07 June 2016


Well, I've been on my service mission for a week and I've been learning lots.  I remember when I went on my proselytizing mission over thirty-five years ago and I had a couple of companions during the mission that were in their sixties and I remember how hard it was for them to remember "the discussions" that we learned. Now that I've aged I can feel their pain. I'm learning a lot more different thing on the computer that I never thought I'd be exposed to and it's been truly out of my comfort zone but it's good for me. With faith I can tell that the Lord is guiding and helping me with this journey. We were told in one of our lessons to try to do things outside our comfort level and so one extra thing I decided to do was to put some relatives on the findagrave website.  Findagrave has always been a favorite tool of mine and even though I became a member of it over two years ago, I haven't actively shared any graves on it.  So I've added a few graves and told my sister about it and I told her that it would be fun to have a pseudonym for my name on Findagrave. She came up with "Gravehart" which I thought was perfect.   Thanks Martha.  

01 June 2016

Back Again

Well it's been a long time since I've blogged but I just got called to be a Family History Service Missionary.  I've been working at our family history center here in Fayetteville for over a year and have loved it and I've been keeping up a blog for my daughter Jessica who is on a mission so I have really felt the urgency to start recording my activities again so HERE I GO!
Me, Marie Catlett, Ricky John and Louis Burton did a radio broadcast on Sunday. I talked about Family History

07 December 2011

Latest Family Stuff

Here's Carson at his Christmas Concert
Gray's Creek Middle School
Edward and Angie
Thanksgiving Weekend
and the "Stinkin' Dote"
as she's fondly known
Carson got his wisdom teeth pulled
the day before Thanksgiving
We traveled to Pensacola on Veteran's Weekend
Beautiful Beach!
Are we having fun yet???
We went to see Martha and Hugh,
visiting their oldest son Rick who
is stationed there.
Rick, Wendy & sweet family
We tried local food like
deep fried cheesecake...Yum!
We found great shells at the beach.
The water was beautiful!
We saw the Blue Angels Air Show.
Deep sea fishing was a blast.
We had the best fish tacos
made by Hugh, Rick & Wendy
Great trip, Love Florida!!!
Our Ward's Young Women's Excellence
was great!
Loved our Youth Theme for the year
13th Article of Faith
Our annual Stake Youth Service Project
putting flags at the Veteran's Cemetery
Cold morning but we had a good group there
Halloween Punks at our
Ward Trunk or Treat
(Carson, Eric & Christian)
Angie's 28!
Birthday Celebration
Haven't shared a story in a while so here's the one about Angie's birth. Angie was our honeymoon baby and before she was conceived, I had to have a rubella vaccination to get our marriage license in the state of California. The doctors advised me not to get pregnant for at least three months following the vaccination or the baby would be at risk for birth defects. Well, Angie was conceived and when I told the doctor, he encouraged me to terminate my pregnancy. I wasn't expecting such pressure from a doctor. It really caught me off guard and shook me up but I stuck to my principles and told him that I wouldn't be terminating my pregnancy. Later, I did some research and found out that Angie wasn't at risk as much as the doctor led me to believe. Children are blessings from God. Elder Neil L. Anderson said in conference that "many in today's world marginalize the importance of having children." I guess that would include even some doctors. Angie is a joy and blessing in my life. I've always told her that she truly wanted to get here to this world and experience all she can. She's always had that type of personality, even from her birth.
“Motherhood is not a hobby,
it is a calling.
You do not collect children
because you find them cuter than stamps.
It is not something to do
if you can squeeze the time in.
It is what God gave you time for.”
~Rachel Jankovic

18 October 2011

Hilda Brock

Hilda Brock, my dear friend, passed away on October 12th.  She was one of the first people I met when we moved to North Carolina in 1987.  She called me her "Old Shoe" because we always felt so comfortable with each other.  There was never a need to impress or prove anything we just had pure joy being together.  I had come to find out that she was that way with many folks.  She always made me feel like I was her best friend.
I learned lots of things from Hilda, love, kindness and pure southern hospitality. One of the memorable lessons I learned from Hilda, that I take great pleasure in, is how to teach music to children. Once when I was in the Primary Presidency at church our music leader couldn't come and Hilda filled in. I never saw children sing louder and full of the Spirit more than when Hilda was leading the music. It was her love of music and love of the messages of the songs that made her the perfect leader. I later had the opportunity to serve as a music leader and I found myself saying "How would Hilda do this" She was a great example.  Primary Music Leader came to be my favorite calling in the church because of Hilda.

I loved Hilda's relationship with her husband Carson. They were a true team. I'll never forget one Saturday when this dear couple spent the whole day with us. I'm certain Carson wanted us to get a taste of true "southern hospitality". We started at their home where Hilda made us a traditional southern breakfast with grits, bacon, eggs and Hilda's famous biscuits (to die for) Then Carson took us all over Hope Mills and the greater Fayetteville area giving us a wonderful tour. It was a great day but didn't end there. Later than night we had a visit from Santa-Carson and Mrs. Claus-Hilda. We were just one stop of the many they took that evening. They loved to spread their cheer and we were so blessed by having them as our friends.
Carson passed away about 15 years ago to brain cancer. The hardest thing to watch has been seeing Hilda without her dear companion.   I'm so grateful they are reunited now, spreading their cheer to those on the other side.
Our "Carson" named for Carson Brock
and Jessica
at Hilda and Carson's grave

 "Death is a mere comma,
 not an exclamation point!"
~Neal A. Maxwell