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Review~July 2019

This last year of our mission, I am going to be more consistent in giving monthly summaries of the things we are experiencing. I am kicking myself I didn’t do this the first two years.

I will also try diligently to make them short and sweet.

First, we started our month with our two year anniversary of arriving in Tucson, AZ. Go here to see that very short post of pictures we took.  It all seems surreal and unbelievable that two years has past. But then again, we have traveled thousands of miles, been to so many places and met and loved gobs of good, salt-of-the-earth people that I can see how it has been two years. What a blessing though as we recommit and move forward with more determination to do our best and to give our everything this last year. Trek on!

At the airport heading off for Idaho.

Second, our three children still at home, Eboo, Presto & JuBean, headed up to Idaho by themselves for a little R & R with their older siblings and nieces. EB and I stayed in Tucson and held down the mission and traveled, went to conferences and interviews and kept busy with our missionary life. I do have to say that while the kids were gone I came to a strong realization that I do not like the idea of being an “Empty Nester”. Nope, nada. Thank goodness the grandchildren will fill in the gap of that awful empty space when all of our baby birds will be gone from our cozy little nest

As our kids were gone from Tucson, EB and I enjoyed our batch of Zone Conferences from July 9-10 and July 16-17. Zone Conferences are where all the missionaries in certain zones come together to be uplifted, trained and given new ideas about how to fulfill their purpose as missionaries. The first two conferences were in Tucson with the North, West, East, and South zones and then we traveled to the Gila Valley and Sierra Vista for the last two conferences and were able to enjoy all the missionaries in the Sierra Vista, Gila Valley and New Mexico zones.

How I treasure these times with our faithful, adorable and consecrated missionaries. The light from their eyes just sparkle and gleam with the light of Christ, and even though they are far from perfect, at least they are trying to be a little better today than yesterday.

BTW: If you see one of these blessed missionaries in your city or area, stop them, give them a drink of water and thank them for being who they are and making this world a better place! That will just make their day. And in return, I’m sure they have something for you in return that will make your day. Wait, stop, rewind. What I want to say is that I am positive they have something that will not only make your day, but it will make your life!

Lastly, JuBean finally turned eight! She has been waiting for this birthday for forever. Having parents that are ultra excited about baptisms, she has been more than ready to reach the age of accountability and be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! That event, her baptism will happen next month.

Happy Birthday JuBean!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn To Christ

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

~~2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 

This quote and scripture gives everyone hope and purpose with the struggles and “Red Light” moments we all battle.

The fortitude and “power of Christ” we attain because of weakness and hardship is worth every distress we go through.

Do Not Give Up.

Turn Toward Christ.

 

 

Top Two Reasons We Love July in Tucson, AZ

We love July in Tucson, AZ, for two reasons:

#1- We arrived in Tucson, AZ, on July 1, 2017. A time that has changed our lives for the better.

#2- The flavor of the month for July at Eegee’s is WATERMELON!!!  Our fave of all time.

July is a great time to be in Tucson, Arizona. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Family selfie on July 1, 2019

Family selfie on July 1, 2017

Selfie taken on July 1, 2017

Selfie taken on July 1, 2019


Righteous Influential Fathers

As a little girl, my Dad was my hero and my world. I never wanted to disappoint him as I loved him too much and I knew he loved me, just as much.

My Dad helped me through so many scary and hard journeys in my childhood, teenage years, and as an adult. I always could rely on my Dad being my ROCK, the steady-Eddy, a voice of reason, and a soft place to fall. With him, I was always guaranteed a hug that made me remember how much I was loved, and that anything I was worried about would somehow “work out”.

My Dad had that kind of calming effect on me. His influence and love has helped to shape me. He always pointed me to THE rock, Jesus Christ, through his example, words, and unselfish sacrifice for family and God. Whatever good I have accomplished in the life I have lived, I was first influenced by my Dad.

In The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, there is a place where a son talks about the influence of his father. In Enos 1:1, it states:

“Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—“

That impact from his father would ultimately bring Enos closer to the Savior by helping Enos repent and then desire to be a better person. That is how my Dad influenced me, “and blessed be the name of my God for it—“!!

So Dad, even though it has been hard having you gone these last couple of years, very hard, I will try to focus my heart on what you taught me so I can pass on your love of God and family to others. I want to keep your influence moving forward to bless my children, grandchildren, and generations beyond.

 

“…blessed be the name of my God for…”

righteous influential fathers.

 

 

Walmart Pickup- The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Sliced bread has revolutionized the lunches and the french toast breakfasts of the world. Right? I think so!

Washing machines have freed humanity and enabled mankind to have mounds of clean clothing in a fraction of the time. Yes? Of course!

HOWEVER, right up there with sliced bread and washing machines has to be the delivery/shopping service from Walmart. Yes people…the heaven sent, glorious and grand Walmart Grocery PICKUP!!!

I cannot even talk about it without tearing up for I am a new person because of Walmart Pickup.

No, really. I am a changed grocery shopper.

I no longer despise and dread the drudgery of grocery shopping. Instead I giggle with glee as I drive up and drive away with all my groceries in five minutes or less. FIVE MINUTES!

BUT, there are more amazing benefits than just getting a giggle. Here are a few off the top of my head:

  • No more zombie strolling through the store, wondering what to buy, not wanting to be there.
  • No more list making on scratch pieces of paper (or going with no list at all). You just use your computer or phone at home and stroll around your kitchen, pantry, where ever, and putting your list items in your virtual cart. Plus, your favorites and preferred products that you always buy can be marked and saved for the next time you order and shop.
  • No more grabbing impulse items that you know you shouldn’t buy but are weak, tired, and vulnerable.
  • No more shopping awkwardly with a calculator to keep in budget to avoid the “shock and awe” at the register. Instead, you have a running total on your computer when you order at home and can keep that amount reigned in.

BOTTOM LINE: I save time, money, and sanity with this brilliant shopping service. Oh, what this could’ve done for me when I was a young mother with many children! Put years back on my life….

Wonder Bread and Mr. Maytag, I still respect and need you dearly.

And don’t worry, I’m not leaving you anytime soon.

 However, ORANGE is my new favorite color.

I love you Walmart Pickup.

(And don’t worry, I am not receiving one $ to post this. Now that is true love.)

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