Saturday, June 14, 2008

My Hero

I want to pay tribute to the most amazing father, he is a man of great intergity, humility, compassion, trust and dedication to his family. I have known this man for 42 years and been taught by his great example of unconditional love and unwavering devotion. Never once in those years have I every heard him swear or speak unjustly of another. He has served faithfully in the Gospel and many have been touched by his love and example. During my life time I have given him plenty of reasons to be disappointed, angry, hurt, frustrated, sad, untrusted and heartbreaking. But at the end of each day I know without a doubt that he loves me, that through all my trials he has carried and bore the burden of my choices. I am greatful for a faithful priesthood holder who has placed his hands on my head and given blessings of comfort, forgiveness and faith to endure what I must. While I was growing up we always had a house full to friends to whom they called him dad. He loved the youth of the church and made sure everyone felt wanted and loved. His devotion to the family has always been unwavering. There are so many memories that we all share about our dad. He made sure we learned how to work hard and play hard. All of our camping trips, motorcycle outtings, skiing trips and countless vacations each having specific memories of fun, laughter and bonding. Dad I love you with all my heart and know I have truely been blessed for having such a wonderful father. I love you.
As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,
A Godly love, given without compromise....
I recall many times that he stood by my side,
And prodded me on with great vigor and pride.
His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,
Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.
The power and might of his hands was so sure,
I knew there was nothing we couldn't endure.
It's true, a few others provided insight,
Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me upright.
He's the grandest of men to have lived on this earth,
Although he's not royal by stature or birth.
He's a man of great dignity, honor and strength.
His merits are noble, and of admirable length.
He's far greater than all other men that I know,
He's my Dad, he's my mentor, my friend and hero

Friday, June 6, 2008

Memorial Day

It Rained, it poured, it thundered and it lightening. I LOVED IT!!!!!! So for all of you who had plans ruined OH WELL.. It was such a beautiful day. The kids and I loaded up the car and went to my Aunt Beth's house for dinner. We had a wonderful time visiting and playing cards.

Lisa, Maddie, Uncle Craig

Millie getting ready to play cards

Nacho Libra (Madison) and Millie

Arizona Trip

Millie and I took a trip to Arizona the middle part of May. It was so nice to visit with the family....Millie really took to everyone especially Grandpa. When he would walk in the door Millie was trying to figure out the fastest way to get to him. We were both so sick on this trip and my family had to put up with us being fussy and up all hours of the night. Here are a few pics from our visit.

Millie with Big Sister Ali

Baylee, Millie and Hannah

Grandpa and Millie


Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of their thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.
I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.
I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble - I will get up. It's OK to fail - I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.
I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.
Today I will make a difference.
Max Lucado