First of all, can I take it back that it's great Taylor is at college? Well, can I take it back just a little? I'm not good at changes but when Taylor called to talk to me about his first day of classes, I decided I need to put on my big girl panties and be happy (honestly be happy) for him! It's time for him to move forward with his life and I am!! happy for him, really!! (no my fingers are not crossed) Blessings to you Taylor for growing up such a good person.
Now, Cheri and Daniel went to Maine for a cousin's wedding. They had a lot of fun and I just love this photo!
The last seven years have been full of changes-good ones--and not so good ones. But today was a GREAT one! My Taylor has gone off to college! I wish him the BEST of everything! He's ready! I'm so proud today!
The twins will celebrate their 1st birthday, Monday, August 13th but because of work schedules, we celebrated their day today with hamburgers and yummy cake. We took the boys outside in just their diapers and a bib in the highchairs and they each had a great looking cake of their own. Ethan dove right in but Wyatt was a little more hesitant which is indicative of their personalities! Everything was going well until Ethan rubbed his eyes with his cake-covered hands. Then it was into the bathtub, which they also love! Happy birthday, boys! BTW-a personal friend of Adam & Jessica made the cakes! Go cowboy, go!
My dear friend, Mijken Ashton, is celebrating her 40th brithday this month and has invited me to go with her to Las Vegas to see "Phantom of the Opera" on stage at the Venician. She asked me last year so we've been anticipating it for some time. The play was excellent. The singing incredible, but....I DO NOT LIKE LAS VEGAS! The atmosphere is so decadent! Don't think I'll be visiting there again! Below is Mijken in our room and then our view from our room. Glad to be home! Love you Mijken!
The picture above didn't show up very large but it is of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles shortly before his death and resurrection. He was trying to show them how they should treat others. They should be the servant.
This past week our mortuary hosted a service for a man, a man with whom I had a lovely visit about one year ago. I remember his story being one of happiness and sadness. He had married in the temple and he and his wife had a family of 7 sons. Unfortunately, the man had strayed on several occasions. Eventually, he and his wife separated and then divorced. Neither had remarried. He had repented and was in a good place when he passed.
I was so touched by the former wife and her ability to see the good in him and forgive. I was pleased that the sons, if they had not also reached that point, they were working on it. They wanted to love their father and I think for the most part they do.
We are all sinners. We all have things in our lives we are working on to better ourselves. It's so easy to point fingers and easy to become embittered. I've been working on forgiving for some time now. There are moments when it comes easier than others and I believe even if, in your heart, you want to be a forgiving person, it takes daily concentration and work. It just doesn't happen overnight. When I'm in a less forgiving mood, I try to think of the good qualities of that person or think of something I could do to be a better person. It doesn't always work but I try.
I'm so indebted to my Heavenly Father for this earthly experience. The older I get the more I realize that if we want the heavenly associations with our loved ones that we are taught about then we need to have the earthly associations that will show our Heavenly Father we are capable of serving others and loving them and want to be a part of His kingdom.
I have a blessed life. Yes, sometimes I'm lonely. Last night I was in a cooking and baking mood with noone to share it with. So I called my Mom and went up there to visit and share 2 new recipes with her. We both served. I felt connected and loved.
Let's be grateful each day for one another and for what we can give to this world of tears and sorrows. Let's be a giver not a taker. Let's share the love we have for each other.
So, I came home last night from a removal and went into my bedroom. I turned to go into the closet and I was startled by a chirping sound. Oh no, I thought. It's a cricket or a bird in my room. I started freaking out. Where would I sleep? I know, crazy! I finally figured out that it was the smoke alarm needing a new battery. Geez! I know they are good to have but they make me crazy. Why couldn't it just say, "Hi, this is the smoke alarm. I need a new battery." I bet there is one like that.