Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WE SURVIVED...A Stressful Excitement...

HOLY CRAZINESS BATMAN!!!What an exciting few months life has been in our family!!! Geesh...I'm not even sure where I should start!!!


I suppose I should start with...ummm...I know...its back a few months...BUT DEAL WITH IT...But let's jump back toooooo lets see... the beginning of March and Cayla is telling us she is already having contractions...HEELLLOOO----SHE'S NOT DUE TILL THE END OF MARCH!!! So the Big question that DJ and I start asking each other "When do I fly up to Washington and for how long?"  After long discussions we decided to have me fly up a week and a half BEFORE her due date, keeping fingers crossed that NO BABY comes.  I decided not to get a return ticket home because you never know what will happen- what if she's late...you know better safe then sorry.  

SO up I went...then of course NO BABY!!!  DAY after DAY went by...TICK TOCK...TICK TOCK...fast forward to the 29th and guess what...right as we all go to bed, make up off, PJs are on, everyone is settled in - Cayla's water broke and off we go to the hospital and on the 30th our sweet little Justin was born!!!  Talk about staying up all night and all day!! 

Right after that - yep grandma (ME) was heading back to the house to play with Eric and David.  (Uncle Dan wasn't too happy I didn't show up 30 minutes earlier because he got stuck changing a blow out of a poopy diaper...his first, I think since his kid was little and now he's 15...blahahaha)

I ended up staying in Washington a little longer than I planned.  I mean I didn't mind.  I got to spend time with the grandbabies! I ended up missing Easter at home and I miss Joshua going to Prom!!  But I got to do some fun things with Cayla, Craig and the boys and with Daniel!  

Yep, we had Prom in April!!  Gotta give Joshua credit...He looks pretty good in a tux!!!  Now his dad on the other hand can't take pictures!!  UGH...men!!!  I left the good camera with him thinking I might not be back in time and whats he do...he takes the pictures with his phone...again...UGH...MEN!!!

Now that Prom is over its time to get down to the important stuff...SCHOOL IS ENDING...you know..."SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER!!"

While at Cayla's I realized there was only a month left of school and I hadn't even done Joshuas graduation announcements - SO after the babies went to bed ever night that's what I worked on...one problem...Cayla took Joshua's Senor pictures at Christmas time and (I know I'm mom) but she did a really good job and I loved them all and I had a hard time just picking one. SO I picked a few and even those weren't the best ones they were just the easiest ones to make announcements out of!  I know I could of put more than one pic on his announcements but I'm not that tech savvy, LOL.  I'm as basic as you can get!!  
 So announcements are done - SORTA - just need to get home and get Joshua's approval.  But of course I get home and still change it up because when I order them they had problems...nothing EVER goes as planned and of course nothing can ever be easy!  IT'S ALL GOOD!!!  
On top of getting Joshua ready for Graduation we were also getting ready for Seth's 8th grade promotion.  We didn't want him to feel left out at all.  For years Seth has had a suit for Church, that is till he decided to grow like a skinny weed!  The kid eats more than any grown man, heck any 10 men but is skinnery than a skeleton.  So for the last 6 months, well longer, we've been looking for a suit for the skinny tall bean pole.  Couldn't find anything! ugh, everything was short in the legs and arms, hug in the waist and shoulders!  While in WA my nephew, who is tall and skinny had a suite and my brother said were he got one...So last week- yep last minute- off we went- WE FOUND HIM A SUIT...AND HE LOOKED AMAZING!!!

Right after we got the suit it was time to ship him off to Catalina!  Yep thats right we got rid of our kid!  LOL Not really...So the 8th graders take a trip to Catalina the last week of school.  At 11:30 p.m...thats at night, you know just before midnight...you know when normal people are sleeping!!! The kids meet at the school, load up on the busses at 12:15 a.m-again thats in the morning!!!! Then they are off, out of our hair for 3 days!!!  They get to CA and take a boat around 6:30 a.m...Now I knew my son would get sick - I even gave him meds to take cuz I knew BUT he didn't listen to me (I'M JUST MOM...WHAT DO I KNOW).  He felt good so when they announced any kids who might get sick we want you up front, Seth thought he was good and stayed where he was and about half way he started feeling sick.  He said he told his friends he'd be right back, went up top and proceeded to up chuck...SEE MOTHER KNOWS BEST...then he went back to his friends like nothing happened!  

The rest of the week was a blast for them!  They got back at 9:30p.m on Wed and had to be at the school Thursday morning at 7:30a.m for promotion practice.  And then that night...THE BIG NIGHT...Seth was promoted 8th grade...HE'S NOW A FRESHMEN IN HIGHSCHOOL!!  I'll be honest its been a long road to get to this point with him.  There were some times I didn't think he'd live because I was going to KILL HIM!!!  BUT HE DID!!! Now we are on to the next chapter in his life - HIGH SCHOOL!  This shall be FUN with this one...Am I scared...OH YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!!  LOL


Now Joshua had a pretty easy week leading up to graduation, actually hes last semester of school was pretty easy.  He only went to school til 12:30.  His first house he was a teacher assistant, second hour he had a criminal law class (which was his hardest class but pretty easy for him) and his last class was his culinary class which he had taken all 4 years for the food (smart kid).  But the last week of school the seniors were out by 9...all they had was practice after finals and since Josh really didn't have any classes he was done!  EASY EASY EASY!! 

We went from one celebration right into another!!  Joshua had to be dropped off at the High school the next morning at 6:45 a.m ...again we are talking in the morning people!!! His graduation was at 8a.m at the Goodyear Ballpark!  (Let me add this little side note...it was 10 degrees cooler the next day, than it was the day of the graduation...COOLER!!!!!!!!!!!) Do you have any idea how HOT it was at 8a.m.  And yes I was a BAD mother, I made my son wear a suit!! I did't think it would be so HOT at 8 in the morning...it was HOT, NO BREEZE, NO SHADE, JUST HOT.  

OK back to the day...So out come the grads...Most of them were wearing these graduation shades they had made...and of course they didn't tell anyone...what rebels!  Love it!  The graduation it self was fine, just super long considering we were all hot!  But when it was all said and done...WE HAVE A GRADUATE!!  JOSHUA DID IT!!!  We are super proud of him!  

But that wasn't the end of our crazy day with him!  You see this just lead right into our next event of the day!!  Our best friend Russell was getting married!  So right after the graduation was over Rus took off, didn't hang around for pictures and took off for Mesa.  We took pictures then headed home, changed our clothes and headed to Mesa to be there for Rus and Cheri!  Then we did the disappearing act just like him and took off before the pictures and headed BACK to our side of town to get things ready for the NEXT EVENT, Joshuas party!!  But how awesome was it that Cheri and Russell took time to spend it with us...They came that night to the party!!!  Crazy newlyweds!!!  LOL 

So now its time to rush around the house and get things ready for all the family and friends to come over to celebrate Joshua's big day!  Of course it wasn't just about Josh...it was about him and his friends!  So of course ALL of them were invited too!  Nothing like having a house full of friends and family!! 

Along with all of this there was also a trip  to Tucson for my aunts funeral, physical therapy 3 times a week, a couple of concerts, getting Seth ready to leave for 3 weeks with his grandparents, seminary graduation, our 26th wedding anniversary, and whatever else I'm sure I forgot!  I think I need a vacation!!!   

  I love my family and I always want to celebrate them!!! Of course this is only part of the crazy stressful excitement that took place in our crazy lives...but any one that knows me knows I wouldn't have it any other way!!!  And we SURVIVED!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Motherhood...



So today is Mother's Day! Lets start with saying HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you AMAZING MAMMAS out there! Especially MY MOM! I mean seriously...she had to put up with me and my brother and sister for all these years! Look we are adults and we are STILL giving the poor woman gray hairs! I'll claim a few of those gray hairs BUT not all of them... Dan and Kim have add some of those too...Just like our kids have added plenty of gray hairs to our heads! But I wouldn't trade a single gray hair...isn't that why we have hair dye (just kidding,sorta)! 



NOW FOR THE SERIOUS STUFF! 

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to teach the lesson in Relief Society for Church and it just so happened to be on Mothers...Behold thy Mother by Jeffery R. Holland. Of course any teacher will tell you that you get more out of a lesson than those that you teach. But I wanted to share with everyone a few things that I shared in my lesson because with it being Mother's Day I thought it was a great message to pass on! On two of the stories, I'm just going to warn you...get your tissues out!!! 

Then Elder Holland says Something that sets the tone for the whole lesson. This statement to me, as a mother, was so powerful. At the time I was preparing the lesson, I had just gotten, home from Caylas...like just 3 days before, helping her from having a baby (grandbaby number 3...so exciting) and this was just so neat...especially with all that's going on in my family right now that it just struck a chord.


"Today I declare from this pulpit what has been said here before:that no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child." 

As I've raised my children it's always amazed me that the Lord would entrust such spirits in my care. I've never claimed to be the best mother out there...I've told my children that when they were born they didn't come with an instruction manual for me to follow so I'm sure I did things wrong, but that was ok because I did things my way and well they lived so it was all good but I can tell you that I hurt when my children hurt, I was angry when my children were angry. I was happy when my children were happy. I know all of you can relate. And as my children get older...that's not going to change. I will always feel that way for my children, just as I know my mother still feels that way for me! 

Sister Carol B. Thomas (former 1st councilor in the general YW's Presidency) said: "Nothing we do in life is more important than mothering our children. And as we strive to deepen our family talent for spirituality, our most effective teaching will come by our examples. Not everything we do will be successful, but remember my mantra: If you're a good mother 60 percent of the time, you are a good mother." 

60 percent of the time...ok I think I can manage that...so maybe I haven't done too bad of a job with y kids. And as a friend pointed out during the lesson we are sleeping half that time so its even lesson...so I'm doing really good! LOL 


OK so I don't want to give me whole lesson so I'm just going to jump ahead here...But I wanted to give a few key factors before I jumped into two random stories about motherhood. But here they are! I know each of you will relate to these in one way or another.

Elder Christiansen stated: So far, no worthy substitute has been found for good mothers. Without them, civilization is doomed to decay.” 

According to a Jewish proverb: “god could not be everywhere; therefore, he made mothers.” 

Abraham Lincoln articulated the sentiments of virtually all mankind when he said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 

Just like the Savior, as mothers we make sacrifice for our children. We feel their pains and sorrows. We also want them to succeed and we will do all that we can to help them towards that path to success, we will give them the tools they need to get them there, just like the Savior gave us the tools to return home to him and to succeed here in this life! 

Lucile Tournear shares the following story: My mother was so quiet and unassuming that many of her closest neighbors never really learned to know her; yet she was truly a friend to the friendless and a comfort to the lonely-hearted. 

My early childhood would have been desolated indeed without her love and devotion. How clearly I remember a conversation that went something like this: Mamma, will you read to me now? Just a few pages, Mamma.” I would carry a book into the kitchen where my other was ironing or to the dining room where she sat at her sewing machine. Sometimes I followed her to the back porch were she scribbled clothes on a washboard. Her explanations that she must first finish her work were always gentle and patient. Never did she raise her voice in anger or impatience. More often than not, she would leave her work only to finish it later in the evening when I was tucked safely into bed. Due to her kindness and tact, I was eight years old, before I realized that I was blind. 

When a teacher was found to teach me Braille, Mother learned Braille with me. Since we could see the teacher only once a week, Mother felt that my progress would be too slow with so little help, so my education became another of her many tasks. When I did enter a day school for the blind, I was able to go into the fifth grade with the children in my own age group. Had she merely been the traditional busy housewife, this would have been noteworthy enough, but since she was the sole provider for four children, it was remarkable. By taking in washing and sewing, working in the homes of neighbors, and remaking second-hand clothing that friends and relatives contributed, we were able to manage. 

My mother was often asked why she did not send me away to school. In those days, practically all blind children attended special state institutions. To such questions Mother would say, “I want Lucile to have the same love and care that my other children have….”… 

I could never have finished high school and college without Mother’s help. In the late twenties and early thirties, there were very few textbooks to be had in Braille. Mother did most of my reading. She also spent long hours dictating French to me, and I transcribed page after page of it into Braille…. 

Because of her, I have never known a world of darkness. Because of her, I have been able to live a busy and happy life. With her as my inspiration, I shall continue to do so. As she always has been, she always will be my guiding light.

As mothers we make countless sacrifices for our children...sometimes we don't even realize that we are even doing it! It takes a special angle to be a mother! 


So lastly I want to share with you a parable that reminds us of the great sacrifices made by mothers, and of the crown you'll receive for faithful motherhood. 

The Crown from Heaven~ 

At the door of the Angel of Life there sounded a knocking, a knocking, at first very faint, then growing louder and more insistent. Opening the door, the angel saw on the threshold a woman pale with pain, but with a look of expectant joy in her eyes. 

“I am here,” she said triumphantly. “I have come for my child. Give it to me quickly for it is a long journey and a hard one, and my strength may be exhausted before I return.” 

“Wait,” said the angel slowly. “Your child is here – a beautiful boy. But first you must pay for him.” 

“Pay you?” faltered the woman. “But I have very little money and we shall need that for him.” 

“I have no use for money,” answered the angel. “But I must have a little of your health, a great deal of your time, some of your peace of mind, and at least half of our heart.” 

Without hesitating the woman handed him the things for which he asked, and the angel turned away and returned with the child. The woman clasped him eagerly in her weak arms, then bravely set out for the land from which she came. As she turned to go, the angel placed on her head a crown. She turned in surprise. 

“This is my gift to you.” Said the Angel of Life. “It is the crown of motherhood, which will recompense you for the things you have given up.” 

~Anonymous 

Sorry its so serious, but I wanted to share with you these stories today! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD A HAND IN TOUCHING THE LIVES OF ME AND MY FAMILY IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER! Each of you will always hold a special place in our hearts!
  

Sunday, December 27, 2015


Dear Family and Friends                                                                                     December 2015

To say 2015 flew by is totally the understatement of the century!!!  I say it every year but this year…Oh my heck I just got use to writing 2015 on everything…sorta, and I still have a million and one things on my to-do list that I need to get done before the end of the year, which by the way is just a few weeks away!! EEK!!!  I DID NOT GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!!

This year started with the excitement of 2014 coming to an end, celebrating Christmas with family and friends and ringing in the New Year in classic Hansen style…lots of FOOD, watching movies in our PJ’s all night and toasting the new year with sparling apple and grape juice!  I’m still trying to get over the shock that I DID NOT GIVE LAST YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!
 
February was an exciting month…WHY? Because I got to go to Washington to visit my brother and nephew. I was so worried I would freeze but really it wasn’t that cold, just LOTS of rain!! Even with the rain I had such a good time! Also this month Seth took his acting to the comic books, which for every boy who loves super heroes was a dream come true, however he was playing a bad guy and seemed to enjoy it just a bit too much!  With the end of this play came the end of the Drama Season for Seth, it went by so quickly…I DID NOT GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!!

We fast forward through March with DJ getting called as the Varsity Coach in YM’s.  Of course April brought us Easter…A time to celebrate the resurrection of the Savior and new life.  With April we are now 4 MONTHS into the year…I DID NOT GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!!

May was probably the most exciting month of Josh and Seth…SCHOOL ENDED!! Seth finished 7th grade and was getting ready to be the TOP DOG in Elementary School as an 8th grader.  Joshua ended his Junior year very excited because now he was a BIG SHOT senior!  May was also our 25th Anniversary!  Of course DJ surprised me with a trip to my favorite place on earth-Disneyland!! My hubby knows me so well!! It was crazy to think that we have had a life together for 25 years, where did the time go…I DID NOT GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!

Summer time kept all of us busy.  Seth started back at swim where he has really improved, he still hates it but he’s really fast!  Josh took on a high adventure trip with the guys from Church…they hiked Mount Langley in the Sierra Nevadas. What a trip this was, he had everything from sunshine, rain, hail and snow. Seth also took off this summer to scout camp for a week.  The day he got home the family took off for a 10 day trip to Utah and Idaho to visit family!  What a trip it was…Cayla, Craig and the babies came along on this trip with us!  We had so much fun visiting zoos, museums and of course all our family! But this trip just wasn’t long enough and before I knew it we were heading home!  I DID NOT GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!!

This trip was kind of a bitter sweet trip, right after we got home Cayla and Craig made a MAJOR change in their life…they moved to Washington for Craig to further his education.  Of course this move brought lots of tears to everyone…and a major change for Cayla who has lived in Arizona all her life.  It was very difficult to watch them leave…I DID NOT GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!!

August brought DJ’s 30 year High School reunion, which also brought another trip back to Utah!  This trip brought a FUN experience of our car breaking down two different times, getting towed two different times and driving through the Arizona desert with no air BEFORE breaking down, sitting in the heat for hours…FUN TIME, FUN TIMES!  But DJ had a great time seeing old friends!  August also was the start of the new school year…I now have one senior and one 8th grader.  Just a few more months and I’ll only have one left in school…WOW, I DID NOT GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!!

One big change besides DJ’s birthday in September was him getting called to be the 1st councilor in the Stake Young Men’s presidency. He loves working with the Young Men and is really excited about getting to work with Seth once he turns 14 in December.  Josh also took on a NEW roll in his life…he is in the work/release program and started working as an intern at ATCA (Airline Training Center AZ).  It been fun watching him take on new responsibilities.  October brought another trip for me up to Washington to see Cayla, Craig and the babies!  DJ, Josh and Seth wanted to send me up there for my birthday!  To say I was excited doesn’t really describe how I felt getting to see them.  And it was during this trip that I got the best Birthday gift from Cayla and Craig…they are expecting our 3rd grandbaby, another boy, in March!!  So Excited…this will be the ONLY time I WILL GIVE THE YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY SO FAST!!! 

November and December have been exciting so far.  During this time my dad, was released after serving for 10 years as the Stake President of the Phoenix West Maricopa stake.  It was bitter sweet…he’s served as a member of the stake presidency for over 19 years.  I’m not sure my parents are going to know what to do with so much free time.  December really is a magical time, fun things always happen during this time…The best thing of all Cayla and Craig came down for the holidays!  Everyone is excited to see them!

As always our lives are busy-crazy but with all our ups and downs this year we have come to appreciate what is most important… FAMILY!!  This holiday season I hope you can find joy when spending time with family!  I hate to see any year end but looking at what’s ahead from our family, new baby, graduations, missions, just life, I think I’m ready to GIVE THIS YEAR PERMISSION TO FLY BY! 

Merry Christmas,


The Hansen and Gassaway Family, DJ, Suzi, Joshua, Seth and Cayla, Craig, Eric and David. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

SIMPLIFY...

The months of November and December somehow always turn out to be the craziest and busiest months in my life...I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way!!  It seems between all the holiday madness and birthdays we have during this time we have to also find time to live our normal lives...ok our somewhat normal lives...what may seem like normal to some can seem like total craziness to others!  

Its usually around this time of year that ALL the stress from the last year starts to catch up with me...not to say that I didn't show the stress during the year...especially this year, which seemed more stressful than other years...but for some reason it ALL seems to manifests itself around now!  I noticed this in High School when I use to stress out about finals...like clockwork, Christmas vacation I WAS SICK...Christmas morning I WAS SICK!  Nyquil was my BEST FRIEND during this time! Well like alot of things in our lives this has continued in my life...usually around the holidays I start to feel the stress of life, push through it and then my body says...nope you can't do that...and BAM! I'M SICK!!  Well, of course every year I fight it tooth and nail and this year is NO DIFFERENT!!  

Yesterday was a very emotional in our family!  My dad, for those of you that know him Ron Waldron, was released as Stake President of the Phoenix West Maricopa Stake for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He served as Stake President for 10 years and before that as 1st counselor for 9 years.  It was a very sweet morning as testimonies were shared...as messages of love and service about my dad and and his two counselors, Greg and Todd, were shared.  Also what sweet testimonies were given my the new incoming leadership and their wives.  Emotions were very high that morning, tears were being fought back by everyone.  Even the two General Authorities were fighting the tears.  Its going to be fun to see what happens not that this chapter closes and an new one opens today for all these families!  
(Pictures from Kathy C)

As we came home from this very spiritual and emotional meeting and I entered my house and looked around, I almost had a melt down.  You see this past two weeks has been a crazy rollercoaster ride it seems like...This week we had our ward Christmas party.  I was asked to help with the committee again this year.  We thought we had a simple plan...whats that saying about the best laid plans...well, everything that could happen, probably did.  Lets just say there were family health issues, family issues, school issues, church issues...any kind of issue that could pop up in my life it did..........................SOOOOOOOOO my house kind of blew up during this time!  I got Christmas decorations out and started putting them up and well it just seemed to add to the mess...YOU KNOW YOU ALL CAN RELATE WITH THE ISSUE...............But on a side note-the Ward Party was GREAT...the decorations-GREAT, food-AMAZING, Youth program-AWESOME and FUNNY (ok side note...my youngest son added a bit of comic relief when he slipped of the back of the stage the wisemen where standing on...then all the youth started laughing...yep my son, the youngest one! LOL), over all night -PERFECT!!!!

So back to Sunday, as I looked around and I thought its Sunday I really don't want to clean to much on Sunday I started straightening the counter anyways and I came across this flyer, I guess you would call it, I read it and as DJ where it came from.  He said they got it last week in their High Priest lesson.  As I read it, I started thinking about my crazy two months and really, I need to "SIMPLIFY"...The message is "Is the Gospel Working For You?" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.   But there are so many ways to take this message into you life..................


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It starts with a story......(Most women can TOTALLY RELATE TO THIS)...

One sister, a Relief Society Instructor, was known for preparing flawless lessons.  One time she decided to create a beautiful quilt that would serve as the perfect backdrop to the theme of her lesson, But life intervened - there were children to pick up from school, a neighbor who needed help moving, a husband who had a fever, and a friend who felt lonely.  The day of the lesson approached, and the quilt was not completed.  Finally, the night before her lesson, she did not sleep much as she worked all night on the quilt.  The next day she was exhausted and barely able to organize her thoughts, but she bravely stood and delivered her lesson.  And the quilt was stunning - the stitches were perfect, the colors vibrant, and the design intricate.  And at the center of it all was a single word that triumphantly echoed the theme of her lesson:  "SIMPLIFY." 
What is the difference between those whose experience in the Church fills their souls with songs of redeeming love and those who feel that something is lacking?   FIRST:  are we making our discipleship too complicated?  SECOND:  start where you are.  I pray that we will focus on "the simplicity that is in Christ" and allow His grace to lift and carry us during our journey from where we are not to our glorious destiny in our Father's presence.  As we do so and someone asks us, "How is being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints working for you?" we will be able to say with pride, in all humility, and with great joy, "It works wonderfully!"  
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So as I look around my house, as I look at my list of things to get done, as I look at my calendar of events coming up...One thought now comes to mind - SIMPLIFY!  Am I focus on the right things this time of year or for that matter all year!  I'm worried about getting sicker and not having time to finish all the work that needs to get done...is that what truly matters or should I focus on the "Simplicity that is Christ."   Time to refocus...time to SIMPLIFY!!



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My parents are pretty AWESOME!!!

I don't know why but yesterday I felt the urge to find a Christmas gift my parents gave all the family back in 2008.  This was something that up until recently I KNEW exactly where it was and for some reason I couldn't find it yesterday.  To say I was getting upset was an understatement!  For years this gift was with my Family History, I could see it there, I've gotten it from this same spot over and over but this time it wasn't there.  During my frustration DJ happened to call and asked what was wrong and I told him and he said well my first thought is in the safe and my second thought was with the Family History...well it's not with the Family History and WELL SILLY ME...I then remembered it was so important to me and I didn't want it to be destroyed in a fire so I put in in the safe...and GUESS WHAT...it was there safe and sound!


And what is this silly little gift you ask...
well it's not so silly to me and my family...
in 2008 for Christmas that year my parents gave us (my brother, sister and me) one of the most precious gifts they ever could have given us, they gave us...
 the story of How the Gospel of Jesus Christ came into our Family...
as they put it, they wanted to share something of lasting and eternal value.  
They wanted us to recognize the treasure that is contained in their story and the lasting worth it is to our family and our posterity.  

Every so often I get out this story and I sit down and I read it.  Even though I know this story and I've heard it for years I seem to find new things in it, perhaps because I'm in different stages in my own life as I read it.  Its not that long of a story but the things that my dad went through during his journey into the gospel is truly a testimony.  You can't help but see how the Lord was preparing him for what his future was.  It just shows you that the Lord truly is there with you no matter who you are, member or non-,member, the Lord always has a hand in your life. 

As I sit here reading what was the start of the first chapter in my parents life in the gospel, I think about next month as the next chapter in my parents life comes to a close.  You see my dad will be released as the Stake President of the West Maricopa Stake.  Its kinda crazy to stop and think about this chapter coming to a close.  Dad has served as stake president for 10years and before that he served as 1st counselor to President Hinten for 9 years.  So basicly 19 years of my father's life as been serving as a member of the stake presidency in the West Maricopa Stake. My mom has been by his side supporting him all during this time. Lets put it a little differently...I have 3 children...Cayla, age 23 (married almost 5 years with 2 children and one on the way), Joshua, age 17 (senior in high School), and Seth age 13 (almost 14, 8th grade)...I only had one child when my dad was first put into the stake presidency.  My other two kids weren't even born.  Pretty much this is all my children have known of their grandpa.     

Watching my dad and mom live the gospel has been a true teaching experience in my life. Watching how they have handled the trial and tribulations that have come their way over the years and how they have come through those situations has been a true blessing in my life. I know that sometimes people look at my parents and think that they have this perfect life but really they are just like all of us except that they have learned to rely on Heavenly Father to help them when they are in need of help and guidance. Not to say that we haven't, I just think that they have fully put that trust in him.  I love the example they are to me.   


I'm so grateful for the true pioneers my parents have been. They accepted the missionaries invitation to join the church, to be baptised and to go forth and be examples to those around them.  
The seeds were planted before my dad was a member, he was sick and he received a blessing...from that blessing we now have a family growing in the gospel.  The examples they have been in teaching me and now I have taught my family and will eternally be grateful!   

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

EXTRA EXTRA...BIG NEWS...

SOOOOOOO...I'm sure some of you thought I had dropped of the face of the earth this last year...
Seriously, I hardly posted anything!  
Yep, I'm sure you thought I finally did it...
That I ran away and I changed my name...Well, as wishful thinking as it was, and how tempting it was at times, I didn't do it...
Life just was crazy...mostly in a good way this last year!  
To say its getting back to normal.....well that's hard to say!  
BUT I'm hoping to get back to blogging more because I know this is how a lot of my family and friends keep up to date on what's going on in my crazy families life!!  

But for now, I'm not really going to bring you up to date on much I just wanted to share some of the MOST EXCITING NEWS OUT THERE!!  

THIS IS TOTALLY AN 
EXTRA...EXTRA
TYPE ANNOUNCEMENT
This announcement is from Cayla and Craig...
Here we go.....
Drum Roll Please.....


Thats RIGHT!!! 
 Cayla and Craig are expecting baby number 3!!!!

We are so excited to add GRANDBABY NUMBER 3 
to our family in March!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Who's a "Meat and Potato" kind of person

I said it before...but its so true so I'm gonna say it again...

I LOVE COMFORT FOOD!!!  

Really I do!! 

I love eating the foods I grew up with, even the most basic dishes, you know like Meat Loaf!!  
So the other night when I was flipping through my old recipes, 
(the ones my mom gave me before I got married with all the family favorites), 
I saw this recipe and decided this was WHAT WAS GONNA BE FOR DINNER!!  

An old family favorite....Simple MEAT AND POTATO PIE

Meat and Potato Pie 



Ingredients

2 pie crust (store kind works great) 
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey (I use turkey) 
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix 
Dash pepper
Dash allspice 
1- 12oz package lose-pack frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

Prepare pie crust.  Line 9 in pie plate with pastry.  Combine meat, milk, soup mix, pepper and allspice, mix gently.  Lightly pat into pie plate.  Top with potatoes.  Adjust top crust, seal and flute edge.  Cut design in top pastry.  Bake at 350' about one hour or till browned.  Serve with warm with catsup.  Makes 6 to 8 servings. 

Prepare pie crust.  Line 9 in pie plate with pastry

Combine meat, soup mix, milk, pepper and allspice, mix gently

Lightly pat into pie plate 

Top with potatoes

Add a little pepper on top of potatoes 

Adjust top crust, seal and flute edge

Bake at 350' about an hour or till browned.  

Serve warm  
If choosing to freeze, allow to cool and then seal 

Cut and serve 

With or without catsup 

Growing up this was one of our family favorite!  There was NEVER leftovers when we had this!!  
Simple and GOOD...what more could you ask for!! 
Enjoy!!