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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Letter - Shelby's wedding, broken water heater, conquer your fault



Sunday, August 07, 2016


The first week of August has come and gone.  It has been cooler here in Gilbert than normal, still high 90’s, but it is very humid.  I’ve liked the change in the weather though.  Monday I did yard work to get our yard ready for our ward Activity Day girls to come play on our waterslide for their activity on Tuesday night. 

Tuesday since it wasn’t too hot I finally did a project I’ve wanted to do for a while.  I painted Tilly’s old toddler bed black, bought some patio pillows and a crib sheet to match the new pillows to transform it into a front porch bench.  I love how it turned out.  

Before
After
The porch before adding the new bench.
The porch after
That evening the activity day girls came over for their activity.  Karalee was excited to have them all come to our home.  Marlee and Tilly were excited they got to be part of the activity too!  About 40 minutes into the activity we got a HUGE monsoon rainstorm.  It was wonderful.  It rained and rained and rained, making it exciting for all the parents as they came to pick up their girls.  After the activity I rushed straight to the church through the rainstorm to attend a court of honor for the boys.  We got soaked running into the building.  Bryant earned his Citizenship in the Community merit badge.  His first merit badge!  Spencer earned his Communications and Personal Fitness merit badges.  Spencer has now earned all the merit badges he needs for his Eagle.  Now he just needs to do a project and write it up and then he’ll be an Eagle Scout!! 

Wednesday Tilly and I hosted an activity for our LBC (Lonely Babies Club).  The kids played on the waterslide while the other mothers and I visited and watched them from my air conditioned family room.  I had such a fun time catching up with my friends that morning. 

Thursday morning I went to Cub Scout round table.  I don’t remember much else I did that day, besides doing laundry, picking up kids from school, cooking dinner and all that other normal, day to day stuff.

Friday morning Chad was able to work from home for most of the morning so I was able to go to the temple.  After that I came home and cleaned up the boys’ room and our spare room so Darrell, Crystal, Kari, Ray, Raya and Rory could come and stay with us that night.  They came down for our niece Shelby’s wedding.  They got into town around 7:30pm and we met at Texas Roadhouse for dinner then we came back to our house and watched the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.  I was sure glad to have them stay with us. 

Yesterday was my niece Shelby Dana’s wedding.  She married Jordan Ward.  They make a cute couple and the wedding, luncheon and reception were very nice.  
Spencer and Bryant watched the girls, Amy's kids and Raya while we went to the wedding and the luncheon.



Waiting for the Bride and Groom to exit the temple


Mr. and Mrs. Ward

I love Shelby's happy smile!
Tilly loved the dancing.




Last night just before going to bed we noticed our carpet was wet in the family room.  Our water heater that is located in the garage just behind the family room wall had been leaking.  Tomorrow morning we’re going to have to go buy a new water heater and have it installed.  Luckily for us we still have running water even with the hot water turned off and since it is summer time it wasn’t too cold for a bath this morning (our showers don’t work with the hot water turned off).  Our dishwasher won’t work either, but washing dishes by hand for a day or two won’t kill us.

Today I got to substitute teach Marlee’s primary class.  It was so much fun.  I think my new dream calling would be to team teach a primary class--I would like to have someone team teach with me so I wouldn’t have to teach every Sunday. J Today Bryant was recognized in Sacrament meeting for receiving his Faith in God award.  Since he turns 12 this coming Friday they also went ahead sustained him to receive the Aaronic Priesthood.  He will be ordained next Sunday.  This was an interesting Sabbath afternoon for Chad and the boys.  Chad got a text that a family in our ward came home from church to a flooded home.  A part in their upstairs sink broke while they were gone.  Water was dripping from the light fixtures.  So Chad and the boys changed into grubby clothes and spent a couple hours bailing water out of their home and helping to get things moved and dried out.  My boys were a little shocked that Chad and I asked them to do this on the Sabbath Day, but we explained to them that when an accident happens, sometimes you have to take care of it on the Sabbath.  Their flood makes us grateful that our water heater leak didn’t do too much damage.
Yesterday afternoon Marlee went with me to Goodwill to see if we could find anything nice at their 50% off day.  Marlee bought a tub of Tinker Toys for $3.  She and the kids have been having a great time playing with them. 


Tilly is in jail.
Well that about wraps up my week.  I sure hope things have been going well for you and your families.  If you write me back and let me know how you’re doing I just might send you a surprise!

My quote for today is from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  The quote I’m going to share comes just after Jo, one of the main characters in the story, confides in her mother that she feels discouraged about trying to overcome her bad temper.  To which her mother wisely replies, “Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”  I think that is great advice.  I love reading Little Women.  I’ve never read it before, but I enjoyed the movie when I was little so I decided to read the book.  They book is even better than the movie.

Love,

Mindy 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Letter - Flake Reunion, Back to school

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I can hardly believe this is the last day of July.  This year is going by so quickly, but it has been a good one and there are several things I am looking forward to before the year ends--Bryant’s birthday in 13 days, a possible camping trip with old CO2 ward friends in August, a trip to Disneyland with Marlee and Brenda and the other eight year old cousins in September, a trip with our little family to Salt Lake for general conference and slowly vacationing our way back home, Halloween, Karalee’s birthday, Thanksgiving, Tilly’s birthday, Spencer’s birthday and Christmas!  Life is so nice when you have so many wonderful people to interact and celebrate with and to love.

Here is a report of some of our activities over the last three weeks that have passed since I’ve written.  Spencer spent July 11th – 15th at Round Valley high school for a team football camp.  He had a good time, but ended up breaking his finger.  He now will have to miss the first few games of the season while he lets it heal.  I’m beginning to wonder if football is worth all the injuries that come along with the game.  He loves it though, so he gets to make the choice.  He can’t get his finger splint wet and it is getting pretty gross.  Luckily we go in this Wednesday to get it changed.  Spencer has hired Bryant to help him with his lawn business so his splint won’t get all grassy.  They make a good team.  I’m sure thankful that they’re such good friends and that they work and play well with each other.




We spent the last two weekends in Snowflake.  Tyler Ann’s wedding reception in my parent’s barn was on July 15th.  It was so fun to see how Travis and Teresa transformed the barn into such a cute wedding reception venue.  I’m glad we were able to help out a little bit since Teresa did so much for mine and Chad’s wedding receptions.  On Saturday the 16th Chad and I took Rachel, Trey and all our kids minus Tilly (she didn’t want to go) to Clear Creek near Winslow.  We had a fun time jumping cliffs.  Karalee even jumped off Dragon’s head!!  I am so proud of her for doing something adventurous.  The evening of Sunday, July 17th we decided to bring Trey home with us since we would be heading back up to Snowflake the next weekend.  Trey was a fun guest and very helpful.  He’s welcome around our house anytime.  Last weekend was the Flake Family reunion and Snowflake Pioneer Day Celebration.  All of my siblings were able to attend.  It is our favorite time of the year so we are all there almost every single year.  The celebration theme this year was Snowflake’s musical heritage.  It was so fun to attend the town program to see the musical performances and see pictures of all the music teachers and musicians who were honored.  I’m so thankful to all those who live in Snowflake who work so hard to put on the celebration every year.  It is a lot of work for them.  Oh and my sisters, nieces and I played our violins in the Flake program and it went well, but I didn’t get a recording of it. I’m hoping Dean will send me his recording.

Reception picutres:











The chickens got to stay for the party.


Clear Creek group
Selfies with cousins at the Flake Rodeo:

Kate Me Jackie
Me, Steve, Jewel, Daliah and Maggie
Tom and me
Jacque, Mark, Richie's son, me Richie
Me and Sandi
Me, Uncle Steve, Aunt Sharla, Brenda, Kacie
Me and Sank
Me and Uncle Dean
Me, Dawniel, and Jon

Me and Teagan
Karalee and Rachel - best buds
Mom accompanying the Liberty Bells and the community choir
Beginning of the town rodeo
My kids started school last Tuesday, July 26th.  Spencer is a freshman (I have a high schooler!), Bryant is in 7th grade (His first year of junior high!), Karalee is in 4th grade, Marlee is in 2nd grade and Tilly will start preschool on Aug. 9th.  They enjoy their teachers.  I’ve been getting up earlier than I did last school year to exercise before we have family prayer and scriptures.  I’ve been kind of grumpy and have yelled a lot this week and it has trickled down to the kids yelling more too so I will have to learn to control my temper and not yell so much so we can have more peace in our home.  I like getting my exercise out of the way before the kids are all up though so I’ve got to learn to get used to getting up early.





Tilly's had her friend Emma come over to play twice last week while the big kids were at school.  She sure missed the big kids.

Tyler’s sister Annalyn had her baby on July 26th.  They named him Treigen.  He’s very cute. 




Last week I learned that one of Satan tools is to make us feel like we have no other choice but to disobey the commandments.  He is still trying to take away our agency.  However, I know that if we pray and turn to God, he will open a way for use to use our agency in harmony with His commandments.

My quotes today are from church today.  The first quote is from a sister missionary who reported her mission in sacrament meeting today. 
No matter where we are at spiritually we all need to repent daily and make adjustments to our lives.” 
The second quote is from our gospel doctrine lesson today.
“To be a righteous woman during the winding-up scenes on this earth, before the Second Coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home--which is society’s basic and most noble institution. Other institutions in society may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storm and strife” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 326–27).
I know I can repent and do better, especially as a mother.  I fall short often, but I am not without hope.  I know Christ’s atonement is sufficient for me to make my weakness strong.  I am so thankful to be a wife and a mother.  It is a privilege and an honor.  I am working to give it my very best efforts.

Love,

Mindy

P.S.  Here are some pictures from 4 weeks ago.

Amy's family came to stay with us for a few days.

My brother Travis brought his boys over to play before Tyler Ann's wedding and he stayed too.  I'm sure glad my kids have good uncles to tease and love them.

Tyler Ann and her new husband Travis Parham