Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year

The start of a new year and the chance to good in the world!!! I woke up with thoughts for a better year. We'll start this year with a bang as we plan the benefit for The Old Loxley Hotel.  Jim and I are doing great things to remodel that building and it will be a great asset to the community.
The rest of my family is doing great things as well--
Sarah and Drew are moving into a house with 2 acres which includes a horse stable. Sarah is very excited to have chickens, goats and horses.
Naomi and Jon are looking for a new house to move into permanently as they prepare for the birth of their second child.
Isaac and Rebekah will be starting new jobs in a new undisclosed location. More on that later.....
Tasha and Matt are working away at their jobs with Arthur and Sadie in tow.  Tasha should be graduating this coming up year with a bachelor's degree.
Caleb will be finishing his associate degree here in Baldwin County and going off to the military.
Eliot will continue doing great things in Albania and possibly other places as well.
Lydia will be graduating in May and then going off to school in Art Education.
Moses will be on the down side of working towards his Eagle Scout award and decide on a project.
Last but not least---Henry.....he will be working on school and doing what he does best--play board games.
You all have great things to contribute to the world!!!! Have a great year!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Early Memories: A Run In with a Snow Sled and a Dog named Snoopy

         I grew up in New Jersey during the 60's and 70's.  I loved New Jersey's farms and rural areas--but it hasn't stayed that way for long.  New York City has been thrust upon New Jersey as it is just across the river and many people moved to get away from the city (including my parents) to make a better life for themselves.  Now in present times, New Jersey is so corrupt, I could never go back to live there. From Brooklyn we moved to what was a small town at the time by the name of Clark. 

        I came from a family of large noses.  So it wasn't much of a surprise to know that one of my earliest memories in Clark was a run in with a snow sled.  It wasn't my fault.  My older sister and I were exploring in the garage when we discovered a rope hanging down from a shelf.  She pulled on it and I was standing right underneath it so I was the one who got smacked on the bridge of my nose with the front blade of the snow sled.  I was only 3.

  My mother had to take me to the doctor right away and they made her stand outside the door while they sewed me up.  It was not pretty. You can still see a slight scar.  I suppose that first experience might be an indicator of what was to come in life. Although I am not accident prone, funny things just happen to me. 
       I don't really feel so bad now about the whole sled thing. My father would take us sledding at a park down the street that had a fantastic hill next to a river.  Every year we would take our sled there and take off down that hill with him steering.  One year, it was one of the earlier sledding experiences; my sister decided she wanted to go down by herself.  She sat head first with gloved hands on the steering mechanism. As she descended the hill, she realized it was a bit too much for her and closed her eyes.  I don't know what she was thinking, because those sleds don't steer by themselves.  She then ran smack into a tree towards the bottom and fell off the sled.  She was lucky not to break her nose in the process but all was well after we realized she was okay.

      Another winter when I was about 8 or 9 years old, we owned a rather hyper dog.  My sister and brother and I thought we could keep control of this rather obnoxious animal but that wasn't always the case.  We named him Snoopy but he was not anything like his cartoon counter part. It was my turn to take Snoopy for a walk on a cold winter's afternoon and I wore a large furry hat with furry pom-poms on the end of the ties.  These furry balls must have seem very attractive to Snoopy because as we walked along on the sidewalk, he kept jumping up to grab them.  I would push him down and attempt to keep walking.  He was persistent and finally caught them in his mouth.  

             If you have ever tried to take something away from a dog with an steel trap jaw--you know it is impossible to open. I was dragged by Snoopy all the way home by these pom-pom balls. He was uncontrollable and I was trying to stop him.  I wasn't very strong so there was no contest.  I finally made it into the house when Snoopy pulled harder and I was dragged on the wooden floor.  My mother, hearing the commotion came running and tried to break open the jaws of an iron clad mouth of this wild animal or at least get the hat off my head but to no avail.  I was dragged around by the neck gagging and my mother started to laugh.  I know she didn't mean to, but I'm sure the picture of this dog pulling the pom-pom ties to my hat with my head stuck in the middle was a funny sight and she couldn't help it. I don't remember what happened after that but somehow I managed to break free and I never wore that hat again.  (At least not with Snoopy around).  I guess I should feel lucky that I didn't lose my nose in all of that struggle.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eclectic Book Catalog For Christmas

Looking for a gift for the person who has everything??? Look no farther.  A catalog of 43 wonderful books including clean romances, inspirational non-fiction and more.
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Holiday Eating Tips

A friend of mine sent me this to me a long time ago and it has always just tickled my funny bone..
A humorous look at our crazy Christmas traditions......

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table
knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave
 immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare. You can't
 find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an
 eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me.
 Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

 3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy.
 Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

 4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or
 whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car
 with an automatic transmission.

 5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your
 eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other
 people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

 6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's.
 You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the
 time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while
 carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

 7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted
 Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near
 them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of
 attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them
 behind, you're never going to see them again.

 8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if
 you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have
 three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

 9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory
 celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

 10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or
 get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips;
 start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lovely Blog Award

The lovely Joyce Smith of  Zany G's (Grandma)
 has honored me with the lovely blog award and I am to write seven interesting facts about myself. Here they are:

  1. I never liked to admit that I’m not good at finding the right direction. I don’t give up easily so it is not unusual that I would drive around some places for hours until I find it.
  2. I’ve been lost in Pensacola, Florida, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, and Houston.
  3. Once I went with a group of YSA in New Jersey to a dance in Manhattan and we ended up driving through all five boroughs of New York City to get there.
  4. When I was in 5th grade I was chosen as one of three children to be a special escort in the ceremony for the laying of the flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C.  Unfortunately, since I got my directions mixed up—I went the wrong way during the ceremony. (In front of about 100 people)
  5. I use to work as a greens keeper on a golf course in New Jersey three summers in a row.
  6. I never liked playing golf.
  7. I consider myself very patriotic.
  8. I love to write.
  9. When I was little—my parents would put my sister and I in front of all the family at reunions and had us sing songs. (I actually liked it)
  10. When my children, husband and I lived in a farmhouse in Foley Alabama, we were visited by six teenaged pigs.
  11.  I once saw two mice dance together on their hind legs while I was watching TV in the house where we were visited by the teenage pigs. (No one ever believed me)
  12. We once caught 23 mice in traps while living in the farmhouse in Foley that was visited by six teenaged pigs.
  13.  I once swam a race in an Olympic sized pool and came in third place.  (There were only three people in the race)
  14.  I love living in Loxley though we have never been visited by pigs. Only mice.
  15.  One time when I was younger, my sister and I went trick or treating and a neighbor gave us dog poop instead of candy wrapped up in a napkin.
  16. Most people can never guess my age.
I actually wrote a few more than seven as I have written this funny piece about myself a while ago and wanted to use it for this blog.
The other requirement is to pick 15 to 17 other blogs to receive the Lovely Blog Award.  So here are they are:
5. Stephanie Albany:
6. Jennifer Wolf:
7. Anne Bradshaw:
8. Liz Adair:
9. Rachel Brooks:
10.Tanya Parker Mills:
11. Bonnie Harris:
12. Theresa Sneed:
13. Karen Adair:
14. Gabriela Lessa:
15. Dede Smith:

Now in order for all of you fifteen lovely blogs to accept this award please do the following:
copy, cut, & paste the above award and put in your pictures folder. Then paste in preferred design format of your blog. Answer the seven random facts about yourself and post 15-17 new blogs that you think are deserving of the award on your next blog... wallah, you're now a lovely blog recipient! Congratulations!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Food Storage Frenzy

With news of what the world is experiencing I have found myself contemplating more and more of what we are lacking in emergency supplies.  The last time the country went into “a food storage frenzy” was in 1999 right before the Y2K extravaganza. Everyone, regardless of culture, creed or religion was stashing emergency supplies anywhere they could.  But after all the fuss calmed down, everyone forgot about the world coming to an end and the food storage thing went away. Life went back to a normal pace.  My family ate down what we stored and tried to replace it as we ate but we didn’t.  The frenzy of activity no longer existed and I couldn’t keep up.  But now that feeling has returned and I feel what is placed on my heart is to start up the food storage frenzy again; only this time there will be no reprieve.
            With the study of world events, ancient and modern scripture revelation, commentaries of trusted religious leaders and pondering, I and my family have come to the conclusion that this is it. All those years of hearing about what will be happening in the “last days before Christ comes again” and now we are finally here.  It’s almost unbelievable.  It’s surprising and even shocking. Most people wouldn't believe it.
We (my family and I)  have come to realize the time is close at hand to a total world collapse of food, energy and government.  Not a lot of people are paying attention as life seems to be moving forward without discussion of what will happen if our government falls or if the teamsters can’t deliver food or marshal law is implemented  or an epidemic is released.  We all need to be prepared without panicking.  We all need to have some kind of food and water supply so when “the crap hits the fan” as they say, we can all help each other in our small communities without danger to ourselves.  
The following links are websites which specialize in emergency preparedness.  The first is a link to a website which shares a lot of information on all emergencies and how to prepare.  The other one is a 222 page book you can download for free which covers every aspect of emergency preparedness including food storage and safety.

We need to start the food storage frenzy again and really get prepared for what the future brings.  This is not a panic attack but a call for all to prepare themselves for what could happen. We need to inform our neighbors as they will become our closest community in keeping our neighborhoods safe from looters and crazy people.
This next part is a list of the top 101 things to have on hand that will be in great demand to barter. Yes, the barter system will come back when money is scarce so why not get a jump on this list and stash things away for a rainy day.

Top 101 Barter Items

by  M.D. CREEKMORE on MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009 
5.Hard candy
6.Paperback Bibles
7.Kitchen Matches
8.Needles and sewing items
9.Nylon cord
10.Duct tape
12.Pencils, paper, note pads
13.Toilet paper
14.Tooth paste
16.Rubbing alcohol 
19.Baking soda
20.tooth brushes 
21.Reading glasses 
25.Tools for gardening 
27.Wooden matches
29.Hand Tools 
30.Boyscout Manual 
31.22.LR ammunition 
32.12-gauge shot shells
33.Water Filters 
35.Coleman Fuel 
37.Manual Can Openers 
38.Vegetable Oil (for cooking) 
39.Lighter Fluid 
45.Thermal Underwear 
46.Aluminum Foil 
47.Garbage Bags 
48.Paper Towels
49.Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) 
50.Clothes Pins 
51.Fishing Line
52.Fish Hooks
53.First Aid Kits 
56.Solar Calculators 
60.Garbage Cans 
63.Nail Clippers 
64.Mosquito Repellent 
65.Duct Tape 
68.Sewing Supplies 
69.Non Scented Bleach 
70.Canning Jars and Lids
72.Sharpening Stones
73.Bicycle Tire Tubes
74.Bicycle Chains
75.Air Pump (don’t trade the pump trade the air)
78.Board Games 
79.Playing Cards
81.Baby Wipes 
89.Broad Brim Hats
92.Laundry Detergent 
98.Disposable Lighters 
99.Magnesium fire starters 
100.Plastic sheeting 
101.Over The Counter Medications

Miss anything? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.

Hope this helps anyone who has felt the same as I. With a little bit of planning we can help each other as a community, town, state and country withstand the trials of what lies ahead.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Star Prophesy: A Great Chistmas Gift......

 If you are LDS or just familiar with the stories of the Book of Mormon, Joan Sowards captures the essence of those times in a wonderfully woven story about the coming of Christ which includes a  story about a boy named Enoch called The Star Prophecy.

This story grabs your attention as you read of Enoch's attempts to take the journey of his life. Sword fighting, romance, sailing across the sea are all a part of the adventure and I could not stop reading until the end. A wonderful treat for any age, this story will be a family favorite in no time. I even read it to my family at night. 
A great Christmas gift for any family, you can order it on 

Saturday, October 29, 2011


This past week I arranged to see both Isaac and Rebekah graduate at Brigham Young University in Idaho.  Their graduation will be December 16th which is the day before Rebekah's birthday.  They will both have their bachelor's degree and go off to an internship somewhere. They are still working on that one.  But I am arranging to fly to Salt Lake City on the 14th of December and stay with my brother.  Then the next day I will drive my father's car with him up to Rexburg, Idaho which is only about three hours.  I'm pretty excited as this is my Alma Mater back in 1979.  There has been a lot of changes since I was there and the school is now a four year university so I'm excited to see all that has been done.  I have been looking online at some of the buildings and familiarizing myself with the campus so I won't be completely unaware.

 This cute little boy is Peter Holifield.  He is one of my grandsons who is 18 months old.  Such a cutie.  He lives with his Mom and Dad in Warner Robins, Georgia. Naomi and Jon Holifield.

Today we participated in an Eagle Scout project in Robertsdale, Alabama.  Tyler Evans chose to clean out the Emergency Preparedness warehouse to reorganize and inventory all the equipment and supplies they have there.  It was really a great project and there were about 30 of us there. We were done around noon and all were able to go home.  We made 60 dollars on our yard sale items from last week and Jim started working for the Baldwin County Schools in subbing for teachers.  He got himself on all the high school lists, middle school lists and some elementary school lists. We have been told by several different people that once they get to know you, you are always busy.  It's very exciting.  The only draw back is that we are paid once a month.  So I guess we will have to get used to that and schedule our bills around my paychecks and his.
Tomorrow I fly out to see Sarah, Drew and their children.  They will be going on a trip and I will be staying with Bella and Lael.  I am excited to visit with them and see Rex.  I also get to trick or treat with them.  Very fun.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hope for the Future.....

I found an even more colorful picture of the fall leaves of the north on Facebook and wanted to post it here. After our difficult week last week--we have more hope for the future. We are going to start again this week to find more work and get somewhere on the hotel plan.  We have to get going to see that hotel remodeled to be a museum and gift shop and also a place for parties. I'm sure we can make it work. We will rent our house and live in the back of the museum which will be very exciting.
Something that was said over the weekend really touched me:  "You can count the number of seeds in an apple but you cannot count the number of apples from each seed." Mary Fairchild  
You never know when you will help someone or touch a life with the example of  how you live you life.   So enough of me philosophizing and tomorrow is a new day to try again. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Self Confidence
I've been having a rough couple of days over the last week. Actually, over the last few months. I had some great highs and some terrible lows.....  As a couple, we are going through such trials financially without a permanent job anywhere--it is so stressful.  I feel bad about myself --I'm sure Jim feels this way as well.  In between these lows, I have become more successful with my writing.  I had seven pieces published through Deseret Connect in print and online in Deseret News, and I was really excited about that. Then I was asked by More Good Foundation to write my own column which was unbelievably fantastic.  It is online officially as Bonds that Tie the Family.  All my children are doing well and we are pretty healthy (knock on wood) so there are many highs but the lows are so awful.  We don't have enough money for just the basic needs.  We keep scraping along trying to improve the situation.  Trying to write under those conditions is difficult too.  I guess we should be happy we are not on the street--homeless somewhere--which does happen to so many good people in this country.
  I just have to keep plugging along and break through this trial.  On top of that---my hotel plans just keep getting knocked down...... but every time I think---I can't do this-- something comes along and gives me some hope.  I dont' think it's false hope---but a hope that I can ask someone else for the financing or another person appears who wants to work on it.  If only we had the money to start--we would have that thing looking great in no time.

I suppose that is enough moaning about the difficulties of life...... I'm sure this would make a great tragedy/comedy movie somewhere down the road......  Speaking of roads: the picture shown is that road not taken.....somewhere in Pennsylvania there is this road that is traveled but I have not traveled it yet so I have to trudge through.  Or rather I should take a good look around while I am trudging through and enjoy the scenery.
One more thing......Lydia showed me this psychological test from Facebook----I don't know if it has any validity but you look at a large square of mixed up letters--as it's shown on a word find page--- and the directions say that the first three words you find in this square will describe you........ I found beautiful, love and funny......Am I beautiful? Never thought of myself that way.  I suppose Heavenly Father thinks so....  I know I love intensely and I like to be funny.  Maybe it does describes me which does help me to feel better about myself.

See For Yourself----


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Memorial for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

I remember reading about Steve Jobs back in 1980 and what he had started to accomplish along with Bill Gates.  They were fierce competitors and it seemed as if Bill Gates had taken the lead for a while.  But as time went on Steve Jobs caught up and was just as successful as Bill Gates but not so open about it.  He was a very private person and I appreciate that. He was driven to make life better for everyone through electronics.

Pancreatic Cancer is brutal --but he managed to stick around a lot longer than most people do when they fight pancreatic cancer (6 years).  My mother didn't even make a year.
This post is in honor of Steve Jobs and all that work he has done for mankind.  A writer friend of mine coined it perfectly in her poem below and I copied it here.  It is amazing to me how people  can be so successful in the face of so much adversity.  It is amazing to me what people do with their lives when the odds are against them.  Here is the essence of Steve Jobs:
by Tanya Parker Mills

Given up at birth
By an educated Syrian father
And an equally learned mother
Into the arms of loving,
Less lettered parents,
He whiled his way through school,
Perhaps surprising no one
When he left its rule to
Follow his own.

Racing time,
He molded masterful manipulatives,
Each designed elegantly to bring the world
To our fingertips
In easy, intuitive ways.

A solid friend,
Dependable, accessible, with a
Mouse that makes the Lion roar.

Bringing music to the masses,
A revolution in song sharing
Between artist and listener.

Our first fisted friend,
There on errands, walks, and runs,
Fusing melody with life.

The iMac in our hands,
And an "app"licable library
For the future.

The iMac and iPod combined,
Simplified and squeezed
To a minimum, yet somehow more.

i's galore,
iBook, iPhoto, iMovie, iLife, iWork,

But this "i" always,

Steve Jobs set a president for us all!!!  Let us all take a lesson from this genius, driven mind.......

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Patrick Henry's Speech

From Google Images
In my searches for writing my weekly column,I came across this great quote from Patrick Henry's Speech!!!  His words can light a fire under us in our war to protect our citizens from our federal government.  Read on:
"No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.
This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth — to know the worst and to provide for it. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House?
Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation — the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motives for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies?
No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer on the subject? Nothing.
We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer.
Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.
Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope.
If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!
They tell us, sir, that we are weak — unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable — and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
Patrick Henry – March 23, 1775

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Provo Tabernacle to be Made Into A New Temple

Provo Tabernacle from Wikipedia
I am so excited.  President Monson just announced the next temples to be built. What is so exciting is that the Provo Tabernacle, which was gutted by a fire recently, will be remodeled into a temple in Provo.
I had been so sad to read the news of the this fire a few months ago. It was such a beautiful building inside and I have personal experience meeting in this magnificent building.

Back in 1982 to 1985, we lived in the area of Provo which used that building for stake conference.  I loved sitting inside the Tabernacle for church.  There was so much detail in the work inside and and I would just look around as I listened to the talks.  It was almost distracting but you felt such a spirit in that building when you entered.  When I heard the fire gutted the building, I was physically ill.  What a terrible shame to lose such a wonderful place.  But now, our Priesthood leaders have decided to restore this building as it once was and use it as a Temple of God.  It makes so much sense.  The Provo Temple is the busiest temple in the world and what better way to supplement temple attendance than to have another temple right in the city of Provo. It makes my heart sing!!!!!  What a great idea!

Our Winner of the Blog Giveaway----

Today, I am pleased to announce our winner of the My Memories Suite package.  My good friend Glenna Grant was the one picked out of a small box.  Congratulations, Glenna!!!!!  I'm sure you will enjoy it.  She lives in Loxley with three of her children left at home.  There are two older daughters married and moved away.  Glenna has been staying in Miami for the past few months taking care of her father. What a gem.....

Thanks to everyone who participated!!!  Sorry I couldn't give everyone a copy of the scrap booking program.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

'My Memories' Blog Giveaway

"My Memories"
     Blog Giveaway!!!!
September 20th to September 30th

    Since the birth of my first child almost 30 years ago, I have made scrapbooks.  I was a woman ahead of my time as there were no “scrapbooking” materials available.  I just made up my own.  I knew what I wanted and I created baby books for my children in 8 ½ by 11 inch binders.  Nine children later I have finished nine baby books, stopping at age 12, and 4 teen scrap books.

      There is a new age of scrapbooking now and I have found the best of the next generation.  It is called “My Memories” digital software.  Originally supported by Polaroid and now on its own, “My Memories” is a wonderful digital scrapbooking software for any computer.

Design your own pages with pictures, embellishments and borders. Print your own pages and add your own embellishments. Send off albums of pictures to be professionally bound or place them on CDs.  The sky is the limit.  You can organize your photos in any way you like. 

The best part is if you don’t like the page, start over and you haven’t discarded any paper or materials.  I was a bit skeptical myself until I tried it and in an hour I was able to create three pages for an album with my children’s pictures already placed.  It was amazing.


There are many different choices of creating your own pages, adding embellishments, shapes, borders and photo layout all in a menu driven computer program.  It didn't take long to get the hang of it, plus there are training videos on YouTube to watch for examples of the beautiful keepsakes you can create.

I was so impressed by this scrapbook software program; I have set up a blog giveaway to one lucky person who will win a free copy of this wonderful scrapbooking opportunity. Not only that, anyone that would like to purchase from the My Memories website will be given a $10 discount coupon for the My Memories Suite software and a $10.00 coupon for any online purchase from the My Memories store.

So here is what you have to do:
Just go to the website:  and find your favorite scrapbooking kit.  Post a comment here which kit is your favorite and your email address so I can contact you for the win of My Memories Suite program and you are in!!!!  It would be fun also to tell me a great scrapbooking story if you have one.  If you don't ---that's okay too!!!

If you just want to buy the My Memories Suite program here is the website and code to get your $10.00 off coupon. 

             Code for Coupon:  STMMMS56780

So take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and check out "My Memories" website and post your favorite kit and your email address.  

Good Luck!!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: "A Road To Somewhere"

Here is my review of a book that The Deseret News wanted reviewing.  I thought it would be a great book only to find out that it wasn't what I expected.....

Thursday, September 15, 2011

'No Angel' Has Special Meaning

Reviewing books from writer friends is a special privilege. Reviewing  fictional stories that catch my attention is even better.  Theresa Sneed's debut novel "No Angel" is a special story about a guardian angel who didn't want to be a guardian angel.  Jonathan Stewart had issues.  He was assigned to watch over a special girl on earth but he was counting the days when  he would be released from his "calling".  From the affects of his mysterious past, Jonathan was grumpy and all business.

With a great imagination and some experience with the spirit realm, Theresa Sneed writes an intriguing story which takes many twists and turns. An unexpected adventure into the underworld captivates the reader until the very satisfying end.
As I read this story, it reminded me of my deceased husband so this story has a special meaning for me. Many others apparently have felt the same way as readers are saying it has given them comfort to read about what may happen in the Spirit World.

It's a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Buy "No Angel" at Amazon:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Eliot is doing well.....

I heard from Eliot this morning and he is doing very well.  He is in Prishtine,  and with his companion are doing street meetings and discussions with the people of Kosovo.  This is a picture of somewhere in Albania.  They have been on their own most of the time and are motivated to keep doing their work.  The country side is fascinating as it is an ancient area where the apostle Paul traveled.  We have been studying this in Sunday School this year.
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the attack on  9-11.  President Monson wrote a blog entry for The Washington Post.

Thomas S. Monson Blog Post on 9-11
His writing is very comforting and encouraging.

Friday, September 9, 2011

What a Week!!!!!

The week started off with a bang as Tropical Storm Lee finished it's round on Monday and my children arranged to have a mud party and invited all their friends.  About 20 teens showed up at 1pm and they had a ball skin boarding in the yard, playing volleyball and mud slinging around the yard and eating snacks.

Tuesday was my birthday and I had a great day. Lots of cards and well wishes from Facebook.  It culminated a the end while we were watching "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and my daughter realized she left her phone at church.  A likely story but my husband and children dragged me there only to find out it was a surprise party for me.  I was dumbfounded.  Those who came ate cake and we played the question game.  So much fun. Then we finished the movie when we came home.

The rest of the week was school, work, writing and driving children to their various activities. I'm exhausted but it was fun!!!! Saturday we can rest.....

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Identity-- A Great LDS Mystery Romance Novel

Betsy Love is one of the lucky ones.  Actually she is a great writer and found a publisher to publish her first written novel .  I don't think it took 60 rejection notices like the author of "The Help", Katherine Stockett; but none the less Betsy did the time in writing and editing and now she is a best selling author from Deseret Book.
Here is the synopsis of Identity:

While vacationing in Mexico, two similar-looking young women find themselves caught in a chain reaction of mistaken identities. Amelia is a wealthy heiress and business owner, and Savannah is a sweet Mormon girl deciding whether or not to serve a mission. When they end up on the same flight to Phoenix, Savannah and Amelia unravel the sequence of events that wreaked havoc on their trips, and they make plans to resolve the subsequent misunderstandings. But their flight is cut short when the plane crashes, killing one of the young women and plunging the other into a world of intrigue and deceit where identity means everything.

Here is the link to order Betsy's book.

From Teresa Small Sneed--another LDS author:  Follow the story of two similar-looking young women whose mistaken identity mishaps while vacationing in Mexico cause a rift between one of the women, the wealthy heiress Amelia Vecchiarelli and her finance, Brent Delano. As fortune has it, Amelia takes an earlier flight back to Phoenix without Brent and runs into her look-a-like, Savannah, and they both begin to put the pieces together that caused their vacation to go haywire, until the plane crashes - leaving one of them dead, and the other with no memory of who she is. 
Betsy has skillfully woven her novel, Identity together in a way that even the reader has no idea which young woman survived. If you love mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance, you will thoroughly enjoy reading, Identity!

Well, there you have it.  A great book to get lost in on a rainy afternoon.  It's clean, suspenseful and most readers can't put it down.