Sunday, December 4, 2011

52 Blessings – Life in Our World, Old Friends, Christmas Devotionals, Little Girls Singing, Christmas Ornaments, Sapphires . . . you know, Stuff

Dear Kids,

We’ve had a great week.

Monday night for family night we watched Mormon Messages. That is the best back-up plan ever. We were supposed to finish your dad’s “I’m a Mormon” segment, but he couldn’t remember his password and surprisingly enough it wasn’t the one he always uses for everything . . . or any form of it.

Tuesday night we went to the temple. First we stopped at Costco and refilled an ink cartridge and picked up one of our favorite-things gifts for everybody. It was nice being at the temple on a weeknight because it wasn’t so crammed full. It was also nice going out to eat in the middle of the week at Red Lobster because there was no waiting line and the restaurant was quiet and the meal was served quickly. I think we’ll rethink what day we go to the temple in the future.

Wednesday night was Young Women in Excellence.

Thursday we went to the wrestling match. There are only two home matches this year.

On Friday your dad had the dumpster delivered. The whole shop could fit in it.

I know it's been killing some of you kids that you aren't here to sort through things. More than one of you has called and warned, "Save anything good, don't through it out!" Your dad hasn’t found many treasures, just mostly junk. But one treasure was his army helmet.

I’ll let you imagine which Calvinism your dad is saying in the picture.  If I could spell it I would, but since I doubt it's a real English word and I always worry it might be a swear word in another language, I'll let you fill in the _______.

I decorated the Christmas tree, set up the nativity, hung the joy banner, and put the garland on the hearth Saturday. I hung Clara and Levin’s ornaments. Last year I ordered an ornament for us and Abe and Grace, and this year I ordered one for us and Ray and Cali. They look cute. Next year I’ll order one for us and Ty and Michelle . . . and any others that might be needed.

Today Glade, an old mission friend of your dad’s, called and said he was passing through and wondered if we’d meet him for supper down in Tri-Cities. He and your dad call each other every now and then and whenever he's within a hundred miles your dad meets up with him, but I hadn't seen him in over 20 years. No matter. There was no way I'd miss Glade once I saw him. It was so good seeing him again. We swapped kid stories (he has nine) and ate chips and salsa.

Glade was hauling mining equipment to a friend’s sapphire mine in Montana. He gave us each a sapphire.  I have never worn or owned a sapphire.  Your dad’s is the blue grain of rice one and mine is the cut one.  Glade is and has always been very generous and giving.  Your dad has come home from meeting Glade with more than one hat that wasn't his when he went, and see that book under your dad's arm in the picture above?  Glade was reading it but thought your dad would like it and so he gave it to him.

Tonight after we got home from visiting Glade we made chex party mix to eat during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional (something to eat during it takes the sting out of not being there in person to watch it.  I was quite excited they had free seasoning packets next to the pallets of chex at the store. Not only that, but chex was $1.99 which is a very good price for here). We enjoyed the devotional very much. One of my favorite parts of the Life of Jesus Christ movie is when Mary and Elisabeth spend time together. I have always loved that part of the story. I'm glad the extended versions are already posted ( I’ll bet you can’t guess what we’ll be doing for family night for a few weeks.

Today in church we sang “Angels We Have Heard on High” for the closing song. We were sitting in front of the Davis family. They have two girls about 8 and 10 years old. They sang the “Gllllllloooooooooooooooooooo – ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo – ooooooooooooooooo – ria” so sweetly and with such fervor. I stopped singing so I could hear them, then I whispered to your dad to listen to them. We both agreed it was one of the best parts of the meeting.

I just finished a children’s book (Red Scarf Girl) about a little girl that lived during the revolution in China. That is a crisis I can’t imagine surviving. All I can say is I am very blessed.

I love you.



michelle said...

I just love your posts, Jane.

The pictures of Calvin are great. So funny that the kids wish they were there for the sorting. Are you so excited about the dumpster possibilities?

I love a friend who will give you the book he's reading because he thinks you will like it! I want to be more like that.

We have a young man who is quite a singer and when he was about 4, he would just belt out the hymns in the sweetest little voice. I loved sitting by him in sacrament meeting.

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

Wow, I can't wait to see the picture of the full dumpster! Your going to be busy little bees. I hope your weather is better than ours!

I love seeing the ornaments of your sweet grandchildren. Love that idea.


tina said...

I love Mormon Messages. They are about the right length for the attention span of a 9 year old, 6 six year old, 2 year old and the parents who have to deal with them!

Cali said...

I just can't get enough of the picture with dad in his helmet... A treasure indeed. I hope he knows how it's killing me wishing I were there for the great clean-out. I love these kinds of posts, they make feel like nostalgic for home and like life is still as I remember it. I love you mom. Thank you for keeping our family history so well (and wittily).

Karen Marie said...

So, I've been a silent stalker for a while now. I would continue as such if I wasn't dying to know where you ordered your ornaments! Where? I would love to get one made for the grandparents and us. Thanks,

P.S. I really do enjoy your blog!

Nanci said...

Those ornaments are so sweet. Where did you get them?