24 December 2009

Yearly Family Update

All is calm,
all is bright
Here's an update
of our family tonight

Angie will graduate
from Nursing School in May.
We'll be travelin' to St. Louis
on her graduation day.

Jake is at BYU
finishing up his degree.
Next, he'd like graduate school,
studying Geography.

Jessica loves chorus
and plays piano too.
She's now in eighth grade
and does well in school.

Carson is eleven
and he's kind & dear.
Hard to see him grow up
each passing year.

Dave has been humbled
by his second ruptured disc.
Somehow he keeps going
in spite all the risks.

Beth has felt love
from all that were aware
of her mom's recent passing.
Thanks for all the dear care.


12 December 2009

My Pickled Beets

3 quarts peeled, cooked beets (about 24 small)
2 cups sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
1 Tablespoon allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 teaspoons vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients, except beets in a large sauce pot. Simmer 15 minutes. Pack beets into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. (Cut large beets in half, if necessary.) Remove cinnamon. Bring pickling liquid to a boil. Pour hot liquid over beets, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps. Process pints and quarts 30 minutes in boiling water bath. Yields about 6 pints.
I first had pickled beets at Thanksgiving Dinner with my good friend Elaine M. She's such a good "canning buddy." Anyway, ever since then it has been a family tradition...Enjoy!

09 December 2009

She Will Be Missed

The night before the funeral we had a
viewing and slideshow tribute
at the Mortuary
(Martha & Hugh)

Coach (Dad) and Teresa (his caregiver)
waiting for the funeral
Jana, Becky, Jeremiah and Sam, Viewing before the funeral
(Jake holding Joseph, & Michael)

At the funeral, my sister's husband Hugh B. gave the invocation. There were three musical selections: first, "Danny Boy" on the piano by Barry B. a family friend. My mom always loved this song and had told Barry when he was a young boy that she wanted him to play it at her funeral. Second, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" by a Men's Chorus consisting of my two brothers, Adam and Mark and all grandsons that were in attendance, Rick, Bill, Robert, Jake, David, Michael and Sam. Third, Mom's oldest great-grandson, Jeremiah, my niece Cassie's son, sang "Families Can Be Together Forever." My sister Martha gave a wonderful eulogy focusing on how my mom was a teacher at heart and was anxious to teach her family and all. Martha's son, Bill B. gave a talk and Bob D., from the stake presidency and long time friend of the family presided over the meeting and gave some closing thoughts about Mom. Mark's daughter Anne S. gave the benediction.

Family & Friends at the graveside, Adam sang "Abide with Me"

Jake dedicated the grave
Cemetery in Laverne, California
I love you Mom.
"You fought the good fight
finished the course
and kept the faith."
(2nd Timothy 4:7)
Young Women in Excellence
A wonderful evening
with dinner and tribute
to all the girls in the ward
trying to be the best young women they can.
Jessica checking out her table.
Visiting Teaching Brunch
Relief Society had a Brunch
for all visiting teachers in the ward.
Yummy and Fun
Got Time?

01 December 2009

My Mom's Obituary

R., Dorothy McMullin
has been a resident of Lancaster, CA for 55 years. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at home Nov. 29, 2009. Born in Corona, CA Apr. 22, 1929. Her family homestead in Lucerne Valley, as she grew older she attended school in San Bernardino and San Dimas. She graduated from Bonita High School and Brigham Young University. She was an outstanding athlete. She taught high school Physical Education and typing. Years later she taught preschool at Lane Park and The Children’s Corner. She also worked 20 years as a secretary for the LDS Institute of Religion. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William R., her children, Martha B. (Houston) of Lancaster, Mark R. (JoLinda) of Clovis, CA, Beth L. (David) of Hope Mills, NC, and Adam R. of Holladay, UT, 19 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. She loved life, learning, her family, and the piano. She will be very missed. Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Halley-Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster. Also a viewing from 9-9:45 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1701 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Interment will be at 2 p.m.LaVerne Cemetery, LaVerne, CA.