I was ... well ... ecstatic.
I will rue the day when that door to door 8-year old accepts a major credit card.
I'm not sure why I was so shocked last night when I heard of the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley. This dear, 97-year old man, finally passed away after an amazing life of service. My BIL, Brian, called and I just knew what had happened by Steven's side of the conversation and I couldn't help but cry. All day today I've been catching myself thinking about the great legacy he has left behind (-and then cry some more) which then lead my thoughts to my life ... and lots of inadequacy.
I'm so thankful for such a wonderful leader, teacher and prophet. I can only imagine his reception in heaven. I'm grateful I had the opportunity of meeting him on occasion, and I'm eternally thankful for being a member of this wonderful church. The truthfulness of its gospel is what keeps me going on some days.
Video added 12/12/2008
Written by Mindy at 9:35 PM
A few days ago when I was blogless, a few of you gave me some winning ideas. Thanks to Melissa's, today we'll be talking about Christmas Cards.
I'm getting more and more Christmas cards emailed to me every year and let's face it, I paid
Written by Mindy at 3:51 PM
I've lost almost 10 pounds since the beginning of the new year (whoa there, don't give me props yet. I gained that much weight during the holidays). So I went shopping for a new pair of jeans. My last pair was $19.99 (God bless Target) and were bought in the Fall of 2004. Yes, they've lasted me that long (again, God bless Target). They are still in okay condition, but they are getting a little white in the knee and the hem is starting to fray a lot. And come on, people, it's been over three years, I deserve a new pair, right?
Since I'm at Target 2-3 times a week, I went shopping for more, And feeling thinner, I bought a size down. And as many of you know, shopping with kids merits taking home clothing to try on rather than a wrestling match peppered with death threats inside the dressing room while your daughter plays peek-a-boo with the poor woman in the next stall.
When I got home, I excitedly tried on the pair and had to start sucking in at the knee.
I guess with that 3 1/2 years of wearing those jeans 2-3 times a week, they've stretched a bit.
Stupid, dummy stretch jeans. I guess I'll be returning to my original size.
Written by Mindy at 8:00 AM
Steven's walking around in a tizzy, saying things like, "what does this mean?" and "who gets the delegate votes if so-and-so drops out?" While I continuously tell him, "calm down, there's nothing you can do about any of this."
Tonight Mitt took 4th in South Carolina. We've been known to pay close attention to presidential elections in the past, but now that we have someone in the running representing our faith, we seem a little more glued to cnn.
So I'm throwing out a dirty little idea out to my LDS readers:
Throughout this campaign there's been a lot of media discussion about leaving religion out of the picture when you go to the polls to vote. (If you don't know about this, move on to a different blog.) While you hear in the distance, members of the church saying, "Ya, why should it matter? Religious freedom is what founded this country!"
But may I venture a guess that you may be voting for Romney merely because he's mormon?
Is there a difference?
Written by Mindy at 9:20 PM
I'm stumped, at the current moment, on what to blog about. I can't be sure if it's because I've been stuck inside with this cold, wet weather listening to Emmy watch Barbie's Rapunzel on a daily basis, or if it's because I actually catch myself watching it.
I know what you're thinking: How in the world can you be bored? You have three kids for cryin' out loud ... and one of them is still an infant!
But it's not that I'm bored or that nothing is going on in my life. I just don't know if you want to hear about me blogging about kids' school, laundry, beginning of year clean-up, drawer reorganization..... or worse, my confusion on what I should blog about.
Written by Mindy at 10:28 AM
Days 6, 7 & 8
If you'll be so kind to utilize the map below, it will greatly aid in what I'm about to TRY to explain to you. Florida has these causeways (a new term for a gal like me - we call them bridges where I come from ... I'm not even sure that's how it's spelled) that go over these rivers (not so much rivers as they are the Atlantic Ocean separated from Florida by a teeny tiny road called A1A). Well in these "rivers" are these little islands with sandbars that have been around for several decades. They're great little places you take a picnic on a nice, sunny day.
Written by Mindy at 10:22 PM
Days 3, 4 & 5
Day 3 - What is there to say about Disney World and Epcot Center on Christmas Eve?
Written by Mindy at 3:08 PM
I'm back-tracking a little so I can document some of our Christmas memories.
We drove through west Texas on into Louisiana. Now I can't be sure, but I'm fairly certain we were still in Texas when we saw this car. I need to make this distinction, just so I can boast that this person was in my state of residency.
Just like us, he was rollin' .... and in a rag top, no less.
Now, I'm sure you don't know why this car was important enough for me to pull out my camera. It's a little difficult to see. Let me zoom in for you.
Now, I don't know about your computer, but I can see it on mine. Yes, folks, the license says "DRE DAY". Steven didn't believe me as we passed him on the freeway. We sped up just for this treasured photo. We had ourselves a pretty good chuckle over this one.
This is the car we rented for the venture. It served us well. We paid less for this car than we would have on a round trip plane ticket.
We would have braved it in the ol' Accord, but we feared it wouldn't make it all the way and, as you can see, we packed that sucker pretty tight. There's NO way we would have fit it all into our trunk.
We drove to Mobile the first night (making sure NOT to stop inside the Houston city limits - that was an innocent little jab at my friend, Johnny). The next morning (Insert DAY 2 here), we took advantage of being in such a beautiful place and went to look at some really cool historic homes.
Written by Mindy at 9:12 PM
If you've followed my blog for a while, you know I like to change it, well, often. And now that my ranting and raving is over (for a short time), I made my blog look a little happier - since its 78 degrees here, it's hard to call it winter. This time I updated my recipe blog as well. Hope you like.
I think I need to complain more. I get way more comments that way. I'm sure I may lose readers, too.
Hmmm, what to do?
I could talk about big hair.
Nah, I'll stop at footwear for now.
Written by Mindy at 10:52 PM
My good friend (really she's only an acquaintance, but I can call her my good friend if I want to), Leah just made a pet peeves list. I've done my own pet peeves list in the past, but as my winter pessimism is coming to its climax, I thought I'd throw a couple out there regarding shoes.
First of all, if your older than ten and not a nurse, a sailor, or a professional gardener, you shouldn't own Crocs. They are hideous. I really don't mean to offend, but you might as well be wearing jelly shoes. Not attractive. Nothing about them is flattering; the spastic colors and the shape (really did you want your feet to look like a hobbit's?) make me cringe every time I see someone in them. On children, it's one thing, but you're an adult, wear adult shoes. My friends have even seen an adult man where them to church. AUGH!
Which brings me to my second shoe pet peeve. Whatever happened to "Sunday best" wear? I don't care if you live in the Bahamas, don't where flip flops to church (and puh-lease don't wear Crocs!). Its okay to look decent when one goes to worship their Savior and (or) God. Dress up. It's entirely inappropriate not to. I'd rather see mis-matched leathers or black and navy together than sloppy flip flops. Again, don't mean to offend.
I think that's all.
Oh my gosh, I almost forgot. STOP WEARING SOCKS WITH YOUR SANDALS! That's the point of sandals, duh! It's like me having to tell you not to cut your hair into a mullet. It just shouldn't have to be explained.
Written by Mindy at 11:25 AM
Every year I come up with pointless resolutions that make me feel like I've been living my life even more inadequately than I actually have been. My yearly list usually includes some or all of the points in the following list. Here are my usual resolutions in no particular order:
Written by Mindy at 8:13 PM