It was the sweetest experience to spend the week-end
with the newest blessing in the family.
"Fathers and mothers, (and grandmothers) next time you cradle a newborn child in your arms, you can have an inner vision of the mysteries and purposes of life. You will better understand why the Church is as it is and why the family is the basic organization in time and in eternity. I bear witness that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that the plan of redemption, which has been called the plan of happiness, is a plan for families. I pray the Lord that the families of the Church will be blessed, parents and children, that this work will roll forth as the Father intends."
He entreated all to follow His example.
He walked the roads of Palestine,
healing the sick, causing the blind to see,
raising the dead.
He taught the truths of eternity,
the reality of our premortal existence,
the purpose of our life on earth, and
the potential of the sons and daughters of God
in the life to come.
He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3). Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He "went about doing good" (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill.
"When God designed the landscape project for planet earth, He was so genius. He designed it in such a way He would never have to show up to work. It is completely self sustained."
I enjoyed the first part of the week at their home. I was there to tend Sutton, but it was a vacation and R&R for me. I love spending time with all my family.
Mike and Christe both work hard and make a positive change to their family and community.
I was amazed one evening to hear about Christi's schedule at work that day. WOW, Stress! But, she handles it very well. Mike works outside in all types of weather conditions. He showed me beautiful custom work he had designed and built to fit areas on a home. Very Impressive! One evening I watched as they cared for the family, finished projects, checked finances and did chores that needed to be done for that day and to get ready for the next. Their days activities start early and finish late.
Mas is a hard working school lad. He always is involved in a sport. He has a job after school and this
summer at the golf course. He is on a golf league with five players this spring. Utah Valley has a tournament once a week. The three players with the lowest score the day before the tournament play in the tournament.
Mas has played each week.
Ry has goals and has and is working hard preparing for her future. Besides finishing school, she is training 80 hours in a pharmacy. Later she will train 40 hours in the hospital. High School graduation is next month. Then off to College in the Fall.
Sutton is a rambunctious little guy. So smart! He plays hard and learns fast. What fun to spend time with him. Everybody loves Sut!!!
I feel so greatly blessed because of my family.
I know the family is central to the Creator's plan and His "Plan of Happiness" enables family relationships to continue beyond the grave into the eternities.
I've loved the extended, beautiful Fall and working in the yard and garden. Now with the cooler weather its good to catch up on inside projects. These pillow cases were started years ago. Last week they were my get-er-done projects. The pumpkin fabric case was specifically for my sister. She loves this time of year. I wanted her to have it now. What a surprise Monday night when I found out she was in Utah and we could spend Tuesday morning together. Love it when we can visit. She went home with her pillow case, the snowmen one for Christmas and a small sack of dried apples that I had just finished drying. I wish she had accepted more of the apples. With the sugar and cinnamon I added, they tasted like apple pie to her and her treat was almost finished when we said our last good bye.
In conference this week end we were encouraged to memorize scripture.
As I was reading the other morning this scripture was impressed upon my mind.
1 Nephi 9:6 "But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning: wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men: for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is, Amen."
As I study the scriptures, history and people's lives, I see He does have the power to prepare a way to accomplish all his works.
I was all ready to watch the big event, but it looked so dangerous I went in the house. Bob watched to see if he needed any help. After I heard the second limb fall with a big thud I came outside. Antonio was a bit shaken. Bob said it was a good thing he had belted and secured himself tightly. It was tense for a few moments.
"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"
In a conference talk given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, he encouraged us to
"Search our hearts to determine what we really desire".
Under the word DESIRE in the Topical Guide in the Bible, and the Index in the Book of Mormon you can find many references. A few are - And by their desires and their works you shall know them. D&C 18:38 The Lord judges according to works and desire of men's hearts. D&C 137:9 Man will be raised to happiness, goodness, or evil according to desire. Alma 41:5 Satan desires to have you. Luke 41:5, 3 Nephi 18:18, Moses 5:23
Elder Oaks counsels us to consider the temptations of materialism, property, prominence, pride, and power. He counsels us to desire, work for and pray that we will have our loving Heavenly Father's help with our feelings toward others, to forgive those who have wronged us, to seek for the welfare of others, and to love all of God's chidren. He closed with a final example of a desire that should be paramount for all men and women and they should exert priority efforts to obtain it. "All should desire and seriously work to secure a marriage for eternity". Having an eternal family should not rank below the desires for a career or other mortal distinctions.
It is a very good talk. One to seriously think about.
Social Dance Class at the High School was first on the list this morning. Grandma Joanne and I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation for the parents. Bre knew her stuff and really made the guys look good she danced with. I hope they realized they were dancing with a STAR.
Joanne and I drove around later and she showed me some nice neighborhoods with homes for sell.
There are definite advantages to living here.
After school Logan and friends were busy building a fort and a bridge across the ditch. When he came in last night he announced the bridge was finished and safe to use. I'll have to check it out this morning. When I saw it earlier there were tall, not too sturdy, willowy branches laying across the water.
This evening Ry and Bre went to the Drive-In in Craig's truck. They had a bag full of goodies, plenty of blankets and sleeping bags and a big tarp in case of rain. They had a set curfew of when to be home and slept at Ry's tonight. I can't wait to hear about their adventure and believe me those two have fun.
Life is interesting. Looking forward to a new day tomorrow.
Low and I drove to Heber and ate at Wendy's with C and L. Low was aided with his walking with a gold topped eagle head cane that unscrews and pulls out into a sword. (nifty huh?) I am taking him to a Doctor's appointment on Wednesday. That will be a start to finding out what is wrong and what can be done for his leg.
The others motored down the canyon while I continued on over the top past fresh snow covered hills and valleys. (Hey, its the middle of May. What's up with this?) On my arrival at my destination I was greeted by two beautiful and one handsome, eager and friendly faces. One was involved in homework. One was watching T.V. and eating cold cereal. One returned from an all day activity with two rabbit skins hanging from his belt, a walking stick with a dangling peacock feather, a bow made from a stick and string, beaded do dads, wristbands and many other various treasured possessions which were and are spread out directing in front of the front door for all who enter to oooh, aaah and admire.
Brea, bless her heart, signed me on facebook so I could check on all the grandchildren and friends.
Haven't used it as yet, but I just checked my email and I have some confirmed friends. AWESOME!
Friends are the best!!! BUT having Confirmed friends. DOUBLE WOWEEEEE!!!
Brea took Logan to his baseball practice at 6:30 while I took Jade to her softball game at 6:00. Jade's team won. One time at bat she hit to right field bringing in two runners across home plate. Another time she scooped up the ball between 2nd and 3rd base and threw with swiftness and accuracy to first base for the final out of the game. ( I wonder how a real sportscaster would have described those plays?) The final score was 6 to 1.
I'm tired. I gotta get some shut eye. Another eventful day today. Check in later.
It has a purpose that was planned in our pre-existence before matter was organized and its creation took place. Our Father in Heaven created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit.
We needed a place for our progression.
Therefore, we are all a work in progress.
(This is part of my talk from last month in Sacrament meeting. It was interesting to think about the Creation and all our beautiful earth gives to us.)
Yesterday, there was a jump up in the prices at the dry pack cannery. It's comforting to have the basic long shelf life storage to work with. Get stocked up as soon as you can. Prices don't seem to be on the way down anytime soon.
A fun, quick and easy recipe from an old, old cookbook.
CRISIS CASSEROLE 1 6 oz. can tuna (or one cup any ground protein) 1 cup cheese (you name it) 1 can cream of anything soup 1 onion, chopped (dehydrated, green or yellow) 1 clove garlic (powder's okay) 1/2 cup celery, chopped (If you don't have it, skip it.) 2 cups noodles (any shape) or 1 1/2 cups rice (Minute, of course) 2 cups seasoned water (Throw in a couple of bullion cubes or several frozen soup stock cubes.) In a casserole dish sprayed with Pam ( no relation to you know who), mix all ingredients. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The cheese would have been pretty sprinkled on the top, but we should have thought of that before we told you to throw it in the casserole with everything else. If you've got a little more cheese, decorate the top. Serves 5
Rice is one of the most versatile grains and the main staple for many people.
I am in the process of adding to my rice recipes.
My mother use to serve us rice for breakfast with milk, cinnamon, sugar and raisins.
It was a yummy filling breakfast.
Other ideas -
Chicken or Beef in sauce over rice
Veggies and Rice
Rice and Beans
Coconut Rice and Fruit
Can of soup over rice
The list can go on and on.
If you've found a special rice recipe please share.
I remember washing dishes years ago and some of the children came bursting through the front door laughing and joking. They came in the kitchen and Clark proceeded to tell me what had just happened. They had been playing in the Adams back yard when an old station wagon came down the dusty country road. As it came closer, the children in the car were hanging out the windows calling greetings to the Adams family. The car stopped by the side of the backyard and an old farmer jumped out and called, "Gotta little surprise for ya Jessee". He opened the back of the station wagon and started pulling out cages with rabbits in them while announcing, " You can feed em. You can breed em. You can have them as a pet. You can fry them in a pan. You can boil them in a pot. You can even make rabbit stew." He went on and on about all the wonderful things you could do with rabbits. For some reason this incident has been on my mind lately, then it dawned on me that this is what we need to do with the basics in our long term food storage. Gather about six different recipes for our wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, oats and milk.
Beans These recipes use pantry items, bottled or canned beans and fresh or dehydrated veggies. Dry beans cook very fast in a small pressure cooker.
Mexican Bean Soup ~ Tammy Northrup ~
2 c. refried beans 1 can (15 oz.) black beans 1 1/2 c. frozen corn rinsed and drained 3/4 c. salsa 1 can (12.5 oz.) chicken 1/2 c. water 1 can (15 oz.) reduced sodium chicken broth
Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes. Garnish with tortilla chips and grated cheese.
1 lb. ground beef 1/2 T. prepared mustard 1/2 minced onion 1 T. vinegar 1/4 c. green pepper 2 T. brown sugar 1/4 c. minced celery 1/2 t. thyme 1 can tomato sauce 1 large can pork & beans 1/2 c. water (31 oz. or 1 lb. 15 oz.)
Fry first 4 ingredients. Drain off any excess fat. Mix all ingredients together in a baking dish. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes.
Taco Soup is a good meal for storage because it is a good dump soup. Just have everything in storage that you will need to make it for how many times you want to have it in the next three months.
Refried Beans Many women like to use the dried refried beans from the cannery.
I had a wonderful evening Tuesday at Suzanne's R.S. meeting. We met at Mutual Dell in A.F. canyon which was decorated with the "Promise of Spring" which was the theme for the night. A delicious meal was served. We enjoyed a special musical number and then had the privilege to listen to the General Relief Society President - Sis. Beck. It was a very informal meeting. She answered a few questions. Shared some of her experiences from around the world. Talked about the history of R.S. and the early R.S. presidents and insights into the lives of women in the Bible. As I have thought about that evening and thought about her, I have marveled at what a remarkable woman "for such a time as this".