Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

I want to bear my testimony today - that Christ lives and He loves.
He brings peace and I am grateful.

Happy Easter!

"I am the resurrection,
and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead,
yet shall he live."

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Trailing Clouds of Glory

#10 and Counting

Charlotte Martha Blair
6.6 lbs
19 inches
Born 1:30 PM
Pensacola, FL
March 10, 2013

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.

"Pretty dresses,
Little Curls,
Oh thank heaven for little girls!"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Call

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'll go where you want me to go, dear Lord,
Over mountain or plane or sea;
I'll say what you want me to say, dear Lord,

Friday, March 1, 2013

Back on the Wagon

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.)
March 1st  235
Lost an additional 1.6
Total loss since January 1st  15.8 lbs.

Don't dig your grave
with your own knife and fork. 
~English Proverb