E. Faust

As Patriarch Crockett gave Dylan the blessing there were many promises made. Dylan has been placed here upon this earth to bless many lives. It is not by chance that he is going to Peru. The Lord has a specific mission in mind for him. There are many lives that he will touch while he is there. I know that he will truly fall in love with the people he serves. He will build friendships that will last a lifetime.
 It is so easy to feel of Dylan's testimony and his love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he will bless many lives.

It is an amazing thing to think about the 3 little boys who grew up together have all gone their separate ways for 2 years to help share the gospel and bless the lives of others.
Dylan, Matt and Coy will all be in different parts of the world.
Coy in New Hampshire, Matt in Rochester New York and Dylan in Peru.
Even though they will all be in different parts of the world.
They will all be sharing the same message of the restored gospel in Spanish. 
It will be amazing to see them together when they all return home. 
We better watch out because they will all be able to talk to each other and we won't understand.

As for now we have been learning as much as we can about Peru and we have been so blessed to have found many blogs of other missionary's in the same area so we can see what it is like and read about their experiences. Here is one missionary couple that was over there serving - they have amazing pictures that can help you to really see the amazing place it is.

and also take a look at this - Elder Riggs from Gilbert is over in Peru right now. We have enjoyed his pictures and letters. My kids were so amazed at the animals
if you scroll down a little you can see the baby jaguar and the mokeys.
Dylan is totally excited and hopes that it won't be long before he gets to go to the jungle and serve in one of the villages.

The packing is almost done. He has a few shots left to get. And then we have to figure the contacts situation. We are not anxious to spend $700 on contacts - but we will figure it out. We always do.

For now a couple of my very favorite missionary quotes

"Forget yourself . . . and go to work"

"You want to be happy ? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause, and bend your efforts to helping people" ~ President Hinckley

"Come and experience the very thing that the Lord has said is of "most worth" (D&C 15:6) to you at this time in your life. Come and be part of the greatest generation of missionaries the world has ever known"

Thursday, July 8, 2010

So when I miss her . . . . .

I can kinda get a Marissa fix by scrapbooking pages of her and when I see her picture it brings a smile to my face. Of course then I miss her even more. What is a mom to do ???

I have a Memory Mixer class tonight and the digital content is called "My Country Porch". It automatically brought to mind this cute blue house Marissa lived in for awhile with friends right by BYU and the Brick Oven. Funny - it doesn't even have a porch, but it reminds me of something special. Something special these girls had when they lived there. That is where Marissa met Adrienne. I can remember when she met her and she told me "Mom, she is like my soul sister. She get's me. We get each other" The formed a bond like no other. I remember how happy Marissa was in the Blue House and I think that is what makes me love it so much. It is a good place that was filled with love, Laughter and friendship.
Then there are these three - best friends forever.
 I love these girls. Even though they are miles apart - Marissa in Washington, Emily in AZ and Kandis on a mission in New York - I hope they never forget the love they felt for each other as they grew up and shared their lives together. 
Okay - sorry for the sappy post. I gotta go get ready for my class and finish some stuff around the house and farm out my boys.

Have a fabulous Day !!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Just Sayin' . . . . .

I am head over heals in LOVE with this baby
Just sayin . . . . .
have a great day !!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lot's of good thoughts . . . . .

Okay so my friend Heather has been posting some amazing quotes and I just had to put them somewhere so I could go back and refer to them. There just might be something here that might catch your eye or tug at a heart string. Feel free to grab it if you want and use it to empower your life.

"This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy." -Susan Polis Schutz

"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." - John Wooden

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." -Melody Beattie

"Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before." -James Buckham

"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." - Mary Tyler Moore

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." -Dalai Lama

"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." -Groucho Marx

"Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from." -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"Appreciation is a powerful tool to shift perspective. Finding something to appreciate during a difficult situation quickly moves the perspective to the big picture from the little picture." -Doc Childre

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.”

"If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son or growing double dahlias in his garden...He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator....He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of liv...ing life twenty-four crowded hours of the day." ~W. Beran Wolfe

Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can't love and respect yourself - no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are - completely; the good and the bad - and make changes as YOU see fit - not because you think someone else wants y...ou to be different." -Stacey Charter

"There is often those rare friends in the life of each of us who seem not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but expansions, interpretations, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~Edith Wharton

“God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.” -Unknown-

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.” -Gloria Naylor-

"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying." -Friedrich Nietzsche

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside." -Wayne Dyer

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

"Intense love does not measure, it just gives." -Mother Teresa

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -Buddha

"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself." -Unknown

"He who has a WHY to live can bear almost any HOW." -Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Being Grateful . . . . . .

I feel so blessed to be an American and I am thankful to those who serve our country and have made sacrifices so that we can each enjoy the life we do here in the beautiful USA. I am so grateful for our soldiers that they have chosen to help protect our freedoms and reach out and help people in other countries who are not as fortunate as we are to enjoy these freedoms. I am so grateful for the military families and the continued sacrifice they make on our behalf. I am grateful for and I pray for the leaders and all those who make decisions on behalf of this great country. I am grateful for family and the opportunity to spend time with them. On this day July 4, 2010 I feel blessed . . . . . .

I have a wonderful husband whom I will celebrate 23 years of marriage with tomorrow. We have definitely had our ups and downs, but the must important thing is that we always find our way back up and we are happy  - I am blessed

My mom lives close, I get to see her often and she is always willing to help when needed - I am blessed.

I have a job that allows me the flexibility to work from home and go to school - I am blessed.

I get to work for and travel with one of my best friends and work with amazing store owners (whom some have become some of my best friends) - I am blessed.

I have a husband who works REALLY hard for our family - I am blessed.

I have REALLY good kids - I am blessed.

I have a cell phone and with that cell phone I can call and chat with Marissa - I AM blessed

I am flying Marissa home next month to spend a few days with us - I am totally blessed.

I have the most wonderful grand baby in the whole world who is strong and is facing life's challenges at such an early age with vigor and strength - she is a little firecracker - I am blessed 

I have wonderful sister-in-laws that are just as good as the real thing for me - I am blessed.

We live so close my kids can go play with cousins and grow up with them - We are blessed.

I have the 2 most fabulous brothers in the world who are always there for me - I am blessed.

My in-laws live near by and love my kids with all their heart - I am blessed.

I have some of the most wonderful friends in the whole world who are just like sisters to me - I am blessed.

I know my Heavenly Father loves me is watching over me all the time- I am blessed.

I am going to be a missionary mom next month - I am blessed.

My kids and I just got to spend the weekend with Marge - we are blessed.

I have an amazing ward family - I am blessed.

I know that at anytime, anywhere, no matter where you are, I can pick up a phone and call a bishop in a church and they would be willing to help and serve in any capacity at anytime whatever the need may be - I feel blessed.

I could go on and on because I know I am forgetting many things - but I have realized how important it is to stop and recognize the things we have been blessed with, and recognize that we really do have a Heavenly Father who is watching out for us . . . . and the bottom line is - I am so blessed.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Found Something New and Awesome to listen to . . . .

So I am searching for hymns, motab, and just basically gospel centered music that we can put on an ipod for Dylan to take with him to Peru. Well, I found something amazing in my search - check out The Lower Lights
they are pretty amazing and I really, really like their music.

Goodnight & Sleeptight

Making the best of a situation

We kinda had a surprise happen this weekend when Marge and Toms AC went out. My mother-in-law was supposed to be taking care of them and she called me and said what am I gonna do ? Marge and Toms son Steve was out of town and so I told her to go get a hotel. But my mother-in-law could not go to a hotel because she needed to be close by my father-in-law who is blind and  they live in the same retirement community. So I said that I would volunteer to go to a hotel with them if they got an extra room for my kids. So we made the best of it and the kids came. Melissa brought the little boys over and Morgan and Trent came over with Malorie. Marge was happy to see the little ones and it didn't end up being to bad. The AC at Marge and Toms has been repaired and they should be going home tonight. I would love to go home , but I think the boys love the novelty of staying in a hotel and since they have been such good sports we will probably stay again tonight.

Logan Our All Star

Some of our summer plans were changed as we learned Logan was selected to play on the Shadow Mountain Little League All Star team. We had planned to camping for a week with our good friends the Dahls but we knew how much it meant to Logan to be on this team. So Coleton and Dylan still went camping and the rest of us stayed home to enjoy Logan's games.
The team played really well and Logan was an awesome contributor to the team as a pitcher, third baseman and left fielder.