Monday, June 19, 2017

Elder Duncan

I have to share this.  Perry and his companion made a pinata for their zone conference.  His mission president and his wife are completing their three year assignment over the Kentucky Louisville Mission at the end of June so at their last zone conference Perry made this for him.  Love these missionaries!

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Although we have finished our regular cooking classes Ava and I have plans to get together on a regular basis and do some cooking.  I told her that she needed to decide what she wanted us to cook.  This time she wanted to make cheesecake so on Thursday we spent the day making four flavors of cheesecake.  It wasn't so much labor intensive as it was time intensive but the end results looked really good!
Blueberry Cheesecake

Toffee Cheesecake

Lemon Glazed with Fresh Berries

Samoa Cheesecake

We invited her family over for dinner and after a salad dinner we all tried out our creations.  Although I am not a big lover of cheesecake the end results were pretty tasty!


 The anxiety that Scott often feels makes me search for things that he can do.  After a trying afternoon I had an idea of bringing out the blocks in the playroom and I set them on the table and encouraged him to see what he could build.  It worked for about a half an hour and he intently picked out the blocks he would use and put together a creation.  The best part was that Angela and the kids stopped by for a few minutes and I said to Caleb, "you are just in time to see what Grandpa built."  He walked into the living-room and when he saw it he excitedly proclaimed, COOL!  I looked at Scott's face and he had a smile on his face.  I haven't been able to have him try again but it was a brief respite from his anxiety.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I Love This Guy!

In spite of all the things that are happening with Scott's illness it seems that every day I am reminded how much I love him.  Because much of his memory is gone he often does interesting things.  He always says to me, "I need to do something!" and so I try to find little projects for him.  Like vacuuming which he was always the best at.  On Friday morning I was cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, and just doing some general cleaning when he came and asked what he could do to help.  I mentioned that he could vacuum.  I then got the vacuum out and plugged it in and told him where I would like him to vacuum.  I then walked down the hallway to the bathroom but didn't hear the vacuum so I went back.  He was in the living-room just vacuuming away but hadn't turned it on.  Today I had a few mini oreo cookies in my hand and he asked what I was eating.  I replied that they were cookies and would he like some.  He said yes but not very many.  I gave him two.  Later as I was preparing dinner I opened the refrigerator door and on top of a pat of butter sat a tiny little oreo cookie all by itself!  When he said not to many-he meant it!  Another cute thing he does is each day he takes a walk a short distance and then back to a car.  Although I told him not to go off the sidewalk he gets to the spot where he is suppose to turn around and come back he walks down the slope and reaches up and embraces the brick cornerstone before coming back to the car.  I know as you read this you probably feel sad and that is okay because it is.  But in spite of that I love all the things he does in spite of the incredible obstacle that has been put in his way.  I have said it many times and I hope I will be able to say it many more time--he is so kind, and I love serving him because he is serving me with little snippets of joy each day.