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Endurance

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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I’ve been thinking about life, the lessons we’ve been reading from the Bible, and my parents. I’m blessed to have amazing parents who have chosen to be steadfast in their faith, and who continue to teach me by their example. My mother is 93 years old. My father will be 96 next month. I want to be like them. I hope to be like them. I pray to be like them . . .

“And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 14:7).

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Family Slumber Party

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

We have concluded our wonderful Family Slumber Party. I am incredibly blessed with a saintly husband and a marvelous family. Ten of our twelve children and their families came. Yes, that was a HUGE number of people, but that meant there was someone there (hopefully) for everyone to have fun with.

I made embroidered pillowcases for every grandchild who attended (I made 34). I was grateful for every smile of appreciation.

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We did a Family Cutthroat Kitchen. If you’ve never watched that show on television, give it a try. We had a great time with that. We had flour sock dodge ball, good food, amazing fireworks (we were up above the BYU stadium so saw their display totally light up the sky as well as fireworks all over the valley), peaceful night’s sleep under the stars, and heart-warming family time.

Several years ago I made a family flag. We display it every time we have a major family gathering. Each of our children chose the colors they wanted. Larry and I are in the center. I love it when that flag is up because it signifies we are together.

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Now to put my life and house back in order :)

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God Bless America

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

At times I sincerely fear we are losing moral ground in America. In some categories, I feel we are falling off a cliff in that regard. Nonetheless, I truly appreciate being an American and the great freedoms we have. I hope God will have reason to continue to bless this land and its people.

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NewLDSFiction Summer Book Trek

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Tomorrow starts the NewLDSFiction Summer Book Trek. You win books by reading books, and you can get an extra 10 points for reading my book I Am Strong! I Am Smart! because I’m an official sponsor on this trek. So I hope you’ll look into it and enjoy the reading challenge.

http://www.newldsfiction.com/summer-book-trek/

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Writer in the Pines

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

I failed to post a wonderful writeup of my book We Are Strong! It was up on Friday, the 20th of June. Marsha Ward did a beautiful job with her post on “Writer in the Pines.” She listed a couple of my favorite reviews, one by Lorene Cole Elder and one by Claire DeWitt. Here is the link.

http://marshaward.blogspot.com/2014/06/fresh-book-friday-we-are-strong.html

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Thank you, Marsha Ward.

 

 

 

 

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Grandparents Day

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Grandparents Day is coming up in September. I have an article coming out in a national online magazine that month, specific to grandparenting. I’ll give you the link as soon as it is published. I’m mentioning it here to give you a heads-up. To celebrate Grandparents Day I’m going to offer a huge special for I Am Strong! in the hopes that MANY grandparents will be given the gift of love and appreciation with a copy of that book! I’ll post all the details next month here on my website.

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One More Poster

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

This is a story of 4 people

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Poster Part 2

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Here is the other quote I spoke of in the previous post. Do you see how they are similar yet different?

We don't go to the edge

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Poster Part 1

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Recently I cleaned out some files in my office and came across a couple of striking quotes, both written differently but with a similar message. Last night I made up this poster, using one of the quotes. Sometimes we have to be willing to take a prayerful risk when moving out of our comfort zones . . .

You can't soar with the eagles

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Father’s Day 2014

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

My dad (a veteran pilot of World War II) is not only a hero of our nation, but my personal hero. No one could have a more amazing father. Our birthdays are one day apart. We shared many birthday parties together (this one from years ago). Now he doesn’t understand birthdays and cannot keep things straight. But he is still one of the most courageous people I know . . . I love my dad. Happy Father’s Day Dad . . .

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