Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Mornings

A new week,

A new start,

A fresh beginning.

And, I am grateful.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Good Husband

I'm so grateful we are on the same page in terms of the Gospel...

We might not be on the same page in terms of living in Manila, but

in many respects we are on the same page.

And, I am grateful.....

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Second Chance

I was not a good mother.

I didn't give advice to my children.

But, boy, I sure do that with my grandchildren.

And, I'm grateful for this 2nd chance!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Safe Travels

I just returned from Manila, Utah.

It's a long drive.

I'm glad I made it safely and

I'm grateful.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Honestly, I can't imagine how we survived with cell phones.

There are so many practical uses for them.....

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Being Married

It's lonely when one is alone.

And, I'm grateful to be married.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Good Books

I love to read

And to learn.

This is a true story of women in Afghanistan at the time the Taliban came in and put so many restrictions on women.
The tragedy is that things are probably much worse now than at the time this story takes place.  But his book demonstrates the resiliency of women in trying circumstance.

And, I'm grateful to have access to so many good books.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I'm in LOVE.

With chocolate.

I have some almost every day.

I'm trying to not buy chips any more.  I've given up soda.

But, there's still chocolate.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Being Born in America

Man, the world is in a terrible mess....

So is America, actually.

BUT, we still have food, electricity, water, the ability to move around, and so much more.

And, I could not be more grateful.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cozy Little Camper in Manila

It's small,

but it's just right for the two of us.

And, it makes Allen happy, which makes me happy.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I've said it before, will say it over and over.

I'm so very grateful for an income.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Moment of Peace and Quiet

It's so fun to have family around.

Nothing like it.

But, then, when everyone is gone.

I'm thankful for a little down time.

And quiet time.

It's all good.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

From Eli -

fun and family

OH, yes, I am grateful for both of those!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sean and Lisa

One year later; they are so happy, so fun, so Gospel oriented.

And, I am grateful.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Missions for Young Men

Man, they are something else -

those two returned missionaries....

Early to bed, early to rise; studying the gospel.

What a difference a mission makes to an obedient servant.

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stockton and Landon

Such truly FINE young men.

They went to bed last night studying their scriptures.

This morning, Stockton was reading his scriptures.

Oh, they are good, fun, thoughtful.

And, I am grateful.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Days When I Get a Lot Done

Man, I worked hard today.

Cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry.

Getting ready for the BIG DAY tomorrow!

And, I feel grateful for the ability to do so.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Our Grandsons' Missions

Stockton and Landon will be back in the US in two days.

It will be great to see them.

I'm thankful they worked hard to finish their missions and that they are returning with honor.

They are good young men.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


I now have floaters in both my right and left eye.

They are definitely annoying and bothersome.

But, at least I can still SEE....

And, of that, I am grateful.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Temple Being So Close

It's great to be able to drive to the temple in about 12 minutes...

It means I can go early in the morning and get out fairly early.

I can do initiatory, sealing or a session and it's not an all-day event.

Of that, I am grateful.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Washing Machine in my Home

That may sound a little ridiculous.

But, we have been living out of a camper/trailer for a month.

So, we take the laundry down the little hill to the office.

It's not hard, but it's inconvenient and it gets pretty expensive.

Thus making me grateful I have those appliances right in my own home!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The SUnshine

It's rained quite a bit here in Manila.

We are leaving today to head to St George for two weeks,

But, we'll be back...

In the meantime, I'm grateful for the sunshine!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Another Day; Another Chance

It's very early morning.

I'm alive

And grateful for another day.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mornings When Allen Gets Up Singing...

Oh, What a Beautiful Day!

What a great way to start a day!

And, I am grateful!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

God's Beautiful World

Yesterday, we took a long ride on the Green River through the steep canyon walls of Flaming Gorge.

It was beautiful, peaceful, serene, and just a beautiful way to spend an afternoon/morning.

I am grateful.