Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Safe Travels

Just returned from a trip to Salt lake; bad weather conditions both coming and going.

So, I'm very grateful we returned home safely.

Thank you, Heavenly Father.

Monday, December 29, 2014


We hear on a daily basis about health struggles for our friends and family.

We have some MINOR complaints, but, in general, we are doing well.

And, I am VERY VERY grateful.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wonderful, Generous Children

I cannot even believe what they did for us for Christmas...

It cost them a BUNDLE.

I'm not sure we deserve it.

But, they did it.

And, I am beyond grateful.

Saturday, December 27, 2014


74 years ago on this very day,

Robert Allen Hackworth was born.

And, I am thankful.
Allen on Christmas Day 2014 with ONE of his new down riggers; he thinks this is the best present ever!  Ha Ha.
Oh, he does LOVE fishing!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Our Home

Putting away the Christmas "stuff."

As I do so, I am reminded how much I love our lovely home.

Oh, yes, I am grateful.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


The neighbors have been showering us with delectable treats...

Not so good for the weight/diet,

but oh, so good for the SOUL.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, December 22, 2014


I've got a very bad kink in my neck, down my left shoulder blade...

i can't turn my neck very well.

It's even extending down my arm.

It's painful.

And, it reminds me how grateful I am to have good health.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


I say this quite frequently.

Because I realize over and over again what a great blessing it is to have a

steady stream of money.  It's not a lot, but it's ENOUGH!

And, I am always grateful.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

This Day

Mornings offer many opportunities.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, December 19, 2014

What the DICKENS?

I'm listening to


by Charles Dickens...

that man can write.

This book is powerful, profound, and inspiring.

Oh yes, I am grateful.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


"Wow, there's a rock in my pizza," I told Allen while we ate in a little restaurant in Gila Bend AZ.  "How did that get there?"

"It's probably a tooth," he said.

Well, it turns out, he was right.

It was a tooth alright.  And, it needed fixing.

So, I made an appointment and went to the dentist to get it fixed.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Safe Travels

It's fun to go!

And, it's wonderful to return.

I love walking in our lovely home, so tonight,

I'm thankful for our safety.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


It's a great blessing to have sons.

To see them grown, being productive, good fathers, good men.

And, I don't take that lightly.

I am very grateful.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Rain in Southern California

It's raining here in San Diego;

It is desperately needed.

Last week when we went to get something to eat at a fast food chain, there was a sign saying because of the drought in California, they were no longer adding tomatoes to every order.

Now, I'm okay with not having a tomato on a taco, but I am concerned with the farmers/ranchers who are all trying to make a living in a terrible drought.

So, rain is a very good thing here where we are visiting.

And, I am grateful!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Being Humbled

Yesterday I was feeling so very grateful...which I am.

But, we got humbled last night over a family situation.

It reminds me how badly I need the help of the Lord,

In every aspect of my life.

I need to rely heavily on him.

And, I'm grateful I realize and know that.

I'm grateful I can turn to him in Prayer and Pleading.

And, knowing that HE will send His peace and comfort.

I am grateful.

Monday, December 8, 2014

An Abundance of Blessings

I'm feeling very grateful today for many blessings.

I'm not sure why I have so many blessings, while others are suffering.

But, I feel very grateful.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


There are Givers and Takers in the world.

I love to be around the GIVERS.

Helpful, good..

Actually, more than helpful.

But, EAGER to help.

Like James Ure and Daniel Purcell who just helped with a problem...I wanted to download a video to use in Primary.

Man, they both helped and were awesome.

I'm grateful.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

People Who Serve

Yesterday I rang the bell for the Salvation Army.

For only two hours.

But, it reminded me of all the good people who serve day in and day out to help make a community stronger.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Our Home

It looks all festive in the great room;

there are a few modest decorations outside.

And, I love the cozy feel.

I'm very grateful.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Food and the Ease With Which We Get It

Food is not an issue for us.

We have plenty and to spare.

We go to the grocer's and buy it pre-cooked, pre-packaged, pre- everything.

Or I can cook from scratch, but I still have spices at my disposal and haven't had to make those on my own.

I'm spoiled.

And beyond that, I am grateful.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

RAH's Help in the Kitchen

He didn't always help,

but he does 95% of the dishes now.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thankful People

Some people are just thankful people.

So, when they acknowledge something we have done or given, I appreciate it.

And, that makes me grateful.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Good Talks in Church

Truly, they are quite rare.

So, when I hear one, I want to shout out.

Hearing a really good inspiring talk in church makes me grateful!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sundays When I DON'T Teach Primary

That doesn't sound very good, I know,

but it's true.

I like to just go and relax and just go to the meetings.

And, I'm grateful I can do that today.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Beautiful Saturday

Lots to do...


I'm very grateful on this gorgeous Saturday morning.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Good Neighbors

Bill and Barbara and Kathy had us over for Thanksgiving Dinner;

That was so sweet of them

The food was delicious.

And, I'm grateful for good neighbros.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Our Grandchildren Arriving Safely...

in New Mexico;

it will be a quick trip.

But, they wanted to surprise Brent and Jenni.

So, they drove all day on Wednesday

And, arrived safely last night.

I am grateful.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I am so glad that I can see.

What a great blessing.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Legs That Work

Yesterday in a store, the clerk had a hard time getting up from showing us something on a bottom shelf;

 "My knee," he said.  "I just had knee surgery.  It's the 4th one."

I just can't imagine having to have surgery 4 times on the same knee.

Man, I am so thankful that I have the sue of my legs so far.

Oh, I am grateful.

Monday, November 24, 2014


Over the years, I have needed this so much.

I'm 70 now, and still need it.

So, of course, I'm grateful.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Having Janessa live with us

It's a great blessing to have her around.

I'm sure it's very hard for her...

But, it's fun for us.

And, I'm grateful.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Heat and Warmth

I'm so grateful for a heater.

I do not like being cold.

So, when it is warm, I like that.

And, I'm always grateful to have a heater in the car and our home.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sunny Days

I just LOVE


And, here in SG, we get it a lot.

Right now, it's cold, crisp, but so sunny and.....

Oh, yes, I am grateful!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aspirin/Mild Painkillers

I get headaches sometimes.

And when I do, I often just take an aspirin.

It makes me wonder about the pioneers as they struggled across the plains....

What did they do for a toothache, stomach, heartache?

Well, okay pain killers don't do much for heartaches,


when I need one, I'm very grateful!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Living in SG





Living in SG, I only have to contend with one of those, and even that is not as bad as in other areas of this great frozen country.

I am so grateful we moved here.

Oh, yes, I am grateful!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Day With NO Obligations, No Plans

It rarely happens, but when it does...

like today.

I am beyond grateful.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Recurring theme.

And, I am definitely grateful.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I can't say this often enough, but I am beyond grateful to live in this great country.

Reading about other times and places always reminds me of the great blessing I have to be born in this free country.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

From Miles - NUTS

This is a little surprising for Miles to say, NUTS...

He's all about CANDY and SWEETS and COOKIES and SODA.

But, he's right about one thing.

Nuts are a good thing to be grateful for;

And, I am.

I love:





So, yes, I am thankful for nuts!

Friday, November 14, 2014

From Eli - Home & Family

Oh, such good things to be thankful for.

I love our home.

My brothers recently visited; they each said how lovely our home is.  I'm always happy here.

And, family.

Well, that's so incredible...I have the best family from my ancestors to my descendants.

I feel so blessed.

Oh, yes, I am grateful.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From Miles - Television

We have a couple of favorite programs.

One of them is Shark Tank...

We also watch the news...

And, conference, of course.

So, oh yes, I'm grateful for a television.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From Eli


I have an awesome computer; it was my Christmas present a year ago, so I've had it for nearly a year.

The screen is big.

I like that.

And, I am grateful.

From Miles

I am thankful for plants....

I was thinking of their beauty value.

Miles reminded me of their value to our health; without plants we would have no oxygen and would die.

So, oh yes, I am thankful.

Monday, November 10, 2014

From Eli

I'm thankful for my thankful journal.

It's fun to look back and see what I am grateful for.

And, I am very grateful for my thankful journal.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Brothers

I don't know how I got so lucky, blessed, fortunate, whatever.

But, I am so grateful for my three brothers:




They are outstanding role models in every way, and I am beyond grateful.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


What a great blessing to be able to see.

Oh, yes, I am grateful.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Heated Seats

I first heard about a car having heated seats when I was just out of high school.

It seemed like an impossible luxury to me.

My parents never had heated seats.

I wish they had been able to have them.

Heated seats are the BEST in cold weather.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Clean Windows

Oh, yes, they get dirty so fast...

But, when they are clean,

I love them.

And, I'm grateful.

Sunday, November 2, 2014


It doesn't happen a lot in this little corner of the world;

but when it does, I'm glad.

The desert always needs moisture.

SO, I am grateful.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Having Janessa Live With Us...

It's a great blessing for us to have her here...

She scared some little kids last night; one little kid turned and ran away when she answered the door. It was fun!  Hey, even like this, she looks beautiful!

Okay, I said, help me organize the silverware drawer....boy, did she ever whip that into shape!
Allen HATES getting hair cuts (time and money).  I HATE giving him haircuts (I'm bad at it.)
So, here's Janessa on a Saturday morning...oh, yeah, she did it right!

It's easy to see why we are so grateful.

Friday, October 31, 2014


I just read about an entire family that died; apparently the parents poisoned each child and then drank poison themselves.

They were plagued by continuing financial problems.

We are not rich...sometimes I'd like more.

But, we have what we need.

And, I am grateful....

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Sunshine

It happens almost EVERY day.

And, I LOVE it.

I'm so very grateful for the sunshine....bring it on.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


It is a recurring theme.

But, today as I walked by the pills aisle in the grocery store, I was reminded of what a break blessing health is.

And, I'm so grateful for my situation at this moment in time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Missionary Grandsons

They are working so hard;

Trying to be so obedient.

They are committed to the Gospel of Christ.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Atonement

Yesterday during the Sacrament portion of church, I really pondered and reflected and repented.

Sometimes, I'm so foolish and so dumb.

And, it makes me so grateful that I can repent.

Oh, yes, I am grateful.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Primary Class

Oh, it's a challenge.

And with six of them, they are a handful.

But, individually, they are priceless beyond words.

I can truly say that I love them ALL:







Smart, cute, talkative, and DEEEEE-lightful.

What a blessing,

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A New Day....

Clean, fresh, pure.

A new start.

A day to try to:

do something for someone,

be kind,

be happy,


Oh, yes, I am so grateful for a new day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Grocery Store

I can't imagine cooking everything from scratch.

I had some unique ingredients to add to a new recipe, and it was so great to just go and get what I need.

Oh, I am so grateful.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Going to the Temple

When I'm in town, I try to do it every other week.

Usually I do initiatory, but this time I did a session with Vonnie Andrews.

It was good to hear the covenants we make.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I am so grateful that we have water in this desert.

So far, we have not run out....

It is a great blessing to have fresh water.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Air Conditioning

Yesterday we went on a hike;

it was


When we arrived at the car, I was so very thankful for AIR CONDITIONING.

Then we came home to an air conditioned home.

Oh, I am grateful for that wonderful invention of air conditioning.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Jeremy called; fun to talk with him...

Jenni called this morning, fun to catch up with her.

Later this week, I will talk to Amy and Justin.

I'm just thankful for the wonderful invention of the PHONE..

Sunday, October 19, 2014


with the promise of a new day....

whether Sunday or any day....

I love the feelings in the morning of...

an entire day to do....

I am grateful.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Rexburg didn't always have sunny days,

But, St George has many sunny days.

And, oh, I am so grateful!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Windows in My Home

Sometimes I sit in this office and it's great to look outside.

Front yard on October 17, 2014

I don't have a spectacular view, but right now I see trees, flowers, sunshine....

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Conference Talks and Technology

Today I exercised at Planet Fitness...

Nothing unusual about that.

But, I also listened to 3 conference talks...

All three were helpful and inspiring and what I needed to hear.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I'm so grateful for food.

I'm trying to eat less.

And, I often go to bed hungry.

BUT, I have access to a wide variety of foods.

And, I am so grateful.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I'm so grateful that I can see.

It is such a blessing.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Monday...

That means I get to try again to get things accomplished.

I love the start of a brand new week.

Oh, yes, I am grateful!

Friday, October 10, 2014


Janessa is moving in.

STUFF has to move out to make room for her.

And, I'm grateful that we are actually getting rid of some stuff.

It's hard, but it's okay.

Less is better.

And, I'm learning that out of sorrow, some good things can come.

I'm grateful to reflect and realize that.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I love popcorn as a snake.

And, I am grateful to have it on occasion.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Man, I just learned that another friend has serious spine and back problems...

She said she is bent over double.


She's headed for surgery.

I'm so thankful for my health at this point in my life.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This Time of Year

We don't get the fall colors like some places in America and the world,

But what we get instead is:


And, I am grateful.

Monday, October 6, 2014


......which remind me I need to be thankful in all circumstances.

And, that is not always easy.

No indeed.

SO, today, I will be grateful that - though my heart is aching -

we are all in good health.

And, I'm grateful.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Beautiful Day for Conference

Oh, yes,

It's beautiful today.

What words of inspiration will we hear today?

Whatever they are, I will be grateful!

Friday, October 3, 2014


Big fight.


I like it when we get along.

I hate disagreements;

I'm passionate; so is he.

So, I'm grateful when we are in agreement.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Just learned a very dear friend has breast cancer;

It was a stunning blow.

Oh, I feel so grateful for good health right now.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Good Friends

We may not see each other a lot.

But, we still connect whenever we see one another.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I have good teeth; at least they aren't falling out, unhealthy, etc.

I'm unhappy how they look, but they work.

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Primary Class

They are so adorable,

But I love them.

And, I'm grateful.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wide Variety of People

We work with two other couples in one of our church callings:

They are so interesting, fun, unique, different than us.

And, I love that.

Hooray for the differences in people.

I am grateful.

Friday, September 26, 2014


I've never really been much of a water drinker.

But, now, I'm trying to drink much more.

And, I'm grateful it's so readily available.

And good.

I'm grateful!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


It's hard for me to get up off the floor,

but, I'm grateful I can get up at all!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Bread Mixer and Wheat Grinder

I have had it for 12 years.

I bought one after Linda Ricks gave me a loaf of her bread....

I had to be able to make bread like that!

It was light, airy, delicious, healthy,

and ever so tasty.

So, since that day 12 years ago,

I've been baking bread.

And, I'm so grateful for the tools to make it so tasty.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A New Day!

I get to have 24 more hours:

to exercise,

to eat,

to work on family history,

to run errands,




And, I am grateful.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Every night I go to bed hungry.

Not because I don't have food, but because I'm trying very hard to not eat after 7 p.m.

So, I eat a small dinner, then nothing else after.

And, I get hungry.

But, IF I wanted,

I have plenty of food available to eat.

And, I am so very grateful.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Good Husband

He's good to me.

Good for me.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, September 19, 2014


What a great blessing to be able to


And, I am grateful.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Little Girls

They stop by most nights on their way home from school.

And, now, they've started stopping by in the mornings.

Hannah Shakespeare; Abby Heineken

Oh, they'll stop coming soon enough.

But, for now, I like seeing them.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Good Entertainment

We went to see


at Tuacahn last night.

Okay. it was amazing; the music, the sets, the dancing, the FUN.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I have been blessed with a wonderful family.

Both close and extended relatives.

This is Rachel, who just moved to St George; she is my first cousin's daughter.  We had lunch together and she has a cooking blog.  Today, I am making one of her recipes....She's beautiful, talented, good, fun, and I'm blessed to be related!

When I read or hear about some people's families, I am just astounded at how blessed I was and am.

I am so very grateful.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Free Day

Sometimes I'm so busy...

I'm glad when I have a day to just do ordinary things.

And, I am grateful!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Allen's Pension

I say it often;

But, I am so grateful Allen has a pension.

Many companies are not offering pensions any more.

But, I feel certain that - through the church - ours will continue.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Incredible World!

Today while driving to do some shopping, I looked at the sky!

I was awestruck:

the clouds,

the blue....

Amazed, inspired and intrigued me.

I couldn't remember seeing anything quite like it before.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Allen is Home!

And all is right with the world.

I am grateful.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Hands

While putting on some make-up today,

I was overcome with the feelings of gratitude that I have two hands that work....

Every day.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Little Corner of the World

...which is my office; I love working in this bright, cheery room.

I am grateful1

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

50 Years of Marriage

We've had ups and downs;

But we're still together.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Good Writers

I love a good book!

I am listening to the Scarlet Pimpernel.

And, it's just exciting, and a page turner.

I'm grateful for writers who keep me interested.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Answers to Prayers

Double Sunday.

Recently, I realized that Heavenly Father has been so good to me;

He answered two very significant prayers.....

And, I am so grateful.

1.  Job for Brent.

2.  Good guy for Kristi; one who is her equal.

Oh, I am so thankful.

Food and Water

It's Fast Sunday...

I'm hungry and thirsty.

It always reminds me that I can, at any time, just head to the kitchen for food....

unlike many people in the world.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Many Hours a Bishopric Puts Into Their Callings

I cannot even begin to imagine how much time the Bishop spends on his church calling.

But, I know that I am grateful.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Sometimes I'm so busy that it is beyond frustrating.

So, I'm always glad when I have some


I'm grateful.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

On-Line Banking

I've been reading in my journal a little bit and what I have learned is that I could never keep my banking accounts straight.

But, now, I'm vigilant, and am quite aware of our finances.  Because I can look online on a regular basis.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Weddings are usually such joyous events.

It's so fun for families to get together.

And, I am grateful for the two we just had; both were wonderful and great reminders of the value of family!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My In Law Family

Boy, there are a lot of weird, screwed-up people in the world; thankfully my inlaws were normal, good, marvelous people.  Allen's brother and sisters are wonderful, kind, and good.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, August 29, 2014


I enjoy listening to music.

I am grateful.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seeing Allen Enjoy Himself

Allen has had such a great time fishing this summer;

He loves catching the Kokanee.

He's like a child at Christmas.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Relief Society Wherever I May Be!

Last night:

Relief Society dinner and lesson.

It was so wonderful to get acquainted with some of the marvelous sisters.

What a soul-satisfying program.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Allen's Job Over Many Years

I am so grateful to have an income.

It's modest,

But adequate for what we NEED.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Safe Arrivals For All My Family

Lots of family events;

Lots of travel.

So, I am grateful when everyone arrives home safely!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

From Miles....BARK ( not a dog's, but the candy kind!)

So, I asked Miles what I should be thankful for...

He said, BARK...

Which we are making for Kristi's wedding.

LOTS and LOTS of it.

So, Miles is thankful.

Me, I'm thankful I could help Kristi, so I'm grateful too.

Friday, August 22, 2014

People Who Help

Brenda is doing so much for this wedding.

It inspires me.

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Having Things To Do

Many times I am frustrated by having many things to do;

Run errands:

dollar store,
grocery store,
gas station,
hair cut,
church work,
etc., etc., etc.

But, on the other hand,

It is good to have things to do.

And, I am very grateful that life is still busy for me.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not Being Born a Slave

Reading opens my eyes to the horrors in the world...

Past and Present.

 I am so grateful to have been born FREE...

And, in America1

Monday, August 18, 2014

Family Gatherings

I love it when our family gets together;

we have such a great time.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Today, I got my hair highlighted.

I got acrylic nails.

I bought a few things.

And, I'm so grateful to have money to do these things.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


I have read (or listened to) three books

about people enslaved.

It makes me so incredibly grateful that I was blessed to be born in America.

Oh, I am beyond grateful for that marvelous blessing!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Being Debt Free

What a great blessing to not have any debt at this point in our lives;

And, I am very grateful!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Optimistic Attitude on Sunday

Ha Ha....

Every Sunday, I am optimistic about my Primary class.

I envision the little darlings behaving.

I envision them loving and enjoying the lesson.

Oh, yes, I envision them as little darlings.

But, it NEVER happens the way I envision.

So, I'm grateful I start off each Sunday with positive thinking.

Because by Sunday afternoon, I've sunk to new lows!

Ha Ha.

Friday, August 8, 2014

LIFE as It Is Today!

Things will be changing soon.


I am grateful for how it has's been very wonderful.

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Clean Air

Today I smelled a smell I have not smelled in over four years.

It's a smell that we smelled very often during our year in China...

SEWER smell and it was awful.  Every time we walked down the street, that STENCH permeated the air; it was ubiquitous in all of the areas we visited and lived.

So, catching a whiff of it today as I walked across a parking lot as I looked around and up into the clear blue sky, I realized I had never given thanks for:


And, I am so very grateful!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Janessa Behunin

She is my granddaughter.

And, she is a good friend.

I am grateful.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SO Many Things

Today as I sat in the temple,

I was overwhelmed with


for my life right now.

I am beyond grateful!

Monday, August 4, 2014


I said I wasn't going to do it,

But, I am....

That is, reading a book about life in a 3rd world country during a war.

BUT, the thing is,

It totally reminds me how blessed I AM!

And, I am grateful!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stephanie and Gardner Gee

They are so very dear and thoughtful.

And, I am grateful for all they do for us!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Church Callings

I have two church callings;

I like them both...

Sunbeam teacher  and

Stake Baptism Coordinator with two other couples and with Allen.

I'm grateful to be able to serve!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Jenni and Brent

Happy Birthday to J & B today!

I am grateful for them!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

People Who Have Come Into My Life

Today a friend mentioned how people have helped her with her teenagers....

And, how grateful she was.

I'm grateful for the people who have come into my life.....

There have been many and they each were there at specific times when I needed them.

Oh, how I am grateful!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Safe Journey Home

It's always great to get home.

And, I am grateful for our safety!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

So Many Things

I'm grateful for:

Good, Noble Parents,

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Beautiful World!

Heavenly Father created such beauty.

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Church - Wherever We Are!

I love going to church all over the world; all over America...

It's just the same, yet different.

But, it's wonderful to meet with the Saints.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Allen's Happiness Today

He caught a big one.

And, he was so excited.

Which made me very grateful indeed.

He sees the fish as a Gift from God.

I am grateful for his happiness!
All I can say was that he was very excited!

Friday, July 25, 2014


Some of the people our age suffer with health issues.

We have a few.

But, they don't keep us from having a good time and from traveling.

And, I am very grateful!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Sometimes there are a few dangers around.

And, I'm always grateful we are safe.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Going to the Temple in Various Cities

Today, we went to the temple in Vernal, Utah.

I am thankful for the promises and to hear them again.  I so appreciate the early Saints and all they did to build the early temples; I can't imagine the sacrifices and challenges.  I thank them.

It's wonderful to think that we can go back over and over to re-comit ourselves.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Spending Time with Allen

We went fishing today...

We caught three salmon....

It was fun....

And, I am grateful!
Stepping out of my comfort zone!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Seeing Happy People

Allen always reminds me of how fun it is to see people having a good time.

I agree.

I love it when people can enjoy life and when things are going well for them.

It makes me grateful to see people having fun!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Terrible things are happening in the world...

I'm reading a book about an horrific situation in Kosovo....

And, it all makes me so grateful for the blessing of living in America.

I am beyond grateful.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Safe Travels

Whenever we arrive safely somewhere,

I am always grateful.

Safe Travels

Whenever we arrive safely somewhere,

I am always grateful.

Monday, July 14, 2014


I don't know why....

But, we have been spending money lately;

On summer trips, fishing trips, gas, major purchases, etc.

And, I'm just grateful that are not in debt and that we have some money....

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quiet, Peaceful, Relaxing Mornings

Normally, I would be at church.

But, for a variety of reasons, we didn't go.

So, it's a slow, peaceful Sabbath morning.

And, I'm grateful for this time.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pink Fingernails

Ha ha!  I don't often get my fingernails painted.

But, a couple of days ago, Janessa painted them hot pink.

And, I LOVE them!

I'm grateful for nails and the fancy pink color.

Friday, July 11, 2014

So Many Things

...our little camper to keep us dry and out of the rain.

A car...






I am thankful.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Janessa - The Good Sport

Here we are in the midst of smalltown, USA.

Just a few miles from Flaming Gorge, Utah/Wyoming.

Not much to do; fish, eat, and play Yahtzee.

But, Janessa is game for it all; no complaints; just willing to go along with whatever.

Okay, she's wonderful.

And, both Allen and I are grateful.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Soon we will leave for three weeks.

I will miss our lovely home and its comfortable surroundings.

I love being is always comforting to me.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


I love the 4th of July.

And the reminder of how great America is!

I am so very grateful!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


What a blessing,

And, I am grateful!

Monday, June 30, 2014

A New Day

I love mornings;

so much promise.

So much to do,

A few hours to do it.

I'm grateful for mornings.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lights - by Lucy

I've watching some Dickens' movies;  their rooms are dark, they see by candle light and it's always dark in their homes.

and I realize that LIGHTS are such a blessing.....

I am very grateful.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gospel Teachings

As I get older, I realize how marvelous the Gospel teachings are.

And, I am very grateful.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Beauties of the Earth

So much beauty created by a loving Father in Heaven.

And, I am grateful!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Home

I love our home.

I am grateful!

Monday, June 23, 2014

A New Week

Unlike working people,

I LOVE Monday mornings....

the promise of an entire week to

Get Things Done!

And, I am Grateful!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Music of the Tabernacle Choir

Allen turned on some Mormon Tabernacle Choir music through the television this morning.

It's such a beautiful way to start the day.

And I am grateful.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Blue Skies

Rexburg was often overcast, cloudy, gloomy...

But St George has blue skies MOST of the time.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Healthy Food

So many people do not have access to food that is good for a person.

But, while we didn't grow a garden this year, so we don't have food from a garden,

we do have plenty of good food that is available year round.

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Donna called today; it was so fun to talk with her....

She and Bill are on a mission in Virginia.

So, we don't get to talk very often.

I love Allen's family.

And, I love mine.

Yes, I'm grateful for family!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Sometimes I get bad news at night;

it overpowers me and puts me in a funk.

I mope and grope for reasons, answers, etc.

But, then Morning comes

And, MOST of the time...

I can see more clearly...

I have a fresher perspective.

Mornings are a very fresh start -

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I don't really like to exercise,

BUT, I'm glad I can.

I can move, walk, use my arms...

And, it makes me grateful.

Monday, June 16, 2014


B got a job...

K got a job.

And, I am beyond grateful!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Living in St George

I love St George....

Sure, it's VERY HOT in the summers.  I do not like that.

But, I can stay inside; turn up the AC, and be fine.

It's small enough, big enough, LDS enough,

In fact, it's just perfect for me!

And, I am grateful!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Answers to Prayers


I believe in prayers.

And, I'm so grateful for answers.

They may take a long time.

But, what a blessing to have prayers answered.

I am grateful!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good News on the Horizon

It's an answer to many, many prayers.

It's an answer to many fasting sessions.

And, I am beyond grateful!

Thank you, dear Heavenly Father!

Thursday, June 12, 2014


I have such a great family...

Allen has such a great family.

And, I am very grateful!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fresh Fruit Off the Trees

Apricots right off the branches.


I am grateful!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Air Conditioning!

I was gone.

When I came home,

the AC didn't work.

It's broken, which makes me realize how wonderful air conditioning is!

And, I am grateful!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Safe Travels

Once again, I went on a trip.

Once again, I'm safely.

And, I am grateful!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Daughters and Granddaughter

I'm off on another adventure!

I have the best daughters in the world and a wonderful married granddaughter.

Oh, yes, I am very grateful.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Allen is gone.

8 hours away.

But, we still talk and read our scriptures every night.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


I just learned of the death of a dear colleague of mine; Bonnie Thomasen.

She was a remarkable and marvelous person.

And, she was only 67.

She will be missed.

And, it makes me realize how precious life is.

I am grateful for LIFE.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Crazy, Lazy Days

I have been totally unproductive today...

I don't like days like this; I feel very very guilty.

But, I am thankful for days like this especially with a resolve to do better tomorrow!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Safe Travels!

Gone again...

Home again.

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Just returned from the eye eyesight is getting worse,

BUT, I am glad it still works at all.

Oh, yes, I am grateful!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Not Being Addicted to...

drugs, tobacco, or alcohol.

Oh, I have my addictions.

But, I'm not addicted to those three which destroy lives, finances, and families.

And, I am thankful.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I complain a lot about exercising.

But, I'm very grateful I can do it.

I can still walk, move my body...I am mobile.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day... remember all the men and women who have served so valiantly.

I am very grateful for them all!

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Beautiful Sundays...

Meeting with the Saints.

I am thankful.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Same Old Theme

I am so very grateful for my computer set-up: I love this Mac.

And, I'm thankful.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Many Things

reliable car,


neighbors; Bill & Barbara,




lovely home,









and so much more.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, I am grateful.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A LONG and SAFE Trip!

We arrived safely last night.

And, I'm so grateful for our safety!

Thank you, Heavenly Father!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Lovely Oregon Home

It has been a most pleasant stay.

The home is perfect and lovely.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Speedy Internet...

...which I don't have here.  It is beyond frustrating at this home....the owner and wife obviously do not use the internet much; they would never put up with this snail's pace.....

So, it makes me appreciate what we have at home in St George.

Oh, yes, I am grateful for fast internet.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ability to Travel

(Holy smokes, I missed a few days!  That is not like me, dang nab it!)

We are enjoying our stay in the Rogue River Valley of Oregon; it's lush, green, peaceful, lovely.

It's a veritable haven for growers of fruits.

I love the green, greener, greenest.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sleep, Glorious Sleep

Long day in the car, so it felt good to just sleep.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Church All Over the World

We have been to church in many places.

And, no matter where we go, it's the same.

Same music, same feel in the chapel, same order of meetings, same, same, same.

And, what that means is I always feel comfortable.

I like that.

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Allen's Wilingness to Cook and Clean

He does ALL the dishes.

He cooks a lot of the meals.

And, I am very very grateful.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Potato Chips

I know, I know; that's not the kind of stuff to be thankful for.

But, I am.

Because I'm a potato chip lover.

So, to whomever invented them...


I am grateful.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Oregon Scenery

Yesterday we drove to one of Oregon's largest lakes; the drive was just spectacular!

And gorgeous!

And green.

Did I mention stunning?!??!

What a world Heavenly Father created.

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Doctor Daughter

Man, she's such a good one...that Jenni.

I'm so incredibly grateful for her.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

the Atonement

I need it in my life.

I need to understand how to more fully use it in my life.

I want to go to heaven.

So, I better make use of this powerful gift.

But, I am grateful.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


2% of people feed 100% of the world.


It's such hard work, long hours,little play, mother nature rarely cooperates.

BUT, what would I do without spinach for my smoothie, butter for my toast, grain for the bread?

I appreciate farmers,


I am grateful.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Safe Travels

Long, long day of travel.

Over many many miles.

But, we

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, May 4, 2014


To try to heal.  

And forget.  

Time is a good thing. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

My Son - Jeremy

He is such a neat guy; witty, intelligent, modest about his achievements, good dad, good son;

I'm very grateful.

Friday, May 2, 2014


We are visiting Coronado Island; it is so beautiful.

And, I can see all the lovely incredible sights;

Standing by the side of Hotel Del Coronado; they have an herb garden...

I am very grateful.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

From Kaelyn

Fan covers so we don't get harmed when by a fan...

Who would have thunk it?  Ha Ha

I guess I am thankful for fan covers also.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

An Income

Last day of the month....

Paycheck time...

But, there are also three other paydays.

And, I am over-the-top grateful.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

God's Amazing Creations

Seaworld Time.

And a reminder that God created the most amazing, incredible creatures...of so many infinite varities. 

It takes ones breath away....


And, I am grateful.

Monday, April 28, 2014


This is from Kaelyn.

I love food; I enjoy food.

I'm appreciative of the abundance of food available to us in America.

Food is so essential to our lives....

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Sayre suggested LIFE...and

I feel thanful this morning.

There are many challenges, but there are many things to appreciate.
I am grateful.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jordan's Safety

Jordan ran into a deer; his car got smashed in.

But, he's okay.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Safety on Our Travels

We've traveled quite a bit over the years...

So far, we haven't had any serious mishaps.  And, I am grateful!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Good Food

We don't always eat very regularly when we travel, so it reminds me how significant food is.

I enjoy good food...

And when I get it, I am grateful!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Adventures on the Horizon

Time to travel...

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Neighbors, Bill and Barbara

..they are so thoughtful,



and so very good to us.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gorgeous Sunny Days

Such incredible weather.

So gorgeous outside.

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Morn...

...and all that implies.

The Resurrection,

The Atonement,


Eternal Life,

The Plan of Salvation,



I am grateful.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Friday night...

Brigham Playhouse.

Lots of LAUGHS.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, April 18, 2014

This Time of Year...

Flowers blooming,

Trees greening up,

Birds Singing,

Green grass growing,

Bees buzzing,

What's not to love?

And, I am thankful.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Clean Windows

Big party at our home.

Time to clean the windows.

They are looking good.

I love looking out through clean windows; makes me happy.

I'm grateful for big windows that are CLEAN.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Women in Our Ward

Such good, good, good women.




Committed to God,

Oh, they are inspiring.  It is humbling.

And, I'm grateful.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lovely Weather

I LOVE spring!

And, I'm always glad when it is good weather; makes me happy.

So, I am grateful.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Indoor plumbing

I know, I know; outhouses (at least in America), are long a thing of the past.

I know that.

And, I also know that I normally don't have to get up in the night to take a bathroom break.

But, this morning at 2:30, as I was awakened by that strong pull of the bladder wanting to be emptied, I thought about what if I had had an outhouse.  Terrible!  I would have hated that!

And, it made me so appreciative of that little room right next door to the bedroom.

I am so very grateful.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friends From the Church

Let's have a party!

I don't think I would have gone, but it WAS at our home, so I showed up; glad I did;

such good, good, good people.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Concert in the Tabernacle....

Heaven in the Tabernacle...

Spirits soaring in the Tabernacle.....

Music my father introduced me to in the Tabernacle....


a fantastic night.

Oh, the ability to hear -

I am grateful.

Friday, April 11, 2014

So Many Things



Home-made Toast,

Children's laughter,





Friendly People,


Kind People,



Comfortable Shoes,


Oh, my I'm stopping here, but it doesn't mean I'm stopping with the just goes on and on.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Room With a Desk

My office is such a pleasant place;

it's got a place for everything....

HA...everything may not be in its place, but there's IS plenty of space for:

office supplies, computer, paper, family history stuff, etc.

Oh, yes, I do like this office.  Sometimes I think about my mother paying the bills, writing letters; she really didn't have a place to do it very well...makes me feel sad for her.

Because a handy office is such a great blessing.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Plethora of Friends and Family

My goodness; what a great blessing;

to have so many good friends and family.

I am overwhelmed, humbled and grateful.

Thank you, dear Heavenly Father...

I am grateful.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Recurring theme....

Allen just learned about his first girlfriend; she is recovering from a wretched, wretched ailment.

While reading about it and her, I was so overcome with gratitude for good health; vision, mobility, hearing, ability to serve, get around, drive, and everything that goes with being healthy.

And, I am beyond grateful.

Monday, April 7, 2014


When Jenni and Brent moved, it just tore me up; still does.

Oh, how I miss them.

But, at least Janessa and Jared are here.

And, I am grateful.

Every six months, it's time to get my toenails painted red.  Thanks, Janessa.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Extended Family

My brother's family came for a short while; it went too quickly, but for a brief moment, here's what it looked like; (except that we didn't get a picture of Becca and Christopher who are likely going to get married in the summer...)
These are Gardner's three kids; Nathaniel's four children, plus an exchange student from the Ukraine, and Natasha's 3 boys.  All so gentle and good and fun.  Look at those cousins in their twin jammies; now that is just CUTE!

Five of the seven Gee siblings were at our home this morning.  I wish Becca and her boyfriend could have gotten in the picture.  They came over later, so by then the cameras were put away, conference had started and the party was over.
I have such marvelous nieces and nephews;

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Ha!  It was down this morning.

And, that was distressing.

I really use the internet A LOT.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, April 4, 2014


It's an oft-recurring theme in my head.

But, I am so grateful for MUSIC.

And, that I can HEAR it.

Oh, it is a beauteous thing to be able to listen and to hear music.

I am grateful.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


I don't really like going over in the early mornings;

But, I guess it's good for me.

And, I CAN do it right now.

I can move my arms and legs.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Good Weather

It was a challenging winter for most of America...

It was pretty cold here in lovely SG.

But, MOST of the time, it's beautiful, with many many sunny days.

Cold, windy early morning, but this lovely pink hyacinth stands tall among many lovely flowers at the temple on April 1.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I don't like it when Allen is gone, nights are long and scary.

So, I love it when it becomes light.

Oh, yes, I love mornings.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, March 31, 2014

My Calling in the Nursery

I love going to the nursery;

It's such a happy place to be.

The little kids are delightful and beautiful.

Oh, yes, I am grateful.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


It thrills my soul.

I'm so glad Allen is gifted in music....his music fills our home and my life.

I'm very grateful.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Good Books

I love to read.

Oh, yes.

I love a captivating story, a good plot, rich deep characters.

I'm grateful for the library, for Amazon, for used bookstores.

The library in Kansas City; what a fantastic building front for a library.

I love to read (or listen to) a good book.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, March 28, 2014


I love having some time to work on projects, church stuff, family stuff, etc.

It's a great blessing because there's always so much to do.  Sometimes I feel like I'm running out of time.


I'm grateful for it.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Learning New Things

Every Wednesday, I listen and watch Marie; she's interesting and unique.

She's never married, was a school librarian, and she knows her stuff.

Her stuff is WORD.

And, she imparts it to us.

I'm trying to learn, but oh, remembering is the challenge.

It's fun to learn the program.

I'm grateful.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My MacIntosh Computer

Every day that I use it, I'm so thankful I have it.

At first, I was hesitant to get it; it was sooooo much $$$$$$.

But, I enjoy it very much.

I probably shouldn't be so thrilled over a worldly thing,  (I do use for it for doing family history), but I do like me some fancy MacIntosh computer!

Oh, yes, I'm grateful.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I'm listening to a book right now about an even in Iran in 1979.

What happened is quite unbelievable, actually.

But, it reminds me of how very precious freedom is.

And, I am so very grateful.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Church Calling

I love serving in the nursery.

It's such a great place to serve.

I'm grateful.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Email/Internet Communication

When I work on family history, I occasionally find correspondence written by her to relatives.

That process was long and tedious.

Now, we communicate by email which is fast and efficient.

Additionally, we have Google/Facebook to help us locate people

And, I am grateful for these modern methods of communication.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Moments of Happiness

I went to visit the neighbors to see Bethany's science project a couple of days ago.

There are four children (one is a young baby) in the family.  When I asked them to show me the project, the three children eagerly ran outside to demonstrate how it works.

It was just such a happy moment to share in their enthusiasm and glee.

Little children are so spontaneous and delightful.

Then Bethany and her mother sang for me from Frozen.  It was just fun.

I am grateful for moments like that.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Our Home

I love our home..

And, I'm always grateful.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Car

I recently heard of a woman who had her driver's license taken away because of her age....

My heart aches for her because she lives alone and it's how she got around to do things.

I realize that I am thankful to have a car and still be able to drive at this point in my life.

I am grateful.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Two Daughters

Man, I have awesome daughters.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Books on Tape

Driving around town running errands,

Walking five miles to a DVD,

Exercising at the gym..

They are all places where I listen intently to audio books.

It makes it all go faster and makes it more enjoyable.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, March 17, 2014


We've been busy....

Friends for a week....

Family for a weekend.

Now, there's some


And, I am grateful.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Calder Merrill Hackworth

It's been a blessing to be with our grandchildren.

Especially Calder, who is just three weeks old...

There is nothing like a new baby...

I am grateful!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Chye and Ruth

We've had a great time, even though they have been sick.

They were so helpful to us in China, and it's been so great to have them with us here in Utah.

Here we are in Grafton, Utah; man, I do love these two.

I am grateful.