Monday, March 19, 2018


Though earthly families are far from perfect, they give God's children the best chance to be welcomed to the world with the only love on earth that comes close to what we felt in heaven--parental love.
Pres. Henry B. Eyring

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Jujitsu Tournament

Ellis participated in a Jujitsu tournament yesterday.  For those who aren't familiar with the sport it is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent.  Ellis has been doing jujitsu for some time and yesterday was the first tournament he participated in.  Since there were no youth in his weight category he was moved up to compete with the adults.  When it was over he was sporting a Third place medal.  Way to go grandson!

Happy St. Pat's Day

Friday, March 16, 2018


I have had numerous "most embarrassing moments" in my life, but today was way up at the top!  We went to Costco this morning to pick up some pictures from the photo department.  When we got there we had a couple of people in front of us so I waited for our turn.  Once up at the counter I told the girl my name and she went to get the pictures.  Just as she came back I handed her my Costco card and glanced over to make sure dad was okay.  He had a familiar look on his face (one that I try to avoid!) so I asked, "Are you okay?"  His quick response was a loud, "NO!, I'm about to take that guy out!"  I looked over and there was an older gentleman standing by me waiting for his turn.  I was so embarrassed I wouldn't have minded a bit if a deep hole opened up so I could crawl into it. The man smiled and I quietly said I was sorry.  I quickly paid for the pictures and got out of there! 

We quit going into  restaurants. We only go to the drive-thru to get food.  We don't go to the movies anymore and I am beginning to think that grocery shopping is the next to go.  I have since thought that it was a good thing the man waiting didn't have Alzheimer's or we could have had a big brawl right in Costco!!! 

This is certainly an interesting journey we are on.  I have always said, "You don't die of embarrassment, you just wish you could! 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Hero

I have diligently scanned photos and documents related to our family into the Family Search program.  The project took about two weeks and I loved every minute of it.  I am excited to know that people searching for family related to them may be able to see pictures that they didn't know existed.  It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to remember those relatives that I had known and brought back many special memories that I had forgotten.  When I started scanning the documents I came across my Uncle Mickey's Discharge from the Navy.  As I went to put the document on the scanner I noticed another copy of his actual service record.  As I quickly scanned it I saw that he had received the Bronze Star medal.  He was part of the campaign which involved the liberation of the Philippine Islands.  I also found in the paperwork that at the time of his discharge he was in a Naval hospital in San Francisco.  Sadly, I never heard anything about any of this and like so many men of World War II they rarely spoke about their experiences so I only know that short glimpse into my Uncle Mickey's war record.

 He was always a hero to me.  He had a big smile, dark reddish-brown hair, and a freckled face.  He took David and I to the State Fair when I was 7 or 8 where I had my first frozen banana.  He let us ride on every ride we wanted to and we spent the whole day together.  He often visited our house and I loved it whenever he came over.  Uncle Mickey made a difference in my life and although he struggled because of alcohol addiction he did his best to be a positive part of my life.  And he was!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Short Visit

Perry came home from BYU for the weekend.  It was a short trip but I loved the time we got to spend with him.  Watching him interact with his siblings was especially touching for me.  Perry left on his mission a pretty great guy.  Since he returned from his mission I have been amazed at how grounded he has become.  I am grateful he accepted the mission call and gave it his best.  As is often the case when his mission ended his commitment to being a better person did not.  I also loved that I could give Andy and Angela a little break from solving my computer problems!  My scanner works, Chrome cast is on the computer, and I was able to learn how to put together files in groups for easy access.  I keep a list of projects for when Ellis comes over to help me.  Between him, Perry, Angela, and Andy--I am covered!


We get credit for trying, even if we don't                always succeed.
Jeffrey R. Holland