Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mourning women ~

What do women do when they're mourning
and they need to do something ...

They bake.
We gathered our sad selves together
and made 11 lasagnas in less than an hour.

That's what we do!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Reverent Soldier

Today, I can't help but liken our full-time missionaries to soldiers. Our young Mormon men and women who leave all that they know behind them for two years to serve the Lord are much like the men and women that we see in uniform on the news every day. Our military people are putting their best feet forward to valiantly help save our country. And while Mormons have many soldiers serving our country as well, our young missionaries are putting their entire souls into saving our world and our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we lose a soldier, people line the roads waving flags and their services include every honor that they deserve accompanied by that 21 gun salute. When we lose a missionary, it's much more quiet.

Today, I salute this young man.

Nicholas Taylor Ferrin
8/4/1989 - 10/17/2010

You have made us so proud, Nick. We watched you grow and you inspired us as we attended your farewell. We didn't know how symbolic that day was, but we know now that all who attended were in the presence of a Celestial man in the making. Thank you for making us laugh. Thank you for being real. Thank you for showing us how to conquer this life. We love you and will miss you.

Nick was our friend. He was serving from our ward in Portland, Oregon when he suffered a Brain Aneurysm on Saturday. His parents flew up yesterday to say goodbye to their son. We are all so saddened by this and hope that you will join us in prayer on behalf of this amazing family.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fancy News -

Occasionally, I catch myself wondering why I live in Arizona (except for the fact that my whole family is here - and they have been here for a million years). Then ... out of the clear, blue sky I get zapped in the face with the answers.

A couple of Saturdays ago, it was miserably hot and it was October. I almost quit. I almost packed it up and moved up North, or over East, or anywhere but here. And then it happened! A dust storm rolled into town and brought a few sprinkles with it. Since then it's been delightfully cooler and we've been blessed with rain ... AMAZING RAIN ... and even some hail! I believe the worst of Summer is finally over. This is the time of year that I live for, and it's the time of year that other parts of the country are prepping for freezing pipes and snow chains. No thank you.

Another thing that we have around my little piece of this world is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G medical care. If you need a titanium plate in your head (like the one that I sport around in) ... we have Barrow's Neurological Institute. If your child is in bad shape ... we have Phoenix Children's Hospital (a shout out to Ben ... a Doctor who reads my blog)! And if you just need a second opinion or fantastic medical care from some really phenomenal doctors ... we have the world renowned Mayo Clinic. People have been known to travel for days to get to these facilities, and they are all a swift 30 minutes from my driveway.

This was Julie at the Fancy Mayo Clinic.
She thought she was getting a pedicure instead of a consult
in our fancy doctor's office.

Well, it finally occurred to me that I needed to utilize my options. So I made a couple of visits to the ole' Mayo Clinic. After lots of fancy blood work and a couple of educated consults with a lovely Dr. who specializes in Lupus ... new news rolled into town right along with that gust of cool wind. According to the fancy Mayo Clinic ... I DO NOT HAVE LUPUS.

Neat-o, eh?

And happy Fall!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy October!

Elder Shaker is having fun and doing great!

I'm SO EXCITED that the weather is finally changing.