Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wow! The things you learn in scripture study!


25 He that is of a aproud heart stirreth up bstrife: but he that putteth his ctrust in the Lord shall be dmade fat.

So THAT's why I am overweight! I guess it's a good thing then, right? ;)

Happy Birthday Dad

Yesterday I spent some time at the cemetary talking to my dad & mom & sister who are there with him. It was my dad's 90th birthday. The three of them were almost my entire life in my real early years and I spent a lot of fun times with them a little later on. I have a lot of really good memories.  It's sometimes hard not to have them around any more when I think about it.  I do miss them.  Time marches on and there is no pulling it back.  Happy birthday dad.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Katie!

Happy Happy birthday children dear,
Happy days will come to you all year.
If I had one wish then it would be,
To be out ATV riding but happy birthday to you from me.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Emmy has loved balls since she was old enough to form an opinion. She used to run around saying, "Ba! Ba!", or even "A Ba! A BA!" Now she knows about different types of balls, and she has a favorite. Basketball. Just in the past week or two, she has decided she loves basketball.

It seems to me that it started right around the first round of March Madness. We watched a game during the opening round, and Emmy loved it. She kept saying, "Ba-Ball! Ba-Ball!" And we'd say, "Yeah, that's right! That's a basketball."

It's become more obvious that she's a basketball fan. I was watching the news on Thursday or Friday last week. Emmy came to me and said, "Ba-Ball!", and looked at me intently. I changed the channel to a March Madness game that was on, and she was happy. That wasn't the first time, and she's done it a few times since then. Today she did the same thing, and I had to explain to her that we don't watch basketball on Sundays.

We take the paper on the weekends. On the front page of the sports section was a photo of a basketball player (but with no basketball in the picture). Emmy pointed to it and said, "Ba-Ball! Ba-Ball!"

Erica told me that Emmy prefers to run around and chase balls outside, rather than play on the playground (although she likes that too). I took her out today, and sure enough, she left the little playground we play at, and went into the basketball court next to the playground, and started saying, "Ba-Ball! Ba-Ball!" I lifted her up to see the hoop & net up close. She wasn't quite high enough to put her little pink ball in the hoop, but she still liked it.

We didn't teach her any of this. She probably just took particular notice of the basketball in the Elmo balls book she has, and then she saw the March Madness game. Love at first sight, I guess.


In just a few more hours Steve will be home. We have missed him terribly around here. Both girls have woke up a few times crying for their daddy in the morning. Lydia keeps looking for him. the funny thing is that she goes to the bed to look for him : ) I guess that is were she normally finds him in the morning.

This morning when I went to pick up Lydia from her bed she frantically said "fwaffles! Boon!" (translations: waffles! spoon!). Apparently she was VERY hungry. She is becoming quite the little talker. Kiera at 18 months could say about 5 words, Lydia I'm sure can say at least 200. Today on the way to church I said "Lydia are you excited to go to nursery?" I didn't expect any sort of response other than "yes" out of her, but she said "Ali!" "Snack" "sing!" "toys!" (she has a friend named Ali in nursery) I never expectd to have a conversation with her about it! Everyone at church comments on how she is so small she looks like she should be barely able to walk or talk, but she is climbing everywhere and talks really well. She is quite the opposite of Kiera.

Since steve has been gone all of this week I havent been able to work at all or go running at all. I'm AMAZED at how much more under-control I feel and how much cleaner my home is! When you are not working 28 hours a week, and not exercising 4 hours a week you have so much more time on your hands! Who would have known?!

If you haven't all noticed, Kiera is in the mood to talk on the phone lately. She's always asking me if she can call people. So don't be surprised people if you start getting phone calls from a little lady. Oh, and normally when she talks on the phone with someone she'll say "Elmo wants to say Hi" and then she'll hold the phone up to her stuffed elmo for 10 seconds to give Elmo a turn. She isn't even a teenager and she is already a phone-hog!

Friday, March 26, 2010


I normally cut Kiera's hair and I feel like i've been doing a fairly good job. I think I was a littel over-confident because yesterday I decided to try something new. BAD idea. It got shorter and shorter before I decided I'd better stop and I went to get it fixed by someone who knew what they were doing (yes, I paid the $ to cut her hair when I don't even pay more my own!). As I feared, Kiera flipped out when we got there. Even though she was sitting on my lap she started screaming/kicking bloody murder every time the chic came near. This went on for 10 minutes straight despite all sorts of bribes and threats. I would have walked out way before that but her hair was TERRIBLE and we needed help. Finally, I got her to calm down and the chic cut her hair into a haircut I never would have chosen but it is alot better than the way I left her! (It reminds me of the 90's haircut that Buff had as a toddler). The trouble is, today I noticed a MAJOR error in her haircut: One ear is completely visable, and one ear is completely covered in hair. OOPS. You can't tell from the looking at her from the front, but when you compare the 2 sides the difference is huge (even my friends agree it is BAD). i called the hair place and they said they would fix it for free, but that requires getting a babsitter for Lydia again, and taking Kiera who is likely to throw another screaming fit again. I'm still debating whether or not to fix it....


So this posting is about 2 days late, but I nevertheless thought it interesting so I thought I would post it. About 3 years ago I went to my first Republican Caucus Meeting. I was completely underwhelmed with the turn out. Our precint (roughly a little bigger than our ward I would say) had about 20 people in attendance. It would have been pretty darn easy to have been elected to a delegate position for either the county or state. For those of you who don't know, the caucus is really grass roots politics in action. The people present nominate and vote on delegates who in turn will go to the conventions and vote on whom they want to represent us on the ballots which we will all vote on again in Nov. So your delagates really need to be people you would like to represent you, and you have more power at a caucus meeting on the political process of selecting elected officials than at any other time.
So anyway, back to my story. I was completely surprised this year at the overwhelming turnout at the caucus Mtg! It was at PG Jr. High, and you had to walk 4 blocks to get to the school, or you could do what I did and found a spot far away in the cemetery. My little precinct turnout of 20 last time had at least 125 this time! And that was just one of the little break-off groups (of around 20). The place was PACKED! You could say that there are A LOT of people who are very concerned about the horrible way our govt, state and national are being run, and that they have decided that it is time to get involved, not just sit back and gripe!

Yes, that was my motivating factor in attending too. I even thought I might try to become a delegate, but there were plenty of those there who were more qualified than I was to do the job, so I happily let them do it. In our area, pretty much everyone sees things the way I see them anyway. In other areas of the country, that would be less true.
There were a lot of people in attendance who were concerned about supporting our US Constitution which is being side-stepped in many instances. It is becoming more and more clear how the prophecy of "the constitution will hang by a thread" will be fulfilled. Personally, in all of my life of being on and off disgusted with some of the stupidity of our elected officials in running our govt., I have not seen as much stupidity as I have seen in the last 3 years. I would have never believed 5 years ago that the govt could go down the tubes in the category of "wise government" so far, so fast! Fasten your seat belt folks, I think we are in for a rougher ride than the one we are currently on!

Picts from last week

Thursday, March 25, 2010

scary experience

Yesterday me n' the girls went to Steve's parents house for the afternoon. The have a trail behind there house that goes between the rows of houses the entire length of the street. all of the houses have gates in there back yard that open up to the trail. We frequently walk up it since it is beautiful this time of year (and there are free lemons and oranges to be had. So I yesterday I walked up it with my 2 girls. We turned aroud to go back to the house but there was a very large dog in the trail barking very agressively at us. It was running around in circles and barking/growling as if to say "come any closer and I'm going to get you". I would have been scared if it was just me, but I was even more scared with my 2 tiny girls. I had no idea what to do. I was going to see if I could get in one of the gates leading to someone elses' backyard, but they were all locked and the walls/fences were too tall to get my girls over. We were trapped. There was nothing else to do but just stay where we were (about 2 houses distance away) and wait for the dog to go back leave (the exit to the street was on the other side of the dog as well). I waited about 3 minutes and then to my surprise the very large dog leaped over about an 8 foot wall apparently back to it's own backyard. So, I did my best to scare Kiera into being extremely quiet and we tiptoed down the trail to safety. Thankfully, Lydia was quiet too. I don't think I'll be walking down that trail anymore!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Home Tour

So today the home tour for our home listing was finished, and the seller's agent sent it to us for fun. We thought you might like to see it.

Brigham spent the day sending them more and more paperwork that they requested, so we are still not officially under contract, but we still expect to be-- hopefully tomorrow if all goes well.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mission Accomplished!

After almost nine years of marriage, Brigham and I are finally about to join the home-owners club! We spent the last week in Utah and looked at EVERY house on the market that fit our criteria. I'm sure that we saw more than 50 homes. At the end of 3 days, we had 4 that met most of our criteria (though not all), and we knew that it was time to make an offer. I was disappointed that there hadn't been a single home that had made my heart sing, but time was running out. The home we liked the best was overpriced (as determined by comparables sold in the neighborhood) by about $100,000, but we decided to make an offer to see if the owners would see the light. They didn't. I really struggled with the idea of making an offer on our 2nd choice for some reason, so I asked to see it one more time. When our realtor (Brigham's dad-- he was extremely patient with us-- thanks, Dad!) tried to make an appointment, he was told that there were already 3 offers on the house and that one had been accepted. The other two homes that we had at the top of our list were good homes, but we just didn't feel like we should spend that much money on a home that was missing several key elements that we wanted. We were discouraged and started talking about the possiblity of renting when we moved and continuing the hunt then, but the thought of pulling our kids out of their schools again after who knows how long made me miserable. As I looked back on events, I felt strongly that we were being guided to somewhere-- I just had no idea where. When we got back to where our kids were, I felt strongly that I didn't want to give up, but the only thing I knew I could do was look at the new listings from the previous 2 days that we hadn't checked. We literally had seen everything else. So I jumped on the computer and looked, and lo and behold-- there was a new listing that met our criteria. It had been listed only 2 days earlier, and it looked great from the 5 pictures they had posted. I immediately shouted to Brigham, "I've found our home! We need to go see it now!" His dad got on the phone right then and set up the appointment, and away we went. To make a long story short, we saw it a couple of hours later, and it was love at first sight. It had everything that we wanted and more. It was located in northern Sandy-- almost exactly half way between the two hospitals where Brigham will work, had a big back yard with a basketball court, a great play structure, and plenty of grass for a soccer game. It has a beautiful kitchen and a large family room in the basement. We could hardly contain ourselves as we walked through it-- we knew it was our house. We also knew that it wouldn't last, so we stayed up to midnight filling out all the paperwork to make an offer. First thing the next morning we sent it off, and it is a good thing because the next morning it had two more showings-- one of which was a second showing for someone who intended to put in an offer afterwards. Fortunately, ours was already in and had been accepted (verbally)! It really was a blessing that it all worked out the way it did. It was such a great house in such a good location for a good price that our broker said that there's no way it would have lasted through the weekend. Had it been listed before we arrived or even a few days later, we would have missed it. Had I not seen it right when I did, we may not have gotten our offer in first, and we might have lost it. We are verbally under contract until tomorrow when it should become official, and we have been giddy with excitement ever since Friday when we got word that our offer had been accepted. How grateful we are for the many blessings that have been poured out on us!


Sorry-- no pictures-- Steve stole the camera to take it to Honduras (he left last night). Steve will be in honduras for a week.

Here are a few tid-bits of what is happening in our lives.
Lydia is recently obsessed wtih shoes and tries everyone's shoes on all day long (besides her own). She throws a tantrum if I ever try to put her own shoes on. She wants to wear only Kiera's shoes. It got bad enough that today I just pulled out the lot of shoes a size up from her so she could wear something that was only 1 size too big instead of Kiera's shoes which are 4 sizes too big.

Today when I asked Kiera what she learned about in primary she said: "teeth". That is what she always says and I can never get her to vary from that answer. Why? Because whenever her daddy comes home from school and she asks him what he learned about.....

My surrogate (a chic in CK's ward) found someone else to be a surrogate for who will be ready sooner than us. So, now I'm on the hunt again. I'm super disappointed, but I don't blame her or anything. That's just the way it goes.

Because steve is gone this week I'm unable to work and unable to run. This is going to be a LONG week.

Steve did a triathalon yesterday. Yes, my husband is amazing.

Quick interest survey

Last year Katie and I had hoped to go to Havasupai in AZ.  Some of you may remember the blog posting of the idea. That didn't happen... sadly. We're hoping to make it work this year.  Again, it would be awesome for some fam to come with us, but I realize that may be impossible with kiddos n' such.  We're looking at trying to fit it in at the end of June, but I'm hoping to gather opinions about (1) if you're interested in coming, and if so, (2) would the end of June work or some other time?  To do it, you have to get reservations pretty far in advance, so that's why we're looking at it now (hoping that we haven't waited too long...)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pray and Anticipate!

The Dastrups are anxiously awaiting news....but you will have to get the story from them! :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thank heavens for supplemental insurance

Thank you to Christa for introducing the idea of supplemental health insurance to us. We received $8625 in the mail today. Expecting that # to almost triple. It feels like Christmas to go check the mail! I'm going to have to battle for some of it (I've already started) but that is ok. As soon as we get it we can start the process of surrogacy. I've got my clinic, attorney, surrogate, psychologist, etc. all lined up and ready to go as soon as my bank account says that we are ready. Hurry up $!

PS-- update on my job. I was offerend a supervisory position yesterday. I would go out to supervise the nurses who care for TPN patients. I'd make sure they were doing everything correctly. The great thing is that I would only have to see each patient once a month and i can schedule it for any day and time that I want so it is 100% flexible. I would also continue seeing a little baby I've been working with, but only a few hours per week while Steve is home. So, I won't have to pay a babysitter anymore! yeah!

Something for Brigham

Brigham, you can probably relate to THIS  I thought it was funny.

Dastrups in town

Everyone knows it, but since this is more or less our family journal (I save and print these pages)  it needs to be documented.  Dastrups are in town looking for houses in the Sandy/Draper/South Jordan area.  They've found some of interest, but nothing "perfect" yet.  They made a low offer on a house but I kinda think it won't be accepted.  We'll see. Marilyn is keeping the boys entertained during the day.  Benjamin spends his time shooting baskets..into a real basket.  Jacob spends his time trying to figure out how to get into the electronics in the cabinet....and Marilyn is spending a lot of her cycles thinking of ways to keep him out!  Ty is just tootling around being cute. He's so little!  Emmy came over yesterday to play with the cousins but for the most part Ty and Emmy just ignored each other.  It was fun to see them together though.  It was Benjamin's birthday yesterday (long story) and we sloberated with a dinner.  Brett had to eat and run.  We spend the evening talking about houses (for some strange reason.......).   I got some bottles of booze, socks, a Wii controller and the Ultimate Childrens Book (by Benjamin Dastrup).  Dunno why everyone gave them to me since it was Benjamin's birthday [shrug].  I dunno what the plans are for the next few days around here.  There apparently were plans for Saturday to gather and do Buff's Temple stuff, but now I hear that's been changed to Friday. [shrug] Oh...and if you come in our house this week, expect to think you're in the Haiti earthquake zone where everything has flown off the shelves onto the floor. :)   Hugs from the little people and the big people are being cherished from my end though.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Missionary Letter to Buff

Dear Buff. 
I'm writing this letter slow because I know you can't read fast early in the morning.  I thought I should let you know we don't live where we did when you left home. Your mom read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from your home, so we moved. I won't be able to send you the address because the last family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so that they wouldn't have to change their address. This place is really nice though. It even has a built in washing machine.  I'm not sure it works so well though: last week yer mother put a load in and pulled the chain and haven't seen them since. The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice last week; the first time for three days and the second time for four days. About that coat you wanted me to send you, your mom said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets. Marilyn locked her keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took her two hours to get me and Brett out. Erica had a baby this morning; but I haven't found out what it is yet so I don't know if you're an aunt or an uncle. Speaking of uncles, Uncle Garth fell in a whiskey vat last week. Some men tried to pull him out, but he fought them off until he drowned. We had him cremated and he burned for three days.  Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pick-up truck. Cory was driving. He rolled down the window and swam to safety. Erin and Emily were in back.  They drowned because they couldn't get the tailgate down.  There isn't much more news at this time. Nothing much has happened.  Love Dad.

Someone is OLD!

I dub you sir super-annuated.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Groneman Family Pictures

A whole lot of pictures are now available here

Sunday, March 14, 2010

pics and stuff

Steve starts finals this next week. Normally, I'm glad when he has finals because that usually means he has a week break to spend with us. However, this time he'll be going to Honduras with the dental school and he'll get back late sunday night before school starts monday morning. That's life. We only have a little more than a year and we'll be done. Oh, and I know that next to what CK has endured I have no room to complain.

Random tidbits of the week: Kiera calles Seasame Street "Snuffy street". Lydia is now completely without a paci and doing fine. I now rock her and sing to her before puttign her down and she recently started singing along which is cute.
Kiera will now willingly drink water which has been a HUGE battle all of her life. I've literally strapped her in her highchair and made her stay there for an hour + in the past to get her to drink even an oz. Now she will drink it as long as she is rewarded by juice when she is done. Works for me.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Remember Mothers Day is coming:  CLICK HERE.

Video Video

Yesterday we had a video chat with Emmy & her parents using Google talk.  Emmy was like a deer in the headlights for about 10 minutes...I don't think she understood why Grandma and Gramps were on that little screen.  After a while she warmed up and smiled and talked to us.  Today we had a video chat with Kiera and Lydia and their parents.  Kiera was all over it....she was telling us about all kinds of things.  Kiera and I rubbed noses over the computer.  Lydia was just "  what's so special about this?"  She was cute though.  It was fun.  Today we're getting ready for a Dastrup visit.  Cleaning, moving things, Jacob-proofing, etc. etc.


The book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" has been sitting on our bookshelf for our 7 years of marriage. I never thought to read it since I thought to myself "I know how to make friends already and I feel like I influence people well enough". Recently, however, my sister-in-law highly recommended that I read it. She told me she reads it almost every year. So I picked it up. I'm almost done with it and I have to say that it is much better than I expected. I just keep thinking over and over to myself "why didn't someone tell me to read this before!?" So, I'm doing you the favor and telling you to read it (Even you Buff-- it has very useful information that could help while being a missionary). Now if you ever read it 20 years from now you can't say "why didn't someone tell me to read this?!" because I did.

Worst case scenerio!

So the Dastrups have/had plans of leave Albuquerque as soon as Brigham got off work today (I think she said 4 pm) and were going to drive into the wee hours of the morning to get here. Problem is is that there is a BAD storm that is supposed to hit along the whole corridor of their drive. They are saying 20 inches of snow in the Mtns they have to come over in the 4 corners region, and the weather man said you should avoid driving down there. And, as luck would have it, it is supposed to still be going on Sunday morning too. Kim and I have driven to the Q in bad weather, and it scares both of us that they are going to have to deal with the storm at all, but I REALLY don't want them to drive in it tonight in the wee hours of the morning when there won't be anyone to help them if they go off the road and get stuck and visability will be awful! But Brigham has had to go through all kinds of contortions to get this time off so they can find a house to buy....they NEED time to look...and even if they wait until the storm passes, the roads will likely still be scary many places. So, I am just asking the family to say a prayer for the Dastrups, that they will be safe on their journey, whenever they choose to take it. It the purpose of their coming wasn't so important, I would say to wait until Monday when it would be safer, but I know they won't do that, so please just say a prayer for them family.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

what would YOU have done?

When I got my job I signed a paper saying that I understood that if I ever transported my patient or his family (on or off the clock) that I would be fired.
It seems simple enough, but last night I was very tempted to do it anyway.
So my little 9 year old guy was discharged from the hospital at 8:30pm (keeping in mind that he and his twin sister go to bed at 8pm). They have no car and therefore his mom asked me to transport their truckload of boxes of medical supplies since there was no possible way of taking it all on the bus with them. So I took the supplies and went and waited for them in the parking lot of their appartment complex. They arrived at their home 90 minutes after I arrived which I was feeling bad enough about. But to make matters worse, when they arrived home the mom discoverd she was locked out. I waited with them in the cold (high 30's) with no coat for an hour and a half while we tried various ways of getting in. The kids were extremely tired, cold, and the little girl wet her pants because there was nowhere to use the bathroom and she wasn't willing to find a bush so she was WET too. The little boy needed medical things (feeding tubes and IVs) attached but I didn't have what I needed to do it. At midnight my supervisor who I had been talking with on the phone instructed me to just leave them and go home (my shift was over at 11pm). However, the had tried EVERYTHING to get in without success and had absolutely no one to call and nowhere to go. They were all wearing light coats and had a throw blanket the hospital had given them and the mom said she was thinking her only option was to just wait it out until morning when the management office opened so she could get a key.
Option 1: Follow my supervisors instructions and go home and DO NOT transport them anywhere
Option 2: Think of somewhere (but where?) to take them where it would at least be warm for the night....but then how do they get home in the morning....?

It was a tough choice but after the direct command from my supervisor on the phone instruting me to go home that is what I did. I called to give them the # to a locksmith at 1:30. I don't know if she used it or not. She is one of those people who can afford to eat out every meal every day, but yet can't afford a car.

Steve thinks I should have gone against what my supervisor said. What would YOU have done?

Time to celebrate?

The question mark is there, because it's only going down hill from here! BUT...drum rolling in the Wed. Kim officially becomes a SR CITIZEN! Yes, girls, you know what that means!!! It means that if you can pry Kim away from his computer when you come, and he will go with you...that YOU CAN SCORE BIG AT DI WITH HIS SR. CITIZEN DISCOUNT!! I KNOW you are SO thrilled at this moment, you can hardly contain yourselves! Wow! Course you can't get the discount from me, as I am too young :)
So to celebrate this GLORIOUS event we will be having a Birthday party next Wednesday the 17th, with dinner of course! Would it work to do it at 5? 5:30? Brett, do you even have it off? Need some feedback folks.
Also, and this IS an important event, Breanna will be recieving her endowment on Sat Mar 20. BJ and I will be in the temple at 1:30 and the rest of you people she loves can join us at 2:30. AND, of course we will have to celebrate that too with a Steak and Crab dinner. I hope you can all make it to that event. Let me know on that too guys.
I was at Maceys today getting a few groceries, which was by Panda I took the coupon (that CK gave us the link to-only good today) in and redeemed it. It was nice to have shrimp for lunch, and I was glad to have it. But you only get about 4 smallish shrimp in a 3/4 C. size box, and they weren't that good. I won't order them again. But, if you're in the neighborhood, it is worth stopping for. Thanks Christa!

Monday, March 08, 2010


I've been listening to Lydia cry for the past hour in her bed. She misses her beloved paci. But for the past 5 minutes she's stopped crying and been yelling "Mama!" every 2 seconds over and over and over which is heart-breaking. I'm glad we had the paci, but it sure is hard to get rid of it!
Last Saturday we had the couples dinner over at my mom and dads. David came straight from a Stake meeting where he had heard a member of his Stake Pres talk about his son being down in Chile where the 8.8 earthquake hit last week..he told about how all of the missionary's in that mission were safe and accounted for because of what happened to the Mission Presidents wife as she slept. Then one of our ward members sent this that she had found in "Meridian Magazine". I felt there are some valuable things about this to ponder, thus I add it to our blog:

During the past few days, we have witnessed many events which serve to remind us that the Lord is in charge and that as missionaries and members of His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are performing His work, and as President Monson teaches, "When we are on the Lord's errand, we are entitled to His help." I want to share with you a few miracles that will help you to understand our profound feelings of gratitude.

When we were set apart for this calling, Elder Scott of the Council of the Twelve Apostles taught us many important lessons. He spoke from personal experience when he was a mission president in Argentina. One message that he shared with us is this: "At times, during your mission, you will be awakened in the middle of the night or the early morning hours with thoughts of specific things you should do for certain missionaries. Do not ignore these thoughts. They are promptings from the Holy Ghost who will communicate with you in the stillness of the night or the peace of the early morning hours. He will speak to you then because that is when you are still enough to hear."

Elder Scott further instructed us to keep a notebook beside our bed so that we could record these precious promptings. He said that by the next morning, we would be likely to forget the promptings if we didn't write them down.

We have been astonished at the fulfillment of Elder Scott's prophetic words. We have received many promptings in the exact manner that Elder Scott described. We are so thankful that Elder Scott taught us how to recognize and act upon these precious promptings. Had he not taught us, we may not have given these promptings the attention they require.

Nearly two-and-one-half weeks ago, I was awakened at around 4:00 AM by just such a prompting. I did not hear a voice, but the thought was as clear as if it had been in the form of spoken words: "There is going to be an earthquake. Prepare your missionaries." I sat up in bed and immediately remembered Elder Scott's counsel. That morning I told Larry what had happened. He immediately set to work organizing our missionaries to prepare for an earthquake.

In talking with our office missionaries to arrange for them to put together a list of everything we would need to both Spanish and English...we discovered that the Lord had also let two of our office missionaries know of the possibility of an earthquake (in the form of dreams) and the need to prepare our mission.

We set a goal and arranged our schedule so that we could visit every apartment in the mission to check for safety and to review with our missionaries what to do in case of an earth quake. What a wonderful experience we have had as we have met with them and shared scriptures with them about being spiritually and physically prepared. "...if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear" (D&C 38:30).

We instructed every missionary to have a "go-bag" (36 hour kit). We reviewed our emergency action plan with them of where to go and what to do if they had phone service and in case they did not. We gave everyone a paper with all instructions in English and Spanish, and we reminded them that "this life is the time to prepare to meet God" (Alma 34:32-34). We shared with them our thoughts and feelings about the need for spiritual and physical safety.

Some of them became frightened and asked us if we knew something they didn't know. We smiled and repeated "...if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." We didn't want to unduly alarm them, but we did want to impress upon them the need to be prepared. We tearfully reminded them of our recent transfer conference where we had shared our feelings about our dear Elder McKay Burrows who was unexpectedly called home in January while serving his mission in he was prepared in every way to meet God. We reissued our challenge to "be prepared" in every way. Then we knelt with them in their apartment and dedicated each apartment, asking for a blessing of safety and security to be upon every apartment.

When the earthquake came, we were prepared. We did not experience the panic that many felt. We knew we were prepared. Because of the words of the Lord's chosen Apostle, Elder Scott, we had listened and heeded the quiet, but clear promptings of the Holy Ghost. We were blessed with peace in the midst of chaos. We learned an important lesson: our preparation helped us to avoid panic and fear, but the Lord, in His wisdom, allowed us to experience enough discomfort to know that He has all power. He is in charge. We are nothing without Him. We are dependent upon Him for every breath we take. Only He can save us from death and destruction. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is our perfect example. If we follow Him, we will be saved through obedience to the laws and ordinances of His Gospel.

As the earthquake became more violent, the mission home groaned and wailed. The power died, so the whole city was black. The windows made a hideous screeching sound, and flying objects banged against swaying walls. The printer/fax machine, books, book ends, and fifty-pound television burst from the entertainment center and crashed to the floor, cabinets emptied, drawers flew open, the refrigerator moved, water sloshed out of the toilets, the floor jolted up and down as we ran across it trying to hold onto the walls to keep from falling down, and the piano toppled over like a small toy. As we made our way to the back yard, I remember thinking, "God is all-powerful. He is our only refuge from this horrible mess." I prayed and prayed for Him to still the earth.

When we reached the back yard, we watched in terror. By the light of the moon we could see the swimming pool water form giant waves and crash out onto the rocks. House and car alarms screamed into the night...some from being crushed by falling debris and others, I guess, from the bizarre movement of the earth. I am not sure if the intense rumbling sounds came from the earth itself or from everything else that was shaking so violently. Finally, it stopped.

The article goes on, but you get the important message by now. We need to be living worthy and seeking guidance of the Holy Ghost so that during the calamitous time we live in, we can be as prepared as we CAN BE for the events that will certainly affect our lives too.

I recently had my own experience of being awakened by the spirit at 5 am with instructions to help me solve some very nasty stomach problems I have been having. I only got one word, but it solved my problem, THAT DAY! I have a testimony of this principal, and I hope you also will follow Elder Scott's counsel of a paper and pencil by the bed so you will be ready when yours comes.
And, I just heard of another big earthquake that happened today in Turkey! That is 3 good sized earthquakes in just 1 week in different areas of the world. Doesn't make me feel very comfortable to know that Nelsons are sitting on one of the 2 worst areas of the whole USA for the potential of having a really bad one! :( But, "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear". I need to do more of that for myself!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Invitation and Standing invitaion

So Buffalo and the mother ship are coming to California in april (13th?)to visit us Nelsons. We plan on eating tastey food, playing games (we've got crochet and a back-yard) maybe we could visit the beach and check out some tide-pools. I just want to invite anybody else who wants to come to join us.

Speaking of which, just so that everyone knows, there is a standing invitation to come to our house. If you ever get the urge to go on a trip, to go to disneyland or the beach, our house is always open and you are all welcome. We love visitors.

Friday, March 05, 2010

We knew it would happen

So, Kim had to take the plow blade off the ATV so that we could go ATV riding 3 weeks ago. He probably hasn't used it to push over 10 inches of snow combined for the whole season previous to the removal. Well, this morning we have 10 inches of new snow. Very heavy. And no plow available! It shouldn't stick around long though, so he isn't gonna bother.
It was crazy! Yesterday at noon it was 62 degrees in my yard, and 3 hours later it was snowing hard! And it is still snowing! Our walk this morning was GORGEOUS!! Because it rained first, then turned to snow it is sticking. It was weird to see stop signs with 8" of snow on top! We need the snow though. We only have 60% of normal snow-pack in the mtns here, while So Utah is bracing for flooding when the 280% of normal precipitation down there melts!

At RS last night they had Anita Stansfield speak. For those of you who don't know, she has authored 47 (mostly romantic) LDS Romantic Fiction books. I didn't have very high of expectations from her. I have read 2-3 of her books, 20 years ago, and they were good. Not that I have ever been really excited about them. She says she doesn't like to hear that she writes romanance. She writes "relationships", and solves the challenges in the books with good gospel principles. One thing she said that I thought was very inciteful: She used to pray for forgiveness of her sins and weaknesses...but she doesn't anymore. Sin comes of the devil...a knowing rebellion of God's principles which removes us further away from God. But the scriptures say, "Ether 12: 27
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their aweakness. I bgive unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my cgrace is sufficient for all men that dhumble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make eweak things become strong unto them.
Our weaknesses come from God to bring us closer to him through our humilitiy, and they are there to become a blessing to us, bringing us closer to God, not further away as sins do.
I thought that was a very good observation, especially since Satan likes to beat us up with our weaknesses in telling us that because of our various weakness, that we will never make it, so we might as well give up! We are weak so that we can be made strong.

Anyway, Katie and Erica: I talked to Anita afterwards and she said that she will be speaking again in our church for another ward next Thursday night. Her talk was VERY EXCELLENT. If you want to come, I would be happy to go with you and listen to her again!

Emmy and I played

Yesterday evening I went over to Emmy's house to play.  We played and played.  The first thing we did was load a basket full of plastic food and then Emmy dumped it over her head while laughing.  Repeated that about 30 times.  We read some books, even some about Santa.  She then was intrigued by a weely advertising catalog that came in the mail and we looked through that for a long time....back and forth.  I think it was because it was something new and different from her existing books.  In the end she decided to rip it to pieces which was fun.  We played ball and shape sorter then read some more books then she got tired so we jamified her.  We started reading more books when her parents came home and ruined all our fun.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Good Nurse Joke....

Due to a labor shortage, three cannibals were hired as orderlies in a busy hospital. During their orientation the director of human resources said, "you're all part of our team now. You can earn good money here, and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat. So please don't trouble any of the other employees." The cannibals promised.
Four weeks later the boss returned and said, "you're all working very hard, and I'm very satisfied with all of you. However, one of our nurses has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to her?" The cannibals all shook their heads no. After the director left, the leader of the cannibals said to the others, "Which of you idiots ate the nurse?"
A hand raised hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals replied, "You fool! For Four weeks we've been eating hospital administrators and no one noticed a thing, then you had to go and eat a nurse!"

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Last of disneyland

We went to disneyland last night as a family and met up with Saundra, randy, and Jolynn. It was fun to see them. They hung out with us and did kiddie rides (good sports!) Kiera called Saundra "Lasagna" which I got a kick out of. My disneyland pass expires next Wednesday and I'm doubting that I'll go before then so I think I'm done for a while, which to be honest-- I'm glad. Too much disneyland.

This morning I went to change lyida's wet diaper and she threw a fit because she wanted to do it herself. It was hilarious watching her try to figure out how to do it. She'd set up the wipes and diaper on the ground and then lay down next them them and try to wipe her own (diapered) bottom and then put the clean diaper on top and try to get it to stick on. I actually got a video but I'm too lazy to post it.
Later on in the day I got her to go "stinkies" in the potty. No, I don't plan on attempting potty training at this age but I think it is good to introduce it at least. My personal feelings about early potty training is that yes, it can be done, but it then becomes a full-time job and a huge PAIN to put your child on the potty every 2 hours for the next 6 months and you have plenty of accidents anyway. Whereas, if you just do it when they are ready it is not nearly such a pain.

Monday, March 01, 2010

BrainBashers - Common Answers February

23 Brett Groneman 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 37.92%
138 Katie Groneman 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 12.60%
236 Brigham Dastrup 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 6.32%
356 Breanna Groneman 1 1 1 3 1 2 2 1 3 1 3.32%
501 Christa Dastrup 1 1 7 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 1.59%
630 Erica Groneman 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 4 3 1 0.89%
661 Chad Groneman 1 2 1 4 1 2 1 9 1 1 0.81%
856 Kim Groneman 2 2 2 3 1 4 2 1 1 1 0.38%
??? Marilyn Groneman Party Pooper
??? Cambrie Nelson Party Pooper
??? Steve Nelson Party Pooper
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