Friday, March 16, 2018

Blocked out

 Since I love my children, I won't give specific information regarding
 their check-ups at the dentist today.
 Instead I will grade them a number:
1 being the worst, and 10 the best.
For example, Mr. Nielson checked out with a perfect clean bill of dental health, 
so I would give him a 10.
Me: 6
Claire: 8
Jane: 8
Oliver: 6
Nicholas: 5
Charlotte: 8
At our last family check-up we had minimal dental issues, 
and this time was a little different.  
So I guess it's true when they say that 
you win some and you loose some.
I love Cougar Dental so much and am
 SO willing to drive 500 miles (or more) for check-ups and visits
  because they do amazing work, they are so good to my children (and me!!),
 the office smells nice, and they have delicious cookies on Thursdays.
The day after our epic RV trip next week with Little Nies (Angus too), 
 we will be back at the office for our follow-up appointments.
They blocked out an entire Saturday afternoon just for us.
And Nicholas who as legit dentalphobia
was particularly grateful.


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Teachings from RMN:
A New Harvest Time April, 1998
"Family love is wonderful. Nothing is as specific as the love
 of a baby for its mother. Nothing is as predictable as the love
 of children for their parents or the love of parents for their children."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Road trips

Yesterday we packed up the car and left the ranch
 headed to Utah for the weekend.
We made only one stop in Cortez, Colorado where we had lunch and 
 let Angus out to go tinkiepoopoo.
We are getting pretty good at these road trips, which is good 
since we are planning on an epic cross country RV trip next week!
I'm convinced that all one needs in a long road trip is:
80's soft rock hits
Dr. Pepper
Trail mix and/or granola bars

While here in Utah my agenda includes:
Eating out
Visit my favorite dry cleaners/ get a few clothes mended
Late last night in the pouring rain we
 pulled up to my parents cute little house in the
 tree streets.  Inside we found my parents waiting for us with
warm hugs and food.
Mom had toys and books for Lottie in every corner of the house.

When midnight rolled around we blew up mattresses,
 piled blankets on couches, and are hunkered down next to the fireplace.
 (It's still chilly in Utah!).

ALSO: I'm excited to hike the Y again!

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Teachings from RMN:
Spiritual Capacity, October, 1997
"Hobbies can aid in spiritual development. 
Worthy music, dance, art, and writing are among
the creative activities that can enrich the soul.
 A good hobby can dispel heartache and give zest to life."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Dear friends,
If you read my blog expecting a masterpiece then
I fear you will be sorely disappointed.
I really wish I was a fantastic writer with seamless
 paragraphs, spelling perfection, and excellent grammar.
That is truly something I pray for.  

 I will persist and continue to write and do my best
so my children will know who I am, what we do as a family,
and most importantly what we stand for.
I hope we as sisters, mothers, and friends will keep 
encouraging each other to rise and succeed
even when we don't see eye-to-eye on every topic like
politics, religion, child rearing, or how we spend our time.
I hope we find reasons to support, respect, and love
regardless of our mistakes-in every sense of that word!

Plus, being mean is so exhausting.

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Teaching from RMN:
Endure and Be Lifted Up, April, 1997
"You will govern yourself not by someone else’s set of rules but
 by revealed principles of truth.
Your responsibility to endure is uniquely yours.
 But you are never alone. I testify that the lifting power of the Lord 
can be yours if you will “come unto Christ” and “be perfected in him.” 
You will “deny yourselves of all ungodliness.” 
And you will “love God with all your might, mind and strength.”