Thursday, October 27, 2011

3rd Annual Witches luncheon - 1st I've ever been to

These mice were up and down the stairs, over pictures, and down the hall.  They are kind of cute, but out of the corner of your eye they are very creepy.

This is the hostess Susan Eames - organizer and queen of the good time!

This is Marie Lore my sister-in-law as the kitchen witch

My niece Krista Hanks, "You said I could be any witch I wanted!"

We all met and gathered at Susy's table and enjoyed the company, crafts, and coversation.

Donna Estes came from Texas with her baby and Diana Godwin (with the gloves) made jewelry

Diana, Shaunna Ludlow, Donna, Jessica Ringler, Krystal Bise with Krista in front

This is my sister-in-law Polly Lore - now this lady had ALL the bling. The trim on her dress was bats, her purse was purple and even her capstick had a spider.

Two sister Donna and Laura Tesch

We had a such a fun time, talking, laughing and eating

Everybody brought something yummy! Then we made Christmas crafts after the dinner.

This is Marie with Krystal's 3 day old baby

This is Krista with Donna's 3 month old baby

Laura gives the best haircare and Donna is learning how.

My mom with the newest grandbaby Peter

I loved the jewelry Diana made, the haircut Laura gave me, and enjoyed the talents of all the sisters, nieces, in-laws and my mom.  Life is really sweet.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Listening to Conference - at least I'm doing one thing right -

I listened to Elder Bednar yesterday and felt like I was doing at least one thing right - I'm doing something about my genealogy yen. Last Spring I went down to Arizona to visit with my Aunt Mary and help her go through all the stuff left over from Grandmother and Grandfather's belongings.  Aunt Shirley couldn't store the boxes in her garage or attic anymore and Aunt Mary needed to downsize because her son Michael and family was moving into the back apartment.  So we sorted through lots of paper and after I got overwhelmed and couldn't figure out what was valuable and what wasn't I bought the biggest suitcase I could find and stuffed it with anything that might be remotely usable and brought it home.  It did sit for a bit while I decided -procrastinated- about what to do with it all.  Bonnie Mattson keeps writing on her legacy blog, which spurred me to do something.  I love the article "PhD in Genealogy" as I certainly have papers that are piled high and deeper! And you know what?  It's my job to preserve it but someone else's job to use it.  So I have a new blog titled "What's in the Suitcase?" - I pick up a piece of paper then scan it and publish it so my relatives can see, look and maybe use it as needed.  It gave me great joy to listen to the messages in General Conference about the youth doing Genealogy work and I feel if I do my part someone somewhere may benefit later - hopefully.  Speed reading through some of the heart-wrenching stories as I scan, has made me appreciate the good life I have.  I would hate to have these stories forgotten or never heard. There are testimonies that have been given and need to be heard by children today.   Life is sweet.