Thursday, March 31, 2011


"There are songs in everyone and God hears every one of them".
Emma Hale Smith 

Monday, March 28, 2011

The "Tristi" Challenge

I am taking the "Tristi" challenge.  I am going to try and write my first book.  The working title "Guardian Angel".  The idea is there.  Just hope I can get it on paper.  Wish me luck.


This blog was a tad too long and so with the advice of a dear sweet friend, I am going to break it into several segments, this being segment #1.   I would like to thank John Bushman for the inspiration for this blog.

Have you ever stopped to think about some of the strange, bizzare, weird, crazy observances there are?  I hadn't really until I started reading John S. Bushman's blogs.  He always posts strange and bizzare holidays at the end of his blog.  It reminded me of a patient that used to come into the doctor's office where I was working.  He was a professor at the Ave' Maria Univeristy.  He came in once a month for his chiropratic adjustment and before he left, he would make his next appointment.  His appointment couldn't be just any day though, it had to be on a day with some strange or weird holiday observance.  He always carried a little pocket calendar that he had penciled in some of these days on and whatever strange day struck his fancy, is the day we would make his appointment.  I
wasn't sure then if his bones needed adjusting or his mind.  Anyway, I got to thinking about this and found some strange, crazy and bizzare observances for April.  See what you think and let me know.

Frog Month-When number 1 daughter was little, the ward we lived in was out in the boonies.  There were tree frogs everywhere.  I would have to take her out into the foyer from time to time for reverence purposes and little tree frogs would be clinging to the glass doors of the chapel.  They not only thrilled her and kept her totally occupied, but she fell in love with them and they would keep her quiet for hours.  To this day at age 37, she collects frogs of any sort.  So sure, why not.  Let's celebrate Frog month if not to thank them for keeping small children quiet in the Lord's house, but for their beautiful sucky little feet. 
International Twit Award Month-Who doesn't have a twit in their life?  Aren't you glad that you do?  They may be goofy and strange, but they keep you laughing and grounded when all else seems to fall down around your ears.
National Pooper Scooper Week-Since we have cats I have a daughter who grudgingly grumbles as she pooper-scoops the cat box every day.  But don't you hate the neighbors who walk their humungous dogs (you know the ones you can ride horseback) on your front lawn and leave a mess for you to clean up so your sweet little angels won't play in it or just love the neighbor who walks along behind with a Publix bag in one hand and a WalMart bag over the other and cleans up behind their animal?  I know I do on both counts.
National Whistlers Week-When was the last time you tried to whistle?  I know my puckerer wore out years ago.  Now it's chapped and dry and my 3 year old granddaughter says. "Grandma, stop that hurts my ears".   I guess it's back to singing for me.  At least she can join in when we sing.  Her puckerer hasn't formed yet.  Should I be thankful right now or not?  
Grilled Cheese Month-Umm, Umm good, umm umm good, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and tomato soup are umm, umm good .  Now I could go for this.  Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.  What a great combination anytime, anywhere. 

Segment #2  next week

Friday, March 25, 2011

Revolving Door Syndrom

I've been thinking alot about revolving doors.  It seems that I have one in my house.  I've thought alot about how to nail it shut.  Let me start at the beginning.
I live in a small 3 bedroom/2 bathroom condo.  When I say small, I mean approximately 950 square feet of living space.  Let's refer to the Three Little Bears story here.  The master bedroom is just right for sleeping in.  That's all.  The second bedroom is just right for a joint office/computer room, barely and the third bedroom is just the right size for a large walk-in guest room maybe.  John and I have been living here for the last 14 years come this Thanksgiving.  When we moved to Naples it was so that I could take a job with a new health insurance company.  Mind you, we had never, I mean never, lived without our children in all those years and here was the opportunity to leave behind our grown children and start a life of our own.  A life that didn't include anyone but us.  What a delightful and refreshing idea.  I came to Naples, interviewed for the job of Claims Examiner for a new company.  I was the first Examiner they would hire and started with a wonderful salary and great benefits.  John came later that weekend and we looked for an apartment to live in.  We found this lovely little condo.  Just right for the two of us.  We hurried back to Brandon with the good news and to spend our last Thanksgiving in our old apartment, pack the U-Haul and come back to Naples so that I could start my new and wonderful job on the following Monday.  We got back only to find out that daughters number 2 and 3 had decided that they were going to move to Naples with us as well.  Can I say "bubble burst"?  There went the joint computer office room and the walk-in closet guest room and the beginning of what was to become the "revolving door syndrome" .
Daughters number 2 & 3 lived with us for about 2 years before getting up the courage to move out on their own.  Yippee!!!  At last, at last, freedom at last!  For all of about 6 months.  Then daughter number 1 called and asked if we would take custody of her number 1 son who was three (door revolving).  We took indefinite custody of our grandson and raised him like our own and fell head over heals in love with him.  then...daughter number 1 wanted him back.  Back he went and we came home lonely.  Not for long.  Daughters number 2 & 3 came home (door revolving).  They stayed for about a year and then on the spur of the moment decided to move to Utah with a friend.  So off to Utah they went,  Alone again or so we thought.  Daughter number 1 wanted to come and live with us and bring back son number 1 (door revolving).   Home she came.  She stayed for awhile and decided that she wanted to move to Kisseemee.  Off she went.  Daughters 2 & 3 wanted me to come and visit them in Utah for Thanksgiving that year and so off I flew for a fun filled week in Orem.  I visited Provo where I was married in the Provo temple, and Temple Square and went through my first live session at the Salt Lake Temple and best of all...cooked for every college kid that lived in their apartment building.  Word had gotten out that a real live mom was coming to visit--one who knew how to cook.  I cooked 3 meals a day for a whole week and even learned how to use ramen noodle soup 101 different ways.  I didn't know there were that many ways to use a ramen noodle.  I also didn't know that daughter number 3 was homesick after a year and planned to come home with me when I left at the end of the week.  So after a week I was on my way home with daughter number 3 (door revolving).   At the end of another year daughter number 2 decided to come  (door revolving).   Daughter number 3 decided to accept a mission called.  So now we were down to daughter number 2 who lived with us until she too accepted a mission call 6 months before daughter number 3 was to come home.  Empty nester's again for 6 months!!!  Daughter number 3 came home, followed shortly by daughter number 2.  Followed not too long after by one of the young women they had lived with in Orem.  Can I say "full house"?  They decided to move out and share an apartment.  Well, free at last??  No Way!  Daughter number 3 wants to come back (revolving door).  She comes home with son number 1 and they do stay for quite some time.  Seems though she has a friend that needs a place to stay for a while.  So she moves in for a couple of months.  This story goes on and on.  Number 1 and friend out.  Number 3 back.  Number 3 out.  Number 1 and husband and children in.  Number 1 and family out.  Number 2 with her husband and family in along with Number 3.  I'm sure I am missing a revolving door somewhere.  Is there anywhere in the scriptures that say parents have to have a revolving door?   Or is it simply "once a parent always a parent" no matter how old the child is?   OR...can we simply nail the revolving door shut?  Anyone have a hammer and nails?     

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Kathi Oram Peterson

The Title of Liberty
In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace,
our wives, and our children.

Nearly 10 years after Captain Moroni raised the Title of Liberty the Lamanites and Nephites were once again at war. The people of Ammon desired to help the Nephites. But they had made a vow to never to take up arms again. Their sons had not made this vow. These young men entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites.
They were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted. They were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.

These 2,000 stripling soldiers had been taught by their mothers that God was with them, that He would not let them fall. Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
Being led by Helaman, they were in many battles, but none died. The Lord rewarded and preserved them; for believing in Him, for having faith, for obeying His commandments, and for striving to serve others.
(Alma 53 - 57)

Sydney Morgan read the story of the 2000 Stripling Warriors to her sister Gracie every night before Gracie went to bed.  It was Gracie's favorite story in the Book of Mormon.  Never in her wildest dreams did Sydney ever think she would be transport though time to meet Captain Helaman or the  Stripling Warriors...Tarik, Abraham, Baram, Captain Gid, Amos.  Never did she think that her talents as a black belt in karate be useful in teaching the Stripling Warriors how to fight better in battle against the Lamanites.  She missed her own mother who had just been diagnosed with cancer and was in the hospital, but met and loved several of the Stripling Warriors mothers.  She missed her sister Gracie who was mentally challenged and depended on her, but met Lib the 8 year old brother of Tarick one of the Stripling Warriors and she met Ozi a loveable character who would do anything for her.  Not to mention Ximon the mysterious Great Dane who was with Bob, Steve and John in the present and who were they?   I recommend this book to anyone who loves the Book of Mormon, the Stripling Warriors, time travel, a little fantasy.  It is for any age that can read from 8-80. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011


D&C 38:30. “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”

"It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don’t fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like this: success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Someone has said the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never cross the goal line."
--Thomas S. Monson, "Treasure of Eternal Value", Liahona, Apr. 2008, 2–7
D&C 38:30. “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

FOR LOVE OF ANGEL by Jewel Adams

In your eyes I see all the wonders of the world, all the lifelong love a fathers' sewn for his not so little girl.
For the Father of us all has granted a special gift to me, He has blessed with the knowledge of forever.
My father you will always be. It's the love that's in your eyes I see.

Angel is the orphaned daughter of Shane and Emma who died tragically in an airplane crash when Angel was just one year old.  She was raised by her Aunt Elaine.  As she became older she met the missionaries and joined the church.  At the same time falling in love with Elder "Mitch".  Now she was going to Utah to go to college and to be with Mitch and hoped that he felt the same way about her.  However, there is more waiting for her there than she expects.  When she finally learns what it is, will she be able to forgive and love unconditionally?

Ian Crawford-a strange, sad and lonely man who owned the boarding house Angel would be staying at while she was going to college and a close friend of Mitch's.  He held a deep dark secret.  One that kept him from joining the church he knew was true.  What could be so terrible, so shameful that he felt unworthy of the blessings of the our Heavenly Father?

Mitch-the young and handsome missionary who not only converted Angel, but loved her with all his heart.  Does Angel feel the same way about him?  He only hopes and prays that she does.

This is by far one of the best books I've read by Jewel Adams so far.  I was unable to put it down.  I wanted to know from one chapter to the next what was going to happen.  Ian's secret , the pain he carries,  his own self-doubt, his love for Angel and Angel's instant bonding to Ian keeps you moving from chapter to chapter needing to know what will happen next.

This is a short read and I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance mixed with a little mystery, forgiveness of self and others and unconditional love.     

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Jewel Adams

“The day we can look within ourselves and see our mortality,
yet feel the worth of our souls, the day we can look on others and see the goodness in them despite their weaknesses, the day we can say no to evil,
despite the evildoings of those around us, when we can cry with those who suffer, mourn with those who bear loss, and comfort those who cast your comfort aside, when we can see the good in each new day
and recognize the gifts that come with that day, when we can love with a pure heart, expecting nothing in return, and magnify our valiance to the fullest, the day we set aside the cares of the world and embrace every good thing with a singleness
of mind, heart, body, and soul, ever faithful, ever vigilant, doing all within our power to remain unchanged in all respects, on that day, we become more than mere men–we become gods and we live forever.”

Elina, strong and beautiful and pure, living in a desolate world of evil and wickedness.  Held captive, beaten and abused by the most evil of them all...Thenoch.  She escapes from Thenoch into a cold, uncaring and unfeeling world, but not before she has lost all trust and hope in her fellowman.  Just as she begins to feel all is lost, she is rescued by Nilan, an Inchant.  Will he be able to restore her trust in her fellowman?  Will he be able to give her hope again and help her fulfill her destiny? 

As I read this sequel to "The Journey",  I was reminded of so many hymns and songs that I love.  As I  read about Nilan and why he stayed behind after the war 10 years earlier, it reminded me of the hymn "Called to Serve Him".  I was also reminded of "You're Not Alone" by Michael McLean when Elina felt she was all alone in the world and no one cared for or was there for her.  There were so many others..."Have I Done Any Good in the World Today", "Love One Another", "Kindness Begins with Me", "Master the Tempest is Raging",  "Thy Will O Lord", "We Are Marching on to Glory"  just to name a few.

I recommend this book to everyone, especially if you have all ready read "The Journey".  It is a heart warming story that teaches a young woman about forgiveness, trust, compassion, courage, kindness and love for everyone no matter who or what they are and I think most importantly to have faith and courage in herself. 

Friday, March 11, 2011


Jewel Adams

"...simply put, your journey will be about choice. Just remember that every choice affects something or someone. Your very existence affects your surroundings. Your goal will be to change each thing you touch for the better. So always strive to choose wisely.”

Ciran, a beauty with emerald eyes, long, black wavy hair and golden skin was about to begin "The Journey".  A journey of choices that would test her in making choices that would not only effect her but those around her.  Would she make the right choices?

Jewel has written a beautiful book on decision making and the effects that our decisions have not only on ourselves, but the effect our decisions have on those around us.  We don't always realize that the choices we make in this life effect anyone else but ourselves.  But they do and the effects can be long term.  She helps us learn how there is safety, security, constancy and integrity in making the right choices, but most importantly that there is  unconditional love and forgiveness when we do make a poor choice and choose the wrong path.  "Exercise kindness, for it is the gateway to unconditional love. And as you give it, you shall receive it. He who possesses humility is teachable. Be teachable."

I love the cover of this book.  I noticed a pair of eyes in the background and wondered are these the eyes of those around us watching us in all that we do?  Are they the eyes of the Father watching over us while we are on this journey?  Or are they both?  In any case we are being watched and the choices we make are important.

This is definetly a must read book.  It will make you cry and smile with joy and warm your heart.  It will give you hope.   It is a wonderful lesson on the Atonement wrapped in a fantasy forum.  I recommend it to everyone. 

If [the Father] felt anything, it was sorrow for the lives that would be lost. Sorrow for those who chose to stay loyal to [Satan]. Sorrow for those who did not choose at all. Sorrow for what could have been. Sorrow for the ones whose eyes had now been opened only to discover that it is too late to turn back now.