Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Year's Resolutions...

... to stop eating the contents found on top of the counter. Even if they are only crumbs.
... seek out an old friend. ( if you are my friend, determine I mean you.)
... do more walking. (other than to the bathroom and from the stove to the sink)
... write on Kara and Annette's blog more often. Maybe they will post more often.
... Be nicer to Leslie and Robert. (Maybe they will open up their blog to posting so I can say something to them.)
...Watch it's a wonderful life, again. (maybe I will get the picture and realize how much of a wonderful life I have.)
... throw out the bananas on the counter when they get to the black stage. (Just because life gives me bananas does not mean I have to make banana bread with every bunch)
... volunteer to sub in primary more. ( It sure beats a boring Sunday school teacher)
...read more books. ( Especially the library Kara just sent me to lift my spirits from the blahs.) Thanks for all 20 of them.
...to find a joy in each day and rejoice in it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas at our house without:

What are you traditions for Christmas?
1)It wouldn't be Christmas without eggnog. Somehow that has managed to be something that makes its way into our holiday cart every year.
2) Our annual gift exchange. Every 1st Monday we exchange names and hop in separate cars to shop for the family member on our list. We try to keep the amount under $10.00 and wrap them when we get home.
3) On Christmas eve we go look at lights and come home and the only gifts we open on this night are the family exchange gifts.
4) When Jeremy is home, our tradition is to have colored lights. For some reason he believes it is not Christmas without them. Now that he is gone, everyone else has requested the white lights, so this year and next we will have white. In 2010 we will probably go back to colored unless he gets married before then, but following Rader tradition, it probably will not happen until he is at least 25.
5) Mom does not cook on Christmas. (Wilhelm tradition) That is just my gift to myself. We have cold cereal, a tradition that was created by my parents, and the sugary stuff is even delivered under the tree by the man in the flannel red suit himself.
6) Santa always puts candy canes on the tree. The kids would not have it any other way and throw a fit if Santa forgets.
7) Hard candy. Hard salami, cheese and crackers, (a Rader tradition).
8) Stockings with candy and small gifts. The kids love to put them out the night before and the only thing that Santa allows them to open before mom and dad get out of bed Christmas morning.

what are yours?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

My five beautiful kids

Yes, we have a another kid. He is the lamanite on the right, although we keep in touch more with his companion on the left. Funny how he looks more like us. Elder Rader is almost at his half way point (Jan 9) in his mission in Mexico City. He is coming to know more and more every day what his purpose is and is excited to to the work.
You may visit his blog to see more pictures and read some excerpts from his letters. Click here.





Kate is in first grade. She loves to sing, draw, write, dress up, and play barbie games on the computer. She loves pandas and recently added pigs to that list because they are so cute. Recently,we had a scare while Kate was in school. Kate walked in front of the swings and got kicked in the head. Instead of getting help she went and hid in the bushes outside of the playground. The class went in and she was left outside for about 20 minutes before a passerby found her crying. She is okay ( as well as her owhee on her head). We thank Heavenly Father everyday for her and glad she was found and brought to safety.


John is in 7th grade. He loves science and technology which are his favorite classes. John loves to build things and experiment with anything he can get his hands on. He loves to take things apart and see if he can fix them. J0hn loves to help people. He is a hard worker and is always doing odd jobs for teachers, ward members and his family. He played soccer this year and his team took 3rd place in his division as well as division sportsmanship. He loves to go geo-caching and likes to hike with his dad. John is a deacon in the quorum in our ward. John will continue his Middle school education at home through an online charter school in January.

Wendy is a sophomore this year in high school. She loves school, friends, and her new driving permit. Wendy loves music. She is in the school women's choir and loves to sing. She helps us so much in our home and will be a great mother when the time comes. Wendy is currently the mia maid President at church. She loves to read and write. I am waiting for Wendy to publish a book some day.





Emily is officially an adult as of July, although she still lives with us. She is currently working at a doctors office close to home and is going to school part time at the community college. Emily had the same English teacher as her mother and enjoyed comparing class notes together. She is serving in the single adult ward as the newsletter specialist and also on the activities board. Emily loves movies, music, and animals and swinging at the park. :) She still actively works on crafts such as beading, sewing, and purses

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Katannuta


Something happened yesterday that had an impact on me. I was out bargain shopping. . . (okay, I went to Goodwill) I was looking for old vhs that we did not have in our library. I was annoyed by a gentle man that was leaning over the bins of videos and could not get to them. With him was a quite older fellow that had parkinson's disease. How did I know? The man leaning over the videos was talking to him about it and the older fellow was quite humble but explained how difficult and painful it was to get around. At first, I was annoyed because I thought they should have this conversation somewhere else. I left the area and was about to leave but for some reason, I returned one last time to the videos to see if maybe I could reach them from the other side of the table. When I got there, the man leaning over the videos was praying, out loud, for the elderly fellow. He asked Heavenly Father to bless him, to sustain him, to help him. It occurred to me that the Preacher, (I will call him ) was blessing him. The preacher talked to Heavenly Father and said, "We now that thou art great, that thou art God." He was pleading his cause for this elderly man. As he was praying it touched my heart.


1) because he was not embarassed to be calling on God in public


2) because it appeared that a stranger stopped to aid the sufferer.


2) because I realized that although they did not belong to the same church as I, they were praying to the same God that I believe in , both using Faith that the man would receive blessings.


It was a scene that I will never forget. I only hope I can be like the preacher, blessing the lives of the down trodden and afflicted, even if in my own way.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Free Posting spot... you choose the subject!

My sister is always wishing she could just post without having to post to any particular subject.
Kara.... here is your chance , and everyone else's, to tell me what's on your mind.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I saw my missionary!!!!!

Saturday, I went to one of the stake buildings to view the cultural event preceding the Mexico rededication. I had heard that the missionaries were going to sing "Called to Serve" as a part of this program and so I went to the broadcast. There were to be six missions so I was a little skeptical that I would find him. As the missionaries marched out onto the arena floor, I saw Jeremy's little tuft of hair that he combs up. I was in denial at first but a mother knows her son. I was so thrilled to get to get a glimpse of him and also see the kinds of people he is teaching. This was truly katannuta for the month! This was the highlight of my week.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Maternal Instinct

This week my assignment in English is to write a literary analysis on an essay written by a hollywood news columnist. Her essay is entitled, "The Motherhood Myth." I have chosen to respond in my essay to her comments. For my research, I would like you to share your thoughts about how you decided to be a mother or if you feel maternal instinct played a role.
What say ye about the instinct, or not, to be mothers?

If you don't know me but have viewed my blog... I welcome your comments.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I didn't do it!

I just wanted everyone to know , as a born and raised Arizonan, I did not vote Obama. Nevada voted democrat and it was NOT me. What an embarassment to be a Nevadan right now. What a sad day for America.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Real vote poem, by unknown

'Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out\
To tear my country apart!

'On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi'
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
On this one final note-
IF YOU DONT WANT SOCIALISM
GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kids say the Darndest Things!

John came home from school the other day. He brought with him a beautiful 10 inch flower that he had constructed from various bright colors of tissue paper. It was gorgeous and I was amazed at the skill in which John had put it together.
I said to him,
"John, this is beautiful. Did you make this in Spanish class?"
"Yeah. How did you know?"
"I made the same thing when I was in 4th grade."
"Yeah, mom, I made it for you.... for the "Day of the Dead!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

STOP signs

More Katannuta: i am grateful for stop signs. i have a new friend that has convinced me that i do not need all the garbage that is portrayed in the media, economy, campaigns, and the filthiness of the world. (and I'm not talking about pollution.)It is sickening, discouraging and just plain gross. The advice is to imagine a stop sign displayed in your brain everytime you feel down, oppressed, & depressed. For the most part this stop sign works and I actually had a successful day. i stopped the negative thoughts about how much I think negatively. Now, If i could just stop the negative thinking. So much for STOP signs ;)

How do did you decide who to marry? written by kids

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. -- Camille, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. -- Derek, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. -- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure?)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. -- Martin, age 10

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. -- Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they're rich.-- Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that. - - Kurt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do. -- Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? -- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is........ HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck. -- Ricky, age 10

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Things to do on a Sunday

1) Make oatmeal raisin cookies. (with a cake mix)
2) Write your favorite missionary (or mine)
3) Sign all your kids homework (or not)
4) Create a new blog page (or sign someone else's)
5) Go on New.FamilySearch.com (or net)Find out if you have a great, great, great, great, Aunt.
6) Play 21 questions with your kids. (Winner gets to make the cookies)
7) Do your civic duty. E-mail someone your candidate choice.( Explain why McCain/Palin would make a great Team. )
8) Eat the cookies that are just lying on the pan looking helpless and all alone in the world. (don't tell anyone you ate 9 of the 12)
9) Pull out the diet rootbeer that you put away for yourself . swig it down with the rest of the cookies you have in your mouth. (Hope the kids don't see. If they do... okay give them a sip)
10) Try to find a better hiding place next time for the rootbeer.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

4th ward Relief Society

Okay, so I was blogging around and happened upon the 4th ward Relief Society. I felt comfortable the first time I dropped in so I added them to my friends and family. The blog page was neatly displayed in autumn colors and the words family appeared in a homemaking display. Yes, this is definitely where I want to be. I can go anytime, anywhere, by myself, or take you guys with me. (they will never know) Just knowing I was with fellow sisters gave me the warm and fuzzies. I think I shall visit that ward when I don't like mine, or especially when I want to make a halloween display that says, "BOO!" Either way, no one will know. I'll always know what's going on and if I really want something to do... I shall go to the emergency preparedness class entitled, "Earthquake Preparedness." Now there is a ward that truly knows my needs. Also, I want to join the lunch bunch cuz they eat stuff like pizza and they also have a book club. They are probably reading better books than we are. Yes, I think I wanna go to the 4th ward Relief Society.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

And they were taught by their mothers... (or "there" mothers)


Yesterday, Kate came to me crying because she was bored. Usually I give her the normal response. (which is to assign chores to any child that declares they are bored) I immediately had a thought pop into my head from my childhood. Instead of replaying the normal tape of lecturing my daughter on boredom, I sat her down and told her of a time when my mother got out the magazines and catalogs and we would find several girls to cut out for dolls. We would choose a swimsuit model so that when we found a dress in a different section, it would fit great over the model. I soon learned that I could take something around the house and make it into a great play toy. I had hours of fun cutting out all the pretty dresses and placing them onto the dolls that my mother had helped me find. After hearing the story, Kate was convinced and we got out some white paper. I drew a crude drawing of a girl and put white paper over it to draw other articles of clothing. She colored those outfits, cut them out and played the rest of the day. I think I spent 30 minutes total and I never heard a word about bored the rest of the day. This morning, she came into my room with her new paper dolls and and you would have thought it was her birthday as she wouldn't put them down. I'm so glad my mother took time to teach me how to find a few hours of enjoyment instead of lecture me or put me to work. Hopefully, my daughters recognize, like me, that they were taught by their mother.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More Katannuta

Sept 16-Yesterday, I got nearly everything done on my to do list. This was a big feat for me as I'm easily overwhelmed. I'm grateful to have one day that I could accomplish many things.

Sept 18- I'm grateful that Todd would like to start Christmas shopping. Not only can we get this over with earlier but I won't have to do it alone.

Sept 19- I'm grateful for decongestants. I've been sick with a nasty cold for the last 4 days and this is the only relief I've gotten. I'm also grateful for MOM. I remember when my mother used to rub Vicks on my neck and put a scarf around it so the vapors would give relief. I still do that and was also grateful my mother introduced me to the stuff. Thanks, mom. (I know you probably aren't reading this anyway, but just the same....THANKS!)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Katannuta

"From a Buddhist point of view, the Pali word which we translate in English as gratitude is katannuta. The word katannuta consists of two parts: kata which means that which has been done, especially that which has been done to one, to oneself, and annuta which means knowing or recognizing. So katannuta means knowing or recognizing what has been done to one, that is to say knowing and recognizing what has been done to one for one's benefit."
from: answers.com http://www.answers.com/topic/gratitude

Why do I share this? I have had a lack of Katannuta or "gratitude" in my life lately. I decided that I will use my blog to change this and promote gratitude in whatever place I'm in, and in what ever walk I'm walking at the time. I ask you to help me and encourage "Katannuta" in whatever circumstance you may find yourself in as well. I'm trying to find a place on my blog where I can list everything I'm grateful for each day. I may not post everyday-but nevertheless will find things regularly to post to change my attitude. I hope you will respond to my call for more Katannuta by responding to this posting area those things that you are grateful for in your life.

Today: I sat in sacrament meeting and realized how wonderful it is to have free worship in a church of my choice, and to know and be grateful that I have a testimony of the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Garage sale musings

I went out yard sale- ing this morning. Ya wanna know what I found? I found a french milled bar of lavendar soap, (still in its package and smells great) a small doggie fence (to keep our dogs contained in one room or another) and a pumpkin trick -or- treat bucket (kate asked for one). I know.... it's lame, but when there isn't much excitement going on ... I have to make doggie fences and trick or treat buckets sound like I have a life. :)
Cost: $2.00 Memories for an eventless Sept morning: Priceless.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Memories of Me

I guess this is a "tag, your it" kind of post and I hesitate to see what ya'll might leave on my little door rug but I'm going to give it a go and see if we have some memories together.

Leave a comment on my blog of a MEMORY that you and I have had together. It doesn't matter if you've known me for a short time, or a long time, anything you remember...next, re-post these instructions on your blog and let people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty fun to see the responses. Let's hear them...

Things that happened in my life today

Nothing. Check in tomorrow.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Remember Pacman?

To my siblings that worked at the scone shop:
This will forever be something that brings fond memories while working at Scones sandwich shop. I remember staying hours afterwork and playing this. I remember the quarters and the contests we'd have. What round can you get to?

It wasn't the chiwawas, Lucinda.... it was the motorcyle gang.

Okay, Okay..... I know I've been bad posting. It seems like nothing is quite that interesting to talk about. I have been discovered though it seems. I have been asked to give an accounting from Lucinda if I got attacked by killer bees or rabid chiwawas. It was neither, I joined a motorcycle gang. After my quilt group got nixxed by fellow guilders moving away, I couldn't take it anymore and I joined the Knarley Harley girls and took a ride. Instead of fabric, seam rippers, and subway sandwiches, it's steel tipped boots, dreadlocks, and fringed leather jackets. I have a whole new profile. (and Lucinda, even if this was true, it cuts coming from someone who won't even let me access her own blog page):)

Summer trip to Arizona

This summer, most of you knew, we took a trip to Arizona for a couple of reunions and a 90th birthday for my grandmother. On the way down, we encountered car trouble and had to get it into the shop in chandler. After 1000.00 and the van still wasn't fixed, Emily and Wendy and I went car shopping and bought a car. It is a 2006 chevy Trailblazer. It was pretty nice and still had some new car smell left to finish out the trip with. I miss my astro van so much. It was the best car. When I lament to the girls that I wish I were still in it, they respond with, "Hola, Como Esta." I am not going to respond with where the humor is in that. For those of you that have ever driven one or see who does drive them, you will understand and maybe even snicker. But, truly, it was the best car. Additionally, Emily realized that this breakdown meant, "I guess I better be saving for a car." You can guess what my response to her was.

We did have lots of fun down in Arizona. I went to my real hairdresser that does such a fabulous job and then spent time seeing friends The friends that truly care about me.... :-) ... showed up for pizza a peter piper. Thanks to: Celia, Linda, Julie, Stephanie, Lucinda, Jennifer, Mary, and Cyndi. Oh and yes, Darrell did show up with the chocolate. I think he will remain high on my list for a long time. Thanks Darrell!!!!!

Thanks to my brother, Daryl, for putting us up for a week out in Johnson Ranch. We truly know, what it is like now to spend our whole paycheck on gas. ;) It was so fun letting the kids get to know their cousins more. Jonna, you rock for making the best cinnamon rolls ever and thanks for giving the recipe to me.

After spending a couple of days in the high country with my siblings and their families gave me enough of a fix that I can go another little while living in sparks, NV. It was fun to go to all the bbq's and birthday parties and yes, sisters night out on the town. Thanks to being inducted into the "crusty ol' bras group," I now feel like I belong.

We are home, obviously and wishing we could go again. Thanks to all... it was so good to see you.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

last letter from Jeremy

 We had 4 baptisms that fell and none of our other
investigators went to church either. We have quite
a bunch. But I'm thinking that we will have to
drop a few of them because they aren't putting
in any effort to fulfill the commitments. Oh man,
I am suffering a lot with trying to write in English.
But the good thing is that I can finally give the
lessons in Spanish. My comp told President Fuentes
that I'm ready to be senior comp, but I don't feel
anywhere near ready. I still need to learn how to
answer the questions that the investigators have
and also motivate them to keep their commitments.
But we're both pretty sure that we'll be staying in this
area for the next change as well. Well, I have officially
lost 30 pounds and I'll probably lose at least 10 more
still. I got sick again this week from the food and had a
pretty bad day when we couldn't go to our appointments.
It was pretty dissapointing because we had quite a few
that day. But today I'm feeling just great. However,
I think I'm going to make a list of the foods that are
causing me harm. Oh man, that is so uncool English.
Causing me harm. Okay...making me sick...thats what
I meant. Anyway, I was reading in the Conference
edition of the Ensign in a talk called ¨Service, a Divine
Quality¨. There is a part where he says ¨Those who
serve will accept their assignments with humility,
recognizing their limitations but convinced that two
people can do all things they propose to do as long
as one of the two people is God¨ And I really liked
that because there are many times when I can't do
what I'd like to do because of certain limitations that
come from being in a companionship. But I also
realize that God is with me because I am doing His
work and that He will not let me fail. So that is the
thought that I would like to share this week. That
our Heavenly Father loves us and understands us
and we are not alone when we stand up for the
truth and do His will. Well, I love you!
Thanks for everything! Good luck with everything
that is going on! Bye!

Update to Mother's Day Call

We got our phone bill with the call to Elder Rader. It was $248.00. I wasn't too far off. We need to find another way to call . but I have 6 months before his next call to figure things out. Jeremy don't ever say I never spent a dime on you!:D

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dying hair #2 or just killing ourselves

Okay, so we don't know a whole lot about dying hair. After getting tangled up in the tinfoil, (yes, real tin foil from the roll in the kitchen) I managed to get the last piece of foil in just in time to notice that Wendy's scalp was getting mighty white. We panicked a little and washed out that one, but noticed another that was getting ripe. We had to take that one out too. We started to just pour water on every white hair we could find. After waiting for some time for the last 3 to set I decided it was time to just be done and I rinsed her hair. We joked a little about how this was the latest trend. ( I don't think she bought it) She had fun though and took it all in stride. She agreed that we did just have fun on one boring night in June. ( I don't think she'll ever be bored again) :D
My hair on the other hand seemed to turn out okay. After sitting for awhile enduring the little crochet hook through the groovy vintage airplane cap, Wendy applied the clorox, I mean the rest of the solution. We waited and then decided that I needed to rinse. After blow drying, we discovered that I could've waited a while longer. We did agree that she did a fabulous job and I definitely got the better part of the bargain.
Did we have fun? Yep!!

P.s. An hour later, "mom, can we go to the salon on Friday?" :P

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dying Hair

Wendy and I are bored. We have decided to highlight our hair and save the big bucks. Everyone's told us not to do it. But, ... shhh... we are!!! So brace yourselfs folks. This could be interesting. We are testing our strands of hair. ( and it's really turning blond) Pretty freaky if ya ask me. Stay tuned.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Emily's graduation

Emily graduated last night. It was one of the most interesting graduations I've been to. There were about 20 beach balls that got tossed around, and it was pretty disrespectful to say the least. Wendy sang in the choir and while she did so, a blow up female doll was bounced around in the boys section. The crowd cheered and drowned out the sound of the choir. Some might see this as fun but it goes so show how degenerated (?) our society is becoming. I was pretty embarassed for the school as well as the performers. I can see one beach ball but many of them disrupting the service was out of line. What was sad were all the parents and friends cheering them on. I was suddenly wishing I were back in Chandler attending the commencement with my daughter. It was so much more dignified. I thought to myself that I might not even attend again but hold our own private graduation with a party held in my child's honor. What should have been a special night seemed to be a disgrace.

40th birthdays

Mine came and went; like the sun that rose in the morning and set in the night. Just an average day. I half expected some pomp and circumstance as if I'd entered a rite of passage. I was only reminded by one of my daughters that I'd never pass the 30's road again. I suddenly felt a little sorrow for never being able to go down that road again. It also reminded me how much we need to make our todays the best we can, so that although we cannot go down that road again, we can look back with great wonder and amazement and be grateful we had the opportunity to even pass through them.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mother's Day Call From My Favorite Missionary

My call was received at 6pm, Nevada time. Jeremy called from a members home to inform me that the International calling card I bought him only works if used in the states. Shucks! It took me awhile to figure out whether or not it would cost less to use my cell phone or the land line. I didn't even have a cheap calling card myself. I probably paid 200.00 for my Mother's day gift but oh well. You only get 2 Mother's Day phone calls so I reluctantly called the number he gave us back. Thank goodness it worked. We had a wonderful 1 hour conversation until we (and I can't believe we did this) gave the phone to John to say hi. He managed to make a few jokes and then started rolling on the floor with the phone in his excitement. We heard a click from the receiver and John heard silence. He had hung up the phone during his gymnastics routine on the floor. We were all pretty upset but managed to call Jeremy back. We got in another hour and I think he cried more than any of us. He's pretty homesick right now but definitely loves the people. The ward and bishopric are great he says. The food is awesome but he is going through an intestinal change right now and he struggles to maintain a good digestive system. The natives don't work very hard and they break all the rules. He is discouraged with this but in his last letter seemed more upbeat. I will include an excerpt from his last letter.

"This whole week has been really great because I have a lot more hope now for the mission. The only thing that really changed was my attitude about everything. But, I know that whatever problems come across us in life,we always have something to work with."
It's good to see that he can change himself when everything else seems impossible.
He bore his testimony and even has a slight mexican accent. It was truly cute! I miss him so much but know he is doing the Lord's work and our family is truly blessed as a result.

Emily's new Job

Talk about a job drop in the lap... Emily was called by a Doctor's office owned by a member of the church. My second cousin's wife is the office manager. Jeremy applied there back in May of 07 when he got out of college. He and Emily both had a little experience from Goodman and Partridge, OBGYN in Chandler, AZ. Jeremy didn't get a job as they were not hiring at the time. After Jeremy left on his mission, I left a sticky note for the office manager and let her know if she did have an opening to call Emily. Last week we got a call and after a quick interview was hired. She is hired as a file clerk but is training as receptionist, insurance handler, etc. as they all rotate to keep them from boredom. We prayed for a job for her and that it would be close. It is about 1 mile away from our home so she can walk since she doesn't have a car yet. They will be flexible with her schedule as well in the fall when she attends TMCC.

Women's Conference

Over the first weekend in May, I took Emily to Women's Conference on sort of a graduation trip. She was very excited to go. She went to some classes on "What to do now that you've graduated." She also went to a class on John Bytheway and Greg Olsen. We had a great time and now she is settling down taking those final exams in her last weeks of school. Way to go, Emily!! After one of the classes, I walked down some stairs next to Mary Ellen Edmunds. We had somewhat of a Lucille Ball style conversation as I was talking to her in my head. You know, " 'Sup M.E.E. Give me five! So tell me where I can find a groovy pair of shoes like those... . " Like she knew who I even was and I silently walked down the stairs elbow to elbow until I think she sensed my "Wow you're a celebrity", vibe and moved cautiously and discreetly behind me until I passed. For one fleeting moment we were as one; two sisters walking in one common cause.... possibly to the bathroom. That was my claim to fame.
After all what was I going to say,
" Hi, Mary You don't know me but I know you."
"Duh!"
"I really like your books!"
"Duh!"

"You know, you pretty funny!"
"Duh!"
It was a little like the real conversation I had with the author, Emily Watts.
DR:"Oh, Hi! My sister really likes your books, and she's read all of them."
EW: "Oh that's nice"
DR: Well, It's not like I don't like your books. I mean I do.
EW: "OH?"
DR: Well I'd buy your book, but my sister has all of them and makes sure I get to read them. (tongue in cheek) "Well, I just had to say Hi for her"
EW: Okay.
( like I really made an impression with her)

Needless to say, my history with mormon celebs are quite lame and I don't make a practice of it. Except, for peering over fences of neighbors with houseguests such as Cheiko Okasaki. I made a point to stand on top of a chair and look over the fence to be able to see her in Linda Blaser's kitchen. Shh... and you thought you knew me.

Done with School

After four grueling weeks of school, I am finished for the semester. I passed my exams and figure I get to look at something other than the computer screen. (except for posting to my blog) I passed Eng with an A and Math with a B. I suppose I have an uphill battle with math in the next couple of years. At any rate, I'm Done, Done, Done!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Getting Prepared

Today is Sunday, April 27. Two days ago Reno had an earthquake. They are common here but 4.7 was the largest we've had in years. It was kind of scary. The computer I was working on kind of jumped. I thought that maybe we had an earthquake. It was confirmed seconds later that we were having an earthquake as the walls and windows started shaking. Todd was off camping on a scouting trip with John. I grabbed Kate who was asleep on the floor to go to the closet under the stairs. Before I could get her it was over. We had an aftershock of 3.4 which we also felt. They have been having lots of these a day, although much smaller. I swear I can still feel them though. Even if it's just a vibration in the floor. If they continue in frequency the seismologists predict we may get a larger quake. If they start tapering off, we may get spared.
At any rate, we spent the whole day Saturday replenishing our 72 hour kits. We still need to fill our water barrels. It was a good warning to be prepared though. It's fun to go the UNR seismology website and see how many actually show up on their map. http://www.seismo.unr.edu/ click on active maps for Nevada/Cal. Then click on real time earthquakes.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The history behind this picture is that the subject in the picture never learned quite how to tell the hair dresser how to cut her hair. She never liked the original hair cut and kept going to "edit" the "do". She obviously never figured it out because the hair line keeps getting shorter and her neck tanner.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Still working hard at creating stuff

Okay, I've tried to add other blogs to my site. Tiffani's is good and Linda's won't launch. So much for keeping in touch with the gang. I also don't know if ya'll even got the e-mail to check the site out.

Missionary moments

This will be my missionary moms spot. I miss Jeremy. I hear a song sometimes that he listened to on the 'puter and I think of him. This will be his first month out in Mexico, 3rd month out in the field. He is 1/8 of the way done with his mission. I don't know how to set that up as a word problem. But, I figure if he's out for two years. We divide three months into 24 ... we get 8 segments of 3 month intervals. You following??? (I'm not either) Anyway, He's been out for 1 of those 8 segments. This, my dears, is why I'm going to school. The english is to figure out a better way to explain it, too.

Jeremy has found out he doesn't like cactus leaves. I don't either. I had yucca once. You guessed it... it was yucka. Anyway, he likes most of the other food and really enjoys the ward. He can't speak too much Spanish so he plays hangman with the kids that are in the families that he teaches. He is in one of the better apartments so he has a hot plate to cook on, a shower, a washer and dryer, and most anything he needs. Some of the areas do not have running water. They have to shower with a bucket. Some don't have washers and dryers. They use the members appliances or mostly hand wash and hang up. Some don't have beds. They sleep in hammocks. Jeremy is very lucky right now. I know it won't always be that way for him.

Kate's sick.

Kate's sick today. Threw up several times. She has been sick much this year.

Saturday I cut her hair. It was down to her butt. Lately while doing her hair for school, I struggled to comb her hair because it was matting. We spent 45 minutes one day doing her hair. I am going to school and don't have time to comb through it for that long. I can't even do my hair for that long. (I'm lying... I take quite a long time. My hair is short now. How could it take so long? It's short. (stay tuned to a picture of Diana with short hair. Will post when I learn how) Anyhow, Saturday I put her hair in a ponytail and cut it off. I think her hair is very cute and will show you a picture when I take one, after she's done being sick, after I learn to post.