Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Windy City...

Terry and Parker had to travel to Chicago on Business…
So they decided to take Landon and make it a boys trip.

Here they are at the bean… If you zoom in on this photo
you can see Terry taking a picture of Landon and Parker.


They just so happen to be in Chicago for playoff games 
for the Bulls.


And for the 100 year celebration of Wrigley Field…
And they were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks…
What an amazing coincidence...
This is a Miracle!


They hit all of Molly and Landon's favorite
eateries… from when they lived there.
This is at the Breakfast place called the Bongo Room.

 I love that they were able to spend some fun time together…
See you Soon Chicago!




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mount Sinai… I Climbed it!


So it's Saturday night and I am making all the last preparations
for the Sabbath Day.,..  Easter Sunday!
I am so excited.  I love Sacrament Meeting.
I love my Savior!

While I was getting things done tonight,  I turned on the TV 
and of course the movie
"THE TEN COMMANDMENTS"
was on.

It's very Dramatic.., but it reminded me that I once climbed
mount Sinai where Moses talked with God
and received the commandments.



I was with our study abroad group in Israel and one of our 
big field trips was to Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula.

We camped out on the beach of the red sea.  
One morning we woke up to camels
walking though our camp.

We snorkeled in some of the
most spectacular waters in the world. The Sea life was incredible
It was like Dr Seuss meets Jacque Cousteau. 

And then one morning we got up at 3 am 
so that we could climb to the top of Mount Sinai 
and make it around sunrise.
My brother Joe was with me 
and we decided to go as fast as we could up the mountain.  
We beat everyone up there except for our
Director's son who had climbed it several times.

When we got to the top… which was a difficult hike…
I took out my camera and started taking 
amazing photos of the sun just starting to 
peak over the horizon.  
I was thrilled and couldn't believe where I was standing.  
Some how I lost my balance and was so scared
because I was standing near a shear drop off...
so I over compensated and threw myself backward, 
my camera fell out of my hands
and went straight down the cliff.

I couldn't believe this.  I was physically sick.
I had some pictures in that camera that were priceless...
places and things that I could never duplicate.
I started to get teary and my brother looked over the edge
and said there is no way we can get that camera
It is a shear cliff.
So, I sat down and tried to concentrate on where we
were and what we were doing.
We were starting a beautiful sunrise service…
There were powerful testimonies of 
truth and love that were shared
I will never forget what I felt.

Hours seemed like minutes and as we were wrapping up…
I looked over and saw hands coming up over the cliff 
where I dropped my camera.
It was my Director"s son Daniel Galbraith 
who was scaling that cliff
with my camera strap in his mouth.

He somehow shimmied down the mountain and found the
camera and even more amazing climbed and clawed his way back up. 
I don't know how he did it.. but I hugged him and cried again.
The camera was still intact which was even more amazing.


Some of my photos in the camera included the sacred tomb where the prophets have said
that Christ was buried…  and was resurrected.
This is the sign that hangs inside...

Other pictures were of the Temple wall… the wailing wall
Our group was able to go down under the wall right next
to the Holy of Holies… Not many get to do this.


The pyramids

Me with President Howard W. Hunter

Jerusalem

Oh and so many more… 
I am grateful for the retrieval of my camera
but I am mostly grateful for my experiences in Israel
that strengthened my Testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I testify that He lives!
He loves us and wants each of us to return to Him.
But we must do our part.  We must obey the Doctrine of Christ.
Have Faith in Him, Repent, Be baptized, Receive the Holy Ghost
and Endure to the End.
We must listen and follow the Spirit.
We must do our daily diligence that keeps us on the path
back to Him.

I love Him with all my heart and pray that I may
do all I can to live His Doctrine and Invite others
to Come Unto Christ.

Joy fills our Hearts…. He Lives Again!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt


Well, this is our first Easter with our grandchildren,
So we went all out….

We had the big Easter Egg Hunt and some fun and wacky games.
There is never a dull moment with these ages.
I love every second with them.





















The Beginning of a BIG Celebration!

My mom is turning 80 this year.
80 has never looked so great!
Her birthday in July 7th but in Mesa AZ
the temperature can kill you that time of year…. so we are starting the 
party early…. It will last for months.

We will be having many events to celebrate the end of June
but today we started our family service projects
before the heat hits in a big way..

Each of her 12 children were assigned to one of the areas
of need...

These are some of the projects we did for my mother…
We emptied her mini storage...



 We went to the Family garden and basement and emptied
hundreds of boxes of old year supply products






There were families assigned to her home upstairs in the large pantry
and more families in her attic getting rid of 
stuff that has been weighing her down.
(Sorry no pictures of these events)

I am proud to say that my mother is now thousands of pounds
lighter… and free from any extra JUNK in her life.

I am going to have my children come and clean out my attic for my
next birthday….  SURPRISE ME KIDS!!!

BYU Rugby… Not for the Weak!

Last week we went over to the big Rugby Inaugural Bowl at ASU.

BYU Creamed ASU and we couldn't be happier…
Do you see the big guy in the middle…
in the blue stripes with the ball?

   
That is our nephew, David Collins.  
He wears the bright yellow shoes.

David is the one with the bulging vein in his head…

Rugby is a strange and brutal activity.
But BYU has quite the reputation in this sport.
They have been National Champs many times…

(David is the second from the right on the back row)  


They are on their way again to Nationals… they just beat Dartmouth in the quarterfinals.
Congratulations BYU and David… Let's go all the way!

Friday, April 4, 2014

GENERAL CONFERENCE… My Favorite!

Last week for the General Women's Meeting...
Me and a few of my sisters and our daughters went over
to my mom's house to watch with her…
She had a bad cold and couldn't go to the Church..
We loved the meeting...


Today President Turk is in Salt Lake with his great friend Mark Walker
He met Mark on his mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Terry and Mark are going to their mission reunion from their youth.


The reunion is in Park City tonight and then he 
is flying home to be with his own children and grandchildren
to watch general conference.


We are having another one of our mission reunions in 6 months.
We will let all of you know the details.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Terry!

Look…  It's Papa T's birthday and the grandkids and their dads 
are painting the trunks of the orange trees white.


It was quite the project… It was the perfect gift ever!


I think Parker was questioning that this was a great idea.


 June Bug loved watching the grand mess from far away.


She was especially happy when the boys pulled out 
the silly string and sprayed Papa T.



They loved it … 

 and of course, Papa T is the best sport.  
He will let the grandchildren do anything.

  
We had a yummy dinner and of blew out the candles on the cake.


 We love our Papa T with all of our hearts.
He is the greatest example of Christlike love...
We love him, we adore him and we are so thankful for him!