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Welcome to Idaho

Goodbye Arizona.

What a time that was… and in the moment it was not fun.

We had to leave our three year mission 10 days early because PB was having symptoms that the Dr said was assuredly COVID. 

So in less than 24 hours of that news, we packed up our stuff that would fit in our two cars and headed out. The rest of our stuff the movers would bring weeks later, and we left the ATM in a confused, panicked mode. 

No official good-byes to our missionaries, no last thank you’s to give, just– leave ASAP.

Eventually, we made it home, driving all the way with a sick EB.

 

 

When we arrived home, our Idaho married children and grandchildren were waiting outside with signs,  smiles, and cheers…that was wonderful. 

However, there were the NO hugs, NO embraces, only a distant hello and far away wave.

That was heart breaking. Not what we had ever anticipated.


 

THEN, our long awaited reunion was abruptly ended as they got in their cars and left.

Slowly and tiredly, we went into the house to quarantine.

Welcome home.

Tucson Spring Blossoms

These photos are the recent images I see every morning when I go for a walk/run.

Here in Tucson, the spring time is absolutely the best, the bomb, the GOAT….perfect heavenly weather and beautiful blossoms everywhere.

Often, I get so distracted by the beauty around me, I can’t stay focused on keeping my heart rate up!  I am just preoccupied with taking pictures.

Book of Mormon- God’s Second Chances

I love this Book of Mormon video!

I am intrigued by Abinadi’s story and how God always wants to give us a second chance to change.

How do you feel about second chances?

I wish King Noah would take up God’s invitation to make a U-turn.

No Egg Chocolate Cake Recipe

You want chocolate cake, but as you rummage through the fridge…no eggs! Ugh!

Here is a chocolate cake recipe I ran into on YouTube that doesn’t need those elusive eggs.

The recipe is from Jenny Jones on her YouTube channel “Jenny Can Cook”, called Easy Chocolate Cake.

(Yes, that Jenny Jones from the 90’s daytime talk show The Jenny Jones Show. Who knew?!)

My eight year old FoodNetwork Star, JuBean, made this cake with only a tad of help from me. (Hey, chocolate cake is serious business; you must not trifle with these most important things!)

EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup cool water

6 Tbsp oil

1 Tbsp vinegar (or lemon juice)

1 tsp vanilla

Mix together in bowl (we use the hand mixer…no need for the behemoth Kitchen Aid). Pour into a greased 9 inch cake pan. Cook for 40 min at 350.

Chocolate Icing

2 Tbsp butter–softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp cocoa

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix together and if needed, thin with milk 1/2 tsp at a time up to 3 tsp. Frost cool cake and then devour.

True Change, Permanent Change

A quote worthy of it’s own post.

I’m sure I’m not alone -at least I hope I am not alone- in the quest to overcome my weaknesses and parts about myself that I’m not so proud of. And frankly, God is not impressed with either.

But it’s just so difficult to shake them! To rid myself of them. To forsake them and never return to them.

However, I came across a quote today that reminded me again that there is hope for me to change, to mend the gap that is always before me.

There is hope in true and permanent change. HE is the way, the only way.

“We can change our behavior. Our very desires can change.

…True change -permanent change- can come only through the healing, cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ…

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change!”

Russell M. Nelson “Decisions for Eternity”

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