There has been a lot of answered prayers in my ward lately, with past members coming back into activity and illness being overcome. Prayer has also been evident in my mother's health. She has had two really good days this past weekend of clear thinking and ability to remember. I'm so grateful we have somewhere to go to and someone we know will hear our prayers. I remember hearing somewhere that He may answer yes, or no, or not at this time ~ But it is a good feeling to know He cares and we can put our trust in His will and timing.
I'm sure I have the most amazing family!! We all went to Temple Square Saturday evening, watched Katelyn play her little violin with many other young violinists and listened to their beautiful Christmas music at the JSMB. We then gathered in front of the gorgeous huge Christmas Tree in the lobby and took some fun family pictures. I'm so appreciative of Kelly taking video of all of us! We bundled up and walked over to the Lion House for a delicious dinner and afterwards went across Temple Square through the beautiful lights up the ramp to the Christus. The little kids' eyes never seem to tire of seeing the Savior standing there in that beautiful spot with his arms outstretched. Then of course Maegen became lost, at least lost to us, she I'm sure was not aware of any problems, she was going up and down the escalator having the time of her life. Mason & Jake found her but she promptly ran away again. At last after contacting Security and everyone looking for her, she was found and we all came back to my house. I walked in and saw a piano sitting there which my three son-in-laws had somehow muscled into my home!!
I was so surprised and tears just rushed out. I had not had a piano in my home for nearly 20 years!!! Yippee............Austin had found this lovely piano at an auction and I just love it! Cherlyn made me a beautiful black silk wreath with music flowers on it and it looks so pretty over the piano!!
Thank you Family!!! You really surprised me and I am so happy to have this opportunity to sit down and play music again!! I love you all so very very very much!
When a friend brought these to work, I was polite and said oh that's nice.
but when I tried them, they are delicious, and the syrup is not too sweet
try'em if you love pumpkin things like I do!!
2 C Bisquick
2 tbs packed brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 can evaporated milk
½ cup pumpkin pie mix
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl, combine Bisquick and sugar. Mix together. Add evaporated milk, pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour onto heated and lightly greased griddle. Cook until top surface in bubbly and edges are dry. Turn, cook until golden brown. Especially good served with homemade apple syrup.
Apple Syrup for Pancakes
1 c sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
2 c apple juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ c butter or margarine
Mix dry ingredients, add juices and bring to a boil. Then add the butter. Serve hot over pancakes, waffles or French Toast.
In place of the cinnamon and nutmeg, ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice works well.
In my life-dream.........as an 8 yr old, a 15 yr old, a 20 yr old, a 30 yr old................working 40+ hrs a week outside my home was not in the plan. I wanted to be a wife with a ring, a mom, a homemaker~~~with attention to raising responsible, creative, loving and happy kids to go out and make their way in the world. I wanted to attend the ballet, theatre, the arts and yes, going to good movies to eat popcorn and drink diet cokes with my sweetheart! I wanted to learn to cook great Chinese food in a wok and bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie! I wanted to go to Hawaii, Jerusalem, Nauvoo and Palmyra and sit in the Sacred Grove.
Now 60 yrs later~~isn't life just a bowl of cherries (with some pits thrown in) but most of all quite delicious! I buy frozen chocolate chip dough and keep in my freezer so I can bake and enjoy the smell with grand kids when they come over. If I want the best Chinese food in the world........that is at the Mandarin in Bountiful, Utah! My diamond ring is now a CTR ring and I like looking at it. I go to plays occasionally, enjoy granddaughter's dancing and rent old movies like The Hot Rock and Bus Stop and laugh out loud as I enjoy it from my recliner! I cheer and scream for grandchildren playing soccer, football, baseball, basketball. No one can split my sides with laughter like my adult children and their spouses~They all have been blessed with amazing senses of humor! I've been to Nauvoo and tell my little cub scouts about the mighty Mississippi and how big it is and watch their imaginations as we talk of Emma Smith walking over the frozen river. I've saved for two years and my Israel account looks promising~~......Life is pretty good at taking you down an unusual path but I am enjoying the journey!
For me, General Conference reaffirmed what I've been thinking about lately.................there is always hope for people, relationships, future ~~~
and....the most valued character trait we can and should develop is charity (the pure love of Christ) for everyone!!!! friends, family members, new acquaintances ~ They may not be like us but with Charity we can value their different strengths and let their weaknesses blow away like chaff in the wind - Just love them and do things to show that you care about them!
Thanks for guessing, Cathy!! The previous poem I posted is by Patrick Henry Hughes. This young man was born blind with a tightening of his limbs that put him into a wheelchair quite young. He is a wonderful poet, musician and attends college. I just found this partiuclarly amazing!!
When Benjamin Franklin was a boy, he traded all his money for a friend’s whistle. And he enjoyed the whistle until he learned it was worth only a fraction of what he’d paid for it. Immediately the whistle lost all its charm, and Ben was greatly annoyed at having made such a foolish mistake. But he learned an important lesson that day: not to invest more than something is worth.
Years later, when he saw a man neglecting his family for political popularity, or a miser sacrificing friendship for wealth, he would see what the man was missing to pursue the wrong ideals and say, "He pays too much for his whistle."
In Benjamin Franklin’s time, just as now, many people were proud of their appearance, their lavish lifestyle, and fancy homes. He would watch them go into debt to maintain the image of wealth and would once again decide they were paying far too much for their whistle.1
Today we might see people working overtime to buy all the latest toys and electronic gadgets. Long hours away from home could mean that their families have every enticement, but a better gift might simply be to spend time with them.
The most valuable treasures and the greatest satisfaction can usually be found close to home, in the people and loved ones around us. If we’ve been chasing fame and acclaim instead of building lasting relationships, we can stop in our tracks and make a course correction. What guides our daily actions? Are the things we seek really worth the sacrifices we’re making?
Thoughtfully consider your course and your priorities, and then resolve to invest time in what matters most. Then our actions will align with our values and we can rest assured we won’t be paying too much for our whistle.
1. See Benjamin Franklin, "The Whistle,” in Brander Matthews, comp., The Oxford Book of American Essays (1914), 4–6.
Labor Day included the labor of FLU!!! yucky..........Friday after work, the chills, okay lay on a heating pad and watch a movie, well that turned into many movies through the night and into saturday - which turned into every fun thing that comes with the stomach flu!
Later on I found out Kel & Stacey were sharing the same moments ( smile )
Anyway, today is the day after Labor Day and it's great to be alive and feeling sooooooo much better!!!
Yesterday, I had a very interesting experience speaking in sacrament meeting. The lady that spoke before me wasn't there when the meeting started and I was getting pretty nervous about taking more than my allotted 15 minutes!!!~~~She arrived with her husband and adorable golden curled haired 2 year old son. They sat on the front row and when she came up to talk, so did her son. He rode the railing at the pulpit, threw his shoes over the side, smiled, made faces, ran around in front of the bishopric - needless to say it was amazing to see that the father didn't ever offer to take him out. The bishop leaned forward at one point to catch him, thinking he was going to fall, a counselor had to sit at the piano because he kept opening up the piano and playing it. I didn't know this family and found out after the meeting what was going on, but needless to say the spirit was not there...............and I was getting a little nervous that they were going to let him be my companion when I got up to speak as well.!!
When she finished, the choir sang and she and her husband still did not try to reign him. He kept coming up the stairs and running around the pulpit area. I was getting quite interested in the reaction of the ward members. From my vantage point I could see some getting a kick out of it, mainly the youth and some getting quite red-faced............ready to stand up and tell them "get your kid!".
When it was my turn to speak the father again picked up the little boy and they moved to the back of the chapel, where he proceeded to act up and eventually the mother took him out. I completed my talk and felt a peaceful feeling that finally the spirit was there in our meeting. When the meeting ended the Bishop came up to me and apologized saying, "Sister Jewkes, I'm so sorry. This family has just become active again and are unaware obviously of how to help their little son~they told us recently on a home visit that "they do not believein telling their son no.".......it all came together
.....spare the rod and spoil the child?....................Maybe just a little bit!!!
One of my favorite songs has always been "When He Comes Again" -I learned it in Primary and have sung it all my life. But always just two verses, well my friend's mother passed away and they found a 1952 copy of this song while going through her papers. The sheet music has a verse 3 in it and it is beautiful!!
so..........sing along and when you get to the 3rd verse, sing it then look up the scripture:
(Matthew 25: 31, 32) "When the Son of man shall come in his glory...before him shall be gathered all nations."
I wonder when He comes again, will herald angels sing?
Will earth be white with drifted snow, Or will the world know spring?
I wonder if one star will shine Far brighter than the rest;
Will daylight stay the whole night through?
Will song birds leave their nests?
I'm sure He'll call His little ones together round His knee,
Because He said in days gone by, Suffer them to come to me.
I wonder when He comes again, will I be ready there
To look upon His loving face and join with Him in prayer.
Each day I'll try to do His will and let my light so shine
that others seeing me may seek For greater light divine.
then, when that blessed day is here, He'll love me and He'll say,
You've served me well, my little child, Come unto my arms to stay.
I wonder when He comes again will all the nations bring Their children to His waiting arms to hear the angels sing? And as they heed his loving voice, and seek His outstretched hands, Will children of the world rejoice to finally understand: That, only, as we do His will can happiness increase. That love, alone, can make this world A Haven of His peace.
I love to watch my grandchildren do their thing by attending football, baseball, soccer games, swim meets, dance recitals, violin recitals, choir concerts ~ it is so much fun to watch another generation discover new talents, improve their skills and have fun doing it! ~ The unconditional perspective of being a grandparents is amazing and gratifying. I see only my posterity on the field or the stage, looking for their smile or laugh or approval of what just went down~~
Last night I took Emma & Katelyn to see the production 7 Brides for 7 Brothers in Centerville....they were enthralled with the production, Katelyn squealed as the stage curtain rose up, they both knew a lot of the songs (from the movie) that were performed. It was a long production and yet these little girls' eyes never left the stage. Afterwards, I introduced them to the lead, Danny Inkley who I taught along side of my oldest son, Troy in primary. He lived just up the street and now has honed his talents with an amazing voice! We saw him later that night at In & Out with his own kids - Katelyn remarked as we were walking to the car, "you know Grandma, they look different up close!"................yep, they do, Emma!
I like being a grandmother. I think my main task in this role which began about 14 years ago is to make memories that my grandchildren will remember ~ Even sending phone messages to tell them about the "Harvest Moon"! (did ya enjoy that one, Mason?)
Ok, I love salads! .... But not the dry, tasteless pale iceberg lettuce that some buffets offer, with a yellow film over the dressing and garbanzo beans that look like they came from your grandmother's food storage~~that is not my idea of a good salad~
Cutler's Cookies, our local hometown sandwich/soup/salad deli now makes a spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, slivered almond and grated parmesan cheese thrown in. These ingredients are upon a bed of fresh spinach leaves! AND if that were not enough, it comes with a delicious poppy-seed dressing!
The reason I'm so happy about this addition to their menu is that it is the perfect size! I love Cafe Rio salads but never can finish them!! JUST TOO DARN BIG!
So thanks Stacey for introducing my palate to this yummy work of art! ~~ ** they only make a certain amount each day, so get there early!!
Watched Katelyn "fiddle" to open an early morning patriotic program in Layton on Independence Day. She was the cutest one with a violin up on stage, all decked out in red, white and blue. The speaker was short but powerful. I pray for our Republic............this the greatest nation on the face of the earth, but taken for granted more often than not.
From there, we went to Kaysville to watch the parade which Katelyn also was in ( her dance group ).....it was wonderful to see how Korean War and Vietnam vets were honored and applauded for as they went by. The weather was made to order for me...............overcast, cool breeze, absolutely perfect to watch a parade in!!!
I love to watch little grandchildren instinctively put their hand over their heart as the pledge of allegiance is said and our Nation's Flag goes by. Happy Birthday USA - May God Bless This Nation and help us remember what is offered to us as citizens of the United States of America.
Great friend and co-worker, Steve T. is leaving for a new position. I've worked with him for 5+ years. He is Jill's age and in fact when to school with Jill at Bountiful High. I think of him almost like one of my kids. He has been so much fun to work with, he has a great sense of humor and such a good young man, husband to his sweet Heidi and dad to Kaitlyn, Michael and Logan. When either one of us has had to vent, we knew the other would listen~likewise when something really hysterical happened in the office-I could count on Steve to GET IT!! and laugh with me~!
I wish him well, he will get to be outside more as he will be working on the Church's rec-camps in the northern Utah area and he has a smile on his face for that and also a spring in his step! Ties will be the exception not the rule from here on out! ~~~ and even though I will miss him so much the no tie thing really brings a "Steve grin"!
Katelyn had her recital last Saturday - her cousin and littlest sister really got into the "Snow Queen" ballet!!
on Monday, Brooke danced six dances at the Browning Center on the Weber State Campus - even though we had a fire alarm scare and had to wait in rainy weather for the " all clear" to begin the recital, it was worth it. Brooke had injured her wrist in dress rehearsal, but no one could tell, she was great!
Many games and practices have been cancelled due to our "Seattle like weather" ..............hoping for summer to begin soon!
One of my old Laurel's from YW is preparing to enter the MTC in July!!! She will be serving at Winter's Quarters, Nebraska Omaha mission-----------I just may have to take a historical trip out there next year for a hug. This young woman is exceptional! She played soccer, Lacrosse and cross country during her high school. She was beautiful, hardly ever wore much makeup, that athletic glow always shown through!
She would welcome the little Beehives in with so much love and tenderness~She came to camp as an assistant for two years after she graduated and did High Adventure. She introduced me to Brian Regan's humor~~thanks for that!!!
Her insights into the scriptures during lessons was profound for someone so young. She has been attending Utah State the last three years and anyone that can brave winters there comes from tough stock!
She is naturally a little shy but always speaks up if asked something about the gospel or her standards. her Testimony was always, "that it's just so much easier to obey~~yet she never judged others harshly" - just a smart, pretty, confidant young woman who loves the Lord. I was the Teacher but learned so much from her and am so proud to call her friend. Good Luck Cindy on your mission~you will be awesome!
President Coleman talked about he Five Love Languages through the eyes of Christ found in the scriptures.
1) Words of Encouragement
2) Quality Time
3) Receiving Gifts
4) Acts of Service
5) Physical Touch
I recently saw "Jane Eyre" - yes, probably a "chick-flick" but one with class!
I also saw on referral from Amy, "Soul Surfer" and loved it!!! A great
film of inspiration and perseverance!
One of my favorite lines is from "Hope Floats".....Beginnings are usually scary, endings are mostly sad
but the middle is what makes it all worth living!... enjoy where you are, sometimes you just need to give Hope a chance to float up!~~
Entertainment that encourages, lifts, inspires, brings out our compassion or gives us tears from laughing is the best kind of respite in our busy lives! Whether it is sitting in our favorite chair at home with a great DVD or having a formal movie out with lots of "fake"butter topping on our popcorn~ Save up and take in a good movie - ENJOY!!
Conference was amazing, as it always is. Seems to bring the spirit so strongly right into your front room doesn't it? I just got a strange call from my youngest daughter?.....no, the call was strange not her ( smile )
This is spring break~~while the Lindsey's are at Lake Powell basking in spring sunshine (lucky ducks) Jen is
helping Cory tar a roof?.............yes my 30 yr old is on a roof helping her husband! Apparently it is not a steep one (whew...) what do they say about provident living?........maybe she's learning something for a new career move? (smile) I sure wish someone with a camera was catching this!!!!!! Hang on tight Jen
Pearl and I along with the Horton's watched Devon win another soccer game on saturday...- no prejudice, HE IS THE STAR!! Jill is doing a great job coaching the "Sharks"! He has some moves that are amazing!
With the "smart" phones out now, maybe everyone is really reading their scriptures? ya think?
Wonder what would happen if we treated our scriptures like we treat our cell phones? What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we turned back to get it if we forgot it? What if we flipped through it several times a day? What if we spent an hour or more using it every day? What if we used it to receive messages from the text? What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it? What if we gave it to kids as gifts? What if we used it as we traveled? what if we used it in case of an emergency?
and unlike our cell phones: One PLAN fits all. Unlimited usage. No roaming charges. You always have reception. You don't have to buy batteries. No weak signals..and...We don't ever have to worry about our Scriptures being disconnected because Our Savior already paid the bill!
What a lovely concert last night~Little Katelyn announced her piece, played it beautifully and of course her bow at the end was perfect! It takes a lot of courage to play an instrument at five years old in front of an audience. But we all appreciated her talent and she sparkled with a big smile when she was done~ (whew).....Mom was smiling a lot too at the conclusion!
Amy's recuperating from surgery, Jenny has "Shingles" - yes! ... and ... & Stacey, Violet & Pearl are recovering from that famous friend to all of us, the 24 hr FLU!!!
Goodby February, we want some nice, spring weather~~I feel like a slug because in the snow and slush and February doldrums I can't well I guess that is more like I don't get out and walk like I should. I have a friend at work that has horrible foot problems and can't walk, so I feel especially guilty not using the great orthotics I swear by and MOVE~~~is it too late for a March 2011 new year resolution?.....walking is wonderful! and with an IPOD you can walk to rhythm or listen to talks, it's pretty amazing what we enjoy today~~
Wishing all an end of winter illnesses and better health ahead~ I just read where ZINC is great for almost anything that gets you down~
Reading Divine Signatures by Gerald Lund - I'll share my copy with anyone who would like to read it!
It is wonderful!
what a surprise last Friday to hear from Cherlyn~ she and the kids came through Salt Lake with her folks and we had a great 24 hours visit. In memory of Troy ( who was doing a golf show in Spokane ) we hit "LA" and "in & out" just to make him jealous!!! ( smile )
Michael is a hoot and the source of entertainment and Kaylee and TJ have gotten soooooooo tall, all my grandkids will pass me up shortly! Stacey got some great action shots and we had so much visiting with them while they were here!
For the last week or so a dire cancer diagnosis has been looming for my niece, Lindsay. She is my sister Cheryl's firstborn and a 31 year old wife and mother. Our family united our prayers and faith on her behalf. We all fasted last Sunday and mom flew out to California to be with Cheryl and Lindsay. My wonderful father and Judy drove to Sacramento from Oregon. Dad and Leon Felt, Nola's husband and dear friend gave powerful priesthood blessings to Lindsay and to her mom, who was beside herself at the thought of losing her daughter. We waited for a specialist who was flying in to see her, praying and pleading that our faith would be answered. Dad called and told me that all we could do now is leave it in the Lord's hands. I kept thinking of hands, the Savior's hand touched a blind man and his eyes became whole, a suffering woman with a disease over twelve years touched the hem of his robe with her hand and was healed. I knew that His power and mercy could be manifest in Lindsay, but also that He knew the end from the beginning and we had to trust Him. After a long exam and conference with the specialist yesterday, the cancer grade was downgraded and a much more favorable outcome and diagnosis was given Lindsay. On the phone talking with Cheryl we both acknowledged that exercising faith in the Lord Jesus Christ from so many and the power of the priesthood had literally changed the grade of cancer. Miracles do occur just as when the Master walked on the earth. His tender mercies are evident in so many ways in our lives. We try as imperfectly as only we can to put our faith and desires into his capable hands. The blessing of renewed and increased faith and strength is often the result. As I hung up the phone with my sister, I was overcome with tears of humble gratitude for His goodness, His care, and His love for each one of us.
My firstborn had some surgery today. I know she is hurting. When I got her three oldest off to school this morning, there was a note on the fridge from her telling them that "Mom loves you!" even though she wasn't there, Emma wrote back on the note...."We love you too, Mom!" We'll take good care of you Amy, you'll feel better in a few weeks~~~We all love you and pray for your recovery.
I team-teach in Primary with Sister Fuller, a neat neat lady in her 70's that returned a year ago from a Boston, Massachusetts mission. Zelda and I love our little 8-10 yrs olds and we have enjoyed teaching them last year about Old Testament Prophets and this year about the Savior's life. I just got word that she passed away quite unexpectedly - She will be very much missed by our Primary class - I had just talked to her a couple of days ago and she said she thought she was feeling better......still quite a shock that her lovely smiling face won't be there with our class singing those beautiful Primary songs.
Got to spend the weekend with the King kiddies---Devin drew me a heart and a BEAUTIFUL VALENTINE note - he has the sweetest heart beating inside that little first grader!
I went bowling with Devin & Derek while Britney went to see "Justin Beber"'s movie with her friend Bailey and Bailey's mom. Devin bowled 108, Derek 77 and grandma pulled up with a 75 ~ I don't think the Bowling circuit is nervous at all! But we had so much fun~
Sunday we all went to hear the Horton family speak at sacrament meeting. They did an amazing job talking on family values and raising children with faith to help them during these difficult times. I was so proud of each of them. They bore pure testimony that the only way we can give our children the power and faith they will need as they face life's challenges is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hope all have a wonderful Valentine's Day and keep LOVE going & growing!!
Big Super Bowl party last night at Horton's - lots of fun, family and FOOD! Jenny had made everything - and I mean everything, little smokies, meatball subs, deli meats, chips, pasta salad --then along came Stacey's choc-mint fudge, choc chip cookies, apple/snicker salad, Amy's artichoke dip, and add to that cilantro/sausage, German chocolate cake and ice cream and yes, you have a Food-Fest! The kids had fun, the men cheered, we all got to visit and enjoy wonderful tasty dishes - Brookie wasn't feeling well, but she is such a sport and came out and laid down to be with us!!! We love you Brooke, hope today is better!
We missed Jason who was getting his "Fall hunting schedules ironed out" .... you missed some great dishes - but we sent home one of his favorites 7 layer dip!
I watched Maegan bowl tonight in preparing for the state finals.....I couldn't believe it! Maegan spot bowls~something my dad tried to teach me for years~~~~She's amazing! Katelyn was one of her partners and did a great job herself~
Let me tell you about Maegan Hope's technique.....
1) pick up custom made pink bowling ball with the smallest holes drilled into it you have ever seen
2) stand back and eye the shot
3) run toward the line and throw the bowling ball on the spot ( notice I didn't say roll it )
4) stand there and watch and will it to go straight toward the "sweet place"
5) SUCCESS - turn and accept the applause with her famous smile!
The four Lindsey girls and Pearl came over for a New Year's sleepover at Gram's last Friday night. We had so much fun and did very little sleeping~~~(smile) - toenails were painted, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers/Singing In the Rain/Horton Gives A Who were all watched, popcorn was popped, root beer was drank, Hershey bars were devoured and even 3 large apples all cut up and peeled were munched on to the last piece!! But the highlight of the evening's festivities was Charades! These five little girls are incredible!!! We guessed all the princess movies, Disney and then went onto members of our families - let me tell you both the acting and the guessing were amazing!! We were all laughing so hard as we guessed who they were imitating~ Believe me parents and older siblings, these little girls are watching you! Around 1:30 AM Maegan, Kelsey and Kate were out, but Pearl and Emma's eyes were wide open. I turned out the lights and turned on a DVD of our primary kids singing primary songs - we listened twice through and then I heard the sweet sound of little girls finally succumbing to the Sand Man! If I hadn't been afraid a flash would have woke them all up, I would have taken a picture. The dreams of the innocent - so PRECIOUS!!!