Monday, June 27, 2011

Almost A Repeat!

wasp-cartoon b

As I was moving the decorator pillows on the bed, my eye caught a glimpse of gold. Curious, I lifted the pillow and there was a HUGE wasp!
Quickly, I covered the wasp with the pillow and yelled for Errol who came to my rescue and quickly disposed of the intruder who was arching it’s back and preparing to sting.
I shudder to think about the consequences had I not noticed that fleck of gold.  It would have been hiding in the very place where I would have laid my head later to sleep.

Our INSPIRATIONAL FAMILY FOCUS comes from an address by
Monson and WirthlinPres. Thomas S. Monson: To the Rescue
“Amidst the storms of life, danger lurks; and men, like boats, find themselves stranded and facing destruction. Who will man the lifeboats, leaving behind the comforts of home and family, and go to the rescue?
[To rescue, we must] acquire the language of the Spirit. It is not learned from textbooks written by men of letters, nor is it acquired through reading and memorization. The language of the Spirit comes to him who seeks with all his heart to know God and keep His divine commandments. Proficiency in this “language” permits one to breach barriers, overcome obstacles, and touch the human heart.
In a day of danger or a time of trial, such knowledge, such hope, such understanding bring comfort to a troubled soul and a grieving heart. Shadows of despair are dispelled by rays of hope; sorrow yields to joy; and the feeling of being lost in the crowd of life vanishes with the certain knowledge that our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us.
I pray that all of us may sense our responsibilities and, as one, follow our Leader—even the Lord Jesus Christ, and His prophet —to the rescue.”

How grateful am I that I have been rescued!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Water Always Makes Things Better

“Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst” (John 4:14).
Water wheel d
Michael traded a few months of his portion for the family plan on our cell phone bill by making us this amazing water wheel.

Water wheel a
There is something soooooo incredibly comforting in listening to the sound of water!
Pure, life-sustaining water from a babbling creek makes us want to drink deeply from the Living Water.

Water wheel b
Water projects offer a significant improvement in the quality of life.
“In communities with numerous and wide-ranging problems, people always say that clean water is what they would like most.”

The Savior spent His earthly ministry in a time and place where people relied on wells for water. As He taught the woman at the well by saying that “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst” (John 4:14), He was also teaching us that His gospel quenches—permanently—our most basic needs.

Water wheel c
I know that the well of living water the Savior offers us never runs dry and is pure and life sustaining. When we come to Him with an empty cup, He will fill it, often beyond our capacity to receive. He is truly living water, a manifestation of the love of God.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New House, New Beginnings

Our move has been traumatic. We’ve been told by our sons that they’re likely not going to visit too often because we’ve ‘moved to the end of the earth’!
So, here’s some photos of the end of the earth:
Baker Lane Home
Our New Home – BevanResort has lost it’s lake…
View FrontPorch May 2011 a
View FrontYard may 2011
And gained some New Pespectives!
View FrontPorch May 2011 b
Here’s Taffy, the horse, directly across the street from our house.
View of Escaped Horses May 2011 c
And the horses that have escaped from their owners down the street.
LivingRoom from entry May 2011
Our Living Room – affectionately labeled ‘the Celestial Room’ by a young grandson – but normally referred to as ‘the Visiting Teaching/Home Teachers Room’.
LivingRoom from entry c May 2011
Green chairs for the Home Teachers.
ChinaHutch to FrontDoor May 2011
Looking past the china hutch to the Front Door.
DiningTable to Front Door May 2011
Looking across the dining table to the Front Door.
Dining to FamRoom May 2011
View from dining table to the Family/TV Room.
FamRoom Looking down to May 2011
Looking across to the Family/TV Room.
AND Here’s a view of some of what we have lost:
Gorgeous swimming weather – even with fresh snow on the Stansbury Mountains!!
Three granddaughters and a friend swimming with Nana last Tuesday.

Our INSPIRATIONAL FAMILY FOCUS comes from Pres. Dieter F Uchtdorf: UCHTDORF_dieter-f-uchtdorf
“We cannot and we must not allow ourselves to get distracted from our sacred duty. We cannot and we must not lose focus on the things that matter most.”

Hopefully, it is evident that we have not lost focus on the things that matter most.  We have lost our business, our retirement, and our home – BUT NOT OUR TESTIMONY AND FAITH!