Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Proud to be Wendy's mom

Tonight I went to the Reed High choir concert.   Wendy did her first solo for a school choir. She sang part of "So it goes" by Billy Joel.  (it is in my playlist to the right).  I am amazed at how she has blossomed and matured.  I was a little stunned at her performance... after all, I hear her all the time singing in the shower and her bedroom.  When she got up to perform, all I could think of was "is that my daughter?".   Guess what?  It was her, however , when it was her turn to sing, my camera wouldn't work.  I didn't get one of her soloing, but got one of the whole "Prima Voce" choir.    My other shots didn't turn out very well and I've promised my friend, Stephanie that I won't take any more cruddy photo shots and stick them on my blog.  (That is her pet peeve for bloggers and I really want to remain friends)  So, to keep my promise, even if it is only in my head... ; p      I am posting a better picture of Wendy at her  spring concert.  
Another special thing  your should know about my daughter, Wendy ( in the far lower right), is her kindness and ability to teach me math.  She spends several hours a week helping me with math problems that look like goobledy- gorp.  She is so patient with me and makes me feel like, (even though I'm very dumb), I can do anything I put my mind too. She has faith in me and knows just the right things to say when I get flustered and frustrated with Algebra.  When I flounder, she tells me to get back on my feet.   Sometimes I wonder why I am the mom and she is the child.   I would be ungrateful if I didn't tell her how much I love her and am proud to be her mom.

Monday, October 12, 2009


 Thanks Leslie, it was worth publishing today:

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?'
Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going badly, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

(While searching for a picture found the following link.. perhaps the e-mail travelled back to this lone blog who previously published the same story.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Distributing rocks

This week I learned that some people carry huge loads down their journey of life and alot of times the burden is not seen by others.   To illustrate... most of us go through life with our little load of problems.  Let's call the load ... a load of rocks.  Sometimes we acquire a big heap o'  rocks.  Other times we only get three little rocks at a time.  On special occasions... we get to distribute a  great big rock... sometimes we get to dump half the load.  This is a good thing because if we are constantly distributing, one person does not carry a load by himself.   Many people have ways of downloading or lightening the load by adjusting what they are carry.   They do this by sharing their load with others.  When their load becomes light, they can then turn and help others by picking up new weight.  However, some people aren't sure with who, or how to distribute their rocks so their load continues to get bigger and bigger.  So, what happens when a load never gets dumped?  It continually grows bigger and bigger until the load spills or is too heavy for one to manage himself.  When that happens, the one carrying the load cannot interact with others without somehow letting their rocks spill into the paths of those they associate with. This is kind of like getting soaked by a cup of chocolate milk that spills onto the floor. You just can't help but get some on ourselves.

Unfortunately, we get annoyed by the people that spill their rocks. This is demonstrated in typical conversation. Sometimes we react to others because they are not as smart, as funny, or just plain get on one's nerves. These are typically the people that always say the wrong thing, are over critical or judgmental, and their negativity just seems to spill right in your lap.   Sometimes you may even wish you could meander down the path of life with your little load of rocks and hope "they" are not there to get in the way. Maybe the next time someone thinks about how annoyed they are by someone's comments or personality, they might just stop to help see what rocks they can carry for them.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

10 things to make me smile about ( and only today... it could change tomorrow)

I stole this post from my cousin...but whose looking?  I just thought it was a good way to find a little katannuta and laughter in my life. 

 1.  John gave me a great laugh~ ~ ~  I posted a sign on the mailbox for all the mean kids from middle school that throw trash in our mailbox on the way home from school.  The sign reads, "think again!  you are on candid camera".  John went out to get the mail, saw the sign and flipped out... why?  because he went out with a pair of shorts that had a 3 inch gaping hole in them.  He was worried the neighbors posted it and were taking pictures of his bottom.

 2.   I was able to meet my homework goals.  (sort of...

3.  but I'm going to General Conference with Mr. Todd anyway.)

4.  glad to not have any food storage firesides to prepare.

5.  passed my last psychology quiz at 100 percent.

6.  passed my last math assessments... which is a huge deal.

7.  Emily cleaned the entire downstairs.  

8.  excited to hear conference talks this weekend.

9.  Got a hair cut... even if it wasn't what I wanted.  ( caution- the hair dressers hair style is probably the cut you will get.  Watch out for the pink highlight ladies)

10.  Today was a pretty good day and I'll take as many as I can get.