Monday, July 27, 2015


This example really hit me hard and gave me some insight to life.

Also in church today, the teacher showed us this picture that was covered up with white paper only showing the military man on the hood of some sort of vehicle.  The teacher then asked? "What do you think is going on here?"  We all had our opinions. American Sniper? Some answers were the same, others' were totally different.

Then the teacher revealed the whole picture; military men helping a child fly a kite. We were sooooo surprised, no one had it right!

 "Don't act on what you think is happening; it's best to stay out of other people's business."

YOU might not know the WHOLE STORY!

I love this.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


I went to church today; it was soul searching.  Lexi Strand was speaking for her missionary farewell going to Argentina and Austin Adams was speaking because he's home from Louisville, Kentucky, his mission.  No, he didn't convert the whole state like he thought he would, but he changed. So good. So good.  I would sit through this again.

Lexi's spoke on Boyd K. Packer's talk "The Plan of Happiness." This talk was also carried over in the Relief Society lesson as well. Double Dosage. Don't you think we all need it?

Many years ago, after World War II, Boyd K. Packer, (who recently died and was next in line to be the prophet of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) was attending college.  There he met Donna Smith.  About that time, he read that two essential ingredients to a successful marriage are a cookie and a kiss.  He thought that was a perfect good balance.

Over the years, he was taught an important principle: The end of all activity in the church is to see that a man and a woman with their children are happy at home, sealed for eternity.

What can we do to make our marriages successful? The question was asked of the congregation.  One lady said while attending her niece's wedding the counsel was given to say your prayer as couples together; each night taking turns.  The one giving the prayer was to include and give gratitude to his/her spouse for a quality or two that the other one had. So good. This could bring a couple even closer together. (What do I always stress? Say your prayers; with the Lord, you cannot fail.)

Romance was discussed. The desire to mate in humankind is constant and very strong. Our happiness in mortal life, our joy and our exaltation are dependent upon how we respond to these persistent, compelling physical desires. As the procreation power matures in early manhood and womanhood, very personal feeling occur, in a natural way, unlike any other physical experience. The world disappears around the couple, and they experience feelings of JOY!  It is wonderful!

However, ALL PASSIONS NEED TO BE BRIDLED!  We need to avoid all situations that could get us in trouble.

And if you suppose that the full blown rapture of young romantic love is the sum total of the possibilities which spring from the fountains of life, you have not yet lived to see the devotion and the comfort of longtime married love.  Married couples are tried by temptation, misunderstandings, financial problems, family crisis and illness, and all the while love grows stronger.

And here's Boyd K. Packer's famous quote: "Mature love has a bliss not even imagined by newlyweds."  (And yes, going on 11 years, it's steal there . . . just guarded by a few things.)

So many times us as mothers/fathers, give all our love and time to our children; we wrap our hearts with theirs.  That's where we can sometimes go wrong, leaving out our #1. We need to ask our husband/wife, "What can I do for you?" Our husband/wife should always be our top priority.

Take notice on the first picture of Boyd and Donna Packer on their wedding day.  They are not even holding hands or touching.  Notice them now, in their old age . . . humbling huh?

Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from that fountain of life entrusted to couples in marriage.  What a miracle children are. I sure love mine.

The greatest reward we have received in this life is our children and grandchildren - our family. So true!  Hey, but what about our spouses Boyd K. Packer?

"Sister Donna Smith Packer and I have been side by side in marriage for nearly 70 years.  When it comes to my wife, the mother of our children, I am without words.  The feeling is so great and the gratitude so powerful that I am left almost without expression.  The greatest reward we have received in this life and the life to come is our children and our grandchildren.  Toward the end of our mortal days together, I am grateful for each moment I am with her side by side and for the promise the Lord has given that there is no end."

We couldn't do it without them.  True happiness . . . husband and wife always together.

I have the cookies in the oven dear.  Chocolate chip.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


. . . that is soooo good to my daughter?  Thank you Chad; I want to meet you.  I LOVE seeing my children smile; and look at those beautiful teeth. They say he is OCD - that's just what Keely needs!  Have you seen her bedroom AND her car?  Hahaha love you Sis!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


 He is so true.  I'm drawn to his knowledge of us and our Father in Heaven.  He's right on!

What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truths. 

Show me your friends . . . I'll show you your future.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Mike thinks it's time to get in shape.  Run, Bike and Swim . . . we're in!  Off to the college rec center we went.
Swim, bike, run . . . we could be done. Bike, swim, run . . . NOT MUCH FUN!

It's so lonely now with the kids all gone.  Mike and I need something to do to take up all this free time and our quiet nights.
One workout DONE . . . Bring on the run!

What are you eating? "Protein!" He says as he walks out the door with a handful of cashews. He's really getting into it.

My shoulders hurt! And now he's ordering me a new bike.

Really? I'm going to have to do this?


Look what just got delivered!

One of our favorites and because I love you so, you'll get some of these in your lunch purse tomorrow.

And I thought I had great kids. Thank YOU Dan Jarvis. Jodie and Duane too.