Beginning of Better Days
~~Reflections of the Past. Looking to the Future~~
My heart leaped just a bit a few weeks ago when Anne Marie
posted on her blog a little synopsis of her student ward's
Relief Society Birthday Celebration. To think of all of
our sisters throughout the world cumulatively focussing
on our legacy, what we are about, and where we are going
moved me. And, I felt tender seeing my own daughter
participating and enjoying the fruits of service
in this holy organization.
Flip Flop Mania!
Here we are, sitting in large circles visiting and laughing,
while as pairs we tied colorful balloons onto the straps
of children's flip flops! So fun and so cute! Of course,
they will eventually make their way to the feet of
children who lack shoes and where flip-flops are
a daily 'norm.' While we talked and tied, a musical
slide presentation played showing several various
"Relief Society Meetings" (the non-Sabbath variety)
taking place throughout all of the wards in the Stake.
I have remembered my mother's prayers and
they have always followed me. They
have clung to me all of my life.
My favorite part of the day was that my blessed mother
was there with me. It was sooo sweet and fun!
My good friend Penny Godwin with
her beautiful mom, Pauline.
Don't we just all look happy?!
Monica Jackson and her daughter, Jennifer Muirbrook.
Mom's and daughters. Just something great about that..
A good friend is cheaper than therapy...
and here are a few of mine!
In between the Flip Flop Mania and our delicious
lunch, we were inspired by a lovely program that
took us on a spiritual journey from the past days of R.S. to
the present day. One of the highlights (in addition to beautiful
music and some narration that coordinated) was a Vignette
of "Pioneer Sisters." They were a hoot, inspiring, and
really gave us a glimpse of the beginning of R.S.
They were in full costume and seriously, I didn't
recognize a few for a bit. It was in the Chapel.
Sorry! No photos. In addition, several
displays ranging from our history to current
events taking place in our wards were positioned
in several of the classrooms. Each ward
participated. Such fun!
Our Priesthood leaders served us our meal.
Two hundred and fifty sisters attended.
My cherished friend, Claire and I. There were
many many many committees to help bring
the day together. Claire coordinated it all.
I love this woman.
My nurturer, my conduit to heaven (she has a direct line!),
my champion, my fan, my sounding board,
my mother. I love this woman, too.
I promised Nancy Tilby credit for this photo. She said
she is in competition with Kris! The other two she took
chopped off our heads...on purpose. Is that
Nancy, or what??
She made it to Peru! Check out:
Ty's first big event of the season. The
Brenda Invitational. Twenty-four high
schools participated. Here, Ty is running the
200 meter dash. He came in second in his heat.
The back of the Pitman High School T-shirts. Awesome.
Ty's Teacher's Quorum. Kris is their Varsity Scout Leader
and he put binders together to keep track of their
progress. He took a few photos to put on
the cover. I love this one. One Quorum member,
Chad, is not pictured, but is in the following photo.
(They are surrounded by Hyer's.
I am their Sunday School teacher!)
Left to right:
Jerry, Ty, Jacob, Hunter, and Chad
Needed to update you on the Iceland Poppies.
Ahh, this color!!
Up close, the white ones remind me of the little
paper cups you cook cupcakes in. Love them!
I perhaps owe having become a
painter to flowers.