Monday, January 23, 2017

Passion and Purpose

"When the Lord wishes to direct his people, his favorite mode of procedure seems to be not so much to thunder his commands from the mountains of clouds. Far more often some quiet, unknown man or woman is unconsciously attuned into a fit instrument for the work.  An intense desire is in some simple, natural way created in the person to accomplish something. More and more grows the desire and the joy in the labors of pursuit; more and more dawns upon their vision the possibilities until through the fruits of the labors of these inspired persons a people are found to have attained, to a more or less perfect degree, that particular goal and purpose desired by the Lord.”

Evan Stephens, “M.I.A. in Music,” Improvement Era, vol. 28, no. 8 (June 1925), 730

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I'm Thanful For

  • Electricity
  • A handy husband
  • A job for my son that makes him really tired
  • A relatively chill puppy
  • A warmer weather system moving through
  • New tires on my car
  • A car
  • Time 
  • A comfortable mattress
  • Patience
  • Slippers and Sweatshirts
  • That I don't have to go anywhere today and can stay in my pajamas
  • Chapstick
  • Ponytail holders
  • Drinkable water
  • Obedient children
  • Helpful family and friends
  • The sea breeze
  • A computer
  • Internet access
  • The nice lady at the post office

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Catch Up

The power went out last night so I never got around to posting.

Instead I spent the evening making arrangements to be cold and without water for possibly 3 days. We are on a well and so when the power goes out the well pump doesn't work and we don't get water. I was unprepared.

So last night I didn't get around to blogging. I also was unable to submit my article to GraysHarborTalk, which was due by midnight. I also didn't get to work on my new bookcase, nor prep for my presidency meeting.

In the middle of the night I got an emergency call from a family in our ward. The dad had to go to the ER and I needed to bring their teen daughter to the house with us.

This morning I spent more time in emergency mode, both on behalf of the ailing family and on behalf of my family without power or water. School was cancelled so I put my girls to work cleaning.

The power came on and I went to submit my article and it was GONE! When the power went out I guess I lost it. I couldn't retrieve it from anything. Had to rewrite.

It is now 2pm. Article is submitted. Quick blog post. Time to prep for the presidency meeting I have tonight.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

Monday, January 16, 2017

For All My Complaining

For a girl with as many complaints as I do lately, I had a really good weekend. It started off a little rough and anxious on Friday and Saturday but it certainly didn't end that way.

It was my uncle Dudley's funeral this weekend which of course is sad. However, it was so fun to see all my aunts, uncles and cousins and to catch up with them all and to remember uncle Dudley and all the good he did.

Thanks to the foresight and generosity of my friends Pam and Bill I also got to bring home my new (to me) piano a week early! The also helped me get an armoire and mattress home which was such a blessing. I'm getting really excited to welcome our missionary home and we needed some bedroom storage and a mattress to be able to do that. I couldn't have done it without Pam and Bill and I am ever so grateful. It was also really nice to be able to spend time with them.

The piano is adjusting to its new environment and is having a few issues with tune and sticky keys. I'll get that fixed soon enough but in the meantime it has not kept any of us from enjoying it. It fills my heart with such happiness to play the piano again. I pulled out a few old favorites and the kids were singing along in no time. Cora decided that she was going to teach herself a new song and is already advancing quickly through it. Such joy it brings a pianist mother's heart!

I mentioned our missionary. Afton was so kind to create and order a Welcome Home banner for him. She ordered it from Staples and I picked it up today. One is laminated and the other is just tough paper that will hang inside the window. I'm so happy to have teens that help me out and create beautiful things for me and each other. Just four more sleeps until we welcome this man home. Can't wait!

Another great thing that happened this weekend is I got to spend the whole day with my honey today. Thanks to the MLK holiday he was able to stay home and spend time with the fam. We spent the morning doing some work around the house. Then he took me out surfing. It was a rough surf day but we were each able to get one great ride and a really good paddling workout. Then we spent the afternoon and evening at Home Depot and Safeway purchasing supplies for the bookcase we are building and the welcome home party we are hosting. When we got home we went straight to work sanding and cutting and constructing. I can't wait to see how it turns out and am anxious to get all my books out of boxes. HOORAY!

Well, it is late. It has been a nice weekend and I am ready to face all that awaits me this week. It will be a busy one. I hope you have a great week too!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." ~ Psalms 84:11


Saturday, January 14, 2017

One Day at a Time

I was feeling anxious today. Decided to just focus on this:

Shot from our beach earlier this week. Breathe in, breathe out.

Much better.

So you know: I surfed three times this week. One of those times it was snowing.

Friday, January 13, 2017

One More Week!

My boy returns in ONE WEEK! I can't believe it. It is surprising how quickly two years has gone but at the same time so much has happened it seems like longer.

We last saw him in person when we dropped him off at the MTC. He was young and a little unsure of himself. I'm sure he was scared to death but at the same time excited to get out on his own.

I'm hoping he comes back a confident, strong man, ready to take on the world. From the letters we've received I know he has changed. He has a stronger testimony of the Gospel and a stronger belief in himself. Can't wait to give this man a big hug!

But before I do I have a lot to get done this week. He will get home and that same weekend a big bunch of friends and family will descend upon little Westport to come to hear his homecoming report. I am using this as motivation to get a few things done around the house. 

Here is this week's list:

  • Get a dresser for the boys bedroom
  • Get a mattress for Heath
  • Build platform for Heath's bed
  • Make a lemon meringue pie for Heath
  • Make donairs for Heath's first meal home on Saturday per Heath's request (figure out what donairs are)
  • Make a "Welcome Home Elder Dooley" sign
  • Prepare food for Sunday luncheon after church. On the menu: Kalua Pork, Chicken Katsu, Rice, Hawaiian Mac Salad, Fresh Fruit, Hawaiian Dream Cake
  • Build a Bookcase so we can finally unpack all our boxes and clear up some space for guests to mill around in
  • Tidy up the garage so the kids can play ping pong at the luncheon
  • All the regular housework: dishes, laundry, sweep, vacuum, tidy, bathrooms, bedrooms
  • Some extra housework: windows, dusting, wipe all handles and knobs, clean off front door from puppy paws,
In addition I have the following responsibilities this week
  • Pitch new stories for my freelance writing job with
  • Write a story about cooking razor clams for
  • Make home visits to 2 new families and 3 sick women in our branch (did I tell you I'm the Relief Society President?)
  • Prep for presidency meeting on Wednesday night: agenda, phone calls, visiting teaching numbers
  • Start my last semester of classes with University of Arkansas

I also have a long list of other things I really should do but they won't be getting done this week

  • Sell textbooks, sheet music, jewelry and other stuff on ebay
  • organize sewing and craft stuff in new office cupboards
  • build desks for office
  • properly file paperwork that has been stuffed into a box for the last year
  • get new auto insurance
  • file taxes
  • cancel my Hawaii business licence (I've done this twice now but keep getting notices. I must have done something wrong).
  • Straighten out the emergency sub certificate situation
  • hang pictures
  • paint some walls
  • make headboards for the girls beds
  • make a headboard for my bed
  • Get some artwork
And there are so many other things I could write down but for sanity's sake I'll stop right there.
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