Friday, April 10, 2009

I am Velma!

Last night I walked by a full length mirror and as I glanced in it I realized that.....

I was wearing a big red sweater with a BIG collar, skirt, sensible shoes, bobbed hair and glasses. And I thought....Wow! I look like that girl from Scooby Doo. What is her name? Oh yea. Velma.

The only difference was that my skirt wasn't as short as she wears hers.

If I had a choice of a cartoon character I am not sure I would choose Velma, but since I don't really have a choice, I think she/I will do.

Have you ever wondered what cartoon character you would choose to be?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

You Know Enough

"Our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime. We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step-by-step, line upon line. We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We treasure the principles and ordinances of repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We include a continuing commitment to prayer, a willingness to be obedient, and an ongoing witness of the Book of Mormon. (The Book of Mormon is powerful spiritual nourishment.)
We then remain steady and patient as we progress through mortality. At times, the Lord’s answer will be, “You don’t know everything, but you know enough”—enough to keep the commandments and to do what is right. Remember Nephi’s words: “I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.” Elder Neil Anderson, October General Conference, 2008

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Cute Grandchildrenisms

Some personality shots and captions from a week ago.

"Grammie, Grammie! We HAVE to get our picture taken TOGETHER!"

Her face just says 'Go ahead, take my picture. I will not smile. Well... maybe a little bit."

Can his expression tell it any clearer? "Oh no! Here she comes again with that camera!

Excuse me? Excuse me? It is hard to get the attention of these intense guys.

Olivia, Kim, and Alexa practice being assistants for an Illusionist.

It seems that James always requests a 'funny face' photo op after the serious one.

Say 'Cheese' Parker!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Baby Blessings

The last weekend in March we were able to fly over to Utah to participate in our two newest grandchildren's blessings. They have already grown so much since I saw them at the beginning of February! Their fathers gave them beautiful blessings. So far we have been able to attend every one of the 15 baby blessings. Sometimes we (meaning basically their parents) had to do a little juggling around of times and locations since several have come in clumps. That made it possible for us to attend them all.

Here are the baby's blessing pictures.

Ellie Jean Hoen (Look at that smile.)

Brigham Ottley Coltharp (I think he is following in his big sisters' footsteps by talking early as well.)

We will be back in Utah at the beginning of May when Taylor is baptized. Then back again at the beginning of July for James' baptism.

I think it is time to retire and move over there. Two babies born this year, two blessings this year, two baptisms this year. And the birthday parties too!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Reading for the last week of the Savior's life on earth.

Sunday (Palm Sunday)
The Triumphal Entry, Greek converts talk to the Savior, Voice of the Father heard, Jesus returns to Bethany (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-36)

Jesus curses the barren fig tree, cleanses the temple (2nd time), returns to Bethany (Matthew 21:18-19, 12-17; Mark 11:12-19; Luke 19:45-48, 21:37)

Jesus discourses on faith to his disciples, His authority questioned by chief priest and elders (Matthew 21:19-27; Mark 11:20-33; Luke 21:38, 20:1-8)

Tribute to Caesar question, marriage after resurrection teaching, great commandment, question concerning Christ’s Father answered, Christ condemns scribes and Pharisees, He laments over Jerusalem, the widow’s mite, Christ declares the purpose of His mission (Matthew 22:15-46, 23:1-39; Mark 12:13-44; Luke 20:19-47, 21:1-4; John 12:37-50)

Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32)
Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen (Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-18)
Parable of the Royal Marriage Feast (Matthew 22:1-14)

Christ’s discourse to disciples on the Mount of Olives, teaching on Final judgment (Matthew 24 (see also Joseph Smith-Matthew), Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36)

Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
Parable of the Entrusted Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)

Jesus foretells His betrayal, chief priests and scribes plot against Him, Judas arranges his betrayal of the Savior (Matthew 26:1-16; Mark 14:1-2, 10-11; Luke 22:1-6)

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Preparations for Passover meal, The Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-35; Mark 14:12-31; Luke 22:7-38; John 13)

Discourse on the Holy Ghost (Comforter), Christ and His disciples sing a hymn then depart for the Mount of Olives, Savior teaches the disciples about their relationship to Him and explains the purpose of His death (John 14; Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Luke 22:39; John 15, 16)

Christ offers the intercessory prayer (John 17)

The suffering of Jesus Christ for the sins of mankind in Gethsemane; otherwise known as the Atonement (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22-40-46; John 18:1-2)

Friday (Good Friday)
Jesus betrayed by Judas Iscariot and arrested, Questioned by Annas and later Caiaphas, Peter denies knowing Jesus, The trial and condemnation of Jesus, Judas commits suicide, Christ brought before Pilate, then Herod, then Pilate again, prisoner Barabbas released, Jesus sentenced by Pilate, the journey to Calvary, the Crucifixion, the burial of Christ (Matthew 26:47-75, 27:1-61; Mark 14:43-72, 15; Luke 22:47-71, 23; John 18:2-40, 19)

Pilate places guards at the tomb of Jesus at the request of the chief priests and scribes (Matthew 27:62-66)

Sunday (Easter)
Jesus is resurrected and appears to others (Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-23)