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

11 October 2011

Back to Blogging

Lockhart Reunion
June 2011
David, Kim, Brett
Carson, Fran, Walter, Chris, Corte
Winchester Virginia
family came from all over
great fun!
 Jessica & Sophia at YW Camp
she also got to go to EFY with
her friend Jodi in Utah
Fun in the Summer
 Fayetteville Stake Young Womens' Camp
Got called to be Stake Young Women's President
in May
Had a great time with these girls
 Youth Conference
Methodist College Fayetteville
We made a pondering path of quotes
in the College Chapel
Multi-Stake, Great Event in July
 "Hanging with Angie"
fun summer outing
Raleigh Science Museum
love that Angie is close by
 "Carson the Scout"
Getting his "Star" and Merit Badges
had fun at Camp Durant
first year without dad
but he liked it
"Called to Serve"
at the temple in June
Another Cousin going to Argentina
Elisabeth with her Grandma Joan, Grandpa Earl
 & Grandpa John 

 Carson "Teddy Roosevelt"
He had to do a report
on a president from the past

 Dave in his 50's
at the Bi-Stake 50's Dance in September
(my mom's sweater from BYU)
still looks like he's 25 to me
 My Mission Reunion
October 2, 2011
Wonderful Event, over 100 Missionaries
Florida Ft. Lauderdale and Puerto Rico
Missionaries from '77-'79
 My Dear Friend Janeen
She opens her home to me every time I visit Utah.
  I lived with her and Dale
 when I had graduated from college.
 Such a kindred spirit, love her.
 Dorothy and Coach?
Nope, Me and my brother Adam
but we're looking like them
"Trick or Treat!"
Kellee and Marcos
getting married in Oakland Temple
this December
I love these guys, so glad I got to see them.

One of the highlights of this year was being able to go to the conference center and see a session of general conference.  An overwhelming spirit of love, peace and gratitude came over me that I can't begin to describe.  I love the Savior Jesus Christ and am so grateful for the plan of happiness.  I'm so thankful for prophets and apostles and for their guidance in today's world.  I know that if we try to do our best in all we do and say, and follow the counsel of these great leaders, we will be at peace in whatever happens in our lives.

"The Lord doesn’t care at all
if we spend our days working
 in marble halls or stable stalls.
 He knows where we are,
 no matter how humble our circumstances.
He will use—
in His own way and for His holy purposes—
those who incline their hearts to Him"
~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

23 May 2011

Glimpse of Angie's Wedding Day

"Marriage is sanctified when it is cherished and honored in holiness." ~Russell M. Nelson"There is no scene so sweet, no time so sacred as that very special day of your marriage. Then and there you glimpse celestial joy." ~Thomas S. Monson"Marriage is wonderful. In time you begin to think alike and have the same ideas and impressions. You have times when you are extremely happy,times of testing, and times of trial, but the Lord guides you through all those growth experiences together." ~Richard G. Scott

Best Wishes!

Angie & Edward

18 April 2011

Fayetteville Streets Littered with Debris

Neighborhood hit by tornado
Our Stake Helping in Cleanup

Our Stake President ~ Joseph Catlett Jr.

We've lived in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area for almost 25 years and have never seen the devistation of a tornado. Luckily for us, it passed us by but was certainly too close for comfort. These are links to some of the news stories concerning the cleanup and how the church got involved.
News about the tornado and the church.

Fayetteville streets littered with debris

26 March 2011

The Happy Couple

Edward and Angie
engaged to be married
May 14th 2011
Raleigh North Carolina Temple
see their website:
"True love has no happy endings
because true love never ends."

24 March 2011

March Madness

Carson had a great time playing basketball this year and it was sure fun to watch him. His team had a hard season but Carson has great sportsmanship and never quits. His good spirit is a great example to us.

"...you can never tell how close you are;

It may be near when it seems afar,

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--

It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit."

~Edgar A. Guest

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22 March 2011

Baby Maxwell Mark

Baby Maxwell Mark R. and
my Nephew Robert
born: 11th March 2011
7 lbs. 9oz.; 20.5 inches long
"A babe in the house is
a well-spring of pleasure,
a messenger of peace and love,
a resting place for innocence on earth,
a link between angels and men."
~Martin Fraquhar Tupper

12 March 2011

2011 Stake Women's Conference

Last Saturday we had our annual Stake Women's Conference. We had a great turn out, over 180 sisters from the Fayetteville, North Carolina Stake. We had speakers from our temple presidency and classes on family history and teaching our children about the temple and a service project where the sisters made activity packets to give to young children in the temple while waiting to be sealed to their parents.
I got to take part in organizing a fashion show where we showcased different sisters from our stake who had been married in the temple. The young women from my home ward, Hope Mills 1st, wore thirteen different dresses of temple marriages spanning from 1961 to 2010. Temples included, Logan, Salt Lake, Los Angeles, St. George, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Raleigh.
Hope Mills 1st Ward Young Women
Dorey B., Paris T., Cheyenne D., Jordan T.,
Erika H., Ayla B., Jessica L., Sophia H.
So Cute ~ My dear Jessica!

One of the highlights of the fashion show was honoring Sister Marlene B., who celebrates her 50th wedding anniversary this year. This dear sister from Idaho after returning from a church mission, had the opportunity of working in the office for the prophet David O. McKay but felt impressed to take a different job at Utah State in Logan where she met her husband to be, Jim, who was from North Carolina. After their marriage they moved to Lumberton North Carolina and have been serving and loving the saints ever since.
I love the fact that these girls got to wear something that had been in the temple of the Lord. My hope is they felt the sacredness of that important event and make goals to do the same.

(Do you recognize the dress with the girl in the hat....yes it's mine. Thanks Erika. You were lovely).
How far is heaven?
it's not very far.
In temples of God,
It's right where you are.

02 January 2011

Home for the Holidays

We had a rockin' great time for the holidays
Lots of great food!
Cousin Kellee joined the festivities.
Jake came home from BYU and Angie was able to join us Christmas Day which was great!
and Dottie sat on her favorite lap. We even got 8 inches of snow on the 26th.
We visited Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.
Edward joined in the fun.
and Catherine too.
Everything was so beautiful.
and the hot chocolate kept us warm.
May the miracle of Christmas
touch us all with love and peace.