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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


As I mentioned before I'm attached some pictures of Justin and Logan and Kerry. I have a ton but these are the most recent. I am so proud of these kids.  I still can't believe I have grandchildren this old.
This picture is of Justin standing by an American Dodge Truck. He thought that was pretty cool.

Elder Leavitt and Elder Mulgrew, the Irish Elder.

Mission Leadership Counsel

I haven't got a lot of current pictures of Logan.  These are people they have been teaching.

 Logan with a group of missionaries.

Logan with a local child. Cute!

Kerry with 3 of her siblings. In order it's Daphny, Kerry, Cutler and Autumn.

Kerry and dad.

Kerry and Mom

Pretty Kerry

Friday, May 30, 2014

Some Catching Up

I know I haven't posted here for a long time.  Life happens a lot!

I'm still working at DennettWinspear Attorneys at Law and I love it and the people, the ones I work for and with.  In all my working career I have never had such an enjoyable work experience.  My boss, Ryan Dennett, is truly a caring person.  Last April 2013 when I was down sick for over two weeks and had to miss work he never once pressured me about coming to work.  He kept encouraging me to take my time and get better.  And then when I did come back he hired summer help to work with me to get my workload caught up.  I will never be able to express how much that means to me.  I look forward to going to work, which I never really did before. There was always some dread to it. I could stay working with this law firm until I'm not physically or mentally able.  My life has been truly blessed.

That summer help was Heidi Hill.  The whole office became her friend.  She is a very special young woman and is now preparing to leave on a mission to Canada in June.  She has invited us all to her farewell.

That's not to say that there were never good experiences at Cumorah CU.  There were.  I met some wonderful people and there were some good times, times and people I will miss very much, especially some. I wish some relationships were easier to hold onto but it's not to be.  I had kept in touch with my friend Nellie Espinoza but I haven't heard from her for a while. Others I interact with on Facebook some. In some ways it's kind of sad. But I know life cannot stay status quo.

My grandsons are doing great on their missions.  Justin has been out a little over 13 months.  Shelby, his girlfriend, is still waiting and busy planning their wedding. Logan has been out a little over 7 months. Time files so fast.  They are both doing great.

Kerry, my oldest granddaughter, is getting ready to graduate from high school. She is a beautiful young woman. I'm going to try and get some pictures together of her and my grandsons and post them.

My daughter, Becky, is expecting their second child and first son in September.  This will make 10 grandchildren for us. It took them 8 years before she was pregnant with Laila and now Laila will be almost 5 when this little one is born. It is truly a great blessing and a miracle for Becky to be able to have children naturally.  She had to have Laila by C-Section and I think she is going to go ahead and have this second one that way too.  She's still thinking about it.  I plan on taking some time off to help her when the time comes.

I am so blessed in my life. I know my Heavenly Father loves me in spite of my many, many weaknesses. There are some things in my past that I wish I could fix or undo but I know through my Savior's Atonement I can get past them.  I only wish I hadn't hurt people along the way, especially ones I cared so much about.  I am so grateful I can take advantage of the Atonement daily.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Missionary Grandsons

I haven't posted for quite a while. I'm not sure I'm even going to keep the blog up but I wanted to post about Logan, my oldest grandson.  After a lot of contemplation he decided to go on a mission.  He is in the Tennessee Nashville mission.  He reported to the Provo Utah MTC on October 23rd so he's been out a little over 2 months now.  He is doing so great in spite of the fact his girlfriend Dear Johned him already.  I know he was confused and upset at first but he's losing himself in the work.  It's probably for the best. He's still in training and his emails are all so positive. 
We were able to Skype with him and Justin on Christmas.  How wonderful that was! I'm so proud of these young men. Logan has already had experiences that are wonderful, starting in the MTC. The MTC President asked him and his companion to visit with a gentlemen that all the missionaries had  trouble making a connection with.  While Logan was talking with this gentleman, he (Logan) realized by some signs such as scuff marks on the gentleman's shoes that he skateboarded.  Well, that is one of Logan's loves and also one of the things that almost kept him from going on his mission.  Anyway when the gentleman realized Logan was a skateboarder he gave his full attention to Logan.  They spent about 40 minutes together, longer than anyone else was able to.  We don't know at this point what has happened with that gentleman but it was a great experience for Logan.
I've been trying to write them and have at least accomplished 1 letter a month or more.  I'm not a big emailer or letter writer or blogger for that matter so it's a challenge for me.
It's wonderful to see them both doing so good!  I love this picture! How great it is to have the gospel in our lives!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Ta Da Principle

I found this article on Facebook that a friend of mine posted. I think the woman's first name that wrote this is Jody.  It was posted in   It is an excellent article. Enjoy!!

Years ago, when I was a stay at home mother with 5 small children, my days were often filled with 100's of things to do daily. I don't suppose that is any different these days for those brave women who still choose this profession in life. I found myself with projects that needed to be done and I would plow along and work to accomplish these endless tasks. The endless laundry, the three meals a day, getting the kids off to school and then picking them up.. on and on it went.

Every day was filled with lots to do and lots of things accomplished and most of it unheralded in the world or by my family. There was no plaque for employee of the month, no paycheck, no pats on the back, no lunches out with the boss for a job well done.. unless you count all the crusts of PB and J sandwiches I could ever wish for!

For example I do not ever remember anyone ever coming up to me and tell me "Great job mom for completing 20 loads of laundry!" Or remarking that the kitchen stove looked particularly lovely after I spent an hour and two fingernails scrubbing off the burned on yuck! Nope most of my work was not noticed by the outside world or even those close to me.

That was until I created the "TA-DA" in my life.

It started one day when my sweetheart came home and asked.. like he did most days.. "so how was your day today?" I decided that I wanted some gold old fashioned praise for my hard work that day. So with much drama I walked to a hall closet, which I can only describe as a junk know the ones where you open the door throw in an item and hastily close the door hoping something else does not escape! With the flinging open of the door I threw my hands in the air like one of those magicians at the conclusion of a great illusion and, shouted "TA-DA!"

My sweetheart was shocked and we both giggled and he looked into the closet, probably expecting a rabbit to appear, and saw that it was no longer the junk closet but it was now all organized and beautiful. Now to his credit he took the cue and spent a couple of moments telling me how great it looked and wonderful I was!

And so began my love affair with the "TA DA" principle. When I would can 25 quarts of peaches.. at the end of a long day as my sweetheart would come into the kitchen I would position him in front of the pantry… fling open the day and shout "TA-DA!" When I would make a new cookie... I would put the plate in front of my kids and shout "TA DA!"

Now you may think this has stopped in my life… after all I am older and now I have accomplished so much in my life that surely there is no need for this to continue.. but nope. Just last month I got a new wireless speaker for my home. And after reading the instructions I figured out all by my little old self how to get it to work with my computer AND my cell phone!!! TA DA!!! I could not wait to tell my techie son how cool his "ancient" mother still is because she could do something techie!

Now there is a point to this story. There is much about our lives that is praise worthy. It may not be praised by the world but it is praise worthy none the less. It is a good thing to be learning, growing and accomplishing. In the 13th Article of Faith it says that we are to be seeking after things which are "lovely, of good report or praiseworthy." We read of TA DA moments in the scriptures for those that stayed the course or accomplished hard things. For example we can look at the story of the Stripling Warriors as they volunteered to go to battle against the Lamanites. In Alma 57:26 Helaman wrote:

"And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe--that there was a just God, and whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power."

These young men had been taught to believe and not doubt by good mothers... TA DA! These young men had "exceeding faith in that which they had been taught"… TA DA! God had preserved their lives "by his miraculous power" ... TA DA! Not one single young man was lost event though a thousand around then had died. .. TA DA!

In our own lives there are TA DA moments, big and small, if we would just take a moment to acknowledge them. We completed 100% of our home teaching. .. TA DA! We went to the temple this month... TA DA! We did not yell at the driver who cut us off in traffic... TA DA! We did not overspend our budget this month ... TA DA! We completed our taxes… TA DA! With the help of the atonement we overcame one of many weaknesses and made it strength... TA DA!

We should celebrate those TA DA moments in our lives and look for the TA DA moments in the lives of those around us so we can celebrate them together. And if helps just a little to celebrate I invite you to throw your hands in the air and shout "TA DA" for yourself and for those you love when you see the little and the big accomplishments of in our lives. It is my belief that as we continue to strive in our lives and we should recognize that our TA DA moments are moving closer to our Heavenly Father and we are becoming more like him… step by step… precept by precept… until we are worthy to enter back into the presence of God and I believe that will be the best and most humbling TA DA moment of all!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Missionary Plaque

My grandson, Justin, now has his missionary plaque hanging at our chapel.

I can't believe he will be reporting to the Missionary Training Center in England on April 18, 2013.  These last couple of months since he received his call have gone by so quickly.  I knew they would because I've lived long enough to know how fast time can fly.  We are looking forward to sharing Justin's mission experiences with him via email and letter.  He has such a strong spirit. We are proud of him as we are all of our grandchildren. I expect exciting and wonderful things to happen to our family as we support him in so many different ways while he is gone. He will be giving what is termed his "farewell" talk on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. It's been fun and exciting to watch him grow into the strong young man he is today.  His girlfriend, Shelby, is very supportive of him.  They both know this is what he needs to do even though they will be apart for 2 years. It will go by quicker than anyone realizes.  I remember when Drew, my oldest, left in July of 1989.  2 years seemed like forever.  But now I look back and that was almost 24 years ago! Now he has a son ready to serve.  I couldn't be more pleased.

We are concentrating on boosting the missionary work in our Stake.  Our Stake President, President Shields, has challenged the whole Stake to read two chapters a day out of the Book of Mormon.  What a privilege this is and what blessings we will have as individuals and as a Stake!  We are already in 2 Nephi.  We are expected to be done sometime in July.

I am so grateful for my life and for having the gospel of Jesus Christ in it. How blessed we are to live in this day and age for so many reasons!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Mission Call

My 2nd oldest grandson and granchild, Justin Leavitt, received his mission call for the Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints. He is going to the England Leeds Mission. He reports to the Missionary Training Center in England on April 18th.

As everyone entered our home to hear him read his call they were given the opportunity to mark where they thought he might go on a map that was posted on a wall in our entrance way. It was cute the way his parents set the map up.  Everyone was give a little flag to mark their guess.  This picture was taken a couple of days after so all the flags are removed and the little "Justin missionary" was placed above England.

This picture is of everyone waiting around for Justin to open his call. We probably had about 40 to 45 people at our house to witness the opening.

This next picture is right after reading the call.  His mother was overjoyed as you can see by the picture of her and others clapping their hands.  I feel the spirit testified to everyone in our home that this call came from the Lord. If you haven't guessed by now, this is a big deal to us.

We are so proud of Justin's decision to serve on this mission for 24 months.  For those who might read this and are not familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, most young men and some young women choose to go on missions for the church when they reach a certain age.  Young men can go at 18 and young women can go at 19.  This just recently changed since October of 2012. The age for young men used to be 19 and young women 21. The age change was announced in the General Conference of the Church.  There are 2 general sessions on Saturday and 1 Priesthood session.  Then on Sunday there are 2 more general sessions.  The announcement was made in the 1st session on Saturday October 6, 2012.

There's a lot of preparation involved even before the call comes.  Some preparations include going to the dentist and sometimes having your wisdom teeth removed.  Justin was one of the lucky ones to have his wisdom teeth out.  Another thing they have to do is get a physical.  And there's a lot of  "paperwork" to fill out.  Mainly everything that is submitted is submitted via the internet.

I read on the internet that just two weeks after President Thomas S. Monson, President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, announced the change in age, Church headquarters saw an increase in applications go from an average of 700 per week to 4,000 per week.  Can you imagine how busy headquarters must be processing all these applications?

These young men and women choose to spend two years of their lives preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are ready and willing to listen.  I will be anxious to see how the church membership increases over the next couple of years because of all these missionaries going out now. 

Justin has always been the strong, silent type. He carries a strong spirit with him.  He gave a talk a couple of weeks ago in church.  You can tell he has a strong testimony.  He is so anxious to get busy with the work.  He has a lot to do before April 18th. He has to get a visa, passport, clothes and so many other things need to be done.  It's a little overwhelming.

I know that he will do a great job and have great experiences in that great country. He also has a lot of ancestors that come from England on both sides of the family. And they have a beautiful temple in Preston which is close to the MTC.

I'm so grateful for this great and wonderful church I belong too.  And I am grateful for my family, for the choices they are making.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Be Soft and Love

"Do not let the world make you hard. Be soft. Do not let pain make you hate. Love. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place." — Kurt Vonnegut
"God  has a reason for allowing things to happen. . . We may never understand his wisdom but we simply have to trust His will. . ."
These quotes were posted on Facebook.  The second is from a page entitled "Words to Inspire the Soul". 
This time of year makes me contemplative. It is a time when we are ending one year and looking forward to beginning another. It's kind of like a new beginning.
I know we all have challenges in this life.  Some may feel they have more than their share but I do believe what these quotes have to say. Things happen for a reason.  We can't let them make us bitter or unforgiving.  When we forgive and love the world is a better place not just for us but for everyone else. Wouldn't you much rather feel good about life instead of letting the negative stuff get you down? I know I would. 
Sometimes I simply, and it can be simple, just take a deep breath and force myself to smile.  This actually does wonders.  Especially if you smile at yourself in the mirror.
Too many people in this world cannot let go and forgive.  Forgiving doesn't necessarily mean forgetting.  I think we remember things for a couple of reasons.  One, so we don't repeat our mistakes and two, it's in our nature to remember these things at least for a while. We may a reach a point in our lives when we can forget. At least until something comes up that reminds us.  But that doesn't mean we can't forgive. I feel all these experiences shape and mould us.  It depends on our attitude as to how they shape us.
I like the words "be soft".  It tells me to be kind and gentle and understanding. That's how I want to be although I fail at it often. 
One thing I know, I will keep on keeping on and never give up on becoming the person I'm supposed to be.