Monday, November 30, 2009

Life Slow Enough For Reflection

Life is pleasant right now. I spend the first three hours of the morning aiding others in their family history work. I love being a service missionary where I can help from home. After that, I am blessed with being able to love on my grandchildren. Emma is enjoying learning who she is. Pretty good for a one week old don't you think?

Today, I spent time studying how to dry rose hips and what to do with them after they are dried. I loved being outside, enjoying the sun on my face and listening to the calm sounds of twittering birds. Em says it is not a twitter when the baby birds are growing in the nest. (I laughed at that). Tonight we will use some of the rose hips for decorating a wreath we are putting together at family home evening.

I have been reading several wonder ladies blogs that are struggling with chronic illnesses or cancer of their own or their spouses. They feel free to open up to tell of despair, pain, or worry. I will think in the late of the night of challenges of my loss of my hero, but something within me will not let me write a thought that is not uplifting to another. Don't ask me why, it is just my inner self.

I have been procrastinating. I so need to get my sewing done for the girls before I go home. Therefore, I need to stop spending as much time blogging as I am and pause for the sewing machine. I won't do it...but I will finish what I have started in projects.

Now you see how my mind wanders when I am given time to reflect and ponder over the day and week(s). Hope your week ahead is blessed.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Oh Joy of Joy's

 Our first thumb sucking moment.
Mom and baby are doing well.  They are tired, the mom has a temp. elevation.  The mid wife thinks it is just exhaustion.  I am excited to be here and she is a doll.  Her sister is excited and indifferent.  What can we say, a new person in the house that out cries her.  LOL.  I am tired signing off.  Joyful day.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

For Future Rememberances

Since I will not be at the dinner table with all my children and grandchildren this Thanksgiving, I took an idea from Janet at The Chart Chick to give to them for remembrance. She has a great newsletter she sends out. 

To answer the question as to ‘what are the most important lessons I’ve learned so far in my life’.  I learned that there are extremely important things to include in your life and relationships, laughter including learning to laugh at yourself, open conversation, service to family and community, and hugs.  That does not cover love because that requires an whole new a huge conversation.  Here is a synopsis:  As you know, I have, since my teen hood, loved my Savior and after I met your dad (grandadE), I loved him with all my heart.  I learned with the birth of each of you, there are no boundaries to love, for my heart has grown fuller with each new life that has joined our family by marriage or birth.

My greatest joy was the day I was sealed to all of you. My greatest sadness was that your GrandadE would not see you grow.

 To put some fun into the conversation, the answer to 'what was my most embarrassing moment' is coupled with learning to laugh at the situation.
I was at a reception with your dad (grandadE).  As I stood waiting, I suddenly felt something hit my ankles.  I looked down and much to my dismay there laid my slip around my feet.  I looked around and didn’t see anyone looking so I gently squatted down, and stepped out of my slip, scooped it up in the crook of my arm and rushed back to deposit it in my purse.  When I got to the table my sweet husband, said, ”What do you have there?”  I said shhhh, which made him all the more curious.  He then was determined to see what I was doing.  I was going (with the hand motions) shhhh, I will tell you later.  About that time, our friends came back to the table to see what was going on.  Long story short, I had to tell them what had happened and we all had a good laugh.  Of course, the funniest part of the story was the insistence of the usually thoughtful husband on finding out what I had in my arm.

How would I describe my sense of humor? I would exclaim enjoying life to its fullest while seeing the humor in all facets of life.  I would dance down the grocery aisles with you all saying “Mom, you’re embarrassing me!”  I was having fun.  I love to tease.  I try to make it a funny tease not to cause pain or humiliation. Texasblu you would fuss at me going to school saying "Sometimes I just don't feel like smiling".  A quick turn of words, a playful sleight of hand, and sharing a joke, if I can remember it, is what I love to do.  The grandchildren get regular emails when I find a funny joke.
There are more questions suggested, but they will have to wait for another time.

Just remember, I love you with all my heart.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Time With The Grandaughter While Waiting

I guess I should say what I am waiting for.   The third daughter is expecting her next child any day now. 
We have had some contractions, just not that are meaning a change is in the wind.

The first night of my sojourn with my little California family, we had so much fun.  We went shopping and got the fabric to make the blondie a Christmas dress.  When we got back, she was "wired".  Her daddy pulled out the lap top and after he convinced her it was not a poke screen, entertained her with some country music.  You notice her perching spot.

After her parents began the getting ready for bed routine, she and I sat in the living room and played with her red heart puppy.. I called him 'Kisses'.  It was fun telling her the puppy was going to get some kisses, and she would find a place to hide and peek a boo to check if he was coming.
This picture is of her looking over the counter to see if 'Kisses' was in pursuit.  Sadly, the camera was there instead.

It has been fun loving on her. The concern over her not remembering me when I came out after a 11 months separation melted away.  We are buddies.

Tonight, we first had a fun time watching the bubbles on my computer screen (the screen saver).  Then we went over to Frugal Friends blog and went from there to Richard Scary's interactive Busy Town Online.
She loved it and we played and read until the eyes were drooping.

God is wonderful.  The blessings of my grandchildren are so great.  I am joyful this night.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

As A Mother

As a mother, I have had several goals in mind for my children.  First was to bring them to Christ.  Second was to instill in them a love of Christ's word.  Third and not least, was to show them the desirability of following in Christ's footsteps.

Before I could do or teach these things, there were things I had to learn.  As I studied, I found "By the power of the Spirit, our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God---" D&C 76:12.  Further studies pointed to the fact that we have to seek the Gift of the Holy Ghost in order to have inspiration in what to say when attempting to teach others the gospel of Christ.

I was always intrigued with the statement in Gen. 5:9 which says Noah walked with God.  I have known people who lived in such a way that they walked with God.  In watching them and studying the scriptures, I found I must live so as to keep the Lord's commandments, and ordinances thus preparing myself to be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost. 

With this knowledge, I have striven to teach my children and their children to read the scriptures to acquire a knowledge of God's word and to pray for answers to questions they have.  For them to seek to develop their own testimony of God and Christ and their word.  That they should not live on other people's testimonies, rather to find their own. 
Light is something they have to seek.  I personally have sought help many times for the Spirit to aid me in my choices, and teachings.  I am not ready to be translated, but I have a love of the scriptures and Christ that I believe has spilled over to my family.  As a mother, I am glad to have the blue print in the word of Christ on how to raise my children and influence their children for good.  For this, I am glad.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

There Is A New Heirloom in the Making.

The youngest son went by a local flea market searching for some tools.  The Texas Flag quilt hanging caught his eye.  Home he came with his treasure with ideas for how to preserve it and keep it for his own.

The young woman who makes them does each piece as a one of a kind.  Her name is Holly.  I have a link if you are interested in her work.  She is an excellent craftsman.  Her work is impeccable.
I am thankful to have children that love art and appreciate that which is done well.