Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Anthony is on the bike in back with the windmill flag.
Anthony is at the far left of this photo. The flag carriers were walking and the others were to stay behind them. Those riding bikes were feeling rather slow. Those walking were feeling rather rushed.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Elder Michael James Hebdon
MTC Mailbox #228
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, Utah 84604-1793
Surely Skyler would like mail too;
Elder Skyler D Hebdon
Argentina Salta Mission
PO Box 30150
Salt Lake Utah 84130-0150
(Skyler's address above is for a one page letter folded in a tri-fold and taped down, with the address written on one side. It takes a regular stamp. Or the address below can be a letter in an envelope, but takes over .80 cents to mail.)
Elder Skyler D Hebdon
Argentina Salta Mission
Los Eucaliptus 75
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Michael sounds like he is soaking in all that he possibly can. He is generally a pretty happy guy anyway, but there was a definite tone of happiness in his email, and today is one week in the MTC. It felt good. When he got to orientation they told him to keep his smile on and never get down. Surely he will find some discouraging moments, but for now, he is UP and going strong, and is senior doryo/comp.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
My dad had many friends, but his best friend was and is my mother. They enjoy being together. Mom would ride with my dad in the farm equipment, they would enjoy a day snowmobiling in the mountains, spend hours antique shopping, working in the yard together, baking bread together, Christmas shopping, etc.
A couple years ago my mom and dad celebrated 50 years together and they still like being together. That is not very common now days, but I know it is because they have always tried to make each other happy. It is the selfless acts, instead of the selfish acts that bind two hearts together.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Meant for the 14th -
Thoughts of my father and my childhood came to my mind as I was at a funeral a few weeks ago and listened to one father's children share experiences they had with their father. My heart was filled and I felt blessed to have some equally memorable experiences with my dad.
Since Fathers day is coming up I will take the opportunity to write something about him everyday this week. He has a lot of great qualities and talents that make up the man he is. Some of those qualities and talents will be shared here this week. I am happy to call him my dad.
My father taught by precept and by example and I have learned much from him.
Meant for the 15th -
After moving to Longview he continued to work hard in his new business; Chem-dry carpet cleaning and water and fire damage restoration, a business much different than farming. There was difficulty ahead just after this change, but he forged right through it and his business came out on top because of his determination and dedication to it.
After I had written this, I was reading the talk that Elder Kevin W. Pearson gave in our General Conference in April 2009. He was speaking of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As I read parts of it I reflected on what I had said here about my father wishing for his children to obey no matter how simple the command, and realized that there is even more to it than that. As a parent I see how true it is, but have never really put it into these words, even though they are words I've heard before. I guess I had this experience in my mind and it just fit so well with it. Here is what he said;
"Faith requires an attitude of exact obedience, even in the small, simple things." and, "Desire, hope, and belief are forms of faith, but faith as a principle of power comes from a consistent pattern of obedient behavior and attitudes."
As I read this I recognized that my father was not only trying to teach me obedience, but also faith. And as I continued reading I recognized why.
"Faith is a gift from God, and one possessed of it can receive enormous spiritual power."
My father wanted us to be worthy of that enormous spiritual power to help us through our lives and back to our Heavenly Father to live for eternity in happiness and peace, and with our family forever.
I think I knew this all along, and I have this desire for my children, but I love the way Elder Pearson says it here, it touches my heart.
One of my favorite lines from this conference was uttered by our prophet, President Monson, when he said, "Your future is as bright as your faith." It fits quite well with this post.
I have posted these two messages in my "waiting patiently on the Lord" blog. Click here to read them if you wish. http://waitingpatientlyonthelord.blogspot.com/
- Jeremy (my sister, Jennifer's son) received his call to Ghana Africa. WOW! He enters the MTC in October. We are so excited for him. Congratulations!
- Michael did not have to ride the shuttle from the SL airport to Provo. Stanley's gave him a ride and helped fill his last couple hours before entering the MTC world with some really great memories. Thank you! to the Stanley's for being there for him, and for us. You can check out some photos of Elder Michael Hebdon on her blog. Look on our blog list at the right and you'll find the link.
- I got a call from Melanie. She was checking up on me, making sure I was okay, knowing herself, how it feels. It will be fun to visit back and forth for the next two years and share missionary experiences about our sons. We are anxiously awaiting the news that Elder Jacob and Elder Michael got to see each other, but we're not sure if it has happened yet. There are 4 boys from Royal there now. We are so excited for them all.
- Elder Michael got to have lunch with Elders Dexter and Austin. It sounds like Michael is having several exciting experiences. Surely some we are not aware of, because we have not yet heard from him. Dexter wrote to his family and shared with them, and Maria left a comment on our blog. She also called Chris and Chris called to share the news with us. What a support system we moms will have here in Royal with our sons out at the same time. And what a joy it must be for those boys to be able to see not only a familiar face, but a friend, whom they love.
- Elder Skyler Hebdon is doing well. His last email was filled with testimony and excitement for the work he is doing and the Spirit that is there. On the lighter side - his companion tells him that he was in the movie High School Musical 3, and says to watch for him towards the end, in the graduation scene, wearing a bright red tie, behind one of the main characters parents. We haven't seen it yet.
What a wonderful time this is! We haven't even heard from Michael since he got on the plane, but we know of some awesome experiences he has already had. We keep in touch with Skyler weekly and almost get real time news because we have the internet to get the message to us that very day. We don't have to wait a week or two to receive mail. A wonderful invention for sure, so long as we avoid the evil that exists in the same type of format and so readily available to us.
I thought it might be good to end with a "Capsule Sermon" or "Food for thought" or "Words to live by" -
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do with what happens to you.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
BJo, Anthony, Elder Michael Hebdon - there's Japan
TaDa! I think we are all smiling ?!!?!?
Michael checking his things to board the plane. We stood in line forever and then after getting his ticket she told him to run! We got there just in time for him to give each of us a hug and turn in his ticket. One more gal came behind him and they closed the door.
There he goes! (the plane is heading upward, between the trees) On his way to the MTC. We think he got to Salt Lake before we got home, because of the traffic stops we had due to construction. Some friends were to meet him there at the airport, so we think he had a nice reunion with them before taking the shuttle to Provo. He should be in the MTC now, and could see a few friends there today or within the next few days.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Gregory and Adena and Tawny and Brayden came to visit us.
We have the cutest grandkids!!!!! (no offense to anyone else, because we know that some of you have some pretty cute grandkids too.)
Tawny riding in the truck, Anthony pushing it and Brayden enjoying the ride from a different view.
Connor, Tawny, Brayden, BJo, Anthony playing "the monkey game", a gift Brayden got for his birthday and brought to play with us.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the famously erudite scientist and comic who once said: "I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates." His mind sees things differently than most of us do, to our amazement and amusement. Here are some of his gems:
1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- They don't expect it back.
3 - Half the people you know are below average.
4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 - If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
9 - All those who believe in psycho-kinesis, raise my hand.
10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 - I almost had a psychic girl friend.....but she left me before we met.
12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
13 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 - Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.
19 - I intend to live forever......so far, so good.
20 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
22 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23 - My mechanic told me, 'I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.'
24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
32 -The colder the Xray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
34 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?