Tuesday, April 28, 2009

About Motherhood!

This week my post goes out to all mothers everywhere, including my own-for showing me how to be one. It is to those who tirelessly serve their families and children. There is no other great work more important than that of being a mother. I love being a mother! I love those that stand for this sacred role. I wish more women knew how important they were in this work. I have a friend that can't go to women's conference to fill her cup. We joked that every mother every where as a society should get this week off to go be spiritually filled in a world that tears us down. To end, I continue with this quotation from Julie Beck, General President of the Relief Society:

In the Book of Mormon we read about 2,000 exemplary young men who were exceedingly valiant, courageous, and strong. "Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him" (Alma 53:21). These faithful young men paid tribute to their mothers. They said, "Our mothers knew it" (Alma 56:48). I would suspect that the mothers of Captain Moroni, Mosiah, Mormon, and other great leaders also knew.

The responsibility mothers have today has never required more vigilance. More than at any time in the history of the world, we need mothers who know. Children are being born into a world where they "wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).1 However, mothers need not fear. When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I've got a friend!

I couldn’t help but notice a certain someone that comes to visit my blog nearly everyday. It is such a burst of sunshine to think she cares enough to come check on me each and every day to see if something new has happened in my event less life. So, it is to her I dedicate this rewritten song in her honor. I have even found some music to sing with... although, you may need to restart it when you are ready. Can you guess who she is?

When I’m down and troubled
And I just need a caring friend
And no one, whoa ,no one seems there for me.
Close my eyes and check my blog
And soon she will be there
To brighten .. even my darkest hours.

I just click ... and se-ee your name,
And I know where ever I am
you’ll come blogging, oh yeah baby
To see me again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
All I hafta do is log on,
And you’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I’ve got a friend.

If the mon-i-tor, in front of me
Should seem a black and empty shroud
and I’ve found I’ve finished the last of the ol’ egg-nog
(couldn’t think of anything else)
I keep my head together and check out the in-ter-net.
And soon she will be clicking upon my blog.
I just check out my blog and I know when she’s been there,
she’ll come running- to see me again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
She will always write on my wall
And she’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, aint it good to know that I’ve got a friend?
She’s.. from ...chandler I’m told.
She’ll joke with you... and make dinner for you.
She even likes that pampered chef stuff, dude.
Oh yeah, baby ....da de da da.. da de da da..

I just log... into my blog...I know wherever I am
she’ll come running to see me again.
Oh babe, I sure know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all I got to do is log on.
And, She’ll be there, yes she will.
I’ve got a friend.
I’ve got a friend.
Aint it good to know I’ve got a friend.
Aint it good to know I’ve got a friend.
I’ve got a friend.

I love you, Lucinda!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Treat!

I couldn't think of anything to post... why? because my mind is on finding something to satiate my palate. You'll have to try some your self!


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
a few small shakes of salt from the shaker
1 large mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

This is the most dangerous cake recipe because now you are only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!!

A day late... but pictures to show for it. Believe it or not, we didn't try to match them. All outfits were bought independent of the others. John picked out his tie. I was surprised he picked purple but it looked nice and conveniently matched his sisters!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ode to myself

A friend sent this via e-mail today. It sums up how I feel right now.~~( Exception: I'm "learning" to me my own friend.)

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion.
A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Talking in church!

I was assigned to talk on Easter Sunday in church. I have had our family positioned in the chapel for the last 2.5 years on a certain side of the bench away from the bishoprics radar. Then, Kate had a birthday and got to go get candy from the bishop. She asked me to go with her and it was then and there that they caught me. Needless to say, I'm not happy as I have an 8 page research paper due at nearly the same time.
The topic is on the atonement , but more specifically our need for a savior. I would like anyone that reads this to PLEASE, PLEASE... share an experience that helped them benefit from the atonement OTHER than sin. I don't expect to hear those... but I just don't get sometimes how the atonement is supposed to work for people when they haven't sinned. Anyone???? Help!! This has been a hard subject to work with.

* I need to reclarify myself. When I told my son Jeremy the above sentence, "how is the atonement supposed to work when they haven't sinned" he wrote and told me, "but we all sin". I agree with this. I realize that... However, I am looking more for those that sin against you or have different problems or trials that they don't believe the atonement applies to them.