Thursday, June 28, 2012

Each New Day is a Blessing

Putting the Lord, his Kingdom, and our families first will give us the hope we need to face present and future challenges.

When our priorities are right, we will live a richer and more abundant life.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

And ....What A Night It Will Be

Guess Who Has Tickets To See Tony ♥

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Beautiful Day

How grateful I am for the blessings of the Temple!


"Thank You" my dear Father in Heaven
for letting me leave my troubles here with you!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Oh... How We Love Our "Zion"

Our Little Jr. Ranger!  For years I have been telling the kids about the fun Jr. Ranger program up at the Nature Friday Layni and I went up and learned alot of cool stuff.

She was a little embarrassed but was a good sport and tried on the cool ranger gear so her Nana could take a photo! 

Here she is giving the Ranger Pledge with our local Ranger!

This was a cool activity, as the ranger was showing how far the local deer can jump!

Look Nana........I see fish!


Do you see the squirrel?

Thank you Bishop Young for the cool photo opp!

Hopping on the bus in 100 degree temps.!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Elder Fitz

Elder Fitz !

His blog is up and running and if you would like to follow along on the journey of an
LDS Missionary in Mexico, well.........come on along!

He is still at the MTC (that is Missionary Training Center in mormon lingo)!

He will have been there one week as of tomorrow. is #1 on my list of favorite blogs!

St. George LDS Temple

On Saturday Layni and I made a visit to the LDS Temple Visitors Center!  We love visiting with the Sister Missionaries and finding out where there hometowns are!  Thank you for taking a pic of us!


"Families Can Be Together Forever"

Wow.......That's a really long way up there Layni!
I love the way that she poses for all the photos...:)


My sweet Layni!

My sweet sweet friend Lawana.... how I love our friendship!

She invited us up for an early morning breakfast on Sunday before our journey back to Northern Utah.  It was super delicious.......we had whole wheat pancakes and omelets that we boiled in bags on the stove.  How fun and Thank you so much...Layni loved it!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

We Love Being Together!

My grangirlie Layni is here for a four day visit!  Every day we have had big plans and yesterday was our "Zion Park Tourist" day!  I love to play tourist and now Layni is at the age where she can do some of the hikes! 

What fun we did have! 100 degrees we spent the entire day up in the park!  This is Riverside Walk which is the beginning of the famous "Narrows" hike.  We got to see lots of wildlife along the way and met lots of fun people.  We had lunch and the famous "swirl ice cream cone" up at the Zion Lodge and then we attended Jr. Ranger School.  It was such a fun day..........I would guess that we walked about six miles!

Thanks Layni!  What a trooper you are!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Visiting Her Nana

Tomorrow is the day!  My little Layni is coming to stay with her Nana for four days!  We have been planning this for at least two months and we have big plans!  We have a Junior Ranger day up at the park, riding the Zion bus, eating ice cream at the lodge, shopping, and finally on Saturday we will spend the whole day in the big city shopping, exploring, eating at all of our favorite places, going to visit the LDS Temple visitors center and finally attending the performance of "Hairspray" out at Tuachan Amphitheatre. 

We love being together!  Nana can't wait!!

Monday, June 11, 2012


Sometimes that which we fear the most turns out to be one of our greatest blessings!

I am loving my new church calling.  I am certainly no Bruce R. McConkie and I know there are plenty of others in the room who are gospel scholars, but I do know this:

  I love the gospel of Jesus Christ with all my heart and I have the tools of which to teach by! 

The Lord would never let me fail!

How grateful I am for my many blessings!

Again........not sure why this little Iowa farm girl is so blessed!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Happy Happy River Rae

Our adorable little River Rae and her wonderful daddy.

Shields Up!

Shields up is a term from Star Trek!  So, I guess those of us that are from that generation or still love being a "trekie" then you will understand my metaphor!

Due to our very dry winter here in Zion Canyon we are having a more than usual snake outpouring! heard me right! 

Luckily......I have never had a rattlesnake in my yard but plenty of other visitors.  We actually had a snake in the store the night before last.  We have killed a couple of rattlesnakes down in the campground and in the river beds just this past week ( I live right on the river bed).  LORDY!

You can imagine what they are looking not me although I do believe that to be true in my very scarey mind and fear of snakes.  But they are looking for water.

Now.......back to photos! 

MOTHBALLS!  When I first moved up here I was told that if you put mothballs everywhere then that will divert the snakes and keep them away! 

I apologize in advance to the neighbors who have already noticed the smell. 
He said "it reminds me of my grandparents basement"! 

Running with a broken toe that is still mending is something I want to avoid!
On Thursday I saw a lizard and nearly fell over one of the planters!

May The Force Be With Me!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Transit of Venus

Yep.......I have been keeping an eye on the beautiful Venus passing by the sun today!

I am so glad I bought the "eclipse glasses" and who knew I would need them again! 

Good thing I tuned in today because I will be in the grave when the next transition comes along!

Tee Hee Hee

Monday, June 4, 2012

Glen Campbell.......Living Legend

Let me just say this!  Glen Campbell is the cats meow in my book!  Being a "vegas girl" in the 70's and the 80's and working for the Doctor to the Stars... well.........I had the opportunity to meet and get to know lots of these wonderful entertainers!  And.......thank you to the cute guy who sat next to me that also is from my generation and grew up and still lives in Vegas.  It was super fun talking about all the good ole vegas daze! 

His performance was awesome! 

4th row center seats!  SWEET.......

Glen with his daughter Ashley

Las Vegas Living Legend!

Three of Glen's children are in his band.

Love My Kids!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Which Would You Choose?

Hey..... I think this bus driver is trying to take this Viper!!!

It was fun to see.......there were several of these cool cars driving by!

Zion Memorial Day Weekend

Daddy and Baby River

Waiting for the Zion Bus...

                                                      My friend Kathy's new gallery...
Lafave Gallery!

We have a new park!  Yippee