Saturday, September 20, 2014

Team Brylie!

Day 69…

My beautiful niece, Brylie, was born with Chiari type 2 malformation. At two years old she had brain surgery at Primary Children's Hospital to have a shunt put in her head to relieve the fluid pressure on her brain which was caused by her Chiari. She has had many struggles to overcome and still has some to get through. She is definitely one of the strongest  and bravest people I know. 

So…today. we had the opportunity to participate and honor Brylie’s courage and participate in Annual Conquer Chiari walk.  It was so much fun.  I am grateful for this little girl.  She has truly changed my life and brings so much happiness into our family.  I love you Brylie.


Friday, September 19, 2014


Day 68...

Really needed this tonight…

Sometimes, the most important things you do each day are never even on your “to-do” list. You might worry about the things you never get done, but President Gordon B. Hinckley reminds us, “You never know how much good you do.”

There are times in life, when tender mercies come through a message in a little video.  I love those moments.



(from 06-05-14)

Day 67…

I love having conversations with this little girl. She has a memory like no other. Seriously, she remembers everything. Tonight we went with Mom to pick up a prescription. While we were sitting in the car, Brylie started talking. Our conversation went like this:

Brys: “Do you remember when we went to watch Elle play basketball?

Me: “Yes.”

Brys: She climbed over the fence (the railing at the high school) and gave us huge hugs. It was the night Uncle Mike died.

Me: “I remember that.”

Brys: “Then, you bought me new pajamas because I was sleeping at your house and I didn’t have any.”

Me: “Um, I guess that is what happened.”

Brys: “Elle is on a mission and Ashwey is going on one soon. Do you think that they will forget me? Wait…take a picture of me and send it to them.”

I took a picture of her and she asks to see it.


Brys: “That is a good one. Send it to them.”

Me: “Ok. I don’t think that they will forget you.”

Brys: “Good because I won’t forget them.”

These little conversations with her melt my heart.  Aw…she makes me smile!!!  Love this girl!!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Delicious cheesecake…

(from 06-04-14)

Day 66…

Have you ever had one of those moments when you want to bake something but you are not sure exactly what it is?  You peruse the many cookbooks in your cabinet, you go through every recipe in your recipe file and then you find it…  The recipe that makes your mouth water.  Well, that happened to me.  Very Yummy & Easy Cheesecake.  Aw…it is heavenly. 

no-bake-cheesecakeI borrowed this picture from the web…I forgot to take a picture of it.

Very Yummy & Easy Cheesecake

Graham cracker crust:

1 cup butter or margarine, melted

3 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup sugar

Mix together and spread in a 13” x 9” pan.


12 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 ½ cups Sour cream

¾ cups Sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

12 oz. Cool whip

Mix thoroughly cream cheese, sour cream and sugar, vanilla. Fold Cool Whip into filling mixture. Pour onto graham cracker crust. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.


Try it…it is heavenly!!!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Service Scavenger Hunt

(from 06-03-14)

Day 65…

Tonight for our young women activity in our ward, we hosted a service scavenger hunt. It was so much fun. We divided into teams (a little competition doesn’t hurt, does it?) and went about serving people in our neighborhoods and community. The group that I was assigned to was amazing to work with. They were so happy to serve people they knew and people they didn’t. Aw…they were just so positive. It was awesome!!









my cute little group


I love these girls.  Serving with them was so much fun!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Real things…

(from 06-02-14)

Day 64…

I came across this quote and I simply loved it. It is definitely one of those quotes that makes you go…hmmm…

Day 64and sigh.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Missionary Monday…

Day 63

One thing that I look forward to every week is Missionary Monday. I love receiving emails and letters in the mail from some of the most treasured young women in the world. I love watching my inbox fill with emails from these precious daughters of God. They are serving the Lord all over the world and not only blessing the lives of so many that they are coming contact with but they are blessing the lives of those here in their home stake. I am so blessed to know them and so grateful that they have come into my life. They truly are precious blessings that I treasure. Would you like to know what they had to say this week? Let me share a couple of comments…

From Russia, Sister Uhl shared her love of the temple with me. She said, “The temple is truly an amazing place and I'm sad that I can't go to one out here. I really look forward to the day when these European countries can have their own temple, the blessings are really amazing!

From Louisana, Sister Black wrote, “Sometimes we have to just let it be hard and trust that whatever it is we're going through is for our good. Like the scripture that says "be still and know that I am God." (D&C 101:16) So good. :)”

From Illinois, Sister Wells, shared, “…as you continue to do the Lords work, I know you will concur to feel reassuring peace come after you face the trials. :D I love you so much!!!”

From Guatemala, Sister Flewallen wrote, “I have learned that all I need to do is listen to the spirit and pray and lean on the Lord. Thank you for your example and for all that you do for me!”

From Poland, Sister Kuchar shared, “I know that God answers prayers and I'm grateful for the understanding I have been given this week.”

From Washington, Sister Hopkins said, “We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Heavenly Father knows this and out of His love for us He places us together so that we can continue to grow and progress towards our ultimate goal, living with Him in Heaven. :) This Gospel is, oh, so true! It is for everyone! It is a perfect Gospel that can touch the lives of us all.”

From Mexico, Sister Beckstead shared, “I feel like I’m in a huge spiritual bubble down here! I love that! 

I love hearing from these missionaries. I am so proud of what they are doing. I love how I feel inside when I read their letters and how my heart is filled with the spirit. They have such powerful testimonies!!! Aw…I love them so much and blessed to know them!!