I received a big surprise when I went home to visit last weekend. My house addition was framed! (Well, almost.) It looked like the dream is real. They all kept it a big secret from me! (Which is hard for some girls!) I was amazed at what the frame made of wood can do for you morale. I wondered if it would ever happen.

The house frame made me contemplate (I’m a thinker, I have the time) what my life’s frame is made of. Since I am so abundantly blessed, I mulled over many facets in my mind. It answer finally came down to my family

God bestowed on me the ultimate framework. Each one of them from multiple extended family (on two sides) to my own husband and children (and now spouses and soon grandchildren) are vital and treasured pieces of my frame. They hold me up, and make me who I am. I could not be strong and stable without their caring service and important influence upon my personal structure. I learned my positivity from the many examples of my family.

Sometimes it is difficult (very difficult) to be kind and appreciate certain family members, but make it a priority. They are your life-long friends. You will be there for each other many years down the road. Show your gratitude for your family. (Just do it!) Express it to them while you can. “How do I live without you?….”

May the Fourth Be With You – Throwback Thursday 5/4/17

Star Wars has always been an ongoing obsession with my family since the late 70’s when the first movie came out. (Well the fourth, hmm that’s funny!) The zzzbm, zzzbm of light sabers has survived through generations and is quite the legacy. I grew up tending my nephews during the first set of three movies. Playing like they were Luke and Han was commonplace. Since my sister and I were the only girls, one of us would personify Princess Leia or Chewbacca. Their dad became the Emperor for a birthday party once. (Everyday, Star Wars, for many years!) Therefore when my boys and their cousins became engulfed with Star Wars and the second series of pre-quels in the 90’s, I possessed a pretty extensive mental database. A funny quote out of the mouths of kids… My nephew and my son were dueling with light sabers one day and my nephew stopped and said, “You’re my cousin, right? Now I will kill you!” (They we’re so serious.) Now we have a new generation of Star Wars fanatics with my cousin’s kids and the recent movies. I recently purchased a Star Wars trivia game for my 20ish year old son. (Gifting is harder when they get older.) The family played it on one inside-kind-of-day, and guess who won… yours truly! I guess my many years of accumulated knowledge came in handy. (For once!) ‘The force is strong with this one…”

Love is True Fun

Love Challenge – Love is True Fun. 

If you’ve heard a child pray (I used to be in Primary) a key element in the prayer is “bless that we have fun.” Without a doubt its always there! But I say “fun” isn’t what society thinks it is. It is not games, candy and toys or a fancy phone. “True fun” is spending time with family (without the arguments), sitting around a campfire playing name that movie eating s’mores, good consequences to good decisions, or seeing all your kids and their spouses and grandkids (someday.) Your definition might be a bit different, but you get the idea. Fun is definitely kindness and service to those in need, and a compliment to make someone’s day. I want to have fun like that!

Lucky Blessing #22 – Wedding

Lucky Blessing Challenge #22- A Lucky Blessing is a Wedding.

The big day has finally come. Jocelyn might seem fun and nice, but she is truly a blessing to Zack! They complete each other. Even with their goat-cow conflict, they will be a fabulous farm family. I appreciate how if you live right, it all works out. In the temple, I cried. It was my first baby getting married! (Big surprise, and I don’t cry quietly!) A great big thanks to those who helped with the lunch. It all turned out great, even though Darin didn’t have a list. (I couldn’t function without a list!) Riley gave a wonderful toast. I was proud of him. Krystal was a huge help, I appreciate that. (All my kids are great!) The reception was nice, a bit overwhelming, but really nice. We had numerous guests/support, and it was very wonderful to see all those friends I hadn’t seen in a long time! (My face was tired from smiling!) A wedding brings family and friends together as they celebrate a new union. I look forward to watching them make a new life together, and seeing them learn the lessons they can only learn themselves. (I remember being young and stupid, we all were!) We can thank the heavens for that chance and those fun times. Best wishes Zack & Jocelyn!