Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week of April 16 - 22, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Mom spoke in church on Easter Sunday. She also sang in the choir. The meeting was very spiritual and inspirational, and I loved the songs that the choir sang!

Dad and Mom attended the Wednesday night session at the Phoenix Temple. 

I completed reading the Book of Mormon on Thursday, April 20. I am now in 1 Nephi 4 in my next time through this great book. I am so thankful for the blessing of having the Book of Mormon to guide me, to give me peace.

I have indexed 12080 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Sam and Grace called and talked to me via FaceTime on Sunday. I loved talking to Sam. He was eating a Peep and talked about nursery and smiling as cute as can be. I also talked to Grace. She has the cutest new haircut! She showed me some of her candy and recited to me some of the Gettysburg Address that she is memorizing. She did a great job! I saw Josh's head briefly. They had a great day on Easter! Mike, Allison, and Adam spoke in church, the Easter Bunny came, and they had the missionaries over to share their dinner. Mike grilled chicken and they had brussels sprouts and carrot cake for their dinner.

Grace helped Dad work on the car in preparation for the boys' Father Son Campout
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Mom and Grace had an awesome ladies' night home. Cafe Rio, Painting Toenails, a movie and just absolute fun. 
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The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan, Cameo, Kaylee and Wade had a wonderful Easter. They attended church, and their dinner was lobster, mussels, ham, mashed potatoes, cabbage salad, and carrot cake.
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Pics from their ward Easter Activity
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On Wednesday, this family headed to South Carolina to celebrate their 11th anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Ethan and Cameo! The rented a condo and enjoyed a brand new state for Cameo, Kaylee and Wade, the Atlantic Ocean for Cameo, Kaylee and Wade, and swimming in a pool for Wade. Kaylee loved boogie boarding in the Atlantic Ocean!

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They went to an Aquarium on Saturday. Kaylee said she saw rattlesnakes! I swear those doggone snakes are everywhere!!
Kaylee sent some "sweet" pics later...



The Doran Rice Family
Doran, Amber and Family had a good week, though Friday night was rough! One of their rescues, who had all his vaccinations, was diagnosed with Parvo. This would be a tragedy for those puppies so near being old enough to find a new home. Bleach and a workforce came to help disinfect indoors and outdoors.


The Morgan Rice Family
No news from Morgan this week

Kayty
On Easter, Kayty attended church in her ward. We ate leftovers for dinner and later, she went to Cookie Night at another single adult's house. She had a good work week. She was able to answer problem phone calls on Monday while one co-worker had the day off. She handled it well when the caller blamed the next door neighbor for somehow luring a swarm of bees onto his property.She is learning much every day, and has firmly decided she will NEVER own a rental property. Saturday was sleeping and rearranging her room

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica and Annalee had Easter Dinner with her family after attending church in the Sun City Ward on Sunday. They really enjoyed the ward!Jessica started a college class on Monday and Nate started his internship job on Tuesday.They made it through a long week, with finding it needful to stay with Jessica's parents on days she needs to work. Annalee came and played a couple of times this week, and we enjoyed Friday night visit while Jess visited a friend with a walk and fun at home.
Nathan spent hours outside working on their vehicles Saturday. He fixed the sliding door, replaced the front passenger window in the other, and made them happy with new oil. The family also swam for a bit. Now, the Idaho folk were brave enough to get into the pool. Not the Phoenicians!

Work
Monday was very frustrating for Dad and he was ready to quit when his 14 hour day was complete. Tuesday seemed to go a bit better and he was making plans for a driving trip to Utah for next week beginning Saturday. He made it through his Thursday presentation, even with the whole "deliverable" being changed two hours before the meeting. He left by 7 am Saturday after picking up the rental car on Friday and headed to Ogden Utah. This trip has an unsure nature to it. If the supplier works with him, and lets him in the plant, he will be able to accomplish his assignment. If they only give him one hour, problems will not be solved and he will be done and heading back toward other Utah suppliers and then home.He did have a safe and enjoyable trip up. He stopped at a rock shop near Kanab, saw the Payson Utah temple, delivered some clothing to someone in Provo, and met Sharynn, Rollin and family at a Mongolian Barbeque to share dinner.


My work week included the typical Monday Wednesday Friday dusting, vacuuming, mopping, the Tuesday/Thursday bathroom scrubbing and house vacuum, laundry every day, preparing three meals every day, seed harvesting, weed pulling, yard picking up, grocery shopping, etc. I also painted a few scuffs on the door to the sewing/laundry room.

Dad's Garden
Tomatoes are great and he picked some peppers

and he picked these monster beets on Friday


Year of the House Part 2
Work in the bathroom still trudges on. When you see these remodeling shows and witness the problems they have with older homes, you understand what we encounter. Wall studs are twisted and we could not figure out for the life of us what was happening on the back wall. He could not get things plumb/straight/flat. Bondo, planing...nothing worked. He called Wade Wallin and asked for advice and he will look at it next week and tell Dad what's going on.

Other highlights
Awesome, cool morning jogs continue. So thankful!

Happy 60th Birthday, Dad!
We are going to officially celebrate with a family pizza night in May, but I did have a pineapple pie baked

Made his favorite seafood chowder

He received birthday greetings on Facebook via Allison and Ethan, Doran called later in the evening, even with their puppy troubles, and Nate and Jess brought him racks for his Weber Grills


and this

He had Chinese Lunch with his mom, swam


and enjoyed the happiness from family and friends far away on the computer. One of the only GOOD things on Facebook.


Not so highlights
Dental Work. Mine was miserable. Novocaine shot sights were many, I did feel some of the work he was doing, though I could not feel all of my ear and part of my neck. I had to determine if feeling what he was doing was worse than recovering from another shot. I found myself all tense, with hands clinging to the arm handles and my back actually arched in the chair every time there was a rinse break. It is no wonder it took till Friday for my jaw to be able to open without pain. Dad's went much better, however.

Silly gripe, but with cold weather elsewhere comes no salad from Smart and Final. I expressed sorrow and woe over my having to cut my own heads of iceberg lettuce to our favorite cashier. I pulled together my pioneer spirit and did it on Saturday. So proud of myself!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Mom's Sacrament Meeting Talk Given Sunday, April 16, 2017


Mom’s Sacrament Meeting Talk
16 April 2017


In 3 Nephi chapter 11, we read:
9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.
13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.


Today, we celebrate the resurrection and life of Jesus Christ. The sacrifice He made for us was described by Jeffrey R. Holland as “the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world.”
Jesus showed us by his example how to love…and how to live.
He taught in Matthew 16:25, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
President Thomas S. Monson said, “I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and …lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish – and in effect save their lives.”
As members of the Church, we are given abundant opportunities to serve.  Inspired leaders prayerfully fill needs in wards, in stakes, in missions. We are called on to use our hands to care for a bedridden mother, to help load and unload a moving truck, to prepare a meal for missionaries. Today, we have been served by the hands of ordained young men as they prepared and blessed the Sacrament.
As we partake, pray and ponder, we remember what Christ has done for us. We repent and recommit ourselves.
We promise to always remember Him, and we are promised that we will have His Spirit with us.
It is that Spirit that I am here to testify of. We are given Heavenly Help as we serve in our callings.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught:“You must do…what disciples of Christ have done in every dispensation: counsel together, use all resources available, seek the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, ask the Lord for his confirmation, and then roll up your sleeves and go to work.
“I give you a promise,” he said. “If you will follow this pattern, you will receive specific guidance as to the who, what, when and where of providing in the Lords way.”

And so, the Lord asks us to be His Hands.
I am blessed to serve in three capacities right now.
As a Visiting Teacher  
Writing letters to an inmate sister at the Women’s prison
And as a leader with Angie Day to a wonderful group of 8 year old boys known as the Wolf Cub Scout Den
I can testify that in each and every capacity, I have been blessed by His Spirit. The only thing I have to do…is listen. And then, express my gratitude for that inspiration.
Visiting teaching  
Julie B. Beck said: “Through Relief Society [and visiting teaching] we practice being disciples of Christ. We learn what He would have us learn, we do what He would have us do, and we become what He would have us become.”2She continued, “We are the Lord’s hands. He is dependent upon each of us. The more we see our visiting teaching assignment as one of the most important responsibilities we have, the more we will minister to those we visit.”
I am far from perfect       Striving Daily To Improve        Pray

Letter Writing to my inmate Sister
         I have a yellow notebook. I take notes nearly every Sunday.
         It is YOUR inspired words I share
                  The testimony you bear
                  The lessons you prepare and teach
                  The talks you give
                  The comments you make in class
I am so thankful that You act on the promptings you receive
Cub Scouts
         Needed a Service Project for Requirement   
         Sister Day    realized a need       Didn’t want to be self serving
         2    Year old  Grandson   Daniel   
         Current bed caused him injury            slept on a special sleeping pad
                  Could use a few more               Boys could make them
         She presented the idea to the boys
They took the pictures Sister Day had prepared shared what they would be doing with the Cub Scout Committee
We later spent our meeting time tying knots around the edges of 2 sleeping pads.
         At the end, Daniel’s Mom brought Daniel for them to meet.
                  Within moments, every boy was sitting all around Daniel  
                  They had a new friend
The work of their hands made his sleep better
Heavenly Hands reach out and enable our earthly hands to do His work, and I am ever so grateful for this!
I close with these words from President Uchtdorf:
“On this Easter Sunday, and every day, as we contemplate with reverence and awe how our Savior embraces us, comforts us, and heals us, let us commit to become His hands, that others through us may feel His loving embrace.”

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week of April 9 - 15, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Sunday started with me attending choir practice and dad going over his talk before church. His talk went well and we so enjoyed having Nate, Jess and Annalee at church with us. Grandma also came to hear dad's talk.

Dad attended his regular Wednesday 7:30 pm temple session and enjoyed his time there.

Cub Scouts went well and we were able to complete the adventure we were working on, even with the missed meeting last week. We talked about pioneers and why they came across the plains and religious freedom. She even made Johnny Cake for them to taste.

I was given a talk assignment for Easter Sunday which I worked on all week. Not a fan of speaking in church. I got it completed and practiced. Thus, my Conference Talk reading was halted for a few days.

In the Book of Mormon, I am in Ether 2 in my reading.

I have indexed 11327 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
It was Spring Break at the Wilkins House this week and they had a great time. Mom prepared envelopes full of adventure/fun rewards after daily chores were completed.
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The Ethan Rice Family
It was a good week for this family, though Wade caught his first cold.
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Kaylee had a special visitor at preschool.
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The family had a Ward Party and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. We sure missed her carrot cake!

The Doran Rice Family
Busy and challenging week for this family. Doran worked out of town in Thatcher for three days, and Amber struggled with a killer virus.

The Morgan Rice Family
Morgan worked a lot this week. He had to miss the family party for Easter and we missed he and Christy.

Kayty
Kayty had a good work week. She is learning a lot and likes the people she works with. She dyed Easter eggs with Annalee on Saturday night.

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And screamed at the television watching Harry Styles on Saturday Night Live
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The Nathan Rice Family
This family came to church with us on Sunday, and then to our house for dinner afterwards.






Nathan did preliminary medical testing before starting his internship next week. He came and helped dad a ton...welding this...







It was nice having them in town for awhile. I love playing with grandkids!




Nate and Jess are not staying where they can dye eggs, so Annalee dyed them at our house...







Work
Typical work week for both Dad and I. Dad did get to substitute teach on Friday, which makes all the long hours and rough stuff he does for Honeywell that much easier to face the next week.

Dad's Garden
Tomatoes doing well.



Year of the House Part 2
On Monday, dad installed the pipe that will end up in the new wall.



Nate came over on Saturday night to help him hang some drywall, but one of our 33 year old wall studs was twisted and the drywall would not hang properly, so dad will have to sand it down before drywall can be hung.

Current Events
I realized that sometimes momentous things happen in our world and, since this blog becomes a book, I should include things here.
So, last week, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday to become the 113th justice of the Supreme Court. 

Other highlights
Easter Egg Hunt at Grandma Dorrie's  Saturday, April 15, 2017
























Not so highlights
I had a dental checkup and cleaning appointment. I had no worries, since I have brushed and flossed every single day for the last year. No worries.

Not so fast...small decay under two crowns = two NEW crowns = NO FUN! I will be at the dentist Monday for this and Dad will be there Thursday for a crown with decay underneath.

Grrrr