Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gone A Year Today

May 29th.

The date always sears itself in a mother's mind.

He's gone a year today.

I miss him.

Mother's always miss their sons.

But he's serving God.

What more could a mother ask?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Currently Blossoming In My Yard: Flowers And Grandchildren

Nathan and Hannah
Hi Grandma
Nathan and the bubble gun.
Peonies just starting to bloom.
Sweet Hannah
An assortment of annuals just planted.
No  bubbles in the house Nathan.
Playing in Grandma's yard.
  Dutch irises
Too little to know how complicated life gets later on...
So for now...
just enjoy the nurturing love all around you. :)
Good job Sarah.

Children and flowers need the same
 kind of tender loving care
 to bloom as they are supposed to.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Elisa!!!

Jim said it best today...she's über-omni-awesome!

30 years ago today, I was blessed beyond measure to give birth to my firstborn child. She was no ordinary child. She is no ordinary woman. She is incredibly awesome, hence the über-omni-awesome title given to her by Jim.

We LOVE you Elisa!!
Happy Birthday!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What A Good Guy

Last night Jim planted a bunch of my zinnias for me so I wouldn't mess up my back and my hips. He's a man that thinks that every piece of dirt should be taken up with a vegetable of some kind or other, yet he willingly went around the yard with me and planted flowers. I hurt just watching him bending and twisting up and down my hilly yard. In the end, everything looked great and I was feeling just fine. :)
 2010 by Amy Jo

Monday, May 19, 2014

Your Once Upon A Time Is Now

This is the title of a blog written by a friend of mine. She is in my ward and she is an accomplished writer, author, and editor. She is also the mother of a young child, which keeps her too busy to write as much as she should. I encouraged her to keep a blog as a way to write a little everyday and she took me up on that suggestion. I love her blog Your Once Upon A Time Is Now. It's a blog for LDS singles.
She also wrote a book that I really like called

She's an excellent writer.
Just wanted to share.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Jesus The Very Thought Of Thee

Today was our annual Ward Conference. As Jim was drifting off for a nap a little while ago he muttered, "It's over, it's over." :)

There's always a bit of stress for a Bishop when it comes time for Ward Conference. He had three talks he had to give and there are other administrative things he has to do, adding to the stress. He's been Bishop for 4 1/2 years, but there is always an element of preparation that ups his anxiety level a little bit. The Stake President said in his talk that just looking at a Bishop makes him tired.
Jim after his nap looking quite relaxed. :)

I really liked the talk Jim gave in sacrament meeting. It was short, maybe only 6 or 7 minutes, but the message was very good. He talked about Jesus being the evidence of God's love for us and that becoming true disciples of Christ will lead us to joy and bring us peace. He said the natural outcropping of that would be the willingness to want to share that message with others. It was a simple message backed up with good scripture references.

Life is short. There has to be meaning to all the living. There has to be more than just the daily going about our lives (actually, come to think of it, I wrote a book on that very subject). Seriously though, the message Jim gave today just hit the nail on the head. He summarized in 6 or 7 minutes the simplicity of our purpose here. God loves us. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us. Following Christ and becoming His disciple leads to peace and joy. Turning around and sharing that with others makes it a complete circle of joy. Good message. Well done Bishop Jim.

The choir sang a hymn called Jesu, The Very Thought Is Sweet, by Bernard of Clairvaux from the 12th Century. It was marvelous. It pretty much summed up Jim's talk in the last two lines of the hymn:
Alone who hath Thee in his heart
Knows, love of Jesus! what Thou art. 

 Good message. Good day. Good talk. Good hymn. Good husband.

This is a more familiar version of the same sentiments by the same composer:

Jesus, The Very Thought Of Thee by Bernard of Clairvaux

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,
O Savior of mankind!

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize will be;
Jesus be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity.

O Jesus, King most wonderful
Thou Conqueror renowned,
Thou sweetness most ineffable
In Whom all joys are found!

When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine,
Then earthly vanities depart,
Then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, light of all below,
Thou fount of living fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire.

Jesus, may all confess Thy Name,
Thy wondrous love adore,
And, seeking Thee, themselves inflame
To seek Thee more and more.

Thee, Jesus, may our voices bless,
Thee may we love alone,
And ever in our lives express
The image of Thine own.

O Jesus, Thou the beauty art
Of angel worlds above;
Thy Name is music to the heart,
Inflaming it with love.

Celestial Sweetness unalloyed,
Who eat Thee hunger still;
Who drink of Thee still feel a void
Which only Thou canst fill.

O most sweet Jesus, hear the sighs
Which unto Thee we send;
To Thee our inmost spirit cries;
To Thee our prayers ascend.

Abide with us, and let Thy light
Shine, Lord, on every heart;
Dispel the darkness of our night;
And joy to all impart.

Jesus, our love and joy to Thee,
The virgin’s holy Son,
All might and praise and glory be,
While endless ages run.

YouTube clip of hymn

Monday, May 12, 2014

I Love The Mother's Day Missionary Calls

I woke up yesterday to these beautiful roses being brought into me by my husband. He said Seth asked him to get them for me. He handed me a note from Seth that was very touching. He said, 

"Dear Mother,

You taught me how to live, you taught me how to walk, you taught me how to laugh, and you taught me how to be dedicated (all things I need on [my] mission).

You also taught me how to love my Savior, and you taught me His gospel.

Now I am sharing that Gospel with others, but on this Mother's Day I wanted to let you know that I love you so much! You are on my mind and [in] my heart, even though we are far away.

Love, your Son,
Elder Freeman

I didn't expect that. It meant a lot  and I was very grateful.

We were able to Skype with Seth at 12:30. The Skype connection wasn't great, but it was wonderful to see his face
 even if he was upside at first. :)
We got him turned right side up in short order and enjoyed the call. As is our tradition, we ended the call with family prayer. That's always the best part. He is doing well and looks good. Unfortunately, the call ended all too soon and so we'll have to wait until Christmas to talk again.

This is what he said in his email home this morning:
"Thanks so much for the call!! I loved being able to see you all. I miss you!! It really meant a lot. Thanks for the advice, and the love. God bless you all. And Nathan and Hannah are SO CUTE!! :)"
 I do love my family.
My girls underneath their pictures as children. :)
And don't even get me going about our
 DELIGHT at being grandparents!
I took this picture last Friday. It was a beautiful day on Temple Square and the sun was right behind the temple spires. I only had my cell phone to take this picture and the quality isn't great, but I just love the way it turned out. I am especially grateful for the blessings of the temple.
I took this picture the other day too, from my deck. 
What a great rainbow!
While I'm at it, I also took this one.
And this one.
It's pretty good even  if I say so myself.
I also took this one. 
Love it, love it, love it.

All in all, it's been a good couple of days. I couldn't have asked for a nicer Mother's Day. I heard from Ian and Jessa. They made it safely to their cross country destination. I enjoyed being with my girls and I had beautiful flowers to look at. Thankfully, I got to talk to my missionary son and feel gratitude for the blessing of being a mother. All around me, I am reminded of God's goodness and bountiful blessings, for which I am always grateful.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fixing Cars, Buying Cars, Driving In Cars, And The Passage of Time

1) Fixing Cars: Jim has been to two places this week getting estimates on getting his car fixed. He's had to go into work late and I've been driving him to work and picking him up.

2) Buying Cars: Elisa has gotten the final estimate on her car and how much the other guy's car insurance will pay her. He he totaled her car when he hit her. She's been doing a lot of research to find a new car to replace her old car to the point of exhaustion. She has one in mind and will take a hard look at it tomorrow.

3) Driving in Cars: Ian and Jessa have been driving across country this week headed east because he has an internship this summer in Connecticut. I LOVE Connecticut. I might have to go for a visit. :) We'll see. Unfortunately, poor Jessa is in the throes of morning sickness and has had a time of it making the trek. They are taking their time and should be there Sunday if all goes well.
4) The Passage of Time: I was reminded of our own trek from the east to here two weeks after we were married. It was a LONG trip, but we were happy and we were together. Elisa offered to fly Jessa to their destination, but Jessa said she would be OK and that she just wanted to be with Ian. Sweet.

Lastly, I miss Seth. But I get to talk to him on Sunday for Mother's Day. I am SO looking forward to it.
Which reminds me of the Mother's Day call when Ian was a missionary. How I love those missionary calls!!
Ian when he was a missionary on a Mother's Day call home.
And now he's going to be a father.
 Wasn't it just yesterday when he was my baby?

Ah, the passage of time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014


First and foremost,
Happy Anniversary Ian and Jessa!!
Where did that year go?!
 Ian telling the news of their pregnancy
to family at my nephew's wedding on Friday.
Jim's Mom and Dad with Jessa and Ian
It was the wedding of Jim's sister
Kirsten's son. Jim always makes her laugh.
 Emma and Kirsten's daughter Becca-
The brunette and blonde twins of sorts
even though they are cousins.
I love this one of Sarah and Jim
Emma, Sarah, and Elisa
 I just have to throw this picture of these tulips in here,
they were so pretty.
Ian's eyes are closed and my collar was up on one side,
but it's a metaphor for family-
nothing is perfect, but we sure love each other.
Much better. :)
All eyes are open.
My girls.♥♥♥♥

Saturday, May 3, 2014

It Was The Best Of Times...It Was The Worst Of Times

First the worst parts-
Elisa was in a car accident this week. Someone slammed into her when he ran a red light and totaled her car. Gratefully, she is mostly OK. She is seeing a chiropractor for her neck. We are extremely grateful it was not more serious.
Two days later, Jim apparently met up with an
 angry concrete pillar in a parking garage. Ugh.

And for the best of times...
Ian and Jessa are expecting their first baby in December.
I'm thinking they will have one FABULOUS looking baby!

The best of times trumps the worst of times any day. :)

Congratulations Ian & Jessa!