Friday, December 12, 2008

It's Coming Down

Yes, you guessed it...the SNOW is falling all around. We are in a Winter Storm Warning for the next 2 days. What a way to finally see the white stuff. I am not sure I am ready for the crazy driving of the wintertime but it does make it seem a bit more like Christmastime.

The Snow is so light and fluffy! The kind you like to catch on your tongue. (OK well my kids like to) We are also in for some colder temperatures, way colder. I could do without that part.

Last year one of my buddies...who lives in sunny Arizona introduced me to what became an obsession..

Making Cyber Snowflakes

What a way to use your computer. It is so fun and you can see others that people make as well. The Cliche no two are alike really comes to life when you see the transformations of adding a few clicks to a cyber piece of paper. So wherever you are stop and make a quick snowflake, it might bring back some memories or get you more in the mood for the holidays.

Need a Snow Day?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Mothering Hilary Style

Oh Hilary you are the best...Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us!

I'm sharing your cheeseball recipe too...

Hilary Weeks' Cheeseball recipe

"Before you read any further you have to know that this is the BEST cheeseball in the entire universe and you have to be committed to its success. You have to use the right ingredients. You have to make it with love. You have to oooh and aahh while you eat it and NEVER, NEVER let it go to waste. Eat every last morsel. Can you commit to that? Okay, then here is the recipe."

The World's Best Cheeseball

1 - package (8 oz) cream cheese
1 - 5 oz jar of Kraft Old English Cheese
1 - 5 oz jar of Kraft Blue Roka Cheese
2 - chopped green onions
1 -2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
Chopped pecans

Combine cheeses, onions and sauce in a mixer. Make sure they are well incorportated (no little clumpies)
Shape into a ball on a plate and cover with pecans.

I like to eat it with Wheat Thins, but use your good judgement. I trust you.
The Kraft cheeses are ususally in the cracker isle, sometimes near Velveeta. (Don't let that scare you!!)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

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Quick Quote to think about...

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. -- Norman B. Rice

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008


That is how you spell Birthday Goodness-

My sweet friend "E" brought me a cake (her youngest son came too)

It even had the candles on the cake spelling out an "E" on it.

Homemade by her DH and was way YUMMY! What a SPECIAL DELIVERY

I also had many birthday wishes, phone calls,cards, emails, texts and even a Special Poem from my sweet mama of the North. Also I was sang too in Spanish by my dear "Lore".

My DH & Kids let me take a nap...and did dinner and cards for me.

It was a low-key but nice birthday!

Another year older....yes...I am admitting it...
just don't tell my husband. (((SSHHH)))

Friday, November 7, 2008

Why from a Wandering Mind?

Why, if people LOVE coffee so much do they add so much stuff to it to make it taste good?

And Why do they spill it so much?

Why, do companies pay for people to drink it?

Why, are they willing to spend so much for a cup of Joe yet complain about the prices of everything else?

Why is a Mormon girl writing about Coffee???


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Where were you on Novemeber 4, 2008?

There you have it...the question people will ask you...when you found out that the United States voted in the first African American President. It is history-and we were here. So whether you voted for or against, you lived a first for the nation.

I am not not normally a political person. I am not really into debating the "left" or "right" views. It drives my husband crazy who listens to talk radio all day in the car. He says I am left since I don't stand firm to all the views of the right.
I tell him...No that isn't true...I don't really feel I am either...

Our country was built so we could have a chance for choice and freedom. This is what I believe in...and I wish that the whole political arena was much different. I find it hard to believe in people who run smear campaigns and change views daily.

I hope the "change" that President Elect Obama promises really helps the people of the country.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I saw this and knew I had to share. I am so tired of hearing the commercials, seeing the ads in the paper and at the stores...all I hear is Blah, blah, BLAH!

Hope U get a good Giggle!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Her Infectious Smile is Now on High

Today I attended a funeral for a sweet woman, known as EDK. She is the mother of a friend of mine. She has battled cancer for the last few years and last Thursday, her mortal body could not hold on any longer. Her battle has been long but her courage has been strong. I did not have many opportunities to spend time with her, but always heard wonderful things about her. She had a such a loving and fun personality and it shined through in the many stories and thoughts people shared today. Today I learned more about her deep spirit. She seemed to promote striving for spiritual growth with everyone. The memorial program contained the following passage from her journal:

"...I cannot even express how dependant I am on my Savior, Jesus Christ, especially now as I fight cancer. It is very early in the morning and I could not sleep, so I came into my office to pray and to plead with Heavenly Father through His Son to help me get through this experience. I know I will live with Him and His Son again, along with my family for all eternity. He will teach me all that I need to know as He always has. This is my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

That defining knowledge in her heart made her continue her fight. As I have my daily challenges, I yearn for the answers, the strength, and the courage to go on...but I have to remember I can not do it alone. EDK, you will be greatly missed here on earth, but I envision a wonderful reunion in heaven. Your love and memories will be forever in my heart and in the hearts of all who knew you.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Conference Thoughts

Never let a problem to be solved be more important than a person to be loved.

Thomas S. Monson

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Have I done any Good in the World Today?

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things -- a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a newsstand -- I am tempted to think...there are no little things. -- Bruce Barton

Be The Change

Do something "little" today to make a positive difference.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kitchen Trends?

So we have all seen the trend in Home Design where the kitchen is now the hustle and bustle of the home...they make them bigger, add on sitting areas, computer centers, butlers pantry...but I have just added the hottest trend...
a Lake...

What do you think? Nothing like alittle tip toe through a water on the way to the sink eh?
(thanks to my Canadian friends for letting me borrow your phasing)
That is what I found on my way to get a drink at around 3:33
(yes we know how we love times like that)
I woke up and remembered the alarm was on from me working all week...and thought I should turn it off...and then I felt alittle drink was in order...I guess in the long haul...I am glad...but it was not the most pleasant surprise @ that time of morning. DH and I wiped up the mess and quickly tried to figure out where it came from...but to no avail...So...part of my day will be figuring this we don't have any more trends like a Moat.
I think I would prefer to stay alittle less trendy....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Do NOT Walk

You've seen it..the flashing sign reminding you to not walk. Do you ever wonder what the world would be like without this guidance? It seems like basic common sense so why wouldn't we all just "know". Why wouldn't all the cars just stop?
Common Courtesy is still possible...but do you practice it? (Inside and Outside of a vehicle?)

Has the world really gone so crazy that we need to be reminded to let another have a share the road...or to help someone along their journey? We now even have laws and rules about Road Rage..What is that all about? If we all follow the basic common sense rules filtered with a Christlike attitude...would we really need all the other reminders?

This holds true in all of our lives...We are told to we do it daily and with thankful heart or do we have to be constantly reminded? Do you think this is part of Heavenly Fathers Plan..or have our selfish ways her on earth made it so we need all these reminders?

Here is another example:

Be of good Cheer...are you? Miss Merrilee does the Dance of Joy...How do you Celebrate your day...your miracles...your blessings...?

So do you Wait...or Rush the sign is Blinking the message?

I have found that I have struggled to Wait...for the answers...for the guidance and the path is much harder...Patience, Obedience, Faith...all part of the great plan. To be able to have the Holy Spirit in your life is such a is like our own little blinking light...doesn't it feel amazing to have the loving support with even if your stuck, stop and look for the eternal will make whatever earthly sign, person or problem seem more bearable.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FX in the NEWS

Amazing Reasearch is being done regarding Fragile X and Autism.

Please check out the National Public Radio Story. Mike and Katie Clapp are totally amazing-they set up the FRAXA Foundation in hopes of raising money and awareness for Fragile X. Their son Andy is now 19 and is a Full-Mutation Carrier or Fragile X.

Click on the Listen to me at the top of the story or you can also read more about the research being done.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Golden Plates-This day in History

" The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion-the keystone of our testimony, the keystone of our doctrine, and the keystone in the witness of our Lord and Savior."

Ezra Taft Benson

September 22 is a date closely associated with the Book of Mormon. On this date in 1823. Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith at the Hill Cumorah and showed him the gold plates for the first time. He visited the prophet on the same date for the next four years until, in 1827, Joseph received the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate. The primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is to testify of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon changes lives as we learn of and draw closer to the Savior. The Prophet Joseph testified that "the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book"

What an amazing opportunity we have before us. We live in times that are troubled but we also have many gifts that have been restored for our days. If you are not familiar with the teachings of The Book of Mormon I challenge you to reach out and get a copy; Read, Ponder and Pray about what it holds.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Those are the words I heard today, from Skyler's teacher...He started at the current school back in January, and overall this is the best week he has had. He has been going all day, (minus a few minutes at the end mom picks him up) Something I never really thought would happen. Much of this is due to his wonderful teacher.


She is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She has a love for life, compassion beyond my comprehension, and the humor to keep life going. I was lucky enough to meet her before I officially moved here, and she confirmed to my heart that this is where Skyler would be able to grow and learn.

We are lucky to have her and the respect she carries in the school district, which made it possible to have an outside agency be the one on one with Skyler at school. People that he is familiar with, and can work with him through the year.

This year, Miss Tassie (such a sweet her), Nathan, and Rick (yes, yes I love them too).

Thanks to all of you who have helped Skyler meet such a great MILESTONE!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Bath Tub TEST

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized? 'Well,' said the Director, 'we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.

''Oh, I understand,' said the visitor.'A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the
spoon or the teacup.

''No' said the Director, 'A normal person would pull the plug.Do you want a bed near the window?'

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beep, Beep..Here Comes Karma

Do You believe in Karma?

I guess without really pondering...I have always thought of the it as a negative word.

As people talk...I am not sure if it is their voice or the actual words but when you hear, "what goes around comes around", it hasn't been a good thing. Here is a story I found which depicts another version of Karma...

A few weeks ago I missed my bus (actually the driver wasn't paying attention and drove past me!). It was really cold that day, so I went to this little diner a block from my bus stop while I waited for the next one. There was only one slight problem: besides my bus money I had a whole 35 cents on me and they didn't take credit cards. The waitress was super-nice and offered to buy me a cup of coffee, and we chatted a little while I was waiting.A week later I missed the bus again, but this time I had money so when I went to the diner and ordered some breakfast. I was able to leave that same waitress a 100% tip.I figured that was that. However, after I got onto the bus, this couple got on. They wanted 2 day passes, but were short fifteen cents and while the woman was digging for more change that she didn't have, the machine spit out only one ride pass. They sat down behind me and were lamenting on how one of them would get home that night, so I gave them the money they would need.I'm really glad I missed my bus that day.

This story has many points which could make someone turn angry, but as the story goes on her attitude changed. How many times I have spiraled with the negative instead of stopping and looking for a reason I needed to be there. I have grew up knowing the GOLDEN RULE...Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How would the world change with this one thing being implemented by people each day? This is a simple statement that can really pack a punch! I think Heavenly Father knew that many of his commandments might fall under this principle.

Heavenly Father works miracles. Many times he works through others to be able to get everything done. If we are lucky enough to stop and listen to the promptings we could be a light in someones day. So whether or not you believe in KARMA or not, I am sure that how we look at things and how we act or react could be an answer to someones prayers.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Music to my ears...♪ ♫ ♫

What a week, it has been busy and definitely had some challenging moments. Today is Saturday, you know a "Special Day", so I am trying to convince the kids cleaning is fun.

I recently bought Jim Brickman's Hope CD and I finally have a chance to listen to it. So far amazing. I love the word


doesn't it just make you feel good? Then if you add a few letters how much the meaning changes... (Hopeless) Kinda drags you down doesn't it? So spin a few different letters...

and you have HOPEFUL, there that is MUCH better!

What gives you hope?

Is it something serious, like faith or family?


Is it something totally distracting or funny?

Maybe a combination of the 2.

There are days, I feel the "less" word but somehow I go on...

I am lucky to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life...I always have someone to turn to...there is never a time I am truly alone. There are days, this is the only light that gives me hope!

My life is so much different than I ever expected that I have had to go through a process of almost like grief...then acknowledge the love and acceptance of a plan bigger than me. I think through this I found a sense of hope as well...I have wavered but I can say when I did my focus was not on Christ it was on myself or the world not on him as it should.

Here is a great scripture...

2nd Nephi 31:20 says:

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

The world does not hold the answer to all our questions as we would like but if we seek after these things...we can keep our hope alive.

More thoughts to ponder....

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
Pope John XXII

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Robert H. Schuller

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
George Iles

My desire is to have hope in my heart and to be able to share that with each of you as well.
May you be able to look beyond the mortal trials, believe in goodness-desire to share your faith-and know that Hope can be found.

Friday, September 5, 2008

What Flower R U?

I am an

What Flower
Are You?

You are a health conscious person, both your health and the health of others. You know all about the health benefits and dangers of the world around you."

I am not sure I totally agree with what Flower I am...but I have been trying to be healthier...and I do worry about others health...

So....the Get Healthier Quest continues....

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We Survived.....the first day of school

School Days...

School Days.....

Skyler ••••Morgan
3rd Grade ~~~1st Grade
Mrs. Brott •••••Mrs. Shirts
Mrs. Critchfield

The day started early for us...the kids had Physical therapy before school. So we were out the door by 7:30 am and on our way. Lucky for us we had clothes and backpacks ready the night before.

Skyler went first and did great job but when he decided it was time for school...he let the therapist know he had to go. I am glad that he was excited and not too the mom I was hoping this wasn't the calm before the storm. So Skyler and I left and drove to his school. The street was filled with cars, parents, kids and extra help from police and fireman directing people. We went in just like any other kid...He proceeded to the door right before his room and came to a stop. He said, "I'm Dead!" and didn't move. I didn't panic but went on in...and started talking...then the teachers daughter Lily came out and said Hi Skyler...and prompted him to come in...he was still reluctant but after a bit more prompting he went in and hung up his backpack. I was trying not to cheer yet...but inside I was beaming...He has made such big improvements from the first day of preschool. Miss Lily keeps talking to him and he was beginning to recognize some of the helpers and some of his friends from last year. He did it...made the whole school day...and had a great day. He made it down to his other class as well...what an amazing experience.

So back in the car I went...As I returned to the PT office. Morgan had been working hard and was smiling. She was taking turns with Miss Ellison as to what she would work on next. (she likes to be in charge) I let them finish up their therapy even though part of me was wanting to rush her to school so she wasn't late for her first day. So we jumped in the car and headed toward her school...(the exact opposite direction of her brothers school btw) I was worrying about how she would do since she didn't have a 1 on 1 with her this year. (moms love to worry) So just as we pulled into the parking lot my phone rang it was a lady wanting to know if Morgan was coming...(pretty popular isn't she...LOL) I said we are in the parking lot. We came in slowly. I felt some apprehension from her (more anxiety than anything). As we walked down the hall, she reminded me that there is Mrs Dean's room. (her teacher for Kindergarten) We walked in to all the kids sitting in a circle with the teacher and listening about Rules...we found her cubby (she had been worried she wouldn't have one) and she sat down. She was pretty good at sitting but still her eyes were taking in things all around her. I was glad that there are about 5 people from her old class mostly girls who she really liked who are in her class. I stayed about 45 min or so...and then I was kinda hard to leave. She had a good day too. She was really cute when she talked to daddy on the phone she said, I saw Mrs. Shirts today and she was really nice. She also informed me that there were alot of recesses. (the important stuff at school)

So we survived. We are hoping that our little ones will find their places and make new friends. So as my sweet dad loved to sing....

School Days...School Days...Good Old Golden Rule Days....


(let the games begin)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Off 2 Boot Camp

Left, Right, Left....

There she goes...

Off to Boot Camp on Thursday-

I think I am still in shock...but I will

think and pray for you. May you

gain the knowledge and life

experience you are seeking.

I love you...and Hope all goes Well!

A Few thoughts to take on your way-

"Courage is endurance for one moment more..."
Author: Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam

"Don't take it personal, just take it!"
Author: Sgt. Paul Wells 101st Airborne Div. (AASLT)

"We are only undefeated because we have gone on trying."
Author: T. S. Elliot

"God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we ought to listen twice as much as we speak."
Author: ~Irish Proverb~

(this one reminded me of U...)

My dear niece I will Miss U!


Ah, one of my friend's catch phrases goes, Gotta love it!
I usually tease her and say NO I DON'T have to....
She is just a + person. Love her for that! It does amaze me how motherhood is much more intense than I ever thought. I am not sure if I was just young and naive...or I have alot of strengthening to do...
I love my two kids, don't get me wrong. They can be a true joy. But as the joke goes, why didn't they come with instruction manuals.
Today I spent much of my day talking about chipmunks. Me the non-animal person. It is Sky's obsession. He thinks they are in the big pine trees at the end of our cul-de-sac. He takes his trap and puts it down by the trees. (this consists of an empty Avon box he got at a garage sale around the corner...rewind...we stopped at the garage sale around the corner...just for fun...and looked really quick..the lady we were and said ok...Sky of course speaks up and informs her he needs some chipmunk stuff...the he sees a box in her garage and says "whats that?" she said oh that is just an empty box...he said "that is just what I was looking for"...) so as the story goes...we got the best buy at the free avon box loaded (meaning it had a lid) Now if we could only catch one of those sneaky chipmunks. Wish us luck or a quick transition to the next obsession.
Child #2...Little Miss I need everything. She has a new obsession too...Garage Sales. One of her therapist helpers got her hooked...She has the smile so she gets stuff for CHEAP. I however have been playing the simplify game, reduce, reduce reduce. Good Will or other charity places get a bag at least once a week. However with her new obsession the equation is not equaling out. For the love of a good deal, I think she should have been her aunts daughter...
These are just a few things in my motherly head right now...but I think it is because I am worrying about the first day of school. Fingers crossed, toes crossed...Hoping for a good first day..
To be continued School starts TUESDAY ☺

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The unofficial Aunt...Gains another Blessing

A couple years ago, I was lucky enough to meet a beautiful Spanish woman named Lorena. She is so sweet, kind and fun too~! We met at exercise class a lady in our stake does. We became friends. I enjoy spending time with her. She soon had a sweet daughter, Ainsley Jae (AJ)... I have such fun playingwith her and watching her explore the wonders of the world. My children are in love with her as well, so eager to show her things and play. I am very thankful
for this as all of their cousins are far away. AJ is turning 2 and bought her the cutest outfit.
(see the Elmo picture)
Lorena and Bryon found out they were expecting baby #2 and it was a boy. They have been eagerly doing things to prepare for his arrival. She has had her daily counter on her blog...and been talking with AJ about her brother coming. Ian arrived Monday August 18th. He was 8 lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long. He tends to favor his mom a least I think so.
I was lucky enough to be able to watch AJ for a couple days while mom and dad were at the hospital. It was so fun to have a little one around.
We have been to see the family a few times in the last week and it is so wonderful to see the joy Ian has brought. Lorena's mom and Aunt were able to travel from Southern Mexico on Saturday. How fun to meet her mom and aunt. (I only wish I spoke Spanish)
I wanted to share my happiness with everyone. I feel very lucky to have a friend like Lorena in my life. I hope she knows how much I appreciate and love her and her family. Thanks for letting me play the unofficial aunt.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Famous JUNK Drawer

I grew up with a drawer called the "junk" drawer. This is the place that everything you don't know what to do with goes...(or does it belong?) Ours was actually rather large. So was all that stuff really Junk? Or just one of those terms? I have to admit...I too have a Junk has the Title and all...(no label I'm not OCD) So do we all have one of these? Or is this one of the Mysteries passed down from generation to generation?

Friday, August 15, 2008


Thought is cause: experience is effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking.

--Mariannne Williamson

Are you a Leader? Follower? Team Member? Planner? Dreamer?

Do you know that you have a responsibility no matter what category you fall into?

My attitude has been rather negative most of my life. I am not sure why. I have figured out that part of my responsibility is to take care of me...(or yourself). This small simplepractice allows me to become better at whatever my role is...

Mom, friend, wife, sister, neighbor, just to name a few.

So when I see the it half-full or half-empty?

Only I can choose to make my attitude good or bad-yes ME.

The world is full of trials, afflictions and heartache, but how you choose to handle it is my responsibility. This does not mean I can not go through stages...hurt, anger, sadness...I think many times our viewpoint usually needs to realigned. In the last general conference , President Dieter F. Uchtdorf ..spoke about how small errors can have a large impact on our lives...that is where I have been. The difference between happiness and misery … often comes down to an error of only a few degrees.

I want to connect with others through mindfulness, hope and compassion. If I am more in tune with filters down. I can accomplish more and more people will be affected for the good. The Lord requires not only outward acts but also our inner thoughts and feelings to be close to the spirit of the law. God requires the heart and a willing mind.

So do I have a plan or method?

I think we all do...but we just think about it...and many times don't write it down. You have to act, and many times share your thoughts and goals with someone to become accountable.

So this isn't like a New Years Resolutions that may never come to be.

I need to make changes for the long Haul. Begin with a willing heart, include Heavenly Father in my desires and goals, being humble, being accountable...and exercising Faith.

So as I take a minute and write down categories in my life. Starting with the past...I make a list of important times or events. How did I handle them? How would I do it now? Is there pattern or a certain life rhythm? I think I have one...sometimes a healthy cycle and sometimes...the get our of my way, cycle...(its true...ask my husband)

One of the main things I have noticed in all areas that I want to improve is my negative thoughts. We all seem to be so bad at putting ourselves down. Do you think it is because we listen to Satan who tries to make us feel that way? Do you think it is easier than accepting a good thought about yourself? (guilty)

I have two children with whom I find myself saying, "try again" they use mean or inappropriate words or voices. So I need to remember to substitute the same words to myself as I begin my negative thought process...try again, try again...I think it is like a wake up call to myself. One small step in the journey to a better me.

So what is my legacy? What is yours? Do you want to be know for being kind and helpful...and yet never go out of your way..Did you want to be a great musician, yet too afraid to try...what is your passion? How will this help in taking care of me? Regret, fear and procrastination all weigh heavy. So think about it...and

So as I go forward today, I want to course correct and make my journey though life a more direct path. Shaving off a few degrees in many areas...and making my focus more on Christ.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Are your Burdens too Heavy

On the Wings of Prayer
By Helen Steiner Rice
Just close your eyes and open your heart
And feel your worries and cares depart,
Just yield yourself to the Father above
And let Him hold you secure in His love-
For life on earth grows more involved
With endless problems that can't be solved-
But God only asks us to do our best,
Then He will "take over" and finish the rest-
So when you are tired, discouraged and blue,
There's always one door that is open to you-
And that is the door to "The House of Prayer"
And you'll find God waiting to meet you there,
And "The House of Prayer" is no farther away
Than the quiet spot where you kneel and pray-
For the heart is a temple when God is there
As we place ourselves in His loving care,
And He hears every prayer and answers each one
When we pray in His name "Thy Will be done"-
And the burdens that seemed too heavy to bear
Are lifted away on "the 'Wings of prayer."

Saturday, August 2, 2008


I found this quote today and I had to share...

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

At the bottom of my blog is a play list of on Mercy Me -Only Imagine

This song really hits home for me. It is amazing how we can use our minds. Heavenly Father gave us so many opportunities and ways to learn in this life. I will be taking the time today to

Imagine, Hope and Believe.
In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Miracles do Happen

I have been working on being healthier...and in doing so it means more than just exercising and eating right...It is getting rid of some of my "projects", troubled areas, and extra baggage. In my last post I spoke of finding things...some good~ some not so fun...but I have made progress.

doesn't sound too
But did you know it has a floor?
and until morning...NO Laundry to Do!!
(More Cheers....Whistles....and even the dance of JOY)

Saturday, July 26, 2008 the corner of my mind...

leaves so many special moments
etched in your mind, alive in your heart,
stained on your clothing, written on your walls,
spilled on your carpets.


Just some thoughts as I cleaned in the basement today...

amazing what you can find and things you forget...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pioneer Day

Today is


for members of

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

National Fragile X Awareness Day

July 22 is reserved as National Fragile X Awareness Day.

This is the disability that both of my children have. It affects our lives everyday. If you have not heard of Fragile X (FX) take a few moments and click on some of the links on the side or bottom of my blog. Time Magazine also has an article title, "Fragile X: Unraveling Autism's Secrets".,9171,1818268,00.html
I am doing my small part to help spread the word about Fragile X syndrome.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Move it to Lose it!

You got it, get up and MOVE...that is what I have learned from my goal to become healthier. I have a bit of a challenging life (don't we all right?) but I found that even my daily chores can be a great workout. So how can I step it up?

I am lucky enough to have friends all over the I put the call out a while ago to see who wanted to play Get Healthier with me. I was amazed that so many were willing to take on the challenge. We teamed up people so we could share more intimate goals about ourselves and have someone specific to go to and depend on for motivation.

I have found some days easier than others. But I think having this exceptional group who is all working for he same cause is helping me. I have found that I think about them as I eat, exercise and do other things to improve my overall health or if I am trying to avoid it.

So how does my schedule differ than before? Each morning I do my sit ups. Yes, sit not a huge number but more than I did before. Each day I try to increase by one.

I have to check my mail and she what my friends are up to...(this is for mental health)

Some days I have been trying to ride my bike, in the early morning it is nice. Cool and quiet. I have found that some time to reflect on what is behind or ahead of me, has helped me to deal with each day.

Due to my children and husband's schedule everything else has to be flexible.
This is how I think I am making more progress. I am learning to bend. In the past if I could not do my exercise when I wanted, I skipped it. Well skip one day and then before you know it is a week later. So I am learning to find time for what is important.

My mind is even thinking differently due to the changes that I have made. This past week I had some car problems and in the past I would have been really worried or upset. I think I handled it well. I even got in some exercise in the Autozone parking lot. (no you may not request the surveillance camera footage) I think I seized the moment and made the best of it.

Today my hope is that who ever reads this, and is thinking about making a change they will MOVE forward and Just Do It. No need to run a marathon, just make small changes.

Walk to a neighbors instead of drive.

Go on a bike ride.

Try doing your housework with ankle weights. (no not the kids hanging on you)

Eat an open face sandwich. (you just saved calories but watch the mayo or oil)

Need a snack? Try 100 calorie popcorn quick easy (air popped is even less w/o butter)

Help someone weed their garden, mow their lawn.

This list could go on forever, but I think you get the idea. I am not an expert but one who want to progress and wants others to as well..

So as they say in the military MOVE IT- MOVE IT- MOVE IT!

Spread the word and start your own Get healthier Group TODAY.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Reaping rewards in the Raspberries

Today I woke up bright and early, the sun outside seemed to be calling me. I thought about my endless list of to-do's and wondered where I should start. My mind quickly remembered a conversation I had early in the week with my visiting teaching companion. She is a wonderful women who does alot for others, and was recently called to be the Relief Society President. I admire her greatly. She was telling me about her garden and how the raspberries were almost ready...I LOVE Raspberries! As our conversation continued I said I would help her pick if she wanted. She said yes. I have know her almost 3 years now, and can tell you that she does most stuff herself, so I didn't really think she would I threw on my stuff grabbed a couple bowls and headed out the door. As I pulled up to her home, it looked so peaceful. The calmness of the morning was just what I needed. Alone time, being able reflect on things and see the rich blessings of her families hard work. I had a good time, peeking under leaves and seeing the pump juicy raspberries hiding underneath. When I was done, I placed the bowl on her deck table and returned home.

Last night I was reading with my husband about the last supper and how Christ washed the feet of the disciples. What an amazing story and learning experience for all of us to serve and show our love. My time in the berries does not compare to Christ and his lesson but it did remind me how we can enjoy such sweetness in our lives, by showing our love toward others.
"Through service to others, we develop a Christlike love and we experience joy. Service teaches patience and long-suffering as well as gentleness, goodness, and faith."
--Merrill J. Bateman

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Take the garbage OUT....

I got an email...that kinda hit me....Here is what it said.

One day I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..... 'Love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don't.'

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it! Have a nice day!

Something to make me think everyday... don't litter and look for ways to avoid adding to the garbage pile....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Say What?

I really love and enjoy reading quotes. They can be great lessons in a nutshell. It amazes me that one person's thoughts can be leave such an impression on generations to come.

It is so neat that people are decorating with quotes. Even my sons school has them in all the hallways and entries...

How about you? Any Words of Wisdom? Funny Tidbits? Heart Breakers?

I am not sure I can say I have a Favorite...but here are a few that come to mind.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
Helen Keller

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

Mary Anne Radmacher

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

~Victor Borge

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference

“I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...”

Abraham Lincoln

I could go on all as you search for strength, or need alittle pick me up...

Try a Quote One Size Fits All

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

I've been a Mom for 10 Years

There you have 1st born is 10 today!

His original due date was Pioneer Day...but he was born the 8th of July.

He is quite the boy. He brought us such joy coming into our family. We knew early on that he was different...God had sent us a child who needed extra attention. We continue to search for ways to help him and the symptoms he deals with being a full-mutation carrier of Fragile X Syndrome. His heart is tender and his spirit is strong. He doesn't fit into the box of a regular 10 year old boy. He challenges me each day to gain patience, be creative in my parenting and look beyond his mortal trials.

Skyler enjoys riding his bike. (adult 3 wheeler he calls it "lady"), going to the beach, fishing with dad and getting movies in the mail. He has a great love for animals and babies...and is drawn to them. He usually goes through cycles where he really likes one or two things at a time...Right is Alvin & the Chipmunks, Gingerbread man (or boys & babies). He also loves to tease. (who did he get that from?) He has a pet bunny named Fluffy who also entertains and calms him.

Today we CELEBRATE him....

Happy 10th Birthday Skyler
Love ya Buddy

One Step Forward, Two Steps...back

Have you ever stopped to think about progression...

What is the right way to move ahead?

I always seem to joke that I am working in a progressive mode...
( some may beg to differ on this statement) I guess my thinking is this...little steps to the goal... or as they say, one step in front of the other. I am not sure my focus is correct. Why? There are many things I NEVER finish. I saw some little blurb on Dr. Phil about a phobia of not wanting to complete things because then people can judge your work.
The Light Bulb went is ME...

So How do I create a better way to progress? Do I re-evaluate my goals, maybe place smaller ones on myself? Do I praise myself more for what I have accomplished? Why do I fear being judged?

Why not try something new such as leaps (of faith or jumping in with both feet) or Strong and Speedy...(like the battery commercial).

The only other way I accomplish things is by Adrenaline Rush- this used to be my #1 way of completing things...I guess fear and procrastination drive me.

I am not sure what all this says about me...but I know that it is not making me happy. I think I am more intense in all areas because have a need to check off the box saying "X" is done.

A tennis player...goes back and forth in their games....and they are progressing...but they still may not win...So do I have to complete to win...or just compete?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I'll Take Door #

Do you remember the old game show...Lets make a Deal?

I caught a few minutes of it with my grandma the other night on GSN. It was quite funny to see how TV shows have changed. I had to chuckle at the car they were giving away...a Chevrolet Chevette..valued at 6822. People were quite excited...unlike the game shows of today where people turn down half a million in hopes of an even bigger prize. So it makes me wonder...where do I fall?

Am I a Gambler....would I risk big to win Bigger?

Would I be happy with the Chevrolet Chevette?

In the heat of the moment would I feel the greed?

Or be grateful for whatever the package or door might reveal?

I know that there are different meanings of Wealth and Prosperity. I believe I have struggled with the whys of life and still do some days...but I also know that we all have a different path on our journey through life. It is comforting to know that our Spiritual Wealth has a much higher value.

So for now...Monty Hall, Howie door or briefcase... for me...I will take what the Lord provides...and use it the best that I can.