A new baby in our line of grandchildren - Charlotte Martha Blair. She was born today on what would have been my husband's father's (which is Charlotte's great-grandfather) 85th birthday. That is a nice sentiment not to mention her middle name is my own first name. Her older sister's middle name is after her other grandmother, Kristine.
The baby came early too. Wendy has had all her children early. Everything went well though with the delivery. The family is all doing great and we were happy to get the special news.
One other side note, because Rick and Wendy have moved so much, each of the children has been born somewhere different:
Evelyn - Utah
Will - California
Eddie - Okinawa
Charlotte - Florida
Maybe I shouldn't be so forthcoming with all this information on the Internet, but I think it's interesting. They are anticipating another move later this year - does that mean another baby will on the way? Just thinking out loud, too loud no doubt.
We were anticipating Janna's mission call last Friday, but it didn't come. What a disappointment, but it came Saturday! Hoorah for Israel!
First the guesses, I hope I got everyone:
Me - Liberty Jail Visitors Center (Liberty, Missouri) Hughie B. - Mongolia Bailey G. - Spain Sam B. - France Marla M. - Brazil Jeremiah D. - New York Joseph D. - Puerto Rico Ammon D. - Taiwan Cassie D. - Holland Dexter D. - Italy Ruben D. - Missouri Mark R. - Rome, Italy Jo R.- Helsinki, Finland Robert R. - South Carolina Paige R. - Pensacola, Florida Scott R. - Rapid City, South Dakota Nancy H. - Hamburg, Germany Heidi B. - Spain Danette S. - Russia Janessa H. - Philippines Kathleen J. - Ohio or Italy (Yikes! Only one vote.) Tammie H. - Japan Annie S. - Kansas Kim F. - Germany Laura C. - France Jeffrey H. - Sacrament North Erica P. - New Zealand Berkeley P. - Oregon Jennifer S. - Overseas Anita G. - Independence, Missouri Cei K. - Portugal Michelle T. - Canada Emma R. - New York Don and Kathy O. - New Zealand Beth E. - Canada Candy R. - The Carolinas or South America Jeanette M. - Japan Sally R. - Oklahoma, somewhere warm Jacob L. - Florida Brittany L. - Japan Kendra K. - Argentina or New York, New York Zoe B. - Hollywood, Florida Charles O. - Seattle, Washington Aimee I. - Paris, France Sydney B. - Lancaster . . . Kellie H. - Boston, MA or Argentina Alyssa A. - Lancaster Emilyann B. - New York Ricky F. - Texas Mike T. - Pocatello, Idaho Stephanie S. - South Carolina Thomas B. - Thailand Rebecca B. - Paris, France Natalie B. - New Zealand or Montana Veronica M. - Kansas Tracie D. - France, somewhere in Europe or maybe Washington D. C. Nicole B. - Guatemala or NYC David E. - Dominican Republic Teancum Q. - Korea or Texas Jared Q. - Temple Square William B. - Jacksonville, Florida Rick B. - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Wendy B. - Texas Evelyn B. - Mississippi Will B. - Alabama Eddie B. - Texas Dave L. - North Carolina Lisa B. - England Beth L. - Michigan Kate R. - Michigan Jana T. - St. Louis, Missouri/Dallas, Texas/Ireland Perri L. - Spain Jessica L. - Utah Doyle M. - Temple Square Julie M. - New York Michelle G. - Tonga
The Call: Florida Orlando Mission
Leaving - July 17, 2013 (Janna's dad's 60th birthday)
Referred to as "The Happiest Mission on Earth"
Runners-Up: Billy Blair guessed Jacksonville, Florida. Bill served in the Florida Jacksonville Mission over ten years ago. Things change, as in the boundaries; we found out that there are places in the Orlando Mission where Bill served when it was in the Jacksonville Mission. We're making special note and maybe Janna will get to serve in those same areas.
Zoe Burgess guessed Hollywood, Florida. This is where she currently lives. It is in the Florida Ft. Lauderdale Mission; close, but no prize. Ft. Lauderdale is where my sister served almost 35 years ago - Spanish speaking.
Winner: Well I'm giving it to my nephew, Jake Lockhart, for his more generalized answer - Florida. He's coming to visit so he'll get a Disney prize when he comes to town. Congrats Jake!
I had a bit of a setback this month. I got injured for one. I fell walking at the mall, twice, and tripped three times in between my falls. What was that all about? After 45-minutes of nearly killing myself (hitting that tile floor felt like getting hit by a Mack Truck, twice) I figured I better get out of there while I was still alive. I haven't walked since - so obviously I am exercising less. I don't know when I'll start walking again. I am still riding my stationary bike.
Being weakened, I didn't think about eating less, but ate more. Mid-month I also went to a wedding and a funeral (more food). Anyway, I caught myself close to the end of the month. I was starting to gain back a pound a day. I caught hold of myself and regrouped mentally. I still hurt from the fall, but I can see I'm getting better, so I'm grateful for that. It will be sometime before I totally quit hurting (or is that even possible at my age). Anyway, I'm feeling optimistic once again, but I definitely lost some losing time. YIKES! Becky's birthday party last night - heart attack on a plate (Chicken Alfredo) and homemade chocolate mint ice cream, none of which I should have had. It was YUMMY!
March 1st is a new day. Is it any wonder, I started out the year with: On the Program for the REST OF MY LIFE! It literally has to be that way. I'm back on the wagon.
February 1st 236.6 (had gotten down to 231 early this month.)
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."