Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I Nominate - Mary Beth!

Mary Beth and her husband at a Stake Valentine's Dance
When I heard about the new Chobani Flips #BreakYouMake project, I immediately thought of my friend Mary Beth.

Yes.  That Chobani.  The ones with the yummy Greek yogurt.

The idea of this promotion is to nominate someone you know who truly deserves a break.  Mary Beth is one of those terrific people who is difficult to describe in a few words.  She's simply a wonderful lady.

Does she need a break?  Totally.

Mary Beth at a recent birthday party
Mary Beth was a stay-at-home parent, then began working part-time at her children’s school as they got older.  She and her husband’s decision for her to be a stay-at-home mom was a difficult one.  Living in Southern California it’s hard making ends meet, even with both parents working.  To have one parent stay at home means all kinds of sacrifices, such as her husband riding a bike to work so Mary Beth could have the car for the children’s needs, growing her own vegetables, or wearing hand-me-down clothing instead of buying new.

Mary Beth and her husband discuss his five years serving as Bishop of our Ward
as Elder Allen (far left) looks on
I’ve never heard Mary Beth complain. Once the decision was made, she put a smile on her face, tightened her belt, and made it work.

Mary Beth and Dan celebrating the marriage of their beautiful daughter, Marisa
(Her three sons are standing on the right)
When her husband was called to be the Bishop of an LDS congregation, or Ward, six years ago it meant more personal sacrifices.  Dan works full-time as an engineer, and the new church calling meant long Sundays at church, and several evenings a week away from his family.  It meant the phone ringing off the hook daily – mostly with calls from Ward members with problems to be solved.

Mary Beth and her mother-in-law Evangeline
Mary Beth bore all this with a smile and a kind heart.  She was an exemplary help-meet for her husband during his five years of service. (He was recently released and is now a Sunday School teacher for the youth.)

Mary Beth has served faithfully in many different church callings throughout the years.  She is now serving as the Stake Primary President, a position that oversees the LDS children's program throughout the city of Whittier where we live.

As I searched for photos for this blog, I noticed most all my photos of Mary Beth were of her participating with other women from our Ward in friendship and kindliness.  I don't think I've ever seen her in a bad mood.

Mary Beth surrounded by friends at the yoghurt shop
Mary Beth has always been one to step up and do kind, thoughtful and helpful things without provocation.  She’s the woman who shows up at your door unannounced with a pan of cinnamon buns, just because she thought you might enjoy them.

This same woman fought a battle with her health - a little extra weight - and won - by announcing, "It's just a behavioral problem!  I can conquer a behavioral problem!"  

And she did.

(I have to admit I kinda sorta hate her for that!  Okay, I'm kidding.  Maybe.)

Mary Beth and Dan (on the left) amidst part of the cast of the Ward Roadshow
When the Ward put on a roadshow, Mary Beth got her whole family involved. Not because they had the extra time to do it, but because she thought it would be a fun and wholesome experience for her boys.
Raising their Lamanite swords high!
I heard she rehearsed her boys - and her husband - relentlessly so their performances would be excellent.  She succeeded.

Posing for a cast photo
Does Mary Beth ever take time for herself?  I have a feeling she is way down at the bottom of her own priority list.  While that's an admirable quality in a good friend, I know she needs a break!

I am reminded of Proverbs 31 when I think of Mary Beth.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Mary Beth and Dan welcome a new member, Lilya, to our Ward
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

If anyone needs a break, Mary Beth does!  Love you, my friend.  Thanks for all the good things you do without ceasing.

1 comment:

Linnea said...

She sounds like a wonderful lady!