29 November 2009

Mother Remembered

Dorothy Jean
Born: April 22, 1929
Died: November 29, 2009

"May each of us treasure this truth:
One cannot forget mother
and remember God...
Because these two sacred persons,
God and mother,
partners in creation,
in love, in sacrifice, in service,
are as one."
~Thomas S. Monson

26 November 2009

What Am I Thankful For?

"The Angelus" by Jean-Francois Millet
(I love this...I grew up with this picture in my home)
so what am I thankful for???
G ~ Gospel of Jesus Christ
I know that the Savior is the Redeemer of the world
and that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me.
I'm a happier person
when I live the principles that Jesus taught.
I'm thankful for the gospel.
R ~ Reading the Scriptures
I'm grateful for the scriptures
because they keep me from getting distracted
and help me to stay focused on the important things of life.
A ~ "All" my Many Blessings
I know my Heavenly Father loves me.
He blesses my life everyday.
I'm grateful for all I have and all I enjoy.
T ~ Tribulation
Everything in life isn't easy but
I know its through tribulation that
I become truly humble
and get a greater understanding
of my life's purpose.
I ~ Inspiration
The Holy Spirit can guide my life.
As I listen to the promptings
of the still, small voice,
I put myself in position to make
wise choices.
T ~ Testimony
I'm grateful for my testimony.
It is sacred and personal to me and
something that no one can take from me.
U ~ Understanding Husband
I'm thankful for a man that
honors his priesthood and
who is a great example to me
of kindness, compassion and service.
D ~ Dear Children
What a wonderful blessing it is
to be a mother and to enjoy the
blessing of children.
I love my family.
E ~ Earthly Parents
I also love my parents.
I'm so very grateful that they planted
the seed of the gospel in my heart.
"Let us give thanks
for what we are
and for the circumstances
God has given us
for our personal journey
through mortality."

~Dallin H. Oaks

17 November 2009

Fahrney Teething Syrup

Jessica had her wisdom teeth pulled Thursday. I've heard of kids getting their teeth pulled early and never really understood why but it was because her wisdom teeth were blocking her 12 year old molars from coming through. Anyway, lots of pain and anguish but she's getting better and started back to school today. As I saw her sad and swollen face, I thought of the old Fahrney Bottles that I had collected from years back. My husband's mother's maiden name is Fahrney and earlier in our marriage, I started collecting old "Fahrney Medicine Bottles." Some of the medicine was for teething. Maybe Jessica inherited her teeth issues from the Fahrney side and that's why the Fahrneys needed toothache syrup. Thank goodness for modern medicine and oral surgery.

"Some tortures are physical

And some are mental,

But the one that is both

Is dental."

~Ogden Nash

11 November 2009

Easy Cheese Ball

2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
3 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup cornflakes, crushed
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
2 Tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
DIRECTIONS: Mix together and chill. Roll in chopped pecans 1 hour before serving.

Everyone always asks me for this recipe. Sometimes I 2x-4x the recipe and make smaller balls to give away at Christmastime.

09 November 2009

Sunset Years

Coach & Mom
A few weeks ago, my mom went on hospice. Her health issues have gotten progressively worse, so the four kids got together to be with my parents. I think it was good for mom to see us all together again. It has been hard to see my parents age. My sister has taken on a majority of the leadership in caring for them. A few years ago, Teresa came into our lives and has been a blessing, taking care of my parents on a constant basis. As I've prayed for peace in my parents lives, I've felt impressions of teaching moments that I received through my life at the hand of my mom and I've been telling my mom about them. As sick and weak as she feels, its been a blessing to have her somewhat alert to hear, communicate and respond. I forever pray for peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit in their lives. I know Heavenly Father is aware of them and that
"His (God's) Will Be Done."
Coach, Me & Mom
Mark, Martha, Beth, Adam
Coach, Mom

The Kids Again
Jake, Martha, Kathy, Adam, Emma, Jolinda, Mark

Coach, Teresa & Mom

“At some period in our mortal mission,
there appears the faltering step,
the wan smile, the pain of sickness—
even the fading of summer,
the approach of autumn, the chill of winter. …
“I extol those who,
with loving care and compassionate concern,
feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
and house the homeless.
He who notes the sparrow’s fall
will not be unmindful of such service.”
~President Thomas S. Monson

Middle School Honor Chorus

Mrs. Campbell and Jessica
The Stevens Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jessica and 190 Middle School students sang at the Middle School Honor Chorus for the state of North Carolina. She was of 1 of 19 from Cumberland County and the only one from her school to participate. Their musical clinician was Jonathan Willcocks from England. It was a fun event and we're really proud of Jessica and grateful to her music director Mrs. Campbell.