24 March 2006

My Legacy

At an Enrichment meeting a few years ago we were asked to name one thing for which we would like to be remembered. Answers included faith, pioneering spirit, commitment to education, kindness, etc. I thought rather than come up with a "deep" answer, I'd answer honestly. My CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

That's what I do best--chocolate chip cookies. Earlier this week I gave some to my neighbor for the second time. The next day she asked for the recipe--and she's not the only one. Almost every time I share them, a recipe request quickly follows.

I bet all you faithful, pioneering, educated, kind people wish you were my neighbor!

22 March 2006

Big Heart

Saturday night a family in our ward's house burned down. To the ground. They lost EVERYTHING. Thankfully, they are all safe, and the ward is taking care of them. In fact, by sacrament meeting at 1:00 the bishop had to ask people to channel all offers of help through the RS pres and himself because the family was overwhelmed.

I passed the RS pres in the hall and mentioned that we would be willing to give clothes and toys to the youngest of the four kids (E.) since Goosey is the only girl her age. Yesterday I got a call from the RS pres saying that they did need some clothing for E.

I had already explained what happened to Goosey. We went through her closet and chose new clothes that I had bought for next fall (I buy clearance rack in a size ahead for the next appropriate season--saves lots of $$). We were short one shirt, so I asked Goosey to pick one of hers. She chose her pink princess shirt and told me, "this will be good for E."

In Goosey's book, anything pink or princess is top notch. Put them together, and it's perfection. My 3-year old chose her "best" shirt for her friend, because her friend needed it. I was so proud/touched/thankful that my daughter loves her friend enough to share the things she loves.

When the RS pres came by to pick up the clothes Goosey hauled out her Fisher-Price Noah's Ark and said that she would give it to E. The RS pres told her that they weren't ready for toys yet since they're still in the hotel, but she'll let her know.

So, Goosey is planning which things she will give to E. Today she sent E. a note saying that she loved her and included she included stickers. I hope that Goosey will keep her big, caring heart for the rest of her life.

08 March 2006

An invitation to slow down

In a message to his granddaughters on becoming great women, President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said:

“My dear granddaughters, you cannot do everything well at the same time. You cannot be a 100 percent wife, a 100 percent mother, a 100 percent church worker, a 100 percent career person, and a 100 percent public-service person at the same time.”

Doing things sequentially, he said, “gives a woman the opportunity to do each thing well in its time and to fill a variety of roles in her life.”

06 March 2006

Four for a Gloomy day

Four jobs you've had in your life:
office manager
aquatics instructor
concert security
MTC dishwasher

Four movies you could watch over and over:
Pride and Prejudice (BBC)
Anne of Green Gables
Gone With the Wind
Meet me in St. Louis

Four places you've lived:

Roseburg, Oregon

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Manchester, New Hampshire

Four TV shows you love to watch:
Gilmore Girls
House Hunters
What Not to Wear

Four places you've been on vacation:
The Oregon Coast
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Bremen, Germany

Four of your favorite foods:
blackberry pie (made with wild Oregon blackberries)
my mom's lasagne
mashed potatoes
Grandma Dixie's rolls

Four places you'd rather be right now:


Sunset Bay, Oregon

Spokane, Washington


Four sites you visit daily:

Four people who you are tagging (okay, only two because everyone else has already done it):
La Yen

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