Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Harvest time!

This is what I see as I look out my back door - silage harvest is happening here. That's not all though, down the road a ways there is another harvest taking place - there we will find a combine in the field of beans. Sooooo much to do! The guys are happy to have Skyler here to help drive truck, but Skyler is not fond of that job and feels that he has a bit to learn, though he is willing to give it his best effort to help out in a time of need.

Terry taught seminary, came home and chopped silage while the others drove the trucks, then after lunch he went to harvest the beans and left Thomas to run the chopper and Skyler and Adelfo to drive the trucks. It was a late night, but one small field of beans is complete, with possibly 3 more to go.
It's fun to hear the trucks go by, because it means that all the equipment is working well and the harvest will not drag on. I worry if it gets quiet for too long.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Royal Court

Our HS homecoming game was last night and we enjoyed some good half time entertainment - there were some great fireworks and we got to meet the class royalty. Connor was the sophomore "prince" this year. Here he is, #72, complete with his cast and jersey. He is not playing football, but he does attend the practices and games, and his name continues to show up on the roster. He'll be back! ASAP (unfortunately, I think that means next season.)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

He's Home!

Waiting for Skyler to get off the plane seemed like a long time, but it was a bit easier since I could hold our new grandson, Auger. He is so sweet!

Skyler's plane was on time and we headed home, well, after a stop for something to eat, and

a visit to the stake pres for his release.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On his way home! Happy Day!

Elder Skyler D Hebdon leaves Argentina today. He flies from Buenos Aires tonight and arrives in Dallas TX early tomorrow morning. From Dallas to SLC, and from SLC to Pasco. He has never been fond of traveling, so this travel plan must be a bit concerning to him. In his last email today, he asked for us to pray for him so that he won't get sick on the airplanes. Well, I immediately did and will continue to do so.
It touched my heart, especially because of what Anthony said this morning before he left for school, which was before we got Skyler's email. Anthony said he was wondering if he should fast until Skyler came home, to help Skyler to be safe on his flights home. I was thankful for his kindness and concern for his brother, but suggested that he not need to fast, but only to pray for him. I'm now thinking that Skyler might like me to change my mind.
Our rendezvous will be at about 3:53 Wednesday afternoon at the Pasco airport, and we invite anyone who wishes and can, to be there to welcome him home.
He will probably speak in Sac. Mtg. on October 11 (we will update on that later when we are sure), and we invite all to be there as well, and then to join us for dinner at our house after church.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Just Pondering

Anthony just got home from school and is doing his homework. I gave him a few oreos for a snack (not common at our house) and brought a couple with me to my computer. Now, normally if I do something like that I really feel lousy and realize how it makes my weight worse, not better and I hate myself for doing it, but today I am counting my blessings. Here's why:
1. Anthony is home with me (he is not taking a sport right now)
2. I hear a great song from my blog playing in the back ground (it's a feel good song)
3. I check my email to see that I have a few from family and friends congratulating us on our newest family member (we have a great family and awesome friends)
4. There are comments on my blog doing the same (I love comments)
5. There is an update from Thomas and Dana, on their blog, including a photo of our grandson
6. We have a new, beautiful grandson
7. We have two other beautiful grandchildren
8. They are the most beautiful grandchildren around :) (no offense to any other grandchildren around)
9. Our married sons have wives whom they love and who love them
10. I did find the best spouse :) (again, no offense to those other spouses that are not mine :) (that sounds funny huh!)
11. Skyler is coming home next week - Wednesday - happy day!
12. Michael is doing well, and what the Lord would have him do
13. I love all of my children - I have the best children (um! no, I really am not trying to offend anyone, contrary to what it may seem)
14. I live in a comfortable home - I love it!
15. I could keep going on, but it would take up too much time and space here, but there are many reasons I feel joy right now, and they would include the love I feel for and from our Heavenly Father and our Savior, who grants these and all blessings to us.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Thomas and Dana have had their baby. Yes, it is a boy! He is so cute! DUH! :)
Born Sept 16th, 9 lbs, 20 3/4 inches tall. I forgot my camera, so I have no photos, but I suppose I should wait for them to put one on their blog first. Oh, his name is Auger Wayne Hebdon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

News from Japan

We just received our first letter from Michael's mission president, and it included this photo.
Pres. Margetts gave us an address to share, and we join him in encouraging all who wish to, to write to Elder Michael Hebdon, at this address -
9-16 Josui-machi Hirao Chuo-ku
Fukuoka-shi Fukuoka-ken 810-0029
(This is the mission home address and they assured us that it will get forwarded the same day they receive it.)

Short but Sweet!

We had a nice visit from Brandon and Megan this weekend. They came for a friends wedding and stayed with us for a few days. It was fun to see them and have some time to visit even though we were sharing them with another family. Hey, if the friend hadn't gotten married, we wouldn't have seen them at all, so it's all good. This was a good example of how sometimes short can still be sweet.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


We just got 2 cantaloupe from our garden, thanks to Michael's great efforts this summer. They were ripe and beautiful and tasted like cantaloupe - wow!

It's canning season, and we've been doing a lot of it. Thomas and Dana have been doing some too. Here is a photo of them canning their peaches today.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This Labor Day was definitely a Work Day!

Monday was a busy day for our family. Plans were made for Terry's siblings to all meet up together to help clean up Kieth and Idris' yard. It just so happened that I had peaches and pears ready to bottle that day, so I didn't make it to the work party. I felt bad not being there, but couldn't let my fruit go bad.
I didn't send Terry off on his own though. Thomas and Dana helped a lot and 3 of our 4 children still at home helped, and even the "Root Beer Float Gang" helped, so I felt like I had been represented well. Connor stayed and helped me for the first part of the day and then went to help them after lunch.

They pulled weeds, pulled out trees, painted walls, and .... I'm not sure what all. The yard does look different though, and it's easier to see the road as you drive out of the yard. Now we won't feel so threatened by unseen passing vehicles as we leave the yard.

The Root Beer Float Gang is a group of friends that got together to help a neighbor in need. Chase works for a man who lives by us and they needed some extra help one day. He called a few friends to come help (without pay) and they spent several hours of hard labor trying to get an overgrown shrub that was almost wrapped around a building pulled out. They then came to our house to enjoy some root beer floats. The first group included about a dozen kids of high school juniors, seniors, and some graduates - most of them are friends from band, and they enjoy being together. They have worked and come for root beer floats several times now, all without pay, and have dubbed themselves the Root Beer Float Gang! The number has dwindled by half, but they still have a great group. School starting up has cramped their style a bit too, but they continue to plan a couple more work parties.

I bottled 41 quarts of peaches, 14 quarts of pears, and even 13 quarts of tomatoes. I guess I did help the family a little, by sending a salad and crackers and cheese dip for their lunch.

Happy Day!

Happy Birthday to my sister - LeeAnn!

Monday, September 7, 2009

In Japan!

Michael is in Oroku, Okinawa, right on the beach, with a Japanese companion who has taken a few years of English. He has handed out his first Book of Mormon and they have 3 baptisms coming up. Someone committed to baptism on his 2nd day there. Whether the work will continue to be so fruitful remains to be seen, but what a wonderful set of events for his first week out.
He had to purchase a bike and several other supplies. Knowing how he does like to spend money, we are quite sure that set of events was enjoyable as well.
We checked a world clock and learned the time difference between us. That is rather interesting. Check out the time converter for Japan at the bottom section of our blog.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Choice

Wouldn’t it be thrilling
Wouldn’t it be neat
To have been one of the people
Who sat at Jesus’ feet

Wouldn’t it be awesome
That older as I grew
Jesus was my neighbor
Someone that I knew

Perhaps He attended my wedding
That ceremony divine
Perhaps it was for me
He changed the water to wine

Perhaps with my young son
I went over to the park
And there met dear Jesus
Conversing till after dark

Or maybe it was my uncle
Who Jesus rose from the tomb
And I was one who witnessed
How glory filled the room

Or could I have been one watching
As to the cross they nailed
Or did I quietly slink away
My courage having failed

Did I hear about His rising
On resurrection day
Was I happy and elated
Or would I rather go and play

Did His message really touch me
As I listened to His voice
Whether it did or didn’t
It certainly was my choice.

By Terry Hebdon July 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Birthday to my dad!

Happy Birthday today dad!
We love you!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Here's what happened:

We've had some busy days that I have not reported on -

  • The kids started school Thursday and are enjoying it so far. Here is Anthony and BrittanyJo after their long first day. They are both in middle school this year. 6th and 8th grade.

(No photo of Connor or Chase because they stayed for sports - football and cross country. Maybe we'll get a photo of one of those events later.)

  • Football practice started a couple weeks ago, leading to a scrimmage Saturday where Connor tackled a player and ended up with a broken thumb. We took him to the doctor Saturday and learned that it would require surgical repair. So we had a consult Monday with the surgeon and then today we took him in to have it repaired. It took us all day, but we are feeling blessed that they were able to correct the break without an incision. He experienced his first IV, the meds that make one feel a bit goofy, hours in the operating room, the waking up from anesthesia, and a few more firsts. Things did go well, and the picture below shows the proof of 3 pins in his thumb. We didn't get the picture of the xray of the break, but have plans to do so. Connor is presently sporting a cast and not participating in football. (so I guess a photo of Connor during one of his football events might be out of the question now.)
It's kinda strange to see isn't it!? The cast covers it, so we haven't seen it yet, except for this picture.
Donations can be sent to Connor Hebdon. He accepts cash, Baskin Robbins or Dairy Queen certificates, or ... (jk). ;) His plan is to head to school the very next day after this surgery, so he's going to be fine.
  • Terry started teaching seminary Monday morning and things seem to be going well so far. He has a good group of students and will enjoy getting to know them better.
  • Monday was a busy day for us - it is also the day we got a call from the LA airport - yip! - Michael was on the other end of the phone waiting for his next flight. He was on his way to Japan. He is there now in the mission home for a couple days before getting his first assignment. He is anxious to be there and looking forward to it all.
  • It was so awesome to welcome home a good friend of Skyler's this weekend. He (Kalvin) served in Brazil and returned Wednesday. Their friend Nels came home a few weeks ago, and in a couple weeks we'll see Tyson and then in a couple weeks more we will welcome home Skyler. It is so exciting to see it all take place one step at a time.