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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.

 

 

Mindful Fatherhood

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there!! This is a great day to honor the sacred calling of FATHER.

Thank you Dad’s for killing those freaky spiders and checking those nasty mouse traps. For cooking those delicious pancakes early in the morning and making Mom buy cookies at the grocery store instead of carrot sticks. For cleaning those gross hair-clogged shower drains, and for changing those hard to reach light bulbs even though they drive you crazy. Thank you for paying for kids piano lessons and plane tickets, tanks of gas in an empty teenager’s car, and lunch for the man on the street corner holding a cardboard sign.

Thank you Dad’s for taking care of so many souls, in so many different ways. This world desperately needs more mindful Dad’s that know why fatherhood is key to a prosperous society. Keep your eyes ahead and desires bolstered to assist in mentoring the next generation. Our communities will benefit greatly with more faith-filled fathers.

And to EB, you are a wonderful father to our children that I am so lucky to be married to. Your strength, kindness and diligence to whatever you are asked to do, has set our family a blaze with light, goodness, energy and love. You have a long stride, EB, and I am just trying to keep up with you.

How blessed are the children that call you Dad and/or Grandpa.

 

 

 


 

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.)

PW Recipe: Macaroni & Cheese

I don’t do cheese, milk, or even gluten most days. But my oh, my, this mac & cheese recipe from the Pioneer Woman is heavenly. I posted this recipe of goodness back seven years back when I first tried PW’s mac & cheese. Yes….seven bankruptcy years. My, my, my….that is a while ago.

Therefore, I think it needs to be bumped to the present day.

It’s that good.

Recipe- Comfort Food, Mac N Cheese 

 

Pioneer Woman’s Mac N Cheese

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