Friday, December 31, 2010

31 Blessed Days


1. Work
2. Teeth
3. Night Time
4. Small World
5. Knowledge
6. Safety
7. Health
8. Bloggers
9. This
10. Surprises
11. Hugs
12. Peace
13. Safety Part Two
14. Marriage
15. Good News
16. More Good News
17. Friday
18. Anniversary
19. Rest
20. Youth
21. Done
22. Lists
23. Wonderful
24. Christmas Time
25. Christmas
26. No Matter Where
27. Choice
28. Music
29. On the Road Again
30. Experience
31. Blessed Days

Blessed by All 31

Thursday, December 30, 2010



Trials. Heartaches. Black Clouds. Troubles. Bad Days. Sorrows. Regrets. Unhappiness. Disappointment. Frustration.  The list could go on and on I know.  But all these words carry for me a negative connotation. Although life is full of all of these words I prefer not to use any of them.  My word is experience; and sometimes adventure. For what is life if not a great big adventure.  I love the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 122:7 that teaches us ".... that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."  So when those not so pleasant experiences take place I know they will all be for my good and realizing this makes all the difference.

Blessed by Experience

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

On the Road Again


I think I must be a gypsy at heart.  Love to pick up and go.  Love to travel the highways and byways.  This Christmas finds us back on the road again.  It is great to be able to pull over at a rest stop and walk to the back of the truck and step into our home away from home.  Of course it is not so great when an alarm sounds because it is trying to tell you the battery is low which you know and don't care about because you are too tired to care but still it won't turn off so you have to cut the wires because it doesn't want to stop even when you ask it nicely.  Oh the adventures of being on the road......

So Blessed to be On the Road Again

Tuesday, December 28, 2010



I love music. I love the way it makes me feel. Energized. Peaceful. Melancholy. Alive. I really love the music of our grans.  Their sweet voices are music to my ears.

Blessed by Music

Monday, December 27, 2010



Yesterday in church we talked and learned about choice.  The choices we have, the choices me make.  Each day we are free to choose; what, when, where and how.  That is the greatest blessing, that freedom to choose.  I know that the choices we make are who we become.  I love that I have choices.

Blessed with Choice

Sunday, December 26, 2010

No Matter Where


It is a blessing to me that no matter where I am in the world I can attend church and the same truths are taught.  No surprises.

Blessed No Matter Where

Saturday, December 25, 2010



I'm blessed to know that Christmas isn't just a date on the calendar but is a feeling.  A feeling I can enjoy not just today but everyday.  I'm blessed by Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future!

Blessed by Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Time


"Christmas is a time for remembering the Son of God and renewing our determination to take upon us His name. It is a time to reassess our lives and examine our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Let this be a time of remembrance, of gratitude, and a time of forgiveness. Let it be a time to ponder the Atonement of Jesus Christ and its meaning for each of us personally. Let it especially be a time of renewal and recommitment to live by the word of God and to obey His commandments. By doing this, we honor Him far more than we ever could with lights, gifts, or parties." --Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Blessed by Christmas Time

Thursday, December 23, 2010



I'm blessed with enough and so much more.  A wonderful husband. Wonderful children (8). Wonderful grans. Wonderful brother. Wonderful sil. Wonderful niece and nephews. Wonderful friends. Wonderful dogs. A wonderful home. A wonderful job.

Blessed with a Wonderful Life!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010



Santa has the right idea.  Making a list and checking it twice.  If I don’t have it on my list, it seems it is forgotten.  I can’t live without my lists.  Once I had lists because I loved to check things off.  Now I have lists so I can remember what to do, what to pack, what to buy and who to call.  Oh lists can’t live without ‘em!
Blessed by Lists

Tuesday, December 21, 2010



Today I can say I'm blessed to be done.  Back in October which seems like another life ago (or maybe it was even September) I got this brilliant (at the time) idea to make all the Grans (that's 13) PJ's for Christmas.  I love pajamas so I always give pajamas at Christmas time.  It use to be easy to buy matchy matchy because their sizes where all practically the same.  But they are growing and it is hard to find big sizes and itty bitty sizes that match.  So of course I say to myself you could just make them all.  So I bought tons of fabric so the boys would match and tons of fabric so the girls would match.  So 8 pair of pajamas for the boys and 5 nightgowns for the girls. 

Well time marched on and right over the top of me.  I went to Kansas and cut them out.  I suppose I could have cut them out in California but the idea of cutting them out in Kansas was so much more appealing.  Plus D2 kindly offered to take one pair of pajamas and two nightgowns off my hands.  So now I only had seven pair of pajamas and 3 nightgowns to make.  In the beginning of my sewing process I was having major doubts and was so tempted to just throw in the towel and buy them.  But I persevered. And today I can say I fought the fight and won the war.
Blessed to be Done

PS I made four hats too! But I'm done. I have to be done. Well I'm done until next year.

Monday, December 20, 2010



There are certain things said in this family that when said or written take on a life of their own.  I love these little phrases and will remember them always.  Interestingly they were all said by children between the ages of six and seven (if my memory serves me).  So I must share. 
  1. "Blue. Blue. Blue."  This was written in a letter to my sister by D1.  Just randomly written blue blue blue.  I love to say it. Blue. Blue. Blue.  It makes my heart sing.
  2. "These are the best years of my life."  This little observation was made by S2 in his elementary school journal.  Sometimes school can be traumatic for a kid; apparently it was not for him.  At least he can't blame me for a bad childhood after all they were the best years of his life remember!
  3. "This is the worst December of my life."  This little statement was brought to me by Gran2 she is seven too.  That child makes me smile and smile and smile.
Blessed by Youth

Sunday, December 19, 2010



"And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made."   I think I will too!

Blessed with Rest

Saturday, December 18, 2010



I'm not sure how this works. Or if I'm saying it right.  But I want to give a Happy Anniversary shout out to my parents for their 59 years of marriage.  Although in this life they only enjoyed 37 years (which that number is not lost on me, inasmuch as Mr. Man and I celebrated 37 years of togetherness this year).  But now they are back together in the Heavens and on this earthly day I shall remember them and their goodness.

 Blessed by Anniversaries!

Friday, December 17, 2010



Sometimes I just need it to be Friday and today it blessed.

Blessed by Friday

Thursday, December 16, 2010

More Good News

So as previously mentioned the water heater is terminal. But as mentioned the good news is we get a new one.  It was suppose to be delivered today but good news it came yesterday.  So the plumber is scheduled for Friday more good news.  So we learned that it takes a long while to heat all the water needed for a bath so last night the first thing I did was start the water on the stove.  Bless those pioneers.  Mr. Man started filling up the tub with the cold water then got his first round of hot water off the stove............when he added the pots of hot water to what he thought was cold water running into the tub he realized that the cold water was actually running hot.........hello you wonderful little terminal water came back to life to serve another day, bless you.  Quick showers all around!

Blessed with Hot Water

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Good News


The good news is I love our water heater...
The bad news is it’s broken...
The good news is it’s under warranty...
The bad news is we have to wait for a new one to get here...
The good news is we still have water that we can heat up...
The bad news is………there is no bad news!

Blessed with Good News!

Heat'n up the bath water.
(I see why people only bathed once a week)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010



Marriage is my blessing today.  In 2010 we celebrated 37 years of togetherness.  Our children collectively celebrated 37 years as well.  We believe in and are blessed by marriage.  As I reflect on this blessing of marriage one thought comes to mind, troubles don’t leave marriage people do.  I feel I've been so blessed as we have traversed through the last 37 years together and that God has seen fit to keep us together so we would have the opportunity to really find each other.

Blessed in Marriage

Monday, December 13, 2010

Safety Part Two


Last Wednesday as we left for work the "low tire" light came on in the car.  We stopped and checked the tires and chalked it up to be the cold weather or how the car was parked on the driveway.  Our driveway is steep and we always get that error message in the truck and the Suburban when they are parked on the driveway esapically when the weather is cold so we just figured the same was true with the Camry.  So off we went.  Mr. Man had a busy day of travel heading to Oakland after dropping me off in Cotati.  After his day in Oakland he headed back to Cotati and still the light was on.  Having traveled about 200 miles and with another 40'ish to go to get us home he decided to stop by Les Schwab to have them check it out.  And this is the result of the visit.  Two screws in each of the rear tires..............special!

Blessed once again with Safety

Sunday, December 12, 2010



My world is blessed by peacePeace of mind.  The peace the season brings.  The peace of this Sabbath day.

Blessed by Peace

Saturday, December 11, 2010



I love hugs and feel blessed when I get hugs and give hugs.  Recently a friend shared a term they use in their home after a difficult experience.  They say "hug it out!"  I love that.  A hug just has a way of melting every tension. A hug gives me strength.

Blessed by Hugs

Friday, December 10, 2010



Tonight when we arrived home there was a wonderful red bag hanging from our front door.  And what to my surprise was inside……...a shiny new apron.  But not just any apron, it was a Baker’s Dozen Apron…….of my Baker’s Dozen!

Too Much Fun!!
   Blessed by a Wonderful Surprise!

Thursday, December 9, 2010



I am blessed by this blog and all its goodness.  When I read this story I know I can do hard things.  Learning from the experience of others is a blessing.

Blessed by this

Wednesday, December 8, 2010



I feel so blessed by my blogger friends that have joined me on this "31 Blessed Days" of blogging.  I learn so much about them and the joy of their blessings.

Your blog blesses me

Tuesday, December 7, 2010



I'm blessed with good health.  When I experience a lousy cold it makes me feel even more blessed that that is all that ails me.  I can live with a few days of sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head  and fever.

So blessed with good Health

Monday, December 6, 2010



We are blessed with safety.  We are drivers.......well anymore Mr. Man is the driver and I'm the trusty passenger, navigator, email replier, phone answerer, etc.  It is an important job. After all in an airplane there's not just one pilot, there is always a co-pilot.  Well I'm the co-driver!  Anyway, back to safety.  We put lots of miles on our vehicles, we have one car that has over 100K miles on it and it isn't even two years old.  That car is used only for work purposes.   Our other vehicles well collectively they are pushing the 160K mark.  We drive a lot.......what can I say.  But for all those miles we have racked up we have been blessed with safety.

Safety it's a blessing

Sunday, December 5, 2010



I'm blessed with the knowledge that:
  • God and His Son Jesus Christ live;
  • I'm a daughter of God and he loves me and knows me;
  • When I read the scriptures I find answers to all questions;
  • My family is for eternity;
  • Everything happens for a reason;
  • That making good choices makes for a blessed life!
Blessed with knowledge

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Small World


I’m blessed by this small world. Although according to the United States Census Bureau the world population of humans on the planet Earth is estimated to be 6,885,100,000 people; which makes the story I’m about to share even more amazing. Recently, my best bro was in a business meeting where he had the opportunity to introduce himself and share with those attending his area of expertise in the construction world. After the meeting a woman approached him and asked if he knew Evelyn Heath. "Why, yes she is my mother." The women replied, "she made my wedding dress and the dresses for my bridesmaids." This has to go back 20 plus years. They then spoke briefly of those each knew from our hometown; that small world we grew up in. So blessed by this chance encounter in this small world.  And doubly blessed that Mom was part of the encounter.

Blessed by this Small World

Friday, December 3, 2010

Night Time


I love the night time........especially when it is really, really late and all you can hear is the clock ticking away.  It is so peaceful.  I'm blessed that I am a night owl.  I seem to get my second wind as the night grows on. (not always a good thing on a work night)  It is during these late hours of quiet I count my blessings .... one by one.
Ahhhhhhhhhh Night Time, you bless me!

Thursday, December 2, 2010



I’ve been blessed with good teeth.  Nice.Straight.Teeth.  Sure I have a few fillings from childhood days but who doesn't?  Plus I never had to endure braces.   Happily my teeth have been good to me; no cracking, no chipping just happy to be mine and doing their thing.  Now 50 blah-blah years later my teeth have gone royal!  Yes, royal and for that I’m getting a crown!  During this royal crowning a song came on that reminded me to "just breath" and with my gag reflex, that song was a blessing..........timing is everything.
I'm so Blessed......even my teeth!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010



I'm blessed with work and always have been.  Whether in my home or outside of it; work has always blessed me.  My favorite quote about the blessing of work is:

Let us realize that the priviledge to work is a gift,
The power to work is a blessing,
the love of work is success!
~~David O. McKay