Sunday, April 6, 2014

Open House Tours

The Ft Lauderdale Temple Open House
Ron and I have been serving as tour guides the past 2 weeks.
Katherine and Megan have served as Ushers.
They place foot covers on the guests before entering 
the temple and at the exit, they remove the foot covers.

It is an incredible experience to share the house of the Lord.
We have met many people who have watched the construction progress 
as they drive by the temple every day.
They are delighted to have the opportunity to take a tour.
Others travel from far away to make sure their children have 
the opportunity to see the temple.
Out front, people gather and bask in the spirit of the temple grounds.
The fountains, the lighting, the landscape, the spirit.
It is energizing to see people gather to the temple and linger on the grounds.
The Open House ends on April 19. 
We will be tour guides for the next 2 weeks. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lights Camera Action

Megan spent 2 long long long (morning til midnight) days last week with the actors and filming crew for the video portion of the Ft Lauderdale Temple Cultural Celebration. She is 1 of 6 youth who participated as actors for the video that will be shown during the Cultural Celebration presented by 6 Stakes in South Florida on May 3, the day before the Ft Lauderdale Temple is dedicated.
It is an understatement to say that this is  HUGE production. 3,000 youth ages 12-18 are rehearsing twice a week in various locations all over South Florida. They will come together for the first time on performance day and by some miracle, they will all be in sync and it will be a beautiful way to welcome the Ft Lauderdale temple to our lives.
Participation in this video has already blessed Megan's life.
We are busier than one family should be right now as we shuttle youth to rehearsals, recording sessions, all at the same time serving as Temple Open House Tour Guides and Ushers. Yep, we are blazing a trail up and down the turnpike several days per week. Truthfully, it is a happy busy and I am grateful for every opportunity.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Yesterday, Katherine, Megan, and I pulled off a Birthday surprise for my mom. We left after Sacrament meeting in our Ward and headed north on the turnpike to make it just in time for Sacrament meeting in my parents' Ward. We sneaked in and sat on the back. They did not discover us until after the meeting when we went up to hug them. We brought Sunday dinner with us and it was a fun afternoon visiting. We also had the opportunity to visit with my brother, Brent, who is in the hospital with a leg infection.

These are two of my favorite photos of my mother. For more, click HERE

Happy Birthday, mom! I love you!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Knee

And today, I am singing the praises of cortisone and a Dr who would see me early in the morning 
with one day's notice. I am posting this mostly for my own point of reference.
In 2 weeks, I am going to start a new treatment. 
Meanwhile, the relief from cortisone is welcome, welcome, welcome.

The Bishop's Storehouse

What did you do over Spring Break?
We worked at the Bishop's Storehouse
Yesterday, Katherine, Megan, and I spent most of the afternoon working at the Ft Lauderdale Bishop's Storehouse. When we realized we could not go out of town, I began to think of activities for the girls that would be meaningful and memorable. There are plenty of movies to watch, computer activities, and shopping spots abound, but working at the Bishop's Storehouse was definitely the best activity all week. The bonus was visiting the Ft Lauderdale LDS Temple on the way home.
I am going to make sure we have the opportunity to serve at the Bishop's Storehouse during the summer.
 Megan had to weigh and measure bananas and separate them in to 3 pound bunches
 We re-stocked shelves for 3-4 hours. It was a never-ending process. Just as one area was filled in, another would need to be replenished.
 Katherine stocked the strawberry Jell-o  gelatin and I told my stories of working at the Jell-o gelatin plant as a teenager. The LDS Church had the Jell-o factory located in our Stake in Independence, Missouri. I was so excited when I was old enough to work there. Of course, there were the stories of what color you would later exhale that color when you sneezed. Nuff said.
 Re-stocking the refrigerated section with boxes of margarine.
 More margarine re-stocking

Ft Lauderdale Temple

These photos were take yesterday, before, in the nicest way possible, I was asked to leave. 
After all, the Temple opens for VIP tours on Monday, March 24 and the general public tours on March 29. I wonder how many times per day the guard has to remind people it isn't quite time for them to visit. Yes, I was one of THOSE members yesterday, too excited to stay away and I honestly did not know it was not OK to drive around the parking lot yet. We have had youth firesides and a few other gatherings on the Temple grounds already, so I honestly did not know I should not be there. And yes, I am honestly excited for Monday! The workers were setting up the white welcome tents and the parking lot was buzzing with activity.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Jeffrey

In no particular order, celebrate Jeffrey!
Happy Birthday, son!
Thirty-one-derful years!
I love you!
Jeffrey, your life is a miracle, read here.

Wedding Day!
 With little pumpkin Riley
 Summer 1997 Hostetler Cousins, minus Megan
 Meeting Grandpa David in Salt Lake (and Eleanor, too....No.....)
 Du Bois Beach Park with the Hostetler Cousins
 Snipe Hunting with Grandpa Hogie
 Lego Building with Megan
 Game Day
 Pumpkin Patch
 Go Gators
 Father Son Campout
Note Jeff's dinosaur shorts, homemade by mom. 
Curt's tank top is styling. 
 Easter at the WPB Carandis Building
 Meeting Megan 1999
 First Birthday Cake
 Bath time after first Birthday cake
 Welcome home from Colorado Denver Mission
in between Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
 Engagement Photo
 The sports Wall of Fame
Bachelor Apartment decor.

Happy Birthday Jeffrey

Here is my first blog Birthday wish to Jeffrey seven year ago. It is obvious I was new to the blogging world.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Reward After The Storm

Yesterday, the sunset was magnificent!
After a day of rains, heavy winds, and tornado warnings,
this spectacular view from my front yard was the reward.

 This one is right before the final setting of the sun.
Spring is on the way!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Essential, Necessary, Nice

Powerful message from Julie B Beck given a the 2010 BYU Women's Conference. I was there  when she gave this address. It was on BYU TV today and I was reminded of how much I love Sister Beck and this message.