Thursday, June 26, 2008


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The Temple - Holiness to the Lord, The House of the Lord

I love the temple!
I am priveledged to be an Ordinance Worker in the Reno Temple. I count this is a great blessing in my life. I will honestly admit that I find greater joy in serving as a worker than in serving as a patron. I'm not sure why that is, but for me, it's the simple truth. There is immense power in being an instrument for the Lord by helping others by performing the ordinances therein. The power and work done in the Lords House is truely sacred.

I work on thursday mornings, a shift that many think is crazy because you have to be there by 445am. For me, its the greatest shift ever. I love the people that I work with... they are loving, kind, and strive diligently to help all those who come to the Temple feel comfortable, welcome, and have the greatest Temple experience possible. This is a duty of Temple Workers.
I had worked last week, but had missed the week prior... so when I was on the shift last Thursday and heard that the Temple would be closed for matinence for the next two weeks, it really took me by surprise. I was wondering how I was going to get along without the spiritual help that comes from going to the Temple so regularly. It actually made me a bit afraid to go forward with the next two weeks. And I have to admit, that this past week, I've felt a little lost without my Temple experience.

I just want to share with you how important the Temple is in our lives. The power there is very real... and necessary to help us become perfected. We need Temple and our ancestors need the Temple. I testify to you that the fact that we have Temples all over the Earth witnesses that our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ love us deeply and yearn for us to return to their presence and partake of eternal life and exaltation with them. Go to the House of the Lord, feel of our Saviors love, and find the peace that cannot be found out in the world.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I'm Obviously NOT A 1930's Type of Housewife


As a 1930s wife, I am

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Ultimate Frisbee

Tonight I joined a league here in town that plays Ultimate Frisbee. I thought it would be a great way to get some excercise that was not related to working out in the gym. It's fun to do something active with other people.

It was great... was tired pretty easily because of all the running. I kept turning my ankles though because of the cleets I bought. May have to fix that.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Children of God

I'm not sure what this guys point was... but I thought it was amazing to see so many people around the world dancing. Just goes to show that in spite of our different languages, cultural ideas, religious beliefs... deep down......

...we are all, human.

ABC's of Me

ABC of Me
The Letter A
Are you available?:
What is your age?:27
What annoys you?:Crazy Drivers
The Letter B
Do you live in a big house?:not really
When is your birthday?:July 20th
Who is your best friend?:oh geez
The Letter C
What's your favorite candy?:snickers
Who's your crush?:my husband Steve
When was the last time you cried?:I really don't remember
The Letter D
Do you daydream?:Yes
What's your favorite kind of dog?:airedale terrier
What day of the week is it?:Monday
The Letter E
How do you like your eggs?:Fried Hard
Have you ever been in the emergency room?:Yes
What's the easiest thing ever to do?:nothing at all
The Letter F
Have you ever flown in a plane?:Yes
Do you use fly swatters?:very rarely
Have you ever used a foghorn?:I think so
The Letter G
Do you chew gum?:Yes
Are you a giver or a taker?:both really
Do you like gummy candies?:not really
The Letter H
How are you?:eh
What color is your hair?:brown
The Letter I
What's your favorite ice cream?:sweet cream
Have you ever ice skated?:yes
Do you play an instrument?:sort of
The Letter J
What's your favorite jelly bean brand?:i'm not a fan of jelly beans
Do you wear jewelry?:rings and earrings
The Letter K
Who do you want to kill?:no one
Do you want kids?:yes
Where did you go for kindergarten?:Neil A. Armstrong Elementary
The Letter L
Are you laid back?:somewhat
Do you lie?:occasionally
The Letter M
Whats your favorite movie?:probably You've Got Mail
Do you still watch Disney movies?:yes
Do you like mangos?:yes
The Letter N
Do you have a nickname?:Chris, Sis, Stevie
What is your real name?:Christy
Whats your favorite number?:7
Do you prefer night over day?:no
The Letter O
What's your one wish?:I don't have just one
Are you an only child?:no
The Letter P
What one fear are you most paranoid about?:

alien invasion... silly, but sadly... true

What are your pet peeves?:crazy drivers, lines, stop lights, stop signs
What's a personality trait you look for in people?:open and honest
The Letter Q
What's your favorite quote?:What you dare to dream, dare to do.
Are you quick to judge people?:yes
The Letter R
Do you think you're always right?:I think that I seem that way to others, but I don't really feel that way.
Are you one to cry?:absolutely
The Letter S
Do you prefer sun or rain?:hmmmm... they both have their role to play
Do you like snow?:yes
What's your favorite season?:Autumn
The Letter T
What time is it?:1:24am
What time did you wake up?:Actually... I couldn't get to sleep
When was the last time you slept in a tent?:I think a week ago
The Letter U
Are you wearing underwear?:yes
Underwear or boxers?:definately not boxers
The Letter V
What's the worst veggie?:brussel sprouts
Where do you want to go on vacation?:Ireland
The Letter W
What's your worst habit?:You probably don't want to know
Where do you live?:Nevada
What's your worst fear?:Didn't I answer this already?
The Letter X
Have you ever had an x-ray?:yes
Have you seen the x-games?:watched them on tv
Do you own a xylophone?:no
The Letter Y
Do you like the color yellow?:it's ok
What's one thing you yearn for?:to travel the world
The Letter Z
Whats your zodiac sign?:cancer
Do you believe in the zodiac?:I would have to say yes, but I don't follow a horoscope... I think horoscopes are phoney
Favorite zoo animal?:otters
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Robert Eugene Bottoms - Grandpa Bottoms

Out of all of my grandfathers, Grandpa Bottoms was probably the one I spent the most amount of time with. Though, I still feel like I didn't know him very well. He always seemed to me to be a very private man. In a way, its a bit ironic. You know the saying women marry men like their fathers; well... my mom and I both did. We both in turn, have married private men.

Grandpa Bottoms, as refered to in the previous paragraph, is my mothers father. He was born and raised in Indiana. Margaret Christy, my maternal grandmother, was his first wife. I don't know how old grandpa was when they were married, I just know that they were both in church choir together. They were divorced about a year after my mother was born. Even though he was remarried, he still carried a picture of Grandma Totton(Christy) in his wallet. Grandpa worked with sheet metal... I can't remember who he learned the trade from, but I remember him telling me about it. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean war, and was stationed at Ft. Leavonworth, KS. That was where he met his second wife, Dolores Montgomery (Dodie, or Mimi, as us grandkids called her). Mimi had 3 boys when they met, and when they were married, he moved the entire family to Indiana. My mom was raised by her mother, but had visiting weekends with Grandpa. My mom remembers that grandpa worked a lot... he was a very hard worker. He was a sheet metalist at Harvester International... I believe he retired after 30 years. About 10 years ago, grandpa took me to the factory and gave me a tour... discussing with me all the things he had worked on and how he came to be a sheet metal worker.

Every year, Grandpa and Mimi would rent cabins by a lake in Shakamak State Park. Everyone would be there... all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We would stay for an entire week. Fishing was one of his favorite hobbies.... he had a boat named Paula Jean (named after his second daughter). Grandpa also loved to golf. One time I worked as a caddy for him to earn some extra money.

Grandpa and Mimi took many trips. One great thing that they would do was to take each grandchild on a vacation of their choice when they turned 12. I chose to go to Washington DC and we had a fabulous time. I was privleged to go to Leavanworth, KS with them when I was 16. I have to admit, that it was one of the best vacations I have ever had.

If there was any man in my family that was a gentleman, it was Grandpa Bottoms. He was sauve... a real charmer. He was graceful on the dance floor (I think that's how he stole Mimi's heart). Grandpa Bottoms had class. I honestly can't say why... he just did. I loved to hug him. When we hugged, I could feel the love he had for me. He was also one of the only men I kissed on the lips. It's because of him that I love to smell the smoke from a pipe... grandpa had a small collection of pipes, and I would often see him smoking one of them. To this day, when I smell a pipe, I think of Grandpa Bottoms. Though not a memeber of the church, he was always doing genealogy research. He would even travel to other states looking for the gravesites of our ancestors. One thing we made fun of about him was the fact that he read the obituaries religously. Whenever someone he grew up with or knew in any way died, he would go to the funeral. He was also a packrat... something my mom and I both inherited from him. He kept everything. He collected stamps and coins and pictures.

I could probably go on a bit longer with things I know about Grandpa Bottoms... but I'm not going to. I will say this... I miss him a lot. I'm looking forward to seeing him again when I get to the other side of the veil, receiving a great big long hug and giving him a kiss right smack on the kisser! To bad he won't smell like a pipe...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Robert Allen Birtcil Sr. - Papaw

I did not know Papaw Birtcil very well. I'm not sure how many times in my life I got to visit with him, but it wasn't as many as it should have been. Papaw lived in Georgia and I lived in Indiana.

Papaw was actually called Papa by all of his grandchildren... except for me. For some reason, I felt uncomfortable with calling him papa. Papa, to me, meant Daddy. So, I asked him one time if I could call him Papaw... he told me "you can call me whatever you want.

Papaw worked and retired with Delta Airlines. Through the years, he gave me buddy passes so that I could visit him and Granny, and my Father Jack. Him and Granny helped pay for my Drivers Education classes and tuition to ITT Tech... which I ended up not going to.

Papaw was a very sweet man. I'm sad that I honestly don't know much about him. He was one of the first person's I know to use Email religiously. He also played card games on his computer. I remember playing Hearts with him a few times online when I was a teenager... he would usually win. Now when anyone says "shoot the moon"... I picture Papaw Birtcil. When I was stationed down in Georgia, I went to visit Papa a few times. A couple of those times were in the hospital. One time when I was alone with him in his room, I sang hymns to him. This was a very hard thing to do at the time, because I had never really sang solo in front of anyone.

Papaw died in 2001 when he was 70... I was 21. This was the first time I had lost someone I felt I knew well enough to feel a lose. I had lost some grandparents when I was younger... but the one I was closest to died when I was 7, and I don't remember a whole lot. The funeral was in Pennsylvania. I spoke at his service; something I felt unqualified for but also very honored.

Papaw had been married, divorced, and remarried. He had 3 children from his first marriage and 4 from his second. Grandchildren counted 17 and there was one great grandchild when he past away.

Art Movement

You Are Impressionism

You think the world is quite beautiful, especially if you look at it in new and interesting ways.

You tend to focus on color and movement in art.

For you, seeing the big picture is much more important than recording every little detail.

You can find inspiration anywhere... especially from nature.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fathers Day

So... I was sitting here thinking how great it was to talk to my dad and Steve's dad today, and I thought - I want to call my Grandpa's. Well... I think it just hit me, for real, that I don't have any grandpa's left on the earth. Sure, I have Steve's 2 grandpa's, which is great. But... I just want to say. I miss my grandpa's.

In the next couple of days, I will create posts about my 3 grandpa's... things that I remember about them, things that I feel, along with some photos. So, here's to Great Grandpa Christy, Grandpa Bottoms, and Papaw Birtcil! I wonder if they celebrate Fathers Day in Heaven? Happy Fathers day Grandpa.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Scripture of the WEEK

I've changed my mind (thanks to Veronica... well, sort of). I've been wanting to change my scripture more often than once a month. Funny how I thought I wouldn't remember to change it every week.. and now I'm wanting to change it every week. We will see how this works out. I'm hoping to change the scripture out every Sunday. Maybe I should start keeping track of the verses I'm using.

I'm Ginger???

You Are Ginger

Like ginger, you are a total shape shifter.

You can be sweet, spicy, mellow, or overpowering.

You are both soothing and unique. You are popular... yet you are often overlooked.

Funny thing is, I hate Ginger!!

What Princess Are You

You Are Mulan!
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Strong and spirited. You're no one's girly girl; actually you are very determined person with a strong sense of self. Never let go of that! The only thing that equals your sense of self is your family, but the traditions of society can always be bent to protect something or someone you love.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Joshua

Today was Joshua's 2nd Birthday.

I'm not sure if it should be strange that I've been looking forward to this day for a few weeks. I made plans to go with my best friend Katie to go pick up some flowers and go up to the cemetary. Last year I went alone... it was great to go with someone this year who was there for me when I was pregnant and when we lost Joshie.

Our trip to the cemetary turned out to be quite the adventure. I took some gardening tools, warm water, soap, and some cloths so that I could clean up the marker and cut the grass around it. The cemetary tends to not cut the grass very low or often where the babies lay because the markers in that area unlevel and can damage the mowers and the markers. When we got to the cemetary, we found that ALL the sprinklers were on. Lucky for us the one nearby Josh was busted, so it didn't go any where near us. There was another one near by that was trying it's hardest to attack us... but Katie kept an eye out on it while I trimmed up the grass and washed the marker. She would keep walking back and forth turning the sprayer so it would have to rotate the same spot over and over and helping me clean up grass from Joshua's marker. At one point she yelled out something... might have been MOVE. She had looked up and realized a sprinkler 30 feet away was coming our way, and we jumped up and ran before it sprayed us, then walked back over to finish up our work. We were laughing a lot... we had a great time and the flowers are beautiful.

Sometimes I do feel sad that we don't have our little boy. Especially when I look at other children that are around the age he would have been. I will often compare them and think to myself... this is how big Joshua would have been if he was here now or these might have been some of the words he would have learned and have been saying. That part makes me sad...

but, it's not depressing, which I'm grateful for. Makes me thankful for the gospel and the knowledge I have. I love truth... I wish more people would seek for it and find it. It's so much more peaceful than the darkness that blinds the eyes and hearts of the world.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Did you know that...

I am a cat person! I thought it was time to introduce the rest of my family to those of you who have never met them. I have two fabulous little kitties. They bring a tremendous amount of joy to my life, particularly when Steve is gone.

Allie is the best cat I've ever had... and I've had quite a few. Only one other cat (my first cat snuggles) has meant as much to me as my Allie cat. I've had Allie for 5 years. She is a Tuxedo Cat... very sweet and extremely playful, and has hair as soft as a rabbit. She loves to play with her little balls, knocking them around the house and sometimes carrying them around in her mouth... which is way darn cute. There is this strange cry she makes when she is playing with her balls at night... Steve titled it the Ball Song. She has a lot of nicknames... momma, mommy, Allie Cat, Allie Gato, Ish, Ishmamagato. Allie is happy go lucky... she is rarely offended and is pretty content with whatever is going on. She does not mind much when people come over and is even ok with kids petting her. Though when she is done with attention, she will walk away and sit towards the top of the stairs until she is ready for some more attention. Allie is very cuddly, though like a typical cat, she only cuddles when she is ready to cuddle. Fortunately for me, she wants to cuddle quite a bit. At night, she curls up next to me sometime after I've fallen asleep and I wake up most mornings with her nuzzled right next to my chest. Allie is usually where ever I am at in the house. If I'm at the computer, she is in my lap or sitting on my printer. If I'm in the bedroom, she is curled at my feet. If I'm reading, she is sitting on the arm rest or trying to get on the dining room table. She follows me to the bathroom too. Allie likes to be petted the full length of her body and doesn't very often enjoy head scratchies. She is pretty content to simply curl up in my lap and lay there for a while.

Rayden is the most interesting cat I've ever had. She is black (though in the sun she is brownish), and has a white locket on her chest, a white spot on her belly, and white tufts of hair where her armpits are. I adopted Rayden from the SPCA 3 years ago... she was two years old and had spent a year with the SPCA. She has "ways", which for a cat is normal. But I'm telling you, her "ways" are more wayier than most cats. She has this thing about being petted. She loves it... in fact, I'd say she lives for it. But she is very particular about how you pet her. If your not doing it just the right way, she gets fussy and will nip at your hand. She really prefers to have her head scratched.... and I think she could stand it if you would do it for hours on end. She is cuddly, but not in a lovey type of way. It's more like a "pet me... pet me now" announcement. I would say that she is vain. Rayden only has one nick name... Ray Bug, and that is because she can be really annoying when she insists on being petted. Rayden is usually the one who wakes me up in the morning to let me know that the food bowl is empty. Rayden is not into having children visit... as a matter of fact, if there is a child in the house, she goes upstairs and hides until long after they are gone. If there are adults, she will run away, but will come back when she knows it's safe and then try to jump in laps and insist on being scratched and petted. She is not a big fan of chasing balls... her thing is more about playing with string or attacking a mouse size toy. She has recently begun to wrestle with a tennis ball. Lately she has learned that if she absolutely needs to have her petting moment, she can simply jump into my lap. She doesn't really curl up there, she will just sit there a few minutes while I pet her... and when I stop, she complains to me, and then jumps out of my lap.

So, that's all about my little green-eyed girls.

New Scanner

I've posted this in my Be A Storyteller blog... just thought I would post it here for my friends too.

I have recently purchased a Kodak s1220 Scanner... it is amazing. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to use one of these scanners to scan old family photo's my husbands grandmother had put together in a binder. The photo's were taken in the 1940's... I was really impressed by the quality of the digital copy.

So... I now have a scanner and am providing Scanning services to all those interested!
I am offering a discount the first two weeks of June to celebrate this new function of my business. For those of you who are interested, I am offering to scan your photo's for 19 cents a photo. The offer expires Saturday June 14th.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Steve's Last Day



I've figured out what I'm going to read next! I want to read Endor's Game again. I went looking for it among the books on my bookshelf the other day, but forgot that I never owned it myself. I had borrowed it when I read it the first time. So, I will be going to the library sometime today to pick it up... and I will also be picking up War & Peace.