Each Christmas for the last two years we have submitted stories to our compilation titled, The Family from Yosemite. Our gift exchange is the reading of these entries when we get together over the holiday. The boys (Rick and Bill) originally intended it to be a book of funny short stories about our family, but it has evolved with thoughtful writing of a more spiritual nature too like the one I submitted last Christmas. Not that that's a bad thing, but we've talked and realized that a lot of the funny things that happen in our family are not stories per say, but comments. Things that have been said in certain situations that end up earning a reputation in the family. Some statements are even used again and again and then become, shall I say, BLAIRISMS, one-liners destined to be passed on through the annals of time.
The latest idea is to come up with a cartoon or illustration of an amusing comment or situation. Billy sent me one to get the creative juices flowing. Everyone in the family will be submitting a story and/or cartoon this holiday season. This tradition has been an economical and thoughtful way to deal with Christmas gifts for our growing family, plus we're recording our family history one story/picture at a time.
I'm going to explain this illustration because if you're not in the family you probably won't get it. If you know me, you know I can't hear. And like my father before me would say, "I can hear, I just don't understand." Meaning, he could hear something, but he didn't necessarily hear what your were saying. I definitely follow suit. There is plenty of fodder for mishaps having a conversation with me. Here is Bill's illustration of one situation, my explanation follows:
One day Sammy had a little friend over to play. After a while he came downstairs and asked if he could play on the computer. I promptly replied, "No, we don't have any root beer. Would you like something else to drink?"
He stood and looked at me with the funniest face and just stared for the longest time not knowing what to say. I know I'm notorious for hearing things wrong. It then dawned on me that I had made a mistake, so I started to laugh when I said, "You didn't ask for root beer did you?" He shook his head. I kindly asked, "So what did you say?"
He said, "I just want to play on the computer."
I said, "Yes you may." I then continued to explain my hearing problem to him. He turned and happily skipped to the office where Sammy joined him - no root beer included.
Billy asked if I was offended by his illustration of me. NO, definitely not! Billy has me looking right on with my crazy hair, hiking boots, sweats, and my beige sweater my mother's cousin crocheted for her many years ago. It is so old and I still have it and as pictured I often tie it around my waist when I get hot. What a life I lead . . . more to come in December.
Wondering where I've been? Vacationing, gardening, trying to clean this house. Before we left on our little trip to see the cousins Hughie harvested all our peaches from our little peach tree. We were so surprised at our bounty. Good eating and I made a cobbler too boot.
Peaches galore from our little tree
Almost filling a laundry basket
Yummy, just like Grandma Cassie's,
my birthday cobbler instead of cake.
My mother use to sing this little tune: "I love you a bushel and a peck A bushel and a peck And a hug around the neck. . " Words and music by Frank Loesser
Hello! I'm Martha, welcome to my blog. You'll find some highlights posted here of my family, religion, art, photos, music, musing, whatever. These pieces of my daily living are "THE BOOK OF MARTHA", a glimpse of me.
Martha Reynders Blair Lancaster, California
"I thank God that I live in this day and age of the world, when my ears have heard the sound of the fulness of the gospel of Christ."
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
“Search the scriptures—search the revelations … and ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, to manifest the truth unto you, and if you do it with an eye single to His glory nothing doubting, He will answer you by the power of His Holy Spirit. You will then know for yourselves and not for another. You will not then be dependent on man for the knowledge of God; nor will there be any room for speculation.”
"It is the Holy Ghost who testifies that Jesus Christ is the Beloved Son of a Heavenly Father who loves us and wants us to have eternal life with Him in families. With even the beginning of that testimony, we feel a desire to serve Him and to keep His commandments. When we persist in doing that, we receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost to give us power in our service. We come to see the hand of God more clearly, so clearly that in time we not only remember Him, but we come to love Him and, through the power of the Atonement, become more like Him."
My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.
". . .I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day."