Saturday, February 28, 2015

Recurring Theme

Back surgery,


Knee surgery,

Breast Cancer,


Were just a few of the ailments mentioned at a party last night.


So, once again, as always,

I'm so grateful for our health!

Friday, February 27, 2015

I love family search.

It's a great repository for pictures, stories, certificates.

I have stacks of papers and pictures with no place to put them...

Until now.

I put them on family search.

Additionally, it's a great resource to find my relatives and to learn about them.

It's improved 150% since the days of our two missions.

I love it, and I am grateful.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moments of Fun with Friends

We went to lunch yesterday with friends we have not seen for a few years...

Dave & Deon Ballard.

It was fun to see them and just share stories.

Friends are such a treasure.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Moisture in the Desert

A desert needs rain.

But, lately it has been so dry.

So, when it snowed yesterday, that was a wonderful gift.

And, I am very grateful for the moisture....

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Morning

Busy at it already at 6:15 a.m.

Lots to do on my to-do-list.

And, I'm glad for Monday morning to have to do it!

Oh, yes, I'm a fan of early Monday mornings.

I'm very grateful for them.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


The blossoms are budding out on trees.

The crocus peek up through the dirt....
Of course, these remind me each year of dear Margaret Emery, who sent them to me many years ago.  They last so short, but they are such a great reminder to me of a dear friend.

It's so beautiful.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Brother, Preston

He's such a good, good guy.

He calls, he corresponds, he cares.

He's a good one...I feel so blessed

And, I am grateful.

Friday, February 20, 2015


I've said it before,

Will say it again.

I'm grateful for my health.

It's such a blessing.

And, I am beyond grateful.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time to Run Errands

Okay, a pile of mail.

Finances to work on.

Clothes to the dry cleaners.

A trip to the bank.

Lots of things to do today.

And, I'm grateful for the TIME!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Safe Trip

we're HOME!

I love home.

I had a couple of emotional blows on this trip;

something I never thought would be a part of my life.

I'm feeling like I had a blow to the side of my head.

I'm quite numb, actually.

I need time to recoup and work through some things.

Oh, man, life is so tough!

But, we are home.

Safe and sound.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Testimony

I've been shaken to the very core...

I've been rattled....

I'm in a funk.

But, I'm very grateful for my strong sure testimony.

I cannot let others affect my beliefs.

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Daughters

I have wonderful,



And, I am thankful.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Health and Mobility

Yesterday, I got a sort of blow - emotional.

While pouting and feeling sorrowful,

Allen reminded me of the many blessings we do have.

It was good to be reminded...

And among the things he said,

were health and mobility.

Being at Jenni's clinics on 3 successive days, it is definitely a reminder that


is such a precious, valuable gift.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Days With My Family

I love spending time with Jenni.

And, I am grateful.

Jenni with fellow nurse practitioner; Florence.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Books on Tape

...(including scriptures!)

Man, I do not like to exercise.

But, listening to a book on tape makes it sooooooo much easier.

Right now, I'm listening to a book Kristi gave's so fun to hear the manners of the's very engaging, so it makes the time go faster.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Safe Travels

Oh my goodness.

Long drive.  From St George to Las Cruces, New Mexico over two days.

Glad we are here safely.

I am grateful.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Talks That Inspire

It was a short talk,

given to 8 year olds to prepare for baptism.

But, it packed a punch.

And, I was grateful.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Beautiful Skies in the Mornings!

Early morning....

Glancing out the window to see the most spectacular sunrise.

This picture can't do it justice,

But, it was beautiful!

And, I'm grateful.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Yesterday we visited with a financial advisor; it was intriguing.

But, in the end, we didn't do anything any differently than what we have going for us.

However, it reminded me - once again - how grateful I am to have had a job and to have had an income which now pays us retirement.  WHAT A GREAT BLESSING!

Teaching Contract from 2000; it's not a lot of money, but I'm grateful I had it!
And that it continues to pay me a little each month.


Oh, I am so eternally grateful.

Friday, February 6, 2015


Oh my goodness;

right outside my window are some teeny little flowers.  I don't know how they got there; I did plant some flowers there last fall, but it doesn't really matter;

they are so lovely and a promise of things to come...

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Sounds of the Birds

It's getting warmer here.

And, there are the lovely sounds of the birds.

And, I am so very grateful.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Man, I LOVE music!

My choice of music, it's true.

But, over and over again,

MUSIC thrills me.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Book of Mormon

Holy cow!

It is just so profound and inspiring.

I'm listening to it as I exercise and I am just struck by the power of the words.

They remind me what a wonderful Father in Heaven we have.

How great the written word is.

And, how I need to be and be better; endure to the end.

But, oh, how grateful I am for the scriptures in my life!

Monday, February 2, 2015

It's Monday

I'm thankful for Mondays.

Busy week this week,

very busy day today.

And, I'm just grateful to have things to do, places to go, people to share life with.

So, I'm grateful it's Monday and the start of a new week!

Sunday, February 1, 2015



Internet TOTALLY down!

Allen wakes up, looks over the router and realized it was accidentally turned off.

So, he turned it on, fixing it temporarily....

Once again, it works sporadically...

And, I am grateful.