52 Questions #6 Love

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February is the month of love. How fitting is it that the first question or the month is about love.

I do not know how either of my grandparent’s met. Not really. But I can share what I do know.

My dad’s parents met after World War II, they were both working in Washington DC, my grandmother worked in the war office. She was older than he was. They got divorced in the 70’s, when California made it easier to get a divorce. I don’t know if their relationship was happy. I know that my grandfather was an alcoholic, and that they lost two children when they were very young.

My mom’s parents, well, that’s a different story. My grandma has been married three times. And has outlived two of those three husbands. Her first husband died in a logging accident, leaving her with two small daughters at home. My grandfather, her second husband, was her first husbands best friend. They had four daughters together and he raised all six as though they were his own, and my grandma’s first husbands parents treated all o the girl as though they were their granddaughters, to the point that I knew my great-grandma as my great-grandma before I even knew that my grandma had a different husband than my grandpa. My grandpa died before my parents got married. He was in his 40’s and died of a heart attack. She’s been married to her third husband now since i was a little girl, probably close to 20 years. He’s been my grandpa almost longer than my dad’s dad who died when I was in high school.

This exercise makes me think that I need to find out, especially from my dad, how his parents met. I’m sure he knows. I’ve just never really asked.

Thankful Tuesday 1/31/17

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  1. Birthdays-My daughter turns 10 this week. My baby is growing up. Double digits, can’t turn back now. But her excitement is enchanting. Makes me excited for my next birthday.
  2. Temples-In my religion (I’m LDS, or Mormon) we have our regular meeting houses, and we have tempels. The temple is considered the house of the Lord. They are sacred places. When I am there, I feel peace unlike that which can be felt anywhere else in earth.
  3. Shoes-Having spent time barefoot in places that being barefoot is not the best idea (have tou ever walked on asphalt in the desert in the summer?) Having shoes, or access to them, I’d not something to take for granted. And something that I am very thankful for.
  4. Books-Text books, cook books, novels. They are all amazing.
  5. Movies-Timeless entertainment for the masses.
  6. Cookies-All sorts, types and sizes
  7. Girl scout cookies-especially thin mints
  8. Toes-Did you know that without tows, walking is exponentially more difficult? We rely on on them for balance. I am grateful for my toes.
  9. Music-because it fills my soul with joy.
  10. Repentance-Because I am not perfect.

52 Questions #5 Achievement

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The question for week 5 looks at achievement.

I think that I have already made the greatest achievement of my life. My children. I have two. Almost 14, and, by the time this post is published, 10. A lot of what I’ve done in my life is to make theirs better. They are the reason I went back to school. They are the reason I am on the other side of the country where I attended graduate school and am now working. I knew that if they were going to have a good life, I needed to make my life better. I needed to improve my education. And I know that they have the potential to do so much with their lives. They are my legacy. When I am gone, I will live on through them.

Thankful Tuesday 1/24/17

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It’s that time again. Too look over and review the things in my life that I am grateful for.

  1. Warm Blankets-a warm, fuzzy blanket is one of the best things in the world on a chilly night.
  2. Socks-especially soft socks, and “fun” socks with super heroes and polka dots.
  3. Netflix-a life saver when you don’t have good reception and don’t want to pay for cable.
  4. Cookies-I made cookies recently. Just because I could. And it’s Girl Scout cookie season, which is by far one of my favorite times of the year.
  5. Music-religious and secular. I often have a song running through my head and have been known to boast that I know a song for every circumstance.

52 Questions #4 Goals part 3

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For 2017, the LDS Church has published several different lists to help you start sharing stories of your life. I am partaking in that “challenge”. One post a week, every Sunday, for the whole year. The challenge and the prompts in their various forms can be found here.

This weeks question is also about goals

I will be the first to tell you that I am not good about making and keeping to goals and resolutions. I tend to get complacent, or forget. But, even from that there is a lesson to learn from my struggles. Never give up. If a goal is worth reaching, it can be done, no matter how long it takes. I started back to school in 2007. I graduated with my masters degree in 2016. It may have taken me a bit longer than most people, but I did it. I set a goal and I stuck with it. And I made it.

A compilation of my questions and answers can be found here

52 Questions #3 Goals Part 2

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For 2017, the LDS Church has published several different lists to help you start sharing stories of your life. I am partaking in that “challenge”. One post a week, every Sunday, for the whole year. The challenge and the prompts in their various forms can be found here.

Another question on goals

I am actively working towards my one goal of being a better person. First, I am writing out these responses. I am trying to watch what I eat and exercise more. I’ve gone out with my kids and gone for walks several times in the last few days. And I am participating in my work health and fitness challenge. Sadly, I’ve not been doing well in that this week. I often snack without thinking, and that is one of the things that that challenge tells you not to do. Still, tomorrow is a new day, and I know I can do it.

A compilation of my questions and answers can be found here.

52 Questions #2 Learning

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For 2017, the LDS Church has published several different lists to help you start sharing stories of your life. I am partaking in that “challenge”. One post a week, every Sunday, for the whole year. The challenge and the prompts in their various forms can be found here.

Second question and it’s already a tough one, one to make you think.

Whit is something you taught yourself to do without help from anyone else?

I think that most of my life I’ve been blessed with wonderful teachers. Not just people with the title “teacher” but also those who are willing to take me under their wing and help me figure out what I’m going to do and how to do it. My mom taught me the basics of cooking, cleaning, and laundry (which always deserves its own category). My dad taught me how to chase away the monsters under the bed, and how to write out frustration and imagination onto paper. I even had a dear friend teach me how to drive. Things I didn’t know how to do were helped along by friends, family members, TV, and YouTube. I honestly don’t know if I can say there is one thing that I have done that has not been inspired or assisted by someone or something else. And I’m OK with that. Actually, I’m thrilled with that. To be surrounded by people, places, things, that can help me be a better person (see question 1) is, to me, better than going at it on my own.

You can find all of my questions and answers here