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Thursday, June 26, 2008
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
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
...we are all, human.
|ABC of Me
|The Letter A
|Are you available?:
|What is your age?:
|What annoys you?:
|The Letter B
|Do you live in a big house?:
|When is your birthday?:
|Who is your best friend?:
|The Letter C
|What's your favorite candy?:
|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?:
|What's your favorite kind of dog?:
|What day of the week is it?:
|The Letter E
|How do you like your eggs?:
|Have you ever been in the emergency room?:
|What's the easiest thing ever to do?:
|nothing at all
|The Letter F
|Have you ever flown in a plane?:
|Do you use fly swatters?:
|Have you ever used a foghorn?:
|I think so
|The Letter G
|Do you chew gum?:
|Are you a giver or a taker?:
|Do you like gummy candies?:
|The Letter H
|How are you?:
|What color is your hair?:
|The Letter I
|What's your favorite ice cream?:
|Have you ever ice skated?:
|Do you play an instrument?:
|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?:
|Do you want kids?:
|Where did you go for kindergarten?:
|Neil A. Armstrong Elementary
|The Letter L
|Are you laid back?:
|Do you lie?:
|The Letter M
|Whats your favorite movie?:
|probably You've Got Mail
|Do you still watch Disney movies?:
|Do you like mangos?:
|The Letter N
|Do you have a nickname?:
|Chris, Sis, Stevie
|What is your real name?:
|Whats your favorite number?:
|Do you prefer night over day?:
|The Letter O
|What's your one wish?:
|I don't have just one
|Are you an only child?:
|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?:
|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?:
|The Letter S
|Do you prefer sun or rain?:
|hmmmm... they both have their role to play
|Do you like snow?:
|What's your favorite season?:
|The Letter T
|What time is it?:
|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?:
|Underwear or boxers?:
|definately not boxers
|The Letter V
|What's the worst veggie?:
|Where do you want to go on vacation?:
|The Letter W
|What's your worst habit?:
|You probably don't want to know
|Where do you live?:
|What's your worst fear?:
|Didn't I answer this already?
|The Letter X
|Have you ever had an x-ray?:
|Have you seen the x-games?:
|watched them on tv
|Do you own a xylophone?:
|The Letter Y
|Do you like the color yellow?:
|What's one thing you yearn for?:
|to travel the world
|The Letter Z
|Whats your zodiac sign?:
|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?:
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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
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.
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
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
You Are Mulan!
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
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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.
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