A Frozen Birthday Party for Jade…

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I made this Project Life page back in June and forgot that I needed to add some journaling.   I guess late is better than never. LOL!  We had a wonderful birthday experience for Jade’s 6th birthday.  We love her so much.  She is our angel baby and such an important member of our family.  She has so many people who love and spoil her.  I am probably one of the biggest offenders as far as the spoiling goes.  However, that is a grandmother’s prerogative, isn’t it?

Hopefully her 7th birthday project life page will be posted before her 8th birthday.  Happy Birthday Jade, we love you to the moon and back.

Happy Birthday Mom and Happy Easter!

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Today is a great day.  It has been General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this weekend.  We listen to the words of inspired speakers and receive guidance and encouragement from Church leaders about gospel living based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Below are a few things that were discussed at Conference:

“..• During the Sunday morning session, President Monson bore testimony of the blessings of temple attendance: “As we go to the temple, as we remember the covenants we make there, we will be better able to overcome those temptations and to bear our trials. In the temple we can find peace.”

• “May our Heavenly Father bless us that we may have the spirit of temple worship,” he said, “that we may be obedient to His commandments, and that we may follow carefully the steps of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

• As we celebrate Easter, he concluded, “May we offer prayers of gratitude for His great and marvelous gifts to us.”

• During the general priesthood session, President Thomas S. Monson expressed the hope that each Aaronic Priesthood holder be “given a spiritual awareness of the sacredness of his ordained calling, as well as opportunities to magnify that calling.”

• “Let us consider our callings,” he said. “Let us reflect on our responsibilities; let us determine our duty; and let us follow Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”

• He invited priesthood holders to “honor our priesthood and live our lives so that we are at all times worthy.”

• Quoting D&C 121:45, he said, “Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly.”

• “We are engaged in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ,” he said. “Let us learn of Him. Let us follow in His footsteps. Let us live by His precepts.

New Temples

During the Sunday morning session of conference, President Monson announced plans to build new temples in Bangkok, Thailand; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Port Au Prince, Haiti.

There are currently 144 operating temples, five temples under renovation, 13 under construction, and 13 previously announced temples in various stages of preparation. This year two temples will be rededicated, and five new temples will be dedicated…….”

It was a beautiful spring day here in Utah.  The flowers are blooming and the blossoms are a kaleidoscope of colors.  Sometimes, General Conference falls on the same day as Easter.  This year, not only was Easter celebrated on Conference but it is also my mother’s birthday.  I wish my Mom a very, very, happy birthday today. We spent the day with our family and feel blessed to celebrate General Conference, Easter and Mom’s birthday.

It’s A Whale Tale

We had a marvelous time in San Diego with our friends Jim and Liz and Bob and Barbara.  We ventured out on the Hornblower boat to take in the sights of the Pacific Ocean.  The vessel takes you along the city view of San Diego and out south towards the Mexican border.  We saw harbor seals, walrus, lots of birds and whales.  Watching a whale to me is a magical experience that reminds me how small I am in nature’s scheme of things.

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As you gaze out into the deep ocean blue, a calming comes to my soul and makes me realize the beauties that are all around us.  It is so quiet as you scan the horizon for the first signs of a whale. Eventually you will see puffs of expelled air as the whale rises to the atmosphere to take a deep breath of oxygen.

However, the real jewel of whale sighting is when its massive body surges upward and out of the water. The whale tail raises to showcase that tail fluke which is the envy of all photographers.

That is my favorite part of whale watching and my hope is to get a beautiful photograph.

Waiting For Grey Whales

On shore watching
patiently waiting
for grey whales.
Scanning grey-blue sky
into grey-blue horizon
on grey-blue ocean
searching for a grey puff of breath
a fluke, sign of a whale amid the grey tipped waves.
Staring.
Scanning.
Watching.
Impatiently waiting for grey whales
in the blue-grey ocean
before the blue-grey horizon
under the blue-grey sky.
Staring.
Scanning.
Watching.
Waiting for grey whales
makes me
blue.

-by Shawn L. Bird

 

If you ever get a chance to go whale watching, “Do it!”

It is magical, breathtaking, inspiring, thrilling, exciting, moving, overwhelming and impressive.

I love the experience of whale watching and feel blessed to have reminiscent thoughts that will buoy my heart for the rest of my life.

“The Song has Ended, but the Melody Lingers On” by Lisa Bearnson

This is the blog post that my wonderful friend, Lisa Bearnson posted on Monday.  I had the pleasure of spending most of last Thursday and Friday with Lisa and her remarkable family.  It was a time to honor, remember, commemorate and reminisce the life of Bob Downs.  I loved spending time with the family and recounting the beloved memories of this great man.  I took the photographs that Lisa used in her blog post.  I was truly uplifted after this experience.

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I’ve learned this simple principle more than ever before during this past week.

Even in our darkest moments, there is light!

THANK YOU for all your sweet notes, prayers, flowers, visits, and love! I felt the power of your friendship and have been lifted up in my grief.

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The apples in the bottom left bouquet represent my father’s love of gardening and his childhood fruit farm.

Thanks to my dear friend, Pam Taylor, for capturing so many moments during my dad’s visitation and funeral.

First of all, a big shout out to my mom for being such a rock and the best care taker in the world. She was buoyed by so much love and her girls and grandchildren haven’t left her side.

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The funeral program was so beautiful filled with lovely music and the spoken word. All of my father’s children, their spouses, and grandchildren sang the closing hymn: “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.” I swear a heavenly chorus, directed by my dad, was singing along with us. Every grandchild was present except my missionary, Collin.

A dear New Zealand friend, Mandy Blake, knew I’d be feeling this loss so sent flowers via Kerri Bradford from her and my missionary! Ahhh–be still my heart!

It was so tender how all the grandchildren formed a big circle while holding hands around the casket at the cemetery. They then put one hand on the casket–the love was flowing and it was such a tender moment.

Eight of the grandchildren were pallbearers.

There were so many special moments during the services but the military taps, 21-gun salute, bagpiper, sending balloons off, and my dad’s best friend, DeRae Broderick, at our side were just a few

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My dad had many favorite things. Here is a representation of just a few of them.

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My dad was still singing just two days before he passed away. This quote is so true of him:

“The song had ended but the melody lingers on.” Irving Berlin

Thanks for going on this journey with me. I’m already missing my “Thursdays with Dad,” holding his hand, and eating Arby’s mints. But, this little girls feels so much peace! I know my dad unconditionally loved me. And, that is the best feeling in the world.

Love

Lisa

It is always difficult to feel the sadness that death stirs up in oneself.  I continually have to remind myself that death is one more step towards our progression here on earth.  I am comforted by the following quote by Thomas S. Monson:

“Every thoughtful person has asked himself the question best phrased by Job of old: ‘If a man die, shall he live again?’ Try as we may to put the question out of our thoughts, it always returns. Death comes to all mankind. It comes to the aged as they walk on faltering feet. Its summons is heard by those who have scarcely reached midway in life’s journey, and often it hushes the laughter of little children. But what of an existence beyond death? Is death the end of all? … My brothers and sisters, we know that death is not the end. This truth has been taught by living prophets throughout the ages. It is also found in our holy scriptures.”

Lisa, it was an honor to be with you and your family.  Your father was an amazing man and I know without a doubt that you will meet him again one day. I love you!

Forever Young!

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We spent a couple of weeks in sunny California with our dear neighbors Bob and Barbara. We had a delightful time together. First we went to Olvera Street where Bob visited many times during his growing up years. We enjoyed eating his favorite food which is the taquitos with a yummy avocado sauce. We went exploring along Olvera Street and soaked in the Mexican history and culture that engulfed us.

The following information was taken from Wikipedia:

“Olvera Street is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Many of the Plaza District’s Historic Buildings are on Olvera Street, including the Avila Adobe (1818), the Pelanconi House (1857), and the Sepulveda House (1887). The tree-shaded, pedestrian mall marketplace with craft shops, restaurants and roving troubadours is a popular tourist destination.”

We went to Downtown Disney, California Adventure and Disneyland.  We went to San Diego later in the week and enjoyed our favorite pizza restaurant which is called Basic Pizza.

I love going to sunny California.  The blue sky, beautiful flowers and plants, the warm temperatures, visiting new places, favorite familiar places and restaurants all make me so happy.  I am especially happy when we can spend time with our friends and enjoy each others company.  We had a wonderful time and feel very blessed.

 

Looking Back to Kauai……

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We went to Kauai with our dear friends the Pacinis.  We had a fantastic time.  A lot has happened since our trip in September.  Life gets in your way and the best intentions of blogging and focusing on the many photos that I have taken soon are overrun with mundane tasks of each day.

We went on a boat ride that took 3 hours plus along the Na Pali coast of the island of Kauai.  We had all types of weather that day.  We experienced lots of rain, choppy seas, high winds and a only a couple of minutes of sunshine.  The coastline is very rugged and lush green in color.  It was an amazing experience. We went snorkeling on our trip and had a nice lunch as well with fresh island food.

I am thankful for the beautiful world that we live in and that I am able to visit so many places.

 

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