August 30, 2009

SCHS v. Morgan

Well, it's football season, and that means we DRIVE to away games, even far away away games!!!
We bought a new video camera this past week...so be patient with me as I figure out how to use the darn thing!! I'll stick a few of the more memorable videos in here!

BAD SNAP
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GOOD PUNT
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GREAT CATCH
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TOUCHDOWN
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August 29, 2009

ARCHIVED Mom's Moment - Jan. 2003

Mom's Moment – January 19, 2003
The other day I started cutting the wheat growing in the garden. At first I just cut a few shoots, stacked them, then cut some more. I realized it would take forever cutting like this, so I tied large bunches together with some twine and then whacked it off a couple inches from the ground. It was great! Already bundled, tied and ready to stack. As I continued through the bundling and cutting process, some analogies came to mind regarding the wheat and our lives. Just as the wheat is bundled together to give it more strength to stand up on its own, so are we "bundled" into families to give us strength and support. When the "threshing" time comes for wheat, where the bundles are banged on the floor to dislodge the wheat kernels, the bundling helps hold everything together, again giving strength so that the most kernels are able to be dislodged. As families we are much more able to withstand the "beating of the world" upon us, and are strengthened as we go through trials and struggles so that the most good can be brought out of us.
Lastly, I hope we are like the kernels of wheat, the good things that are brought forth that the Lord can use to accomplish his great work, rather than being like the tares (the grassy weed part that is left over from the wheat plants) that are good only to burn, or throw away, or compost!

Mom's Moment – Part Two (at dinner)
At church today Brother Partridge died. He stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating. However, Brother Schram was sitting right next to him, was able to do CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Bro. Partridge and "brought him back." It was Ward Conference and our Stake Presidency was there to witness the "miracle." When Scott and Julie got home from the hospital, they talked to the kids about the miracle that was not just one event, but a series of several events that most people don't know about.
If Scott had not seen Bro. Partridge and went to sit by him; if Scott had not been asked the week earlier to give the lesson in Priesthood would not have been there; if Scott wouldn't have been able to get to sleep the night before because of his severe headaches with the Multiple Sclerosis; if Julie would not have called at 1:30 a.m. (Scott said "You can't call in the middle of the night!" Julie said "Yes, I can call Patrice!!"), but neither Dad nor I heard the phone. However, I did hear Dallin's alarm go off at 1:30 a.m. for Dallin to go to the bathroom. But Dallin didn't go into the bathroom, so I got up to check on him. While he was using the bathroom I waited in the hallway by his door and noticed the flashing red light on the answering machine. There was no message, so I checked the caller ID, saw Schram's number on there, so I called back, said "Yes, I've got some Lortab", Heidi came over and got it and was able to take it to her father, which knocked off the pain enough that he could get to sleep, be rested enough to be at church to teach the Priesthood lesson, to sit by Bro. Partridge during the priesthood opening, to give the care that was needed to revive Bro. Partridge. We are grateful for all the "little things" that led to the "big thing!"

August 27, 2009

HOMECOMING DATE FOR DALLIN

Dallin asked McCall Smith (Bart & Heather Smith's daughter...granddaughter of Dale & Sherri Gubler...whose house Grandpa and Grandma Hunt moved into in the valley in Santa Clara...like you REALLY wanted to know all that!) to SCHS's 2009 Homecoming Dance.

Here's what he did:
Placed chocolate kisses all over her bed, then led a trail from her room into the bathroom...




The note said: NOW THAT I'VE "KISSED" THE GROUND YOU WALK ON, AND "SHOWERED" YOU WITH FLOWERS, WILL YOU GO TO HOMECOMING WITH ME?

(He didn't sign the note or anything...but in one of the kisses he had previously opened it, put a VERY small piece of pink paper inside with his name on it, re-wrapped it, and set it out with the others. We're not sure how long it took her to find the right kiss, but she finally did. She is SO excited to go and loved how he asked her. Hurray!)


















Then he filled the tub with water, and floated flower petals on the water, and hung a bouquet of flowers from the shower head. He attached a note to the flowers...



August 22, 2009

FOOTBALL SEASON!!!

So Dal played in his first high school football game as a WARRIOR!! VERY cool!! He did a great job the times he got in to play...kick-off return special team and punt special team (I sure hope I got that right...)

Anyway, thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the pics I managed to get after the game...





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August 17, 2009

Dad and I went up north for Bonnie's wedding to Geoff Reynolds. We drove up as soon as school let out Thursday afternoon and made it to Rocky's and Cheri's in time for visiting and eating with some of the families. It sure was good to see everyone.

We spent the night at Kim Clinger's place in West Jordan, close to Jordan Landing. We sure appreciated her hospitality and getting to visit with her a bit, although it wasn't nearly long enough!

Friday morning we left for the wedding festivities...



There was a simple, but nice, wedding breakfast at a church pavillion in Pleasant Grove. Nice to get together BEFORE the sealing, no big expense, and fun to visit and meet Geoff's family.


Bonnie made a beautiful bride and everything seemed to go so well. It was fun to be a part of the festivities, and to be reminded of how important these eternal ties are.



AND it was nice to be with Michele for a minute or two!


August 16, 2009

Mom's Moment
August16, 2009

ANGER MANAGEMENT!!

PART I:
What's your hook? When a person goes fishing they try to get the fish to bite the hook. The adversary isn't so different from a fisherman. He uses lots of different "hooks" so he can reel us in. Recognizing anger hooks is very helpful in avoiding them.

Most hooks fall into two categories: Injustice or Incompetence. We have a tendency to "bite" whenever we encounter a circumstance that we perceive as unfair or a situation that puts us at the mercy of someone inept.
Next time you feel yourself start to get angry, see if it fits into either category. Understanding WHY we got "hooked" into anger goes a long way in helping us deal with it and even avoid it.

Anger can be triggered when a need isn't met. There are two categories here as well. They are: Respect (desire to be understood) and Territory. When a person feels disrespected, he usually expresses an angry concern that someone else's actions have left him feeling slighted. Territory (personal space) may not seem like a big deal...until it is violated.

So, what do we do with this? The next time you feel angry, quickly ask yourself, What is my need? As we identify the underlying causes of the anger we are able to deal with it better each time. Managing anger is hard work, and it may seem at times that we're not making much progress. Don't give up! Keep trying. The small steps add up after awhile to nice changes! I should know!!


PART II:
Some of you may remember a "fridge paper" that used to be on the refrigerator door ALL the time. I came across it the other day and thought it would be a good reminder to all of us:

DEALING WITH ANGER

1. I will be quick to say I'm sorry and I'll be slow to take offense.

2. I will talk about my feelings, even when it is difficult.

3. If someone doesn't understand why I'm angry I will explain things calmly and not vent my anger on anyone else.

4. I realize EVERYONE makes mistakes. I will not always think I am right and everyone else is wrong.

5. I will graciously say, "You might be right." - - even if I'm sure they are wrong!

6. I will acknowledge the part I had in doing something wrong, and will be quick to apologize and make things right.

7. I cannot afford the "luxury" of anger. I will be quick to forgive even if I don't feel like it.

8. If I do get angry about something, I will allow myself a few minutes to calm down and then I will apologize AND forgive the other person. I will NOT hold onto anger.
Mom's Moment
August16, 2009

ANGER MANAGEMENT!!

PART I:
What's your hook? When a person goes fishing they try to get the fish to bite the hook. The adversary isn't so different from a fisherman. He uses lots of different "hooks" so he can reel us in. Recognizing anger hooks is very helpful in avoiding them.

Most hooks fall into two categories: Injustice or Incompetence. We have a tendency to "bite" whenever we encounter a circumstance that we perceive as unfair or a situation that puts us at the mercy of someone inept.
Next time you feel yourself start to get angry, see if it fits into either category. Understanding WHY we got "hooked" into anger goes a long way in helping us deal with it and even avoid it.

Anger can be triggered when a need isn't met. There are two categories here as well. They are: Respect (desire to be understood) and Territory. When a person feels disrespected, he usually expresses an angry concern that someone else's actions have left him feeling slighted. Territory (personal space) may not seem like a big deal...until it is violated.

So, what do we do with this? The next time you feel angry, quickly ask yourself, What is my need? As we identify the underlying causes of the anger we are able to deal with it better each time. Managing anger is hard work, and it may seem at times that we're not making much progress. Don't give up! Keep trying. The small steps add up after awhile to nice changes! I should know!!


PART II:
Some of you may remember a "fridge paper" that used to be on the refrigerator door ALL the time. I came across it the other day and thought it would be a good reminder to all of us:

DEALING WITH ANGER

1. I will be quick to say I'm sorry and I'll be slow to take offense.

2. I will talk about my feelings, even when it is difficult.

3. If someone doesn't understand why I'm angry I will explain things calmly and not vent my anger on anyone else.

4. I realize EVERYONE makes mistakes. I will not always think I am right and everyone else is wrong.

5. I will graciously say, "You might be right." - - even if I'm sure they are wrong!

6. I will acknowledge the part I had in doing something wrong, and will be quick to apologize and make things right.

7. I cannot afford the "luxury" of anger. I will be quick to forgive even if I don't feel like it.

8. If I do get angry about something, I will allow myself a few minutes to calm down and then I will apologize AND forgive the other person. I will NOT hold onto anger.

August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009 – Monday

Okay… “minimum” is the word of the day, again! I get overwhelmed with EVERYTHING I need to do, and end up putting lots of stuff off…so if people used to think I “do lots of things, but not anything very well” that just got “even LESS well!” J Or at least not as detailed. “A little” vs. “nothing at all!”

Monday, Nat and I went up to Pine Valley and rode for four hours. It was beautiful and we had fun!

On Tuesday, Nat, Dad and I helped Sheldon Wittwer haul a field of hay (about 125 bales). I didn’t do too much work since I was driving the truck while Dad and Nat threw the bales on the trailer for Sheldon to stack. Then we drove the two loads down to the corrals and stacked it all under the hay shed. (I helped with that!) It didn’t take a ton of time and it feels really good to know we’ve got the hay for the horses through next spring.

I did a bunch of work in the house cleaning stuff that’s been bugging me for awhile (downstairs family room, upstairs stuff…etc.), later in the afternoon Nat and I drove out to Virgin and saw all the horses and their new foals. It was pretty fun, AND the horses came right up to us! Rod and I went to the temple Tuesday evening…that was good, too!

Wednesday I had my presidency (Primary) meeting. We sure enjoy being together (Celeste Reed, April Nielsen, Hyunjoo Godfrey and myself)

Thursday, all of us but Hyunjoo (who doesn’t like to ride) went horseback riding in Pine Valley. We went out towards Grass Valley and then came back exploring the trail up and over the mountain and ending up at the Pine Valley Cemetery.

Natalee left with Kjersten’s family to go to Lake Powell for a few days.

Friday, Dallin left with Scott Morris for a quick trip to California and the beach. They loved it!! I wish I could have gone!! But I took Denzel’s girlfriend, Anna, her daughter Bridger, and David Jorgensen riding at Pine Valley. We went up Forsyth Trail and it was a beautiful ride. (I’d give MORE details, like the treacherous part we maneuvered, Lucky kicking Silver, riding fast in the pasture, etc., but I’m going for MINIMUM and getting this done, rather than leaving it for a few months and forgetting everything!!)

Also got them situated in a better hotel (Claridge Inn is a nice place, reasonably priced!)

Saturday I took Anna and Bridger to see the horses in Virgin, then, after a dead battery and Steve Spackman being there and giving us a jump, we managed to make it back and went to the Dinosaur Museum. I like the Triceratops stuffed dinosaur Bridger got.

We had some of the guys from Denzel’s unit over for dinner (BBQ hamburgers) and it was a nice evening.

I did Sharing Time in Primary and things went really well. Note: I don't think I have EVER been touched by a child's talk/testimony until Sunday. Audrey Godfrey's talk was good, but her TESTIMONY really touched my heart!!! I was sitting by Sister Deming and making sure Alex did NOT want to give her talk...when I felt the shift as Audrey started to relate her feelings about the temple open house. At first I thought she just wasn't sure what to say...then I realized she was really thinking about her experience and trying to convey what she had felt. I really was touched by the things she shared, but most importantly that she has the ability, at such a young age (7), to be aware of those feelings AND be able to communicate them!! Wow!!!
We had a fun weekend with Anna & Bridger here while Denz was at drill. We had a GREAT ride in Pine Valley--they did a good job staying on their horses even in the treacherous parts -- and also had fun going to the Dinosaur Museum and out to Virgin to see all of "our horses" that have new babies!