Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

I'm taking a little holiday from blogging for a few days.  See you again on Monday, the 6th.  Have a terrific 4th of July Holiday!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our New Bishop

The Prescotts
I suppose this is old news now, but we have a new Bishopric in the Whittier Pickering Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Rodriguez was released a few months ago, and Barclay Prescott was called to serve.

Our congregation is so blessed.  We had a wonderful Bishop, and the new Bishop is a terrific guy as well.  He and his wife have been an asset to the Ward in the many years they have lived in the Ward boundaries.

Every Bishop needs a good wife. Their wives, in many ways, bear the brunt of this arduous Church calling.  Sister Prescott is very capable of handling this difficult assignment.  Jeannie and I served in the Young Women's program years ago.  She's a great lady and a good friend.

Barclay and Jeannie have three boys: Warren, Wyatt and Samuel.

I love this photo of them!  (It was taken by a member of our ward, Jared Ibey.  As a side note: Jared just got his mission call to the Paraguay Asuncion mission!  He'll be leaving for South America soon.  You go, Jared!)

In the New Testament (1 Timothy 3:2) it says:  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.

Barclay is all those things and more.

Do you have special people in your life who make you strive to be a better person?  I hope so!




Monday, June 29, 2015

Robin Red-Breast

The Mama Robin
Once upon a time in Ottawa, Canada there lived a mama bird.  She looks like a robin with her red breast.  Robins are my favorite.  We had lots of them in Illinois where I lived for a while as a little girl.

This mama robin built a nest for her baby birds under the porch of a little house on a quiet street. That house is where my nephew and his family live.  He tried to document the bird's stay there and I believe he got some pretty good photos!

Mom!  I'm hungry!
She had three beautiful babies who were hungry all the time.



She worked very hard to keep them fed.

Mamma taking care of her babies
The little birds grew and grew!



Until one day they started leaving the little nest.

Sitting on the nest
They had a very nice nesting area, protected from the elements, don't you think?

This was the best photo Daniel could get of one of the baby robins once it left the nest:

One of the babies
They were anxious to leave and get going out into the world.  It's one of those circle of life things. It's officially summer and they're all gone now.

The empty nest
Have you ever had birds nest in your porch?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Chilling


Hi There!
It's supposed to be hot and humid here this weekend.  No doubt you're experiencing similar summer weather in your part of the world.  So, I hope you are able to chill and have a pleasant weekend

That's what Jack and I plan to do.

Just as soon as he finishes inspecting tote bags...

Maybe I'll nap a little

And when he's done checking out tote bags, he's going to nap a bit.  Then, because he's a sweetie, he'll snuggle up with his human mom under the ceiling fan where it's cool.  'Cuz we like to just chill together.


Hi
Hope you have a great weekend and someone sweet and kind to share it with!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

TBT: Cousin Val

Cousin Val and my brother in the 70s
My wonderful Cousin Val passed away in December, 2014. I wanted to do a memorial blog about him then, but never quite managed to do it. I guess I have had a tough time with his passing.  It upset my deeply.  He was my handsome cousin who was always there for me and shared my love of the movies.  Losing him was hard.

Val loved people and did kind acts of service all the time.  He was an excellent cook, and was always bringing a meal to someone, or giving someone a ride.  He took special care of the older people in his congregation and was very mindful of those who were alone.

He is shown here with my brother Jay.  The photo was taken in the family room of our home in Phoenix, Arizona - I'm guessing it was the mid 1970s (no later than 1977).

Two nice looking guys, don't you agree?

Rest in peace, Val.  You are greatly missed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Come into the Garden

Asiatic Lilies
I have friends in Utah with a very beautiful garden.  I thought I'd share some of these spectacular blooms with you, so you could enjoy them too!

Butterfly Bushes
Sometimes in the heat and rush of these summer days, we truly do forget to stop and enjoy the beauty of this world.  When was the last time you stopped to smell the flowers?

California Poppies
... And perhaps you've even forgotten to consider the lilies of the field.  Hmmm... reminds me of a song the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings:


Consider the lilies of the field,

How they grow, how they grow.
Consider the birds in the sky,
How they fly, how they fly.



He clothes the lilies of the field.
He feeds the birds in the sky.
And He will feed those who trust Him,
And guide them with His eye.


A Purple Dahlia
Consider the sheep of His fold,

How they follow where He leads.
Though the path may wind across the mountains,
He knows the meadows where they feed.


A Crimson Dahlia
Consider the sweet, tender children

Who must suffer on this earth.
The pains of all of them He carried
From the day of His birth.


Little Purple Pansies 
He clothes the lilies of the field,

He feeds the lambs in His fold,
And He will heal those who trust Him,
And make their hearts as gold.

- Composer Roger Hoffman, Consider the Lilies 
(Download the Mormon Tabernacle Choir MP3 at

Blushing Summer Roses
Have a wonderful day, and don't forget to smell the roses!
-Photos Courtesy of Don and Meldee Love

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meanwhile, Back In Texas

Elder Householder and Elder Anders

We are not the ordinary,
Fearlessly extraordinary,
Workin' righteous Hari Kari,
In our Humble Way.
Humble Way now.
Humble Way, oh Humble Way

Bearing swords of truth we plunder,
slicing wicked men asunder,
We are something of a wonder,
In our Humble Way.
Humble Way now.
Humble Way, oh Humble Way.

Crooked generation, we demand your veneration.
Will you shake your heel at us as we call you to your knees?
Crooked generation, will you scoff at ordination?
We are warriors by a right, So respect us if you please!

We are not the ordinary,
Fearlessly extraordinary,
Workin' righteous Hari Kari,
In our Humble Way.
Humble Way now.
Humble Way, oh Humble Way

Humble Way, from Saturday's Warrior by Douglas Stewart & Lex de Azevedo


My nephew Anders continues to do well in the wilds of Texas, doing acts of service and teaching people the restored gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Elders and Sisters on a recent P-Day