About Me

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Miracle in Nebraska

I thought that I should share an experience that just recently happened in our little branch here in O'Neill Nebraska. We just received sister missionaries to serve in our branch. The first time in 13 years. I received a phone call from them on Saturday asking for my help. On Sunday they were bringing an investigator and her three young children to church and asked that I be her "buddy". They said her name was Michelle and that she had already scheduled her baptism. I of course said "but you've only been here a week!" They told me that they had been walking to a less-active members house last Sunday and saw Michelle leaving her house. They approached and introduced themselves. Michelle then told them that she had just been thinking that day that she should find a church for her and her children to attend. The sisters asked if she would like to learn more about the Church and she agreed. Two meetings later she was committed to baptism. Now I am sure you are all wondering, OK where is the miracle? Well... As I was sitting and playing the prelude music at the organ, I looked up to see my friend Michelle walking in. Now Michelle and her friend Brenda take guitar from me. All of a sudden I realized that they were the same Michelle! My Michelle, guitar Michelle, was the Michelle that is going to be baptized! Of course it was EASY to be her buddy! I ran over - abruptly ending the "beautiful" organ music - and hugged her and welcomed her. She was as surprised as I was to see me there. Well, I wasn't surprised to see ME there, just her there. When we told the sister missionaries that we already knew each other, they were shocked. But then again, we do live in a very small community! It just goes to show you, you never know who is prepared to receive the gospel and how your friendships can enrich the lives of others.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Emma's Hair is getting SO LONG!

So, the last week and a half have been the equivalent to a hurricane for my family and I. The Ranch had some hunters come up for deer season, and I was volunteered by Jeremy to cook their meals for them. Amidst the chaos I somehow managed to cook three meals for 5-8 hungry Alabamans, but also feed my own family and did the dishes twice! Amazing... I think so! I was able to meet some very nice and very southern gentlemen - most of which were very successful lawyers. Needless to say, what I charged them was nothing compared to what they tipped me. Christmas here we come! They have all asked that I cook for them the next time they come up. Some of which are coming as soon as they can! I didn't think my cooking was that great?!
The week before we had another mishap with Libby - our kitty. She went missing. Our neighbor that lives 3 miles N, 2 miles E and 1 mile N, brought us over a new kitten since he was so sad that he couldn't find Haydn's kitten for her. Amazingly though, he did find Libby the next day in his shop - she is now down to 4 lives! So we have a new kitty. We named her Addy, after the last name of our neighbor, the Addison's. Libby wasn't sure about the new addition. She had the jealous toddler syndrome for awhile. She wanted all of our attention and the new kitty was not to come near us! But all is well and they are best friends now. Weldon, however, just can't leave Addy alone. She is just the right size for him! Here are some pictures of Addy and Libby.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Election History

So, I have noticed that a lot of different people are posting their views and opinions on the election and the history in the making. So I thought since this really is a journal for my family, I should add a bit about the election. Although many people are scared of the coming years under the leadership of Barack Obama, I must say that I am not "scared". Evil will come and evil will go. But I know of one constant that will keep my family and myself safe. That is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are people all over the world that live under tyrants and dictators, they are facing fear and trials that we in America will not ever know (hopefully)...but we are blessed to know the truthfullness of Jesus Christ and his gospel. Obama may make it so that evils like abortion and gay marriage are prevelant, but we all know that just because the President says its ok, doesn't make it so. The second coming will come and the world will continue to fall into more and more wickedness before that can happen. So why is anyone so surprised and shocked? I for one am not.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Story Time

Haydn has a very good memory. When we read a new book, she can remember the basics of the story and loves to read the book back to Weldon or Emmaline. Weldon loves the attention from his sister.


So this last week it has been upper 60's to lower 70's here in Nebraska. Of course right now it is 74, on November 2nd - weird to anyone else? So the other day I let the kids play out back while I made up some cookie dough. It took me about 5 minutes and I suddenly realized it was awfully quiet out back. So I ran out to find the kids enjoying the summer weather.

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