During April 2016 I will be blogging about Childhood Memories from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Random Thoughts and Tender Mercies http://marcysrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 24, 2017

For My Daddy

Friday, February 24, 2017     6:51 am.

It is Friday, but I'm doing a TBT post this morning in honor of my Father, my dear Daddy, my DD, who passed from this life to the next just a few hours ago..  (Original Post was here)

I'm not sure where the scripture challenge came from, but these were my thoughts about these verses from Revelations Chapter 7 back in November 2012:

A Taste of the Future
Scripture Challenge Week 11
Revelations 7:15-17

 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

These verses can give us a taste of what can be our future:  the joy of being and serving in the temple.  Our fondest dreams and wishes can come true.  We can be fed and nourished at the feet of our Savior.  We can always be in his light.  We can dwell with Him and with God, our Father forever and be instructed by them and comforted by them.  What joy and gladness!  May it come soon.  May these dark and wicked times pass.  May we all be blessed and fed and comforted by our Savior.  And in the meantime, may we all bless and comfort and serve one another.

I don’t know how I was guided to this blog post this morning, other than by angels.   I just received word that my Daddy passed from this life to the next a few hours ago.  This scripture, that I have not read or thought of for years is bringing me comfort this morning.   My sweet Daddy who served for years as a temple ordinance worker on the live sessions at the Salt Lake Temple is now free from the limitations of his 92 year old physical body.  It is my belief that he is now able to once again sit before the throne of God and serve him night and day.   Serving as a temple worker was one of the greatest joys of my Daddy’s life, and he has really missed being able to do this work for the past few years.  I love my Daddy and our family will miss him every day, but I am so grateful that he has finally been able to move on to his next assignments in the next world.

I Love You Daddy!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January Gratefuls

I have been just a tad bit neglectful of my blogs as of late, but want to assure my gentle readers and the rest of the world that I still have plenty to be grateful for, in spite of the long winter nights and the cold and the snow.   Our weather has actually warmed up this past week and our snow is all gone, even the snowman that my dear children created on Christmas Day has melted into the ground.   In spite of the warmer weather, the clouds and fog and smog remain.  It has been rather gloomy this past week in these parts.

However, yesterday DH and I made the trip up to my childhood home to visit for a bit with my dear Daddy.   The mountain valley has received more snow this past week than they did during all of December, and the landscape was a beautiful sparkling winter wonderland with clear blue skies and dazzling snow-covered landscape.   It was a good day with my DH and I am grateful we were able to enjoy some sunshine and blue skies.

Here are some other things that have blessed my life during the past few weeks:

Safe driving:  not every trip up the mountain was under blue, sunny skies.   Several weeks have been white knuckle, steering wheel griping trips, but we have been blessed with safety in all or our travels, including the children as they have traveled here and back home for the holidays.

Central Heating:  Again we are grateful for central heating and a warm home to welcome us each evening after work.   We have had some single digit temperatures this month, and even lower temps at the higher elevations.  I am also grateful for heated car seats, car heaters that work, and sweaters and warm fleecy blankies to cuddle up in at home.  (And even at work or church if necessary.  Yes, I do have access to both in both places.)

Visits with Siblings:  I have been able to spend at least a few hours with most of my siblings in the past few weeks, either while visiting with dear Daddy or at a New Year's Eve gathering here at our home.  This coming week my Dear Sister 1 will be coming for a visit and I hope to be able to spend a couple of days with her.   She was here last summer for Dear Son 1's wedding, but hasn't been able to come back since.

Phone calls with my kids:  My kids are all productive, responsible adults, but most of them live out of state, and I miss them when they are gone.  I enjoy their phone calls and texts and blog posts and photos on facebook or Instagram.  

Black Licorice.   I had a craving a week or so ago, so bought a package of the "good stuff" and shared it with my dear Daddy.   I think I need to buy some more.   DH was reading to me yesterday that black licorice is toxic in large amounts, but then so are many many other things that we enjoy in small amounts on a regular basis.   Black licorice is not something I particular enjoyed as a child, but sometimes now it really hits the spot.

Fast and Testimony Meeting:   Once a month in our church during our weekly Sacrament Meeting worship service, the time is opened up for any one to come forward and share their own thoughts and testimonies about our Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ.   It is a time to bask in the spirit of the Lord and have my own testimony confirmed and strengthened.   Sometimes I share, but since I teach a Sunday School class every other week where I have the opportunity to share my testimony, I tend not to bear my testimony every single month.  I do enjoy listening to the testimonies and faith promoting experiences of others.

Job and other opportunities:  As many many know, working full time was not always something that I had particularly planned on doing much in my life, and I suppose I have not.  I am grateful, however for the good job that I have and that I am able to help provide for our home and our needs.  We are not rich by many standards, but we are very very rich compared to most who have lived in this world.   I enjoy my work for the most part and feel that I am helping many to gain a good education.  I have met many wonderful people in my work, and my life has been enriched and blessed by their examples and friendship.

Hot Oatmeal and Hot Cocoa:   In the cold and dark months of winter, there are two things that help to cheer me up and keep me going:   beginning my day with a nice hot bowl of date, raisin and walnut oatmeal, and ending my day with a huge mug of hot cocoa.  Just so you know, I always mix the pre-sweetened packet of instant oatmeal with an equal amount of old fashioned oats so I have plenty of good old fashioned bone warming breakfast goodness.  I am trying to keep my fat intake down as I get older and heavier, but I still always like to have a warm, sweet and comforting bedtime snack.  In the summer a low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt seems to hit the spot, but in the winter time there is nothing better than a big cup of hot cocoa, even if it is made with skim milk.  I tend to take my food comfort where I can.

Family and Heritage:  I love my family.  I could not have asked for better parents, brothers and sisters.  I have a wonderful supportive, faithful, handsome, hardworking and loving spouse.  I have six wonderful, talented, giving, beautiful children, and two beautiful and talented daughters in law, and two perfect grandchildren.  I have numerous talented and generous and loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, and cousins, nieces and nephews and many others that are related to all of the above.  They have each been a blessing to my life.   I owe so much to my parents and grandparents and all of the ancestors who have made wise choices and sacrifices so that I could be blessed to live in this country and this time when I have so many blessings and opportunities and freedoms.

Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon:

"Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.  In the short space of 20 years he has brought forth The Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents, has sent the fullness of the everlasting gospel, which it contains, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and the commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men, gathered many thousands of the Latter Day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain.  He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of God's anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother, Hyrum.  In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated"  D&C 135:3  

So many of the blessings that I enjoy, and the very central purpose and joy of my life, are the result of the work of Joseph Smith, and of course, the mission and sacrifice of

My Savior, Jesus Christ.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Message to Future Leaders

Last night a wonderful message to future leaders was presented by Elder Russell M. Nelson, Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.   During the devotional, both Elder Nelson and his sweet wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, delivered pertinent messages to the young adults of the world and Elder Nelson ended his message with a touching Apostolic Blessing for those listening.   If you somehow missed the devotional and these messages, you can currently watch and listen by clicking on the link below.  I urge you to do so:

January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults

January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Milk, The Perfect Percent

Little blurb found on a bottle of Darigold 2% Milk:

"2% is what happens when delicious whole milk meets delicious nonfat milk, and they decide to make the most perfect milk known to mankind.  It's impossibly creamy yet somehow light and refreshing.  Enjoy the sweet taste of perfection."

I don't normally drink 2% milk, but would if I felt I could and not compromise my health.  I mostly drink skim milk now, and believe that I drink much more milk than most people, especially people of my age.  I grew up drinking milk fresh from the cow, with the cream poured off the top, but we used the cream on our cereal and in our baking, so I guess I basically grew up drinking whole milk.  I admit that I love real butter, whole milk cheeses, and anything made with plenty of butter and cream, but try to keep it all saved for special occasions now days.

Anyway, the little ditty on the milk bottle just tickled my fancy, and I thought I'd share.

Cheers!  Have a glass of milk.  Perhaps 2% Darigold?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Lights and Decorations

I came home from my weekly visit with my Dear Father this evening to the sight of Christmas lights brightly shining from the eves of our home.   Thank you DD3 for once again taking care of the Christmas lights!   Her kind service to her mother is becoming quite the tradition, and it is greatly appreciated!  I do very much appreciate Christmas lights!   Just when the nights become the longest and the days the shortest of the entire year, the tradition is to deck the halls and the homes and the businesses with brightly colored lights to cheer us and to carry us through the darkest and longest nights of winter.  What a wonderful tradition!

On a somewhat sad note, DD3 regretfully informed me that of all of the wonderful strands of out door lights that were gifted to us over 20 years ago by my Dear Mother in Law, only two strands seem to work this year, and of those two strands, quite a few of the light sockets no longer work.   We have plenty of replacement bulbs, but it is the sockets themselves that are the problem.  It looks like we'll need to watch the sales this year and invest in some new lights for the future.

After our dinner, we pulled the old Christmas Tree out of the box in the garage, and the 3 dear daughters that are here for the weekend worked together to deck the tree out with lights and garlands and our truly unique collection of Christmas ornaments gathered from various locations over the years.   Again we found that the lights were lacking.   We have had many sets of chasing colored lights for the tree for the past two decades, but alas, only one strand still works properly.  So this year we will settle for the pre-strung white lights that came with the tree.   We are in the market for even more lights, and possibly for a new tree?   We shall see.  

But we are by no means perfectionists when it comes to our decorations around these parts, so for now, for this season, we are grateful for and we celebrate the lights of Christmas . . . and the wonderful service of loving daughters who help the tired Mom so she can enjoy the lights!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Parents Kind and Dear

I'm grateful for my wise, kind, loving and serving parents.  
Photos are of them at their wedding reception in 1949

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nourishment for Body and Soul

I am grateful for nourishment for both body and soul.  I'm grateful that never once in my lifetime have I gone a day without the opportunity and means to nourish both my body and my soul.  I do not remember a single day where I have not nourished my body.  On days that I have not nourished my soul, it has been because of my own choice and neglect.

Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ.  Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

2 Nephi 32:3

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father:  Ye shall have eternal life.

2 Nephi31:20