News from Nonna: October 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Everything But the Kitchen Sink........

How much longer do you think I will fit, Nonna?
Am I on film?????

We are so blessed to have Creed and his folks living by us. It is our first grandchild that we get to enjoy on a weekly basis. It is so fun to watch him grow and learn new skills it seems like every week. One of my favorite things to do is to give him a bath in the kitchen sink...........That's the way they used to do in the "olden" days kids! He loves to splash and I love to wash him and then lather him with lotion. Aren't nonna's crazy? Bonding, right Creed?

"We Thank Thee Oh God, For A Prophet"

I have been very concerned of late for the state of our country. It seems like there are so many things to worry about. A failing economy, so many practices that are contrary to the principles upon which this great nation was founded. Dishonesty, crime, selfishness on the part of so many and on and on are part of the every day life we are exposed to. So, I have upped my prayers on behalf of our nation. Things in my uneducated mind keep going down and down and I have decided that the only thing I can do is pray. Our options for president have never been so bleak. This is the first time I am not voting for someone, rather voting against someone. I don't think my little vote is going to count for much, although I am and have always been a voter. I think if you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain. Richard is basically retired, and spendable income is no where to be found. I am concerned for my children and grandchildren, but then again I guess parents have always been. I have heard that each generation has their worries. And so, I have anxiously been awaiting conference. I just knew that when conference came around all things would be answered.

I am so grateful that I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today. Conference and the talks were amazing, inspiring, uplifting and just what I needed. Honestly, each talk was so reassuring and motivating. I came away with renewed hope, faith, and joy. The Lord doesn't promise us that life will be easy, he promises comfort and direction along the way. One of my favorite quotes is by President Hinckley. He talks about having Joy in the Journey and I think that as I have grown older, I have honestly tried to incorporate this in my life. "Anyone who imgaines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time journey.....delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas, and thrilling bursts of speed. The TRICK IS TO THANK THE LORD FOR LETTING YOU HAVE THE RIDE." I try each day to find joy in my journey. Some days I have to look a little harder than others but there is always something to be grateful for. I truly am blessed.

I Left Home For This!!!!!!

Jenny and Chris had scheduled a time to clear out a little room for Greg at Mom's house. They dropped the gentle hint that they would like for me to come........So on Sunday after church, I had to teach in Relief Society, we hopped in the car and drove to Idaho Falls. We even tried a new way thanks to Sr. Garmin. We arrived late that night and got up running the next day to work on Mom's house. We did that for three days straight. I know that she was raised during the depression and is uncooperative when we suggest getting rid of anything. I understand that, but there were a great many things that have outlived their usefulness. So under much duress, (Mom was not only not happy, I think she was angry) we started going through closets and cupboards and getting rid of things. I am the great "throw this away," kind of gal. Clutter makes me nervous and so Jenny and Chris would look at me, raise something up, and I would shake my head to chuck it!!!!!!! Poor Mom, she still hasn't forgiven me. But I tell you, she won't miss a thing that we got rid of. Who needs a trash can, I mean a big one, full of plastic lids with no bottoms? Bless her heart. She kept telling me that to throw things away meant that I would need them some day. Let's hope not! Anyway, I think this is all a life experience until my kids start throwing my treasures away! GET BACK....GET BACK!

Lee was always a big help as usual. He walks around with a big question mark above his head when we girls are together.

Who's idea was this anyway? Where is the love, where is the gratitude? You've got to be kidding!
It's not every grandmother that can sit in their grandchild's car seat!