Sunday, December 6, 2015

Week of November 30 thru December 6, 2015



My ponderize scripture this week came from something that was emailed to me on Saturday:

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said:
“The book of Revelation declares: ‘I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
“‘So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth’ (Revelation 3:15–16). . . .
“Each of us has to face the matter—either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing.”
(“Loyalty,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2003, 60.)

The Phoenix Temple is on shut down for two weeks, so we didn't attend the temple this week.

I indexed some this week. So far, I have indexed 6641 names this year.

We received the Ensign magazine and I read it this week. The first article, by Thomas S. Monson, our prophet and president of our church, brought many thoughts to mind of those who need help. We had heard the other day about a site set up with tents, etc. where kind volunteers find homeless veterans on the street and bring them there for new clothing, food, a warm place to sleep, counseling and help with veterans' benefits. We already had a box of items prepared that we had purchased at a yard sale: socks, shoes, shirts, sweaters, jeans, and so we went to this location, and some wonderful people helped us unload and took our items right away. There were people chopping wood and I could see it was set up to be comfortable for those who have chosen to live on the streets, but safe, warm, with an outdoor shower, clean water, a grill, etc. It was such a small thing for us to gather these items, and very little cost, and this group does so much good!
I completed reading the entire Ensign as we drove up and back from Vegas. I also am on 2 Nephi 17 in the Book of Mormon.

Dad is reading "The Autobiography of Parley P Pratt" and continues to read in the Book of Mormon every day, as our bishop has asked us.

The Wilkins Family
Josh celebrated his 6th Birthday on Tuesday. Happy Birthday, Joshua!!
We drove up on Friday, by invitation from an actor and actress: Dickens (Adam) and Comet (Grace). We arrived, loaded up Allison and Mike's house with gifts, and then headed to the school performance of "Twas The Week After Christmas". It was awesome! Adam and Grace had perfected their individual lines and actions, sang, and performed with ease.

Grace played the role of Comet...she is number six from left

Adam played the role of Dickens

Comet is lifting the weights

Comet is speaking and holding the beach ball

comet is surrounded by elves on right of center

We shared CiCi's pizza afterwards and then shared in Christmas scripture, story and just enjoying each other till bedtime. We visited on Saturday. Some went to D. I. while the rest of us stayed home. 

Even with his right arm in a cast, he plays Christmas songs!!
When Grace and family headed to her volleyball game, we headed out toward Phoenix.  On the way home, we saw these three awesome cars just outside Boulder. 

We stopped on the way home to get take a pic with these Joshua Trees in the Joshua Tree National Forest.

Thank you to Mike, Allison and family for sharing your beautiful home, and your wonderful family with us!!

The Ethan Rice Family
We saw Ethan on Monday when his friend from work brought back the canoe. On Tuesday, we received an adorable pic of Kaylee at Grandma Liza's house]
And this was on Facebook Sunday morning

The Doran Rice Family
Kooper is doing well at his new caregiver's house. Amber said he discovered Dora the Explorer and honey Greek yogurt on Wednesday.
Kooper helped Mommy search for a lost pup this weekend too Morgan

Kayty went from cast
To splint on Tuesday. There is still some evidence of injury, so the splint must be worn for an additional four weeks and no lifting in excess of a pound. 
She enjoyed her Monday and Wednesday off and did some shopping and got her new car down paymented and washed.
She worked the rest of the week and got a dress ready to wear to a party next weekend at work.
The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan delivered our fridge on Tuesday...over twelve hours after his day started. They had delivered nine refrigerators alone that day! He and Annalee came by on Wednesday evening to work on some machining. Annalee slept is her seat and I peeked at her and had dad ready to pick her up if she woke up. (doggone cold of mine!!!) He and Ethan tried some duck hunting on Saturday morning, but apparantly ducks are quite the gossipy creatures and word got out. Not many ducks to even try and shoot at. Dad thought it might also have been the lack of his duck call. After a missionary appointment, Nate  came by Saturday evening to fix the battery charger and melt lead for bullets.

Sunday was a very special day as Nathan gave Annalee a name and a blessing. In attendance were Ron and Lorrie Hudson, Josh and Cynthia Hudson, Dorrie Sullivan, Barbara Noack, Kathy Hayes, Ethan, Cameo, Kaylee, Doran, Amber, Kelsie, Kooper, Kayty and of course, Dad and I. Assisting in the blessing were Dad, Josh Hudson, James Day and TJ Perkins. It was a beautiful blessing and so wonderful to have so many people there in this joyous time. We know that those that couldn't be here in person were here in spirit.
Annalee on the same blessing blanket that her aunts, uncles, and cousins have been blessed on. She is the lucky thirteenth baby!

A very special day for this family...

 And cousins loved seeing the temple

Dad was on furlough so no work, no pay. However, he worked around here a ton! On his truck, on the yard, on Christmas, on improving the rock/bullet tumbler,and getting the car ready for the long Vegas trip.

On Monday, I completed the decorating for Christmas. Here are the final pics

Week was full of checking off lists, wrapping, cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, laundry

Dad's Truck
Dad had lots to do on the interior panels, including re-drilling, rubber insulating, painting and installation. It's not easy to climb over the crossmembers to get to where he needs to be to install.

Dad's Garden
We had a couple of cold nights this week. The temps on our porch dropped down to 34 degrees. The garden seems to have survived. Our problem this week was a garden invader who had scooted under the fence...

Two hens have been regularly producing: Daddy and Brownie. Nipper finally gave us an egg this week. Hopefully, production continues.

Other Highlights:
On Monday, I got some beautiful new light blue flannel sheets for our bed. They are so wonderful!

On Tuesday, we got a call from fridge was in and being delivered, first on Friday, and then rescheduled to Tuesday. I basically undecorated the entry and front door, moved table and chairs, cleaned out under the old fridge and filled it.

Also on Tuesday: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! My favorite! It's kind of interesting. When I was a kid, the characters were the same. The dialogue was the same. I never remember thinking Santa or Donner as mean. I do remember thinking the other reindeer were mean calling him names. I remember the Abominable being the scariest thing I had ever seen too! It's kind of funny how society now critiques every word and every sentiment said, rather than seeing the big picture of the story. We watched the 1962 "To Kill A Mockingbird" on Monday. A black slave was convicted of a crime he definitely did not commit. The gallery above the courtroom was full of black people, well dressed, watching the trial. When the verdict didn't come out fairly, they didn't protest. They didn't burn cars or scream. The were respectful and grateful for the white lawyer who fought for truth and justice for their friend. Things are sure different now. I guess people now just don't see the good intentions of others, or recognize that sometimes things just don't work out the way they should. Kind of interesting anyway.
Not so highlights: 
 I woke up Wednesday feeling funny. As soon as I stood up, the floodgates let go. I found the watery eyes, runny nose for days with every ounce of echinacea, garlic, oregano oil, mentholatum, essential oils. I had been taking preventative measures before, but I somehow came in contact with a cold virus. Made me tired and made completing my tasks hard, but I managed to get everything done, cooking, and cleaning too. 

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