Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Family Home Evening

I realized looking for pictures last night of Scott and I that we didn't have that many, so tonight at our Family Home Evening Valentines dinner I had Elder Walker take one of us! Not bad for a couple of Senior missionaries!!! The love of my life!

We had a nice dinner that we bought from the lady who caters a lot of the meals for our mission. The menu was stuffed pork chops stuffed with fruit and nuts and a very yummy glaze with rice that I would love the recipe for, it was delicious and broccoli that was overcooked and cold. But hey, we didn't have to cook it and it was all very tasty anyway!

Sister Young's beautiful centerpiece! I definitely fell off the wagon and had way too much sugar today!

Hermana Rodriguez and Hermana Donkin! Such happy and wonderful missionaries! They're coming over for dinner at the end of the week for Hermana Rodriguez's birthday.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


AHHHHH...LOVE. What a wonderful word and a wonderful feeling. In every sense of the word. Romantic love is great, but more important is that lasting kind of love that comes from trust and knowing that no matter what...sickness, trials, abundance, disappointments, day in and day out of daily life, just getting through, paying the bills, nurturing children (and spouses), picking up the pieces when life doesn't go quite how you thought it would. I AM SO GRATEFUL for the love I have in my life. From my dad and his wife... my little brothers and dear dear friends...old and new...from my mission president and his wife...from my Savior Jesus Christ...from my Heavenly Father. I do feel Gods love abundantly and I know more than I know anything, that He loves all of His children more than any of us can comprehend. I love the scripture in 1 Nephi when Nephi tells the angel that he doesn't know all things (concerning God) but "he knoweth that [God] loveth all His children." If we don't feel God loves us or knows us or cares about us, that is the time to get on our knees and pray and then stand up and do for Gods children. I beleive we are the ones that turn our backs on God, never the other way around. He is always waiting with open arms of mercy extended if we just come to Him. AHHHH Love, what would we do without it?

Our good friends, Elder and Sister Walker brought by these wonderful looking cupcakes for Valentines day...In case you can't read the sign it says "We choo choose you." Too cute. In the middle is the little treat we made today to give to the missionaries for Valentines day.

Old family picture (August 17, 2008 me and Scott's 29 wedding anniversary) but it's one of my favorites because we all look so happy. I missed my kids and grandkids so much today. I just wanted to call all of them and say come over for dinner and lets play some games. I miss them all so much.

Since Lizzie and Elise weren't born yet in that picture I put a picture of both of them in here. I know, I have beautiful grandchildren, what can I say!
I talked to Lizzie today on the phone and she said hello to me! Pretty good for only being 16 months old. David said she was walking around the room with the phone on her shoulder. Too cute. I miss these little ones the most because it's really hard to communicate with them, not to mention you can't kiss and snuggle them. BUT I am grateful I get to skype them. What a wonderful day we live in!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Testimony of Jesus Christ

Last night Scott and I were able to go teach a woman and her son with Elder Galbraith and Elder Blakeman. It was such an awesome experience to see, hear, and feel these great missionaries share the gospel and teach such great truths that I really believe in. I felt the Spirit so strong as I got to bear my testimony that Joseph Smith really saw and heard what he said he saw and heard. How very grateful I am to my Heavenly Father for His watchful, loving care for me. I know He blesses me through the power of the priesthood, that the blessings I have received over the last several months for my illness have helped me. I have asked a few times why I haven't been healed, but I trust in my God that His purposes are higher than mine, that He enables me to be able to do the things I need to do, and that He loves me and comforts me. He is truly there for me. I saw this video this morning and really liked it and want to share it. Be sure to scroll down and watch the video with the young mans face on it, it says "Jesus Christ suffered for us". Enjoy!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Family Home Evening and THE BIG Freeze

Okay, I have to start this weeks blog with pictures of the sister missionaries, all of these sisters are actually Hermanas, they're all spanish speaking missionaries that live fairly close to the mission office, that's why I see them more often than the English speaking sisters. The first picture is when they decided to go potato golfing the first part of January, they went and bought old clubs really cheap at a thrift store, I think they said that they paid 50 cents and then went to the field across the street from the office and hit potatoes. The potatoes went SPLAT! But they had fun!

Last week we went to lunch with Hermana Bullock and Hermana Ferro, both very strong missionaries. Sister Bullock on the left is the most gung-ho missionay I think in the whole mission. She LOVES missionary work and is already in denial (or mourning) about having to go home in May. She gets so excited about everyone of her investigators and baptizes a lot of them because of her devotion to the Lord and to the people she loves and teaches. Hermano Ferro also loves the work, I believe Hermana Bullock was her trainer and she did a great job of instilling that love and enthusiasim for the work in Hermano Ferro. It's just fun being around them.

These Sisters are eating a yummy treat that Sister Walker made and brought to the office. Monday is P-Day for the missionaries and a lot of them come in to email and check for real mail. Hermana Porter, on the right can't eat sugar, wheat, dairy and anything else that is GOOD, so I think that's why Sister Walker made a treat that she could eat. These fruit cups were frozen and all of the missionaries loved them!

Elder and Sister Thomas are such wonderful people from California, serving as Employment Specialists for one year. They will be going home the first part of April and we will really miss them. Elder Thomas is SO funny and has great timing. Tonight he was talking about our boat trip that we had to cancel because it was too cold Saturday morning (for a very short time, it did warm up but by that time we'd already canceled the reservation). Anyway, he was talking about the Battleship Texas that we'll go see in March and right then Sister Marsh sneezed and without batting an eye he said, "I know Sister Marsh, it's really not something to sneeze at". I know, you had to be there, but it was funny all the same.

The thing I love about Family Home Evening with all of these people I have come to know and love is how much they love the gospel and how much fun we have. Sometimes too much when I can't quit laughing.

Me and Sister Young. She is such a classy lady and so loving and kind. I have never heard her say a bad word about anyone, she truly is a Saint. She reminds me of my friend Kerrie Keeler, a real take charge kind of person and very exhuberant, especially when teaching the gospel. I love her lessons in family home evening, they're always very entertaining as well as enlightening.

Here's the gang, starting at the left: Sister Thomas, Sister Marsh, Elder Stringfellow & me, Sister Young, and Sister and Elder Walker.

NOW the BIG FREEZE. I'm just sorry that I didn't have my camera with me Friday morning when we went out to our car. The windows were totally covered with a thin sheet of ice, about 1/4 inch thick that took Scott about 25 minutes to get off enough to be able to see out of, sort of. That evening there was still ice hanging off the bumper. (That's why we canceled the boat cruise for Sat. morning-we didn't realize that by Saturday afternoon it would be in the mid 50's!) As we were driving to the office (.7 miles away was all) I don't know if it was a bump we went over or a drip off some power lines that hit our window, but the chip that's been there for a several years cracked from one side of the window almost to the other. I tried to get a picture of it, you have to look really careful at the bottom of the window to see it. Thursday they canceled school and government offices and it looked like aboslutely nothing when we first got up, but then we heard on the radio that there were over 800 car accidents. The roads were just ice where ever there was a bridge or overpass. Crazy!