Saturday, August 30, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

"Safety in Counsel"

"God offers us counsel not just for our own safety but for the safety of His other children, whom we should love. There are few comforts so sweet as to know that we have been an instrument in the hands of God in leading someone else to safety. That blessing generally requires the faith to follow counsel when it is hard to do."

--Henry B. Eyring, "Safety in Counsel", Liahona, Jun 2008, 2–7

Mt Rainier

This past weekend, my husband, his brother & wife and I took a day trip to Mt Rainier. It is one of the biggest Mountains here in Washington.

It was a wonderful day. The drive to the National Park was a nice scenic drive. It was only about 3 - 4 hours away from where we live. It was supposed to be the peak of the wildflower season.

The first stop we made was the Trail of the Patriarchs -- this is a short 1 1/2 mile hike in to the forest to view large old trees -- some were well over 7oo years old. The hike was an easy one. The trail was well maintained, and it did not have a lot of ups and downs. I did the hike with out any problems.

After this we drove up to Paradise Lodge. Trisha and I stayed at the lodge while the menfolk hike the 4 hour - 7 mile hike up to Paradise Glacier. That is where most of the wildflowers grow. It is a hard climb rising many feet in elevation. Us girls (Healthy as we are LOL) opted not to climb. The boys took plenty of pictures so that we felt like we were there.

This trip was an all day-er but well worth the time and effort. Being with family and friends made it that much better.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"Do Unto Others"

"It is indeed remarkable that the nature of our dealings with our fellowmen will determine, in large measure, our status in the kingdom of heaven....We may attend to rites and rituals and yet overlook the weightier matters such as brotherly kindness, honesty, mercy, virtue, and integrity. Let us never forget that if we omit them from our lives we may be found unworthy to come into His presence."

--Mark E. Petersen, "Do Unto Others", Ensign, May 1977, 73

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Growing Family

August 3 2008 --- My Niece's Daughter had a baby boy. "Trinton Austin"
August 9 2009 --- My Nephew's Wife had a baby girl. "Ava Nicole"

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cherokee Indian Legend‏

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.
(Afather's love never end either)

Moral of the Story: Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there. 'For we walk by faith, not by sight.' ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~ Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I'll try again tomorrow.'

Happy Birthday 2 years old – Emma Michelle

Aug 28th – Emma is the daughter of my 3rd child.
She is an angel from Heaven.
She loves to pose for the camera. (A model in the making! Watch out Tira!)
She is very talkative.
She loves her mommy and daddy
She lovers her Aunt Dixie and Uncle Eric.
Her favorite thing to do is to talk on the phone and hanging out with DADDY!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

To all my Close Friends



There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'
So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.'

So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
that she had only one hair on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going
to wear my hair in a pony tail.'

So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
that there wasn't a single hair on her head

'YAY!' she exclaimed. 'I don't have to fix my hair today!'

Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Live simply,
Love generously,

Care deeply,

Speak kindly.......

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...

It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Birthday 55 years young – Patricia Ann

Happy Birthday 55 years young – Patricia Ann

Aug 9th – Trisha is a very special person in my life. She is the wife of Bill’s brother. She is one of my closest friends and sisters. She lives too far away for my liking.

She and I love to go out and shop, sight see and generally just have fun. OH! YEA! We also love to go to the movies but who can afford that all of the time.
She is a mother of three (2 boys and a girl) she has 2 grandchildren.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Happy Birthday 92 years young – Vernie Fife Finch

I started this thing about posting the special times in the life of my family members and I seem to have missed some so I will try to catch up in the next few weeks.
Jul 28th -- Vernie is the Eldest in a family of 5 children. He had one sister and 3 brothers. He was raise on a farm in Kentucky.
He married Mary in 1940. They had 6 children.

He joined the Army and served his time during WWII. He returned to Kentucky after getting out of the Army. He is still strong and kicking at age 92.
He has a cat and a dog. They keep him busy.

He is a father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and a Great Great Grandfather. this is something that he feels very special about. He loves all of his children(6), grandchildren(20+), great grandchildren(15+) and great great grandchildren.(5+)