Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Choosing Happiness

Rich recently pointed out an article about a man, Ben Thomas, who has ALS. However, he is only 31 years old and he has two-year-old daughter.  But he stated in the article:

"Happiness is a choice. People can take things from you, or your health can be taken from you, but you can always choose to be happy."

I am eternally grateful that I got to raise my children to adulthood!  And I feel the prayers of so many in my life. In fact, I feel that this scripture applies:

"And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; Yea the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, . . ."

I feel that the prayers of so many in my behalf; and the loving care that my husband and daughters and sons that is given to me,  make my burdens light and I am able to bear my burdens with ease. 

And that is why I am able to submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

Mosiah 24:15

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Solar Eclipse

Our home teacher, Michael, gave me some eclipse glasses to watch the eclipse with. And my dear friend, Diana, sent these photos to me because she knows I like all things astronomic.  The kids came over to use the glasses, the clouds covered the sun while they were here.

Hannah trying to ride Annie

The kids played in the truck

Hannah so happy to see Papa

Friday, May 18, 2012

Letting the Butterflies Go

Karen Bodily gave me a butterfly net and certificate for caterpillars, for the grandkids.  We ordered them and let the caterpillars grow into butterflies.  We let the butterflies go yesterday.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Andrew's Buzz

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

It was a Happy Mother's Day for me.  My husband got me a corsage, so I felt special at church. My daughter spoke in Sacrament Meeting and said some very kind things about me.  My children bought and cooked all the food; we had Korean!  Michael got to skype with us! It was such a lovely day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Basement Sewage Flood

On Friday afternoon I went downstairs to get some food for the mailcarriers drive.  And I stepped on wet carpet.  I looked in the bathroom and saw sewage all over the floor.  Then I went to the storage room for food and the sewage was coming from the drain in the floor in there, too. Apparently, the sewage drain pipe was clogged from our house and sewage was coming up through the drains and toilet. The first step was to solve the problem with the pipe. It was Rich's temple night, so he called my parents and they came right over and Keith and Trevor came, too.  They made calls for me and got a plumber here and went through the pipe with a camera and they discovered a crack in the pipe that was causing the clog.  The insurance doesn't cover the pipe after it leaves your house. So that little problem cost $4375.  Fortunately, the basement is covered but only to $10,000.  

  the big hole in the front yard

scenes from the basement

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Finished My Scrapbooking Goals!

When I got sick, I wanted to do some specific goals for scrapbooking:

1. Catch up 2005-2007 when I started my blog.
2. Print my blog
3. Catch up Michael to graduation from high school
4. Scrapbook my life 0-18 when I got married; I started scrapbooking with our marriage.

I did it! With Laura's help we printed the blog, and she got me started on my life, and I did the rest on my own.

my scrapbooking goals completed

I got 05-07 done and then I color copied the ones I wanted to add to Michael's book

my printed blog books for 2007-2011

 my life history 0-18

sample pages from my life history