Friday, October 30, 2015

General Conference

You probably already know this but I love General Conference. It is the semi-annual meeting of all the leaders of our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that is broadcast over the internet and several television stations around the world.
I love gathering together to do a puzzle, draw, or paint while we listen.
When I was in college I got to sing in General Conference. Right before the session started, Elder Scott came back to talk to us.  Normally they don't want people writing or distracting in any way from the speaker, but Elder Scott felt it was very important for us to write down impressions that came to our minds so he arranged for us to hold little 2" x 3" notebooks and little 3" pencils.
I wish I had kept mine.  But more than the papers, I remember feeling that he, Elder Scott, was truly a man of God and that if he felt that it was that important for us to write our thoughts and impressions during a world-wide broadcast it must be vital for us to be open to the promptings of the Spirit wherever we are and it doesn't matter what we are doing.  Follow the Holy Ghost's guidance.
This time, some of the things that came to mind, specifically for me and for our family (listening with an open and sincere heart allows the Holy Ghost to teach you--which is what I was striving to do).

  • Pray in faith since childhood--I want to reemphasize the need for heartfelt and faithful prayers
  • Have dinner as a family--"Ask what did you do to serve?"
  • Why was important for King Nebuchadnezzar, personally, to have the dream/revelation of the latter-days?  Was it because if it had been the non-king person their dreams and thoughts would not have been preserved?
  • Consider filming your children on the Sabbath of family stories. Share the stories of Christ, especially on Sunday.
  • From President Monson: The goal of our lives is to be an example of Jesus Christ.
  • In the closing prayer of conference this thought came to me: dedicate acts of obedience as signs of love unto the Lord. See if you notice a difference.  I have since done this several times and each time I do it, really focusing on it, I have noticed an immediate outpouring of love from God.  I cannot tell you how much that means to me and what joy it has brought.  I know God loves me and you!!!

Lately I have started drawing my rendition (which is not very good--haha) of the speakers.  I listen really hard so when I have something prick my understanding I can write it down.
S, you worked so hard on a painting for Grandma of you and her, but sadly, K, you got it and it did not last very long--but it's understandable, K, it had beautiful bright colors and needed parading around the house.  Too bad it couldn't handle your sweet joy in your sisters work.
I love General Conference!
How I love our family!  You bring me such joy (a lot of thought and contemplation and heart-felt prayers of comfort and guidance in your behalf too).
T, it was so hard to get a photo of you holding still. Even this one where you are finally in focus, when the photo had been taken--which was super fast, you were up and hopping around the room with energy enough to power the city of Albany.

I know it looks like there are a couple of repeat photos, but they are actually just slightly different. When this is printed in a book you can do a compare the photos game.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Northwest Home Services Conference

 I had my very favorite jerky ever at this home conference.  It is called Bakke Brothers Jerky.  That is one of the brothers handing me the alligator jerky (which was tasty).  He let me try any and all the types of jerky and I loved it!

 Kristen Frome and Emmaleigh came too (actually they drove).
K, R was home sick that day so you got to stay with him.
 Look behind Emmaleigh and I--that is tupperware. And it wasn't the type you find in Walmart, it was the kind we used to have when we were little kids.
The trees were just starting to change, so I HAD to take a picture.  I feel so grateful and blessed to have such good friends and to find out about the services that are there to help me, as a homeowner.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Guatemala Humanitarian Trip Preparations

 My friend from Mary Poppins invited me to come with her to get preparations for the Guatemala Humanitarian Trip her husband takes with every year to help the people of Guatemala.
 Even the little ones were getting involved in helping.
 There is more information available on their facebook page.
 These are the lovely ladies that I came with (above).  We had so much fun talking.

Monday, October 26, 2015


You see that friend in the photo before, the last time we were in an elementary school together was when we were student teaching together.  Sheri was so kind and loved our students.  I am so grateful that we got to student teach together!

Then a couple of days later I got go out to eat with Cristina.  She is going to pharmacy school in Corvallis.  We had a great time eating and talking and then at the end of the meal I found a piece of plastic in my food.  Sometimes that just happens.  

Friday, October 23, 2015

Portland Museum of Art

 Dear K:
 After riding in the car and in the stroller (and falling asleep and waking up) you wanted to get out and run.
 Like most art museums, we had a guard around us pretty much the entire time (for good reason--you're fast, K!).

There was so much beauty and creativity!

 These pictures made me miss Brooklyn!

 There were a few melt-downs, but overall, it was pleasant.

 Thanks, Stephanie and Gwedolyn!  We had a blast with you!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sometimes I Miss NY, But Mostly I Miss My Friends

 Lately my children have been saying that they really miss their NY friends, because lately at night I have been telling them about our adventures in NYC, mostly Brooklyn.

 In fact, they told me that they desperately want to talk with their friends. S, you called your friend Leila and had a wonderful time talking to her.

 I even got a text from the one above this last week--and it made me sooo happy!

I am so glad that we had the opportunity to live in NYC.  I am so thankful for how much you grew and have grown since. I miss those little faces because you have all grown so much, but I am so grateful that we are together. Thank you for being my children!