Saturday, February 17, 2018

Week of February 11 - 17, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
 Sunday was Ward Conference. It was a true blessing from heaven that as I sustained Russell M. Nelson as Prophet, I had a strong personal witness that he truly is a prophet of God. We had a very spiritual Sacrament Meeting. I was in the choir and we had practiced "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" to perform during this meeting and had been practicing for weeks. As our bishop spoke, he shared the special meaning to him of this particular hymn. One of their children, and their only daughter, Nora, was still born. At her funeral, this hymn was sung and it brought them such comfort. Then the choir sang. Never did a song have more meaning than it did at that time. It was as though the Lord had it all planned. Our stake president then spoke, and his message of love and welcoming and service was also beautiful.

I had a cub scout committee meeting soon after church and then came home to complete my assignments from that meeting. Dad attended his Self Reliance class that afternoon as well.

I had cub scouts on Wednesday. We completed Running With The Pack Required Adventure with a fun obstacle course. Two boys completed their Wolf Badge with this, and two only lack the Cyber Chip to complete their Wolf badge now. Youth had a dance so dad attended a temple session.

I took a Hershey Kiss treat to one sister I visit on Wednesday. As I found out that my friend had passed away, I texted Linda, another sister I visit, and then she called and we talked for awhile. Linda's husband was in a serious motorcycle accident a year ago that took his life ten days later...right at this time. So she was devastated about Janet's death while going through her own struggles of this sad time. She is doing well otherwise and is probably going to sell her house here and just stay near family and friends at her main home in Flagstaff.

I have indexed 5770 record so far this year.

I am in Ether 3 in the Book of Mormon. I am also reading the Ensign Magazine on Sunday. I listen to a General Conference Talk every morning as I exercise. I just completed my third time through. Starting again on Monday.

Family

The Wilkins Family
This was a very rough week for Joshua and for the Wilkins family. He came down with a stomach virus. He couldn't keep anything down. He had to be taken to the Emergency Room on Wednesday due to dehydration. He was able to go to his school Valentine Party on Friday - these are the Valentines Adam made for him
He did go to his party Friday, but ate very little, and came right home and went to bed. We have been praying for him. Grace went to a sleepover at her best friend, Katelyn's house. Adam had a couple of days off school during the week and was a great help to Mike and Allison. Sam's preschool with Mom was postponed for the week, and he is anxious to return to learning letters next week.

The Ethan Rice Family
I FaceTimed with this family on Sunday evening. They had a great dinner cooked by Ethan and were enjoying time together. Earlier, they had a fun time feeding the ducks. Kaylee had a Valentine's Day party at school on Wednesday. Wadey tried to hug his friend, Mason. 
Wadey also thought being dressed like a 100 year old was not too bad!
We received a cute Valentines Day card this week. Kaylee is quite the writer and artist!





The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber had a good, busy week. Doran took Friday off to have some fun with the kids.

Morgan
Morgan is busy working a new job at the Trader Joe's Distribution Center.

Kayty
Kayty still is looking for a job. She has applied as a Phoenix Police Dispatcher, at Maricopa County as a court clerk, and at two insurance companies, along with many other places. We completed her income taxes so she has about a month of money. She continues to organize and clean her room and has probably doubled Deseret Industries profits for this year.

Three saves this week: two minor, one major

The Nathan Rice Family
School is getting more intense. Nathan had three exams this week. These take roughly three hours each to complete, plus studying prior to and regular homework. Jessica's semester is getting rough too. So, to help with the kids on a particularly rough week, I am flying up to help out March 1 - 10. I am just hoping I don't freeze! Nathan did well on the exams, was offered an internship at Ruger, but had to decline due to them wanting to complete school at the end of the year and not push out graduation any longer. 0


Dad's Garden
Garden is doing well. Harvesting pounds of snow peas and lots of cabbage. Tomato plants are growing. This weather has been so good for the garden. 

Year of the House Part 2
Still working on the tile. Dad purchased more tile to cut. We had to get a new sack of thinset and ended up having to return it after a few tiles and getting a different variety.



Other highlights
Rain this week and clouds were wonderful.

Valentines Day was uneventful. I gave Dad a card and that was about it. I made a pretty good breakfast and lunch for him while he was at meetings, and he made some snow pea chicken for he and Kayty to have for dinner.

Nano Shopping included two grocery stores and blood work at the lab. 

We spent our late Thursday night cleaning the Phoenix Temple. We hadn't done it for two years, since last time it was soooo much work. This time, it was a lot of work, but it seemed more organized and was not as exhausting. Dee and I cleaned Administration, which included the offices of the Temple presidency and the matron's office. 

Dad enjoyed a great scout campout to Bartlett Lake on Friday night.








Not so highlights
My sweet friend, Janet, died early Wednesday morning. I was devastated to find out the news. I just drove her to the doctor a few days ago and she was beginning another round of chemo. She always had a smile, a love of learning, and a willingness to share her gift of sewing with everyone. I spent an evening at her house a couple of years ago and she sewed and showed me all her projects while she made me a zipper purse.



Sunday, February 11, 2018

Week of February 4 - 10, 2018

Highlights:

Spiritual
We had a good Sunday. Church was very good. Dad attended a class for Personal Preparedness while I attended choir practice in the afternoon. Quite evening with a phone call from Nathan.

I attended a session at the Phoenix Temple on Tuesday morning. Dad went with the Young Men on Wednesday night to perform baptismal ordinances.

I have indexed 4940 records so far this year.

I am in Mormon 2 in the Book of Mormon.


Family

The Wilkins Family
Sam started his week out sick! Poor guy!!

The Ethan Rice Family
This family had a good week. Kaylee's school celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up as a 100 year old. Kaylee was not a fan.
Wade was up to little boy mischief this week. 



The Doran Rice Family
Busy week for this family. Kelsie got a new hairstyle and cut this week.

Morgan
Morgan is staying with Doran and Amber and started a new job this week.

Kayty
Kayty spent her week looking for a job. She had a phone interview on Tuesday, but found out Thursday that she did not get the job. She has applied at numerous places including Cigna, taking the same behavioral test with two different firms. She has been super cleaning and decluttering her room and it is looking so nice. She has made Deseret Industries very happy. 

Four minor saves this week.

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica had a good week. Nathan took another three hour test but did very well. They went to Provo to attend a STEM job fair on Thursday and Friday. Anna especially enjoyed being able to swim in the pool. Nathan got a couple of good job interviews. It was an awesome break in a tough semester. Saturday was filled with homework till late at night. 

Dad's Garden
Tomatoes were caged this week and have blossoms. Tons of snow peas are being harvested every other day. We shared some of our citrus with some people we met from Ohio. 



Year of the House Part 2
Bathroom tile continues to be put up. It's been a one row at a time effort now, since they are not in a situation that we can just stack them row by row. The thinset doesn't set that quickly. We are making progress, though.



Additional green tiles for top inset border should arrive Tuesday and we can put up Wednesday.
Other highlights
Good hikes, walks and jogs this week. Dad is ready to go all the way around the mountain so we will attempt on Monday.

Nano shopping went well. After shopping and putting her groceries away, I took out the trash and took her to her ward ladies luncheon before returning home.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Week of January 28 - February 3, 2018

Highlights:

Spiritual
We had a great Sunday. Talks in Sacrament Meeting were all focused on choosing good friends, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the basics of the Gospel, and Heavenly Father's divine design at work in our lives. Ty Clark spoke before he leaves on his mission to the Korea Busan Mission.  Elder Mark Frost of the Seventy was in our Sacrament and spoke as well. Sunday School was very good. I was looking forward to sitting and participating in Relief Society, but Primary came in asking me to help in a class, so I went there. Dad home taught his final family right after church. We had two conflicting meetings on Sunday night. I spoke at Great to Be 8 and Dad attended the Fireside on  . Same building. Same time.

I received two letters from my inmate friend, Jessica. It is a gift to come home and see the copies of her letters in my email. (President Day, the branch president, receives all mailings. He sends us a scanned copy of the letter and must keep the original.) She is doing well. I found out that Sunday was her birthday, so I went in the next few days to find a card for her. I had no idea so better late than never.

For cubs, we had a good pack meeting this week. Dad and his young men met with the young women the same age at a leaders house to look at a video the boys created to earn a merit badge.

I did complete visiting teaching this month. A text to Linda. A quick visit to drop off zucchini bread and a couple of thoughts to Yvonne.

I have indexed 4055 records so far this year.

I am in 3 Nephi 18 in the Book of Mormon.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Sam had a good week with home preschool. It was C week, and he made a caterpillar and baked cookies. He is pretty good at all the letter sounds.

The Ethan Rice Family
Family is finally feeling better this week and is starting to catch up with work and house responsibilities. They shared these pics

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and family are doing very well. Dad and Doran talked hunting on the phone Friday night.

Morgan
Morgan is busy at work.

Kayty
Kayty had her last two days at one job, an interview at another job, and scheduled another for the next week. Happy Birthday, Kayty, on Saturday. She headed up to her favorite zoo, Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde and had a wonderful day.









When she got home, we had her birthday dinner. After tasting some pretty awesome chicken basil meatballs at Costco when we were getting her birthday cake, she decided they would be her birthday dinner. I cooked down tomatoes all day Friday which became a pretty awesome tomato sauce for spaghetti with her meatballs for dinner. She also had her famous chocolate birthday cake from Costco. 




The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica had a good school week. Nathan did well on his Tuesday test, is interviewing for a position at Ruger by phone, and will attend a job fair in Provo next Thursday and Friday. School is very very busy but going well and the girls are doing great! I am so thankful for Sunday FaceTime calls where I can see them and talk to them. Anna is getting so big and talking so well, and Ellie is smiles all the time...until she is hungry, and then she lets you know!


Dad's Garden
Lots of peas, cabbage and turnips are being harvested. Tomato cages went on the tomato plants. 

Year of the House Part 2
Tiling continued this week. We are slow but making progress.



Other highlights
I had the opportunity to drive my ward friend, Janet, out to Scottsdale for a doctors appointment at the Virginia Piper Cancer Center.

Janet spent all of 2015 being treated for breast cancer, and then months recovering from that. She had a pretty good 2016 after she was declared cured, and even traveled on a cruise. She struggled with vertigo due to the chemo, but was getting better. Then, late last year, she was diagnosed with aggressive leukemia, caused by the chemo for breast cancer. Her husband couldn't take her to the appointment so I was able to. We spent a few hours there, changing dressings, and seeing her doctor hoping the chemo she had a few weeks ago had destroyed the cancer so she would be able to have a bone marrow transplant. As I sat in the waiting room, I saw person after person walk in, some with masks on, some with stocking hats covering their heads, some covered with tattoos, of all walks of life and all ages. Yet, they would share with each other. One lady had fought the disease previously, spent a year in the hospital, and drives 5 hours down from the Indian Reservation for this check up and then drives back, every month. She looked totally normal. She was talking about her doctor wanting her to gain weight, but she takes 29 pills a day, so it's hard to feel hungry. I was absolutely humbled just listening as people shared their battle and their victories, no matter how small. The rest of us think chemotherapy is just it, and then one returns to normal life. I learned these valiant people must create a new "normal" and while they are fighting for their lives, they don't hesitate to ask how someone is, and to listen. Janet did come out, and set a new course for her treatment. She scheduled appointments for the next few days when her husband could be with her, and we headed home. I truly learned a lot.

January 31, 2018 early morning - Super Blue Blood Moon lunar eclipse. Saw the beginnings as I jogged and walked, kept checking it out while I was indexing. Pretty amazing. 

Not so highlights