Sunday, February 11, 2018

A facebook stranger, little boys, a policeman, and have you ever tried a frosted lemonade?

What do you think a facebook stranger, 
little boys playing on the sidewalk, 
a policeman, 
and frosted lemonade have in common?


It started with a facebook stranger in New Hampshire 
who messaged us that he had our son's wallet. 
The message just popped up and I only caught a glimpse of it right then. 
To be honest, I thought, that's weird, 
I don't have a son in New Hampshire - 
haha - umm - oh yah, actually I do!

The next day, when I thought about it again 
the message was gone 
but we got this in an email from Hunter 
on his mission in New Hampshire.

"I lost my wallet and someone returned it! 
I'd had $65 cash in it, because they encourage us to carry cash, 
which was stolen. :( 
That was a pretty big bummer, 
but I guess I'll just try to save up again! 
And hey, at least they left the change! ;)"

We're sure grateful a kind facebook stranger 
took the time to pick up the wallet 
and go out of his way to get it back to Hunter!

A few weeks later, a policeman knocked on our door. 
He had a brown paper bag and asked for Zac. 
Two little boys had been on the sidewalk near 
where Zac had been playing basketball the night before. 
They found Zac's wallet laying in the road 
and flagged down a passing policeman 
who kindly returned the wallet. 
We're so grateful for those boys and that policeman!

If you've tried a frosted lemonade, 
chances are you've been to Chick-fil-a 
which is where our girlie forgot her wallet just last week.

We're so grateful nothing was missing!

David A. Bednar calls these "tender mercies."
He says "the Lord's tender mercies 
do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence...
frequently the Lord's timing helps us to recognize them. 
We should not underestimate or overlook 
the power of the Lord's tender mercies."

I'm afraid we've been keeping 
our guardian angels hopping lately. 
Hope we can give them a little rest for a while. ;)

Love this picture that says it all!!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

No hamsters were harmed in the making of this video...

Rascal the dog has a toy he's crazy about!!

How he can open his mouth wide enough to fit this baby in there amazes me!

We promise, no hamsters were harmed in the making of this video...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The best of college life...

The other day, 
Paul and I came home from the Stake Single Adults' Breakfast 
to this cool-looking doohickie on our front porch.

How fun does that look?!!

One of the twigs' favorite things

 about college life
is the plethora of recreation/physical education classes 
they get to take 
and this semester they're both taking skiing and golf.
Our girlie is also taking racquetball.

Their pal, Will, is taking a snowboarding class
but the classes are at the same time so they carpool together
and get to ski together after their lessons.

It's only been two weeks 
but the stories when they get home are so much fun!!!!! 
I'm sure grateful 
our twigs like to tell us their stories 
because we sure like to listen!

Thanks for sharing your pics, guys.   

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Blue hour at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve....

It was so nice outside tonight 
that we took Rascal for a walk 
around the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.

When we arrived, the sunset was painting the sky in shades of orange. 

Rascal was pretty excited
with all the scents his nose was picking up! 

One of my favorite sounds 
is geese honking as they're in flight. 
We get to hear them often where we live 
and I love it - like, a lot!

BTW, Paul says he knows why
geese fly with one leg of the "V"
longer than the other...

He says it's because there are more geese on that side...
Ba dum chhh!

In just the short time it took to walk the boardwalk loop, 
the sky had changed to blue hour.

What a beautiful world! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Shoveling snow for Rascal...

Rascal LOVES to catch snow!

It's tricky to shovel when he's outside 
because he'll get right up in the action 

and stop the shovel, mid throw, 
for trying to catch the cold white stuff.

When we can get the snow off the shovel 
it's pretty entertaining.

We sure like this dog!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

The most wonderful time of the year...

We're grateful for all of you

who've made our December 
the most wonderful time of the year!

Thank you dear Relief Society Sisters
for your dinners and celebrations,
and for teaching of Christ.

Thanks, everyone, for singing with us,

We missed you Rachelle and Debbie =( 

visiting temple square with us, 

and visiting and playing games with us.

Sorry I didn't catch pictures of everyone - 
you're all so much fun I often just forget about pictures!!!

Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Our favorites of Christmas...

Merry Christmas everyone!
We hope you had a wonderful celebration full of your favorite things. 

Our favorite of all is Jesus 
and our church Sacrament Meeting/Worship Service 
was one for the ages, 
full of the Spirit of God, 
testifying of The Savior, 
beautiful music, 
and wonderful friends and family! 

(picture from internet)

Another favorite was talking with our missionaries!!
How we love them!!

We got to visit with Grandma's dear cousin, Zina <3
and help a good friend assemble a surprise for her children. =D

We played together,

laughed together,

and recovered from oral surgery together. 
Okay, that's wasn't a favorite 
but now that it's done we're sure relieved. 

Giving gifts

and watching Rascal open his gifts 
from Linda and Roxy was a favorite. 

A few years ago, 
the guys and I got to attend a service 
at the local Thai Buddhist Temple. 

Our girlie mentioned that she'd like to attend 
a Catholic Midnight Mass 
so we did that this Christmas.

Joe, the kind man in the picture below, 
was a great help to us as we tried to follow along in the Missal. 

Merry Christmas!
As our dear Hunter often says, 
"We all need Jesus!"  <3

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Winter's Night...

Last night was our girlie's 
High School Winter Formal Dance. 

The theme was
"A Winter's Night"
and they even got enough snow to make it feel like winter
but not enough to make driving treacherous
(thank you, Heaven.)

These two made each other's flowers
the night before the dance.

The group had a great time playing games 
and then ice skating till their feet hurt, 
and a movie. 

They started at 10am and ended at midnight. 

I say it every time 
but it's such a great thing 
to hear teenagers laughing and having fun!

What fantastic kids!!