20 June 2010

The Power of the Priesthood

Coach, Adam, me, Mark, Martha
I love my Dad but our relationship wasn't always smooth sailing. I'll never forget on one occasion when I was a teenager and I wanted to do something out of the ordinary (typical teenager) and my parents wouldn't let me do it (typical parents) and we had this huge blow up with a lot of angry words being said. I went to my room in a huff, thinking my parents could never really understand me and they were just "jerks." But then something happened that I never would have anticipated. My dad came into my room sheepishly and asked if he could talk and I hesitantly agreed. He took out the scriptures and read to me in Doctrine Covenants 121 about how the power of the priesthood's influence could only be made through, persuasion, long-suffering, by gentleness, and meekness, love unfeigned, kindness and pure knowledge...Anyway, he then told me something very simple, "I'm sorry" and left the room. The Holy Spirit touched me that day. I knew my father wasn't perfect but from that moment on, I knew how perfect the priesthood was. I'm so grateful for the priesthood and power and influence it has had in my life and I'm grateful for a father who honored it the best way he could.
Coach, me and Mom
October 2009
"Fathers are so special,
with a very special love,
They watch us and protect us.
They guide us and direct us
back to our home above."
~Dawn Hughes Ballantyne

19 June 2010

Strawberry Cake

Stake Relief Society Conference
Strawberry Cake
1 strawberry cake mix
2 cups strawberries (crushed with sugar to taste)
12 oz. cool whip topping
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 cup sugar

Directions: Mix and bake cake as directed with cake mix for a 9x13 pan. Let cool 10 minutes and then poke wholes around the cake with a fork. Put crushed strawberry mixture on cake and let chill in refrigerator. Then mix sour cream with sugar until sugar is disolved. Fold sour cream mixture with cool whip and then put on top of cake.

This cake is from my dear friend Debbie R. who is truly my "Cooking & Baking Lifeline" We made this for our Stake Relief Society Conference and froze the cakes after poking holes with a fork. Then the day before the conference, we topped them with the strawberry mixture and then the sour cream mixture and kept them in the refrigerator. It was fantastic! Has such a light fresh tasted. Love you Debbie.

11 June 2010

My Redheaded Grandnephew

It's a boy!

David, Yvonne & Peter

Peter Allen Reynders
9th June 2010
7 lbs. 14 oz.
We have a celebrity in the family. Peter Allen, born to my nephew David & wife Yvonne, son of my brother Mark and wife Jolinda. I say celebrity because it took 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren before getting another baby with red hair in our family like my other brother Adam has. My mother always said she was so excited when my brother was born with red hair and she thought it was a shame that none of her grandchildren had red hair. My mother passed away in November and I don't know if there is some cosmic way of putting in requests about specific characteristics in our family lineage, but if my mom had her say about it, she was going to get her another red headed baby in the family. Only heaven knows. Another fun fact about Peter is he's named after my great great grandfather who was the first immigrant from our Reynders family line to settle in America. He was from The Netherlands and the dutch spelling was:
"P I E T E R ~ R E I J N D E R S"
Today is my dad's birthday, so what a fun birthday present for my dad to have this handsome new guy in the family.
"Blonds are noticed but
redheads are never forgotten."

David & Yvonne