Sunday, November 30, 2008
On November 30, 1949 the world was changed forever. David K. Croshaw, son of George Vernal and Arvilla Croshaw, the man voted "Most Fun to be With" in high school, marathon runner, podiatrist, woodworker, hole-digger, friend, bishop, dedicated home teacher, temple worker and most importantly father (and now grandfather) was born.
They say that as children grow, those who have highly involved fathers often do better in some areas of development than children who have less involved fathers. They tend to become better at solving problems and handling frustrations, more socially skilled, more understanding of others' feelings, and better at dealing with a variety of people. They also say that active fathering contributes to a child's sense of humor and eagerness to explore and learn. I think it's obvious from your many well-adjusted children, that you have fulfilled your role as an "active" father well. ;-)
None of us would be here without you, and we definitely wouldn't be the people we are without having had you in our lives! You are an amazing example of hard work and dedication to the important things in life. Your sense of humor and kindness to all has made you a favorite among the young men in the East Stake, among your growing number of sons & daughters-in-law and among your grandchildren. Your generosity has blessed all of our lives in more ways than one. Your unshakeable testimony of the gospel and true principles continues to inspire us, and is making each of us better for it. We love you very much, daddy (David), and hope you have a wonderful birthday!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
It is thanksgiving morning and grandpa and I were sitting here counting our blessings and all of you came to our mind. We truly have "blessings unmeasured." It rained heavily last evening and through the night and I always feel so bad when that happens. I think of our brothers and sisters in Mexico that live on the canal bank and have no windows and plastic for a roof. I know that they must have slept cold and damp. Then I think about how blessed we are and I thank my heavenly Father that I am warm when it is cold, I am cool when it is hot, I have food when I am hungry, I have clothing suitable for the seasons, and am aware that we truly have those things sufficient for our needs. And all of these blessings are quite overwhelming. We are grateful for our health, that grandpa is feeling OK, that he has pain pills to take when he needs them and when he contemplates the future, he talks about it with such serenity in his voice that I know all will be well. All is well in Yuma.
We love all of you more than you can every know and you are always in our prayers. Have a wonderful thanksgiving and enjoy each other.
All my love, always,
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I know I often brag about how good looking my husband is, but he's also become quite the talented designer/carpenter. I've tried to embed photos of his handiwork here, but if it doesn't work, you may have to go to this link.
I suggest magnifying the photos to get a better look at the furniture. It's really nice! I hope we're able to start importing to the States soon, so that you all can put in your orders. It's been so fun this last month seeing so many of you, and I can't wait for December to be able to see the rest.
Anyway, Valerie is wanting you all to see her invention on her blog. It was quite the fun to come up with an invention, then to create it, but it came together well. Take a look at Rapunzel's Secret ;-)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I realized yesterday that we are a little less than a month and a half from Christmas. AH!! I can't believe how fast this year has gone! Anyway, awhile ago mom asked me to do the adult names and I'm just getting around to it. I was also in charge of the kids names, so I'll just post them on here too if anyone forgets/forgot. Here we go:
I only had to do a tiny bit of switcheroo of the names I drew from names people had last year. Have fun shopping!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Grandpa is doing quite well. He tires out easily and is getting better about taking his pain pills when he needs them. All in all he feels better just being in Yuma. We saw all of our old friends in church Sunday and it was a great home-coming. It was wonderful spending time with our boys on the way down here and they made sure that grandpa and I had nothing difficult to do in getting settled. They did it all. How blessed we are with our family--out children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
I will keep you posted on anything newsworthy from our neck of the woods.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Since the election and the outcome of Proposition 8 and all the press it's getting, I have really been spending a lot of time researching it and reading what the church has to say on marriage, specifically, the definition of marriage. It has totally energized me. I feel a spirit right now that I haven't felt in a long time. This issue is so incredibly important to our society and no one but members of our church really understand why. That isn't entirely true I guess because our church members made up a huge minority of voters who voted on Prop 8. But I think our church places this issue much higher than anyone else does. If the definition of marriage was redefined it would do more damage to our society than anything else up to this point in history has done. In certain places in Europe where it has been legally redifined there are preachers who may be prosecuted and sent to prison for preaching that same sex marriage is a sin. Because it has been redefined, there are civil rights that go along with it, which legally must be recognized. The ironic thing is, if it does pass, those fighting for same sex marriages lose nothing because they already have protected rights in CA. But if it does not pass, everyone else have everything to lose.
My opinions about the issue haven't changed, they are just much stronger. This will be one of the most important issues of our time.
Anyway, did anyone else catch the Office on Thursday? Hilarious.
By the time I left for church I had pretty much decided that I would let Grace go to the party. I hadn't discussed this with her at all and I really think she had forgotten about the party. I was going to tell her after church. Well, Elliot is coming down with a cold, so he and Maggie stayed home with Ray today for the first half of church (I went home after my primary class so Ray could go to young mens), so I could really pay attention in sacrament meeting. The first speaker, youth speaker, was supposed to give a talk about one of the commandments. She chose "Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee". Okay, I'm starting to feel a little uncomfortable, but still talking myself into it. The next speaker gets up and talks about, guess what, keeping the sabbath day holy!! She spelled out exactly what that means and I couldn't rationalize any more. Grace couldn't go to the party.
As I sat and thought about this, I realized that a lot of this was coming from my own insecurities. I want Grace to have lots of friends. I did not have a lot of friends growing up, especially in grade school, and it was really painful for me. I don't want my kids to go through that. I was afraid that by denying Grace this opportunity she would be left out of some special club, or something. I was comforted as I was going over all of this in my mind by the fact that Grace has an unusually large amount of little girls her age at church who are all her friends, and I know that she and I will be blessed if we are obedient to this commandment. So, when I got home I called Sierra's mom and let her know that Grace couldn't come, but that she has a present to give to her at school tomorrow. I considered just not mentioning it to Grace, but knew that it could be a very good lesson for her. I explained to her why she couldn't go to the party and she was really upset...for about 2 minutes, then she was fine. Then we sat down and Grace made a birthday card for Sierra. I felt much better after all of this was taken care of, and I know that Grace and I both learned a powerful lesson about being obedient to all of Heavenly Father's commandments.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
As most of you are endowed, you will get my drift. Having recently served a two-month stint as #1 on the I.F. Temple endowment cast, I pretty much have the script memorized. I focus on it in that setting, but I don't often contemplate it out of the blue. This morning was different. I don't know what lead to it, but a certain part of the ceremony just popped into my mind, and I found myself mentally reciting it over and over. You can read the essentials of it in Moses 4, but I'll just synopsize and paraphrase it here to protect the temple version, and still get you to the applicable principle. As with most things in the temple, this is highly symbolic, but of course it thereby makes a powerful point. It relates to the episode where Adam and Eve have succumbed to the Satan's enticement and then admitted their transgression to the Father. He then calls Lucifer onto the scene and gives him a chance to explain himself. Lucifer attempts to minimize his guilt by blaming his actions on tradition, but otherwise directly admits what he has done - even the father of lies knows better than to lie to God. The Father then curses him, equating him with a serpent, a snake, to crawl on his belly and eat dust for eternity. Always having more insolence than brains, Lucifer then arrogantly threatens that if cursed, he will get even by wreaking all sorts of havoc, even to the point of having his followers possess the physical bodies of God's children. To that, the Father suggests the futility of such vengence because He will place enmity between Lucifer and the "Seed of the Woman," a reference which we know refers to Christ, the Savior and the God of this world. Then, again applying the serpant symbol, the Father qualifies that while the applied state of enmity will allow Lucifer sufficient power to bruise the Savior's heel, or in other words, to create some degree of opposition against the Savior's cause, the Savior will have the power to crush the serpent's head, or in other words, to negate his efforts and ultimately bind him for eternity.
That's it, and not knowing why, I mentally recited ver batim the script 2-3 times before I realized what it was supposed to mean to my present concerns. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting that our new president-elect, nor any of the majority democrat congress represent Satan in any way. I believe that although much of their ideology is misguided, they have good intentions, and I want to give them a chance to do the right things, once they recognize the full gravity of our country's present state. At the least we can hope that the remaining republicans and a mojority of the democrats will sense the need for moderation, to control the more extreme voices of their bodies. I sincerely hope they can turn things around. We should all pray for them, and us in that regard.
However, countering this hope, I concurrently believe that the lack of respect for life, the entitlement mentatlity and the lack of personal accountability that have become so prevalent in our country, and that are so openly promoted by the far left agenda, are in fact Satan's ways. Our country's diminishing dependence on God is certainly Satan's way. I also believe that anything that would challenge our rule of law, our divinely inspired constitution or that would promote socialism is Satan's way. I also believe that any measure that would diminish America's support of Israel is Satan's way (1 Nephi 21:21-22, Mormon 8:21.) I believe these are evil developements, which are a result of Satan's influence on man as he attempts to thwart the Savior's plan. We see increasing levels of these interests among our politcal leaders, both new and old. We see our countrymen's attitudes progressively giving way to these lamentable philosophies and practices, and I have feared that it could ultimately take our country down (Ether 2:8-12.)
So, this is where I've been lately, and I have feared that Satan has been winning. However, my above experience has put it into perspective, and I now see our present circumstance as simply a good heel bruising - we're experiencing a good case of plantar fasciitis - and although it is painful, it will not kill us if at least some of us remain righteous. Ultimately, through His atonement, the Savior will crush the serpent's head. Only the gospel and the atonement can provide that hope.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
2. Do Sudoku all the time (see number 1)
3. I sometimes get distracted when i am talking on the phone, mainly to family members. Sorry everyone, it is my multitasking gene forcing its way to the surface.
4. I cannot go to sleep without saying my prayers, and if i do, because of extreme fatigue, i don't sleep well.
5. I am the rules queen. Rules were made for us to obey. and everyone else should be keeping them too!
6. I like the dishwasher loaded MY WAY.
7. I don't want a job, but I work for free--4 to 6 hours a week.
Price is Right
Wheel of Fortune
8 Things that Happened Yesterday
Went out walking (this is as exciting as it gets)
Had FHE with Dad--read from Preach My Gospel
Did the Washing
Drove to IF for a Temple Devotional
Watched a guy win a car on Price is Right--total long shot, Lucky 7, used $5 on his first number--for those of you who watch the show--Drew Carey was as excited as the guy who won.
Posted a blog
Stayed up too late
Talked to my mom
Lunch at Olive Garden
8 places I love to eat
In and Out
8 Things I am Looking forward to
Everyone being in the temple together when Abby gets married
Peace on Earth
8 Things on my wish list
Get island chandellier put up
paint bedrooms downstairs
Abby coming for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Becky and fam coming for Thanksgiving
Leslie and Alex coming for Christmas
Colin and Lori moving back to the west
Great new job for Matt
Asher sleeping through the night
Seeing my grandchildren any time
seeing becky, ray, grace, elliot and maggie next week
8 people I will tag
valerie, crystal, pennygale, shirley, grandma christensen (my mom), heather christensen, hilary christensen, leslie, abby,
now how do i tag people?
Monday, November 3, 2008
It is a beautiful fall day in Pocatello. It has been kind of rainy the last few days, and there are lots of leaves on the ground. It is cool, but not really cold yet. Anyway, we are doing fine here at home. Dad continues to work on the crib. Things are getting busier at the office. Grandma and Grandpa left Friday, and Gerald and Scott drove them down and cleaned everything that needed to be cleaned up inside and out down there. Grandma and Grandpa are blissfully happy, back with their friends. Gerald retired officially last week. No more railroad. Did I tell you Gloria has uterine cancer, stage 2? Not good news for Connie. Andrew, Brooke's little boy is getting baptized I think the end of this month. He has been seeing the missionaries. Election day tomorrow. Yikes. I am praying already for whoever wins. We will miss most of the hype, since we will be at the temple. We are getting a new temple presidency tomorrow. It will be interesting to see those changes. The new president is from Pocatello.
I wanted to send all of you a link to this talk I heard on KBYU. It is an excellent treatise (good word, huh?) on the importance of the family being defined as one man and one woman. Here is the link. Go to this page http://www.byub.org/devotionals/?selectedMonth=10&selectedYear=2008 and click on:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
On the Moral Purposes of Law and Govenment
I hope everyone is doing well, getting your food storage a little bit at a time, teaching your children and yourselves the gospel. Take care of yourselves. I love you all. xoxoxo mom