Friday, February 28, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Alzheimer's Edition

As I've mentioned, I arrived in Oregon this week to care for my grandma while my dad undergoes heart surgery and recovery.  My sweet grandma is 97 years old and has Alzheimer's disease.  
Me, Grandma, and Mom--Summer 2013

Though she functions relatively well given the circumstances, caring for her has poignantly reminded me of just how much I take for granted.  The terms "Alzheimer's" and "forgetfulness" go hand-in-hand, but even though I don't have Alzheimer's, sometimes I fail to remember how easy my life is:

March 2014 Visting Teaching Handouts

The visiting teaching message for March is: "The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ:  Light of the World."  No one has set a better example of how to live than Jesus Christ, and as we follow in His footsteps, we can be forces for good, too.

I designed a couple of handouts to accompany this month's lesson.  I like the quote by Elder Quentin L. Cook, but I also wanted to use the photo I recently took of the little lamb, so I decided to make two handouts.  Feel free to use either or both!

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Thanks for the example of Jesus Christ.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Party with Grandma

The flight attendant handed me a small bag containing banana chips and who-knows-what-else, a cup of water, and a napkin.  Printed on the napkin were words listing reasons people might fly:  "vacation," "wedding," "tropical getaway," etc.  Nothing applied to my situation:  "Care for Grandma while Dad undergoes heart surgery."

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Dapper Edition

A year or so ago, I learned about Dapper Days at Disneyland.  During Dapper Days, many guests dress up, often in vintage clothing, and head to the Happiest Place on Earth.  I've never attended, because those events are always held on a Sunday, and as much as I love Disneyland, and as much as I'd love to attend Dapper Days, I wouldn't feel like I was keeping the Sabbath day holy if I were at Disneyland on Sunday.  (It's a bit ironic that my old-fashioned ways prevent me from participating in a "dress up in old-fashioned clothes" event, isn't it?)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: My Mom, a Devoted Daughter

Next week, I'm heading up to my parents' house for a while.  My dad is having a heart valve replaced, and I'll be helping take care of my grandma while my mom is at the hospital with my dad.  (My house will not be unattended, as John and youngest daughter will still be home while I'm gone.)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Bittersweet Edition

How do you like your chocolate?  I prefer mine sweet!  Dark or milk doesn't matter as much as the sweetness factor.  Oh, sure, I'm not above snitching some semi-sweet chocolate chips while baking cookies, but generally speaking, the sweeter the chocolate, the better.  (Yes, I realize it's not so healthy to have such a sweet tooth, but this post is not about that.)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Fun with AncestryDNA

As I've mentioned before, I enjoy family history.  While my research will never be "done" (family history involves not only grandmas and grandpas, but their brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, in-laws, etc.), I do know quite a bit about my ancestors.  I've spent most of my research time on my dad's line, and my mom and grandma have worked extensively on my mom's side of the family.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Swinging

Yesterday, I walked to a park with my daughter and granddaughters.  Oldest granddaughter experienced the joy of swinging.  Youngest granddaughter experienced the joy of sleeping.  I enjoyed watching both girls.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Photo Edition

I promised photos from last weekend's Color Run.  I'm throwing in other photos from this week, as well.  It's the Ten Things of Thankful, Photo Edition:

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: 25 Years a Mom Edition

Twenty-five years ago today, my first-born entered this world and forever changed my life.  Happy birthday, son! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Family History: He Proposed

"Happy February 7th.  The best decision I ever made was asking you to marry me."

Those are the words I woke up to this morning.

Every February 7th, a red rose appears.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Soundtrack of My Mind

Question:  When you wake up, do you have a song playing in your head?  I don't mean your alarm tune, either. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Weather Woes? It Could Be Worse!

As I've mentioned before, the television show, Studio C, really makes me laugh.  When I saw this clip recently, it reminded me of the polar vortex.  I hope your weather is better than this forecast!


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Thanks for laughter.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: Wrapping Up January

January 2014:  It's a wrap!

This week, I'm thankful for:

1.  Colorful eggs that are fresh for the gathering.

 2.  Drexel the Guide Dog puppy.  He's scheduled to return for his formal training in a couple of weeks.  We'll miss him, but we are so excited for him, too.

3.  My Kindle, which allows me to check out and read books from the comfort of my own home.  My latest finish?  The Children of Willesden Lane, based on a true story of a young pianist who fled Austria during WWII and went to London.  

4.  The internet.  I think I have tracked down the person whose letters I found in my attic.  I'm just waiting and hoping for an e-mail response. 

5.  Green eyes, so I can count myself in with the green-eyed group.  (Sorry, girls, I can't call myself part of a gang.)  Lizzi mentioned she has green eyes, and all of a sudden there was a chorus of "Me, too! Me, too!" 

After seeing this photo, I started second-guessing myself.  Are my eyes really green?  As you can see, the color changes a bit depending on what color I wear, but helped me see that they are more green than blue.

 6.  Rain.  We've had just a bit this week, though we desperately need more.

7.  Prayer.  Once a month, Mormons fast for two meals.  Usually the purpose of the fast is individually decided upon.  This coming Sunday, however, California Mormons have been collectively asked to fast and pray for rain.  

Nothing is too small to merit a prayer. One of my favorite Book of Mormon passages is in the 34th chapter of Alma:

 17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
 18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
 19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
 20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
 21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
 22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
 23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
 24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
 25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
 26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
 27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.
 8.  (As always), John.  In addition to being an all-around great guy, we have a lot of fun together.  

9.  Date night.  This week, we went to see the movie, The Saratov Approach.  It is a true story of the kidnapping of two Mormon missionaries in Russia in the 1990s.  Though it has Mormon missionaries in it, I think it has appeal beyond the LDS community.  

When we arrived for the afternoon showing, we noticed a sign in the box office window, informing us that one of the lead actors would be having a Q & A session before the first evening showing.  The movie theater workers told us that we were invited to stay after our show for the session.  When the actor showed up and announced he would take questions and answers after the evening showing, we thought we might be out of luck.  Instead, we (and several others of us who had watched the afternoon show) were told we could chat with the actor in the hallway while the movie played. 

I know some of you live by the saying, "Photos or it didn't happen," so here is proof that we met Maclain Nelson:

Phone photo, but still proof!

10.  A Color Me RAD run tomorrow.  John has agreed to run with me--our first 5K together!  We should be a colorful sight by the end of the race, as we will be running through showers of colored cornstarch.  Sounds like fun, right?  

What are you thankful for this week?  Leave a comment, or link up your own blog post to the blog hop!  This is a chatty bunch; you'll enjoy the hop.

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Thanks for another week/month/year. 

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