Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Memories

Halloween Memories

As I took Sevrine to preschool this morning and saw all the kids in their costumes I reminded me of Halloweens past and the things I remember most. I remember when my brother Paul and I were in the Kimberly Halloween parade and won $5 for our rendition of the school mascot. Thanks to Sharon, we used the Bulldog suit (Paul) and I as the clown leading him along.
On a less funnier note I remember when we sponsored the family from Vietnam. Pae Ling came home from school to see the paper plate skeleton that I had made on the front door. Not accustomed to our holidays, she freaked out. Later we learned that coming from this war torn country, skeletons were everywhere and it wasn’t a pleasant site. After that I have not liked this aspect of Halloween decorations.
The trick-or-treating reminds me of when we could see if we could hit the whole town of Kimberly before our curfew. Remembering which houses gave the best stuff. In Somerset the kids made a beeline to the “Oberto” house to get the beef jerky, or the house where our neighbors in the Crest gave out samples from “Johnson and Johnson”.
Now living in Arizona, Halloween brings new traditions of sitting out on the driveway handing out candy. Not letting our pumpkins rot in the heat and resorting to painting them instead of carving. Getting full size candy bars is still a treat to be envied. At temps in the 80’s this makes for a pleasant evening. Families have turned to “Trunk r Treats” to get away from on the crazies and the treats that aren’t as appetizing. The Smurfs costumes I made have yet to be recycled. One of these years they might just make a comeback.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


This is from Marissa. I won't tag anyone sense she tagged everyone that I would have.

TAG - You're IT!
1. Where is your cell phone? In my pocket
2. Where is your significant other? In the basement, working
3. Your hair color? brown
4. Your mother? A nurse, died November 30, 1998
5. Your father? A Veteran, died September 23, 1983
6. Your favorite thing? Doing needlework, reading and watching sports on TV.
7. Your dream last night? Can’t remember
8. Your dream/goal? Survive this crisis
9. The room you're in? spare bedroom
10. Your hobby? Needlework and reading
11. Your fear? Losing my house
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Living comfortably and serving in the Temple.
13. Where were you last night? at home
14. What you're not? Confident!
15. One of you're wish-list items? Enough!
16. Where you grew up? Kimberly, Idaho
17. Last thing you did? Stitch group.
18. What are you wearing? Cords and shirt.
19. Your TV? Baseball game
20. Your pet? Rusty (Marissa’s)
21. Your computer? PC
22. Your mood? Worried, tired and stressed.
23. Missing someone? Yes. Marissa
24. Your car? Mazda Tribute
25. Something you're not wearing? Shoes
26. Favorite store? Any craft store.
27. Your summer? Hot.
28. Love someone? Love my family and a few close friends
29. Your favorite color? - Blue
30. Last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? When haven’t I cried?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Endure to the End

The Atonement Gives Us the Strength to Endure
"The Atonement of Jesus Christ and the healing it offers do much more than provide the opportunity for repentance from sins. The Atonement also gives us the strength to endure 'pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind,' because our Savior also took upon Him 'the pains and the sicknesses of his people' (Alma 7:11). Brothers and sisters, if your faith and prayers and the power of the priesthood do not heal you from an affliction, the power of the Atonement will surely give you the strength to bear the burden."
Dallin H. Oaks, "He Heals the Heavy Laden," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 9

I am searching for comfort and peace while facing the challenges of the present.